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A Desert Of Selfishness

February 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 In the first reading today we hear the call of Moses. We recall that Moses had been raised in Pharaoh’s palace, but when he killed an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew, he had to flee for his life. After Moses had been a nomadic shepherd in the desert for many years, the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush. In this revelation of Himself, God tells Moses that He has heard the cries of the Israelites and has come down to rescue them. Moses, with his unique background, is the one chosen by God to speak to Pharaoh…Continue Reading

Pope Francis To Padre Pio Prayer Groups…. St. Pio Of Pietrelcina Was A Servant Of Mercy

February 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(VATICAN CITY — Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address when he met with Padre Pio prayer groups, who were in Rome to venerate the saint’s relics, in St. Peter’s Basilica Saturday morning, February 6. (The relics of Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic visited St. Peter’s Basilica from February 5 to 11 as part of the Jubilee of Mercy. (ZENIT provided the text. All rights reserved.) + + + Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! I give you my welcome — I see that you are very numerous! — and I thank Msgr. Castoro for the words he addressed to me. I greet you all, who come from several countries and regions, united in great affection and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . The Battle For The Babies And Super Bowl 50

February 15, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In the midst of our national pastime at Super Bowl 50, the abortion battle flared again. The television ads that often prove to be light entertainment, cleverly advertising as they do commodities like junk food and cars, can even prove to be causes of contention. NARAL tweeted a petulant protest of a Doritos ad which aired during the big game featuring a sonogram image of a baby who kept reaching to help himself to Dad’s Doritos, ultimately leaping inside the womb to dive after them. How dare the producers “humanize” the fetus through the use of ultrasound? NARAL pouted, enraged that this might put “choice” at risk. The scuffle that ensued resulted in the battle…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Infallibility Of The Church Of Jesus Christ

February 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 41 In our study of apologetics, we have seen that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and proved it by His teachings, prophecies, miracles, and above all by His Resurrection. He founded one Church, not many, and endowed His apostles with the power to consecrate the Eucharist, forgive sins, preach in His name, and pass His priesthood to others in the course of time. In order to guarantee that His teaching would be properly and faithfully transmitted, He endowed His Church with infallibility in her teaching ministry. Please note that He has never given the gift of impeccability to the Church ministers, but only infallibility in their formal teachings, under very…Continue Reading

Life Everlasting — Heaven

February 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we continue our examination of the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the Four Last Things — Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell — we recall from last week that at the exact instant man’s immortal soul separates from his body in death, it appears before Christ for the Particular Judgment. This definitive judgment will be confirmed at the end of time in the General Judgment when our risen bodies are eternally reunited with our souls. The particular judgment is “the judgment of immediate retribution which each one after death will receive from God in his immortal soul in accord with his faith and his works,” as defined by the Compendium of the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 12, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I understand that plenary indulgences are available during this Jubilee Year of Mercy if one passes through the “Holy Door of Mercy” in a Catholic cathedral and meets all the other conditions for an indulgence. But what if one has no opportunity to visit a cathedral? Can the plenary indulgence still be obtained? — P.D., via e-mail. A. Yes. First of all, indulgences are always available to Catholics regardless of whether it’s a year of mercy or not. In the Manual of Indulgences issued in 2006, there are listed dozens of prayers, devotions, and good works that can obtain indulgences. These include adoration of the cross on Good Friday, teaching or studying Christian doctrine, attending a spiritual retreat of…Continue Reading

Listening To Jesus

February 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Lent (YR C) Readings: Gen. 15:-12, 17-18 Phil. 3:1-4:1 Luke 9:28b-36 In the Gospel reading today the apostles were blessed to hear the voice of God speaking about His Son. The first part of the statement, that Jesus is the Son of God, is pretty easy for us to handle. The second part of the statement, however, is far more problematic for us: We are to listen to Him. The idea of listening to Jesus does not simply mean sitting down and being present while He is speaking about something. Listening to our Lord implies that His words enter into our hearts and that we act upon them. When the three apostles heard…Continue Reading

The Year Of Consecrated Life Ends . . . Answering God’s Call And Proclaiming His Mercy

February 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. LEO O’REILLY KILMORE, Ireland (ZENIT) — Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore gave this homily on Sunday, January 31 to mark the closing of the Year of Consecrated Life. The year ended February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, and the World Day of Consecrated Life. Bishop O’Reilly told consecrated persons that they have been “quietly playing your part in carrying on Jesus’ mission of mercy for generations, and you continue to carry it out today.” Below is the text of his homily, provided by ZENIT News Agency. All rights reserved. + + + It is providential that the Year of Consecrated Life ends some weeks after the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Jesus Gave Witness In The Public Square

February 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Seems to me that Jesus wants us to love our neighbors and leave the judging up to Him.” This is a typical response of many people when they encounter the Church and her members witnessing to their faith by speaking out on moral teachings in the public square. Christian witness in a visible, public way to the existence of God and to His teachings began with the life, teachings, and mission of Jesus Christ our Lord, particularly as He gave His life on the cross for the salvation of the world. He continues to witness today through His members and, in fact, demands of them that they take up their cross for love of Him.…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Hostility Against The Church

February 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 40 Fourth objection: Why do so many people have hostility to the Catholic Church? Reply: Why was Jesus the object of hostility from so many people? In simple terms, the Pharisees may have refused Him as they could not accept His doctrine and felt threatened by His power to perform miracles. The Sadducees may have felt threatened by the possibility of His taking over the Temple’s authority from them, since He called the Temple “my Father’s house” and used a persuasive argument — the whip — to cleanse the place; the Zealots may have refused Him because He was not interested in armed struggle to overturn the Romans and declare Judah’ independence from the…Continue Reading