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Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Wisdom

November 19, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Wisdom

By DON FIER The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as we saw last week, are abiding supernatural habits or qualities which are first imparted to the soul as an effect of the Sacrament of Baptism and then fortified or strengthened by Confirmation. “They are supernatural impulses,” says Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “by which the Holy Spirit urges us to the practice of the Christian virtues. They correspond to the instincts of our human nature” (The Faith, p. 164). Moreover, both the infused supernatural virtues (theological and moral) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit reside in the human faculties, and both have the supernatural perfection of man and heavenly beatitude as their final cause. Their mode of operation…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I attend a Sunday Tridentine Mass. Is it permissible to omit the epistle and the Gospel during this Mass and proceed to the homily? I have been to this Mass a number of times, but had not seen this practice before. — M.S., via e-mail. A. And we hope you never see it again. No, it is not permissible to omit the epistle and Gospel from the Mass, anymore than a priest can omit the offertory and consecration. The next time you see this priest, ask him by what authority he omitted these essential readings from Holy Scripture. Q. Is it or isn’t it a serious sin for Catholics to vote for candidates who support abortion and selling body…Continue Reading

The Armor Of Light

November 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Armor Of Light

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Advent (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13:11-14 Matt. 24:37-44 In the second reading today St. Paul tells the Romans that it is time for them to wake from their sleep. He tells them that the night is advanced and that the day is at hand. For this reason they are to put aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. By this he means that they are to put aside the immorality and live in a good and holy manner. As we begin this new Church year, we are called to this same kind of conversion. Not only has the world gone far away from the Lord, but…Continue Reading

Catholic Leaders Offer Their Hopes For The Trump Presidency

November 16, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Leaders Offer Their Hopes For The Trump Presidency

(Editor’s Note: Below is a selection of statements on the presidential election from various Catholic shepherds, both bishops and priests. First is a November 9 statement, “Coming Together as Faithful Citizens for the Common Good,” from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.) + + + Archbishop Joseph Kurtz President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “The American people have made their decision on the next President of the United States, members of Congress as well as state and local officials. I congratulate Mr. Trump and everyone elected yesterday. Now is the moment to move toward the responsibility of governing for the common good of all citizens. Let us not see each other…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… In Parishes, Size Isn’t Everything

November 14, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… In Parishes, Size Isn’t Everything

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The pastor of a parish that is somewhat more diminutive in size was visiting a family one evening for dinner. The host family usually attends a parish a few hundred families larger in size. The father of the family turned to the priest at one point during the evening and asked, “Do you even have any teenagers in your parish?” or words to that effect. Although the priest did not respond this way, the best rejoinder probably would have been to pose another question, “What’s your point?” He instead pointed to a strong young adult presence as an indicator of strong parish dynamics of a different sort. Chauvinism is unfortunately just as much a temptation…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… The Most Holy Trinity

November 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Most Holy Trinity

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 11 Have you ever asked yourselves why the mystery of the Trinity was not clearly defined in the Old Testament, but was only revealed in the New? We find hints of it in the Book of Genesis, for instance, when God said, “Let us create man in our image and likeness” (Gen. 1:26) — our image, our in the plural. But the reason it was not clearly revealed, according to some sound theologians, is because of the Hebrews’ tendency to give into polytheism, to imitate the pagan races around them. The Mystery of the Trinity is a chief article of the Christian faith, and is also an incentive to piety. Jesus spoke plainly about…Continue Reading

The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

November 12, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit

By DON FIER Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) once said: “I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created. . . . God has created me to do Him some definite service. . . . I have my mission.” Confirmation, which “completes the grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit,” is a powerful sacramental means provided by Christ for that very purpose: It prepares and equips the baptized “for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], Glossary). The special gifts and graces it confers serve as powerful aids in enlightening one’s intellect to discern…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. What is the difference between proselytizing and evangelizing? — M.J.O., New Jersey. A. According to Fr. John A. Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, proselytizing originally meant “to convert someone from one religion to another, either by bringing the person to full acceptance of the new faith and ritual or at least sympathy with it. The more common meaning, however, is to induce people to change their religious affiliation by using unfair and even unscrupulous means.” Evangelizing, according to Pope Paul VI, “means to bring the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new. ‘Now I am making the whole of creation new’ (Rev. 21:5). But there is no…Continue Reading

Behold Your King

November 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Behold Your King

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Christ The King (YR C) Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Col. 1:12-20 Luke 23:35-43 Most people, when they think about our Lord Jesus Christ as King of the Universe, have an image of our Lord enthroned in glory at the right hand of the Father. However, the Gospels present a very different view. We can recall from St. John’s Gospel that Pilate pointed to Jesus, covered in wounds and blood and crowned with thorns, and boldly (and correctly) stated: “Ecce Rex Vester,” “Behold your King.” In each of the Gospels we are told of the titulus or the plaque that was placed above the head of our Lord with the charge for which He…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II Declares… Church’s Faithful Must Believe Ordination Of Women Isn’t Possible

November 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope John Paul II Declares… Church’s Faithful Must Believe Ordination Of Women Isn’t Possible

By PAUL LIKOUDIS (Editor’s Note: In view of Pope Francis’ affirmation on his flight home from Sweden that women cannot be and will not be ordained priests, we reprint here an article by our late news editor Paul Likoudis about the release of John Paul II’s Ordinatio Sacerdotalis. That apostolic letter declared that the priesthood would be reserved to men. (Likoudis’ article appeared in The Wanderer dated June 9, 1994. Following the article are excerpts from John Paul’s 1994 apostolic letter from www.vatican.va, copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana. (Francis referenced John Paul II’s apostolic letter in his inflight press conference. + + + In an apostolic letter to the world’s Catholic bishops, Pope John Paul II firmly and sternly declared that…Continue Reading