The Second Glorious Mystery: The Ascension of Our Lord
by Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B.
Abbot of Maredsous
Our Lord said to His Apostles before He departed from them: "If you loved Me, you
would indeed rejoice that I am going to the Father." To us also Christ repeats these
words. If we love Him, we shall rejoice in His glorification; we shall rejoice with Him
that, after completing His course on earth, He ascends to the right hand of His Father,
there to be exalted above all the heavens in infinite glory.
But Jesus goes only to precede us; He does not separate Himself from us, nor does He
separate us from Himself. If He enters into His glorious kingdom, it is to prepare a place
for us there. He promises to return one day to take us with Him so that, as He says, where
He is we also may be. True, we are already there in the glory and happiness of Christ, by
our title as His heirs; but we shall one day be there in reality. Has not Christ asked
this of His Father? "Father, I will that where I am, they also whom Thou hast given
Me may be with Me."
Let us then say to Christ Jesus: "Draw us into Your triumphal march, O glorious
and all-powerful Conqueror! Make us live in heaven by faith and hope and love. Help us to
detach ourselves from the fleeting things of earth in order that we may seek the true and
lasting goods of heaven!"
From Dom Columba Marmion, O.S.B., The Mysteries Of The Rosary. Translated and
published by the Monks of Marmion Abbey, Aurora, Illinois. Translation of Dom Columba
Marmion's "Les Mysteres du Rosaire" published with the permission of the Abbey
of Maredsous in Belgium.
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