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Trust And Pray

June 15, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Trust And Pray

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings Jer. 20:10-13 Romans 5:12-15 Matt. 10:26-33 In the second reading today St. Paul teaches us that in the sin of Adam, all sinned. While original sin is not a personal sin of ours, we are still conceived and born with this sin on our souls. It is removed through Baptism, but the effects of the sin remain in us. Over the course of our lifetimes, we have all added many sins on top of the one we inherited from Adam. How each of has been affected by original sin varies in many ways. The darkening of the intellect and the weakening of the will affect us directly in…Continue Reading

The Alleluia Before The Gospel

June 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Alleluia Before The Gospel

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA (Editor’s Note: In this Liturgy Q-and-A column from ZENIT News Agency, Fr. Edward McNamara says singing the Alleluia before the Gospel remains the ideal. (Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara is a professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. (ZENIT News Agency is the publisher of Fr. McNamara’s column. All rights reserved. Visit www.zenit.org for more information.) + + + Q. In a follow-up to a 2007 article concerning the Alleluia and Versum ante Evangelium, you commented that “the Church’s intention is that whenever possible the Alleluia or other seasonal acclamation should always be sung.” Now, Musicam Sacram, in nn. 28-31, outlines the grades of Missa cantata. N. 29 says that…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Just Defense And Christianity Together Defeat Hate

June 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Just Defense And Christianity Together Defeat Hate

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There never was a commandment that says: “Thou shalt not offend thy brother or sister.” One might be forgiven, however, for believing there may be a new and improved version of Christianity popularized as globalism or immigrant mania where all is sacrificed, even one’s own offspring, to assuage the needs of those overlords who, perhaps, refuse to have children of their own. Recently, Facebook temporarily suspended Fr. John Higgins for his retelling of the history of Islam’s onslaughts against the West. When the truth itself is considered offensive, all true Christians must be ready for martyrdom. These are the times that will expose Christians of convenience or cultural Catholicism for the superficiality which lurked beneath…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… How Did Christ Understand His Sacrifice?

June 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… How Did Christ Understand His Sacrifice?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 11 This is a very interesting point of Catholic doctrine to investigate: to probe into Jesus’ mind to try to understand how He viewed His sacrifice. Let us follow Him to the Garden of Gethsemane. We contemplate Him on His knees, praying to His Heavenly Father. Then He turns to the apostles and utters that groan of anguish: “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (Mark 14:34). We have no idea of the depth and magnitude of that sorrow. Of course, He could have used His divine powers to eliminate it, but He did not allow His Divinity to spare His human Heart a single pang. In simple terms, He suffered as though…Continue Reading

Reconciliation With God And The Church

June 10, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Reconciliation With God And The Church

By DON FIER As we examined the various forms that penance can take in the Christian life last week, we saw that its authentic expression must always be grounded on interior conversion of heart. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to this inner transformation as interior penance and defines it as “the movement of a ‘contrite heart’ (Psalm 51:17), drawn by divine grace, to respond the merciful love of God” (n. 300). It involves not only sorrow, but abhorrence of past sins, a firm purpose of amendment, and trust in God’s help and mercy. We also saw last week that the Church, based on Sacred Scripture and the Church fathers, identifies three basic forms of penance:…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In St. Matthew’s account of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, he says that when the disciples saw Jesus and worshiped Him, some of them “doubted” (Matt. 28:17). I thought only Thomas doubted that Jesus had risen, but that he was convinced otherwise at the second appearance of our Lord on the Sunday after Easter. So what is Matthew talking about? — P.H., New Jersey. A. Although all of the disciples saw Jesus after His Resurrection, perhaps the faith of some of them was not as strong as you might think. We know that ten of them saw Jesus on Easter and eleven of them on the following Sunday, but only seven were present at the Sea of Tiberias…Continue Reading

God Is Love

June 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God Is Love

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Body And Blood Of Christ (YR A) Readings: Deut. 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Cor. 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? With these words St. Paul forces us to look deeper than what the senses are able to perceive. How can a cup of wine that is blessed cause us to participate in the Blood of Jesus? How can a piece of bread that is broken cause us to participate in the Body of our Lord? In the first reading, we hear how God…Continue Reading

Cardinal Mueller… “Dubia” Cardinals Raise “Legitimate Questions”

June 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Mueller… “Dubia” Cardinals Raise “Legitimate Questions”

By CLAIRE CHRETIEN (Wanderer Editor’s Note: A full transcript of the interview can be read on Arroyo’s Facebook page, according to LifeSiteNews, which published the report below on May 31. Watch The World Over from May 25, which aired this interview, at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhPGrOocZCU) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, who as the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is the Vatican’s official doctrine chief, has commented on bishops’ conferences coming up with different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, the possibility of female deacons, and pro-abortion population controllers’ participation in a recent Vatican conference. Mueller gave a wide-ranging interview to EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on his show The World Over. It first aired May 25. The…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Mission For The Family Begins With The Child

June 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Mission For The Family Begins With The Child

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In the course of a recent visit to New York City on the occasion of the annual “Fleet Week,” I enjoyed the privilege of meeting Peter Smith, representative of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children to the United Nations. An active duty Navy chaplain friend, Fr. Charles Johnson, was in port on his ship the USS Kearsarge for the annual Navy and Marine Corps extravaganza in the city and I had come to town to join him for some time off on liberty. I enjoyed the hospitality of Fr. Gerry Murray where he serves as pastor at the Church of the Holy Family in the UN neighborhood of the city. I thank him…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… Why Is Jesus Called “Savior”?

June 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… Why Is Jesus Called “Savior”?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 10 The first problem with the Protestant concept of being “saved” while still alive, merely because one “accepts Jesus in one’s heart as one’s personal Lord and Savior,” as the wishful thinking goes, is that it is totally unbiblical, unhistorical, and unreasonable. It is unbiblical because nowhere in the whole of both Testaments will you find one single verse saying this. It is unhistorical because from Jesus’ time until Luther’s (approximately 1,500 years), no Christian ever believed this. It is unreasonable because it gives freedom to sin under the illusion of being already “saved.” How did Jesus save us, then? He did not give us Heaven for free, just like that, as if we…Continue Reading