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The Church — Body of Christ (Part 2)

May 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we began to unpack the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the Church as the “Body of Christ” last week, we saw that the image of the human body to describe the Church is derived principally from the Pauline epistles. In an exhortation to the Corinthians, the apostle to the Gentiles was absolutely clear in pronouncing, “You are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Elsewhere, he was no less explicit when he declared that Christ “is the head of the body, the church” (Col. 1:18). It is a profound analogy that “casts light on the intimate bond between Christ and his Church…[and powerfully demonstrates] the unity…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I like to attend daily Mass, but the town where I live only offers two — at 6:45 and 7:00 a.m. at two different churches. Now that I am getting older and have trouble sleeping, these early Masses are very difficult to attend regularly. I wonder if every parish priest would consider offering at least one Mass per week in the evening, say, at 5:30, and even better, offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation right before Mass. I know from visits to other cities that these Masses would be well attended. I realize our priests are already often very overworked, but saying Mass and offering the sacraments (especially Confession and Last Rites) are their primary duties. I am certain I speak for…Continue Reading

The Blood Of Christ Cleanses Our Consciences

May 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR B) Readings: Exodus 24:3-8 Heb. 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 In the first reading today we hear about the covenant that was entered into between God and the people of Israel. Moses was the representative of both God and the people in this case. Consequently, he speaks to the people on behalf of the Lord, then he presents to the Lord the response of the people. When the people proclaimed that they would abide by the terms of the covenant, Moses took the blood of the bulls that had been sacrificed and splashed half of it on the altar and half on the people. The altar was, at the time, the highest…Continue Reading

Archbishop Martin In Lourdes . . . In Defending Marriage, We Are Not Trying To Hurt Or Offend

May 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

LOURDES (ZENIT) — Here is a homily given May 13, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, by Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as archbishop of Armagh, Ireland. + + + At Mass in Lourdes, Archbishop Martin remembered and acknowledged the faithful in Ireland, and around the world, who are praying, fasting, doing penance, and praying novenas for the special intention of marriage and the family. He said that “when we pray for, and speak up for the institution of marriage as it has been understood across cultures and down the ages, we are not trying to hurt or offend anyone — thank God, in His great mercy He…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Social Networks, Addiction To Images, And Custody Of The Eyes

May 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A follower on my Facebook page recently messaged me about a sordid situation arising from an association based on a Facebook “friendship.” She “friended” a man who then used her account to gain access to her daughter. What started out as a hope to meet someone who may become a real friend ended in inappropriate contact with a minor. Subsequent interaction made clear that the person in question may have been using more than one identity and a false identification photo for the purpose of deceiving and manipulating vulnerable individuals. Many of you, sadly, have similar stories to report, along with a resulting feeling of disillusion with the Internet, a wonderful resource that has provided…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Order Of The Universe Proves God’s Existence

May 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 3 Let us put our thinking cap on, and reason: Whenever you see something whose parts are arranged in order, following a specific logical pattern, you know that someone did it. Furniture in a living room, chess pieces on a board, books in a library. Orderly arrangement cannot be explained except as being due to the activity of an intelligent designer. There is no order without an intelligent orderer. Imagine that tomorrow morning you go to a bicycle factory, and in one of the workshops you see a number of parts, sorted into different boxes — steel tubing, a sheaf of spokes, wheel-rims, hubs, handlebars, pedals, and boxes of nuts and screws and so forth.…Continue Reading

The Church — Body Of Christ

May 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we considered “People of God” as an image of the Church last week, an important and underlying principle inherent to its biblical symbolism emerged: God wills to make us holy and save us not as separated, isolated individuals, but as a people. He wills to sanctify and redeem mankind “by making them into one people gathered together by the unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 153). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) lists seven basic ways that indicate how the Church is the “People of God.” As summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, they are: 1) those called by God…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Writing in the Sunday bulletin of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George W. Rutler talked of the “web of contradiction [that] becomes more entangled in our day when politics are complicated by moral inconsistencies.” He cited three examples: “First, the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana occasioned celebrations, as the birth of any baby should. During the royal pregnancy, no one referred to the unborn princess as anything other than a baby, and attention was focused on whether the infant was a boy or a girl, and what name would be given. Yet by the laws of the realm, she was a potentially disposable fetus. No one raised the question of the civil…Continue Reading

Truths Beyond Comprehension

May 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matt. 28:16-20 In the first reading today, we hear Moses addressing the people of Israel after their Exodus from Egypt and after they had spent much time in the desert. Moses marveled, and rightly so, that God had entered into human history, chosen a people of Himself, and brought them out from another country where they had been slaves. Moses challenges the people: “Did anything so great ever happen?” “Was it ever heard of?” God had intervened personally before in His dealing with Adam, Noah, Abraham, and others. But there had never been such a clear display to so many people…Continue Reading

Pope To The Bishops Of Mozambique . . . “The Paschal Mystery Is The Beating Heart Of The Mission Of The Church”

May 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Pope Francis on May 9 received the bishops of Mozambique who were in Rome for their ad limina visit. + + + Dear brothers in the episcopate! You are welcome ad limina Apostolorum, the purpose of the visit undertaken by you these days, so that with your dioceses in your heart, you also celebrate and strengthen the bonds between you and the Church of Rome that presides in charity. We are one people, with only one soul, convoked by the Lord who loves and sustains us. I receive and greet you with fraternal joy, extending my greetings to Cardinals Alexandre and Julio, to the bishops emeritus, to the diocesan and missionary clergy, to the consecrated men…Continue Reading