The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means that Catholics must attend Mass.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII wrote on the teaching of the Assumption:

The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory (Munificentissimus Deus 44).

The Solemnity of the Assumption — known as the Dormition of Mary in the Eastern Churches — is a special day for me and an important day for all Christians.

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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, May 31st, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel visits Mary and says she’s been chosen to bear the Son of God. He also says that her relative Elizabeth, who was considered barren, is in the sixth month of her pregnancy.

Immediately after hearing this news, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth. This is known as the Visitation.

First, we’ll look at the Gospel account of the Visitation.

Then, I’ll share four lessons from this significant event.

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Church of the Visitation: Ein Karem, Jerusalem. Photos from a friend.

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Mary’s Powerful Intercession

“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

Since May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, my posts this month will continue to honor her.

I’d like to share one of my favorite conversion stories!

This true story demonstrates Mary’s powerful intercession, specifically through the Miraculous Medal and Memorare.

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Quotes on the Rosary

From May to October 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fátima, Portugal. She appeared to Francisco and Jacinta Marto (now canonized saints) and Lúcia dos Santos on the thirteenth day of each month.

Mary referred to herself as “the Lady of the Rosary” and told the children to pray the Rosary every day for peace in the world. She also told them to pray and sacrifice for sinners in order to save souls from going to hell.

Since we celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Fátima on May 13th, I want to share thirteen quotes on the Rosary.

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The Holy Rosary

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary in the Roman Catholic Church. On October 7th, the annual feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated.

The Rosary has a rich and interesting history that could not be presented or explained in a simple blog post…

I feel it’s most important to focus on what the Rosary is and why it’s beautiful and powerful. My hope is that those who don’t already pray the Rosary will begin to; and those who already do will deepen and spread the devotion.

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