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Life Everlasting — Purgatory

February 27, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Life Everlasting — Purgatory

By Don Fier Part 2 The teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on Purgatory, which we began to examine last week, is a dogma of our faith that is too much forgotten by many of the faithful. Yet it is quite probable that Purgatory will be the transitory state for the vast majority of souls who arrive at the moment of death in the state of sanctifying grace. The early 17th-century bishop of Geneva and doctor of the Church, St. Francis de Sales, who is so renowned for his magnificent writings on the spiritual life, once lamented, “Alas! We do not sufficiently remember our dear departed; their memory seems to perish with the sound of the funeral…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 26, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. From what I understand, Muhammed was taken up to Heaven in a fiery chariot, according to the Islamist religion. We hold the same belief about the Prophet Elijah. What are we to believe? — R.B.K., via e-mail. A. We can certainly believe what the Bible tells us about Elijah’s journey to Heaven, but we doubt very much if there is any truth to such a claim for Muhammed. Elijah was a holy man and a type of Jesus. Both men multiplied food, both were rejected by their people, both were threatened with death, and both were taken up into Heaven at the end of their lives. There is much that we can learn from Elijah: his faithfulness and perseverance…Continue Reading

A New Creation

February 25, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A New Creation

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12 2 Cor. 5:17-21 Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 In the second reading today St. Paul states that anyone who is in Christ has become a new creation. There is a “re-creation” of sorts that takes place on several occasions in our lives. The biggest is certainly at the moment of our Baptism, which is the one St. Paul is addressing. However, every time you go to Confession there is a newness that takes place in your soul. When a couple gets married there is a new creation in that there is a union of two where before they were separate. When a man is ordained there is a…Continue Reading

Pope Francis And Patriarch Kirill Issue Statement… “It Is With Joy That We Have Met Like Brothers”

February 24, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope Francis And Patriarch Kirill Issue Statement… “It Is With Joy That We Have Met Like Brothers”

(Editor’s Note: Following is an abridged version of the official English text of the February 12 Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.) + + + “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you” (2 Cor. 13:13). 1. By God the Father’s will, from which all gifts come, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the help of the Holy Spirit Consolator, we, Pope Francis and Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, have met today in Havana. We give thanks to God, glorified in the Trinity, for this meeting, the first in…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . “My House Shall Be Called The House Of Prayer”

February 22, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . “My House Shall Be Called The House Of Prayer”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Conversation while warming up in the lodge between downhill runs on a recent ski outing turned to faith, as it often does when I reveal to strangers that I am a priest. One 20-something fellow, whom you might call a “DC” for “doesn’t care,” shared that he doesn’t go to Mass while his parents still do. He made it clear that it doesn’t bother him that he might be omitting something important from his life. This is quite common among young people newly out on their own in the world and can sometimes simply be classified as experimenting with free will and trying to differentiate from one’s parents. Another fellow in his 30s, however, had…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Catechism

February 21, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on An Apologetics Course… The Catechism

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 42 A common question I hear from people is this: Where can you find a collection of Church teachings coming from the ordinary Magisterium? The answer is simple: You find the teachings of the ordinary Magisterium in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Everyone should have a Catechism at home. The Catechism gives you all the most important doctrines of the Church, taken from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. There you find those teachings well explained and illustrated. A wealth of footnotes is provided, so that those who are really serious about learning can consult the sources to acquire a greater knowledge. Your Wanderer provides you with excellent material by our colleague Don Fier.…Continue Reading

Life Everlasting — Purgatory

February 20, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Life Everlasting — Purgatory

By DON FIER The goal that every human being yearns to attain, knowingly or unknowingly, is the state of supreme and definitive happiness that can only see its fulfillment in the beatific vision. The joy that will be ours if we die in the state of sanctifying grace — either immediately after death or following a period of purification — is beyond all imagining and indescribable in human terms. “Gathered around Jesus and Mary, the angels and the saints,” those blessed souls who achieve the ultimate end for which man was created “form the Church of heaven, where they will see God ‘face to face’ (1 Cor. 13:12). They live in [an everlasting] communion of love with the Most Blessed…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 19, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In a brochure I got from a Jehovah’s Witness, it says that “the Bible also shows that God’s Son, Jesus, healed the sick. Why did he do so? Because he wanted to (Mark 1:40, 41). Jesus perfectly reflected his Father’s personality by his desire to help those in need — John 14:9.” But the Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe that Jesus is God, do they? — K.E.R., Connecticut. A. No, they don’t and that’s why, in the brochure, they only referenced John 14:9 to show that Jesus merely reflects the Father’s personality. Had they quoted that verse and the verses that follow it would have undermined their position. Here is what Jesus said to the Apostle Philip in verses 9-11:…Continue Reading

A Desert Of Selfishness

February 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Desert Of Selfishness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Lent (YR C) Readings: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15 1 Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 Luke 13:1-9 In the first reading today we hear the call of Moses. We recall that Moses had been raised in Pharaoh’s palace, but when he killed an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew, he had to flee for his life. After Moses had been a nomadic shepherd in the desert for many years, the Lord appeared to him in the burning bush. In this revelation of Himself, God tells Moses that He has heard the cries of the Israelites and has come down to rescue them. Moses, with his unique background, is the one chosen by God to speak to Pharaoh…Continue Reading

Pope Francis To Padre Pio Prayer Groups…. St. Pio Of Pietrelcina Was A Servant Of Mercy

February 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope Francis To Padre Pio Prayer Groups…. St. Pio Of Pietrelcina Was A Servant Of Mercy

(VATICAN CITY — Below is a ZENIT translation of Pope Francis’ address when he met with Padre Pio prayer groups, who were in Rome to venerate the saint’s relics, in St. Peter’s Basilica Saturday morning, February 6. (The relics of Padre Pio and St. Leopold Mandic visited St. Peter’s Basilica from February 5 to 11 as part of the Jubilee of Mercy. (ZENIT provided the text. All rights reserved.) + + + Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! I give you my welcome — I see that you are very numerous! — and I thank Msgr. Castoro for the words he addressed to me. I greet you all, who come from several countries and regions, united in great affection and…Continue Reading