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We don’t hear much about Mary after Jesus died. How do we know what happened to her?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

From Scripture, we know that Mary was cared for by the apostle John after Christ’s death (John 19:26-27).  Mary was also present at Pentecost, when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon the Church (Acts 1-2).

In addition to Scripture, Catholics look to sacred Tradition, the faith handed down from the apostles and expressed in the lived worship of the Church.   As the Second Vatican Council document Dei Verbum explains, “…it is not from Sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of loyalty and reverence.”(DV 9)

It’s through sacred Tradition – specifically, the ancient teaching of the Assumption of Mary – that we find out more about the Blessed Mother.   The Church teaches that, at the end of Mary’ s life, she was assumed body and soul into heaven (in other words, her body was not left on earth to decay).  This event, revealing Christ’s deep love and respect for his mother, has long been part of the liturgical life of the Church.   It was pronounced a dogma of faith in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.

Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. You can visit her blog at www.blog.maryandme.org
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Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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  • Ginny Kubitz Moyer


    Check out John 19:25 to read about Mary at the foot of the cross.

    I’m late to the conversation, Fred, but I second the comments made above. For a more thorough explanation of the Scriptural basis for Catholic Marian teaching, you might take a look at Scott Hahn’s book “Hail, Holy Queen.”


  • DIA

    I would like to know,if Mary was present when Jesus died.
    I can not find anything in our bible

  • TotaTua

    Fred – Marian doctrine is not the core of Catholic Church teaching. Since it appears that you are not RCC, it has no binding upon you, nor is anyone bound to Marian teachings. If one accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior then to me, it only logically follows that Mary would be held in high regard and esteem. For me praying the Rosary is the easiest way to be reminded of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and Ascension. But that is just me.

  • Mike Hayes


    Thanks for your comments. The Catholic teaching on Mary differs from many of the teachings that our Protestant brothers and sisters hold. Furthermore, Catholics believe that BOTH scripture AND tradition hold the fullness of the truth in them and not merely scripture as fundamentalist traditions would hold.

    The teaching on the Assumption has always been part of the tradition of the Catholic Church but it was proclaimed as something to be held by all the faithful as dogma in 1950.

  • Adam

    But didn’t Jesus also say to Peter “You are the Rock on whom I will build my church”? And didn’t he encourage the apostles to “go and teach to all the world?” By definition, Jesus himself established the teaching arm of the Church. Would it be so far-fetched to think the Holy Spirit guides the faithful in matters of faith, rather than leaving the issue to each person’s interpretation of a thousands year old document?

  • Fred Soule

    Give me a break! Based on an Assumption… of Mary! Do you think if God felt it was such an important doctrine of the church that He would have mentioned it in the Holy Scriptures? And now, as you know, He didn’t, you feel the prideful and arrogant urge to put a question mark where God has put a period. You, and the Catholic church as a whole should be ashamed for propogating the whole Marion doctrine and taking your hearers ears and eyes off of Jesus… and Jesus only. May I simply remind you that the Bible says, “Blessed is she among all women”, which is good and fine, but what the Bible doesn’t say is blessed is she over all of mankind, which the Catholic faithful seem to want to say, and say with some kind of doctrinal conviction that simply does not exist. You teachers of Catholicism should be mindful of what you teach… James 3:1, 2Peter 2 (especially vs. 1-3), and Galatians 1:6-9. There are others I could reference but that is enough light so that you may choose to see the truth or simply remain in darkness.

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