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Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Summing Up

February 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 The Gospels mention Jesus’ brothers and sisters (Matt. 13:54-57; also Mark 6:2-3 et alia), and anti-Catholic bigotry sees in this a supposed “argument” against the Catholic teaching of the perpetual virginity of our Lady. But bigotry ignores that in the Hebrew and Aramaic languages, there was no clear distinction between “blood-brother” and “cousin.” Their culture was not centered on the “nuclear family” as we have it today, but the extended family, in which cousins were known as brothers and sisters. The New Testament was not written in English. In Hebrew and Aramaic, “brethren” does not mean only brothers and sisters from the same father and mother, as in English, but also near kinsmen.…Continue Reading

God Reveals His Name

February 7, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In last week’s installment of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we examined the fundamental significance of coming to know that all that we believe begins with God and ends with God. “I believe in God” is the first affirmation of the Apostles’ Creed, and likewise, Sacred Scripture begins with the words, “In the beginning God. . . .” (Gen. 1:1). Believing in the one, true God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength is central to the Catholic faith and is the basis for each of the 12 articles of the Creed. It is upon professing our belief in God that the “other articles help us to know God better as…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Concerning your answer re handshaking at Mass in The Wanderer dated January 8, I would like to put Msgr. Pope’s comments on understanding the Mass in our parish bulletin at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Ft. Bragg, Calif., but I’m not sure if I need permission. It was an unusually beautiful short explanation, and there is much need for education on this topic. I have always wondered why the handshaking method did not get any directive when it began. When scattered parishioners at daily Mass “snaked” across empty pews to reach one another or wandered around the church to find friends, I knew this was not a proper practice. But then why was there no admonition about…Continue Reading

Glorify God In All You Do

February 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Lev. 13:1-2, 44-46 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45 In the second reading today, St. Paul instructs us that we are to do everything for the glory of God, even things as mundane as eating and drinking. There are very few people that I have ever met who think this way. I have met many who want to glorify themselves; I have also met many people who would readily say that they want to glorify God. However, I have met very few who think about glorifying God in everything that they do. To do this would require changing the way we think and having the presence of mind to…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message 2015 . . . “A Merciful Heart Does Not Mean A Weak Heart”

February 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the text of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2015, which reflects on the theme: “Make your hearts firm” (James 5:8). + + + Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor. 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that He Himself has not first given us. “We love because He first has loved us” (1 John 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in His heart. He knows us by name, He cares for us, and He seeks us out whenever we turn away…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Catholics Going Underground?

February 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK It’s a cold winter and a difficult one for those facing a historic snowstorm in the northeast U.S. as I write this week’s missive. Colder still is the climate in the public square for anyone unwilling to redefine nature and submit, even privately in some cases, to the forced imposition of immorality and legislated disobedience of God. At a recent deanery meeting of fellow priests I took part in a discussion about the changing cultural climate wherein a minority is imposing its agenda of immoral “dogma” through unjust laws and policies and captive courts. We were reminded of recent developments in this vein, such as Marquette University’s suspension of a tenured political science professor after…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity… The “Other Mary” And St. Joseph’s “Other Children”

February 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon? And are not also his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him” (Mark 6:3). So, after all, Jesus appears to have had four brothers, named James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon, as well as two or three sisters, right? Let’s investigate the issue. Three women are called “Mary” in the New Testament: Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and “the other Mary.” And, because of this, a little confusion has been established, which gave an excuse to anti-Catholic bigotry to raise its ugly head against the perpetual virginity of Our Savior’s Mother. “Then…Continue Reading

The Creeds

January 31, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In last week’s column, we laid the groundwork to begin an in-depth exposition of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that we, as Catholic Christians, are called to believe: the one, true faith we profess in the Creeds of the Church. For it is in the formulas of the Creeds that, “through the centuries, in so many languages, cultures, peoples, and nations, the Church has constantly confessed this one faith, received from the one Lord, transmitted by one Baptism, and grounded in the conviction that all people have only one God and Father” (CCC, n. 172). Why is this so absolutely essential? Precisely, it is because “communion in faith needs a common language of faith,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: From time to time, readers want to know how to respond to the Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura (“Scripture alone”). This is the notion that the Bible alone is the only authority on matters of faith and practice; if it’s not in the Bible, the theory goes, it isn’t true. This theory rejects Catholic belief in an infallible teaching authority and gives each reader of the Bible the authority to interpret what its passages mean. Catholics have one Pope to explain the Bible; Protestants have thousands of “popes.” This exaltation of private judgment has led to the existence of more than 30,000 Protestant denominations. Why can’t the Bible be the sole rule of faith and the only religious…Continue Reading

The Path To Joy And Fulfillment

January 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Fr. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Job 7:1-4, 6-7 1 Cor. 9:16-19; 22-23 Mark 1:29-39 When I looked at the first reading today, I was tempted to check the source and make sure that this was really from 3,500 years ago and not from last week. We hear Job whining and complaining about his life being a drudgery, being like a slave longing for shade and a hireling seeking his pay. He says that he does not think he will know happiness again. We have changed the wording of these complaints in our modern world, but the essence remains the same. Job, at least, had some justification for his disposition; most of us do…Continue Reading