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June 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: As promised in May, here is a summary of the second appearance of Our Blessed Lady to the three children in Fatima 100 years ago. For more details, see Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book Fatima for Today. June 13, 1917 Fifty people had accompanied the three visionaries to the Cova da Iria on the 13th of June. They joined the children in praying the rosary, but did not see our Lady when she suddenly appeared above the holm oak tree. “What do you want of me?” Lucia asked, and the Virgin said to return there on July 13, to pray the rosary every day, and to learn to read and write. Lucia not only learned to read and write,…Continue Reading

The Trinity Is The Central Mystery

June 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Trinity Is The Central Mystery

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR A) Readings: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 2 Cor. 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 Today we celebrate the mystery that is central to what it means to be Christian: the Most Holy Trinity. One might reply that to be Christian is to believe in Jesus. This is true, but what do we believe about Jesus? We believe that from all eternity Jesus is God. Now, either there is only one God who became man, or there are more gods than one, or there is more than one Person in God. Let’s begin with the first possibility. In the first reading today we hear about God’s self-revelation to Moses. In both God’s revelation of…Continue Reading

At Thomas Aquinas College Commencement . . . “Only The Childlike Attain True Wisdom And Learning”

May 31, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on At Thomas Aquinas College Commencement . . . “Only The Childlike Attain True Wisdom And Learning”

By FR. PAUL SCALIA (Editor’s Note: Fr. Paul Scalia is the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington, Va. He gave the following homily at the May 13 Baccalaureate Mass for the Thomas Aquinas College Commencement. It is reprinted here with the kind permission of Fr. Scalia. All rights reserved.) + + + “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” My dear friends in Christ, at the risk of sounding a discordant note on a joyful occasion, allow me to say that there is something incongruous — perhaps even cruel — about this verse. At least for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Most Awkward Conversations Are The Most Important

May 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Most Awkward Conversations Are The Most Important

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There’s nothing more intense than being invited to share in the most intimate details of the life of another soul or family. Of course it is not done gratuitously. When a person is distressed or grieving and reaches out for help, it is often the priest to whom they turn for healing. Most commonly people seek pastoral assistance during the process of grieving. As well as discussing the details of a funeral, they need to hear the compassionate expressions of condolence from others. The priest stands in solidarity with those who are hurting in the dawning realization of what it means that they will no longer see a loved one in this life. I was…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… The Redemption

May 28, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… The Redemption

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 In his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II made a few interesting statements about Islam, which I quote in the following two paragraphs: “Whoever knows the Old and New Testaments, and then reads the Koran, clearly sees the process by which it completely reduces Divine Revelation. It is impossible not to note the movement away from what God said about Himself, first in the Old Testament through the Prophets, and then finally in the New Testament through His Son. In Islam all the richness of God’s self-revelation, which constitutes the heritage of the Old and New Testaments, has definitely been set aside. “Some of the most beautiful names in…Continue Reading

Penance As A Laborious Kind Of Baptism

May 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Penance As A Laborious Kind Of Baptism

By DON FIER Sin, its dire consequences, and man’s continual need for conversion are realities that are often dismissed or even outrightly denied in modern secularized societies enamored, as they are, with materialistic pursuits. As noted last week, recent Roman Pontiffs, beginning with Pope Pius XII in 1946, cite as an underlying reason for this troubling phenomenon a “loss of the sense of sin.” The Sacrament of Penance is felt by many to be outdated and unnecessary — perhaps no other sacrament has suffered such a decline in recent years. The result, as so accurately described by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn in the second volume of Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, is that “the problem of unrecognized and unrepented…Continue Reading

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May 26, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In his parish bulletin recently, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City recalled the famous words of the great jazz singer Al Jolson: “You ain’t heard nothing yet” and compared them with the words of Jesus: “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now” (John 16:12). He said that when Jesus rose from the dead, “He said, in so many human words, ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet.’ The Resurrection was far from a grand finale; it was the start of everything else. As our Lord ascended in glory, He gave the Great Commission: ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matt. 28:19).” This commission…Continue Reading

Discover God’s Gifts And His Will

May 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Discover God’s Gifts And His Will

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Pentecost Sunday (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 In the first reading today we hear about the Holy Spirit descending upon the apostles as they were gathered in prayer. The event was marked by some extraordinary phenomena: the noise like a driving wind filling the house and the tongues of fire. After they received this great gift from our Lord we hear about the apostles speaking in tongues so that people of different languages could all understand as if the apostles were speaking in the native tongues of these people. People often question why we do not experience these kinds of extraordinary phenomena anymore. The reason is that it is no…Continue Reading

The Canonization Mass For Jacinta And Francisco . . . Pope Francis Says: “Dear Pilgrims, We Have A Mother”

May 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Canonization Mass For Jacinta And Francisco . . . Pope Francis Says: “Dear Pilgrims, We Have A Mother”

(Editor’s Note: Pope Francis on May 13 canonized Jacinta and Francesco Marto, as the highlight of his May 12-13 Apostolic Pilgrimage to Fatima. Below is the Vatican translation of the Pope’s homily during the Mass, as provided by ZENIT News Agency. (It is followed by the text of Pietro Cardinal Parolin’s homily at the vigil. Earlier at the vigil, the Pope led the faithful in the rosary.) + + + “[There] appeared in heaven a woman clothed with the sun.” So the seer of Patmos tells us in the Book of Revelation (12:1), adding that she was about to give birth to a son. Then, in the Gospel, we hear Jesus say to his disciple, “Here is your mother” (John…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… 25th Ordination Jubilee Solemn High Mass And Celebration

May 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… 25th Ordination Jubilee Solemn High Mass And Celebration

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: The staff of The Wanderer congratulates Fr. Cusick on his upcoming 25th anniversary of Ordination.) + + + Thank you for reading my column so faithfully over the years and for all that you have done to support the apostolate of The Wanderer. As we mark the 25th anniversary of my June 6, 1992 Ordination I invite all our readers who are able to attend the events at the parish which will mark this spiritual milestone. The parish celebration will take place on Sunday, June 4, with Masses at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, 7185 Benedict Ave., Benedict, MD, 20612. The latter Mass will be a Solemn…Continue Reading