Thursday 15th November 2018

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The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

November 14, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog, which appeared there on November 5, 2018. All rights reserved.) + + + The Gospel for Tuesday of the 31st Week features the Lucan version of the parable about a man who gave a banquet. (In the Matthew version, Jesus refers to him as a king and I will refer to him that way in this post.) When all was ready, the servants were sent out to fetch the invited guests, many of whom made excuses: The first said to him, “I have purchased a field and must go…Continue Reading

Shine Brightly Like The Stars

November 13, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Shine Brightly Like The Stars

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Daniel 12:1-3 Heb. 10:11-14, 18 Mark 13:24-32 In the Gospel reading today our Lord teaches us about what will happen at the end of the world: The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Needless to say, it will be a terrifying time. For those who will be alive at that time, they will have the privilege of seeing the “Son of Man coming in the clouds” and the angels being sent to gather the elect. The times we are living in are not the end times,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

November 12, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect of meeting God, the ultimate arbiter of good and evil, at the end of our lives is something not only to look forward to, but which is helpful in daily life. Acknowledgment of the fact of final judgment comes to the fore each November when we turn from the first day of the month, celebrating all the saints in glory,…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… More On Women Priests — Why Not?

November 11, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… More On Women Priests — Why Not?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 The participation of women in the life of the Catholic Church over the centuries has been remarkable. Without being priests, women have played a major role in the instruction of the faithful, service of the sick and needy, and the works of the apostolate. The work of spreading the Gospel, as early as in the apostolic times, was facilitated by the efforts of devout women, and it continues today by the nuns and sisters of the numerous orders and congregations, as well as many devoted lay women in Catholic associations in a great many countries. There are women who stood up as towers in the City of God, even as doctors of the Church.…Continue Reading

Humility — Foundation Of The Spiritual Life

November 10, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Humility — Foundation Of The Spiritual Life

By DON FIER As has been demonstrated over the past two weeks, temperance is the cardinal virtue that “moderates the attraction of pleasures, assures the mastery of the will over instincts, and provides balance in the use of created goods” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 383). Although most often associated with man’s innate appetitive drives to preserve himself as an individual and as a species, we saw that many other moral virtues are also closely associated with temperance, some of which are summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ: “[Among] the virtues that coincide with temperance are clemency that remits the punishment due to a guilty person; meekness that restrains even justified anger; modesty that controls…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 9, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Now that Sr. Lucia’s Fatima letter has been opened, has anyone asked for a copy of the letter so that all can read it? — T.T., Iowa. A. A copy of the letter can be found in chapter 8 of Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book Fatima for Today and on pages 137-138 of Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone’s book The Last Secret of Fatima. You should also read the theological commentary on the letter by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is found in both books. Q. When Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015, he cited the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do…Continue Reading

French President Emmanuel Macron… Why We Should Be Concerned

November 7, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on French President Emmanuel Macron… Why We Should Be Concerned

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of Human Life International, www.hli.org. It first appeared at www.hli.org on October 29, 2018. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + Throughout his papacy Pope Francis has repeatedly denounced “ideological colonization.” In brief, ideological colonization can be defined as the arrogant imposition of foreign values and practices by wealthy countries on less developed nations. This is often accomplished through financial coercion, by offering monetary aid on the condition that the recipient country agrees to adopt new laws or policies that embody so-called “liberal” Western values. In 2017, the Pope described this kind of ideological colonization as a “blasphemy against God.” Earlier this year, in…Continue Reading

Two Heroic Widows

November 6, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Two Heroic Widows

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 1 Kings 17:10-16 Heb. 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 In the readings today we have three examples of extraordinary charity and generosity which can serve as a catalyst to look at our own disposition regarding charity toward God and neighbor. In the first reading we have one of the most amazing acts of generosity ever recorded. This poor widow from Zarephath is out gathering sticks to make a fire so she can prepare what she expects to be the last meal she will cook. The area was in the midst of a severe drought because there had been no rain for two and a half years. She had only a…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Good News Within The Bad News

November 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Good News Within The Bad News

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In a recent column, I shared some disappointing news about a lack of hospitality in the sacristy at St. Peter’s in Rome, after I had requested access to a side altar in the basilica for a weekday morning Mass. But I omitted some most wonderful news of another event which took place that same morning and in connection with that saddening encounter. I did not tell the entire story because I failed to include the good news within the bad news. I realized only later that, because I made my request known in Italian for the Traditional 1962 missal, the priest-sacristan for that reason understood I could also speak his native tongue; that may be…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… Women Priests — Why Not?

November 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… Women Priests — Why Not?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 Here we enter a specifically controversial issue, which has become the topic of conversation, argument, and heated debate in some trendy Church circles: the ordination of women to the priesthood. Since shortly after Vatican II, some say that, guided by the “Spirit of the Council” — whatever that may mean — it is unjust that a sacrament be denied to women, who compose more than half of Catholic congregations in general. Therefore, some ask for, and some others demand, the ordaining of women. Some feel that it is “machismo,” a discrimination against women, that does not allow to be ordained to the priesthood. Some Protestant denominations have their women “priests” and “bishops,” and…Continue Reading