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Are Statues Idols? The Sacred Dwelling And Its Furnishings

March 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The very same God who condemned idol-making actually commanded that statues be carved. He told the people to show more respect to them than any patriotic American would respect the Lincoln Memorial or any British subject would respect a statue of Queen Victoria. The most sacred place in the world was the Temple sanctuary that lodged the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark was so sacred that nobody but the High Priest could touch it. It contained the tables of the Commandments. The presence of the Ark brought God’s blessings to Holy of Holies; the Holy of Holies to the Holy; the Holy to the Temple; the Temple to Jerusalem; Jerusalem to Israel;…Continue Reading

Catechism Of the Catholic Church: Prologue

March 7, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Don Fier “Father, . . . this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ” (John 17:3). This Scripture verse, the opening words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), succinctly and beautifully expresses its very purpose. The CCC’s first paragraph goes on to expand on this teaching of Jesus Christ: “God, . . . in a plan of sheer goodness, freely created man to make him share in His own blessed life. . . . He calls man to seek Him, to know Him, to love Him with all his strength. To accomplish this, . . . God sent His Son as Redeemer and Savior.”…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding the question of whether the story of Jonah really happened, R.T. of South Dakota recalled the time that he was a seminary student in Rome and one of his professors said that the story was a myth. R.T. said that one of the other students in the class produced a modern-day newspaper article, which was about a crew that was hunting whales when one man fell overboard and was swallowed up by a whale. They tried to catch the whale, according to the story, and chased it for three days and three nights before harpooning it and catching it. When they cut the whale open, they found the man inside, alive and well. “Obviously,” said R.T., “the…Continue Reading

Practice Mercy And Charity

March 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Lent (YR B) Readings: 2 Chron. 36:14-16, 19-23 Eph. 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 In the second reading today St. Paul reminds us that God is rich in mercy. For this we are all most grateful because without that mercy we would all be headed to a very hot eternity. Sometimes, however, we get impatient with God’s patience and demonstrate that our mercy is miserably less than His. It is the typical human double standard: One standard for me and another for someone else. Coupled with the mercy of God is His infinite love for us. God is our Father who loves us infinitely more that any earthly parent loves his or her children. Parents…Continue Reading

It Looks Like Someone Is Trying To Shout Us Down

March 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By JOSEPH CARDINAL ZEN ZE-KIUN (Editor’s Note: The widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless, according to Cardinal Zen, the archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong. He says that the key issues remain unresolved, namely, episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement, according to His Eminence. (AsiaNews provided this commentary on February 17. All rights reserved.) + + + A Hong Kong Communist daily started spreading the news that the Sino-Vatican Agreement is close at hand. Then the voice of the secretary of state of the Pope adds weight…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Root Of Faith Crisis In Rupture Between Life And Love

March 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Quite a few years ago, I went hiking in the Alps on the border between Italy and France with a group of reformed drug addicts and their family members. One father brought his two sons who observed my delight as I ran up to the snow line ahead of the group and collected fresh snow for filling my water bottle. The boys mistook my good humor and liveliness for superficiality as I offered them a share in my mountain-fresh nourishment. Drug addicts must become experts in spotting superficiality if they intend to live a life without drugs as they seek a life with God. Dealers and addicts have a fundamentally superficial attitude toward others because…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Meaning Of “False Idols”

March 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I the Lord, your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:2-5). In this classical text, God our Lord begins by reminding the Hebrews who were gathered around Mount Sinai that He, God, had brought them out of the land of Egypt. And He adds a specific trait…Continue Reading

Catechesis In The Twenty-First Century

February 28, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Don Fier “In order to arrive at a systematic knowledge of the content of the faith, all can find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church a precious and indispensable tool. It is one of the most important fruits of the Second Vatican Council.” With these words in his apostolic letter Porta Fidei announcing the upcoming Year of Faith (October 11, 2012-November 24, 2013), Pope Benedict XVI stressed the incalculable importance that the Catechism needs to play for the faithful to truly understand what our precious Catholic faith professes. With the Holy Father’s words to serve as a fitting backdrop, this column is the introductory installment of a long-running series of articles by which The Wanderer intends to take…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. As a longtime subscriber to The Wanderer, I am puzzled that your writers don’t hesitate to criticize and disagree with bishops and cardinals on particular issues, but when it comes to the Pope you automatically close shop, yet he is human just like the bishops and cardinals. There is no teaching in our Church that says one cannot disagree with a Pope, except when he speaks ex cathedra [infallibly]. Some of the writings and pronouncements of the post-Vatican II Popes are in direct contradiction to the writings and statements of some pre-Vatican II Popes on certain issues. So who is one to believe? Both groups can’t be right. All these Vatican II Popes reigned over a Catholic Church that…Continue Reading

God’s “Foolishness” Is Wisdom

February 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sunday Sermon for March 8, 2015 Third Sunday Of Lent (YR B) Readings: Exodus 20:1-17 1 Cor. 1:22-25 John 2:13-25 In the Gospel reading today, we hear about our Lord cleansing the Temple because the people had turned God’s house into a marketplace. The people, naturally, were appalled at this action because the buying and selling in the Temple had become the norm. Beyond that, it was providing a real service because not everyone in Israel had livestock that they could offer as a sacrifice to the Lord. The services provided by the merchants were filling a definite need. Such is the human rationalization. In the second reading St. Paul tells us that God’s foolishness is…Continue Reading