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Restoring Ireland To Christ

June 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DOM MARK DANIEL KIRBY (Editor’s Note: The prior of a Benedictine community in Ireland — Silverstream Priory in County Meath — has sent out a reflection on his country and the Catholic faith. Dom Mark Daniel Priory offered this reflection on Sunday, May 31, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, the week following Ireland’s vote approving same-sex marriage. (All rights reserved.) + + + “In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred. . . .” Thus begins the Constitution of Ireland. It is fitting that we recall these words today, on this feast of the Most…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Good, The True, And The Beautiful In Sacred Liturgy, Places, And People

June 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I am writing from New York City where I am privileged to be attending the Sacra Liturgia 2015 Conference. I took out my Breviarium to pray on the subway, traveling en route from my overnight accommodations to the downtown meeting venue on the first morning after sitting down next to a visibly drunken man. I realized myself blessed to be dependent, not on a destructive use of this world’s goods, but rather on the beauty of God’s Word through this liturgy of the Church. “Beauty poured forth” upon my lips as I mouthed the words of the Psalms, praying thus also for my suffering neighbor. A young man walking out of the train at his…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course . . . Proof Of The Existence Of God From Causality

June 7, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 5 When we talk about simple logic, it is a good thing to begin with realities that everyone knows to be true. For instance: Everybody knows that for a man or an animal or even a thing to do anything, it must exist in the first place. For you to read, you must exist before reading. For a bee to make one ounce of honey, it must exist in the first place. For the rain to fall on your roof, it must exist as well. Why is it so? Simply because non-existing beings do not do anything. Naturally. Equally evident, or certainly more evident, is the fact that nothing can create itself. If we see…Continue Reading

The Church — Temple Of The Holy Spirit

June 6, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The image of the Church which we have been examining for the past two weeks, the “Body of Christ,” is a beautiful expression of the mysterious and deep union that exists between our Lord and all those who are joined to His Church. So intimately are we united that we share His very life, as branches on a vine. Pope Pius XII, in his 1943 encyclical Mystici Corporis Christi (MCC), sums up the wonder of this abiding union with the following words: “If we would define and describe this true Church of Jesus Christ — which is the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Church — we shall find nothing more noble, more sublime, or more divine…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 5, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the recent vote in Ireland, where more than 60 percent of those voting came out in favor of same-sex “marriage,” canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters said that the outcome of the constitutional referendum “is a disaster.” He went on to say: “‘Same-sex marriage’ has usually been imposed by activist judges; in Ireland, it won by popular vote. ‘Same-sex marriage’ is often insinuated into the legal landscape by blurring distinctions between it and ‘same-sex unions’; in Ireland marriage itself was expressly on the line. ‘Same-sex marriage’ in most places set in only after decades of relentless secular media promotion; in Ireland, it seems to have come about almost overnight. “But as the Church now tries to figure…Continue Reading

In God We Trust

June 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eleventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Exodus 17:22-24 2 Cor. 5:6-10 Mark 4:26-34 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells the story of the farmer who planted his seeds, slept and rose night and day; while the seed sprouts and grows of its own accord, the farmer knows not how. Jesus says that this is how it is with the Kingdom of God. The problem for us today is that this no longer makes sense to us because we think that we know how it all works. Many of the advances in science and technology have brought great benefits to our lives and to the world. At the same time, many “advances” have…Continue Reading

Caritas In Veritate . . . The Love Of Christ Impels Us

June 3, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. JOSEPH ILLO (Editor’s Note: Fr. Joseph Illo is the pastor, Oratory-in-Formation, Star of the Sea Parish, San Francisco. Earlier, he served briefly as head chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif. (Below is the homily he gave at the Baccalaureate Mass for Thomas Aquinas College on May 16, 2015. (Thomas Aquinas College and Fr. Illo graciously gave The Wanderer reprint permission for the homily. All rights reserved.) + + + I wish to thank Dr. McLean for welcoming me back to my “alma mater,” even though I did not receive a degree from this institution. Many of us who have spent even a little time on campus consider Thomas Aquinas College dearer than the universities at which…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Our Church Began To Vote “No” To God Long Before Our Culture Did

June 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Last week we saw an entire nation turn its back on God with a very small number resisting the popular wave of new paganism. The religious and cultural earthquake we witnessed in Ireland with over 60 percent of the population renaming a fiction based on same-sex activity with the sacred title of marriage had its roots in the many tremors that have shaken the Church to her foundation for years. What has taken place in our churches for over 50 years has had its effect in what takes place outside of our churches. How we worship is how we believe because the law of prayer is the law of belief: lex orandi, lex credendi. Belief…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… We Know There Is A God From The Laws Of Nature

May 31, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 4 You must have noticed that there are plenty of laws in nature: in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, algebra, geometry, etc. Scientists do not invent the laws of nature; they just discover them. Even the smallest speck of dust is, in all its movements and changes, subject to fixed natural laws. The same holds for living things — plants, animals, and men: Each species grows, develops, and acts in the same way. They follow the specific laws of their own nature. The entire universe is bound together into one vastly and incredibly complicated whole, like a great, marvelous machine, whose parts are admirably fitted together in perfect order. Look at the orderly movement of the…Continue Reading

The Church — Body of Christ (Part 2)

May 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we began to unpack the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) on the Church as the “Body of Christ” last week, we saw that the image of the human body to describe the Church is derived principally from the Pauline epistles. In an exhortation to the Corinthians, the apostle to the Gentiles was absolutely clear in pronouncing, “You are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Elsewhere, he was no less explicit when he declared that Christ “is the head of the body, the church” (Col. 1:18). It is a profound analogy that “casts light on the intimate bond between Christ and his Church…[and powerfully demonstrates] the unity…Continue Reading