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Redemption From Slavery

October 15, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Jer. 31:7-9 Heb. 5:1-6 Mark 10:42-56 In the first reading today we hear the Prophet Jeremiah proclaim that the Lord has delivered His people. In this context it implies the deliverance of the people from their exile and the return of the people of Israel to their own land. They were freed from slavery and were allowed to live, once again, as God’s own Chosen People. More than being freed from slavery on a natural level, the freedom to worship and serve the Lord is the far greater freedom granted to these people. There are so many people today who have given into the worldliness and the sinfulness…Continue Reading

Cardinal Erdo’s Address to The Synod . . . The Demanding Teaching Of Christ On Indissolubility

October 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — On October 5, the opening day of the 2015 Synod on the Family, Peter Cardinal Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest — who is the synod’s relator general — gave an introductory speech to the synod fathers. Drawing from the working document for the synod as well as recent magisterial documents, Cardinal Erdo surveyed the work the assembly is called to do. The full text of his prepared remarks was published in Italian on the Vatican’s website. Below are excerpts from Catholic News Agency’s English translation of his remarks. All rights reserved. To read the full text of Erdo’s lengthy address, please visit www.catholicnewsagency.com. Also, see this week’s News Notes column to read about the controversy that followed his…Continue Reading

Mexican Exorcist Moves Toward Sainthood

October 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Among the eight causes for sainthood advanced by Pope Francis is a Mexican exorcist who lived during the time of the Cristero War, and was mentored by a bishop who has since been canonized. The Pope gave the green light to move the causes on to the next step in a private September 30 audience with Angelo Cardinal Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Fr. Juan Manuel Martin del Campo was one of five priests recognized for heroic virtue, and who have now received the title of “venerable,” only two steps away from canonization, which takes place after the requirement two miracles has been fulfilled. Born in in…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Church Of Christ Is Visible, Imperishable, And Infallible

October 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM From the 15th century onward, there have been some novel doctrines about the nature of the Church of Christ. In order to avoid obedience to the pastors of the Church, especially the Pope in Rome, those creative little minds came up with the idea that the Church is not visible: That is, she has no organization as a society, but exists in the souls of the believers, spiritually united by Baptism. It is an individualistic understanding of Christianity, whereby it consists of the personal relationship between God and the individual, and everything else can be disposed of. Unfortunately for those minds afflicted with itchy creativity, Jesus established His Church very much visible: The people worshipped…Continue Reading

Mission Of The Catholic Laity: Priest, Prophet, And King

October 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 As baptized Christians, as we saw last week, each member of the lay faithful participates in the life and work of Jesus Christ and thus in His threefold office of priest, prophet, and king. As expressed by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): “The whole People of God participates in these three offices of Christ and bears the responsibilities for mission and service that flow from them (cf. Pope St. John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis, nn. 18-21)” (n. 783). Moreover, as pointed out by St. John Paul II on December 15, 1993 during his series of general audiences on the Church, the Second Vatican Council “does not merely describe the laity as sharing in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. We recently celebrated the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. But aren’t there other groupings of angels and what are they? — A.C., Florida. A. Based on the writings of Saints Dionysius, Gregory the Great, and Thomas Aquinas, the Church has taught that there are nine choirs of angels. Beginning at the highest level, they are Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions (or Dominations), Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. In his Modern Catholic Dictionary, Fr. John Hardon, SJ, said: “Angels in art are represented with a variety of articles, musical instruments, thuribles, shields, scrolls, and in a few instances emblems of the Passion, though they are usually represented in worship before the Blessed Sacrament on earth and before…Continue Reading

Choose To Serve Rather Than To Be Served

October 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11 Heb. 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that He came, not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. This is our hope for eternal salvation and, obviously, it is our hope for mercy. Without mercy and the forgiveness of our sins, we certainly would have no means of be able to attain eternal life. While we are all very grateful for our Lord’s humility and charity in serving us and offering His life for us, it is astounding that so few have any real desire or inclination to follow His example.…Continue Reading

Pope Francis In Philadelphia . . . Religious Liberty Transcends Places Of Worship

October 7, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

PHILADELPHIA (ZENIT) — Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave September 26 in Philadelphia, at a meeting with immigrants on the theme of religious freedom. ZENIT’s transcription and translation of his few off-the-cuff remarks are found in brackets. The Holy Father was in Philadelphia to attend the World Meeting of Families. ZENIT provided the text. All rights reserved. + + + Dear Friends, [good afternoon,] One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before Independence Mall, the birthplace of the United States of America. It was here that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed. The Declaration of Independence stated that all men and women are created equal, that they are…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Pope Francis’ Visit Leaves Us Blessed And Strengthened

October 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The chair under me is rolling from starboard to port and back as I write to you this week because I do so aboard the USS San Antonio at sea. In my ministry here I am following through on something Pope Francis has asked of all of us: I am seeking souls at the periphery. Our military men and women are very much at the periphery, at the margins of existence, because they are very often without a priest when they deploy. No one is more marginalized than Catholics without the sacraments because they are believers without living sacramental contact with the Savior in whom they have put their faith. The crew was at sea…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Church Of Christ Is Universal, For Everyone

October 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 22 It is true that Jesus came first for the Jews. Many individuals accepted Him, like the apostles, disciples, and their converts, but as a nation they refused Him. So the apostles spread their mission to the Gentiles — that means, to our ancestors. But even if the Jews had accepted Him, the apostles would still have spread their mission to the likes of you and me — Gentiles and their descendants. And why so? Because He gave His apostles a most emphatic command not to confine their teaching to people of any particular race or social status. And they obeyed Him. In December 2013, I was in India, in a series of speaking engagements…Continue Reading