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A Leaven In The World… Signs Of Growth At “The Margins” Of The Church

February 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Signs Of Growth At “The Margins” Of The Church

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Why does a young man of 18 years old put on a suit and tie on Sunday morning, leaving his parents and sisters behind, to drive to a more distant parish? To attend the Traditional Latin Mass. I’d noticed him for a few weeks along with our growing Sunday Traditional Mass congregation and met him briefly at our weekly coffee and donuts that follows. People come and go in every parish. In ours some come to see the Latin Mass as a sort of spectacle out of the ordinary. Approaching it as less than one’s spiritual bread and butter usually results in lack of commitment. Or is a result of it. After attending weekly for…Continue Reading

The Meaning Of Original Sin

February 19, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Meaning Of Original Sin

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 25 Haven’t you met Catholic people who question the gravity of Adam’s sin? They do believe that all humans stem from a single couple, yes, but they find it hard to accept that stealing an apple is such a big deal. Surely God could not be that much offended by that! Such people argue in this manner because they do not understand the seriousness of original sin. The fact is that our father Adam committed a very serious sin. It was very serious for several reasons: First, Adam knew perfectly well that God had warned him of the consequence of his disobedience: He would die. Period. “Of the tree of the knowledge of good…Continue Reading

The Liturgical Celebration Of The Eucharist

February 18, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Liturgical Celebration Of The Eucharist

By DON FIER As narrated in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and in the First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper on the night before He died. Jesus and His apostles had just traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the great Jewish feast of Passover in commemoration of the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. During the course of the meal, Jesus “took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me’” (Luke 22:19). After supper, He likewise took the cup and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Following up on a recent reply about the failure of Jesuit colleges and universities to uphold Catholic morality, the Cardinal Newman Society has reported that most members of Congress who graduated from Catholic institutions have pro-abortion voting records. Of the 56 Jesuit college alumni who hold seats in the new Congress, said Matt Archbold of the Cardinal Newman Society, only two senators and 12 representatives have pro-life voting records. The two pro-life senators are John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) and Dan Sullivan (R., Alaska). The dozen pro-life congressmen, all Republicans, are Vern Buchanan (Fla.), Barbara Comstock (Va.), Dan Donovan (N.Y.), John Faso (N.Y.), Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.), Mike Gallagher (Wis.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Trey Hollingsworth (Ind.), Frank LoBiondo (N.J.), Mick…Continue Reading

The Meaning Of Mammon

February 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Meaning Of Mammon

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 49:14-15 1 Cor. 4:1-5 Matt. 6:24-34 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us that we cannot serve two masters. We will either hate the one and love the other or we will be devoted to one and despise the other. Then He states the point clearly: We cannot serve God and mammon. We have all heard this many times, but have we ever stopped to think about what our Lord says next? When we consider the context, mammon is not just money. Jesus tells us not to worry about things like what we are going to eat or drink; He tells us not to be…Continue Reading

Catholic Teaching On The Sacrament Of Penance . . . Clear And Concise Catholic Moral Guidance On Confession

February 15, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Teaching On The Sacrament Of Penance . . . Clear And Concise Catholic Moral Guidance On Confession

By FR. JOHN TRIGILIO (Editor’s Note: This article on Confession by Fr. John Trigilio, Ph.D., Th.D., appeared in CatholicAction.org and is reprinted here with permission. (Fr. Trigilio is a pastor, the president of the American Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and the coauthor of Catholicism for Dummies.) + + + Q. Why should Catholics confess their sins to a priest? What sins need to be confessed? A. After Jesus rose from the dead on Easter Sunday, He appeared to the apostles, breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit; whose sins you forgive, are forgiven them. Whose sins you retain, are retained” (John 20:22-23). Had Jesus not wanted or intended His ordained ministers to absolve sins, why would He have…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The God Of Silence: Witness Of A Young Father

February 13, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The God Of Silence: Witness Of A Young Father

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I recently received a wonderful handwritten letter from a young husband and father. So often parishes are the brunt of abusive and unkind behavior on the part of Catholics who are in the midst of a struggle with their own maturity or lack of commitment. Many who say they are Catholic seem to have little or no love for the Church and her members. I share with you here a refreshingly different openness that comes with faith that is radically open to Christ, who comes to us through the Church. My voice broke with emotion as I shared this letter with my parishioners at a Sunday Mass, touched as I was by someone who is…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… Adam And Eve: Their Gifts And Their Fall

February 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… Adam And Eve: Their Gifts And Their Fall

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 24 After having seen that the much-promoted “theory of evolution” of man from an inferior species is scientific nonsense, and that the chromosomal unity of all human races points to a common origin, as the laws of genetic demonstrate, we now enter the field of divine Revelation. We will investigate who were our first parents, from whom the whole of mankind stems. The Church teaches that God granted to them unique gifts, such as, sanctifying grace, immortality, integrity, happiness, and enlightenment. They were put to the test, to assess their fidelity, in order to deserve the Beatific Vision, but they failed the test. They lost their gifts, but did not lose their free will.…Continue Reading

The Institution Of The Holy Eucharist

February 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Institution Of The Holy Eucharist

By DON FIER Bread and wine, as we saw last week, are “at the heart of the Eucharistic celebration” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1333). As succinctly summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, these two elements are significant for several reasons: bread and wine are expressive of the goodness of creation; they witness the fulfillment of Melchizedek’s offering in the Old Law; bread commemorates the Passover of the Israelites; manna in the desert prefigures the bread of the Eucharist; bread is representative of God’s pledge of fidelity to feed His people; and the cup of blessing symbolizes the New Jerusalem at the end of time (cf. The Faith, p. 118). St. Thomas Aquinas further elaborates on the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 10, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Is it okay to give out a blessed rosary or a blessed medal to a non-Catholic when evangelizing when that person will put it around his neck as a piece of jewelry and not see it as a religious object? There is a lady who gives out rosaries without any written material to let them know how to pray the rosary. — W.B., via e-mail. A. Yes, it is okay to give religious objects, such as rosaries or medals, to non-Catholics whom one is trying to evangelize. These sacramentals have been known to lead to the conversion of persons who received them. Naturally, passing them out ought to be accompanied by an explanation of their religious significance and a…Continue Reading