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Being Transformed Into Jesus

September 25, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Being Transformed Into Jesus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Numb. 11:25-29 James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48 During His time on Earth our Lord was not very popular among the powers that be. While that has not changed, He is becoming less popular among the common people in our day. Unfortunately, some of this includes those who claim to believe in Him and even to love Him, but they do not accept some of His teachings. Among these people are a growing number of Catholics who have bought the lie that no one goes to Hell. Their rationalization for this is because God loves us and, therefore, would never allow anyone to be condemned. Obviously, these people…Continue Reading

Leaven In This World “As for Me and My Household, We Will Serve the Lord”

September 24, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Leaven In This World “As for Me and My Household, We Will Serve the Lord”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “But if it seem evil to you to serve the Lord, you have your choice: choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve, whether the gods which your fathers served in Mesopotamia, or the gods of the Amorrhites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24, 15 I recently had occasion to think about the rebuilding and renewal of our holy Church that is indeed underway, in so many places, at the same time that so much bad news about our Faith floods the airwaves, finds its way into headlines and is abundant online. For two years I have spent…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Confession… More Testimony From The Early Christians

September 23, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Confession… More Testimony From The Early Christians

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 A few more quotations from the Early Fathers of the Church will conclude our list of testimonies. If our Wanderer readers feel I have quoted too many of them, I am glad, because it proves ad nauseam that the Early Christians believed and practiced the Sacrament of Confession since the very beginning of the Church in the world. They were Catholics. St. Cyprian of Carthage, Letter to His Clergy (AD 250): Speaking of giving Communion to sinners who, in times of persecution, did not go to Confession and did not receive absolution: “They are being admitted to Communion, and the offering is made in their name. And, not yet having made a confession…Continue Reading

The Integral Parts Of Prudence

September 22, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Integral Parts Of Prudence

By DON FIER Prudence, the first of the four cardinal virtues scrutinized by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), is defined in its Glossary as “the virtue which disposes a person to discern the good and choose the correct means to accomplish it.” It is designated as the charioteer of all the virtues in that “it guides [them] by setting rule and measure” (CCC, n. 1806). As articulated by Fr. Jordan Aumann, OP, in Spiritual Theology (SpT), “Prudence is the most necessary of all the moral virtues because its function is precisely to point out and command the just mean or measure in regard to any and all human actions. It enables us to judge accurately what is the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 21, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. It’s been several years since a Vatican commission was appointed to investigate the legitimacy of the alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje. What is the status of that investigation? — M.K., South Carolina. A. In 2014, the commission concluded a four-year study of the Medjugorje phenomenon and sent a report to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The CDF is to prepare a document on the reported apparitions and send it to the Pope for his final decision. That has not happened yet as far as we know. Pope Francis did send a special envoy to Medjugorje last year, but his role, said retired Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Poland, is “exclusively pastoral.” He said that…Continue Reading

HLI’s Mission To Mongolia… There Are Setbacks, But The Church Continues

September 19, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on HLI’s Mission To Mongolia… There Are Setbacks, But The Church Continues

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Editor’s Note: Fr. Shenan Boquet is the president of Human Life International. This commentary first appeared September 3 at HLI.org and was reprinted by LifeSiteNews.com. All rights reserved.) + + + “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:18). These words of the Divine Master are exemplified in the energy, passion, and heroic work of the Church in Mongolia, whose history dates to the golden era of the Mongol empire in the thirteenth century. My recent mission to the “Land of the Eternal…Continue Reading

True Wisdom From Above

September 18, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on True Wisdom From Above

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20 James 3:16-4:3 Mark 9:30-37 In the second reading today, St. James tells us that where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. As we look around, we can certainly see an abundance of disorder and foul practices. To eliminate these problems, however, we need to get to the root of the problems. As St. James reminds us, disorder and foul practices are really the effects of a deeper cause; we need to attack jealousy and selfish ambition. The first reading demonstrates for us the clouding of the mind that occurs when we give in to pride and selfishness that are…Continue Reading

A Book Review… Why Evangelists Need An Interior Life

September 17, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Book Review… Why Evangelists Need An Interior Life

By DONAL ANTHONY FOLEY Spiritual Handbook for Catholic Evangelists: How to Win Souls Without Losing Your Own, by Dom Jean-Baptiste Chautard (Sophia Institute Press, 192 pages, Amazon paperback and Kindle). This is a new version of an old spiritual classic, originally written about a century ago, but still valid for today’s Church, and particularly for those involved in evangelization. The main thesis of the author, a French Trappist monk, is that those involved in a life of active evangelism must develop an interior life of prayer if they are to have any success, and that in fact their active life must be founded on a solid interior life. For Dom Chautard, it is the interior life which makes fruitful the…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Confession… Confession Among The Early Christians

September 16, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Confession… Confession Among The Early Christians

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 Here are some more testimonies from the Early Christians about the Sacrament of Confession, how they understood the sacrament and how it was administered by the priests to the people when they sinned. Those writers are known in history as the Fathers of the Early Church, the theologians and Bible scholars of the first centuries, before the Bible was formed as we know it today in the Council of Carthage in 397. There is no doubt that their interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures carries immensely more weight and authority than those of contemporary Protestant pastors and individuals who have little knowledge of the history of Christianity. Theodore of Mopsuestia (+ AD 428) catechetical…Continue Reading

The Cardinal Virtues — Prudence

September 15, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Cardinal Virtues — Prudence

By DON FIER In beginning our consideration of the virtues last week, we saw that the word virtue, in general, can be defined as “a firm and habitual disposition to do good. It allows a person not only to perform good actions,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his bodily and spiritual powers. He pursues and chooses this good in concrete actions of daily life” (The Faith, p. 161). A person who lacks virtue will, at best, do good only sporadically. Conversely, through the habitual practice of virtue, a person will progressively improve not only what he does but who he is. German philosopher…Continue Reading