There is something remarkable about the Solemnity of the Assumption.
In 2005 on this day, Lighthouse Catholic Media was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Lighthouse Catholic Media went on to provide talks about the Faith to hundreds of thousands of Catholics, helping them rediscover and deepen their love for their faith. These are the famous “Lighthouse Talks” that you can find at the entrance of many parishes.
In 2005, on this same day, the Augustine Institute was consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Founded as a Graduate School of Theology, the Augustine Institute quickly branched out to become content creators, releasing well-known series such as FORGIVEN and PRESENCE, the Lectio Study series, and more.
And Our Lady definitely has had a hand in both of these stories.
In 2015, the Lighthouse Catholic Media and the Augustine Institute merged to form the Augustine Institute as we know it today, providing even more amazing content to those who are seeking to enter the Faith, learn more about it, or rediscover their faith. These initiatives have included FORMED.org, and many productions from our Studios team, as well as many books, among which is our new What Every Catholic Should Know series.
What a beautiful journey! We are very blessed to be able to follow Christ’s call to help in the New Evangelization in such a profound way. We consider ourselves very blessed.
All of this we attribute to the grace of God, and to the protection and guidance of our Blessed Mother. She has helped us reach millions of people around the world, enkindling in their souls a love for the Lord.
We also want to express an important “Thank You” to so many people for the generous financial help and hard work , and to you for supporting us in every way.
On this important solemnity, you all are in our prayers!
Please pray for us, too, as we all continue to follow Christ.
If you have a FORMED subscription through your parish or on your own, we encourage you to visit FORMED.org, search “Mary,” and learn something new about our Lady on her feast day today.
The Augustine Institute Team
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
No one in the world can change Truth. What we can do and should do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. The real conflict is the inner conflict. Beyond armies of occupation and extermination camps, there are two irreconcilable enemies in the depth of every soul: good and evil, sin and love. What use are the victories on battlefield if we ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?
Always remain close to the Catholic Church, because it alone can give you true peace, since it alone possesses Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, the true Prince of Peace.
Introductory Prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe you want me to have faith in you, faith that hearkens to your words without any second guessing. I hope in your words, not relying solely on my own strength or reasoning. I love you. You continue to astonish me by showing me that your ways are not my ways.
Petition: Lord, may I know you personally through faith and a generous imitation of you.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, in my reading of the gospels I come to admire you exceedingly, but only grace can allow me to believe. Only grace can strengthen my faith and allow me to understand and see things the way you do. Give me the gift of faith, so I might rise above those limits and come to know you as my supreme good.
Resolution: Today I will pray for the gift of faith for those who don’t believe.