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July 25, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Jesus says that we are to learn from Him, He who is meek and humble of heart. But Jesus was not always meek and humble of heart. He talked back to the Scribes and Pharisees, He drove the moneychangers out of the Temple, He talked back to the Sanhedrin, He wasn’t bashful about claiming to be the Son of God. How can we follow His advice about humility when He wasn’t such a good example of humility? — G.P., Florida. A. In Matt. 11:29-30, Jesus invited His listeners to “take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and…Continue Reading

Jesus Walks Through Trials With Us

July 24, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 55:1-3 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matt. 14:13-21 In the second reading today St. Paul asks the question of what can separate us from the love of Christ. He then gives a few examples of what people might think will separate us from God; anguish, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, the sword. He states that in all of these we conquer overwhelmingly. How? When St. John asks what it is that conquers the world, he says that it is our faith. Jesus told us that we do not have to fear because He has conquered the world. So, if we have faith in Jesus we are conquerors through Him.…Continue Reading

Anglophone Conference On Sexual Abuse . . . “The Entire Church Is Called To Put Right What Has Happened”

July 23, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. DIARMUID MARTIN ROME (ZENIT) — Below is the full text of an address given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin on the issue of clerical sex abuse. The address was given July 7 at the Anglophone Conference, which took place at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. The Anglophone Conference takes place annually and its purpose is to address relevant issues concerning the abuse of children and adults at risk. “The greatest harm that we could do to the progress that has been made right across the Church is to slip back into a false assurance that the crisis is a thing of the past,” said Archbishop Martin. ZENIT News Agency provided the text of this speech. All rights reserved.…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Journalists, Atheists, And The Pope

July 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The bureaucratic apologists are now in full scramble mode once again to interpret the Pope’s words as filtered to the whole world through the atheist journalist Eugenio Scalfari and printed in the paper he co-founded, La Repubblica. Yet again, we are informed, the Pope did not say what we are told he said. The fact that Pope Francis met with and spoke with Scalfari remains, however, and thus so does the confusion despite the best efforts of papal spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, and others. Scalfari’s manipulations managed to make the news on the Monday morning after the World Cup, despite the soccer obsessions of even the Vatican’s most eminent journalists. Britain’s The Sun was…Continue Reading

Is The Rosary A Prayer Of “Vain Repetitions”?

July 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The visit I received from two Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs, for short) gave me the opportunity to demonstrate that repetitive prayer — especially the rosary — is entirely in line with Sacred Scripture. When they walked into my living room and did not miss the sight of my rosary on the mantelpiece, I knew only too well that they were itching to say something about it. And, as sure as death and taxes, one of them asked me if I was aware that prayer of repetition was “condemned by Jesus in the Bible.” In this article I’d like to provide more information I trust will be useful to Wanderer readers to use in their…Continue Reading

The Obedience Of Faith

July 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For the past ten weeks of this series, we’ve been unpacking the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on how God comes to meet man through His divine Revelation. As the Catechism, citing Dei Verbum (DV), so beautifully expresses it, “the invisible God, from the fullness of His love, addresses men as His friends, and moves among them, in order to invite and receive them into His own company” (CCC, n. 142; DV, n. 2). Just this one statement is a mystery of our faith that one could meditate on for a lifetime: How is it that the “King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God” (1 Tim. 1:17) could so love mankind, sinful…Continue Reading

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July 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. It has been a while since it was decided to permit openly homosexual boys into the Boy Scouts, but not a word for an official position on Catholic-affiliated troops. I wonder why? In the meantime, I fear many boys will be in great danger. Why no statement from our bishops on this very critical issue? — R.B.K., Virginia. A. In May of 2013, the national council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to lift a ban on admitting openly homosexual youth as members. The bylaw change read: “No youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone.” The BSA retained (for the time being) the ban on adult…Continue Reading

The Pearl Of Great Price

July 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12 Romans 8:28-30 Matt. 13:44-52 In the Gospel reading today our Lord speaks about the buried treasure, the pearl of great price, and the net thrown into the sea which collects a variety of things which will be gathered into buckets, separated into good and bad. It is this last parable that provides a context for the other two. By this I mean that our Lord tells us that at the end of the world the angels will separate the good from the bad and send them to their respective places for eternity. The context this provides helps us to understand the other two parables…Continue Reading

Pope’s Homily At Mass With Sexual Abuse Victims . . . Clergy Who Commit Abuse “Profane The Very Image Of God”

July 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — The morning of July 7 in the Chapel of Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass, which was attended by some victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, and also attended by some families and members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. During the Mass, the Holy Father gave the homily reprinted below, saying that sexual abuse is “is like a sacrilegious cult, because these boys and girls had been entrusted to the priestly charism in order to be brought to God.” ZENIT News Agency provided the text of the Holy Father’s homily. All rights reserved. +    +    + The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Camillus De Lellis

July 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN While most people in the United States associate a red cross on a white field as the symbol of the International Red Cross organization, it was actually used by a Catholic priest several hundred years before Henry Dunant helped found the Red Cross. Perhaps Dunant knew of Camillus De Lellis and the work he did to help the sick who suffered so much in the hospitals of his time, when the future saint founded the Clerks Regular, Ministers of the Sick in the late 16th century. How did a man of worldly pursuits end up as a saint? Like a few other saints, he hit rock bottom from which the only place to go is up. Camillus…Continue Reading