About twelve years ago a teen named Billy asked me this question, 'Why do you Catholics believe that Mary ascended into heaven, when it's not even in the Bible?' “Well, first’Ìâ‰âÂÌâ_' I replied, 'Mary did not ascend into heaven; the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven. Jesus ascended by His own power. Mary was taken up into heaven by God.' That little difference is a big difference, so I wanted to be sure he understood it.
Billy then replied, 'Okay, fine’Ìâ‰âÂÌâ_but it's still not in the Bible. The Church made it up.'
This is where the conversation got really interesting.