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Blood And Covenant

May 29, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Blood And Covenant

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Corpus Christi (YR B) Readings: Exodus 24:3-8 Heb. 9:11-15 Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 As we celebrate this glorious Solemnity of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist, the readings today focus on two things: blood and covenant. These two are inseparable from one another in the sense that covenants are sealed in blood. This is why, in the first reading, Moses took the blood from the bulls and sprinkled it on the altar and on the people. The altar belongs to God, so this signifies God’s half of the covenant; the sprinkling on the people demonstrates that the people have entered into the covenant. You…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Human Communio Needs Divine Communion

May 28, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Human Communio Needs Divine Communion

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The fires deep within the Earth which, while controlled, do great good for our planet can sometimes break free from their bounds and wreak widespread destruction. Molten lava consumes and destroys all in its path; homes, cars, trees, human beings, and all living things are melted and burned to cinders as fuel to feed its ferocious fires. As we see with the recent eruptions of the volcano in Hawaii, what is good and necessary for the benefit of our green Earth at the same time also possesses the power to eradicate life and flourishing once loosed upon the land, freed from the strictures put in place to guide it toward a beneficial outcome. So, also,…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Sacrament Of Confession

May 27, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ… The Sacrament Of Confession

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 30 Confession is certainly the most controversial of all sacraments that Christ instituted for our salvation, especially among Protestants of every denomination. The most common objection is, “Why should I confess my sins to a man just like me, and perhaps a worse sinner?” The objector misses the point completely, since Confession is not an event comparable to a visit to a psychiatrist or to a psychologist or even to a friend with a view to seek his counsel. The essential point here is this: Does that man to whom I go to confess my sins — the priest in the confessional — have the power to forgive my sins? Yea or nay? As…Continue Reading

Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

May 26, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

By DON FIER In our treatment up until now of the eight Beatitudes, it has been demonstrated that the first three, in keeping with the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas, are mainly associated with “flight from and deliverance from sin. The next two…are the beatitudes of the active life of a Christian who, freed from evil, engages in the pursuit of good with all the ardor of his heart” (Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP, Christian Perfection and Contemplation [CPC], p. 333). Moreover, we have seen that one’s hunger and thirst for righteousness or justice in the active apostolate “should not become a bitter zeal with regard to the guilty” (ibid.). Rather, the Beatitude which we examined last week: “Blessed are the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 25, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Can you explain how the date for Easter is determined? It changes every year. — R.W., Massachusetts. A. Since the Council of Nicaea in 325, the date on which Easter falls is determined by the full moon. It is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon occurring after the vernal equinox, that is, the time of the year when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are everywhere of equal length. Since this is around March 21, it means that Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25. There have been suggestions that Easter be celebrated on a fixed date every year, and the Church has not expressed an objection to that…Continue Reading

The Tenth Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum… “Any Experience Of Rupture Must Come To An End”

May 23, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Tenth Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum… “Any Experience Of Rupture Must Come To An End”

By ARCHBISHOP ALEXANDER K. SAMPLE (Editor’s Note: The Most Rev. Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., gave this homily for the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., on April 28, 2018. (The occasion was a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter that encouraged the wider celebration of the Latin Mass. There at the basilica, the largest Roman Catholic church in North America and one of the ten largest in the world, Archbishop Sample celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne in the presence of 4,000 faithful. (The clergy, religious, and altar servers alone numbered about 100, according to a report from…Continue Reading

The Oneness Of God

May 22, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Oneness Of God

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matt. 28:16-20 In the first reading today, Moses addresses the people of Israel, challenging them to think about what they might believe about God and about themselves in relation to God. The problem for the Jewish people, having come out of Egypt, is that they had fallen prey to the culture around them and lost their belief in the truth that there is only one God. They had begun to believe in the Egyptian gods and Moses was trying to bring them back to the truth of the oneness of God. After pointing out some of the wonders the people had witnessed,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Weird World Far From God

May 21, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… A Weird World Far From God

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Some say the Catholic Church has to become more like Protestants (e.g., married priests, women priests, abortion, gay marriage) to survive. A new ABC Poll shows that Protestant membership has declined 14 percent in the last 15 years! We Catholics had better look before we leap.” Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Diocese of Providence, R.I., shared this startling assessment via his Twitter account this month. What’s startling, though, is not what was said but who said it. Bishop Tobin has garnered increased attention on the social media platform for his uncharacteristic candor in a time when many bishops self-protectively hold their cards close to their chest. Our distinctive Catholic identity is under attack not from…Continue Reading

Replies To Objections To The Mass

May 20, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Replies To Objections To The Mass

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 29 In this article, we respond to objections against the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which non-Catholics are wont to raise in order to attempt to justify their many different doctrines about the Eucharist. They do not agree among themselves on a great many points of doctrine — see how many thousands of sects, churches, and denominations exist today — but in only one point they all agree: The Catholic Church is wrong! In Jesus’ times, the Jews were also divided into many sects, Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodians, Zealots, etc., etc. They disagreed among themselves in many points of doctrine, but on only one point they agreed: Crucify Him! Amazing how history repeats itself: What…Continue Reading

Blessed Are The Merciful

May 19, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Blessed Are The Merciful

By DON FIER In last week’s consideration of the fourth Beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [justice], for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6), we saw that those being referred to are souls who intensely desire that their wills are in accord with God’s will. They want what God wants, and their desires are always satisfied. In the first volume of his commentary entitled The Gospel of Matthew (TGM), William Barclay observes that for many, the desire for goodness and justice is “wistful and nebulous rather than sharp and intense.” They are content with “a part of righteousness.” In this Beatitude, however, our Lord is describing “the hunger of a man who is starving for food,…Continue Reading