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The Recipient And Minister Of Confirmation

January 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Recipient And Minister Of Confirmation

By DON FIER The effects and actions produced by worthy reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, as has unfolded before our eyes over the past two months of this series, are magnificent to behold in Christian souls who cooperate with the plentiful graces, virtues, and gifts that it confers. Archbishop Luis M. Martinez expresses its efficacy beautifully in his work on the Holy Spirit entitled The Sanctifier: “There is an admirable and very rich cortege that accompanies grace, namely, the infused virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Having these, we have everything necessary to live the Christian life on this earth and to be eternally happy in heaven” (p. 234). When these abiding habits mature, are perfected, and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 13, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. The pastor of my church omits “like the dewfall” in the Second Eucharistic Prayer because he says there is “a theological problem” with the phrase. Would you please tell us what the expression means, why it was inserted into the Mass, and whether any priest has the authority to omit these words? — P.A., New York. A. First of all, no priest has the authority to make such a change. In the words of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (n. 24): “The priest will remember that he is the servant of the Sacred Liturgy and that he himself is not permitted, on his own initiative, to add, to remove, or to change anything in the celebration of…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Light Of Life

January 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jesus Is The Light Of Life

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 8:23-9:3 1 Cor. 1:10-13, 17 Matt. 4:12-23 In the first reading we hear Isaiah’s prophecy that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light and upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown. St. Matthew uses this same verse in his Gospel, which we hear today, to make the point that Jesus is the fulfillment of this prophecy. He is, as St. John says, the light that came into the darkness and the darkness was not able to overcome it. I find Matthew’s adjustment of the prophecy rather intriguing where he changes the “land of gloom” into the “land…Continue Reading

The Pastoral And Moral Crises That Lie Ahead

January 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Pastoral And Moral Crises That Lie Ahead

By FR. MARK A. PILON (Editor’s Note: In the essay below, Fr. Mark A. Pilon, a theologian, says that what we are witnessing today, following the publication of Amoris Laetitia, is a radical adoption of the absolutizing principle of subjective judgments of conscience and private interpretation of all moral norms. This article is reprinted from Catholic World Report with permission. All rights reserved. (www.catholicworldreport.com/Item/5316/the_pastoral_and _moral_crises_that_lie_ahead.aspx) + + + There has been a moral and pastoral crisis for the last half century in the Church, but I honestly think we haven’t yet seen anything like what might lie ahead. The 4 Cardinals — I like to call them “The Four Just Men” (coined by the prolific Edgar Wallace a century ago)…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The New Year And Upcoming Anniversaries

January 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The New Year And Upcoming Anniversaries

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Happy New Year to all our readers! Thank you for bringing Catholic truth and Church news into your lives and families throughout 2016 by reading The Wanderer Catholic newspaper. Please consider sharing this important apostolate by giving a subscription to family and friends to celebrate the gift of a new year in 2017. This Christmas brought many gifts to our portion of the worldwide Church family: a new automatic organ, a beautiful larger St. Joseph statue replacing one in use for many years but significantly smaller in proportion to our Lady’s statue in her niche flanking the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, as well as a new vigil candle stand. We now offer amber candles…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… The Origin Of Life And Evolutionists’ Fanaticism

January 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Origin Of Life And Evolutionists’ Fanaticism

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 19 As we analyze the Darwiniac “theory” of evolution of “survival of the fittest,” the natural conclusion we come to is simply that the extinction of species is observed frequently; but the production or appearance of new species has never been observed. It is not science; it is wishful thinking. Experience shows that every attempt to provoke evolutionary change of species has failed: The mutations created by forced breeding experiments have been complete failures. Either they never go beyond the basic design of the creature; or they disappear in later generations; or they are quite useless; or they cause harm to the creature; or their offspring are sterile; or they simply produce monsters that…Continue Reading

Fruits Of The Holy Spirit

January 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Fruits Of The Holy Spirit

By DON FIER In concluding our consideration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit last week, we saw that the gift of “fear of the Lord,” even though listed last by the Prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 11:2-3) and lowest in the order of excellence among the seven, is the initial and foundational gift on which the perfection of the others depends. It is a filial or reverential fear that moves a person to do God’s will and avoid sin solely out of love for God, who is all good and deserving of all our love. “The gift of fear comprises three principal elements,” explains Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “a vivid sense of God’s greatness, a lively sorrow for the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

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