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God’s Inscrutable And Unsearchable Ways

August 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Inscrutable And Unsearchable Ways

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23 Romans 11:33-36 Matt. 16:13-20 In the second reading today, St. Paul marvels at the depth of the riches, the wisdom, and the knowledge of God. He proclaims that God’s judgments are inscrutable and His ways are unsearchable. Of course, in our humanness, we often seem to think we know a better way. When we see the problems in the world and in the Church, we can all envision a way that would be better in the moment. If, for instance, we look at an injustice, we can naturally state that to act with justice would have been better. We can say that same thing about any…Continue Reading

Canon Lawyer… Notes Clergy Confusion About Preaching On Contraception, Related Issues

August 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Canon Lawyer… Notes Clergy Confusion About Preaching On Contraception, Related Issues

By DEXTER DUGGAN Part 1 PHOENIX — A member of the leadership team of the Diocese of Phoenix explored contraception and related issues in an interview with The Wanderer after he preached on the topics during July 22-23 weekend Masses at one of the large diocesan parishes, St. Thomas the Apostle, in a residential area of Phoenix. Fr. Chris Fraser, JCL, ordained a priest for this diocese in 2001, earned a licentiate in canon law in 2006 at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he returned here to work full time in the diocesan tribunal, where he has served as judicial vicar since late 2007. During a Q-and-A interview, which will be continued next week in…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Marian Pilgrimage Leads To The Eucharistic Lord

August 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Marian Pilgrimage Leads To The Eucharistic Lord

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I share with you this week the extraordinary journey I took to two places I have visited before, but which number among the very few that one can visit again and again without fear of exhausting their spiritual riches. Can you name a rock star who draws a crowd every night of the week without even being physically present? Although our Lady’s appearances to visionaries Bernadette and Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco ceased many years ago, the throngs of faithful continue to come. They flock to the once filthy and abandoned grotto where the Mother of God promised happiness only in the next life to a poor and illiterate girl, Bernadette. Lourdes is second only to…Continue Reading

What Is Divine Grace?. . . Acts That Are Pleasing To God

August 13, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Divine Grace?. . . Acts That Are Pleasing To God

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” So many times, we repeat this prayer, recalling the great day when our Lady said “yes” to the angel and God entered human history and walked the Earth bodily as one of us. And as Mary became the Mother of God Incarnate, we praise and thank her for accepting the invitation of God. Notice that the angel said she was “full of grace.” In this series of articles, we will study what is that “grace” that filled her being to overflowing. A general definition of grace is this: Grace is a supernatural gift created by God that enables us to participate in the…Continue Reading

Indulgences

August 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Indulgences

By DON FIER Part 2 The Church’s authoritative teaching on indulgences, as we saw last week, is based on her doctrine of the Communion of Saints. In this “supernatural unity of the Mystical Body of Christ,” states the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory, and those who are still pilgrims on earth” (nn. 1474, 1475). Between them takes place a wonderful exchange of all good things: The Church is able to draw upon the superabundant treasury of merits gained by Christ and all the saints and apply them toward the remission of the temporal punishment due…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Continuing our summary of the six appearances of Our Lady of Fatima 100 years ago, here is an account of what happened on August 19, 1917. No, that date is not a misprint. As the children were preparing to go to the Cova on the 13th, as our Lady had requested, the administrator of the region where Fatima was located, an atheist named Oliveira Santos, came to their village and offered to drive them to the Cova. But instead he took them to the city of Ourem and put them in jail. He wanted to prove that the apparitions were a hoax and to force the children to tell him the secret that had been confided to them.…Continue Reading

We Are Called To Be Saints

August 10, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on We Are Called To Be Saints

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7 Romans 11:13-15, 29-32 Matt. 15:21-28 God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. These words from the second reading are a great consolation to all of us. We know how many times we have offended God by our sins and might at times wonder if God is going to reject us because of those sins. We know God will never reject us if we come to Him humbly and are repentant, but our own emotions and the temptations of the vile creature make us wonder sometimes. This passage from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, however, is a statement far broader than our own subjective standing…Continue Reading

Conversions To The Catholic Faith — A Gift From God

August 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Conversions To The Catholic Faith — A Gift From God

By JAMES MONTI Many Wanderer readers, I am sure, would concur with me in saying that there are few things more inspiring to read in Catholic literature than accounts of conversion to the faith. The spiritual journey of a convert has a miraculous wonder about it — that in many cases against seemingly impossible odds a man or woman of another religion or devoid of any religion at all should discover the path to truth and eternal bliss, perceiving the gentle invitations of God in the pages of a book, or in the grandeurs of nature, or in the beauty of fine art or music. Most often a convert’s journey to the Catholic faith begins with an intellectual realization that…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Why Amoris Laetitia Is Not Sustainable

August 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Why Amoris Laetitia Is Not Sustainable

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Catholics have never been and never should be expected to dodge bullets in order to negotiate an enemy minefield in their search for truth in the hands of the Church’s shepherds. Teaching should be clear consistent and unambiguous. This Amoris Laetitia (AL) is not. Amoris Laetitia cannot be recommended reading for everyone because it is not safe. As a Catholic teaching document it is not sustainable and will one day have to be heavily edited and stringently corrected in order to be a reliable help to souls. We find ourselves in a situation of ecclesial disorientation where, for the first time, a papal teaching document of the highest rank is used to float pet theories…Continue Reading

The Church Of Jesus Christ… The Meaning Of Indefectibility

August 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Church Of Jesus Christ… The Meaning Of Indefectibility

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 In this final article on the Church founded by Jesus Christ, we will touch on a concept that is not commonly discussed by Catholics. I refer to the indefectibility of the Church. The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1917 gives the following definition of the Church’s indefectibility: “By this term is signified, not merely that the Church will persist to the end of time, but further, that it will be preserved unimpaired in its essential characteristics. The Church can never undergo any constitutional change, which will make it, as a social organism, something different from what it was originally. It can never become corrupt in faith or in morals; nor can it ever lose the…Continue Reading