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Shawn Hughes wrote:

Hi, guys —

The fourth and fifth decades in the glorious mysteries of the Rosary are very confusing to me.

I know we should mediate on Christ when we pray the Rosary, but these decades only mention Mary, and they are not biblical. I read paragraph 966 of the Catechism and I believe what it says about Mary, but still find these decades hard to understand.

  • How do I mediate on Christ when there is no mention of him in these decades?

Thanks!

Shawn

  { How can I mediate on Christ when praying the fourth and fifth Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary? }

John replied:

Shawn —

First of all, the Biblical foundation for both the fourth and fifth glorious mystery are most certainly found in Scripture.

Open your Bible to Revelation, Chapter 12. We see the woman, who among other things, represents Mary. There she is crowned and embodied in Heaven.

Second, both these mysteries are a meditation on Christ because Mary, in both these mysteries,
is the icon of the Church, which is the Body of Christ. There is a mystical union between the two.

In the Assumption of Mary, we see the promise of the Resurrection of the Dead and the
"Rapture of the Church" on the Last Day.

In her Coronation, we see the all believers, members of the Body of Christ, receiving their crowns; as we inherit the Kingdom of God to rule and reign with Our Lord.

I believe you will find these explanations in our data base as well.

John

Mike replied:

Hi, Shawn —

Thanks for the question.

After reflecting on your question, I think we are focusing to much on the individual and less on the family. Although Christ is Our sole Savior and only Lord and God, it was His choice to have His foster father, St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary partake in His redemptive work.

  • Who raised Jesus to be the man He was?
  • Who nurtured Him when He was a baby?
  • Who protected Him and cared for His needs as a child?
  • Could Our Lord have become man without being born of the Virgin Mary? Sure!
  • Did He? No.

While there are no direct Scripture passages that refers to Our Lady's Assumption, we know this is true because of the Apostolic Oral Tradition that has been passed down by mouth from the Apostles, similar to the way the Gospel and the Scriptures, themselves, were passed down orally by the Apostles and disciples until the Canon of Scripture was set in 382 A.D. in the Council of Rome.

A negative proof from history is that, to this date, archaeologists have not found the bones of Mary though they did find the bones of St. Peter.

When I meditate on the Assumption of Our Blessed Mother into Heaven I meditate on an oral "t"radition I was told by some Benedictine friends of mine. This may help you:

When I meditate on the Crowning of our Blessed Mother in Heaven I meditate on Mary's required role in our salvation.

It was the Trinity's choice and the Trinity's joy to crown Mary as Queen of Heaven for her meritorious deeds and actions that co-redeemed mankind with Her Son.

I think about these deeds, both the private (and public ones, like at Cana), with the most important deed being the words she told Gabriel:

Be it done unto me according to Thy Will!

These words were key to our salvation and redemption.

Mike

Shawn replied:

Thank you so much,

This makes perfect sense.

I never viewed it that way, but I now have a better connection and understanding of Our Lady's role.

  • Is it OK, to have trouble understanding these teachings, as long as I do not fully deny them?

Shawn

Mike replied:

Hi, Shawn —

Yes, it is. Remember what John Henry Newman said:

Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.

Plus, I don't think you will find anyone, Pope, cardinal, bishop, or whoever, who can explain how the Trinity works.

It's just a matter of faith.

Mike

Shawn replied:

Good point!

Thanks!!

Blessings,

Shawn

Eric replied:

Hi, Shawn —

Sorry for the late reply. I think there are a couple of verses I could propose for you.

For the Assumption, see Revelation 12:14. While I don't think this is proof of the Assumption, and probably not even evidence of it, it's an interesting thing to meditate on during the mystery. Revelation 12:1-2 somewhat indirectly supports the idea of the Assumption. You can even include 1 Thessalonians 4:17. While this can't refer to Mary, it emphasizes the idea that an assumption
is nothing particular to Mary; all those who are alive when Christ returns will be assumed body and soul into Heaven, or you can meditate on 2 Kings 2:11 and Hebrews 11:5, which describe two
Old Testament assumptions.

Meditating on the Coronation of Mary is easier. Revelation 12:1-2 describes a heavenly queen whom we believe represents Mary. It can also represent Israel or the Church, but Mary is a prototype of these. Psalm 45:9-17 also mystically describes Mary (and, again, the Church) as a queen in splendor, and, echoing Mary's Magnificat in Luke 1, says:

"I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever."

Finally I have one other comment — the idea that something must be explicitly in Scripture to be believed is contrary to Scripture and the Catholic faith. I offer these as something to meditate on, not as a means of endorsing the idea that we must be able to prove everything from Scripture.

Eric

Shawn replied:

Thank you Eric,

I just am constantly searching, knocking, and trying to under my faith better.

I guess I was troubled by reading Mother Teresa's letters that make her sound almost atheistic toward Christ.

Shawn

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