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A Leaven In The World . . . Rejection Of God Is The Malaise Of The West

December 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Everyone longs for peace and suffers because of the absence of it. Whether a mother or father worried about the health and well-being of a child, whether the homeless poor, or those without work, or the lonely or the dying, all are in search of peace. Even those who enjoy everything the world can offer in terms of material goods and wealth still long for peace. Peace, however, is not possible without a vital connection to its source. Peace is not something you can buy or sell, or something you can steal. Peace is a person with whom we must have a relationship because peace is Jesus Christ. The recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., points…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

November 30, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND de SOUZA, KM Part 4 The Pharisee and the publican — improvised prayer and repetitive prayer: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and began to pray thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, robbers, dishonest, adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I possess’ ” (Luke 18:10-14). Let us notice that the Pharisee was wont to do what Jesus exhorted people to do in the Sermon of the Mount: Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Those were undoubtedly very good deeds, but the Pharisee performed…Continue Reading

The Senses Of Scripture

November 29, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Last week’s installment introduced the two main senses which the Church’s Magisterium instructs are to be used for faithful interpretation of Sacred Scripture: the literal sense and the spiritual sense. The spiritual sense can be subdivided into the allegorical, moral, and anagogical senses; thus, the senses of Scripture are classically referred to as fourfold. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) explains: “The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church” (CCC, n. 115). We ended by embarking on an explanation of the literal sense, which according to St. Thomas Aquinas is the foundation of all the senses of Sacred Scripture. When one interprets the literal…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Does the Catholic Church teach that no one knows who is in Hell? Well, it seems that goes against the Bible when Jesus says about Judas, “Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed. Better for him if he had never been born” (Matt. 26:24). I cannot go against Jesus’ words in the Bible. Am I right that Judas is in Hell? — M.G., Alabama. A. If you think that statement of Jesus bodes ill for Judas, consider what the Lord said about him at the Last Supper. Speaking to His Father about the apostles, Christ said, “When I was with them I protected them in your name that you gave me, and I guarded…Continue Reading

Preparing A Way

November 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 In the first reading today God speaks to Isaiah telling him to give comfort to His people. This message comes at the end of a long period of suffering for the people of Israel during which their sins were expiated. Now as the call to comfort the people is given, it is clear that there is still a bit more suffering that will occur because we are told that the valleys will filled in and the mountains will be brought low. However, in doing this, God is preparing a way in the desert. There are a couple of things we need…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Address At Colloquium . . . Complementary Is At The Root Of Marriage And Family

November 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ address in the Vatican at the opening of the “Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman,” November 17-19. In his talk, the Holy Father stated: “Children have a right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.” + + + Dear sisters and brothers, I warmly greet you. I thank [Gerhard] Cardinal Müller [prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith] for his words with which he introduced our meeting. I would like to begin by sharing with you a reflection on the title of your colloquium. You must…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Some Bishops Are Beginning To Find Their Voice

November 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In recent weeks the Pope hosted the “Humanum” conference in Rome. In his remarks of welcome he clearly reiterated his commitment to the right of children to have both a mother and a father while stating that marriages and families cannot be redefined by or subject to manipulation by ideologies. (See p. 4B of this week’s Wanderer for the full text.) Interestingly, those who have attempted to co-opt him for an alien agenda are beginning to bristle with displeasure. In response to Pope Francis’ “Humanum” comments, Franco Grillini, the head of “Gaynet,” responded, according to Alessandro Gisotti of Vatican Radio, with the withering comment that the Pope is “a false progressive” because he affirms as…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

November 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The visit I received from two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs, for short) gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that repetitive prayer — especially the rosary — is entirely in line with Sacred Scripture. When they walked into my living room and did not miss the sight of my rosary on the mantelpiece, I knew only too well that they were itching to say something about it. And, as sure as death and taxes, one of them asked me if I was aware that prayer of repetition was “condemned by Jesus in the Bible.” In this article I’d like to provide more information I trust will be useful to Wanderer readers to use in their…Continue Reading

Reading And Interpreting Scripture

November 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER We ended last week’s installment by launching into a discussion on a question of critical importance: “How is Sacred Scripture to be read and interpreted?” The significance and the relevance of this question become apparent if one examines findings outlined in the 2012 “Status of Global Mission” report, a publication of the International Bulletin of Missionary Research which has been issued annually for the past 28 years. The report tells us that by mid-2012 there will be approximately 2.3 billion Christians in the world, comprising about one-third of the global population. Of these, approximately 1.2 billion profess to be Roman Catholic. What about the remaining 1.1 billion Christians? A telling statistic in the report is the number…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. We recently celebrated the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Why does the Church celebrate a church building in Rome? — P.R., Massachusetts. A. Because the Basilica of St. John Lateran is the oldest church in Christendom and is the church of the Pope, not St. Peter’s Basilica. The Lateran Basilica was built in the fourth century and was consecrated by Pope Sylvester in 324, just 11 years after Roman Emperor Constantine granted Christians religious freedom. He gave the former palace of the Laterani family to Pope Miltiades, and the Popes resided there for a thousand years. We honor this sacred building as a way of expressing love and veneration for the Church of Rome, which St.…Continue Reading