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“Not To Belong To Any Man But To God Alone”

February 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Votive Mass Of The Marriage Of The Blessed Virgin Mary With Joseph Church Of St. Nicola In Carcere   Prov. 8, 22-35 Matt. 1, 18-21 Sermon By RAYMOND LEO CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke on January 10 celebrated a Votive Mass of the Espousal of the Virgin in the Basilica of San Nicola in Carcere in Rome, as part of a recent conference of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Below is the text of his sermon. (Cardinal Burke is Patron of the Order of Malta.) + + + Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen. Celebrating the Votive Mass of the Marriage of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Saint Joseph, we contemplate anew the great mystery…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Bridging The Growing Generational Gap

February 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK On the day of the March for Life in Washington this year, I arrived early for offering the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) at a church in the city that serves as a home for those who prefer it. A priest was in the act of offering the Mass of Vatican II, so I entered into the prayer with the others present. A man and woman were supporting the music by means of guitar, and the celebrant was a middle-aged cleric from the staff of a northeast seminary. Those he led in prayer, clustered closely to the altar, were uniformly white-haired retirees. Others scattered throughout the church appeared to have wandered in on their own or…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Summing Up

February 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 8 The Gospels mention Jesus’ brothers and sisters (Matt. 13:54-57; also Mark 6:2-3 et alia), and anti-Catholic bigotry sees in this a supposed “argument” against the Catholic teaching of the perpetual virginity of our Lady. But bigotry ignores that in the Hebrew and Aramaic languages, there was no clear distinction between “blood-brother” and “cousin.” Their culture was not centered on the “nuclear family” as we have it today, but the extended family, in which cousins were known as brothers and sisters. The New Testament was not written in English. In Hebrew and Aramaic, “brethren” does not mean only brothers and sisters from the same father and mother, as in English, but also near kinsmen.…Continue Reading

God Reveals His Name

February 7, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In last week’s installment of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we examined the fundamental significance of coming to know that all that we believe begins with God and ends with God. “I believe in God” is the first affirmation of the Apostles’ Creed, and likewise, Sacred Scripture begins with the words, “In the beginning God. . . .” (Gen. 1:1). Believing in the one, true God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength is central to the Catholic faith and is the basis for each of the 12 articles of the Creed. It is upon professing our belief in God that the “other articles help us to know God better as…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Concerning your answer re handshaking at Mass in The Wanderer dated January 8, I would like to put Msgr. Pope’s comments on understanding the Mass in our parish bulletin at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Ft. Bragg, Calif., but I’m not sure if I need permission. It was an unusually beautiful short explanation, and there is much need for education on this topic. I have always wondered why the handshaking method did not get any directive when it began. When scattered parishioners at daily Mass “snaked” across empty pews to reach one another or wandered around the church to find friends, I knew this was not a proper practice. But then why was there no admonition about…Continue Reading

Glorify God In All You Do

February 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Lev. 13:1-2, 44-46 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1 Mark 1:40-45 In the second reading today, St. Paul instructs us that we are to do everything for the glory of God, even things as mundane as eating and drinking. There are very few people that I have ever met who think this way. I have met many who want to glorify themselves; I have also met many people who would readily say that they want to glorify God. However, I have met very few who think about glorifying God in everything that they do. To do this would require changing the way we think and having the presence of mind to…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Lenten Message 2015 . . . “A Merciful Heart Does Not Mean A Weak Heart”

February 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the text of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message for 2015, which reflects on the theme: “Make your hearts firm” (James 5:8). + + + Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor. 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that He Himself has not first given us. “We love because He first has loved us” (1 John 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in His heart. He knows us by name, He cares for us, and He seeks us out whenever we turn away…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Catholics Going Underground?

February 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK It’s a cold winter and a difficult one for those facing a historic snowstorm in the northeast U.S. as I write this week’s missive. Colder still is the climate in the public square for anyone unwilling to redefine nature and submit, even privately in some cases, to the forced imposition of immorality and legislated disobedience of God. At a recent deanery meeting of fellow priests I took part in a discussion about the changing cultural climate wherein a minority is imposing its agenda of immoral “dogma” through unjust laws and policies and captive courts. We were reminded of recent developments in this vein, such as Marquette University’s suspension of a tenured political science professor after…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity… The “Other Mary” And St. Joseph’s “Other Children”

February 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon? And are not also his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him” (Mark 6:3). So, after all, Jesus appears to have had four brothers, named James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon, as well as two or three sisters, right? Let’s investigate the issue. Three women are called “Mary” in the New Testament: Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and “the other Mary.” And, because of this, a little confusion has been established, which gave an excuse to anti-Catholic bigotry to raise its ugly head against the perpetual virginity of Our Savior’s Mother. “Then…Continue Reading

The Creeds

January 31, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER In last week’s column, we laid the groundwork to begin an in-depth exposition of what the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that we, as Catholic Christians, are called to believe: the one, true faith we profess in the Creeds of the Church. For it is in the formulas of the Creeds that, “through the centuries, in so many languages, cultures, peoples, and nations, the Church has constantly confessed this one faith, received from the one Lord, transmitted by one Baptism, and grounded in the conviction that all people have only one God and Father” (CCC, n. 172). Why is this so absolutely essential? Precisely, it is because “communion in faith needs a common language of faith,…Continue Reading