Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent

By Charles Johnston: 

Ash Wednesday is fast approaching, and with it the very Catholic anxiety about what we are “giving up for Lent.” Many of us focus so much on what we give up – a practice not made mandatory by the Church – that we neglect the three pillars of Lent; prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Continue reading “Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent”

Advent: The Nativity & The Second Coming 

By Charles Johnston:

Advent, the English translation of the Latin word adventus meaning “coming”, is often thought of as the time leading up to the birth of Christ. While this is right, it is only half right.  Continue reading “Advent: The Nativity & The Second Coming “

Question: Do Catholics Believe Mary Can Save Thier Soul?


Full question by Anonymous:
Some people claim that Mary is a co-Savior. Is this what the Catholic Church believes? Does she have the power to save someone from hell? Continue reading “Question: Do Catholics Believe Mary Can Save Thier Soul?”

Question: Marian Prayers and Devotions to Icons

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Full question by Roger:

My 1st question Is that when praying the rosary why is it there is the mother of our creator on Mama Mary’s pray for us? My second question is like here in the Philippines we have Sto Nino and the Black Nazarene and if it is fiesta flocks of people will attend with the blessings of the Church and it seems they are worshipping the statue.you can watch it in youtube. [Sic]

Answer: Continue reading “Question: Marian Prayers and Devotions to Icons”

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary 


By Charles Johnston:

By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that 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.

-Pope Pius XII in Munificentissimus Deus on November 1, 1950

August 15th is the Feast of The Assumption of The Virgin Mary, although the feast is ancient, the doctrine was only dogmatically defined in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. Does this mean that Pope Pius XII just invented this belief? Not at all! Continue reading “The Assumption of the Virgin Mary “

The Communion Of Saints


By Charles Johnston:

We talk a lot, in the Church, about the Communion of Saints. But there are lots of misconceptions about this doctrine, by Protestants and Catholics alike, I’d like to try to clear some up.

What is it?
The Church teaches that the Body of Christ is one, but even as we are one, we exist in three separate states; the Church Militant (here on earth), the Church Suffering or the Church Penitent (those being purified in purgatory), and the Church Triumphant (those in heaven). Continue reading “The Communion Of Saints”