On the Assumption, taking ourselves "lightly" with Mary

On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven, Aug. 15, Dr. Robert Stackpole shares a witticism: The reason Mary was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven was because she always took herself so lightly.

The Assumption, Our Hope of Glory

Come, let us, with one mind and heart, praise the Lord on this Solemniity of the Assumption of MaryAug. 15. Mary's bodily Assumption into Heaven is the fulfillment of God's promise to recover all gifts to mankind. The Immaculate one lived and lives as all human beings were destined to live.

Alleluia! Fr. Jason Lewis, MIC, is ordained!

On Saturday, August 12, Fr. Jason Lewis MIC, was ordained to the priesthood for the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Jerusalem, the City of Cities

"Many, many years have passed since Christ walked the earth in the time before His resurrection, but still we call that land holy," Chris Sparks observes in this final installment of his Holy Land pilgrimage series. 

Deacon Jason Lewis, MIC, ready for priesthood

On Saturday, Aug. 12, Deacon Jason Matthew Lewis, MIC, will be ordained to the priesthood for the Marian Fathers at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy.

Honor St. Dominic’s Gift: Pray the Rosary Every Day

Saint Dominic, whose feast is Aug. 8, gave to the Church one of her greatest treasures: the Holy Rosary. Our Lady has given us a "rope" with which to bear any burden, to make them light and easy to carry.

Transformed by the Cross: Edith Stein

Through her faith in the Cross, Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, feast day Aug. 9) allowed God to transform her suffering and death into a message of love and redemption for the world.

God's beautiful homeland

"The whole of the Holy Land is an icon of the soul in relationship to God," Chris Sparks observes. "One can discern in the gardens and the deserts of the Holy Land all stages of salvation history."

The "Marian Doctor": St. Alphonsus Liguori

He is considered the “Marian Doctor of the Church” and was declared the “Patron of all confessors and moral theologians” by Ven. Pope Pius XII. He is St. Alphonsus Liguori, whose feast we celebrate on July 30.

'A Great Genius': St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church

No hardships restrained St. Lawrence of Brindisi (feast day: July 21) from tirelessly pursuing the spread of the Gospel of Christ and “calling the greatest number of people to eternal salvation," according to Pope St. John XXIII, who declared St. Lawrence a Doctor of the Catholic Church.

The Church, true tolerance, and the meaning of “welcome”

Those seeking to become members of the Church should fully understand what they are attempting to enter, and that this will never truly be obtained while they remain attached to sin, says Fr. Kenneth M. Dos Santos, MIC.