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What Is Faith?… A Different Kind Of Objection To Original Sin

March 26, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… A Different Kind Of Objection To Original Sin

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 30 In this article we will consider a different kind of objection: those directed against God’s justice. Fifth objection: “The punishment which God inflicted for eating a bit of fruit was excessive.” Reply: In the first place, this objection depends upon a literal interpretation, and we have already dealt with this in previous articles. But even on that score: An act apparently trivial in itself — like eating a forbidden fruit — may change its character because of the motive and circumstances. For example, to hoist your country’s flag or even your club’s or college’s flag outside of your house is in itself a very small matter, of course. It is just a sign…Continue Reading

The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

March 25, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

By DON FIER Part 4 As we continued our consideration of the Holy Eucharist as a sacramental sacrifice last week, we saw that this most august “Sacrament of sacraments” is not only a sacrificial memorial (making present) of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross on Calvary, but “is also the sacrifice of the Church” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1368). As summarized concisely by the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “in the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, their suffering, their prayers, their work, are united to those of Christ [the Head]” (n. 281). In its treatment of this dogmatic…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 24, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In a recent reply, you essentially condemn suicide bombers to Hell. However, if a person really believes in the righteousness of something strong enough to die for it, even if it is objectively evil, is he not acting in good conscience? The Church has never declared that a particular person is in Hell, not even Judas. — T.F.B., California. A. True, the Church has never declared that any particular person is in Hell, and we did not “essentially condemn suicide bombers to Hell.” What we said was that it is possible for a suicide bomber “to repent sincerely of his evil deed” in the moment before he carries out the deed, but we deemed that possibility to be unlikely…Continue Reading

Die To Sin And Live In Righteousness

March 23, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Die To Sin And Live In Righteousness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 37:12-14 Romans 8:8-11 John 11:1-45 As we draw near to the end of Lent, there is more that is removed from our senses when we come to Mass. The statues are covered, the music is supposed to be more solemn, the Mass itself is more simplified; everything is getting more focused on the death of our Lord. It is in this context that we receive the surprise of the readings today which call our attention beyond death to the Resurrection. But in the midst of the deprivations the Church is reminding us that death is not the end and that the deprivations of Lent will result in something…Continue Reading

Sermon XXXIX: On Lent I

March 22, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Sermon XXXIX: On Lent I

By POPE ST. LEO I (AD 390-461) (Editor’s Note: This sermon was delivered during the Lenten fast by Pope Leo the Great, whose date of birth is cited as AD 400 as well as AD 390. This is a translation of a sermon from Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Second Series: volume XII, in the public domain. We have generally left the style and the spellings as they were given in the original text. (Pope Leo the Great, who reigned from 440 to 461, opposed the Pelagian, Manichaean, and Monophysite heresies and was a disciple of St. Augustine. Most famously, in 452 he turned Attila the Hun back from the gates of Rome, thus saving the city. Leo was a…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Contraception Dooms Secularism While Religion Grows

March 20, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Contraception Dooms Secularism While Religion Grows

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Is the Trump victory, with the accompanying new wave of sexual morality and respect for life, the first hint of a societal sea change born, ironically, of contraception? It turns out that religious people have more babies and thus pass on the faith while secularists are self-obsolescing. It’s “news” that seculars are dying out because they use contraception, the UK Catholic Herald featured in a recent report. Except that it isn’t news. In “Secularism faces global decline thanks to contraception, study claims,” the Herald reports on a story published in The Times of London, entitled, “Atheists Doomed by Their Faith in Contraception.” As the Herald noted: “The study said that secularists have tended to have…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… Original Sin And Answering More Objections

March 19, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… Original Sin And Answering More Objections

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 29 In this article we continue providing replies to objections against the Bible narrative about the fall of our first parents. Fourth objection: If the serpent that tempted Eve was not a real serpent but an evil spirit disguised as a serpent, why did God punish the whole serpent tribe by cursing them from among all cattle and wild animals? It is not fair for the poor things! Reply: God’s sentence was not directed against a mere creeping animal but against a wicked spirit. He did not curse or punish the “serpent-tribe.” This is clear from what we read elsewhere in the Scriptures: Psalm 148, for example, calls on all creatures, living and lifeless,…Continue Reading

The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

March 18, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

By DON FIER Part 3 The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as we saw last week, is a true sacrifice in the fullest sense of the word “because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1366). The perfect sacrifice of Christ on Calvary becomes present and actual each time the Holy Eucharist is offered. “No less than on Calvary, Jesus offers His life to His heavenly Father,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ. “It is the same Priest (Jesus Christ) whose human life, united to the divine, offers Himself; furthermore, it is the same Victim (Jesus Christ) whose human life, united with the divinity, is sacrificed. The only difference is that,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: At a time when some Catholics are afraid to stand up for their faith in the face of secular disdain and ridicule, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City put things into perspective in a bulletin column the Sunday before Ash Wednesday: “Exactly two years ago this month, twenty young Coptic Christian Egyptians were kidnapped by Islamic State militants while on a work crew in Libya. They refused to renounce Christ and chanted in chorus, ‘Ya Rabbi Yassou!’ — ‘Oh my Lord Jesus!’ A black youth from Chad, Mathew Ayairga, not a Christian, was watching and, when asked by the captors, ‘Do you reject Christ?’ he replied, ‘Their God is my God.’…Continue Reading

Remain In The Light

March 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Remain In The Light

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7 10-13 Eph. 5:8-14 John 9:1-41 In the second reading today, St. Paul says something very interesting. He says that we were once darkness, but we have now become light in the Lord. He goes on to say that we are to live as children of the light. Notice, however, in the first sentence, that he does not say that we were in darkness and we are now in the light; no, he says were darkness and have become light. I find this fascinating because it harks back to the beginning of creation when God separated the light from the darkness. People often wonder about this…Continue Reading