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Rejoice In The Lord

December 3, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Zeph. 3:14-18a Phil. 4:4-7 Luke 3:1-18 At the end of the Gospel reading today, St. Luke provides a bit of commentary on the preaching of St. John the Baptist. After the Baptist states, regarding our Lord, that he will “gather the wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire,” St. Luke says that St. John the Baptist preached the good news to the people. The thought of the chaff being burned up in an unquenchable fire may not seem like very good news to some of us. But that is to put the focus on the wrong place. The good news is that our…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Arrives In Kenya… May God Sustain You In Your Efforts For Justice And Peace

December 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: The Holy Father arrived in Kenya on November 25, the beginning of his apostolic journey to Africa, November 25-30, set to also include visits to Uganda and the Central African Republic. (Below are some reports about his arrival, as well as the text of Pope Francis’ English-language discourse to authorities of the diplomatic corps of Kenya during his official welcome ceremony in the State House of Nairobi. (ZENIT News Agency provided this material. All rights reserved.) + + + The evening of November 24, Pope Francis traveled to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore to pray for the success of his trip to Africa, which began the next morning, according to a report by Deborah Castellano Lubov. This…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . Critique Of Church Art Is Not Comment On Sponsors’ Faith

November 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I recently received a phone call in which I was informed that a tweeted comment of mine on the Twitter social network about the interaction between some chapel visitors and sacred art recently installed therein had, in effect, called into question the faith of that chapel’s proprietors in the Real Presence. Although I did not point it out in the context of the phone call, that reaction involved a judgment which itself was unwarranted. The best defense is a good offense. The sanctuary lamp in the chapel in question is a small oil-lamp style flame which may be difficult for some to see, but also is quite different from the red glass votive which signals…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . The Rule Of Faith Is The Church’s Teaching Authority

November 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 30 In order to finish the discussion on the revolution caused by Martin Luther nearly 500 years ago, let us consider his first major dogma, namely, sola Scriptura. Any Catholic — especially The Wanderer readers — who want to take their faith seriously and apply the criteria laid down by John Paul II in his encyclical Fides et Ratio (Faith and Reason) must apply reason to Luther’s concept of “faith” in order to dispel any misapprehension about this important issue. The primordial fact is that Jesus Christ did not give us the Gospel, let alone the whole Bible, as the first and only rule of faith. He gave us the Church, endowed with bishops…Continue Reading

The Communion Of Saints

November 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For the past six weeks, we have examined and elaborated upon the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on a state of life embraced by many loyal followers of Christ who have freely responded to a special call to follow with radical fidelity the way of life that the Lord Himself led. These generous souls — and the communities to which they belong — have profoundly influenced and shaped not only the history of the Church, but of the whole world. This state of life, the consecrated life, has been described by both the Catechism and the 1983 Code of Canon Law (CIC), as we have seen, as taking on five general forms: eremitic…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I know the word “friend” appears many times in the Bible, but sometimes it is capitalized. For example, at daily Mass today there was a reading from 1st Maccabees which said that King Antiochus, who was about to die, “called in all his Friends” to tell them of his tribulations, and he chose Philip, “one of his Friends,” to take charge of his kingdom (cf. 6:10-14). Why is the word capitalized? — K.R., Connecticut. A. You will also find the word capitalized in the Gospel of John (19:12) when Jesus was on trial before Pontius Pilate. When Pilate tried to release Jesus, some of those in the crowd shouted, “If you release him, you are not a Friend of…Continue Reading

The New Jerusalem

November 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR C) Readings: Baruch 5:1-9 Phil. 1:4-6, 8-11; Luke 3:1-6 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the preaching of St. John the Baptist. However, unlike what we read in the other Gospels, St. Luke does not record the Baptist as saying that he is the voice in the desert calling out to make straight the way of the Lord. Instead, St. Luke simply points to the call and the ministry of the great Forerunner as the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah. This has some significance for us because it provides a context that is much larger than St. John the Baptist and the time in which he spoke. We…Continue Reading

Irish Priest In Kenya . . . Describes What The Pope Will Find

November 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By KATHLEEN NAAB (Editor’s Note: Fr. Conor Donnelly is a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, a medical graduate from University College Dublin, and has a doctorate in theology from the University of Navarre. He has lived for 10 years in Manila, 12 in Singapore, and has been in Nairobi for ten years. (In the November 17 interview below with Kathleen Naab of ZENIT News Agency, Fr. Donnelly said that when Pope Francis arrives in Kenya later this month, November 25-27, he will find himself in the midst of a young, vibrant Church, rooted in the deeply religious African psyche. A Church at the forefront of development and a leader in the battle against corruption. (He praised the Kenyans’…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Defenseless Europe A Lesson For Defending Faith

November 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK While recently on retreat in New York, you might say I celebrated the Church’s year of consecrated life as I prayed daily Mass for the sisters who kindly hosted me. I invited them to kneel at the Communion rail to receive our Lord as I do at every Mass at my home parish. They all accepted my invitation except one elderly sister who was unable to do so. Perhaps it will be the beginning of a more robust daily expression of Catholic faith for them, employing as it does our love for God through the use of our strength as well as that of our mind, heart, and soul. Faith, as with anything else in…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… “Sola Scriptura” — The End

November 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Here is a simple question for those people who believe in sola Scriptura: If every Christian had the ability — a God-given ability, of course — to interpret Scripture on his own, why is it that there are so many contradictory doctrines held by those who espouse it? Bible interpretation is not an easy thing to do, and there are things hard to understand in many places. But many who are ignorant and unstable risk twisting the texts of St. Paul and the other Scriptures, with disastrous consequences. But wait! Before you accuse me of being uncharitable, please read what St. Peter says, referring to St. Paul’s epistles. In his second encyclical, the first Pope…Continue Reading