The Mysteries of the Rosary close out in a blaze of glory, in keeping with the spiritually powerful events they signify. Elevating our spirits to the interplay between heaven and earth, they lift us outside the realm of strictly human experience. The Glorious Mysteries traditionally are prayed on Sunday and Wednesday.
“Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.” – Luke 24:50
On this day when we celebrate Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven, the headlines are full of the sad tale of a renowned botanist named Dr. David Goodall who ended his life yesterday at the age of 104 in a Swiss suicide clinic. His claims to have had nothing more to live for proves why the great hope of the Ascension is so desperately needed today.