December 4, 2013 by mattfradd
The Rosary,” wrote Blessed Pope John Paul II, “precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning.”
Pope Paul VI wrote that “without [this contemplation,] the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: ‘And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7).’”
Because of this, it is vital that Christians familiarize themselves with the Scriptures in order to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ.
Below is the fourth glorious mystery. To see other mysteries, click here.
The Assumption of Mary
“The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary,” wrote Pope Pius XII, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”  A prophetic scripture which is used in the office for the feast of the assumption is Judith 15:9, which reads, “You are the exaltation of Jerusalem, you are the great glory of Israel, you are the great pride of our nation!”
The bodily assumption of Mary is not found within the pages of Sacred Scripture but is, nevertheless, a dogma of the faith that Catholics are not free to disbelieve.
Apart from Mary, we know of two others who were taken up into heaven: Elijah, who was taken up into heaven by a whirlwind (2 Kgs 2:11), and Enoch, of whom the author of the letter to the Hebrews writes, “By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found because God had taken him” (Heb 11:5).
When we consider that Mary carried within her body the God of the universe, we begin to understand that it was fitting that God should spare this body physical decay.
Meditating upon this mystery gives Christians a glimpse at “what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor 2:9) and consequently fills us with hopeful expectation. Mary, after all, is the prototypical Christian. What God has done for her he will one day do for us. If we accept salvation and persevere, we will be cleansed of sin and given glorified bodies.
 Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, 44.