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Our Savior And Redeemer . . . Prophet And Priest

April 30, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer . . . Prophet And Priest

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 So, Christ is our King. Being the eternal Son of God, He is King by natural right. As our Redeemer, He is King by acquired right, for He purchased us with His own Blood: “You were bought with a price,” “ransomed . . . with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Peter 1:18-19). Therefore, as King He holds the threefold power: legislative, executive, and judicial. Through the New Testament Scriptures and the Apostolic Tradition, interpreted by His Catholic Church, He promulgates laws and demands obedience. Through the Magisterium of His Church, He executes His decrees, imposes sanctions, and judges all men. He will judge the living and the dead at…Continue Reading

The Fruits Of Holy Communion

April 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Fruits Of Holy Communion

By DON FIER “The love of Jesus Christ reaches its highest perfection and produces the richest harvest of graces,” proclaims St. Peter Julian Eymard, “in the ineffable union He contacts with the soul in Holy Communion.” So inestimable is the value of Holy Communion worthily received, the great saint of eucharistic piety goes on to affirm, that “we profit more by Communion than all the other means of sanctification” (Holy Communion [HC], p. 1). Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, who never tired of preaching and teaching on the incalculable value of the Holy Eucharist, unreservedly concurs by stating that “every worthy reception of Holy Communion deepens the life of God in our souls: automatically, spontaneously, and infallibly” (The Blessed Sacrament…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 28, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I am a high school student who has been hearing from a teacher about how women like the late Betty Friedan did so much to free women from being “stay-at-home mothers” so they could fulfill themselves in the workplace. How true is this? — Z.M., Massachusetts. A. Not true at all. In his excellent new book Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture, Professor Anthony Esolen explained why in a chapter entitled “Restoring Womanhood: Building Homes, not Houses.” Among other things, he said that “when Betty Friedan, a communist ideologue posing as an ordinary American wife and mother, wrote The Feminine Mystique, she did not argue that women did not have pretty much the same opportunities that men had…Continue Reading

Entering The Lord’s Sheepfold

April 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Entering The Lord’s Sheepfold

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 1 Peter 2:20b-25 John 10:1-10 In the Gospel reading today, we hear Jesus explaining to His disciples about the sheep gate and that anyone who enters through this gate is with the shepherd while anyone who enters into the sheepfold through another means is a thief and a robber. When His disciples did not understand what He was trying to tell them, our Lord stated explicitly that He Himself is the gate. In other words, He is the only means by which anyone can enter into the sheepfold. This idea of being the gate might strike us as being very strange, but we have to understand…Continue Reading

“O Crux, Ave Spes Unica”… The Cross, The Only Hope Of The World

April 26, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “O Crux, Ave Spes Unica”… The Cross, The Only Hope Of The World

By FR. RANIERO CANTALAMESSA, OFM Cap. (Editor’s Note: Here is the Good Friday 2017 homily delivered in St. Peter’s Basilica by Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household. ZENIT News Agency made this text available; all rights reserved.) + + + We have listened to the story of the Passion of Christ. Apparently nothing more than the account of a violent death and news of violent deaths are rarely missing in any evening news. Even in recent days there were many of them, including those of 38 Christians Copts in Egypt killed on Palm Sunday. These kinds of reports follow each other at such speed that we forget one day those of the day before. Why then are…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . “You Seek Jesus Of Nazareth”

April 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . “You Seek Jesus Of Nazareth”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “. . . The crucified. He has been raised; He is not here.” In the night-watch of vigil, enveloped in the darkness of death and confusion, a single gleam which pierced the gloom has spread to become a profuse glow, a fire great enough to embrace every soul all over the world. The Source of this light invites all to a new way of being that begins in the darkness of sin. The light leads us forward, away from the darkness of the tomb of yesterday with its broken hopes and shattered dreams. It is a Person who bears this new light which we proclaim, who has gone forth, in the words we have heard,…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… Christ The King

April 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… Christ The King

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 A few years ago a low-budget movie caused a sensation among faithful Catholics: It was titled For Greater Glory. Although the story was not complete, it portrayed important aspects of the oppression of the Church in Mexico by the pro-Communist and Masonic government of an extremely evil man, named Plutarco Calles. The resistance led by good Catholic Mexicans was at first pacific, through petition and demonstrations. Later on, the diabolical determination of the government to eliminate the Church in Mexico led those faithful Catholics to defend themselves through guerrilla warfare that caused great casualties among the government troops, and also gave the Church many martyrs. Today there is a shrine being completed in…Continue Reading

Holy Communion

April 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Holy Communion

By DON FIER The Holy Eucharist, as we saw last week, is a sacrament three times over. As St. John Paul II pointed out in his first encyclical Redemptor Hominis, not only is it a Sacrifice-Sacrament and a Presence-Sacrament, but also a Communion-Sacrament. In this third dimension, the Eucharist is rightly referred to as the Paschal Banquet “in as much as Christ sacramentally makes present his Passover and gives us his Body and Blood, offered as food and drink, uniting us to himself and to one another in his sacrifice” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 287). We also saw last week that the altar at which the Sacrifice of the Mass is offered is the center…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 21, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. When I was young, the Fifth Sunday of Lent was Passion Sunday and the Sixth Sunday was Palm Sunday. Now the Sunday before Easter is called Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. Why the change? — T.L.H., Massachusetts. A. The change came about in 1970 when the two feast days were combined into one. According to the document Paschales Solemnitatis, which explains the feasts connected with Easter, “Holy Week begins on ‘Passion (or Palm) Sunday,’ which joins the foretelling of Christ’s regal triumph and the proclamation of the Passion. The connection between both aspects of the Paschal Mystery should be shown and explained in the celebration and catechesis of this day.” Prior to 1970, the Gospel read…Continue Reading

On The Road To Emmaus

April 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on On The Road To Emmaus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35 The passage we hear in the Gospel today about the two disciples of our Lord going to Emmaus is one of the favorites of many people. The charity of the two disciples is almost as amazing as their blindness. I have often wondered what could have been so important that these men would have left Jerusalem on the very day of the Resurrection. It might be even slightly understandable if they had no idea that the Resurrection had taken place, but they state emphatically that some women went to the tomb and reported seeing the angels who told them that Jesus…Continue Reading