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The Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit

May 29, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:1-11 1 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13 John 20:19-23 Between the first reading and the Gospel reading for today we are struck with an apparent contradiction. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles tells us that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost, i.e., the fiftieth day. Indeed, we celebrate this feast fifty days after our Lord’s Resurrection and commemorate the giving of the promised Paraclete. However, the Gospel reading tells us of Jesus breathing on His disciples and telling them to receive the Holy Spirit. This happened on the evening of Easter Sunday. So, is there a contradiction here? No.…Continue Reading

The International Day of Families

May 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. VINCENZO PAGLIA NEW YORK (ZENIT) — The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, gave the following address on the occasion of the 2014 International Day of Families at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, May 15, 2014. +    +    + The Family At The Heart Of Human Development It is a great honor and a pleasure to address you in this Event being conducted in conjunction with the celebration of 2014 International Day of Families organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family,…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Joan Of Arc

May 27, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN In the 15th century up in northeastern France, the Hundred Years War continued year after year. The people of the province of Lorraine lived on the border of the conflict between the supporters of the insane King Charles VI of France and King Henry V of England, who invaded Normandy, and claimed the crown of France for himself. After the death of Charles VI, the crowning of the next king was delayed. In the tiny village of Domrémy in Lorraine, on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 1412, a small family marked the birth of a most amazing maiden, St. Jeanne La Pucelle, better known as St. Joan of Arc. While her parents were not destitute,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Priests Should Not Use The Language Of The “Gay Lobby”

May 26, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Pope Francis had made clear that we are to reach out in pastoral care to homosexual persons with the charity of Christ while rejecting the “gay lobby.” Language is important and the battle for hearts and minds today begins with the war of words. The “gay lobby” knows this and is very clear those who are part of it will not compromise on their terminology, and insist on using the term “gay” while vociferously rejecting the phrase “same-sex attraction” or SSA. Why are these distinctions important? “Gay” is often used to promote and glorify same-sex genital activity and SSA describes only the attraction while leaving open the possibility which freedom confers on every human person…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Summing Up

May 25, 2014 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

Sacred Scripture And Sacred Tradition

May 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks, our primary focus has been on God’s supernatural divine Revelation. We’ve examined how “by love God has revealed Himself and given Himself to man [and]…thus provided the definitive, superabundant answer to the questions that man asks himself about the meaning and purpose of his life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 66). We’ve seen that in the fullness of time God established an everlasting covenant with mankind by sending His Son as the “Father’s definitive Word, so there will be no further Revelation after Him” (CCC, n. 73). The stage is now set for us to look at God’s master plan for transmitting His Revelation to mankind throughout the ages. In other words, how…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Responding to the person who asked where he could send a large collection of Catholic books that he had acquired over the years, G.T.G. of Maine suggested getting in touch with Sr. Stephen Larson, OSB, librarian of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, P.O. Box 147, Denton, NE 68339. This seminary was established in 1991 and has been building its collection of Catholic books ever since. Sr. Stephen can also be reached by phone at 402-797-7700, ext. 136. We would suggest that you talk to Sr. Stephen first to see what books she would welcome, rather than automatically ship books to her. Q. Would you kindly inform us of the history of the “gift of tears”? The why and…Continue Reading

Everything Is From The Father

May 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 1:12-14 1 Peter 4:13-16 John 17:1-11a In the Gospel reading today, our Lord says to His Father in prayer that He has revealed the Father’s Name to those whom the Father had given Him out of the world. He then acknowledges that these people belonged to the Father and that the Father had given them to Him, and now, these people have kept the Word of God. I hope that, as you read, you realize that you are counted among those about whom our Lord is speaking. In the context you might think these words apply only to the apostles, but it is clear that the meaning is…Continue Reading

Homily On The Blessed Virgin Mary Of Pompeii . . . Mary Continues To Help The Apostles Of Our Day

May 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By PIETRO CARDINAL PAROLIN (Editor’s Note: The following is a translation of the homily that the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, gave during the Eucharistic Celebration at Pompeii, on May 8, the Day of Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved.) +    +    + Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful to His Excellency Tommaso Caputo, archbishop prelate of Pompeii, for his courteous invitation to preside over this celebration on the Day of Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Pompeii. I thank the mayor and the other civil and military authorities for their kind presence, a testimony of their affection for the shrine and the importance it entails for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Confirmation As Gateway To Mature Adult Faith

May 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Confirmation season is upon us, and once again we face the prospect in its aftermath of watching some of our young people fall away from practice of their faith in attending Sunday Mass on a regular basis. This phenomenon has been rued for years by bishops, priests, faith formation leaders, catechists, and parents as well. As a result, various creative solutions have been implemented with varying results. Our young people are often confirmed around the eighth grade at the same time as they look forward to beginning high school a few months hence. This has led to a tendency in which Confirmation has been viewed as a “must have” in connection with the other rituals…Continue Reading