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Be Watchful And Alert

November 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-7 1 Cor. 1:3-9 Mark 13:33-17 In the first reading today we hear of the conflict that has tormented humanity from the very beginning. The problem is that we blame God for everything. Isaiah cries out to God in a lament, “Why do you let us wander, O Lord, from your ways and harden our hearts so that we fear you not? Return for the sake of your servants.” There is the clear acknowledgment that we have wandered from the Lord and that we have hardened our hearts against Him, but then the blame is placed squarely on the Lord for allowing it to happen in…Continue Reading

In The Footsteps Of St. Paul… Bishop Conley’s Pilgrimage Teaches About Evangelizing Culture

November 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below is the latest column by Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., for the Southern Nebraska Register. Bishop Conley, in conjunction with Spirit Catholic Radio and others, went on an October 31 to November 9 St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage Cruise. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text. All rights reserved.) + + + The ancient Christian writer and theologian Tertullian once asked the Church, “What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem?” He asked the question as Christianity spread from Israel into the Greek world; and as Greek intellectuals looked for deeper insight into the Christian mystery. Tertullian was asking whether pagan Greek culture — philosophy, poetry, the arts, history, and literature — had anything of value for those…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Social Kingship Of Christ And Religious Freedom

November 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. When everything is subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to the one who subjected everything to him, so that God may be all in all.” The first reading from First Corinthians proclaimed in all our churches on Sunday, November 23, proclaims that Christ reigns as “king” because He demands complete obedience of intellect and will on the part of all who love Him as Savior and God. Archbishop William Lori, chairman of the Bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, in his remarks to the annual meeting of…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

November 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Raymond de Souza, KM Part 2 Last week I told the story of the visit of two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW for short) to my house, and I showed to them that Jesus was in favor of repetitive prayer, because He gave us a prayer to repeat, the Our Father. I left a question unanswered. The younger JW had asked me, “So, are you saying that your rosary is inspired in the Bible?” “Actually, yes,” I answered. “The rosary is simply a way of keeping order, dividing the prayers in distinct sections. Let me give you another example, straight from the Bible. Take Psalm 119 (119, depending on the version). It is the longest psalm in the Bible, having 176…Continue Reading

The Written Word Of God

November 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In previous installments of this series, it was established that “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred Deposit of the Word of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 97), and that “the task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church” (CCC, n. 100). Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that these three elements (as italicized above) depend one upon the other and, in fact, are inseparable if God’s Revelation is to be truthfully and accurately made manifest to mankind. This installment will focus in particular on the written word of God, that is, Sacred Scripture, and its faithful interpretation. For, as we are candidly told…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In your October 23, 2014 column, you reviewed a difficult question about why John the Baptist appeared to have doubts about who Jesus was. Your answer is centered about the Messiah who has already arrived, but John’s question is clearly about another future event. St. Thomas Aquinas discusses this in Summa Theologica (Part II, Question 2, Article 7, Reply to Objection 2) and it might be a worthy addition to your commentary on Matt. 11:3. — R.F.B., via e-mail. A. Our reply addressed the question of why John, who appeared to know who Jesus was when he called Him the “Lamb of God,” later sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you he who is to come, or shall…Continue Reading

Less Than A Slave

November 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Christ The King (YR A) Exodus 34:11-12, 15-17 1 Cor. 15:20-26, 28 Matt. 25:31-46 Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King by considering readings from Scripture that speak of a shepherd. This appears on the surface to be a logical disconnect because the king is the highest member of a society in the ancient world while the shepherd is the lowest. However, our Lord, who is the highest Person in the universe, lowered Himself and became less than a slave. He calls Himself the Good Shepherd and, thereby, shows that on the spiritual plane the offices of King and Shepherd are one and the same. The reason for this unity among…Continue Reading

Pope’s Angelus On All Saints’ Day . . . “Last” For The World, But “First” For God

November 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Following is the Vatican’s translation of Pope Francis’ midday angelus on the Feast of All Saints’ Day, November 1, to the pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved. + + + Dear Brothers and Sisters, The first two days of November are for all of us an intense moment of faith, prayer, and reflection on the “last things” of life. In fact in celebrating all the saints and commemorating all the faithful departed, in the liturgy the pilgrim Church on earth lives and expresses the spiritual bond which unites her to the Church in Heaven. Today we praise God for the countless host of holy men and women of…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Don’t Expect To Win Without Practice

November 10, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Trying to live faith without love and baffled by the struggle to persevere and is like showing up for a game without practice and expecting to win. In last week’s column I wrote about Steve Wood’s dire assessment of the scandal caused by the interim synod Relatio Disceptationem. Although there are dissenters like Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, plenty agree with his view, including Raymond Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., that the use of the document is a Trojan horse to the get the camel’s nose of heterodoxy further under the tent of the Church. Others are joining the chorus of protest, like Msgr. Charles Pope who blogs under the banner of…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… Luther, The Enemy Of The Bible?

November 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 I suppose that everyone knows that the Pentateuch is the five first books of the Old Testament, traditionally attributed to Moses as their author. What did Luther have to say about them? — “We have no wish either to see or hear Moses.” Only Moses? Oh, no. Here are his opinions on other books: “The book of Esther I toss into the Elbe. I am such an enemy of this book of Esther that I wish it did not exist, for it Judaizes too much and has in it a great deal of heathenish naughtiness.” “The history of Jonah is so monstrous that it is absolutely incredible.” “Esdras I would not translate, because…Continue Reading