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August 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I saw a letter-to-the-editor recently that asked why, if a member of the Mafia is to be excommunicated for cooperating with murder, then why isn’t a member of any group that murders unborn children (or enables the killing, e.g., politicians who vote for abortion bills) also excommunicated? The editor made no comment, but how would you respond to this question? — R.A.C., Massachusetts. A. First of all, it was Pope Francis who said in Italy on June 21 that members of the Mafia, because they are involved in “adoration of evil and contempt for the common good,” are “not in communion with God. They are ‘excommunicated’.” He said that their evil “must be fought, must be expelled. It must…Continue Reading

Living According To The Word

August 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Jer. 20:7-9 Romans 12:1-2 Matt. 16:21-27 In the second reading today, Jeremiah cries out to the Lord in his loneliness and pain, saying that the Lord duped him and that he had allowed himself to be duped. This is because the word of the Lord brought him derision and reproach. This is a common theme among those who take up the spiritual life. But the fact is that the Lord has not duped anyone; we dupe ourselves. In many places throughout the Scriptures the Lord tells us what will happen if we choose to live according to His word. Even in today’s Gospel, Jesus says that we have…Continue Reading

Memorial Of St. Alphonsus Liguori… Marian Catechists Strive To Imitate The Mother Of God

August 20, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: Raymond Cardinal Burke is the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. He delivered the homily below on August 1 at the Marian Catechist Consecration Weekend, held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, Wis. (The readings for August 1, the Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori, were: Romans 8:1-4; Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; Matt. 5:13-19. (Cardinal Burke’s homily is reprinted with permission; all rights reserved.) +    +    + Praised be Jesus Christ, now and for ever. Amen. Each First Friday of the month, I offer the Holy Mass for the intentions of the members of the Marian Catechist Apostolate and for God’s continued blessing upon the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… How Catholics End Up As Practical Protestants

August 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in the business of making Catholics, of proclaiming and calling all to the fullness of saving truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. Our mission to those who doubt or refuse some of our teachings is to call them to that fullness, whether Catholics already in our pews or Protestant brothers and sisters on our periphery. A confusion, sometimes called “ecumania,” has resulted in an inversion of the Church’s mission on the part of some Catholics, even among our Catholic leadership, as we see Walter Cardinal Kasper among those who would change Catholic doctrine on marriage to mirror what is already abundantly available among non-Catholic confessions. But our mission as Catholics is not…Continue Reading

Is Mary The Mother Of God… Or Only The Mother Of Jesus?

August 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 Responding to a common misconception among separated brethren and ill-informed Catholics: What did the Early Christians believe about the Catholic doctrine on the divine Motherhood? Those men, women, and children who sacrificed everything for the true faith in Jesus — even their very own lives? They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Some were burned alive, racked, beheaded. Others were crucified, flayed alive, and eaten by wild beasts. And they preferred to die rather than to deny Jesus Christ and their belonging to His Church. Let us see three examples, taken exclusively from those heroes who lived before the Bible was put together as we know it in AD 397: St. Ephrem, who died in…Continue Reading

I Believe — We Believe

August 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks of this series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), we have been reflectively examining the characteristics of the indescribably wonderful gift of faith that Almighty God has so generously availed mankind. As so adeptly summarized in the Compendium of the CCC, we know that faith is “the supernatural virtue which is necessary for salvation. It is a free gift of God and is accessible to all who humbly seek it. The act of faith is a human act, that is, an act of the intellect of a person — prompted by the will moved by God — who freely assents to divine truth. Faith is also certain because it is…Continue Reading

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August 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Over the years, we have tried to correct columns in the Boston Herald by Margery Eagan because they have greatly distorted Catholic teaching. Now we learn that the longtime Herald columnist has joined the anti-Catholic Boston Globe as a writer for its new Catholicism website, Crux. According to the press release from the Globe, Eagan will focus on “issues of spirituality, contemplation, and devotion, drawing on her personal experience with her Catholic faith, as well as that of other Catholics and those of various religious traditions.” Teresa Hanafin, editor of the site, said that “there are many, many Catholics who engage in a very deep spiritual examination of their faith and their personal relationship with God. Margery is…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Wisdom Of God

August 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23 Romans 11:33-36 Matt. 16:3-20 Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! These words begin the second reading today as St. Paul marvels at the way God works. As we know, God’s ways are not our ways. Those who seek only a worldly way of understanding will never come to grasp the wisdom of God. In fact, St. Paul told the Corinthians that the wisdom of God is foolishness from the human perspective. However, he also said that from God’s perspective, human wisdom is foolishness. This being the case, if we desire true wisdom we have to be able to…Continue Reading

Memorial Of St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest… Our Gifts Are From God And Should Serve His Kingdom

August 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND CARDINAL BURKE (Editor’s Note: Raymond Cardinal Burke is the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. He delivered the homily below on August 2 at the Marian Catechist Consecration Weekend, held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, Wis. (The readings for August 2, the Memorial of St. Peter Julian Eymard, were: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 34:2-3; 4-5; 6-7; 8-9; 10-11; and John 15:1-8. (Cardinal Burke’s homily is reprinted with permission; all rights reserved.) +    +    + Praised be Jesus Christ, now and for ever. Amen. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles reminds us of the good order which prevailed in the early Christian community because those who owned “property or houses”…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Evangelizing Our Neighbors Through Tradition

August 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK An unfamiliar young man came in and sat near the back for the Traditional Latin Mass on a recent Sunday. (See last week’s column.) After the Mass, I spoke with him. He told me his name, that he just moved to our area, is Lutheran and considering taking RCIA to enter the Church. He lives in a town that is about an hour away. Why did he drive that distance, bypassing several churches, to worship with us? Ours is the only church in the tri-county area of southern Maryland that offers the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) and the reason why many already drive past their geographical parishes to join us on a regular basis. Serious…Continue Reading