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The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

March 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

By DON FIER Over the past two weeks, we have briefly examined the fundamental structure of the liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church succinctly summarizes how the celebration is carried out: “The Eucharist unfolds in two great parts which together form one, single act of worship. The Liturgy of the Word involves proclaiming and listening to the Word of God. The Liturgy of the Eucharist includes the presentation of the bread and wine, the prayer or the anaphora containing the words of consecration, and communion” (n. 277). The celebrant is a validly ordained priest who acts in the Person of Christ the Head (“in persona Christi…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 3, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Invited by a friend to speak to her tenth-grade Confirmation class, we tried the following approach: First, we put just the numbers below on the board and asked the class what religious persons or things the numbers might be referring to. Some of their answers were not what we were looking for, but that was okay. We were still able to focus on the topics below and expand on each one as time allowed. Near the end of class, we passed out the full explanation so they could reflect on it later. There were 25 students present, and they participated in the class both actively and enthusiastically. One of them told the teacher that the presentation was “savage,”…Continue Reading

Walk In Faith And Obedience

March 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Walk In Faith And Obedience

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 first reading today, we hear the Lord calling Abram. Our Father in Faith was asked to do something extremely difficult: to leave what he knew and to go to a place that would be shown to him. In other words, he had no idea where he was going or what might happen along the way. He had some promises that had been made to him by the Lord, but at this point he did not have any background for him to trust in what he was hearing. Having made an act of faith in God, Abram went as he was…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II On Ash Wednesday And Lent 2004… “Whoever Receives One Such Child In My Name Receives Me”

March 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope John Paul II On Ash Wednesday And Lent 2004… “Whoever Receives One Such Child In My Name Receives Me”

(Editor’s Note: Below are the texts of Pope John Paul II’s messages for Ash Wednesday and Lent for 2004, the last full year of his earthly life. In these talks, John Paul stressed the needs of children throughout the world. Libreria Editrice Vaticana holds the copyright for the texts. All rights reserved.) + + + Homily Of Pope John Paul II Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2004 1. “Your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matt. 6:4, 6, 18). Jesus’ words are addressed to each one of us at the beginning of our Lenten journey. We begin it with the imposition of ashes, an austere penitential gesture very dear to Christian tradition. It emphasizes the awareness of sinners as…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Silence Implies Consent

February 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Silence Implies Consent

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Why are protests breaking out all over the USA and almost every week? People know in their hearts that silence can imply consent; they vehemently deplore the resurgence of common sense and America First and thus are speaking out. We’ve seen the annual March for Life joined this year by the Women’s (pro-abortion) March on Washington and other cities around the world, a Day Without Immigrants where people participated by walking off the job, a day for refusing to buy anything, and the list will probably go on. People are deeply aggrieved because change is in the offing. Pro-lifers have marched on Washington since 1974, the year after Roe v. Wade declared an entire class…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… The Consequences Of Original Sin

February 26, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Consequences Of Original Sin

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 26 In a previous article I mentioned some of the amazing gifts that God granted to mankind through our first parents. If they had not messed up the works, we would have inherited those gifts. Among them, the most important gift they lost was none other than sanctifying grace. Yes, sanctifying grace, whereby they shared in God’s life. It was the most important gift, even over and above immortality, because they enjoyed God’s presence in their very own beings: It was the beginning of their future life of happiness in Heaven. Each one of their children inherited that loss, that deprivation of sanctifying grace, except our Lady. By means of a very special privilege,…Continue Reading

The Liturgical Celebration Of The Eucharist

February 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Liturgical Celebration Of The Eucharist

By DON FIER Part 2 The Liturgical Celebration of the Eucharist, as was pointed out last week, is composed of two main parts — the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist — which “form a fundamental unity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1346). They “are so closely connected with each other,” teach the fathers of the Second Vatican Council, “that they form but one single act of worship” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 56). As explained elsewhere by the council fathers, the Church “unceasingly receives and offers to the faithful the bread of life from the table both of God’s word and of Christ’s body” (Dei Verbum, n. 21). Over the centuries there have been, to…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: For those who wonder about the value of praying the rosary daily, consider the following anecdote from Fr. Roger Landry about Fr. Sal Ferigle, an Opus Dei priest who passed away in 1997 and whom many described as “the holiest priest I ever knew.” During a meditation once on the last things, said Fr. Landry, Fr. Sal “confessed why he was not afraid of death. With his quantitative mind, he said that since he was three he had been praying the rosary, saying at least 53 Hail Mary’s a day. When he got older, he learned to pray the Angelus, adding three more Hail Mary’s. When he joined Opus Dei, he began the practice of praying three Angelic…Continue Reading

“Get Away, Satan!”

February 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “Get Away, Satan!”

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Gen. 2:7-9, 3:1-7 Romans 5:12-19 Matt. 4:1-11 In the readings today, we hear about Adam and Jesus. In the second reading, St. Paul compares the two of them, recognizing that by one sin many became sinners and by one righteous act many became righteous. So, we have the correlation of the first Adam and the second Adam: The first brings sin and death to humanity; the second brings acquittal and life to humanity. While the actions of the two can be placed side by side as St. Paul does, a major difference exists in the effects of these actions. Every human person (except our Lady) is affected by Adam’s…Continue Reading

Joy And Dismay . . . Greet Cardinal Tong’s Article On China-Holy See Dialogue

February 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Joy And Dismay . . . Greet Cardinal Tong’s Article On China-Holy See Dialogue

By FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA (Editor’s Note: In the article below, Fr. Bernardo Cervellera evaluates the optimism of Hong Kong’s John Cardinal Tong over a change in the method of appointing China’s bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal — in words only. (Fr. Cervellera notes that underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential,” but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops are controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church, as the “bugs” [hidden microphones] in bishops’ offices indicate. (Fr. Bernardo Cervellera is editor in chief of…Continue Reading