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I Believe — We Believe

March 7, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we have been reflectively examining the characteristics of the indescribably wonderful gift of faith that Almighty God has so generously availed mankind. As so adeptly summarized in the Compendium of the CCC, we know that faith is “the supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation. It is a free gift of God and is accessible to all who humbly seek it. The act of faith is a human act, that is, an act of the intellect of a person — prompted by the will moved by God — who freely assents to divine truth. Faith is also certain because it is…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding giving Communion to a non-Catholic, D.O. of Maryland illustrates beautifully why this is not a good idea by recounting a conversation that she had with a Jewish friend who was in the habit of going to Communion every time she went to Mass: Because my friend was Jewish, I told her that I intended to go to a Saturday morning service at a synagogue and to speak from the Torah to the congregation. She told me that I could not do that. “Why not?” I asked. “Because you don’t know Hebrew,” she said. “You can coach me on the verse that I choose,” I answered. “You can’t,” she replied. “Why not?” I kept asking. “Because you’re not Jewish.” “I’ll…Continue Reading

On The Anointing Of The Sick

March 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s continuing catechesis on the sacraments during his weekly general audience, February 26, at St. Peter’s Square. Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to speak to you of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which enables us to touch with our hand God’s compassion for man. In the past it was called “Extreme Unction,” because it was understood as spiritual comfort in the imminence of death. To speak, instead, of the “Anointing of the Sick,” helps us to widen our look on the experience of sickness and suffering, in the horizon of God’s mercy. 1. There is a biblical icon that expresses in…Continue Reading

Listen To Him

March 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Gen. 12:1-4a 2 Tim. 1:8b-10 Matt. 17:1-9 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the Transfiguration of our Lord. Not only was He transfigured, i.e., His face shone like the sun, His clothes became dazzlingly white, but Moses and Elijah were there speaking with Him. Finally, at the end of this momentous time a bright cloud overshadows Jesus, Moses, Elijah, Peter, James, and John. From this cloud the voice of God the Father is heard announcing that Jesus is His beloved Son with whom He is well pleased. This announcement is then followed by a command direct from God: Listen to Him. These events were not necessary for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Should I Go To The Reception?”

March 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Many of our Catholics will find themselves on the horns of a dilemma as we approach another “wedding season” with the coming of spring. Invitations, some of them to public celebrations of invalid marriages, whether a same-sex simulation ceremony or a Catholic remarrying outside the Church after divorce, force a decision upon the faithful Catholic. Honored as we rightfully are when our company is sought by friends at an important celebration of life and love, the invited must seek to please other human beings without betraying love for God. Catholics live what they believe: What we say in the Creed must have an effect through faith on what we do. Jesus Christ taught that “not…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… True Tradition And False “Tradition”

March 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 A classical objection: What Catholics call the “Apostolic Tradition” is just a human tradition, which Jesus clearly condemned in the Gospel, when He said to the Pharisees, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?…So, for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said, ‘this people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. In vain they worship me, teaching the doctrines and precepts of men’” (Matt. 15:3-9). This objection is a classic example of taking a text out of context and making it into a…Continue Reading

The Characteristics Of Faith

February 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 3 Last week, we saw that faith and understanding go hand-in-hand. Although mankind does not possess the capacity to intellectually grasp many of God’s infinite mysteries and truths, he was created with a nature that aspires toward truth, beauty, and goodness. With regard to faith, the human person has a natural desire to seek to understand what he comes to believe through faith. This innate tendency is indeed good, for a more penetrating knowledge leads not only to deeper faith but also to a greater and more profound love of God. We saw also that faith and reason never contradict each other, that although faith is above reason there can never be a true discrepancy between…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. James Likoudis had an article in The Wanderer which indicated that the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin was essentially accomplished by John Paul II in 1984. I think that you concurred with that belief in a previous column. My question is this: Did she not say that if the consecration was accomplished, there would be world peace? I don’t think that any sane person would state that we have had world peace at any time since 1984. Therefore, the only two conclusions that seem possible are: 1) that the consecration did not take place or 2) that the Virgin is a liar. We know that the Virgin cannot lie so it seems that…Continue Reading

Francis’ Dialogue With Engaged Couples . . . A Christian Celebration, Not A Worldly Celebration

February 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is a translation of Pope Francis’ remarks on February 14, when he met in St. Peter’s Square with some 20,000 young people engaged to be married. He responded to questions posed by three couples. ZENIT News Agency provided the text and did the translation. All rights reserved. +    +    + Question 1: The Fear Of The “Forever” Holiness, so many today think that to promise faithfulness for the whole of life is too difficult an enterprise; many feel that the challenge to live together forever is beautiful, fascinating, but too demanding, almost impossible. We ask you for your word to enlighten us on this. The Pope’s response: I am grateful for the testimony and for…Continue Reading

Simplicity And Humility Defeat The Devil

February 25, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Gen. 2:7-9, 3:1-7 Romans 5:12-19 Matt. 4:1-11 Many times in these sermons I have mentioned the necessity of embracing the truth. The point is often made that God is truth and that the truth will set us free. We also know that the word of God is all true, as are the teachings of the Church. We also know that Satan is a liar and the Father of Lies. It has often been mentioned, however, that the best lie is nine parts truth to one part falsehood. I bring this up because the last thing we would expect out of the Enemy of our Souls is to be quoting…Continue Reading