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Names For The Eucharist

January 28, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Names For The Eucharist

By DON FIER The Holy Eucharist, as we saw last week, completes Christian initiation. “Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation,” states the Catechism of the Catholic of the Catholic Church (CCC), “participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist” (n. 1322). It is the “Sacrament of sacraments” toward which all the others are ordered. Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, summarizes why the Holy Eucharist is so augustly referred to as the “source and summit” of ecclesial life: “Where the other sacraments give the grace they signify, the Eucharist contains the Church’s spiritual treasury, who is Christ Himself.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In a recent column, you referenced a report from the Lepanto Institute that Catholic Relief Services was involved in the distribution of condoms and sterilization kits in the Congo. But in our diocesan newspaper Today’s Catholic, there is an interview with Carolyn Woo, CEO of CRS, who said that the accusation is false. She said that the Madagascar bishops refuted the report and publicly supported CRS in 2013. The article containing the interview only mentioned storing and distributing condoms and nothing about sterilization kits or abortifacients. I should point out that 2013 was the only year mentioned and Project AXxes was not mentioned. The obvious question is where is the truth? — L.S., Indiana. A. In our previous column,…Continue Reading

Let Your Light Shine Before Others

January 26, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Let Your Light Shine Before Others

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 58:7-10 1 Cor. 2:1-5 Matt. 5:13-16 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that we are the light of the world. This is a great privilege, but it comes with an equally great responsibility. We are to give light to everyone around us, not by our scintillating speech or profound wisdom, but by living a life of charity. Our Lord said it most simply: “Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Heavenly Father.” How many of us give such witness to our Lord by the way we live that people are glorifying God on our account?…Continue Reading

The Maltese Falcons

January 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Maltese Falcons

By FR. BRIAN HARRISON, OS (Editor’s Note: Fr. Harrison is a theologian and a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom. This commentary first appeared in OnePeterFive.com. All rights reserved.) + + + New York Times columnist Ross Douthat recently published a widely circulated commentary on the recent fallout from Amoris Laetitia entitled, “The End of Catholic Marriage.” In it, he argued persuasively that if Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marital love comes to be generally interpreted and applied as liberally as it has been in the Diocese of San Diego, Calif., it will in effect mean the death of this sacrament as the Gospel of Christ and the Catholic Church have always presented it: a sacred covenant…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Inauguration: Averting Great National Evil

January 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Inauguration: Averting Great National Evil

By FR. KEVIN M CUSICK “I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men: For kings, and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:1-4). Politics is most definitely the art of avoiding the greater of two evils. And 2017 was the year America averted unprecedented opportunity for evil to run rampant in our land. Mr. Trump has said things that offend others and still…Continue Reading

The Sacred Liturgy… Where Thy Glory Dwells

January 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacred Liturgy… Where Thy Glory Dwells

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 Yes, the liturgy of the Church must be sacred. The Church did not institute the liturgy for our Sunday entertainment, but to give glory to God. Because of its sacredness, it cannot be celebrated just anywhere, as in parks, beaches, or backyards. Today, there is a weird trend — to put it charitably — whereby people choose to celebrate their weddings outside of the church buildings, for reasons of convenience or simply because of a whim. But our Lord Jesus Christ deserves much more than that. He honored the Temple of Jerusalem, and as soon as the Church obtained her freedom in the Roman Empire, the early Christians started to build churches or simply…Continue Reading

The Eucharist — Source And Summit Of Christian Life

January 21, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist — Source And Summit Of Christian Life

By DON FIER To complete our treatment of Confirmation, it is fitting to end with a concise summary from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the sacrament’s purpose and the benefits it bestows to help us live a fully Christian life: “Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds” (n. 1316). Just as the apostles were “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:2) on that first Pentecost, so too…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I noticed people collecting for the Salvation Army at Christmastime. What can you tell me about them? — M.D., Arizona. A. The Salvation Army is known for its charitable works and its role in disaster relief. They spend more than $2 billion a year, and the group in the United States is made up of commissioned officers who proclaim the Gospel and serve as administrators, teachers, social workers, and counselors; about 450,000 “soldiers,” local citizens in communities throughout the United States who help the army’s social service outreach and take part in its musical programs; and many thousands of volunteers. But while the Salvation Army is a relief agency, it is also an evangelical Protestant group that pursues its…Continue Reading

Living The Beatitudes

January 19, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Living The Beatitudes

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Zeph. 2:3, 3:12-13 1 Cor. 1:26-31 Matt. 5:1-12a In the Gospel reading today we hear the beatitudes, all those whom the Lord pronounces blessed for their goodness. Most of us can look at one or two of these and think properly that we may fit into this or that category. Among the saints there are some who are truly outstanding in one or the other of these virtues. However, if we look closely at the lives of the saints, I think that we will see that they live all of these beatitudes. While they may excel in one or two of them, they live them all. This is…Continue Reading

Reservation Of Hosts

January 18, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Reservation Of Hosts

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Below is a ZENIT column by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University. ZENIT News Agency published the column. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. I’m a member of a religious community, and a question came up about reservation of the Eucharist. We were discussing situations where, despite current guidelines, the presider at Sunday Mass consecrates a single Host, for himself, and then distributes Communion to the faithful from pre-consecrated Hosts. We recognize that the guidelines say that the faithful should ordinarily receive from Hosts consecrated at the Mass in which they are participating. Someone, however, was interpreting that to mean…Continue Reading