Marian dogmas

"The Virgin in Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Truth About Mary

Our Lord entrusts each of us into the care of the most blessed of all women—Mary, His mother. Sammy was a playful boy, like most of the five-year olds in my kindergarten classroom. Almost three feet tall with dark, dark eyes and dark, dark hair, Sammy possessed a smile that radiated from his soul. He came up with his own […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

God Chose Mary to be His Mother

The teaching that Mary is God’s mother was proclaimed to teach us that Jesus is true man AND true God. Each January 1 (the Octave of Christmas), the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  I receive more comments and questions from non-Catholics, and even some Catholics, about the Church’s Marian practices and teachings than just about any other topic. […]

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

Celebrating the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation unless it  falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case the precept to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, […]

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

What we should know about the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation unless it  falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case the precept to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, […]

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

Why We Celebrate the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year, that date falls on next Saturday. Here in the United Staes, the assumption is ordinarily a Holy Day of Obligation, but because it falls on Saturday this year, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity […]

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

Get Ready to Celebrate the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year, that date falls on next Friday. Mary’s earthly death has been nearly unanimously held by the Church’s theologians through the centuries. The Church’s liturgies affirm this. Indeed, the Solemnity of the Assumption was first known and celebrated as […]

Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s earthly death has been nearly unanimously held by the Church’s theologians through the centuries. The Church’s liturgies affirm this. Indeed, the Solemnity of the Assumption was first known and celebrated as the Feast of the Dormition (the falling asleep […]

Deacon Mike Discusses Marian Dogmas on EWTN Radio

I was interviewed on May 17, 2011 by Brian Patrick of Sacred Heart Catholic Radio’s Son Rise Morning Show on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. We discussed the Christocentric (Christ-centered) nature of the Marian Dogmas, in particular, their relation to the Church’s efforts to combat early heresies regarding the nature and identity of Jesus Christ. One of the questions I sometimes am asked […]

Deacon Mike Bickerstaff to be Interviewed On Sacred Heart Catholic Radio This Wednesday

Integrated Catholic Life Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder Deacon Mike Bickerstaff will be interviewed on the Bryan Patrick Son Rise Morning Show this Wednesday (June 23rd) at 6:40 am Eastern Time (USA).  Deacon Mike will be discussing his recent article, Mary-The Mother of God, and the Christ-centered focus of the four Marian Dogmas. You can listen online to Deacon Mike Bickerstaff interview […]