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Divine Revelation: Gradual And Progressive

March 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER We left off last week reflecting on God’s motive for revealing Himself to us in a supernatural manner. In a word, His sole motive was that of boundless love for mankind. God gratuitously and unconditionally chose to “communicate His own divine life to the men He freely created, in order to adopt them as His sons in His only-begotten Son” (CCC, n. 52). In the words of St. Paul, “[God] destined us in love to be His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will” (Eph. 1:5) in order that it might be possible for mankind to satisfy the innate desire for happiness that is written into our hearts and that can only be…Continue Reading

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March 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: As readers of this column know, we like to quote Fr. George Rutler from time to time because his weekly bulletin columns at the Church of St. Michael in New York City are sources of both information and inspiration. After starting his March 22 column by noting that history is “replete with the failures of famous figures,” such as Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, he said that these men were famous not for their failures but for their resiliency and courage to get up and fight again, qualities also demonstrated by Jesus on the way to Calvary. Here is Fr. Rutler: “Churchill said, ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that…Continue Reading

We Have Been Raised With Christ

March 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Easter Sunday (YR B) Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Col. 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 In the Gospel reading today, we hear about Peter and John entering the Lord’s grave after they had been informed by St. Mary Magdalen that Jesus had been taken away. We are told that when the Beloved Disciple saw the burial cloths there and the cloths that had covered our Lord’s head in a separate place, he believed. It is interesting that the next line says that they did not yet understand the Scriptures that said He would rise from the dead. Jesus Himself told the apostles that He had to be put to death, buried, and then rise again on the third day.…Continue Reading

Nothing To Toast Between China And The Vatican

March 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. BERNARDO CERVELLERA (Editor’s Note: Fr. Bernardo Cervellera is a member of PIME [Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere], a society of apostolic life. He is the editor-in-chief of AsiaNews, a news service of PIME. (In the essay below, Fr. Cervellera noted China’s willingness, at least in words, “to enter into dialogue with the Vatican,” but decried its refusal “to compromise on episcopal elections remaining firmly in China’s hands, in the style of ‘self-appointed, self-election’.” (AsiaNews made Fr. Cervellera’s commentary available. All rights reserved.) + + + ROME (AsiaNews) — We do not know whether to laugh or cry, whether to toast or grieve over the statements expressed by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, published in the Global Times on…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Why My Parish Is Facing “East” Together This Lent

March 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The futile closed circle of therapeutic naval-gazing hangs on like an overused joke in a few places still, one of them being the Church. The priest and people facing each other during the entire liturgy is a vestige of the illegitimate seizure and subjection of 2,000-year-old liturgical development by primitivist vandals in the post-Vatican period. The only thing this unscholarly lot left undone was to demand the liturgy be celebrated in Aramaic. Increasing numbers of young people are creating a buzz about ad orientem worship, in which the priest and people turn toward the Lord together during the eucharistic prayer, in a renewed push to recover the sacred and cast off the tired and broken…Continue Reading

Is Mary The Mother Of God . . . Or Only The Mother Of Jesus?

March 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 Responding to a common misconception among separated brethren and ill-informed Catholics: On the day of the Annunciation and the Incarnation, the Archangel St. Gabriel, “who stands in the presence of God” (Luke 1:19), inspired by the Holy Spirit, said to the Blessed Virgin Mary: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. . . . The Holy One who shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” — Luke 1:30, 35). Interesting: the…Continue Reading

God Comes To Meet Man

March 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Last week, a topic was taken up that was immediately addressed in the first chapter of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): man’s capacity to know God by reason alone. It was demonstrated in two basic, commonsense ways that “by natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of His works” (CCC, n. 50). The supporting arguments focused around what we can directly observe or easily discern in two of God’s most magnificent works of creation, “the physical world and the human person” (CCC, n. 31). This week, we will turn our attention to “another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of Divine Revelation” (CCC,…Continue Reading

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March 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, learning history in a parochial elementary school and a public high school, and watching those Hollywood movies about the Crusades and Richard the Lionheart, I thought the Crusades were an admirable, heroic endeavor of epic proportions that reflected favorably on Christianity and the Church. Now it seems that, in the public square at least, the Crusades were a dastardly, shameful effort that gives the Church and Christianity at best a black eye and at worst reason for condemnation. My question: Can you sort out the real truth of the Crusades to include the good, the bad, and the ugly? — D.M., via e-mail. A. We can try and would recommend the following…Continue Reading

Hosanna In The Highest

March 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Palm Sunday (YR B) Readings: Mark 11:1-10 Isaiah 50:4-7 Phil. 2:6-11 Mark 14:1-15:47 Throughout the season of Lent there is a movement that brings us deeper and deeper into the events of our Lord’s saving work. There are specific points where we can note such a shift. Last Sunday marked one such shift; today marks another where we now narrow our focus more specifically onto the Passion of our Lord. Traditionally, the statues are covered and much of the sensible beauty is either removed or covered over, there are no flowers, and there is no instrumental music. This is to strip the senses of those things which could distract our focus and, thereby, help us to…Continue Reading

Pope’s Meeting With Parish Groups . . . “Never Look For Salvation Without God”

March 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

ROME (ZENIT) — Here is a translation of the various meetings Pope Francis had with groups in the Roman Parish of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer in Tor Bella Monaca on Sunday, March 8. ZENIT News Agency provided the text and the translation. All rights reserved. + + + Meeting With The Sick In The Church Of St. Giovanna Antida I thank you for your hospitality and I thank you for your smile. I know that you pray for me, and I thank you so much for this. The Lord loves you so much, The Lord is close to you. The Lord never abandons you, not even in the worst moments. We have confidence in Him: He is close to…Continue Reading