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August 5, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Following up on our recent reply about Centering Prayer, we are pleased to publish the following comments from Connie Rossini, author of a book and editor of a website on Centering Prayer. Here are her comments: “I just read your Catholic Replies column on Centering Prayer. I have been studying the subject intently for the past two years or more. I authored the book Is Centering Prayer Catholic? Fr. Thomas Keating Meets Teresa of Avila and the CDF. Two of my articles on Centering Prayer have appeared in the National Catholic Register. I have also recently set up a website (iscenteringprayercatholic.wordpress.com). The Quick Questions page spends 3,500 words answering the most common questions people have about Centering Prayer.…Continue Reading

Only The Truth Can Unite Us

August 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Only The Truth Can Unite Us

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Jer. 38:4-6, 8-10 Heb. 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that He came to cause division and that a household would be divided three against two and two against three. This is one of those passages which most people like to forget because we want Jesus to be warm and fuzzy and to say what we want Him to say. However, as it was in times past, so it is again, that we are living in this situation exactly. People have to make a choice either for or against Jesus. There are differing reasons for this. On the one hand, we can…Continue Reading

Religious Liberty And The Dignity Of Man

August 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Religious Liberty And The Dignity Of Man

By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE Part 1 (Editor’s Note: His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, delivered the following address to the Church Teaches Forum, Louisville, Ky., on July 16, 2016. It is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved. Because of its length, we are presenting it in two parts; the second part will appear in next week’s issue.) + + + Your Eminence Cardinal Arinze, Your Grace Archbishop Kurtz, Your Excellency Bishop Choby, my brothers in the Sacred Priesthood, consecrated brothers and sisters, my brothers and sisters in Christ, Introduction For some time already, our society, both in the United States and in Europe, has been confronting a serious challenge to its Christian…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Encouraging Vocations Requires Generous Love

August 1, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Encouraging Vocations Requires Generous Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The martyrdom of Fr. Jacques Hamel in France on July 26 makes clear the continuing need of encouraging priestly vocations. Not only is the aging priesthood retiring at an increasing rate, we now have the growth and spread of radical Islam that demands the shedding of Christian blood to sate the worship of its false “god.” Without the Eucharist there is no Jesus or Church. Without priests there is no Jesus. We have been blessed in our small parish with the task of fostering the vocation of a young man who believes himself called to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ. The presence of this man in our community is a sign of the Lord…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . The Bible And The Magisterium

July 31, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . The Bible And The Magisterium

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 11 Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are the two sources of knowledge about divine Revelation within the Catholic Church. Martin Luther invented the novel doctrine of Sola Scriptura — the Bible alone, no Church being necessary — and managed to deceive a great many Catholics in his day, Catholics who were already in a process of doctrinal and moral decadence, and were looking for someone to put their discontent into words. Contrary to the new heresy, the Church has always taught from the first centuries that both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition are equally important sources of the one — and only one — Revelation given by Christ to His apostles. The relationship between…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Of Christian Initiation

July 30, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Of Christian Initiation

By DON FIER Two key features have been always present in the Church’s liturgy, dating back to apostolic times: There is one and the same Paschal Mystery and it is celebrated in a variety of forms. There is “one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Eph. 4:5-6), yet the mystery contained therein “is so unfathomably rich that it cannot be exhausted by its expression in any single liturgical tradition” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1201). It is most fitting, therefore, that throughout the history of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, “this richness found expression among various peoples and cultures in…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 29, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I recall thinking that when I was younger I understood that G.K. Chesterton alluded to the Church’s cultural diversity when noting that Christianity would be externally different for us had Christ been born in China or elsewhere. The many Christian symbols, such as the dove, the fish, the lamb, and the ship, would have been supplanted by others. The historical fact of the Incarnation meant a particular time, place, and cultural identity. The Holy Land is the soil from which Jesus, the rod of Jesse, has sprung. But if He had come in another cultural setting, there would be those cultural characteristics pertaining to the Incarnation. It will be most helpful if you can cite and direct me to…Continue Reading

Have Trust In God’s Promises

July 28, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Have Trust In God’s Promises

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Wisdom 18:6-9 Heb. 11:1-2, 8-19 Luke 12:32-48 In the first reading today we are told that the ancient Jews knew the night of the Passover beforehand so that they would have courage through the sure oaths that had been made to them. It seems to us to be unfair that they had knowledge of the time when the Exodus was to occur and we do not. In fact, in the Gospel today Jesus tells us that the Master will return at an hour we do not expect. Before we look at our Lord’s point, we have to consider the situation for the Hebrew people in Egypt. During their…Continue Reading

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

July 27, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on From Casuistry To Mercy… Toward A New Art Of Pleasing?

By MSGR. MICHEL SCHOOYANS Part 2 (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Michel Schooyans wrote the following essay for LifeSiteNews, which graciously granted reprint permission to The Wanderer. The essay is appearing in two parts because of its length; part one appeared in last 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.’ (“The retired professor from…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Profile Of A “Saturday Vigil Commando”

July 25, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Profile Of A “Saturday Vigil Commando”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Meet the Saturday vigil commando: She will go to Mass any day of the week, at practically any time of the day, except Sunday. She is a veritable fixture at the Saturday vigil Mass and will even return to the parish on Sundays faithfully once per month to help count the offertory collection, but will never return on Sunday for the purpose of going to Mass. When a member of the faithful goes every week always and only to the Saturday vigil Mass, such a choice cannot possibly be due to necessity, but has become a matter of sheer convenience and a practical alienation from the Church’s obedience to the apostolic teaching to worship on…Continue Reading