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What Is Divine Grace?… Heresies About Grace That Poisoned Belief

August 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Divine Grace?… Heresies About Grace That Poisoned Belief

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 From the early days of Church history, some individuals emerged as self-appointed new “apostles” who allegedly received directly from God the proper understanding of the Sacred Scriptures about this or that subject, especially grace, justification, and salvation. They disagreed with the Magisterium of the Church — whose teachings came directly from the apostles — and claimed that they knew better, or course. Three of the more famous ones were Pelagius, Luther, and Calvin. Let us begin with Pelagius. His heresy developed around the year AD 400. Even though his heresy is over 1,600 years old, to this day there are people, both inside and outside the Church, who cling to it in one…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Anointing Of The Sick

August 26, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Anointing Of The Sick

By DON FIER Having concluded its treatment of the Sacrament of Penance, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) now examines the teaching of the Church on the second of the two sacraments she designates as sacraments of healing: Anointing of the Sick. To preface our consideration of this sacrament which was formerly called Extreme Unction, let us recall earlier words of the Catechism: “The Lord Jesus Christ, physician of our souls and bodies, who forgave the sins of the paralytic and restored him to bodily health (cf. Mark 2:1-12), has willed that his Church continue, in the power of the Holy Spirit, his work of healing and salvation” (CCC, n. 1421). The Sacrament of Penance, as has been demonstrated…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Reflecting on the Transfiguration of the Lord and gender confusion, Fr. George Rutler said recently that the glorification of Jesus “confounds the Gnostic mistake of treating nature as an evil construct, destructive of the human spirit that struggles to be free of it. That perennial heresy is now a fashion in the form of gender politics. ‘Transgender’ is a misnomer. Gender pertains to grammar and not biology.” In the bulletin of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. Rutler wrote that “a Gnostic agenda treats the body as though it were merely an irrelevant noun that can be changed to what it is not. This is mutilation and not transfiguration. Mutilations are ‘against the moral…Continue Reading

The Cost Of Discipleship

August 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Cost Of Discipleship

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Jer. 20:7-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matt. 16:21-27 The first line of the first reading today is one of my favorites in all of Scripture: “You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped.” When people feel drawn to do something for the Lord, it is fairly typical that their minds are filled with romantic ideas of how wonderful this will be. While they will be rudely snapped out of their daydream in fairly short order, initially the ideas of rejection and suffering are the last things in their imaginations. Part of this fairy tale is due to the idea that since this work is being done for…Continue Reading

Canon Lawyer… Notes Clergy Confusion About Preaching On Contraception, Related Issues

August 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Canon Lawyer… Notes Clergy Confusion About Preaching On Contraception, Related Issues

By DEXTER DUGGAN Part 2 PHOENIX — A member of the leadership team of the Diocese of Phoenix explored contraception and related issues in an interview with The Wanderer after he preached on the topics during July 22-23 weekend Masses at one of the large diocesan parishes, St. Thomas the Apostle, in a residential area of Phoenix. Fr. Chris Fraser, JCL, ordained a priest for this diocese in 2001, earned a licentiate in canon law in 2006 at the Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, he returned here to work full time in the diocesan tribunal, where he has served as judicial vicar since late 2007. During a Q-and-A interview, Fraser told The Wanderer that “when the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Silence Is Human And Divine

August 21, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Silence Is Human And Divine

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Perhaps you, like me, have sometimes been left with the sudden and awkward realization that you are in fact speaking to yourself when, confronting another human being with whom you thought you were communicating, you were met with total silence and completely ignored. More and more, the ubiquitous earphones have become mandatory equipment for many young people — and those who fancy themselves so — as these increasingly shut out the real world around them and enable escape into a world of their own artificial manipulation. Earphones are becoming smaller and smaller, harder to detect, making it more and more difficult to know whether others are tuning out their environment and their neighbors. The option…Continue Reading

What Is Divine Grace?… Sanctifying Grace: Light Excludes Darkness

August 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Divine Grace?… Sanctifying Grace: Light Excludes Darkness

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 In the previous article, we investigated the nature, purpose, and work of actual grace. In this article, we will look at sanctifying grace. We have seen that actual grace, although supernatural, is transient, not permanent. It is like an electric current which, passing for an instant through the wire wound around an iron bar, gives the bar a momentary magnetic power. It is different from sanctifying grace, because sanctifying grace is both supernatural and permanent. Actual grace enables us to act the part of friends of God, whereas sanctifying grace makes us friends of God. It is like the electric power in a storage battery. Can a sinner receive actual grace? Yes. Both…Continue Reading

Celebration Of The Sacrament Of Penance

August 19, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Celebration Of The Sacrament Of Penance

By DON FIER The doctrine of indulgences, as we have seen over the past two weeks, is an important part of the life of the Church. Although the Catholic understanding of indulgences has been clouded by abuses, most notably in the 16th century when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, its roots go back to the beginning of the Church and its principles are clearly present in Sacred Scripture. St. John Paul II adeptly described indulgences as “the expression of the Church’s full confidence of being heard by the Father when — in view of Christ’s merits and, by his gift, those of Our Lady and the saints — she asks him to mitigate or cancel the painful aspect of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 18, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. You have expressed your disagreement in the past with the practice of omitting “hard sayings” from the Mass readings or giving the option of using the “shorter version” of a reading, which usually means leaving out a strong passage. I noticed that this happened with the Gospel for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Is this what you had in mind? — P.G., via e-mail. A. Yes, it is. The shorter form of the Gospel for that day included Jesus’ comparison of the Kingdom of Heaven with a treasure buried in a field or a merchant finding a “pearl of great price.” The longer version, which would have added about 45 seconds to the reading, talked about the Kingdom…Continue Reading

God’s Inscrutable And Unsearchable Ways

August 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Inscrutable And Unsearchable Ways

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23 Romans 11:33-36 Matt. 16:13-20 In the second reading today, St. Paul marvels at the depth of the riches, the wisdom, and the knowledge of God. He proclaims that God’s judgments are inscrutable and His ways are unsearchable. Of course, in our humanness, we often seem to think we know a better way. When we see the problems in the world and in the Church, we can all envision a way that would be better in the moment. If, for instance, we look at an injustice, we can naturally state that to act with justice would have been better. We can say that same thing about any…Continue Reading