August 15, 2017

Mary is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Mary Church in Manhasset, N.Y. The feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aug. 15, celebrates church doctrine that Mary was taken body and soul into heaven at the end of her life. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)

"This glorious feast, celebrated today, August 15, is a testimony to the power of the laity and of our devotion to the mother of God. It also underscores Catholic belief in the goodness of the human body and in its promised resurrection. The feast likewise counters any and all tendencies to think that the female human body is excluded from such goodness and from the possibility of glorification with God in eternity."

—Mercy Sr. Mary Aquin O'Neill, writing about the feast of the Assumption of Mary, in "The gift of the Assumption," published on Global Sisters Report.