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A Leaven In The World… On Devotion To The Holy Souls

November 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… On Devotion To The Holy Souls

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Vita mutatur, non tollitur” — life is changed, not ended, we pray in the preface for the Requiem Mass for each of the departed, for all of them together on All Souls’ Day and throughout the month of November. As our parish goes together in spirit with the priest to the holy altar for the Masses of All Souls Day we recall the faithful departed of every age and place on Earth. How great is this mission of Holy Church, to offer the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ her Lord, the most effective and most powerful succor for the aid of suffering souls still awaiting union with God? The resurrected Body of the Lord in…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… The Most Holy Trinity

November 6, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Most Holy Trinity

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 10 The first thing to clarify in studying the Most Holy Trinity is that we are dealing with a mystery, not a contradiction. The doctrine of the Trinity is a mystery, because it contains two truths which our reason cannot reconcile. The first truth is that there is one God, and the second truth is that there are Three Divine Persons in the one and the same God. These truths, taken separately, we can understand, but not when taken together. We can understand that there is one God, and that each Divine Person is God, but not that each is one and the self-same God. So, the Trinity is a mystery, not a contradiction.…Continue Reading

The Effects Of Confirmation

November 5, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Effects Of Confirmation

By DON FIER The essential rite of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Western Church, as we saw last week, consists in “anointing the forehead of the baptized with sacred chrism . . . , together with the laying on of the minister’s hand and the words: ‘Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1320). The oil of chrism, a mixture of olive oil and balsam, is consecrated by the diocesan bishop each year on Holy Thursday. To underscore the intimate connection of Confirmation with the whole of Christian initiation, it is usually conferred during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at which Holy Communion is received and is preceded by…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. At Mass, when the priest elevates the Host during the Consecration, do we behold the crucified Christ, the glorious, risen Christ, or the Christ of the Last Supper? — B.M., New York. A. The glorious, risen Christ. In his book The Eucharist, Fr. Giles Dimock, OP, said that in the third part of the Summa Theologiae, Question 76, St. Thomas Aquinas “sees the whole Christ in the species of bread and wine, but not in a place as if here and not there, that is, in heaven. Rather, he is present ‘as in the manner of a substance,’ so that when the host is consecrated he comes to be in this bread and wine on this altar, but not…Continue Reading

A Light Shining In Darkness

November 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Light Shining In Darkness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Mal. 3:19-20a 2 Thess. 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 As we come toward the end of another Church year, we are provided with readings that correspond to what will happen at the end of the world. A quick perusal of the Internet yields a rich harvest of websites dedicated to telling us that we are living in the last days. They quote verse after verse from the Scriptures to back up their claims. It is fascinating to see how what is stated in the Bible seems to be taking place right before our very eyes. No one can doubt what these people are presenting, but their interpretation is not quite…Continue Reading

New Document On Cremation… Ad Resurgendum Cum Christo

November 2, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on New Document On Cremation… Ad Resurgendum Cum Christo

VATICAN CITY (News.Va) — The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on October 25 published a new instruction on the burial of the dead and on the conservation of the ashes in cases of cremation. The instruction reiterates the long held view that the Church is not opposed to the practice of cremation, though it continues to recommend that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places. However, the new document insists that ashes should not be kept in private houses and that the scattering of ashes on land or at sea is not permitted. Please see below the full text: + + + 1) To rise with Christ, we must die with Christ:…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . “We Have No King But Caesar”

October 31, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . “We Have No King But Caesar”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have other gods besides me.” The current political battles swirl around the skirmishes leading up to the decision-point when Catholics are forced to make a decision for president on November 8. Voting is already taking place in many areas. Obeying the Commandments and exercising good citizenship as Christians seems to pose a more and more difficult balancing act. How do we advance the social kingship of Christ by choosing among what seems a very paltry and degrading selection of candidates? Are we swirling around the drain as a nation? Has our experiment in ordered liberty reached a point of exhaustion? News via WikiLeaks that Democratic operatives…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… God’s Foreknowledge And Our Freedom

October 30, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… God’s Foreknowledge And Our Freedom

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 9 Who hasn’t heard — or uttered — this common fatalistic objection: “Since God can see the future, He knows whether or not I will be saved. If I will be saved, no matter what I do, I will be fine in the end. If I will not be saved, what is the point of obeying God’s law?” This is a fatalist objection, as it implies that God’s foreknowledge of my future conditions my choices. But it does not. Knowledge of the future is not control of the future. Knowledge is knowledge, purely and simply. Simply because God knows my future choices it does not mean that He is causing them. My choices are…Continue Reading

The Matter, Form, And Rite Of Confirmation

October 29, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Matter, Form, And Rite Of Confirmation

By DON FIER Confirmation, divinely instituted by Christ Himself, is the sacrament which effects in the Christian exactly what its name implies: It makes firm or strengthens the gifts of grace that were first received in Baptism. As suggested by Fr. Paul Haffner in The Sacramental Mystery (TSM), one might say that Confirmation completes Baptism as the mystery of Pentecost completes or “puts a seal on the Paschal Mystery” (p. 71). In his 1947 encyclical “On the Mystical Body of Christ,” Pope Pius XII emphasized the purpose and importance of Confirmation by stating: “By the chrism of Confirmation, the faithful are given added strength to protect and defend the Church, their Mother, and the faith she has given them” (Mystici…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 28, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I personally don’t believe too many women’s lives are endangered when choosing an abortion. It also seems to me that our Church says if such a circumstance happens during an abortion or a regular delivery, doesn’t the Church rule the baby should be saved first? That seems to conflict with what Mrs. Clinton believes. — D.L.H., Iowa. A. No, the Church does not teach that the baby should be saved first if there is a danger to the life or health of the mother. The Church teaches that every medical effort should be made to save both of them. “Medical science has made truly amazing advances over the last thirty years,” said Dr. Fred E. Mecklenburg in an essay in…Continue Reading