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Liturgical Diversity And Unity

July 23, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Liturgical Diversity And Unity

By DON FIER In considering where the liturgy is celebrated, we saw last week that “the worship ‘in spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24) of the New Covenant is not tied exclusively to any place because Christ is the true temple of God” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCCC], n. 244). It is through Him that the People of God are enabled to become “the temple of the living God” (2 Cor. 6:16) by the action of the Holy Spirit — that they become “like living stones…built into a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5), with Christ as the cornerstone. At the same time, however, in our earthly condition, the faithful have need of sacred places where they…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 22, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I would like to know where St. Patrick is buried. — M.A., Pennsylvania. A. St. Patrick, who died in AD 461, is thought to be buried next to Down Cathedral in Northern Ireland. Once a former Benedictine monastery that was built in 1163, the church now belongs to the Church of Ireland and is known as the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. Q. The bible refers to so many people under demonic possession in times long past. However, we do not hear very much of this curse in current times. The manifestations were extra strength, speaking in foreign tongues, cursing, etc. It is my thinking that this problem exists in our current society, except the Devil…Continue Reading

Seek What Is Above

July 21, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Seek What Is Above

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Eccl. 1:2; 2:21-23 Col. 3:1-5, 9-11 Luke 12:13-21 “Vanity of Vanities, all things are vanity!” What a great line and what profound insight Solomon shows in writing these words. Most everything that the world holds up to be of some importance is nothing but vanity. Unfortunately, it is very easy to get caught up in the things of the world and suddenly find ourselves thinking them to be important as opposed to being vain. Solomon himself demonstrates this weakness of human nature perhaps better than anyone. We have a man who, in his younger years, was blessed with many graces, great spiritual insight, wisdom beyond anyone who ever…Continue Reading

From Casuistry To Mercy . . . Toward A New Art Of Pleasing?

July 20, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on From Casuistry To Mercy . . . Toward A New Art Of Pleasing?

By MSGR. MICHEL SCHOOYANS Part 1 (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Michel Schooyans wrote the following essay for LifeSiteNews, which graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer. The essay will appear in two parts because of its length; part two will appear in this space in next week’s issue. (John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews, provided this background information about the essay: (“Msgr. Michel Schooyans, a top adviser to Pope St. John Paul II who was also close to Pope Benedict XVI, has issued a dire warning about the current trajectory in the Catholic Church. [In this essay] Professor Schooyans, a member of several Pontifical Academies and Councils, writes that ‘the Synod on the Family has revealed a profound malaise in the Church.’…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Sex Outside Of True Marriage Is A Lie

July 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Sex Outside Of True Marriage Is A Lie

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Every one of us searches for comfort in this world, one example being that we all experience weariness and a need for sleep. No one has yet denied the experience of pleasure upon arising from bed after a good period of needed rest. All of our physical needs are like this: Our pleasure indicates that we have received something we were made to need. We did not make ourselves and so our bodily experiences and responses give us a key to unpacking the will of the One who made us. One of the first comforts that each of us experiences is being nursed by our mothers. But then we move on and grow and as…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Pope And Napoleon

July 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Pope And Napoleon

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 This is a historical example that is worth investigating in more detail to illustrate God’s hand in protecting the Catholic Church: The proud Corsican who became the emperor of France addressed the Pope in these insolent terms: “What does the Pope mean, by the threat of excommunicating me? Does he think the world has gone back a thousand years? Does he suppose the weapons will fall from the hands of my soldiers?” The Protestant historian, Sir Archibald Alison, in his History of Europe, chapter 60, recounts that “within two years of these remarkable words being written, the Pope did excommunicate him (Napoleon), in return for the confiscation of his whole dominions, and in…Continue Reading

Where Is The Liturgy Celebrated?

July 16, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Where Is The Liturgy Celebrated?

By DON FIER The Liturgy of the Hours, as we saw last week, is the Church’s response to the Lord’s command to pray without ceasing. Just as St. Paul exhorted the Thessalonians, so too are the faithful encouraged to “rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16-18). “Composed mainly of psalms, other biblical texts, and readings from the Fathers and spiritual masters,” explains the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the Liturgy of the Hours…is the public and common prayer of the Church, the prayer of Christ with his body, the Church” (n. 243). Prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Liturgy…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 15, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. How should I answer a non-Catholic friend who says that Catholics are cannibals since they believe the Eucharist is Christ’s actual Body and Blood. I know this is a common accusation. Thank you. — B.K., Washington State. A. One of the best refutations of this allegation came to us a few years ago from Fr. T.M. of Oregon. Here are his comments: “Is it cannibalism, then, to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion? That was certainly not what our Lord had in mind. Cannibalism can be defined as the eating of a dead human body by other humans. If Jesus’ followers had taken His Body down from the cross and eaten it, that would have been cannibalism.…Continue Reading

Keep Praying And Trust

July 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Keep Praying And Trust

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Gen. 18:20-32 Col. 2:12-14 Luke 11:1-13 In the Gospel readings today our Lord tells us that we are to ask and we will receive, seek and we will find, knock and the door will be opened. On too many occasions to count I have heard people quote this passage to me to state that God did not keep His promise. After all, they asked, sought, and knocked, but their prayer was not answered as they had hoped. I need to point out that in most of these instances the people were asking for very reasonable things and not seeking millions of dollars by winning the lottery. Depending upon…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II . . . Message For An Earlier World Youth Day In Poland

July 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope John Paul II . . . Message For An Earlier World Youth Day In Poland

(Editor’s Note: World Youth Day 2016 is set for July 25-31 in Krakow, Poland, home diocese of the late Pope John Paul II. Pope John Paul, now a saint, in 1990 prepared the following message for an earlier World Youth Day in Poland, that one held in 1991 at Czestochowa, site of the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. (In this message, John Paul stressed the importance of the true meaning of freedom for youth. (The text of this message comes from Libreria Editrice Vaticana. All rights reserved.) + + + “You have received a spirit of sonship” (Romans 8:15). + + + Dear young people! 1. The World Youth Days mark important stages in the life of the Church,…Continue Reading