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Final Report… Vatican Thanks Women Religious, Stresses Focus On Christ

December 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — The Vatican on December 16 published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging. Voicing thanks to women religious for their service to the Church, the Vatican congregation in charge of religious life also encouraged them to remember to keep Christ at the center of their communities. The congregation asked the women religious to “carefully review their spiritual practices and ministry” to ensure that they are “in harmony with Catholic teaching about God, creation, the Incarnation, and the Redemption.” Launched in 2009 to examine the quality of religious communities across the U.S., the visitation included meetings, questionnaires,…Continue Reading

Humility, Gentleness, And Charity

December 25, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Feast Of The Baptism Of The Lord (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 Acts 10:34-38 Mark 1:7-11 In the Gospel reading today St. John the Baptist confesses that there is coming after him One who is mightier than he and of whose sandal the Baptist is not worthy to stoop and loosen. One might just take this as pious pabulum or as a simple expression of the humility of St. John the Baptist. However, even though he did not know the person of the Messiah, the Baptist certainly understood that his mission was to prepare the way for the Messiah and that His greatness is unlike anything this world can produce. When we think of someone…Continue Reading

Archbishop Mamberti Addresses OSCE . . . Comments on Ukraine Conflict, Religious Persecution

December 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

ROME (ZENIT) — Here is the December 4 statement from Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for the Holy See’s Relations With States, at the 21st Ministerial Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved. + + + The delegation of the Holy See wishes to thank His Excellency, Mr. Didier Burkhalter, president of the Swiss Confederation and Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, as well as the 2014 Swiss Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for their generous hospitality here in the historical city of Basel. The Ministerial Council meets this year in the context of the disturbing events that undermine security…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Let Christmas Joy Overflow The Hearts Of Believers

December 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Let your prayer for these final days of Advent and for the Solemnity of Our Lord’s holy birth be that our joy might be so great at receiving Him at Christmas that it will be as though we are receiving Him for the first time. His grace is sufficient so as to grant us the new vision and deeper faith which enables our gratitude to grow and give us a deeper and stronger life in Him. Urge your priest or pastor to proclaim the “The Nativity of Our Lord Christ from the Roman Martyrology,” otherwise known as the Christmas Proclamation, in the context of the parish Christmas vigil liturgy. This text can also be proclaimed…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity… Didn’t Jesus Have Brothers And Sisters?

December 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His Mother called Mary? And are not His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And are not all His sisters with us?” (Matt. 13:54-57; also Mark 6:2-3). “And His Mother and His brethren came, and standing outside, they sent to Him, calling Him” (Mark 3:31-33). St. Paul speaks of “The brethren of the Lord” (1 Cor. 9:5) and that he went to Jerusalem to see Peter but “saw none of the other apostles, except James, the brother of the Lord” (Gal. 1:19). Acts 1:13 speaks of all the apostles being “with…Continue Reading

The Canon Of Scripture

December 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 We ended last week’s installment by showing that the apostles and early Christians accepted the 46-book Septuagint as the authentic Old Testament right from the Church’s beginning. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches, these 46 divinely inspired books constitute “an indispensable part of Sacred Scripture” (CCC, n. 121) and “bear witness to the whole divine pedagogy of God’s saving love” (CCC, n. 122). Dei Verbum (DV) explains that the canonically approved books of the Old Testament “contain a store of sublime teachings about God, sound wisdom about human life, and a wonderful treasury of prayers, and in them the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way. Christians should receive…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Questions And Answers About Christmas Q. Do we know the exact year in which Jesus was born? A. No, we do not. In the sixth century, a monk named Dionysius Exiguus drew up a calendar that fixed the birth of Christ in the Roman year 753, but scholars today agree that Dionysius miscalculated by a few years. So it is probable that Jesus was born four or five years before the usually accepted year one of the Christian era. Q. Why was the Incarnation necessary? Why did Jesus become man? A. The Incarnation was necessary because Adam and Eve had committed an infinite offense against God. No mere human being could make up for that offense. The people of the…Continue Reading

The Law Of The Lord

December 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Feast Of The Holy Family (YR B) Readings: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Col. 3:12-21 Luke 2: 22-40 Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. In a particular way this refers to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. However, it also refers to all families that are striving to live according to the ways of holiness and truth. It is incumbent upon us to consider these points because they are regularly denied or rejected in our day. To live according to the truth does not mean that we can look at and admit to what is happening within a household. Rather, it means the conformity of our minds to the truth as it is revealed by God. Regarding…Continue Reading

Pope’s Message For World Day of Peace . . . “No Longer Slaves, But Brothers”

December 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the text of Pope Francis’ message for the 48th World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on January 1, 2015. For a text with footnotes, go to www.zenit.org. + + + At the beginning of this New Year, which we welcome as God’s gracious gift to all humanity, I offer heartfelt wishes of peace to every man and woman, to all the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government, and to religious leaders. In doing so, I pray for an end to wars, conflicts and the great suffering caused by human agency, by epidemics past and present, and by the devastation wrought by natural disasters. I pray especially that, on the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . True Joy Awards Intense Preparation For Christmas

December 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK With the arrival of these days of late Advent, we have already journeyed through the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception and Gaudete, or joy, Sunday. We have taken the opportunity to deepen our love and devotion for our heavenly Mother in celebrating the singular prevenient grace of God that equipped her unique preparation for divine Motherhood. We have also broken out of the violet mood of early Advent, however briefly, with its overtones of the four last things, into the rose color of Gaudete Sunday. Our faith in the risen Incarnate Christ causes us to overflow even during this season of penitence and prayerful preparation with abiding joy. Perhaps your parish marked Gaudete Sunday…Continue Reading