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A Leaven In The World… Dedication To The Lord In 2016

January 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The challenges our families face as they strive to hand on the faith and keep salvation before the eyes of their children in the world every day will continue in this year of our Lord 2016. As we move forward in this new year, we receive gifts from the Lord to support us in this most important work. In a new year as in every new day we always prepare ourselves to receive these graces and to see the Lord’s hand at work in our relationships and our world. Any of us at any time of day or night have the privilege of opening the word of God in the Holy Scriptures and thus coming…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… “Outside The Church There Is No Salvation”

January 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM The sentence that reads “extra Ecclesiam nulla salus,” that is, “outside of the Church there is no salvation,” is attributed to St. Cyprian, rather of the Church (Epistle 73, c. 21, Origen, homily in Josue, 3, 4). It has been confirmed in different ways by Popes over the centuries, and naturally has been a source of ardent controversy for centuries as well, especially by those who left Catholicism and created their own churches that were more in line with their doctrinal and moral preferences. In the next few articles, we shall face the challenge and expound Church teaching on this controversial matter. First, let us establish some basic principles, some common ground upon which to…Continue Reading

The Forgiveness Of Sins

January 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In concluding an extensive examination of the ninth article of the Creed — our firm belief in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church — it was quite appropriate to end by scrutinizing the place that devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is to hold in the life of the faithful. As Mother of God, Mother of the Redeemer, Mother of the Church, the new Eve, and so many other majestic titles too numerous to name, our Lady truly is, as portrayed so movingly by the 19th-century English poet William Wordsworth, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” In light of her Immaculate Conception and unique collaboration in the salvific mission of her Son, the transition made by the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent reply about usury, the following comments were sent by Dr. Anthony Santelli, a former professor of economics at George Mason University: “I have been reading your excellent column Catholic Replies for countless years. The December 10, 2015, issue of The Wanderer is the first time you have made a grave error. Your response to a question on usury is incorrect on several levels, and I was hoping that you would take the time to deepen your understanding of this important issue by reading this e-mail and the attached article. “The traditional definition of usury is the charging of any interest, not excessive interest. Fifteen years ago, I too believed that only excessive interest was disapproved…Continue Reading

Earthen Vessels

January 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 62:1-5 1 Cor. 12:4-11 John 2:1-11 In the Gospel reading today, we hear about the miracle at Cana where our Lord turned the water into wine. Have you ever stopped to think about what He did, just on the practical level? He made between 120 and 180 gallons of wine. I guess the wedding feast was going to continue for quite some time. On the more gross level, He used the vessels in which people washed their hands. There is no mention of scrubbing the vessel and washing it out before they refilled it with water. But even this little detail becomes very important. If you had…Continue Reading

Pope Francis To The Curia . . . Here Are The Virtues Necessary For Those Who Serve

January 6, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ address to members of the Roman Curia in the Vatican the morning of December 21. ZENIT News Agency distributed the text, which came from Vatican Radio. All rights reserved.) + + + Dear brothers and sisters, I am pleased to offer heartfelt good wishes for a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year to you and your co-workers, to the papal representatives, and in particular to those who in the past year have completed their service and retired. Let us also remember all those who have gone home to God. My thoughts and my gratitude go to you and to the members of your families. In our meeting in 2013,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . David Brooks And Oprah: Two Approaches To God

January 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Inside every overweight woman is a woman she knows she can be.” Weight loss commercials start up again in earnest every year as soon as the Christmas sales tail off. Oprah, the queen of weight loss as well as pretty much every other self-help program, features most recently in one of these ads wherein she appeals to the real woman inside of every woman fighting obesity or simply wanting to shed a few pounds. She assigns virtue to every time she tried and failed and tried again to lose weight and become once again that inner person she envisions and desires to be. David Brooks recently published a book calling for a return to character…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Catholic Church Is The Church Of Christ: More Evidence

January 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 35 The Church of Jesus Christ is Universal (“Catholic”). She is the “Teach-all-Nations” Church of Jesus Christ. Faithful Catholics the world over want to convert everybody, yes, everybody, every Tom, Dick, and Harriet must be called to the fullness of truth, which is founded in the Catholic Church, and the Catholic Church alone. The Catholic Church can never be satisfied with retaining her own members, and leaving the rest of mankind alone. No. Christ commanded the apostles to evangelize, not to ecumenize. Faithful to the earnest commandment of her divine Founder, the Catholic Church wants to convert everybody, and is already present in virtually every continent, race, language, and culture. This is a very…Continue Reading

Devotion To Mary

January 2, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The Blessed Virgin Mary, as we observed last week, is not only “a pre-eminent and singular member of the Church” (Lumen Gentium [LG], n. 53) and the mother of the Body of Christ “in the order of grace” (LG, n. 61). She is also an outstanding type and model of the Church. St. John Paul II, during his general audience of August 6, 1997, beautifully encapsulates this remarkable teaching of the Vatican II fathers regarding our Lady: “By defining Mary as a type of the Church, the Council invites us to see in her the visible figure of the Church’s spiritual reality and in her spotless motherhood, the announcement of the Church’s motherhood. . . .[Mary] is…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 1, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. What did St. Paul mean in 2 Cor. 12:16 when he said, “I was crafty and got the better of you by deceit”? — G.P., Florida. A. Here is the explanation given in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible New Testament: “Suspicions were apparently raised that Paul was mishandling the funds of the Jerusalem collection (chaps. 8-9). Critics probably accused him of secretly pocketing some of the money for himself, even though he appeared to live in poverty while among them (11:9). These accusations were empty: Paul’s conscience was clear (1:12) because his conduct was irreproachable (4:2). See note on 2 Cor. 8:21.” The latter footnote says that Paul sent a delegation of trusted disciples — Titus and two unnamed…Continue Reading