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The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Basic Elements Of The Sacraments

November 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Basic Elements Of The Sacraments

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 We have started to study the seven sacraments instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. In every sacrament, we receive divine grace, sanctifying grace. And each sacrament confers also a specific grace of its own, called the sacramental grace. So, when the priest says, “I absolve you” to us, we are receiving the specific grace of the Sacrament of Confession, that is, the forgiveness of our sins. When the priest, who ordinarily baptizes people, says, “I baptize you,” we receive the specific grace of the Sacrament of Baptism — that is, cleansing of original sin. And so forth. So, a sacrament signifies, or indicates, the grace it gives. The very words…Continue Reading

Degrees Of Holy Orders — Diaconate

November 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Degrees Of Holy Orders — Diaconate

By DON FIER In examining the first two degrees of Holy Orders over the past two weeks, we saw that episcopal Ordination confers the fullness of the sacrament. Through reception of the grace of the Holy Spirit, “in an eminent and visible manner, [bishops] take the place of Christ himself, teacher, shepherd, and priest, and act as his representative” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1558). Likewise, we saw that priests, by Ordination to the second rank of Holy Orders (the presbyterate), become “co-workers of the episcopal order for the proper fulfillment of the apostolic mission that had been entrusted to it by Christ” (CCC, n. 1562). Even though priests depend on bishops in the exercise of their own…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

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

Q. When we see Jesus in Heaven, will He still have the wounds from His Passion? — J.S., Massachusetts. A. St. Thomas Aquinas says yes. Here is the explanation that appears in a chapter about Heaven in Fr. Wade Menezes’ excellent book The Four Last Things: “Whatever imperfections or deformities the body had on earth will be taken away and will not be present in Heaven. We must note, however, that Christ’s wounds do abide in Heaven. Rather than being removed, His wounds are glorified as an eternal sign of His triumph over sin and death in the world. His wounds, after all, were what brought the Apostle Thomas to believe in His Resurrection (see John 20:24-29). “According to St.…Continue Reading

The Signs Of The Times

November 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Signs Of The Times

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Prov. 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31 1 Thess. 5:1-6 Matt. 25:14-30 In the second reading today, St. Paul tells us we are children of the light and we are not of darkness. For this reason he says we are not to sleep like the rest do, but we are to be alert and sober. Unfortunately, we have been witnessing the drowsiness of many people when it comes to their faith. People are quite vivacious when it comes to the things of this world, of pleasure, or of selfish desires. However, when it comes to living the faith or serving the Lord, it seems that many have grown tired and have…Continue Reading

California Pro-Life Centers Win Against Forced Speech Law

November 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on California Pro-Life Centers Win Against Forced Speech Law

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A California state trial court issued a permanent injunction on October 30 in The Scharpen Foundation vs. Kamala Harris against California’s AB 775, which imposes onerous notification and disclosure requirements on pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. Under this law, pro-life pregnancy centers are required to conspicuously post a message alerting all who enter that California offers free and low-cost abortions with a local phone number for more information. The Scharpen Foundation is represented by Bob Tyler, according to Liberty Counsel. All licensed and unlicensed pregnancy counseling centers in the state are required to post a government-prescribed message in their facilities and in their online advertising or be fined $500 for the first violation and $1,000 for each additional…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Weinandy Letter: A Devastating But Salutary Blow

November 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Weinandy Letter: A Devastating But Salutary Blow

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The crisis in the Church deepens. The silence of Rome, except to attack any questioning of the theological novelties of this pontificate, forces more and more of those who love the Church and her faithful to speak out. The refusal of the Holy Father and those designated to speak for him to engage with seriousness any who question them leave an increasing number of questions unanswered. Undispelled confusion is moving more individuals to seek clarity. Add to that number a distinguished and respected theologian. Fr. Thomas Weinandy, OFM Cap., wrote a letter to Pope Francis which was made public this past week. In my estimation it is a particularly devastating bombshell of a letter because…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Seven Sacraments Of The New Law

November 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Seven Sacraments Of The New Law

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Wanderer readers have seen articles about the book Defense of the Seven Sacraments Against Martin Luther, a masterpiece of Catholic apologetics written by King Henry VIII in his Catholic times, helped by the Great Defender of the Faith in England, St. Thomas More. I had the privilege to be the editor of the new Millennium Edition of the book and had it dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II, as a fraternal reminder of the happy days in which England and Rome shared one Lord, one Faith, and one Baptism (Eph. 4:5) in the One Church of God, the Pillar and mainstay of the Truth (1 Tim. 3:15). The book is available from my website,…Continue Reading

Degrees Of Holy Orders — Presbyterate

November 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Degrees Of Holy Orders — Presbyterate

By DON FIER The Sacrament of Holy Orders, as was reaffirmed last week, has been conferred and exercised in three levels or degrees — the episcopate, the presbyterate, and the diaconate — since the beginning of the Church. As highlighted in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, all three “are irreplaceable for the organic structure of the Church” (n. 325). In fact, St. Ignatius, the third bishop of Antioch who was martyred in early post-apostolic times (AD 107), resolutely proclaimed: “Apart from these there is not even the name of a church” (Letter to the Trallians 3, 1; as cited in Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1593). In treating the episcopate last week, we saw…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 3, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I have been trying to read the Book of Revelation, but find it to be too confusing and too difficult to understand. Do you have any suggestions about how to proceed? — L.M., via e-mail. A. It would be helpful to study the footnotes in the book, say, in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible version of Revelation. You might also get a copy of Peter S. Williamson’s book, Revelation, which provides an excellent commentary. And you will find useful Fr. Alfred McBride’s book, The Second Coming of Jesus. This is a much shorter commentary than the one by Dr. Williamson, but it offers some clarity about some of the puzzling passages in the last book of the Bible. Based…Continue Reading

Don’t Miss The Banquet

November 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Don’t Miss The Banquet

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Wisdom 6:12-16 1 Thess. 4:13-18 Matt. 25:1-13 In the first reading we are instructed about Lady Wisdom and how she is found. We are told that she is readily found by those who love her and she does not disappoint those who those who watch for her. The thought of Wisdom is the perfection of prudence and whoever keeps vigil for her will be quickly free from care. So, we have to seek wisdom; it is not just simply given. Certainly, the Holy Spirit’s gift of wisdom is given by God, but even this has to grow and develop. Wisdom, as we see in the reading, does not…Continue Reading