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June 24, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I just want to ask what James J. Drummey’s qualifications are for answering the questions that subscribers ask. Does he have a title or does he consult with an authority on these issues? — K.C., via e-mail. A. My qualifications for writing the Catholic Replies column for the past 25 years include reading, studying, pondering, praying, writing, speaking, and teaching about the Catholic faith for half a century. I have published nine books on Catholicism (for the titles and content of the books, see my website and have an extensive library that allows me to access and quote the wisdom of Popes, saints, Church councils, catechisms, canon law, and numerous books by authors whose knowledge and understanding of religious and moral…Continue Reading

Take Up Your Cross

June 23, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Isaiah 66:10c-14 Gal. 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-12, 17-20 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the seventy-two men the Lord had sent out ahead of Him. He had given them authority to heal people and to expel demons. That sounds great, but when one actually sees it happen it is a surprise. There are two elements to that surprise. The first is our lack of faith believing that it would not happen. After all, if we believed it would happen, why would we be surprised? The second is the joy that this is really happening. We hear both of these responses in the reports given to our Lord…Continue Reading

Benedict XVI On His 2011 Ordination Anniversary… Long Experience Of The Goodness Of The Lord

June 22, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below we reprint the text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily on his 60th anniversary of Ordination to the priesthood, given at St. Peter’s Basilica, June 29, 2011. The text is from the website of Catholic News Agency. (Pope Emeritus Benedict was preparing to celebrate the 65th anniversary of his Ordination as The Wanderer went to press this week. We are publishing the 2011 text in honor of the present anniversary. (On this June 29, Benedict XVI will celebrate his 65th anniversary in a special ceremony with Pope Francis inside the Vatican’s apostolic palace, according to a CNA report by Elise Harris. Announced by the Ratzinger Foundation, the ceremony will take place at the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Mass, The Musical”

June 20, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I write to you shortly after the massacre in Orlando, witnessing the divisions that some are making in reaction to this great sin in the sight of God. Above all, and first of all, those who died are human beings, created lovingly by God in His image and likeness, and it is this truth we must take with us to God in prayer, as we do for all the departed. With many, we confront once again the mystery of iniquity, that man who is always capable of great good is also capable of great evil, including violence against his fellowman. Including the tragic and senseless loss of life in Orlando recently, we must commend all…Continue Reading

The Marvel Of The Catholic Church . . . More On The Miraculous Apparitions Of Mary

June 19, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 “Contra factum non valet argumentum,” taught St. Thomas Aquinas. “It is useless to argue against facts.” When shallow-minded people smile and say that all private apparitions are just the result of self-hypnosis, or auto-suggestion, delirium, or hallucination, it is our time to smile at them. When 70,000 people in Fatima saw the sun dance in the sky, which, by the way, dried up the ground and the people’s clothes that had been soaked up by the torrential rain, it becomes difficult to prove that all of them were hallucinating — unless one is an incorrigible bigot. But thank goodness such people were in short supply in 1917 (today numbers may have grown, but…Continue Reading

Sacred Images And The Liturgy

June 18, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Among the special signs that are essential and integral to liturgical worship in the Catholic Church, singing and music hold a pre-eminent place. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) and Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy teach, it is “a treasure of inestimable value” (Sacrosanctum Concilium [SC], n. 112 § 1; CCC, n. 1156). To underscore the distinctive importance reserved for sacred music, Pope St. John Paul II, on the Feast of St. Cecilia, the patroness of sacred music, echoed words written a century earlier by his Predecessor Pope St. Pius X: “Being an integral part of the solemn Liturgy, [it] participates in the general purpose of the Liturgy, which is the glory…Continue Reading

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June 17, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: In a recent reply from a reader who identified herself as “just a grandmother,” we took note of how vital grandmothers are. Now a friend has sent us a book entitled A Grandparent’s Gift of Memories: A Pilgrimage With the Saints. Written by Nancy Groves, the book offers the reader an opportunity to compile a journal of the various chapters in one’s life — from infancy through youth, marriage, raising a family, and being grandparents. Each chapter is introduced by a biographical sketch of an appropriate saint, for example, Gerard Majella, the patron saint of expectant mothers; Aloysius Gonzaga and Maria Goretti, patron saints of youth; Valentine of Rome and Rita Cascia, patron saints of marriage; the Holy…Continue Reading

Real Freedom From Sin

June 16, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirteenth Sunday Of Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 1 Kings 19:6b, 19-21 Gal. 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51-62 In the second reading today, St. Paul reminds us that we are called to freedom. We have to make a few distinctions here because of the general misunderstanding of freedom. First of all, we were made to be free because we were made in the image and likeness of God. We are persons and a person is defined as a living being with a mind and a free will. So, by our very nature we have freedom and it is a freedom that cannot be taken away. However, if we have always been free, then why would St. Paul…Continue Reading

Pope’s Homily At Mass For Sacred Heart Of Jesus . . . The Heart Of The Good Shepherd

June 15, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the Pope’s prepared homily during the Holy Mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, concluding the June 1 to 3 Jubilee for Priests. The Mass was celebrated the morning of June 3 in St. Peter’s Square. (The Holy Father stressed to the priests: “A shepherd does not live by calculating his gains or how long he has worked: He is not an accountant of the Spirit, but a Good Samaritan who seeks out those in need.” (ZENIT News Agency provided this Vatican translation from the original in Italian. The Pope’s off-the-cuff remarks are in brackets and were translated by Deborah Castellano Lubov. (All rights reserved.) + + + This celebration of the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Fr. Rosica’s Thinly Veiled Self-Promotion

June 13, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Oftentimes the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices are very disturbed, broken, and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners!” Fr. Thomas Rosica said the above recently in comments delivered to the Brooklyn diocesan observance of World Communications Day. (See the UK’s Catholic Herald, May 18, 2016, for a report on this episode.) How do you move product? By convincing others you have what they need. And if no one needs what you are trying to sell, then you have to create a need. This I think is the clue to…Continue Reading