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Gifts From God

August 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gifts From God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29 Heb. 12:18-19, 22-24a Luke 14:1, 7-14 In the first reading today the Wise Man tells us that we should conduct our affairs with humility and we will be loved by other people. He goes on to say that the greater we are the more we need to humble ourselves; this disposition will find favor with God. Humility is truth. So Sirach is not asking anyone to deny the truth about themselves.; this would be false humility. After all, Sirach speaks about those who are greater, so some people have a higher position or greater ability than others. They are not to deny these facts,…Continue Reading

Divine Mercy And Justice

August 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Divine Mercy And Justice

By Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke delivered the address below at the Consecration Weekend, The Marian Catechist Apostolate, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, Wis., July 23, 2016. Because of its length, we are publishing it in two parts, with part 2 appearing in next week’s issue. And also because of its length, we omitted the footnotes. This text is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + Pope Francis has recently published a book-length interview which is being distributed in six languages in more than 80 countries with the title: The Name of God Is Mercy. This publication and its wide distribution manifest how divine mercy is…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Traditional Mass Plays A Needed Prophetic Role

August 15, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Traditional Mass Plays A Needed Prophetic Role

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Prophets aren’t popular. Prophets are not liked. Prophets are sometimes put to death. The Holy Land is littered with the tombs of the prophets. The Lord Himself alluded to this when He excoriated the leaders of the Chosen People for decorating these tombs, once the voices of the prophets themselves had been stilled, while rejecting the voice of divine prophecy itself in Him. “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; that build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monuments of the just, And say: If we had been in the days of our Fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore you are witnesses against…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Difficulties Of Biblical Interpretation

August 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Difficulties Of Biblical Interpretation

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 13 Luther claimed that all Christians can correctly interpret the Bible without the need of Popes, councils, or bishops, because the Holy Spirit Himself will guide the devout Christian in his Bible-reading. It did sound nice in the beginning, but soon contradictory interpretations appeared and today we have tens of thousands of individual churches, sects, and denominations, all claiming to have the correct interpretation, Bible in hand. Unless you accuse the Holy Spirit of suffering from a kind of schizophrenia, inspiring different people to reach different and contradictory conclusions, which is highly unlikely or rather impossible, then we must necessarily conclude that it is people who have interpreted the Bible according to their subjective…Continue Reading

Old Testament Prefigurations Of Baptism

August 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Old Testament Prefigurations Of Baptism

By DON FIER When a newborn infant enters this world, he or she normally bursts onto the scene with the fullness of natural life, with all the sense faculties and capabilities (e.g., to see, hear, feel, etc.) in varying degrees of development. On the supernatural level, however, the newly born child is devoid of divine life as a consequence of original sin, the common heritage of all human persons (excepting our Lady) due to the disobedience of our first parents. Satisfaction for the infinite debt incurred by Adam, the forefather of all mankind, was made by God Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ when He freely submitted to His ignominious death on the cross. To avail each individual the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 12, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Enjoy the following commentary from Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, who makes clear what Cardinal Sarah had in mind when he called recently for celebrating parts of the Mass facing East. “In 2014, Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea to be Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, with instructions to continue a ‘reform of the reform.’ After the Second Vatican Council, many changes in the liturgy were done virtually overnight, with no mandate from the Council, but motivated by what Pope Pius XII would have called a romantic ‘historicism’ based on a mistaken understanding of the early Church’s liturgy. “Even some…Continue Reading

The Discipline Of The Lord

August 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Discipline Of The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 66:18-21 Heb. 12:5-7, 11-13 Luke 13:22-30 In the first reading today God says through the Prophet Isaiah that He is going to send people to the various nations who have never heard of the Lord or seen His glory. These people will bring many to the Lord; some of those who come from foreign countries would be chosen by God to be priests. All of this is astounding, but to the Jewish reader it must have seemed truly unbelievable. Since only those born of the family of Aaron could be priests among the Jewish people, how is it that a pagan could be a priest of God?…Continue Reading

Religious Liberty And The Dignity Of Man

August 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Religious Liberty And The Dignity Of Man

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE Part 2 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, delivered the following address to the Church Teaches Forum, Louisville, Ky., on July 16, 2016. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved. Because of its length, we are presenting it in two parts; the first part appeared in last week’s issue.) + + + Order In Society And The Common Good If any form of government is to serve a community or nation, society must recognize a certain order which permits the individual to pursue his own good, while, at the same time, respecting the good of others who form a community with him. The good is…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . The Catholic And Protestant Canons Of The Bible

August 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . The Catholic And Protestant Canons Of The Bible

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 12 In order to understand the fundamental and unquestionable difference between the complete canon of the Bible adopted by the Catholic Church and the mutilated one adopted by Protestants, we must go back in history to the time of Jesus, when the Jews had two canons of the Bible, the Hebrew one and the Greek one. There was no unifying Magisterium among the Jews; there were rabbinical schools. The Pharisees, for instance, accepted the five first books of Moses plus the prophets, whereas the Sadducees did not accept the prophets, only the books of Moses. They were viscerally divided in their biblical canons. The only unity they had was that the Hebrew canon was…Continue Reading

Baptism — Gateway To The Christian Life

August 6, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Baptism — Gateway To The Christian Life

By DON FIER The sacraments of initiation — Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist — can be seen as progressive stages in the spiritual and sacramental growth of Christians. By analogy, they are comparable to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life. As we saw last week, the faithful are reborn to share in the divine life through Baptism, are fortified and strengthened by Confirmation, and are nurtured and sustained by the food of eternal life, the Body and Blood of Christ, in the Eucharist. In ever-increasing measure, the People of God grow in grace and are perfected in charity through these foundational sacraments. By these three sacraments together, our initiation into Jesus, His life, and His Church are…Continue Reading