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The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . Martyrdom Across The Centuries

July 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” (Tertullian, AD 197). From the Edict of Milan (AD 313) by the Emperor Constantine, which gave freedom to the Church and brought persecution to an end, the Church grew so much in numbers that, among other things, it became necessary to hold a council to determine, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which ones among the various Gospels and Epistles that were in circulation were authentic, and which ones were not. This is an often-forgotten point in salvation history: The New Testament was not given to the Church as we know it today. There were many versions of Gospels and Epistles…Continue Reading

Liturgical Seasons And Cycles

July 2, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 Liturgical time, as we saw last week, refers to certain days and seasons specially dedicated to the corporate worship of God. Dating back to the Mosaic Law of the Old Testament, the People of God have unfailingly observed fixed feasts, beginning with Passover. The liturgy and liturgical time, however, took on new meaning with the coming of Christ and the age of the Church. “Between the Passover of Christ already accomplished once for all, and its consummation in the kingdom of God,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), liturgical celebrations on fixed days and seasons now bear “the imprint of the newness of the mystery of Christ” (n. 1164). The events and mysteries…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 1, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: We have in the past tried to explain why a good and loving God would allow the existence of evil and suffering and would allow bad things to happen to good people. It is a mystery that we will not fully understand in this life. However, some understanding of this mystery can be found in a book by Mark Giszczak entitled Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture, which is published by Our Sunday Visitor. We highly recommend this book for addressing many of the difficult-to-understand passages in the Bible and offer the following excerpt as an example of the book’s value: “Of course, we could write a thousand books about suffering and evil, but the principles for…Continue Reading

The Two Greatest Commandments

June 30, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Deut. 30:10-14 Col. 1:15-20 Luke 10:25-37 In the Gospel reading today, a scholar in the Law comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to inherit eternal life. Our Lord answers by asking how the man understands what is written in the Law. He responds by reciting the two commandments that encapsulate everything in the Law: to love God with one’s whole heart, and soul, and strength, and to love one’s neighbor. After our Lord tells him that if he lives by these commands, he will have eternal life, the man presses onward in his questioning, wanting to justify himself in the sight of our Lord and…Continue Reading

The Distribution Of Communion Through The Ages

June 29, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: In this September 21 question and answer column provided by ZENIT News Agency, Fr. Edward McNamara explains here that reception of Communion was long considered a logical part of the Mass. (Fr. McNamara, a Legionary of Christ priest, is a professor of liturgy and the dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University.) (All rights reserved.) + + + Q. Your mention in one of your columns [October 20, 2015] that “until relatively recent times Communion was generally not distributed to the faithful during the celebration of Mass itself” caught my eye and made me realize how little I know of the history of the Church’s discipline in regard to Communion. Perhaps it…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Christ Preaches Ideals And So Must His Church

June 27, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK (Editor’s Note: Because of its timeliness, Fr. Cusick’s column appears on the front page this week, instead of its usual place on p. 2B. In that spot we are reprinting an article by Fr. John Flynn, LC, on “Parenthood in an Age of Surrogacy.”) + + + “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” The Gospel proclaimed at all of our Traditional Latin Masses on the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost makes clear that ideals are part and parcel of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ our Lord. Welcome news after the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia seemed to spend so much moral capital apologizing for…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church… The Heroes Of Jesus Christ — The Martyrs!

June 26, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). No other people have proved their love for Jesus Christ more than the Catholic martyrs. From the Colosseum during the first three centuries of pagan persecution to today’s Islamic persecution in many countries, from the lions of the Colosseum to the murderous ISIS of today, Catholic martyrs have always been the most magnificent flowers in God’s garden of heroism. Pagan historians record that in the days of the Nero’s persecution (AD 64-68), a “vast multitude of Christians were put to death” (Tacitus, Annals, X, 44). Tacitus lived between 55 and 120. Some were thrown…Continue Reading

Liturgical Seasons And Cycles

June 25, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we continued our consideration of “how the liturgy is celebrated” last week, we saw that sacred art (along with sacred music) plays a prominent role in our worship of God. In his 1999 Letter to Artists, Pope St. John Paul II highlighted its importance by saying: “In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art….[It] has a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the [Gospel] message and translate it into colors, shapes, and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look or listen” (n. 12). When art and music which are set apart for divine worship are “truly worthy, becoming, and beautiful” (Sacrosanctum Concilium [SC], n.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 24, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I just want to ask what James J. Drummey’s qualifications are for answering the questions that subscribers ask. Does he have a title or does he consult with an authority on these issues? — K.C., via e-mail. A. My qualifications for writing the Catholic Replies column for the past 25 years include reading, studying, pondering, praying, writing, speaking, and teaching about the Catholic faith for half a century. I have published nine books on Catholicism (for the titles and content of the books, see my website www.crpublications.com) and have an extensive library that allows me to access and quote the wisdom of Popes, saints, Church councils, catechisms, canon law, and numerous books by authors whose knowledge and understanding of religious and moral…Continue Reading

Take Up Your Cross

June 23, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 66:10c-14 Gal. 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the seventy-two men the Lord had sent out ahead of Him. He had given them authority to heal people and to expel demons. That sounds great, but when one actually sees it happen it is a surprise. There are two elements to that surprise. The first is our lack of faith believing that it would not happen. After all, if we believed it would happen, why would we be surprised? The second is the joy that this is really happening. We hear both of these responses in the reports given to our Lord…Continue Reading