Immaculate Conception and death help


Dear Fellow Catholic brothers and sisters:
I am looking for succinct explanations reconciling Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception with her Dormition. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



The article on the “Immaculate Conception” in the online 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia indicates that the effects of the Immaculate Conception apply to Mary’s soul only and not to her body. Her body would have been subject to illness and death just like the rest of us.
". . .was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin. . ." The formal active essence of original sin was not removed from her soul, as it is removed from others by baptism; it was excluded, it never was in her soul. Simultaneously with the exclusion of sin. The state of original sanctity, innocence, and justice, as opposed to original sin, was conferred upon her, by which gift every stain and fault, all depraved emotions, passions, and debilities, essentially pertaining to original sin, were excluded. But she was not made exempt from the temporal penalties of Adam – from sorrow, bodily infirmities, and death.


It should be noted that, although the common opinion seems to be that Mary died before she was assumed into heaven, the actual definition of the dogma of the Assumption only says:
that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.


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