Guido Reni - The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Updated, June 14, 2019: For Catholics August 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. No, she’s not an Ascended Master. She also did not rise by her own power. And, no, she is NOT a goddess. We look to Tradition to learn about Mary, but we also look to Scripture. If you’d like to know more, and especially about how to explain the Assumption (and Marian teachings in general) to non-Catholic friends and family, I’d like to recommend some easy to read, easy to understand resources for you.

First up, Dr. Robert Stackpole has written an excellent article, The Case for the Assumption of Mary, drawing on the Fathers of the Church, the work of Scott Hahn, and Karl Keating.

“[T]here is, indeed, an allusion to the mystery of the Assumption right in the very place we would most expect to find it if the doctrine were true: namely, in the writings of the Apostle St. John, the one into whose care our Lord placed His Mother at the hour of His death on the Cross, and especially in what may be the last of the New Testament books to be written, a book almost certainly written after Mary’s earthly life was over, the Book of Revelation.” — Dr Robert Stackpole, The Case for the Assumption of Mary

That should be enough to whet your appetite. You’ll have to read the rest at the Divine Mercy site.

Diego Velázquez - Coronation of the Virgin

Next I want to recommend one of the many excellent Bible studies from Scott Hahn and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God, based upon Hahn’s equally excellent book, Hail, Holy Queen.

And last, the book itself, Hail, Holy Queen in hardcover, paperback, or Kindle.

Hail, Holy Queen is also available in Logos/Verbum format or as part of a two-book bundle that includes the Lamb’s Supper, for those using Logos/Verbum applications. (There’s a learning curve but it’s very much worth it.)

Screenshot Hail, Holy Queen, RSV2CE in Verbum
Hail, Holy Queen and the RSV2CE open with some tools in Verbum.

Thanks for reading. I hope you found this helpful. God bless you and peace be with you.

Image credits: The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, by Guido Reni, and Coronation of the Virgin, by Diego Velázquez, both from Wikimedia and in the public domain.

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Just found this to share with you. Romans: The Gospel According to St. Paul: A Nine Lesson Audio Bible Study Course from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, SalvationHistory.com.

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“An engaging, informative, and thought-provoking nine lecture series by Center President Dr. Scott Hahn, as well as Center Fellows Dr. John Bergsma and Dr. Brant Pitre, they will walk you chapter by chapter through the biblical book that most scholars consider Paul’s greatest theological masterpiece. Along the way, you’ll come to a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings on justification, faith and works, spiritual fatherhood, the role of Israel in salvation history, baptism, the dignity of the body, the life of charity, and more.”

Read more and download the audio: Romans: The Gospel According to St. Paul.

More free Catholic audio in the Resources pages.

The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology has added another free online audio course: Feasts of Faith. Here’s the description from the site:

Feasts of Faith, a free online audio course at the St. Paul Center for Biblical TheologyWhen God became man what became of the feasts of His people, the Israelites? What became of the Passover, Pentecost, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of the Tabernacles, the Lord’s Day, and other special days in the Jewish calendar? Did they lose all significance and meaning after the coming of Christ? Or, like the Old Covenant itself, were they fulfilled in the New?

Join Dr. Scott Hahn and St. Paul Center fellows Dr. Brant Pitre and Dr. Michael Barber, as they tackle those questions and more in Feasts of Faith: The Old Testament Feasts and Their Fulfillment in Christ. Over the course of this study, speakers will trace the evolution and fulfillment of the ancient Jewish Holy Days, exploring the many ways the life and liturgy of the Catholic Church are connected to the life and liturgy of the ancient Israelites. They’ll also help Catholics understand more clearly the Jewish roots of the daily practices of our faith.

Please note that they do ask you to register once at the site, but only once. You can come back and download or listen to or read the material offered as many times as you like. I haven’t listened to this one yet but all the other ones have been excellent and I expect this one is, too.

Updated, Oct 26 2012

I moved the list of Scott Hahn Bible study audio off of this post page and onto its own resource page to make it easier to maintain and update. Please see Audio Bible Study Free Courses from Scott Hahn.

Also see Resources > Audio Free and Catholic > for more from Scott Hahn and other great teachers, speakers and writers. I add to the resource pages as I find things and as I find time.