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October 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding the status of Venerable Mary of Agreda’s book The Mystical City of God, which was discussed in a recent column, B.L. of Pennsylvania sent along a photocopy of a 1998 letter from Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, then the secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. In the letter dated February 7, 1998, Archbishop Bertone said: “This Congregation writes in reply to your fax message of October 29, 1997, in which you asked if there are currently any restrictions on keeping or reading The Mystical City of God by Venerable Maria of Agreda. Please be assured that at the present time there is no condemnation or restriction issued by ecclesiastical authorities with regard to…Continue Reading

Depend On The Lord

October 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Depend On The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 2 Tim. 4:6-8, 16-18 Luke 18:9-14 In the first reading today we hear about the people whose prayers are heard by the Lord. It states clearly that those who serve God willingly are heard, but beyond this general statement, the people mentioned are the weak, the oppressed, the orphan, the widow, and the lowly. The reason these people will have their prayers heard is because they have learned to depend on the Lord. It is a sad thing about our human nature, but unless we find ourselves in a situation we know we cannot deal with, we think we can rely on our own self.…Continue Reading

Our Last Chance

October 12, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Last Chance

By FR. MICHAEL P. ORSI (Editor’s Note: Fr. Michael P. Orsi is host of “Action for Life TV,” a weekly cable television series devoted to pro-life issues [actionforlifetv.net]. (A broadcast of a September 10 talk he gave concerning religious freedom and the upcoming election received widespread attention on social media. Fr. Orsi kindly provided The Wanderer with this commentary on his talk. All rights reserved.) + + + I have been quite stunned at the response to a talk I gave on September 10 during a Naples, Fla., event marking the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. In it I challenged pastors and churches to come out of the political shadows and take a forthright stand for religious liberty…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Fr. Schmitt Reminds Us Why We Have Priests

October 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Fr. Schmitt Reminds Us Why We Have Priests

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The news is often filled with the dispiriting and sometimes discouraging news of priests committing the same sins as many others do. The scandal of a man of God even going so far as abusing others is a very heavy cross to bear, and not only for the victims and their families. The work of the Church to prevent abuse and to stop abusers before they victimize anyone involves every one of us. Everyone is called to holiness but, all the same, we expect more from our priests. The one who teaches the Gospel to others must be striving to follow it himself every day. Because priests fall and today every detail of their sins…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… God In Himself, His Essence And Attributes

October 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… God In Himself, His Essence And Attributes

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 6 “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40). This being the case, it is of the essence to know God’s essence and attributes — no pun intended — so that we may love Him with our whole heart, soul, and mind. And the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church believes and confesses that there is one, true and living God, the Creator and Lord of Heaven…Continue Reading

The Effects Of Baptism

October 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Effects Of Baptism

By DON FIER In concluding our consideration of the necessity of Baptism for salvation last week, we examined a very delicate matter, namely, the fate of infants who die without being baptized. In accordance with the words of Jesus, “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” (John 3:5), the Church has always taught that it is a revealed truth of our faith that Baptism is necessary for salvation. Yet, as we have seen in recent columns, the Church also recognizes Baptism of blood and Baptism of desire as ways of receiving baptismal grace, for God “is not bound by his sacraments” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1257). Infants, however,…Continue Reading

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October 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Some words of wisdom from Fr. George W. Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City: “Egyptian embalmers assumed that the brain would not be needed in the afterlife, and so they threw it away. Since there will be no need for sun or moon in the Heavenly City, for ‘the Lamb is the lamp thereof’ (Rev. 21:23), the ‘glorified body’ may enjoy immediate perception. But God expects us to use our brains in this temporal world. Jesus did not commend the dishonesty of the Unjust Steward (Luke 16:1-12), but He said we should use our minds as justly as the steward did unjustly…. “Within a ten-minute walk of our church in these past few…Continue Reading

Will He Find Any Faith On Earth?

October 6, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Will He Find Any Faith On Earth?

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sunday Sermon for October 16, 2016 Twenty Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Exodus 17:8-13 2 Tim. 3:14-4:2 Luke 18:1-8 In the second reading today St. Paul exhorts us, along with Timothy, to remain faithful to what we have learned and believed. The reason St. Paul gives for maintaining the truth is because Timothy knows who taught it to him. For Timothy this means St. Paul, of course, but for us we need to look at things from a larger perspective. While each of us can name a person who has been most influential in our lives regarding the faith, ultimately we have to be able to say that it is the Church who…Continue Reading

Why Do We Have A Liturgy?

October 5, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Why Do We Have A Liturgy?

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University, writes a liturgy column for ZENIT News Agency, where this article first appeared. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. Is there a liturgy in Heaven? Why do we have a liturgy? What is the finality of the liturgy? — T.G., Salvador, Brazil. A. These are very important questions. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the details of liturgy that we forget the big picture of the great mystery of the liturgy itself. There are many definitions of liturgy. One famous manual published in the 1960s presented 40 definitions and then added a…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Hillary, The Sexist And Racist Abortion Candidate

October 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Hillary, The Sexist And Racist Abortion Candidate

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Our southern Maryland Catholic deanery, a cluster of parishes within Charles County, learned this year that our annual Catholic information booth at the fair, staffed by parishioners, can no longer give out free balloons. You see, they might scare the animals. Yes, you heard correctly: We’re now outlawing balloons out of fear that we might harm the non-human creatures who just might happen to hear a helium-filled sphere burst at the county fair. Our culture is so inverted that we will now curtail absolutely any human activity because of the chance that it might in the least way possibly offend non-humans, but we will, at the same time, end any human life even up to…Continue Reading