Tarry for the Nonce

December 8, 2005

“Do Whatever He Tells You”

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 4:27 pm

Tim Schwarzenberger sent me a link to the Catholic Answers tract on the Immaculate Conception which highlights some common misunderstandings.

I hadn’t quite recognized the interesting timing of this issue, but . . .

A month or so ago, I stopped by a Protestant Bible study on my way home from work and as soon as I walked in the door, I was asked whether the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception declared that Mary was the product of a virginal birth. I answered as appropriate and the Bible study continued on its merry way . . .

Last Sunday, I was surprised to find that my answer had won a “bet” between the leader of the Bible study and an ex-Catholic in attendance. The ex-Catholic had been correct on the point and, as a result, she, her husband, and I were all being treated to a Tuesday night dinner by the Bible study leader. Inevitably, the doctrine was challenged again during dinner and I was asked why Catholics don’t believe in Luke 1:47 (which we do) and why we think Mary ascended into heaven (which we don’t.) It’s all so frustrating sometimes – especially when I am dismissed as being too young to understand, which is ridiculous. I wish I could figure out where the misconceptions arose so that I could address them at their origin – as can be done with the KJV arguments – but it’s nigh impossible. Ah, well.

In any case, today Catholics celebrate something amazing and a doctrine of great inspiration, hope and joy. So, hail, kecharitomene! Please pray for us.



  1. What is the real difference between Assumption and Ascension? Is Ascension by one’s own power, and Assumption is by the power of God?

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 8, 2005 @ 5:14 pm

  2. Yes.

    Comment by laura — December 8, 2005 @ 6:25 pm

  3. Wow, I’m good. I looked it up after I posted that, just to be sure… So, in a round-about way… Christ Ascended by Assumption, eh… get it… Christ being God and all… Or would it be Assumpted by Ascension? hmm…

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 9, 2005 @ 12:58 am

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