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A Leaven In The World . . . Social Networks, Virtual Reality, And Trinitarian Love

May 4, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The omnipresent cell phone is blamed as often as it is praised. We like our cell phones for the convenience of reaching out to others by voice or text whenever we like as well as surfing the Internet and obtaining information and directions whenever we need them. Electronic devices of all kinds have become a welcome addition to our lives as we accomplish various tasks at work and at home. But, perhaps just as often, cell phones are blamed for the downside that comes with their ubiquity. We often hear stories of families together only in a physical sense for dinner or other occasions as one or more members pull out their cell phones to…Continue Reading

Did Jesus Christ Found A Church? If He Did, How Can She Be Identified?

May 3, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 The Church is holy. Sanctam: The ultimate goal of the Church is personal holiness, identification with Christ, as St. Paul says, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me” (Gal. 2:20). It is not merely covering oneself with the Blood of Christ, and allowing the inside to remain sinful and morally rotten — like a snow-covered dunghill, as Luther suggested, or a whitewashed sepulcher. It is not the Church of saints alone, because the Founder came for sinners, for those who need a doctor. The Kingdom of God is like a fisherman who catches fish both good and bad; it has both wheat and chaff, both sheep and goats.…Continue Reading

The Mystery Of The Church

May 2, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, as the “convocation” of God’s people, was prefigured from the beginning when our first parents sinned and were promised a Redeemer. Her remote preparation began with the calling of our father in faith, Abraham, and her immediate preparation began with the election of the Chosen People of Israel, a sign of the future gathering of all nations. Providentially prepared for in the Old Testament, the Church was founded in the New Testament “by the words and actions of Jesus Christ, [was] fulfilled by his redeeming death and Resurrection, . . . [and] has been manifested as the mystery of salvation by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost” (Compendium…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 1, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Writing in his blog (http://johnkippley.com) about the long-term consequences of dissent from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, John Kippley said that this dissent not only “entailed the rejection of the whole idea of natural law as the reasoned basis for Catholic moral teaching,” but it allowed Catholics to substitute personal preference for personal morality, which means that “‘anything goes’ if it’s mutually acceptable.” He went on to say: “The point is this. The intellectual acceptance of contraception entails the acceptance of the idea that modern man and woman can take apart what God has put together. What do I mean? Ask anyone who believes in God these two questions: 1) Who put together in one act…Continue Reading

True Love Of Others

April 30, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 1 John 4:7-10 John 15:9-17 In the second reading today, St. John calls us to love one another because love is of God. This last part of the sentence is very important, especially in light of what follows: Whoever loves is begotten by God and knows God and whoever is without love does not know God, because God is love. It would be easy to say, “I love my children; therefore, I must be of God.” While it is true that the love we have for one another, including our children, comes from God, the fact that we have such love does not automatically mean…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Affirms… “Our Church Is The Church Of Martyrs”

April 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: In his daily homily of April 21 at Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father reflected on martyrdom and the Church. Elise Harris, writing for Catholic News Agency, summarized some of the events that underlay Pope Francis’ talk. (Among those imprisoned for the faith is “Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who in 2010 was convicted of violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, an allegation she denies,” wrote Harris. “Her husband and daughter traveled to Rome last week, where they met with Pope Francis and received his blessing during his Wednesday general audience. (“In February the Islamic State released a video depicting the decapitation of 20 Coptic Christians after they had gone missing near the coastal city of Surt, also known as…Continue Reading

A New Lepanto: “Prayer Will Deliver Us”

April 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Terrors, terrors on every side.” The Passion of Christ which we just celebrated in the most intense way during Holy Week is followed closely in the Triduum by the Lord’s total victory over sin and death in His glorious Resurrection. Although His triumph is already completed in Himself, His suffering continues to be worked out among His faithful people on Earth until the final consummation at the end of the world when God will be “all in all.” Until that final and decisive judgment we work out our salvation “in fear and trembling” as St. Paul teaches, through prayer and the sacramental life, drawing upon the gift of grace that we might cooperate with God…Continue Reading

Did Jesus Christ Found A Church? If He Did, How Can She Be Identified?

April 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The Church is indefectible because of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of the Church’s indefectibility: He promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to them — the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Counselor — to bear witness to Him, Jesus; to remind them of everything He had taught them; and to remain with them forever. “When the Advocate has come, whom I will send from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness concerning me” (John 15:26). “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things,…Continue Reading

Origin, Foundation, And Mission

April 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The beginning of the Church in the mind of God can be traced back to the creation of the world. As taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “God created the world for the sake of communion with his divine life” (n. 760). Christoph Cardinal Schönborn states the same notion with different words: “Its goal [God’s plan for creating the world] is the ‘family of God,’ in which all creatures become united with their creator” (Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 104). Our first parents were, in fact, created in communion with God but lost this magnificent gift not only for themselves but for all of mankind through original sin. God’s…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I would be interested in your analysis of the enclosed article that was in my parish’s Sunday bulletin. — F.W.R., Florida. A. Here is the text of what appeared in the bulletin: “Addition to homilies/reflections on the daily Scripture readings at daily Mass. It is permissible, according to the Roman Catholic liturgy regulations, that any competent lay person may offer his/her reflections on the meaning and significance of the Sacred Scriptures which are proclaimed at daily Mass. In light of this, I am announcing just such an addition, which I believe will enhance and be a source of Christ’s own enlightenment for those of us who attend daily Mass. “Beginning on the first Thursday after Ash Wednesday and throughout…Continue Reading