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The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary. What's It All About?

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The Assumption of Mary into Heaven, often shortened to the Assumption and also known as the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary (the Dormition) which is the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.

The Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus by exercising papal infallibility While the Catholic Church believes in the Dormition of the Theotokos which is the same as the Assumption, whether Mary had a physical death has not been dogmatically defined.

In Munificentissimus Deus (item 39) Pope Pius XII pointed to the Book of Genesis (3:15) as scriptural support for the dogma in terms of Mary's victory over sin and death as also reflected in 1 Corinthians 15:54: "then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory".

In the Church, the Assumption is a major feast day, celebrated on 15 August. In many countries, the feast is also marked as a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church.

The Divine Mercy. What's It All About?

With our current turbulent times, it has never been a better time to pray for the whole world. There are many great options in praying for the world. One more recent devotion is the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  In Poland, a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska [...]

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The Top Ten Catholic Items You Need In Your Home...

So you are looking for a gift.  Or you want to increase your faith.  You ask yourself 'what would help me do this?'  Here are our suggestions for what every Catholic home needs:10.  Liturgy of the Hours This is the ultimate prayer book.  The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the [...]

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light.And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,conversing with him...behold,a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came [...]

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The Immaculate Heart Of Mary? What's It All About?

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is [...]

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Who Was Fulton J. Sheen?

Venerable Fulton John Sheen was an American bishop of the Catholic Church known for his preaching and especially his work on television and radio. The cause for his canonization as a saint was officially opened in 2002.Ordained a priest in 1919 in the Diocese of Peoria.  He went on to teach at the Catholic University [...]

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The Book Of Revelation - What's It All About?

The Book of Revelation, often called the Revelation to John, the Apocalypse of John, The Revelation, or simply Revelation or Apocalypse, is a book of the New Testament that occupies a central place in Christian eschatology. Its title is derived from the first word of the text, written in Koine Greek: apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or [...]

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Ten Reasons You Should Pray...

At some point, everyone struggles with prayer.  We can all come up with 'good' reasons not to pray:  We're too busy, too tired, too happy, too sad, etc. etc.  We do sometimes, however, need to be reminded on why we need to pray.  As this is definitely not a comprehensive list, here are 10 great [...]

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Why Are There So Many Different Bibles?

Believe it or not, this is one of our most frequently asked questions:  Why are there so many or what's the difference between the Bibles?  First of all before we get to the answer, we have to identify where the Bible comes from:Author note:  This article will only deal with the Catholic perceptive of the [...]

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Eucharistic Adoration...What's It All About?

Understood simply, Eucharistic Adoration is adoring or honoring the Eucharistic Presence of Christ. In a deeper sense, it involves "the contemplation of the Mystery of Christ truly present before us."The importance of Eucharistic Adoration is shown in the fact that the Church has a ritual that regulates it: the Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction. This is [...]

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