As a teen and young man, I remember being hesitant—even fearful—of mentioning to my friends that I was a Catholic. I knew they held a lot of misunderstanding about the Church and what the Church believes about Mary.
Instituted by Christ and founded on the apostles, the Church on earth is the kingdom of heaven in its seed and beginning. The Church is God the Father’s intended home for all people, deigned to be so from before time began. She is inclusive, barring no person from communion with her and her founder, Jesus Christ. It is only the individual who voluntarily excludes himself by rejecting communion with the Church through free-choices that are incompatible with the love of Christ and the rule of his kingdom.
Jesus Christ founded a Church that inherited His doctrine, His law, His grace, and His Love: the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Church was the culmination of Salvation history, of that mysterious Love of a lover that God had manifested towards humanity and His Chosen People.
Advent is a liturgical season of the Church through which Christians prepare to meet Christ and enter into a deeper relationship of personal communion with him. Here are five simple, straightforward ways of doing that.
Did Pope Pius XII invent the dogma of the Assumption or, rather, did he define what God had already revealed to his Church and put into words what the Church had long held as part of her undying belief?