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April 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Enclosed is an article about whether abortion is mentioned in the Bible and forbidden there. How would you respond to this Jewish writer? Also, do Jews forbid abortion? — J.G., Illinois. A. Just because something is not specifically mentioned in the Bible does not mean that it’s morally okay. The word “pornography” does not appear in the Bible. Is that okay? Nor do the words “human trafficking” or “drunken driving,” but no one would attempt to excuse those evils by saying that they are not in the Bible. It would be interesting to see how many of those who defend abortion on the grounds that the word is not in Scripture at the same time excuse or even practice…Continue Reading

Jesus Destroyed The Power Of Death

April 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jesus Destroyed The Power Of Death

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Easter Sunday (YR A) Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Col. 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 In the second reading today, St. Paul tells us that when Christ our life appears, we too will appear with Him in glory. The truth of this is that Jesus is risen from the dead and, on the last day of the world, all those who have died united with Him by grace will also rise from the dead and be taken up with Him into glory. We must understand that every human person to have ever lived is going to rise from the dead and their risen bodies will be reunited with the souls and they will live forever. This sounds wonderful until…Continue Reading

A Question Of Minor Adaptations . . . Illumination At The Easter Vigil

April 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Question Of Minor Adaptations . . . Illumination At The Easter Vigil

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University, writes the Liturgy Q-and-A column for ZENIT News Agency, which first published the article below, March 28, 2017. (All rights reserved.) + + + Q. We are having disagreements in our parish about how to proceed in some parts of the Easter Vigil Mass. 1) When the new fire is outdoors, the procession order, back into the church, seems quite clear in the rubrics. However, at the second singing n. 16) “all light their candles from the flame of the paschal candle. . .” seems misunderstood as many go in before the deacon, light their…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Kneeling Witnesses Faith Through Worship

April 3, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Kneeling Witnesses Faith Through Worship

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK No one believes it’s true that we can say we love and then do whatever we want. If it were true, there would be no divorce. That is certainly not the case, as millions who suffer the devastating effects of broken marriages and families can attest. In the 1960s and ever after we’ve been told as long as we believe we could eliminate signs of belief. Many repeated the mantra that no one can judge your faith and this defense was often wielded in reaction to anyone who claimed that traditional devotion was worth saving. This happened when people were told to stand for Communion and we formed two ticket-taking lines in all our churches,…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer . . . The Person Of Jesus Christ

April 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer . . . The Person Of Jesus Christ

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part One Who was or who is this Jesus Christ? Different people give different answers to this question. Muslims came up with the ridiculous suggestion that He was a prophet of Islam (by the way, Tom, Dick, and Harry in the Old Testament were all also supposed to be “prophets of Islam,” or something like that); some positivists say He was a man of great mind, intelligent, able, endowed with great leadership abilities. Some calling themselves “Christian” say He was a prophet but not divine; others of the same ilk say He was a holy man upon whom the Holy Spirit descended on His Baptism; others say that He was divine, yes, but He was…Continue Reading

The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

April 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

By DON FIER Part 5 Vatican Council II concisely describes why the Holy Eucharist is so fundamentally important in the Church’s life, why it is the sacrament toward which the other sacraments, every Church ministry, and all works of the apostolate are directed. “The Most Blessed Eucharist,” affirm the council fathers, “contains the entire spiritual boon of the Church, that is, Christ himself, our Pasch and Living Bread” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, n. 5). In her infallible teaching known as the doctrine of the Real Presence, the Church teaches that as Catholics we must firmly hold that the Holy Eucharist is Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God, continued in space and time. As defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church…Continue Reading

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March 31, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. We know that Our Blessed Lady was assumed body and soul into Heaven at the end of her life, but what about St. Joseph? Has the Church ever proclaimed that he was taken bodily to Heaven? — F.A., Massachusetts. A. There is no official statement by the Church that St. Joseph was taken to Heaven body and soul, but it is not unreasonable to think that he might have been. One of the reasons why we think that Mary was assumed into Heaven is the lack of relics of her body or a burial place or shrine that is honored as her resting place. But the same is true of Joseph. We don’t know exactly when he died, but…Continue Reading

We Will Be Tested

March 30, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on We Will Be Tested

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Palm Sunday (YR A) Readings: Matt. 21:1-11 Isaiah 50:4-7 Phil. 2:6-11 Matt. 26:14-27:66 Everyone loves a winner, but very few people will remain loyal to someone who fails. It is an amazing thing to watch the ebbs and flows of popular opinion. In the readings today we hear about fidelity and infidelity, about loyalty and betrayal. We begin with the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. There were crowds of people spreading their cloaks on the road before our Lord as He comes down the Mount of Olives toward Jerusalem, others filling the road with palm branches and crying out, “Hosanna to the son of David, Hosanna in the highest.” They were more than happy to…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Message For World Youth Day… “The Mighty One Has Done Great Things For Me”

March 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope Francis’ Message For World Youth Day… “The Mighty One Has Done Great Things For Me”

(Editor’s Note: Below is the Vatican-provided text [slightly abridged] of the Holy Father’s message for this year’s World Youth Day, which will be held on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the diocesan level on the theme: “The Mighty One has done great things for me” [Luke 1:49]. ZENIT made the text available. The original was issued in English on February 27, 2017.) + + + Dear Young Friends, Here we are, on the road again, following our great meeting in Krakow, where we celebrated the Thirty-First World Youth Day and the Jubilee for Young People as part of the Holy Year of Mercy. We took as our guides St. John Paul II and St. Faustina Kowalska, the apostles of…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Good News Vs. Fake News

March 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Good News Vs. Fake News

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I’ve been fascinated by news, primarily as it is peddled by means of the daily “broadsheet,” since grade school when I single-handedly founded a newspaper for ensuring all eight grades of my parochial school would be well informed on the matters of the day. I remember well the saintly woman, Mrs. Dumais, a busy mother of about six children, who patiently and expertly typed all of the articles onto a wax Gestetner form. The keys of the manual typewriter would pierce the wax so that the form could then be attached to a drum containing ink. As one rolled the drum over paper fed through the machine, ink penetrated the typed holes, bleeding onto the…Continue Reading