Wednesday 10th February 2016

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Restoring The Sacred . . . What “Ash Wednesday Catholics” Can Teach Us About Catholic Worship

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By JAMES MONTI

Ash Wednesday is coming very early this year — February 10. And with it will come the annual return of the “Ash Wednesday Catholics.” We are all familiar with the phenomenon that on Ash Wednesday the Catholic population of almost any given place seems to swell beyond measure as churches that normally see little more than a modest attendance at Sunday and weekday Masses are suddenly flooded with unfamiliar faces all in search of ashes for their foreheads.
No sooner do these visitors receive their tiny portion of dust than they disappear, largely not to be seen or heard from in church for the other 364 days of the year — although some will put in one more visit on Palm Sunday to lay claim to their share of blessed palms.
There is in this behavior a tacit admission, albeit unarticulated, that ultimately earthly comforts, pleasures, and success cannot satisfy the ever-restless heart. What this curious phenomenon tells us is that buried deep within these seemly indifferent souls rests a potent longing for the sacred, an ill-defined desire for what Lent and Holy Week represent.
Like the seed that fell amid thorns, this aspiration is choked by an obsessive preoccupation with the things of this world, yet it lingers just enough to draw these non-practicing Catholics irresistibly back to church when Ash Wednesday returns.
This all speaks to the power of sacred ritual, that even the simplest gestures of liturgical ceremony are integral to the expression of our faith and of God’s invitation to us, calling us through these rites to reconciliation and communion with Him. … Continue Reading

The Academic Roots Of The President’s Radicalism

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I was convinced that the liberal critics were going to jump all over Steve Forbes for his January 18 editorial in Forbes magazine. So far, I haven’t come across that criticism. Maybe it has taken place and I missed it. Maybe it is yet to come.
I thought that the critics were going to go at Forbes hammer and tong for describing President Obama’s worldview as one in which the “U.S. has been a force of evil in the world,” and in which the “smaller our role, the better. Most anything bad happening has at its source American and European colonialism.” Forbes contends this view has created in Obama a “mental construct increasingly at odds with murderous reality,” one which plays “down the awful behavior of Islamic barbarians and other notorious actors, such as Vladimir Putin.”
Strong words. Forbes is saying that our president is intentionally conducting American foreign policy to dramatically weaken the power and influence of the United States in the world. He is describing Obama’s position as one that is far different from those on the right, such as Patrick Buchanan, who call for less U.S. intervention in the wars between the forces in the Middle East. Buchanan sees the United States as a country that has behaved admirably and with good intentions in the world arena in the struggle against Nazism and Communism, but that it is not in our national interests — and not worth the loss of billions of dollars and the lives of our fighting men and women — to seek to impose our will in the Middle East at the present time.
Obama, on the other hand, writes Forbes, sees the United States as an “evil force in the world,” a country that ought not exert itself in the Middle East because we have no moral right to shape the politics of that part of the world — because we are not worthy to do so. … Continue Reading

Ash Wednesday Offers An Opportunity To Evangelize

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By REY FLORES

Do you know why we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday? I asked that question this past week to some of my Catholic friends and thankfully most of them gave me a pretty good answer. One had no clue, but then again, this person, though Catholic, doesn’t pray the rosary every day.
One of my favorite aspects of every Ash Wednesday is trying to count how many ashes I’ll see on people’s foreheads throughout the day. It’s especially fun when you’re riding on public transportation or walking down the street in a busy downtown area in a big city.
Another thing I enjoyed immensely happened when I worked as a communications specialist in a very non-religious union office environment. I entered the office after going to Mass and getting my ashes.
One comment I overheard whispered behind my back went like this: “That is so weird the way those people mark themselves up like vampires!” It didn’t help that Fr. Fanelli at St. Thomas More in Chicago had put an extra-large cross on my forehead, covering my face almost down to between my eyes. But I wore my ashes proudly that day.
Several people on the elevated train gave me funny stares and puzzled looks. One woman pulled her small child closer to her as I walked by to get a seat. I was looking right back at several of them all wide-eyed, daring them to ask me why I had a huge cross on my face.
My absolute favorite part, however, is when we walk in public with our ashes on Ash Wednesday when we are literally shouting with passion to the world: “I am a Catholic and I belong to the greatest Church in the universe! To God be the glory!” … Continue Reading

Texas Bishop Tells Red Mass… Public Officials Should Treat People As Family, Not Strangers

February 6, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — Public officials should treat those they deal with as if they’re family members, not strangers, a Texas bishop told the congregation at the Diocese of Phoenix’s annual Red Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica here.
The Diocese of Brownsville’s Bishop Daniel Flores was guest homilist at the January 26 Mass marking the start of the Arizona state legislative session, attended by a few hundred lawmakers, judges, attorneys, and other public officials.
Flores, who is one of two bishops asked to represent U.S. bishops during Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico from February 12 to 17, spoke for about 25 minutes in a resonant voice to the Arizona leaders. His full black beard might have made a person think of a biblical prophet.
The service lasted just under an hour and a half in the historic downtown Phoenix church visited by St. John Paul II during his U.S. trip in 1987. The spot is marked where the Pope knelt.
Flores, drawing attention to the day’s Gospel reading about Jesus’ mother and brothers looking for Him, said, “In a certain way, we are all related under one God in Heaven.”
An age-old question, the bishop said, is, “What is due to my neighbor?. . . … Continue Reading

National Review Versus The Donald

February 5, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

I can’t think of any topic in recent years that has dominated the right-wing talk shows in a manner comparable to National Review’s crusade to put an end to Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination for the presidency. It calls to mind William F. Buckley’s rendition of the magazine’s mission purpose when he founded it in 1955: that it will be a journal of opinion that “stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”
Buckley was attempting to turn the tide against the regnant liberalism of the middle years of the 20th century. His successors at National Review have decided that a full-court press is needed to stop Trump; that the ongoing individual attacks against Trump by leading conservatives in their syndicated columns and appearances on the talk shows is not enough to do the trick.
The conservative writers who joined against Trump are some of the best-known and respected commentators on the scene today, people such as L. Brent Bozell III, Andrew McCarthy, Thomas Sowell, Jonah Goldberg, and Cal Thomas.
They minced no words, calling Trump an “unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus within the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones”; a man whose “political opinions have wobbled all over the lot,” who has “supported abortion, gun control, single-payer health care…and punitive taxes on the wealthy.” … Continue Reading

GOP Elite’s Losing Strategy . . . Mirrored In McCain’s Attempts To Suppress Arizona Grassroots

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By DEXTER DUGGAN

PHOENIX — One of the mighty “might have beens” is the question of how much further the Republican Party could have advanced the well-being of this nation if the elite GOP establishment worked cooperatively with its energized grassroots rather than fighting and even betraying them as a matter of course.
On voting day, Republicans increasingly conquer the Democrats. Then GOP leaders lie down and moan they dare not act while Barack Obama’s Democrat Party dances all over them.
The elites know what the voters want because that’s what the GOP promises to deliver. Once the elections are won, though, the Mitch McConnells, Paul Ryans, and that bunch have fainting fits. Witness the bad way this worked out with the resignation last fall of failed House Speaker John Boehner.
Establishment icon Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) may be as good a specimen of the bunch as can be had. “Mavericky moderate” McCain currently is fighting to win a sixth straight term in the Senate, but his path isn’t strewn with rose petals.
In January of this new year, McCain paid the price of being repudiated by GOP ground troops here, then his desperate strategy blocked further expression of party workers’ frustration. Why try to conciliate the alienated grassroots when he can try to laugh them off? It’s the same dangerous recipe the national GOP cooks up to thwart the party base from Atlantic to Pacific. … Continue Reading

At MCCL Rally… Young Pro-Lifers Invigorate The March

February 3, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By PEGGY MOEN

ST. PAUL — MCCL’s 42nd annual January 22 rally took place under unusual circumstances. Traditionally, the pro-life rally has been held on and below the steps of the state capitol here, with pro-lifers marching on the grounds, in view of a podium set on top of the steps. But, with the capitol undergoing renovation, the march for the second year in a row was held on the lower capitol mall, with pro-life leaders addressing the crowd from a portable platform.
Another difference: The temperature was in the 20s — above zero.
The capitol’s renovation could symbolize a needed renewal of government, and the warmer weather could be a harbinger of hope for the long battle for life.
But the real cause for rejoicing at the rally was the ever-growing numbers of young people taking part — some of whose parents might have been born after Roe v. Wade was handed down.
Among the thousands taking part were scores of teenagers, marching with friends and family or under the banners of schools and fraternities.
“Blessed José Sanchez del Rio High School Seminary — We Are for Life,” read one banner.
In a sideshow along the frozen pathway, about 20 students from the seminary led chants, like “We love babies, yes we do, we love babies, how about you?” Drums and maracas accented the chants. … Continue Reading

Theological Dimensions Of The March for Life

February 2, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

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By FR. FRANK PAVONE

(Editor’s Note: Fr. Pavone is national director of Priests for Life.)

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I have been attending the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., since 1976, when I was a senior in high school. I had, at the very same time, begun paying more attention to my faith, to the Scriptures, and to the Church. Since those early years of the March, I have thought and spoken much of the theological dimensions of this massive, annual pro-life event.
With some exceptions, the participants in the March for Life are believers, and with a few more exceptions, are Christians. And they are Christians from every segment of the Body of Christ. The March — and the pro-life movement generally — is in fact one of the most powerful manifestations of Christian unity in our world today. And interestingly, the March falls each year within the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18 to 25).
Within a few months of one another in 1995, Pope St. John Paul II issued the encyclicals The Gospel of Life and That They May be One. And in both of these documents, one about pro-life and the other about Christian unity, he calls on the disciples of Christ to reach across denominational lines to secure the rights of the oppressed. In one of my favorite lines of The Gospel of Life, he declares, “No single person or group has a monopoly on the defense and promotion of life. These are everyone’s task and responsibility.”
Marching for life should indeed deepen our desire for what our Lord prayed on the night before He died: “May they be one.” … Continue Reading

The Assault On The Traditional Family

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By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK

R.J.K., a reader from Naples, Fla., writes to ask why Church authorities do not make a more concerted effort to defend the traditional family from the attacks being leveled against it by today’s “neo-pagan culture, led by the media.” He is convinced that the media are making a “mockery” of the image of the father as the “breadwinner” and the wife as “a stay-at-home mother.”
He argues it will be difficult for the “Second Vatican Council’s teaching (and the headline banner each week for First Teachers) that ‘parents are the first to pass on the faith to their children and to educate them in it’ to be realized if those traditional roles are undermined.”
R.J.K. points out that we seldom see any longer in films and on television a favorable portrayal of the roles of mother and father in the traditional family structure, roles which were depicted as the norm by Hollywood in the not so distant past. R.J.K. is correct about that.
There are few television programs these days in the same vein as popular shows of the past, such as Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, and The Donna Reed Show — which portrayed the stable nuclear family as something young Americans should aspire to.
Modern children get a far different picture of what it means to be a family than children of the middle years of the 20th century got. First Teachers welcomes letters from those who feel I am being overly gloomy in this matter. I would like to discover that I am wrong.
R.J.K. continues: “The mockery by the media of the traditional family is only a small part of the problem. The most damaging impact on the family in the United States in recent decades has been the exporting of blue-collar jobs to low-wage Third World countries. The resulting unemployment and underemployment at low-paying jobs of young males has prevented them from earning what is necessary to support a family. This has forced married women to work, rather than stay home with their children. What makes this situation worse is that single mothers and non-traditional families have been exalted by the media.” … Continue Reading

Prelate Notes Unworthy Communions . . . San Francisco Pro-Life Rally Urged To Continue Fight

January 31, 2016 Frontpage Comments Off

By DEXTER DUGGAN

SAN FRANCISCO — As an African pro-life leader saluted U.S. pro-lifers and urged them to continue their fight for babies and moms around the world, two American pro-life strategists told The Wanderer of plans to help keep abortion giant Planned Parenthood in disarray.
This was part of the scene January 23 at the nation’s second-largest annual pro-life gathering, the Walk for Life West Coast, which assembles on the broad plaza in front of San Francisco City Hall for speeches, then marches curb-to-curb on major thoroughfare Market Street through downtown.
Before the 12:30 p.m. rally, Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrated a packed 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, which looks down from a hilltop onto City Hall. He commented in his homily about Catholics who unworthily receive the Eucharist.
Cordileone didn’t mention names. However, local Democratic Cong. Nancy Pelosi has become renowned for energetically promoting the Culture of Death while claiming to be a faithfully practicing Catholic and receiving Communion.
At the rally, Nigerian-born speaker Obianuju Ekeocha, looking out over tens of thousands of participants, exclaimed, “I am so excited by the crowd I see here today!. . . I bring you greetings from the pro-life movement throughout the continent of Africa….You are such an example for every pro-life person in the world.”
The founder and president of Culture of Life Africa (cultureof
lifeafrica.com), Ekeocha said pro-lifers speak truth to power. She added: “I tell you as a woman, we should never have to buy success with the blood of our babies. . . . Authentic development should not be paid with the blood of the innocent.” … Continue Reading

COMPLETE 3 PART Interview With Cardinal Burke . . . Insights On The State Of The Church In The Aftermath Of The Ordinary Synod On The Family

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By DON FIER Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, recently traveled from Rome to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wis., a magnificent place of worship which he founded and dedicated. (His Eminence graciously granted an extensive interview to The Wanderer during which he…Continue Reading

‘Justice has been served’ – Bishop Conley on why he invited Bishop Finn to Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb., Feb 5, 2016 / 11:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln defended his decision to allow Bishop Robert Finn, former bishop of Kansas City, Mo., to take a position as chaplain of a community of…Continue Reading

Marco Rubio, David Daleiden; Chi-Town priest ‘outs’ himself

The young investigative journalist and pro-life activist David Daleiden – whom GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio recently defended – will present himself before Judge Brock Thomas in Houston on February 4. Peter Breen, special counsel for the Thomas More Society,…Continue Reading

Catholic Italy mobilises as conservatives mount last stand against same-sex unions

It has been 2,000 years since Romans gathered at the Circus Maximus to watch chariots roar around the racetrack, but a new battle was brought to the ancient site on Saturday . Clutching banners reading “We defend our children” and…Continue Reading

New documents prove Planned Parenthood profited from selling aborted body parts: pro-life group

HOUSTON, January 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-life organization has released documents that may show Planned Parenthood illegally profited from the sale of aborted babies’ body parts, furthering a Texas state investigation and possibly triggering a new grand jury in…Continue Reading

TRUMP’S SPOKESWOMAN MUST APOLOGIZE

Bill Donohue comments on a remark made by Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson: On December 18, 2011, Katrina Pierson sent the following tweet: “Just saw a commercial from Catholic Church stating that Catholic Church

Faithful Catholic Education Offers Understanding of True Freedom, Says Archbishop Lucas

Catholic education prepares students to live a life of faith, but also offers students a true understanding of God-given freedom in an environment in which they can grow in virtue, said Archbishop George Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb.,…Continue Reading

NFL star who refused to meet Obama over abortion gives powerful talk at March for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – All the speakers at the 2016 March for Life play a pivotal role – but only one was regularly called an MVP. Matt Birk, the former center for the Minnesota Vikings and the…Continue Reading

2016 March for Life heats up blizzard-stricken Washington (PHOTOS)

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The blizzard snows are falling on the nation’s capital, layering the city in a blanket of frost that could be two to three feet thick by tomorrow morning. But for awhile this afternoon,…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: Planned Parenthood Offices Located Near Half of Catholic Colleges, Alarming Pro-Life Leaders

Half of all four-year, residential Catholic colleges in the U.S. are within five miles of Planned Parenthood facilities, a study by The Cardinal Newman Society has found. Catholic pro-life leaders warn that the close proximity of these Planned Parenthood centers…Continue Reading

81 percent of Americans support dramatically stronger pro-life reforms: Poll

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An overwhelmingly majority – including two-thirds of self-described “pro-choice” Americans – would support greatly strengthening laws that protect the unborn, according to a new poll released this morning. In all, 81 percent of…Continue Reading

New initiative aims to make Catholic men ‘watchmen’

For years, Chad Crow has attended the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ annual conference for men. And the father of four, who is a parishioner at Transfiguration in Oakdale, said that he and other men who attend the conference…Continue Reading

Vatican Parishes Are Now Welcoming Refugees

Diocese of Rome Responds to Holy Father’s September Invitation for Parishes to Host a Family of Refugees January 15, 2016  By ZENIT Staff Responding to Pope Francis’ appeal this September, Vatican parishes have begun welcoming refugee families. In his Sept.…Continue Reading

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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to…Continue Reading

12 Ways to Become a Committed Catholic Man

There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of men who were baptized Catholic have left the Church and the majority of those who remain are “Casual Catholic Men”, men who do not know the Catholic faith and don’t practice it. This large-scale failure of Catholic men to commit themselves to Jesus Christ and His Church has contributed to the accelerating…Continue Reading

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Pope’s Angelus reflection: Trust in the word of the Lord

(Vatican Radio) Do not be afraid but trust in the word of the Lord: that was Pope Francis message to the crowds gathered in a windswept St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the recitation of the Angelus prayer. The Pope based his reflections on the Gospel reading which tells the story of Jesus calling his first disciples by Lake Galilee. After fishing all night without a catch, they are washing their nets when Jesus gets…Continue Reading

Christie and Bush attack Cruz, Rubio for being too pro-life

Fr. Mark Hodges WASHINGTON, D.C., February 5, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-lifers across the nation are scratching their heads and saying, “With friends like Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, who needs enemies?” Their frustration comes from both Christie and Bush attacking other presidential candidates as unelectable because they are pro-life without compromise. This morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie attacked Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio for not favoring aborting children conceived in…Continue Reading

INTERVIEW: Padre Pio In Rome: Saints as Living Icons of Divine Mercy

Stefano Campanella, Director of Padre Pio TV and Author of Publications on the Friar of Pietrelcina, Reflects on Significance of the Historic Transfer •February 4, 2016•Osvaldo Rinaldi• Stefano Campanella, born in 1964 in Putignano, Italy, lives with his family at San Giovanni Rotondo. He has been a parliamentary journalist and Vatican expert. Currently, he serves as director of Padre Pio TV and heads the press office of the religious province of Sant’Angelo and Padre Pio…Continue Reading

Pope: The Faith is the greatest inheritance we can leave

(Vatican Radio) The most beautiful inheritance we can leave to others is the Faith: that was Pope Francis’ message during Holy Mass on Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta. In his homily, he invited us to not fear death, because the course of life continues. Thinking about death illuminates life The day’s first reading tells the story of the death of King David. “In every life there is an ending,” the Pope said. This…Continue Reading

The Pope: consecrated life must be close to the people

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Vatican City, 2 February 2016 (VIS) – The following are extensive extracts of the Holy Father’s extemporaneous address to the participants in the Jubilee of Consecrated Life, which took place yesterday in the Paul VI Hall. This afternoon in St. Peter’s Basilica he will celebrate the Mass to conclude the Year of Consecrated Life. “I have prepared a text for this occasion regarding the themes of consecrated life and three of its most important pillars:…Continue Reading

Blessed José Sanchez Del Rio… Miraculous Cure Of A Baby Leads To His Sainthood

MEXICO CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The miraculous cure of a baby with brain damage through the intercession of Mexican martyr Blessed José Luis Sanchez del Rio has been approved by the Vatican, completing the final step for the teen’s path to sainthood. Pope Francis signed the decree January 21, verifying the inexplicable recovery of a…Continue Reading

Begging For Mercy

By DONALD DeMARCO When we do not hear another person’s words correctly we say, “I beg your pardon.” A moderator appears on stage and apologizes for a momentary inconvenience by saying to the audience, “I beg your indulgence.” These words flow easily from our lips, usually without much reflection. They have become automatic responses, polite…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “How Dissenters Attack The ‘Holiness’ Of The Church”

By BRIAN CLOWES Conclusion (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of the book Call to Action or Call to Apostasy, consisting of a detailed description of the current forms of dissent and how to fight them, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.)…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic . . . The New Literalism And Fundamentalism

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society…Continue Reading

Sources, Methods, And Lives

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO This has not been a good week for Hillary Clinton. She prevailed over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses by less than four tenths of one percent of all votes cast, after having led him in polls in Iowa at one time by 40 percentage points. In…Continue Reading

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A Leaven In The World . . . Jesus Gave Witness In The Public Square

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Seems to me that Jesus wants us to love our neighbors and leave the judging up to Him.” This is a typical response of many people when they encounter the Church and her members witnessing to their faith by speaking out on moral teachings in the public square. Christian witness in a visible, public way…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Hostility Against The Church

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 40 Fourth objection: Why do so many people have hostility to the Catholic Church? Reply: Why was Jesus the object of hostility from so many people? In simple terms, the Pharisees may have refused Him as they could not accept His doctrine and felt threatened by His power to perform miracles. The Sadducees may…Continue Reading

Life Everlasting — The Particular Judgment

By DON FIER In concluding our examination of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on article 11 of the Creed, we saw that in order “to rise with Christ, we must die with Christ” (CCC, n. 1005). Death, with all the mystery which surrounds this common fate of all mankind, is the gateway to everlasting life.…Continue Reading

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Q. I know that in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are supposed to practice more fervently the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Most of these are fairly easy to understand, but I wonder about the one that says we are to “admonish the sinner.” How can one do that without judging another person, which we’re not supposed to…Continue Reading

One Truth, One Lord, One God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Deut. 26:4-10 Romans 10:8-13 Luke 4:1-13 In the Gospel reading today we hear about Satan tempting our Lord. In the third temptation the Devil offers all of the kingdoms of the Earth to Jesus if He would just bow down and worship the tempter. In response, our Lord quotes…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Miguel Febres Cordero Munoz

By CAROLE BRESLIN There have been many saints born in Europe who came to the Americas to convert the natives and work among immigrants. These included St. Isaac Jogues, St. Frances Cabrini, and St. Damien of Molokai, to name a few. There were few saints who were born in the Americas and then went to Europe and died there far…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… Blessed Boleslava Maria Lament

By CAROLE BRESLIN The Catholic Church observes the Church Unity Octave from January 18 through January 25. For each day of the octave, we pray for a different form of unity. For example, on January 18, the intention is for the return of separated Eastern Christians to communion with the Holy See. Another day the intention is for the restoration…Continue Reading