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Pope Francis’ Homily At Mass In Caserta . . . Have The Courage To Say No To Evil And Violence

August 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

ROME (ZENIT) — On Saturday evening, July 26, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the square in front of the Royal Palace of Caserta, southern Italy. The Mass took place after the Pope met priests from the region. July 26 was the Feast of St. Anne, the mother of Mary and patron of the city, which the Holy Father commented on in his talk. Francis stressed: “Giving primacy to God means having the courage to say no to evil, violence, oppression, living [instead] a life of service to others and in favor of the law and the common good.” Here below is the full text of the homily delivered by the Holy Father. ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . “Amazed By Beauty”: Serious Worship Evangelizes

August 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK On a recent Sunday a new young man came into church and sat near the back for the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM). After the Mass he departed by the side door so I chased him down before he got to his car. He told me that his name is P., he just moved to our area, and that he is Lutheran and considering taking RCIA to enter the Catholic Church. The town where he lives is about an hour away. Why did he drive that distance, bypassing several churches, to worship with us? I think it is because the historic worship of the Church is seen as a more serious encounter with our ancient faith…Continue Reading

Is Mary The Mother Of God… Or Only The Mother Of Jesus?

August 3, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Responding to a common misconception among separated brethren and ill-informed Catholics: For two years in Perth, Western Australia, my wife and I hosted the only talk-radio show run by lay Catholics. It was a great opportunity to share the faith in public and to answer questions about the Church. One day we received a letter from a non-Catholic listener. It read: “Last week you broadcast a musical recording of Placido Domingo singing a classical version of the Ave Maria. I realize that the first part may have been somewhat inspired in the Gospel of Luke. The second part, however, is an R.C. invention: It is inappropriate to call Mary the ‘Mother of God.’…Continue Reading

The Characteristics Of Faith

August 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 In last week’s installment, we began an examination of the characteristics of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) first pointed toward the all-important truth that faith is a grace (see CCC, n. 153). Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, using the classic formulation of St. Thomas Aquinas, expresses it as follows: “Divine faith is an act of the intellect, assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace” (The Faith, p. 36). The Catechism then asserts that believing is “an authentically human act…[by which] the human intellect and will cooperate with divine grace” (CCC, nn. 154-155). Next, we discussed motives of credibility — actions by which God “bore…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding our July 24 column, the following comments were sent by J.P.N. of Massachusetts, a former scoutmaster: “The admission of ‘gay’ boys in Scouting goes deeper than most understand. Part of it concerned donations — the United Way stopped funding Scouting because Scouting didn’t want to accept ‘gays.’ Public land used by Scouting for years in San Diego and other places for camping suddenly became no longer available. “I believe the U.S. government also restricted the use of government land by the Scouts, claiming it is a religious organization. Previously, Scout units could tent-camp at most military bases for free, buy meals in their mess halls, and use their showers. There used to be such a base at…Continue Reading

Keep Your Eyes On The Lord

July 31, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Romans 9:1-5 Matt. 14:22-33 We live today in a world of assumptions. We assume that people are a certain way just because they came from a certain place, because of the color of their skin, because of their cultural background, or whatever other factors we might consider. To some degree this is just human, but all too often it is wrong. All we have to do is to think that someone should be able to assume that all people who profess to be Christian and good, honest, charitable people. We should be, but we have way too many examples that prove that this is…Continue Reading

Statement At The Human Rights Council . . . Consciences Are Paralyzed By A Climate Of Violence

July 30, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. SILVANO TOMASI GENEVA (ZENIT) — Below is a statement by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, permanent representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva. He gave the statement in Geneva on July 23 at the 21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem. In his remarks, Archbishop Tomasi emphasized: “A culture of violence is being consolidated, the fruits of which are destruction and death. In the long run, there can be no winners in the current tragedy, only more suffering.” Below is the complete text of his statement: +    +    + Mr. President, As the number of people killed,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Iraqi Christian Witness In Face Of Genocide Inspires

July 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “O Lord, my God, in thee have I put my trust; save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. Lest at any time he seize upon my soul like a lion, while there is no one to redeem me, nor to save” (Psalm 7). The words of the psalm express the perennial plight of the faithful one who obeys God rather than men. This month we witnessed brothers and sisters thrust, through no fault of their own, into a firsthand experience of the meaning of these words of Scripture. The pictures and news reports are heartbreaking: families expelled from their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs as they take…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

July 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND de SOUZA, KM Part 4 The Pharisee and the publican — improvised prayer and repetitive prayer: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and began to pray thus within himself: ‘O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of men, robbers, dishonest, adulterers, or even like this publican. I fast twice a week; I pay tithes of all that I possess’ ” (Luke 18:10-14). Let us notice that the Pharisee was wont to do what Jesus exhorted people to do in the Sermon of the Mount: Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Those were undoubtedly very good deeds, but the Pharisee performed…Continue Reading

The Characteristics Of Faith

July 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Faith, or the obedience of faith, was characterized in last week’s installment on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) as man’s most fitting and proper response to God’s self-revelation. Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, concisely defines this assent to all God has revealed as “the free submission to God’s Word because its truth is guaranteed by God, Who is Truth itself” (The Faith, p. 35). Our previous column appropriately closed with a brief reflection on the human person whom the Church sets before us as the “most perfect embodiment” (CCC, n. 144) of the obedience of faith — the Blessed Virgin Mary. Is it possible to conceive of a more apt expression to describe “our mother…Continue Reading