Today we reflect on the 4th Marian Dogma, Her Assumption into heaven, body and soul. The Assumption is possible because by His resurrection Christ has conquered death. As Mary was the first to benefit from His death on the Cross (redemption being applied to her at her own conception – making her “The Immaculate Conception”) so Mary was the first to benefit from Christ’s defeat of “death by death”, so that at the “end of her earthly life” she was “Assumed into heaven” before her body (the first tabernacle) would begin to decay. Mary was free from Original Sin. She would not experience the effects of bodily death and decay, which are the effects of sin… because she was sinless.