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Bishops Applaud Final HHS Mandate Rules

November 19, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishops Applaud Final HHS Mandate Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The final rules announced November 7 by the federal government regarding the HHS mandate “allow people like the Little Sisters of the Poor, faith-based schools, and others to live out their faith in daily life,” according to leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the USCCB, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, are applauding the Trump administration’s decision to finalize regulations providing expanded religious and moral exemptions from the mandate requiring health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions. Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Kurtz offered the following joint statement in…Continue Reading

Fr. Altier . . . “Stay in the State of Grace” Homily from November 15, 2018

November 17, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Fr. Altier . . . “Stay in the State of Grace” Homily from November 15, 2018
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Catholic Replies

November 16, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent blog that appeared in LifeSiteNews, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski described the vital contribution of Christianity to the world and suggested that living it to the fullest today could transform our modern world: “Christianity entered into a world that was drunkenly careening from superstition to esotericism, from world-weary despair to unappeasable hedonism, and introduced a way that was lofty, luminous, and liberating. It was truly experienced as a ‘breath of fresh air,’ as good news that gave a new meaning and purpose to life. “Christians became known for their kindness and hospitality — and especially, as early documents indicate, for their custom of not exposing infants to death, as the pagans did. Christianity made life worth living…Continue Reading

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

November 14, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog, which appeared there on November 5, 2018. All rights reserved.) + + + The Gospel for Tuesday of the 31st Week features the Lucan version of the parable about a man who gave a banquet. (In the Matthew version, Jesus refers to him as a king and I will refer to him that way in this post.) When all was ready, the servants were sent out to fetch the invited guests, many of whom made excuses: The first said to him, “I have purchased a field and must go…Continue Reading

Shine Brightly Like The Stars

November 13, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Shine Brightly Like The Stars

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Daniel 12:1-3 Heb. 10:11-14, 18 Mark 13:24-32 In the Gospel reading today our Lord teaches us about what will happen at the end of the world: The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Needless to say, it will be a terrifying time. For those who will be alive at that time, they will have the privilege of seeing the “Son of Man coming in the clouds” and the angels being sent to gather the elect. The times we are living in are not the end times,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

November 12, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect of meeting God, the ultimate arbiter of good and evil, at the end of our lives is something not only to look forward to, but which is helpful in daily life. Acknowledgment of the fact of final judgment comes to the fore each November when we turn from the first day of the month, celebrating all the saints in glory,…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… More On Women Priests — Why Not?

November 11, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Holy Orders… More On Women Priests — Why Not?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 The participation of women in the life of the Catholic Church over the centuries has been remarkable. Without being priests, women have played a major role in the instruction of the faithful, service of the sick and needy, and the works of the apostolate. The work of spreading the Gospel, as early as in the apostolic times, was facilitated by the efforts of devout women, and it continues today by the nuns and sisters of the numerous orders and congregations, as well as many devoted lay women in Catholic associations in a great many countries. There are women who stood up as towers in the City of God, even as doctors of the Church.…Continue Reading

Humility — Foundation Of The Spiritual Life

November 10, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Humility — Foundation Of The Spiritual Life

By DON FIER As has been demonstrated over the past two weeks, temperance is the cardinal virtue that “moderates the attraction of pleasures, assures the mastery of the will over instincts, and provides balance in the use of created goods” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 383). Although most often associated with man’s innate appetitive drives to preserve himself as an individual and as a species, we saw that many other moral virtues are also closely associated with temperance, some of which are summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ: “[Among] the virtues that coincide with temperance are clemency that remits the punishment due to a guilty person; meekness that restrains even justified anger; modesty that controls…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 9, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Now that Sr. Lucia’s Fatima letter has been opened, has anyone asked for a copy of the letter so that all can read it? — T.T., Iowa. A. A copy of the letter can be found in chapter 8 of Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s book Fatima for Today and on pages 137-138 of Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone’s book The Last Secret of Fatima. You should also read the theological commentary on the letter by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, then the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is found in both books. Q. When Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress on September 24, 2015, he cited the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do…Continue Reading

French President Emmanuel Macron… Why We Should Be Concerned

November 7, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on French President Emmanuel Macron… Why We Should Be Concerned

By FR. SHENAN J. BOQUET (Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission of Human Life International, www.hli.org. It first appeared at www.hli.org on October 29, 2018. Fr. Boquet is the president of HLI.) + + + Throughout his papacy Pope Francis has repeatedly denounced “ideological colonization.” In brief, ideological colonization can be defined as the arrogant imposition of foreign values and practices by wealthy countries on less developed nations. This is often accomplished through financial coercion, by offering monetary aid on the condition that the recipient country agrees to adopt new laws or policies that embody so-called “liberal” Western values. In 2017, the Pope described this kind of ideological colonization as a “blasphemy against God.” Earlier this year, in…Continue Reading