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A Leaven In The World . . . 2018: Year Of Marriage, Family And The Sanctity Of Life

January 1, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . 2018: Year Of Marriage, Family And The Sanctity Of Life

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Looking back in time can cause regret. We have all fallen short of God’s call to holiness as sinners in some ways. Doing so can also serve to reveal the Lord’s providential and loving hand at work in our lives. As Oscar Wilde wrote, “The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” The passing of an old year into the history books is just such an occasion for us to choose to see the gift of the time which makes up the days of our lives through the perspective of faith. As I look back I say, to all of our…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… What Is “Confirmation”?

December 31, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… What Is “Confirmation”?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 To most Catholics today, the least known of all sacraments is Confirmation. According to a rather cynical friend, Confirmation is the sacrament the bishop confers on teenagers immediately before they drop out of church! It is a sad reality, but true: In a large number of parishes today, teenagers receive a rather superficial understanding of this sacrament, and move on with their lives without any clue about what the words “becoming a Soldier of Christ” mean at all. Not only teenagers. Adults, too. The lack of commitment to defend the faith on the part of so many adults today reveals their ignorance of the sacrament they received, and confirms our view that an…Continue Reading

Virginity And Celibacy For The Sake Of The Kingdom

December 30, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Virginity And Celibacy For The Sake Of The Kingdom

By DON FIER In last week’s column, as we considered St. Paul’s inspired words on the sacramentality of marriage in Eph. 5:21-33 (as explained by Pope St. John Paul II over a half-year period during the course of his general audiences on the “theology of the body”), it was immediately acknowledged that the Holy Father was tackling one of the most difficult subjects in the New Testament for modern culture. Candidly expressed, many people in our era consider the admonition “Wives, be subject to your husbands” (Eph. 5:22) to be offensive, the remnant of a male-dominated culture that existed during the apostolic era. One can even observe sensitivity to this verse in the liturgical expression of the Church. In wedding…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: What better way to start the new year than to pass on the insights of Fr. George Rutler, pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, on the “moral madness” of the day. After noting that as a chaplain in a state mental hospital, he quickly learned that “sometimes it was easy to mistake a psychiatrist for one of the patients,” Fr. Rutler said: “Our society has employed cleverness to justify moral madness, rationalizing a radical overhaul of social order as ‘hope and change.’ George Orwell anticipated this in his ‘doublethink,’ which means holding two contradictory beliefs simultaneously and accepting both of them, so that, for instance, ignorance is strength, war is peace, freedom is…Continue Reading

The Decisive Battle

December 28, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Decisive Battle

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Holy Family (YR B) Readings: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 Col. 3:12-21 Luke 2:22-40 We celebrate today a feast that has become one of the most important in the Church’s liturgical calendar. The family has always been at the center of the Church and of society, but as Sr. Lucia Santos, the visionary from Fatima, told Cardinal Caffarra, the decisive battle will be over marriage and family, so this feast, and the proper understanding of the family, has taken on far greater importance. At the foundation of the family is the marriage of a man and a woman. Never, since our Lord came into this world, has this been challenged. There have always been sins against God’s order…Continue Reading

I’ll Be Home For Christmas

December 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on I’ll Be Home For Christmas

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI The winter of 1989 was my first away from St. Paul, Stone Harbor, NJ, in seven years. I was studying at Fordham University, in Manhattan. As the air began to become crisp in The Big Apple around October, I thought that there would be nothing more exciting than celebrating Christmas in the city. Around Thanksgiving, I found myself repeatedly humming Bing Crosby’s Silver Bells: “Silver bells, silver bells / It’s Christmas time in the city / Ring-a-ling, (ring-a-ling) hear them ring (ting-a-ling) / Soon it will be Christmas day.” The big tree in Rockefeller Center, the smell of the cut spruce for sale along the sidewalks, the spectacular decorations in the store windows, and the…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Frequent Questions About Baptism

December 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… Frequent Questions About Baptism

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 Often, in the course of my talks on Catholic apologetics, the Catechism, and general Q & A on various aspects of Catholic doctrine, people ask me about the controversy regarding the question of what happens to babies who die, either by disease, serious birth defects, or abortion, without Baptism. The common teaching of theologians is that infants who die without Baptism are not admitted to the beatific vision of Heaven, since they have not been cleansed of original sin; by the same token, they cannot suffer the pains of Hell, since they are free of personal sin. After death, they must, therefore, enter a state of natural, but not supernatural, happiness, known as…Continue Reading

The Sacramentality Of Marriage

December 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacramentality Of Marriage

By DON FIER Having elevated Matrimony to the dignity of a sacrament at the wedding feast in Cana, Christ steadfastly preached throughout the course of His public ministry that marriage had been restored to the “original meaning of the union of man and woman as the Creator willed it from the beginning” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1614). Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, expertly summarizes this topic as we considered it last week: “Matrimony in the Lord” means “the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies. Christian marriage is a symbol of Christ’s unfailing love of His Spouse, the Church. The Savior restored marriage to its original state before the fall of our first parents. It is now to…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Many years ago, we read a column about some of the people alive at the time of Jesus’ birth who missed out on that first Christmas because they were preoccupied with other things. We can’t recall who wrote the column or we would give them credit for the idea. But we would like to share some of the insights that we can remember since they have just as much relevance today. Those Who Missed Out On Christmas There is no story in human history more familiar to us than the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. In the Scripture readings at Christmas, we will hear once again the details of this long-awaited and anxiously anticipated event,…Continue Reading

The Heavenly Choir Nursery

December 21, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Heavenly Choir Nursery

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI Angels have always played a prominent role in Scripture. Their job is to announce God’s message and to praise Him, especially in song. During the Christmas Season, the angels’ hymn over the Babe in the manager, “Glory to God in the highest. . .” (Luke 2:14), resounds in our ears. In the very last book of the Bible, we read of their song around the heavenly throne, “Amen, blessing and glory…to our God forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 7: 9-12). When we sing in church we are joining the angels’ and saints’ praise of the Creator. And, we anticipate the great chorus of all the angels and saints foretold at the end of time. Fine-tuning…Continue Reading