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March 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In Matt. 10:38, we read Jesus’ words, “and he who does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.” This is repeated in Mark 8:34 and Luke 9:23. The only reference to a cross that I could find in the Old Testament is in Gen. 40:19, where Joseph is interpreting a dream of the Pharaoh’s baker that within three days the Pharaoh will have the baker hanging on a tree and the birds will tear his flesh. Without any other particular history of the “cross” that the apostles and others at the time would have been familiar with, what would have been their understanding of taking up one’s cross? — L.E., via e-mail. A.…Continue Reading

Do Not Doubt God’s Presence

March 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Exodus 17:3-7 Romans 5:1-2, 5-8 John 4:5-42 In the first reading today we hear about the events that took place at Meribah in the desert where the people of Israel tested God and grumbled against Him because they did not have water to drink. Any of us could understand that if we were in the desert and we were out of water, we might be tempted to grumble against the Lord as well. Sadly, for so many people today it does not require being out in the desert and suffering from thirst before we complain against God. We complain about the smallest and most ridiculous things. We, too, seem…Continue Reading

The Time Of Lent . . . A Path To Holiness

March 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. DAVID M. O’CONNELL, CM (Editor’s Note: Bishop David M. O’Connell heads the Diocese of Trenton, N.J. This message to his flock on how to make a good Lent is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) +    +    + When I was a boy growing up in a Catholic family, Lent was a big deal. Ash Wednesday was the beginning of a special time of the year unlike any other. My Mom, like her German mother before her, would make doughnuts on the Tuesday before — “Faschnaut Day” — clearing out kitchen cabinets and the icebox to make way for the forty days of sacrifice and penance that stretched out ahead of us. Those doughnuts were great…Continue Reading

On The Season Of Lent

March 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address during his weekly general audience on March 5. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today, Ash Wednesday, the forty-day lenten itinerary begins, which will lead us to the Easter Triduum, memorial of the Passion, deathm and Resurrection of the Lord, heart and center of the mystery of our salvation. Lent prepares us for this moment that is so important, for this “intense” time, a turning point which can foster a change in each one of us, a conversion. We all have the need to become better, to change for the better. Lent helps us and thus [allows us] to come out of our weary habits and lazy addiction…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… Unscriptural, Unhistorical, Unreasonable, Unworkable

March 8, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 Sola Scriptura is wrong not only because it produced a cacophony of contradictory doctrines, creeds, sects, and denominations, where everyone, Bible in hand, defends his own interpretations. It is wrong not only because it is unscriptural from more than one point of view. It is also wrong because it is unhistorical, unreasonable, and unworkable. Why unhistorical? Because nobody ever taught this doctrine until nearly 1,400 years after the Church was founded on Pentecost Day. I mean really nobody. No early Christian writer ever mentioned, alluded to, or hinted at it until Wycliffe concocted the idea and a defrocked monk dogmatized it to justify his subjective moral choices. If Jesus and the apostles had…Continue Reading

I Believe — We Believe

March 7, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we have been reflectively examining the characteristics of the indescribably wonderful gift of faith that Almighty God has so generously availed mankind. As so adeptly summarized in the Compendium of the CCC, we know that faith is “the supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation. It is a free gift of God and is accessible to all who humbly seek it. The act of faith is a human act, that is, an act of the intellect of a person — prompted by the will moved by God — who freely assents to divine truth. Faith is also certain because it is…Continue Reading

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March 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding giving Communion to a non-Catholic, D.O. of Maryland illustrates beautifully why this is not a good idea by recounting a conversation that she had with a Jewish friend who was in the habit of going to Communion every time she went to Mass: Because my friend was Jewish, I told her that I intended to go to a Saturday morning service at a synagogue and to speak from the Torah to the congregation. She told me that I could not do that. “Why not?” I asked. “Because you don’t know Hebrew,” she said. “You can coach me on the verse that I choose,” I answered. “You can’t,” she replied. “Why not?” I kept asking. “Because you’re not Jewish.” “I’ll…Continue Reading

On The Anointing Of The Sick

March 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s continuing catechesis on the sacraments during his weekly general audience, February 26, at St. Peter’s Square. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to speak to you of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which enables us to touch with our hand God’s compassion for man. In the past it was called “Extreme Unction,” because it was understood as spiritual comfort in the imminence of death. To speak, instead, of the “Anointing of the Sick,” helps us to widen our look on the experience of sickness and suffering, in the horizon of God’s mercy. 1. There is a biblical icon that expresses in…Continue Reading

Listen To Him

March 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Gen. 12:1-4a 2 Tim. 1:8b-10 Matt. 17:1-9 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the Transfiguration of our Lord. Not only was He transfigured, i.e., His face shone like the sun, His clothes became dazzlingly white, but Moses and Elijah were there speaking with Him. Finally, at the end of this momentous time a bright cloud overshadows Jesus, Moses, Elijah, Peter, James, and John. From this cloud the voice of God the Father is heard announcing that Jesus is His beloved Son with whom He is well pleased. This announcement is then followed by a command direct from God: Listen to Him. These events were not necessary for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Should I Go To The Reception?”

March 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Many of our Catholics will find themselves on the horns of a dilemma as we approach another “wedding season” with the coming of spring. Invitations, some of them to public celebrations of invalid marriages, whether a same-sex simulation ceremony or a Catholic remarrying outside the Church after divorce, force a decision upon the faithful Catholic. Honored as we rightfully are when our company is sought by friends at an important celebration of life and love, the invited must seek to please other human beings without betraying love for God. Catholics live what they believe: What we say in the Creed must have an effect through faith on what we do. Jesus Christ taught that “not…Continue Reading