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The Virtues And Grace

November 24, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Virtues And Grace

By DON FIER “Given the finite condition of man and his checkered history,” observes Dr. Donald De Marco, “one might think that humility, a human virtue of such evident appropriateness, would be easy to appropriate. It should be the first lesson we learn from self-reflection!” (The Heart of Virtue [THV], p. 116). Yet, is it not rather the correlative vice – pride — that is on display in far too many of us? As an anonymous pundit once remarked: “Many would be scantily clad if clothed in their humility” (ibid.). Indeed, given our fallen human nature and the culture of secularism and individualism in which we live, it is not surprising that many see in themselves talents, abilities, and a…Continue Reading

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November 23, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In Gen. 3:14, God curses the serpent (Satan) for the Fall started by Eve eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. In Gen. 3:15, in the Douay-Rheims version, it is stated, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” The woman in 3:15 is said to be the Blessed Virgin, who will finally finish Satan. Yet in the New American Bible translation, Gen. 3:15 reads: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” The NAB leaves Mary out as…Continue Reading

Life And Death — A Different Worldview

November 21, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Life And Death — A Different Worldview

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Fr. Shenan Boquet is president of Human Life International. Fr. Boquet’s commentary below on Life and Death first appeared at HLI.org November 12 and is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + Two Diametrically Opposed Visions In a lyrical essay originally published in Crisis Magazine, Catholic philosopher and Senior Fellow of Human Life International Donald DeMarco, Ph.D., poignantly paints the stark division between the pro-life worldview, and the worldview espoused by the Culture of Death. Invoking T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem The Waste Land, Dr. DeMarco suggests that Eliot captured the essential characteristics of the Culture of Death. In such a culture, death is presumed to have the final say, and as such is…Continue Reading

Life And Death — A Different Worldview

November 21, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Life And Death — A Different Worldview

By FR. SHENAN BOQUET (Fr. Shenan Boquet is president of Human Life International. Fr. Boquet’s commentary below on Life and Death first appeared at HLI.org November 12 and is reprinted here with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + Two Diametrically Opposed Visions In a lyrical essay originally published in Crisis Magazine, Catholic philosopher and Senior Fellow of Human Life International Donald DeMarco, Ph.D., poignantly paints the stark division between the pro-life worldview, and the worldview espoused by the Culture of Death. Invoking T.S. Eliot’s seminal poem The Waste Land, Dr. DeMarco suggests that Eliot captured the essential characteristics of the Culture of Death. In such a culture, death is presumed to have the final say, and as such is…Continue Reading

Everlasting Kingship And Dominion

November 20, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Everlasting Kingship And Dominion

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Christ, The King Of The Universe (YR B) Readings: Daniel 7:13-14 Rev. 1:5-8 John 18:33b-37 In the Gospel reading today, we are privy to a conversation between Pilate, the Roman procurator, and Jesus. In the course of the interrogation, Pilate asks Jesus if He is a King. Our Lord answers that His Kingdom does not belong to this world. Moreover, if His Kingdom were of this world, His subjects would be fighting to save Him from being handed over. When Pilate asks a second time about our Lord’s Kingship, Jesus responds that His purpose for coming into the world is to testify to the truth and He says everyone who belongs to the…Continue Reading

Bishops Applaud Final HHS Mandate Rules

November 19, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishops Applaud Final HHS Mandate Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The final rules announced November 7 by the federal government regarding the HHS mandate “allow people like the Little Sisters of the Poor, faith-based schools, and others to live out their faith in daily life,” according to leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the USCCB, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chairman of the USCCB’s Committee for Religious Liberty, are applauding the Trump administration’s decision to finalize regulations providing expanded religious and moral exemptions from the mandate requiring health insurance coverage of sterilization, contraception, and drugs and devices that may cause abortions. Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Kurtz offered the following joint statement in…Continue Reading

Fr. Altier . . . “Stay in the State of Grace” Homily from November 15, 2018

November 17, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Fr. Altier . . . “Stay in the State of Grace” Homily from November 15, 2018
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November 16, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent blog that appeared in LifeSiteNews, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski described the vital contribution of Christianity to the world and suggested that living it to the fullest today could transform our modern world: “Christianity entered into a world that was drunkenly careening from superstition to esotericism, from world-weary despair to unappeasable hedonism, and introduced a way that was lofty, luminous, and liberating. It was truly experienced as a ‘breath of fresh air,’ as good news that gave a new meaning and purpose to life. “Christians became known for their kindness and hospitality — and especially, as early documents indicate, for their custom of not exposing infants to death, as the pagans did. Christianity made life worth living…Continue Reading

The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

November 14, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Road To Hell Is Paved With Indifference

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog, which appeared there on November 5, 2018. All rights reserved.) + + + The Gospel for Tuesday of the 31st Week features the Lucan version of the parable about a man who gave a banquet. (In the Matthew version, Jesus refers to him as a king and I will refer to him that way in this post.) When all was ready, the servants were sent out to fetch the invited guests, many of whom made excuses: The first said to him, “I have purchased a field and must go…Continue Reading

Shine Brightly Like The Stars

November 13, 2018 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Shine Brightly Like The Stars

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Daniel 12:1-3 Heb. 10:11-14, 18 Mark 13:24-32 In the Gospel reading today our Lord teaches us about what will happen at the end of the world: The sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Needless to say, it will be a terrifying time. For those who will be alive at that time, they will have the privilege of seeing the “Son of Man coming in the clouds” and the angels being sent to gather the elect. The times we are living in are not the end times,…Continue Reading