As I learn more about our Blessed Lady, I have to again ask the question to those who ignore her (or worse).
If she was only to be the portal for Christ's Earthly entrance(which honestly is still of a huge magnitude), why would He keep her around until His exit?
If she were to play no other part in salvation history, it would appear that our Lord is quite cruel to have His own beloved mother watch him die on the cross, when He could have easily had her arrive in heaven before Him, like He did with St. Joseph.
Just a thought . . .and one none of my Protestant brethren have yet to answer, or worse, even considered.