I also think the sacraments and the study of perfection…ascetism…instruct us how perverting sin is…how we need the sacraments to restore us to God and to the original way the Lord created us.
Again…we must look at the word, ‘assumption’…and Mary likewise was not called to be God…but like a bridge…an intercessor so…in contrast to Christ Who said He would rebuild the Temple in 3 days…this does not apply to the Blessed Virgin.
We can only assume…she was glorified into heaven…did she die, did she fall asleep?..we don’t know. The Orthodox say in their tradition, as Mary died at Ephesus, that those attending, said ‘something shocking happened’. That is all we know.
Also spiritually Mary ‘died’ with Jesus on the Cross…a mother would understand this…or someone who lost a deep and profound relationship with someone they shared the Lord with…friendships in 2 or 3…make the Lord intimately present in these special friendships that accompany one another to heaven.
So the focus is: Mary was glorified into heaven.
About St. Bernadette…I was a DRE and told the parents at Holy Communion prep for their children, that I was going to show them someone who died…their corpus…they were shocked and uncomfortable.
So I showed them a series of pictures of St. Bernadette…before she saw Mary, after she did, one of her when she was 20…so dignified, so beautiful…I saw the Virgin reflected in her countenance…up to the time she died…There was one photo of her after she was exhumed and another, the final of her corpus.
I stated that her corpus is here on earth on linear time…and she is in heaven in eternal time. But the longer we see her…the more beautiful she becomes…grace…full of grace in the making. Her body is revealing in increments…how grace comes to us in increments if we are faithful.
In heaven…we will be all beautiful…full of grace from the Lord…irregardless of our deformities this life.
Jesus was the Living Word in which this world was made. And on His cross, it was said He rises all up to Himself…all including creation…the universe…And with Mary…she was greeted, Mary…full of grace.
When we are given a new heaven and a new earth,…it will be so beautiful…and there won’t be any more natural calamities or forces of nature that kill and harm God’s people and His creation. The universe, the new Jerusalem, the people, the animals…nature itself…all will be of peace and grace.
Mary is the greatest of God’s creation. With her intercession, her work today is to magnify the Lord within us…As we contemplate the mysteries of the rosary…each Hail Mary is the work of Mary magnifying the mystery…of Christ’s Incarnation, His luminous and sorrows, His glory…the rosary is the greatest weapon outside of Mass against evil.
People should likewise get a copy, easy to find on line…of the 15 promises of those who recite the rosary…
So just in these little notes…we can only assume Mary was gloriously raised into heaven.