Kilian Healy, O. Carm.
A scholarly yet very accessible examination of the last dogma defined by the Catholic Church, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Marry into heavenly glory.
Carmelite author Kilian Healy, a member of the Second Vatican Council, first examines the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus that defined the dogma of the Assumption. It is here we perceive that the Assumption is not an isolated privilege granted to Mary, but one that is intimately joined with the person and mission of Christ.
The second part goes beyond the Constitution and ponders the Immaculate Virgin in heaven in relation to the mystery of the Church. The first consideration is Mary in heaven as the model, image and beginning of the pilgrim Church. This is followed by her relation to the suffering and heavenly Church. The final chapter ponders the texts of the liturgical feast of the Assumption. Fr. Healy also examines the objections to this dogma.