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The Two Widows

October 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 1 Kings 17:10-16 Heb. 9:24-28 Mark 12:38-44 In the Gospel reading today, we hear two points of importance. The first is the condemnation for those who use religion as a pretext for some selfish purpose. The second is the teaching on the widow who, though she offered only a couple of small copper coins, gave more than the people who put in large amounts of money because she gave from her want, not from her surplus. Even when we put these two things together, we can see how they apply to us. Our goal is to love God with our whole heart, soul, and strength. There are many…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz . . . Says Localizing Certain Pastoral Practices Could Fracture Unity

October 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DEBORAH CASTELLANO LUBOV VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — In reflecting on the Synod of Bishops underway in Rome, the president of the U.S. episcopal conference, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., says the synod fathers are emphasizing that “we as the body of Christ can have a great effect on families, but families can have a great effect on the life of the Church.” Still, he says, changes won’t come overnight. In an exclusive interview with ZENIT in Rome’s Pontifical North American College on Thursday, October 15, Archbishop Kurtz, who was appointed bishop of Louisville, Ky., by Pope Benedict, gives his view on the message that families in the United States might most need to hear. The prelate, who served…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Bringing People To Grace

October 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria landed on the calendar providentially during the final week of the Synod in Rome on the Family. His cause for canonization in process and no doubt one of the signposts for the movement to declare him a saint were his words to his wife Empress Zita on the day after their nuptials, when he said, “Now, we will help each other to get to Heaven.” In a few words, here precisely is what we hope the synod will teach about in marriage in continuity with the witness of Blessed Karl and all those before and after who understand the beautiful meaning and purpose of holy matrimony in…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Origins Of Protestantism And Its Disunity

October 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 25 In the previous article we considered the fact that Christ founded one Church, and only one, not thousands. There is no such a thing as a “Protestant Church,” in the singular; instead, there is a myriad of Protestant churches, in the plural, divided among themselves in faith, worship, and government. A plateau de fromage of religion. The Protestant revolution is inaccurately enough called the “Reformation,” but in reality it did not reform the Church. It is true that the Church was in dire need of an authentic Reformation — but instead Luther made a Deformation by creating a new church, of new churches. It began in Germany in the 16th century, and from…Continue Reading

The Consecrated Life

October 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 All members of the Christian faithful, “destined for [God] through Baptism” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 946), are called to practice the evangelical counsels — chastity, poverty, and obedience — in accordance with the genuine demands of their vocation if they wish to belong to the Kingdom of God. However, as we saw last week, some receive a special call to more radically dedicate themselves to Jesus Christ. Through public profession of the evangelical counsels, those entering the religious state of life consecrate themselves to God in a permanent and stable way that is recognized by the Church. Moved by the Holy Spirit to follow our Lord in a totally committed way, they…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. At a Bible study on the Acts of the Apostles, there was a reference to the 71 members of the Sanhedrin. The facilitator didn’t know why the number was 71. Do you know? — N.C., Massachusetts. A. After consulting several sources, we know that the Sanhedrin wielded considerable power in New Testament times and that its 71 members consisted of chief priests, elders, and scribes, with the high priest serving as president of the council, but we’re not sure where the number 71 came from. There is a possibility that it originated in the Book of Numbers, when the Lord said to Moses: “Assemble for me seventy of the elders of Israel, men you know for true elders and…Continue Reading

The Solemnity of All Saints

October 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Rev. 7:2-4, 9-14 1 John 3:1-3 Matt. 5:1-12a Living Like Children Of God We live in a day and age where it has become vogue to adhere to the idea of universal salvation. This is the idea that everyone goes to Heaven. Others would suggest that there may be a few people in Hell, like Stalin, Hitler, and their ilk, but everyone else goes to Heaven. These ideas run contrary to the teaching of our Lord who spoke of trying to enter through the narrow door, of the road to perdition being wide and smooth with many on it, while the road to life is rough and narrow with few on it. This has led…Continue Reading

Synod Interventions . . . Concerns About Threats To The Families, Hopes For True Renewal

October 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below are four interventions from the ongoing Synod on the Family, which express fears over attacks on marriage and the family and hopes for the renewal of authentic family life in Christ. Texts are from various sources; all rights reserved.) + + + Robert Cardinal Sarah Prefect Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments October 7, 2015 Your Holiness, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, participants of the Synod, I propose these three thoughts: 1) More transparency and respect among us I feel a strong need to invoke the Spirit of Truth and Love, the source of parrhesia in speaking and humility in listening, who alone is capable of creating true harmony in plurality. I say frankly…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Tale Of Two Synods

October 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK One of the most haunting memories from the time of turmoil in the Church after Vatican II was the terrifying remark of Paul VI, no less than the pastor himself at the helm of the universal Body of Christ, who said, “from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” That alarum has been raised again in the Synod Hall in Rome this month as our bishops and cardinals meet to hammer out a document in aid of families today. The concern which gave rise to this is the overwhelming sense among some that doctrine on marriage and family may not come out of the synod unscathed. As many of our…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… Christ’s Church Is One, Not A Collection Of Churches

October 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA In the previous article, the characteristics that identify the Church founded by Jesus Christ were made clear for all to see: His Church is One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Imperishable, Infallible, and Visible. Let us take a look at the kind of churches claiming to be the Church of Christ in existence today, and assess their claims in the light of the seven marks, and not according to the individual interpretations of the Bible chosen by their founders or by the majority opinion of their members. The first mark of the Church of Christ is that she must be one in faith, worship, and government to the end of time, because her divine Founder has promised to…Continue Reading