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An Apologetics Course… The Man Jesus — Humanity At Its Perfection

August 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 17 What was Jesus like, as a Man? We know about His divinity, we believe in it, but what was He like in His daily life with people in general? We call this topic investigating the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, or, more simply, Jesus the Man. In an obscure province of the Roman Empire lived a man who changed the course of history. A carpenter by trade, He spent most of His life making furniture for clients, just like any tradesman of the village. His hands were strong and the skin rough due to the daily work with wood and tools. He never frequented any particular rabbinical school, but had an…Continue Reading

The Episcopal College And The Pope

August 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER When Jesus founded the Church, as we saw last week, “He gave her authority and mission, orientation and goal” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 874). With the overarching objective to ensure that the ministry He introduced during His time on earth would be carried forward until the end of time, Christ organized her along hierarchical lines with the mandate to teach, sanctify, and govern the People of God. As stated concisely by the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Christ instituted an ecclesiastical hierarchy with the mission of feeding the people of God in his name and for this reason gave it authority” (n. 179). The means chosen by Jesus to accomplish this…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. The Supreme Court has a history of immoral decisions, such as declaring black slaves as property, permitting credit card companies to charge usurious interest rates, allowing the public sale of contraceptives, okaying the killing of unborn babies, and approving sodomy. What’s next? Polygamy? Incestuous “marriage”? Person-animal “marriage”? It would appear that we are on a par with Sodom of the Bible, and we know what happened to Sodom. Didn’t Sr. Lucia of Fatima indicate that the last evil before the end would involve attacks on the family and, with out-of-wedlock births in this country over 40 percent, it appears that we are quickly approaching the Last Judgment? Your thoughts, please. — R.B.K., via e-mail. A. Ever since Jesus ascended…Continue Reading

A Blindness In The Heart

August 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 35:4-7a James 2:1-5 Mark 7:31-37 In the first reading God speaks through the Prophet Isaiah telling the people that those whose hearts are frightened should be strong and not afraid because God is with them. He then says that on that day the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be cleared. This is truly an astounding thing, but in our day it does not seem so amazing. On the natural level a distinction needs to be made between those who were born deaf or blind as opposed to those who have lost their hearing or vision. We know that…Continue Reading

Novena To Our Lady Of Knock . . . The Family Is Reason To Give Thanks

August 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. KEVIN DORAN KNOCK, Ireland (ZENIT) — Here is the homily given Sunday, August 16 by Bishop Kevin Doran for the 2015 National Novena to Our Lady of Knock, which lasted through August 22. The theme was “Always and Everywhere Giving Thanks — The Gift of the Family.” Bishop Doran heads the Diocese of Elphin, Ireland. ZENIT News Agency provided the text of his homily. All rights reserved. + + + Always and everywhere give thanks: Giving thanks is a central theme in the writing and preaching of St. Paul. I think it comes, in the first place, from a deep-down sense of gratitude for everything that God has done in his own life and especially for the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Our Persecuted Faithful Desire Leadership In Tradition

August 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Many of our Catholic people today are very insecure in their faith and thus needlessly fearful because they are without the experience of the presence of God in an abiding way. Whether because of Islamic terrorism which is committing genocide against Eastern Christians or attacks through a newly re-paganized society and our unjust and anti-Christian laws in the West, many Christians are experiencing great uncertainty. But without a serene sense of the firmness of the faith as a source of solace and strength, Catholics can feel tossed on stormy seas rather than seated firmly within the barque of Peter and securely set on course for eternal life. With my recent guests at our parish in…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Jesus’ Greatest Miracle: His Resurrection

August 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 16 If we take the Gospels as simple historical records about the life of a Galilean preacher, we’ll find in them a remarkable entry: They say that the man died and rose again. He was crucified, had His side pierced after death, and was buried. No doubt about it. The tomb was found empty, and He was seen later by His apostles, shared a meal with them, and made His wounds available for touching by anyone who could not believe his own eyes. Saul of Tarsus, renamed Paul the Apostle, a former enemy of Christ and of His Church, records that the Risen Lord was also seen by more than five hundred individuals, and…Continue Reading

Ecclesial Ministry In The Church

August 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The Christian faithful, as we saw last week, are comprised of all who have been incorporated in Christ through the saving waters of Baptism. As taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): “From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes” (n. 1267). Each member of the faithful, from the Pope to the newborn infant who has just been baptized, is equal in dignity as a child of God. Likewise, all are called, each in accordance with the gifts he or she has received, to “cooperate in the building up of the Body of Christ”…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. What do you say to someone who tells you that Popes were appointed by emperors for a long time? How did the Church approve the appointment of a Pope by an emperor? — E.G., Florida. A. The first thing we would say is, “So what? What point are you trying to make? Are you trying to say that the papacy was not established by Christ to govern His Church? But that’s not true. Are you trying to say that Popes do not have the authority to teach in the name of Christ? That’s not true either. Or are you trying to say that Popes put into office by secular rulers were not protected by the Holy Spirit from teaching…Continue Reading

Be Doers Of The Word

August 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:1-2, 6-8 James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27 Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 In the first reading today, Moses tells the people of Israel that they are to observe all of the Commandments of the Lord, neither adding to them nor subtracting from them. He goes on to say that in this way they will show to the nations that they are a truly wise and intelligent people. Beyond that, the nations will wonder at them because God is so close to them. We know that the Israelites did not obey either God or Moses in this matter. They showed themselves to be worldly rather than spiritual and, choosing…Continue Reading