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June 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In St. Matthew’s account of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, he says that when the disciples saw Jesus and worshiped Him, some of them “doubted” (Matt. 28:17). I thought only Thomas doubted that Jesus had risen, but that he was convinced otherwise at the second appearance of our Lord on the Sunday after Easter. So what is Matthew talking about? — P.H., New Jersey. A. Although all of the disciples saw Jesus after His Resurrection, perhaps the faith of some of them was not as strong as you might think. We know that ten of them saw Jesus on Easter and eleven of them on the following Sunday, but only seven were present at the Sea of Tiberias…Continue Reading

God Is Love

June 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God Is Love

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Body And Blood Of Christ (YR A) Readings: Deut. 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Cor. 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? With these words St. Paul forces us to look deeper than what the senses are able to perceive. How can a cup of wine that is blessed cause us to participate in the Blood of Jesus? How can a piece of bread that is broken cause us to participate in the Body of our Lord? In the first reading, we hear how God…Continue Reading

Cardinal Mueller… “Dubia” Cardinals Raise “Legitimate Questions”

June 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Mueller… “Dubia” Cardinals Raise “Legitimate Questions”

By CLAIRE CHRETIEN (Wanderer Editor’s Note: A full transcript of the interview can be read on Arroyo’s Facebook page, according to LifeSiteNews, which published the report below on May 31. Watch The World Over from May 25, which aired this interview, at YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhPGrOocZCU) + + + (LifeSiteNews) — Gerhard Cardinal Mueller, who as the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is the Vatican’s official doctrine chief, has commented on bishops’ conferences coming up with different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, the possibility of female deacons, and pro-abortion population controllers’ participation in a recent Vatican conference. Mueller gave a wide-ranging interview to EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo on his show The World Over. It first aired May 25. The…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Mission For The Family Begins With The Child

June 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Mission For The Family Begins With The Child

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In the course of a recent visit to New York City on the occasion of the annual “Fleet Week,” I enjoyed the privilege of meeting Peter Smith, representative of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children to the United Nations. An active duty Navy chaplain friend, Fr. Charles Johnson, was in port on his ship the USS Kearsarge for the annual Navy and Marine Corps extravaganza in the city and I had come to town to join him for some time off on liberty. I enjoyed the hospitality of Fr. Gerry Murray where he serves as pastor at the Church of the Holy Family in the UN neighborhood of the city. I thank him…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… Why Is Jesus Called “Savior”?

June 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… Why Is Jesus Called “Savior”?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 10 The first problem with the Protestant concept of being “saved” while still alive, merely because one “accepts Jesus in one’s heart as one’s personal Lord and Savior,” as the wishful thinking goes, is that it is totally unbiblical, unhistorical, and unreasonable. It is unbiblical because nowhere in the whole of both Testaments will you find one single verse saying this. It is unhistorical because from Jesus’ time until Luther’s (approximately 1,500 years), no Christian ever believed this. It is unreasonable because it gives freedom to sin under the illusion of being already “saved.” How did Jesus save us, then? He did not give us Heaven for free, just like that, as if we…Continue Reading

Interior Penance And Forms Of Expression

June 3, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Interior Penance And Forms Of Expression

By DON FIER In His great mercy, Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation as a remedy for those who, having received the new life of grace (friendship with God) through the saving waters of Baptism, become estranged from their Creator through sin. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church summarizes the underlying reason for the crucial need of this post-baptismal sacrament of healing in man’s struggle for conversion, holiness, and attainment of everlasting life: “The new life of grace received in Baptism does not abolish the weakness of human nature nor the inclination to sin” (n. 297). Our propensity to surrender to the unrelenting tug of concupiscence is such that even “a righteous man falls seven…Continue Reading

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June 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: As promised in May, here is a summary of the second appearance of Our Blessed Lady to the three children in Fatima 100 years ago. For more details, see Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book Fatima for Today. June 13, 1917 Fifty people had accompanied the three visionaries to the Cova da Iria on the 13th of June. They joined the children in praying the rosary, but did not see our Lady when she suddenly appeared above the holm oak tree. “What do you want of me?” Lucia asked, and the Virgin said to return there on July 13, to pray the rosary every day, and to learn to read and write. Lucia not only learned to read and write,…Continue Reading

The Trinity Is The Central Mystery

June 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Trinity Is The Central Mystery

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR A) Readings: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 2 Cor. 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 Today we celebrate the mystery that is central to what it means to be Christian: the Most Holy Trinity. One might reply that to be Christian is to believe in Jesus. This is true, but what do we believe about Jesus? We believe that from all eternity Jesus is God. Now, either there is only one God who became man, or there are more gods than one, or there is more than one Person in God. Let’s begin with the first possibility. In the first reading today we hear about God’s self-revelation to Moses. In both God’s revelation of…Continue Reading

At Thomas Aquinas College Commencement . . . “Only The Childlike Attain True Wisdom And Learning”

May 31, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on At Thomas Aquinas College Commencement . . . “Only The Childlike Attain True Wisdom And Learning”

By FR. PAUL SCALIA (Editor’s Note: Fr. Paul Scalia is the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington, Va. He gave the following homily at the May 13 Baccalaureate Mass for the Thomas Aquinas College Commencement. It is reprinted here with the kind permission of Fr. Scalia. All rights reserved.) + + + “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” My dear friends in Christ, at the risk of sounding a discordant note on a joyful occasion, allow me to say that there is something incongruous — perhaps even cruel — about this verse. At least for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Most Awkward Conversations Are The Most Important

May 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Most Awkward Conversations Are The Most Important

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There’s nothing more intense than being invited to share in the most intimate details of the life of another soul or family. Of course it is not done gratuitously. When a person is distressed or grieving and reaches out for help, it is often the priest to whom they turn for healing. Most commonly people seek pastoral assistance during the process of grieving. As well as discussing the details of a funeral, they need to hear the compassionate expressions of condolence from others. The priest stands in solidarity with those who are hurting in the dawning realization of what it means that they will no longer see a loved one in this life. I was…Continue Reading