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Join Us in Celebrating!
This Saturday, August 15th
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven

Our Lady's Assumption is Close to Our Heart

  

Having placed itself under the patronage of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the NACN-USA holds the solemnity of Our Lady's Assumption into heaven particularly close to its heart.  That is because the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the dogma of the Assumption are intimately related to each other.  As Pope Pius XII teaches in his Apostolic Constitution, "Defining the Dogma of the Assumption, Munificentissimus Deus:"
            
Background:
These two privileges [Immaculate Conception and Assumption] are most closely bound to one another... She, by an entirely unique privilege, completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception, and as a result, she was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave and she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her body" (4,5).

The Catechism further teaches: 
            Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.  The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians: 
                        In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition, you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death (CCS 966).
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The National Association of Catholic Nurse, U.S.A. is a member association of Catholic Nurses and other healthcare professionals who uphold the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in nursing care, research, administration and education. We trace our origin to the first local council of Catholic Nurses founded in Boston, MA in 1909. As a member association of the International Catholic Committee of Nurses and Medico-Social Assistants (CICIAMS), we respond to Pope Pius XI 1935 call at our World Congress in Rome to promote Catholic Associations of Nurses enabling nurses to come together to sustain and fortify each other in their professional and Christian formation. The Holy Father called nurses to struggle against "paganism and materialism which insinuated themselves everywhere in order to cast out Christ" and be "first and foremost, and at any cost, full of the spirit of spirituality, of Christianity, of the Christian supernatural." His Holiness stated, "The treasure which your assistance must bring to the infirm is precisely that of spirituality, of the supernatural."  He secondarily stressed the need to "bring material, bodily comfort..." and concluded with the need "to be outstanding nurses, technically speaking, you will have to continue improving on what you do, and keep abreast of all that you ought to know."  Through his spokesperson Cardinal Pizzardo in a 1938 letter to the Bishops, Pope Pius XI shared that,
"it is the duty of every Catholic Nurse to belong to Catholic associations of nurses and to promote them in every way possible."
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