My question began with whether Adam and Eve had faith. I figured that if they walked and talked with God, they may have had the beatific vision. However, St. Thomas argues that if they had the beatific vision, they would not/could not have turned away from God in sin. So they had faith, as well as hope in final happiness.
So I wondered how Adam and Eve were to attain final happiness if death was not part of their experience. St. Thomas did mention something about Adam and Eve eventually having a spiritualized body which would allow them to experience final happiness in body and soul (had the original sin not occurred).
I was stuck here until I remembered that Mary was conceived w/o the stain of original sin, and that she attained final happiness when she was assumed body and soul into heaven.
My question now is whether Mary determined that she was ready for her body to be “spiritualized” and to be assumed into heaven. Did she reach a certain level of holiness or spirituality which would allow her to be assumed? What was the catalyst for the Assumption? Similarly, what would have been the catalyst for Adam and Eve to quit this world, become spiritualized in body, and attain final happiness?
Any help would be appreciated.