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A Leaven In The World… Extraordinary Parish Life

February 5, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Extraordinary Parish Life

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I have had a most extraordinary experience in parish life. Not simply because of the “Extraordinary” Form of the Mass, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, which has become the liturgical cornerstone of our life with doubled attendance over the course of my seven-year tenure. The Holy Mass is one part of the equation; what is needed to tell the full story of any parish are the faithful souls who are blessed by, and are the reason for, any apostolate. Although the missa antiquior is the authentic tradition of the Church, its purity as a source finds its earthly end in the young people and families it draws, as well as the wise and…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Disciples Understood Jesus’ Words On The Eucharist

February 4, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Disciples Understood Jesus’ Words On The Eucharist

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 14 How did the disciples understand Jesus’ words about eating His Flesh and drinking His Blood? Did they understand them in a merely figurative way? Or did they understand Him literally, and were scandalized? A simple reading of St. John chapter 6 shows ad nauseam that they understood Him perfectly well, that is, literally. Because if they had mistaken His meaning, and taken it figuratively, He would have shown them their error. He would have explained it to them, as He explained His teaching about being born again to Nicodemus. But He did not. Instead, He insisted again and again on the literal meaning, that they had not misunderstood Him. All they had to…Continue Reading

Mixed Marriages And Disparity Of Cult

February 3, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Mixed Marriages And Disparity Of Cult

By DON FIER Preparation for reception of the Sacrament of Matrimony, as portrayed by Pope St. John Paul II in his landmark apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio, encompasses three stages: remote, proximate, and immediate. As we saw last week, it is a gradual and continuous process that should ideally begin during a child’s formative years “in the heart of their own families [where] young people should be aptly and seasonably instructed in the dignity, duty, and work of married love” (Gaudium et Spes, n. 49 § 4). “Parents and families have the primary duty to provide this preparation by their example and teaching,” affirms Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ. In today’s society, however, “pastors and the Christian community are especially to…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 2, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Some years ago, The Wanderer printed a story on the feminist Psalter, which contained inclusive language. What is the status of this Psalter now? It seems odd that one can hear contemporary artists performing Christmas songs on secular radio in the original verses, and then at Mass on Christmas to hear the same songs edited to appeal to the politically correct. — M.S., Michigan. A. As far as we know, this translation of the Book of Psalms, which is known as the Grail Psalter, has never been officially approved for use in the liturgy of the Mass in the United States. It was given an imprimatur in 1995 by William Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore, the president of the National…Continue Reading

In Good Company

February 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on In Good Company

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Lev. 13:1-2, 44-46 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45 In the first reading, Moses instructs the people that anyone who is diagnosed with leprosy must tear his clothes, keep his head uncovered, muffle his beard, dwell apart from others, and cry out “unclean, unclean.” The purpose of this was to keep the disease from spreading to other people. However, another effect of this law was the isolation of the lepers from the rest of society. This provides context for the healing of the leper in today’s Gospel reading. First of all, that Jesus would allow this man to come close to Him was unusual. Second, the fact that our…Continue Reading

Roe V. Wade Anniversary… Marching Towards Life And Victory Over Death

January 31, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Roe V. Wade Anniversary… Marching Towards Life And Victory Over Death

(Editor’s Note: Below are excerpts from homilies and statements by members of the clergy marking this forty-fifth anniversary of Roe v. Wade.) + + + From Fr. Frank Pavone’s homily at the National Prayer Service on January 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C., as posted at LifeSiteNews: We’re not just marching in defense of life, we are marching towards life. . . . Our starting point in this movement is the victory over death that Jesus Christ has already won. We would not be here, we would not be the Church, we would not be the Body of Christ, and we would not be the Pro-Life Movement, if it were not true that He came out of His own tomb, having…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The March For Life Is Not Enough

January 29, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The March For Life Is Not Enough

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Republicans and presidents are using pro-life support to get elected. President Trump even addressed the Washington, D.C., March for Life this year via live feed from the Rose Garden. Wonderful. But it wasn’t enough. It was a beautiful day in Washington for the March this year not only because the weather cooperated with unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine but also because the movement continues to promise continued strength for many years to come due to its large and growing component of youth. But this is not enough. Peaceful, prayerful protesters continue to picket abortion clinics and even block access to them, risking arrest. But this is not enough. None of these efforts are enough because…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Holy Eucharist — God With Us!

January 28, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Holy Eucharist — God With Us!

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 13 Perhaps what makes me feel really sorry for Protestants is the tragic reality that they believe in Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, but do not have Him in their midst in the marvelous Sacrament of His Love for us: The Holy Eucharist. They claim to believe in the Bible, and yet do not believe in the clearest teaching of all, as we see in St. John’s Gospel chapter 6. It is the only time in the whole New Testament in which our Lord Jesus Christ repeats over and over again the very same teaching: His Real Presence in the Sacrament He instituted at the Last Supper. Since the very first century of Christian history,…Continue Reading

Preparation For The Sacrament Of Marriage

January 27, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Preparation For The Sacrament Of Marriage

By DON FIER When questioned by the Pharisees regarding the permanence of marriage and the possibility of divorce under the New Covenant, the response of our Lord Jesus Christ was unequivocal: “They [husband and wife] are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matt. 19:6). Therefore, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches, “the marriage bond has been established by God himself in such a way that a marriage concluded and consummated between baptized persons can never be dissolved” (CCC, n. 1640). As we saw last week, only the Church’s judgment that an essential element required to enter into marriage validly was lacking at the very time of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 26, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Which works of mercy are more important, the corporal or spiritual? I ask this because I seldom hear the spiritual works mentioned. — M.B., via e-mail. A. They are equally important, although you wouldn’t know it from the lack of attention given to the spiritual works. In our modern culture, we can understand why the main focus is on the corporal works. After all, who could object to feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead? Even unbelievers support those charitable works, which originate in Isaiah 58:6-7 and Matt. 25:31-46. But it’s a different story with the spiritual works, which originate in the practice…Continue Reading