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January 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. When I was young 70 years ago, the Church stressed two types of Baptism: baptism of water and baptism of blood. Also, that persons who died without Baptism went to Limbo. My question regards the millions of unbaptized innocents, slaughtered in their mother’s wombs, by abortion. Surely, they come under baptism of blood and immediately enter Heaven — L.J.H., Arizona. A. As a contemporary of yours, we recall as a youngster hearing about a third type of baptism — baptism of desire. Here is how the Baltimore Catechism answered the question about salvation for those who die without Baptism: “Those who through no fault of their own have not received the sacrament of Baptism can be saved through what…Continue Reading

Back To Basics

January 5, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Back To Basics

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6 1 Cor. 1:1-3 John 1:29-34 As we reenter the Ordinary Time after the anticipation of Advent and the joy of Christmas, the Church gives us a set of readings that calls us back to the most basic element of our faith. With all of the problems in the Church and in the world, it is easy to allow our focus to be shifted from the basics. With all of the dissent over moral teachings, it is easy to get caught up in arguments regarding what the Church teaches regarding morality. With the widespread exodus from the Church, it is easy to become downhearted and lose…Continue Reading

Holy Innocents, Selfishness And Abortion

January 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Holy Innocents, Selfishness And Abortion

By FR. RANDY SLY (Editor’s Note: Fr. Randy Sly is the Associate Editor of Catholic Online and a priest with the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (http://usordinariate.org) established by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, through the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus.” (Fr. Sly’s commentary below is reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.) + + + WASHINGTON, D.C. (CATHOLIC ONLINE) — In the Octave of Christmas, just after celebrating life we remember death. On this, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, we remember the young boys aged two and under who were slaughtered at the order of Herod the Great to make sure a rival ruler would not live. The magi, who traveled from the East to seek…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Adolescence Cannot Aspire To True Love

January 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Adolescence Cannot Aspire To True Love

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK With the Nat Geo cover photo this month of a nine-year-old boy dressed in pink, hair dyed to match, whose parents have decided that they agree he is a girl, we witness the total eclipse of parenthood. The perpetual confusion and uncertainty of youth have now been canonized as gender ideology, among other things. Love has been distorted into a cruel parody of itself. Don’t like your reproductive organs? Change them. Don’t like pain or dying? Kill yourself. Don’t want a baby growing rent-free in your womb? Abort it. Don’t feel attracted to the opposite sex? Redefine marriage. The adolescent rebellion against nature, and therefore also against God, is arriving at its end state: self-destruction.…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… More On The Origin Of Life

January 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… More On The Origin Of Life

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 18 Schoolteachers who believe in the pseudo-dogma of evolution and second-class scientists refuse to face the fact that there are quite a few difficulties with the general theory of evolution. These difficulties are generally hidden from the public eye, as they are considered “politically incorrect” among the trendies. A major reason behind this effort to hide those difficulties is the attitude of many evolutionists who regard any criticism — let alone rejection — of their theory as being “disloyal” to science. Such homo sapiens who think they are the “sapiest” among mankind have created an atmosphere in which any unbiased judgment has become difficult. But they do not succeed all the time. In spite of…Continue Reading

Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fear Of The Lord

December 31, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fear Of The Lord

By DON FIER In one of her liturgical prayers, the Church intimates why piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit we examined last week, is so essential to our spiritual life: “Lord, holy Father, . . . although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness, but profit us for salvation, through Christ our Lord” (Roman Missal, Preface IV, Weekday Mass). As this prayer acknowledges, it is not possible for us, on our own, to fittingly venerate God with the honor and reverence He deserves. To assist us, we need the special gift of piety from the Holy Spirit, given initially in Baptism and later strengthened…Continue Reading

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December 30, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Can you explain the passage in Luke 7:18-23 where John the Baptist sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus if He is “the one who is to come,” i.e., the Messiah? I thought John already knew this since he said to Jesus when our Lord came to him for baptism, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me” (Matt. 3:14) — K.R., Connecticut. A. John knew that the Messiah was coming, but he may not have been absolutely certain that it was Jesus. After all, Jesus had gone to great lengths to conceal that He was the Messiah since the people of the time were expecting a warrior-Messiah who would overthrow the…Continue Reading

The Lord Desires Salvation For All

December 29, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Lord Desires Salvation For All

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of Epiphany (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Eph. 3:2-3a, 5-6 Matt. 2:1-12 Today we celebrate the Epiphany, or Manifestation, of our Lord. Traditionally there are three different aspects of our Lord’s life which are separated by time and distance, but are united in that they are all manifestations of our Lord’s divinity. These three events are the star and the arrival of the Magi, the Baptism of our Lord along with the descent of the Holy Spirit and the voice of the Father, and the changing of water into wine at the wedding in Cana where His disciples first began to believe in Him. In our day these three events are celebrated separately, so…Continue Reading

Pope Francis… Will Visit Fatima To Mark Anniversary

December 28, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope Francis… Will Visit Fatima To Mark Anniversary

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Though rumors have been floating around for some time, the Vatican confirmed December 17 that Pope Francis will travel to Fatima, Portugal, May 12-13 in honor of the centenary of the apparitions. “On the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Cova da Iria, and welcoming the invitation of the Republic and of the Portuguese bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will go on pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, May 12-13, 2017.” The announcement was made in a December 17 communiqué from the Vatican. Official statements confirming the dates had already been made over the past few days by both the president of…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… The Origin Of Life And Of The Living Species

December 25, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Origin Of Life And Of The Living Species

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 16 Where does life come from? Can lifeless matter produce a living organism all by itself, as evolutionists claim, or is it a product of divine creation? I remember the many arguments I had in high school against the evolutionist teacher, who tried his best to persuade the classroom that life can come spontaneously from lifeless matter. It was funny to see his face when I proved to him that as early as 1864, the Catholic scientist Louis Pasteur destroyed the evolutionist theory of spontaneous generation, which had been taken for granted by pretty much everyone, both good and bad, including Catholics. As it was seen as a mere scientific matter, no great Catholic…Continue Reading