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The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… More On Confession

June 24, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… More On Confession

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 34 I do not know who said that “Repetition is the Mother of Learning” or “Repetition is the Father of Learning,” or even that “Repetition is the Key of Learning.” The fact is that repetition is most important to anyone who wants to learn something in such a way that will become part and parcel of his memory and life. It worked in the old days when we learned the arithmetic tables and it works today when we learn about the sacraments of the Church, especially Confession. By repetition of the essentials of Confession, we will be able better to profit from its effects and lead a life of friendship with God, free from…Continue Reading

Freedom And Truth

June 23, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Freedom And Truth

By DON FIER A preeminent truth that no man can deny is the universal desire for happiness — it is a goal that is common to all. This innate desire was identified and written of more than three centuries before Christ by the Greek philosopher Aristotle in his classic work entitled Nicomachean Ethics. At the same time, the pagan philosopher realized that not all agree on what constitutes happiness. For as St. Augustine wrote centuries later in his Confessions: “As one looks for his joy in this thing, another in that, all agree in their desire of being happy” (book X, chapter 21). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that this desire is divine in origin. Our Creator…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 22, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Following up on a recent question about a divorced and remarried non-Catholic adult who converts to the Catholic Church, you said that the conversion would not change the status of the person, that he would still be married to his previous spouse and could not marry again without a decree of nullity or the death of the first spouse. Would the situation be any different if the person had been married civilly before a judge or a justice of the peace rather than in a religious ceremony? — D.M., Virginia. A. No, because the Catholic Church presumes the validity of non-Catholic marriages, whether in a church or before a justice of the peace. “At the risk of some oversimplification,”…Continue Reading

None Dare Call It Treason

June 20, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on None Dare Call It Treason

By DEACON JAMES TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Air War College, and author of Morals Under the Gun and other books. He has also taught at Notre Dame, Norwich, Auburn, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C.) + + + Treason is the only crime defined in and by the U.S. Constitution (article III, section 3). It is referred to, also, in the Holy Gospel (Matt. 26:20-25, Mark 14:17, Luke 22:21, John 13:21). The crime of treachery is so abominable, so heinous, that, often, none dare call it treason, preferring almost any euphemism to the…Continue Reading

The Glorious St. John The Baptist

June 19, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Glorious St. John The Baptist

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Nativity Of St. John The Baptist (YR B) Readings Isaiah 49:1-6 Acts 13:22-26 Luke 1:57-66, 80 Today we celebrate the birth of a man who is important to us in a variety of ways. St. John the Baptist is, according to our Lord’s own words, the greatest man born of woman. For this reason alone it is proper we should celebrate his birth. But, the reason his birth is celebrated is not because he was the greatest. In the Church’s calendar only three birthdays are celebrated: those of Jesus, Mary, and St. John the Baptist. These are the three people born without sin. Jesus is God, Mary was conceived without original sin, and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Will Marriages Outside A Church Keep Couples In The Church?

June 18, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Will Marriages Outside A Church Keep Couples In The Church?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church makes exceptions to its own rules; this is well known. There are God’s rules, such as the Commandments, exceptions to which cannot be granted by man. And then there are the regulations promulgated by the Church, using the authority given her by the Lord, in order to better facilitate the pastoral work of assisting the faithful in living out God’s will for salvation. Rules made by men can be, and have been, changed by men. What is less well known is why and when doing so is appropriate. The highest law of the Church is the salvation of souls. In order to save one’s soul one must, under ordinary circumstances, do what is…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Understanding Confession More Deeply

June 17, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Understanding Confession More Deeply

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 33 When Jesus gave the apostles the power to bind and unbind things here on Earth (Matt. 18:18), He gave them authority over His flock. Hence, from the very first century, Popes and bishops passed laws to be observed by the people. Consequently, considering the seriousness of sin, and the risk many take for eternity if they lead a sinful life, the Church wisely made a law requiring all the faithful who have come to the use of reason, to receive the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year. This law does not bind everyone, such as those who are not in mortal sin. It binds only those who are guilty of mortal…Continue Reading

Man’s Desire For Happiness

June 16, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Man’s Desire For Happiness

By DON FIER Significant to note from last week’s consideration of the eighth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:10), is that the reward promised is identical to that of the first Beatitude: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3). Through a literary device called inclusion, biblical exegetes deduce that the promise made at the beginning and end of the series of eight Beatitudes applies likewise to those between. Thus, as Fr. Servais Pinckaers, OP, concludes: “The beatitude of the persecuted completes the series…and brings to full circle the assurance of the Kingdom of heaven” (The Pursuit of Happiness —…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 15, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Can you tell me the difference between a basilica and a cathedral? — M.N., California. A. A basilica is a title of honor given to certain churches which may be classified either as major basilicas or minor basilicas. The only four major basilicas are located in Rome. They are St. John Lateran, St. Peter, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and St. Mary Major. Some churches outside of Rome have been designated minor basilicas and enjoy some of the privileges of the major basilicas. A cathedral is the official church of the bishop, where his permanent episcopal chair is located and where he usually officiates. It is the mother church of all the other churches in the diocese and is…Continue Reading

Mourning Ireland’s Rejection Of The Eighth Amendment

June 13, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Mourning Ireland’s Rejection Of The Eighth Amendment

(Editor’s Note: Below we reprint two statements on Ireland’s recent anti-life vote, the first from Fr. Shenan Boquet, the president of Human Life International, and the second from Bishop Kevin Doran of the Diocese of Elphin, Ireland. (Fr. Boquet’s June 5 commentary first appeared at hli.org, and was reprinted by LifeSiteNews. (Bishop Doran’s May 28 message was reprinted at zenit.org in a ZENIT News Agency article by Jim Fair. (All rights reserved.) + + + St. John Paul II’s Prophecy For Ireland’s future By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Human Life International) — “You will decide what Ireland will be” — St. Pope John Paul II. In 1979, Pope John Paul II gazed out over a sea of some 300,000 youth at…Continue Reading