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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Behold the Heart

On June 16, 1675 Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque (now a saint) and asked for the creation of a new feast.

He requested for the Feast of the Sacred Heart to be celebrated on the Friday after the Feast of Corpus Christi, nineteen days after Pentecost.

In 1856, Pope Pius IX extended the feast to the Universal Church. This year, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated on June 28th.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart is very popular and one you may already know and/or practice. If not, I recommend learning about it.

Rather than explain the devotion, I’ll share a recent experience that connects to the Sacred Heart.

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Spiritual Warfare

Like it or not, you are at war.

No matter who you are — whether or not you know it — you have a mortal enemy [the devil] that wants to destroy you, not just in this life, but in the next.

No matter where you live on this planet — whether or not you can see it — you live on a hotly contested battlefield, and you can’t escape the conflict.

It’s a spiritual war with crucial consequences in your everyday life. And the outcome of that war will determine your eternal destiny (Manual for Spiritual Warfare).

For those who think this sounds dramatic or extreme, know these words are true.

They’re supported by Sacred Scripture, the teachings of the Church, writings of the saints, legitimate prophecies, and history itself.

Just look around. We see violence, corruption, crime, impurity, vice, and division at almost every turn.

Why do they exist in the world? Because of the presence of evil.

Some may be surprised to hear this truth. Others are already aware and consciously fighting the spiritual battle.

For those who are learning this for the first time, I pray you take the message to heart. Whether you believe it or not, it’s the truth; and there’s a reason you’re reading this post today.

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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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Lourdes: a Place of Healing and Grace

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor teenage girl named Bernadette Soubirous on February 11, 1858.

Between February 11th and July 16th, she appeared eighteen times in the grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France.

Several years ago, I was reading about the events in Lourdes and discovered these words from the Blessed Mother to Bernadette:

“I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.”

When I read those words, they pierced my soul.

From that moment on, I’ve felt a strong connection to St. Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Even though I never seriously considered going to Lourdes, something changed recently.

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