May 16, 1899
✞ The virtue of the Cross. Stripping oneself of one’s own will.
Volume 2 — Entry 23
Dear children, rejoice, for your names are already written in Heaven. The glories of this world will pass away, but what my Lord has reserved for the righteous will never pass away. Seek the Treasures of Heaven. My Jesus loves you and is waiting for you. I am your Mother, raised to Heaven in body and soul. The Lord filled me with His Grace, and I was faithful regarding all that He entrusted to me. As I have said in the past, my body was not affected  by death, but was raised to Heaven to the Presence of my Jesus by the angels.
|↑1||The theological question of whether Our Lady died before the Assumption remains open in the Western Church, although not in the East where the term “Dormition” is used and Mary’s physical death is clearly affirmed (Byzantine Liturgy, Troparion, Feast of the Dormition, August 15th). The Portuguese atingido can be translated in various ways (“touched” is another possibility): while it certainly implies that the Virgin Mary’s body did not undergo the effects of death, i.e. corruption, it does not necessarily mean that the Virgin Mary did not die physically. Although a previous Assumption message received by Pedro Regis in 2019 says that Mary did not experience death, the separation of body and soul (which we normally associate with death) prior to the Angelic transport of her body does seem implicit in the message of August 15, 2021. If Mary did indeed “die” before the Assumption of her body, Church Tradition suggests that this was a unique death, just as her Immaculate Conception was unique. A possible interpretation of the present words to Pedro Regis could be that the Virgin’s soul was raised ecstatically before bodily death and that her “dead” but incorrupt body was subsequently reunited with her soul in Heaven. This would be consonant with Maria Valtorta’s account of the Assumption in the closing pages of the Poem of the Man-God — an account in which the Angelic transport of Our Lady’s body, as well as John’s witnessing of the Heavenly reunion of Jesus and Mary, are also mentioned — and may be the reference Our Lady mentions here where she says, “as I have said in the past”. —Translator’s notes|