Why Do Catholics ...?

Why do Catholics celebrate the Ascension of the Lord as a solemnity?

Solemnities are the highest-ranking holy days in the Roman liturgical calendar and are usually reserved for the most important mysteries of faith, including the Ascension of the Lord. New Advent’s Catholic Encyclopedia explains the Ascension celebrates “the completion of the work of our salvation, the pledge of our glorification with Christ and his entry into heaven with our human nature glorified.”

As the Catechism explains: “Christ’s ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (Acts 1:11).

“Jesus Christ, the head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious kingdom so that we, the members of his body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever” (665-667).

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Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.