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Thank you for the link, lady patriot! I enjoyed reading the thoughts Pope Francis had on the ascension; for me, the high point came in Point 4:

"Jesus is the one eternal High Priest who, with his Passion, passed through death and the tomb and ascended into heaven. He is with God the Father where he intercedes for ever in our favor (cf. Heb 9:24)... We have One who always defends us, who defends us from the snares of the devil, who defends us from ourselves and from our sins! Dear brothers and sisters, we have this Advocate; let us not be afraid to turn to him to ask forgiveness, to ask for a blessing, to ask for mercy! He always pardons us, he is our Advocate: He always defends us! Don’t forget this!"

For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. - Hebrews 9:24-28 (New Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition)

Furthermore, I came across this terrific quote in the comments section:

"Christ went back to the Father to prepare a place for His bride, while the Holy Spirit was sent to prepare the bride for her Bridegroom."

Christ's ascension is celebrated, not only within the Catholic Church, but in many other Christian traditions as well. Regrettably, because my morning court ran over into the lunch hour, I was unable to attend Thursday liturgy at my parish yesterday; I suspect that the homily focused on the ascension.

As I ponder Christ's ascension, a song comes to mind...

The Lord bless you and keep you, dear Catholic sister and friend.

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand