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”

A Lesson Learned From 3 Popes

By Charles Johnston:

A Pole, a German, and an Argentinian walk into the Vatican… Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it is the history of the last 30 plus years of the life of the Church, a history lesson that changed the way I view my mission as a Catholic Christian, and hopefully it changes you too. Continue reading “A Lesson Learned From 3 Popes”

Every Saint Has a Past


By Charles Johnston:

“We know certainly that our God calls us to a holy life. We know that he gives us every grace, every abundant grace; and though we are so weak of ourselves, this grace is able to carry us through every obstacle and difficulty.”— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continue reading “Every Saint Has a Past”