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What Is Faith?… God’s Creation And Purpose

December 11, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… God’s Creation And Purpose

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 15 I think of the word “gullible” whenever I hear the words “Big Bang” mentioned to explain the origin of the universe. We are supposed to believe that in the beginning there was nothing and then, somehow or other, a huge condensed solid mass of matter came out of the nothing, and without anybody doing anything it exploded and the billions of fragments scattered all over the place and gradually gave origin to stars and planets and seaweeds, frogs, chimpanzees, and finally atheistic scientists. You’ve got to be very gullible indeed, to believe that from a huge explosion things came out in order after a while! When has anybody seen order coming out of disorder,…Continue Reading

Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fortitude

December 10, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Fortitude

By DON FIER An underlying principle that sums up why the gifts of the Holy Spirit are necessary for the attainment of eternal life is that the natural instincts of mind and will — even elevated by the infused theological and moral virtues — cannot always cope with critical situations or problems that present themselves during life’s journey. As expressed by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, “They do not, by themselves, so perfect a man on the road to heaven that he has no further need of being moved by the yet higher promptings of the Holy Spirit” (The Catholic Catechism [TCC], p. 200). It is only through an immediate, consensual response to the illuminations and impulses of the Holy…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 9, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent question about omission of the Epistle and Gospel at a Latin Mass, M.C. of Michigan sent the following by e-mail: “I have been going to Sunday Mass in the Extraordinary Form with some regularity ever since Pope St. John Paul issued his indult, both in my home state of Michigan and on trips to at least nine other states, and have never seen either the Epistle or Gospel omitted. What I have seen (very rarely) is the omission of the reading of those parts of the Mass in English. That is, I think, sometimes standard practice when a daily Mass is offered, but not normally on Sunday. Usually, the priest reads both readings twice —…Continue Reading

The Obedience Of Faith

December 8, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Obedience Of Faith

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Advent (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14 Romans 1:1-7 Matt. 1:18-24 In the second reading today St. Paul says that he was made an apostle in order to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of the Name of Jesus. It is this obedience to which every single person on Earth is called. However, we must make an important distinction: Obedience is not mere subjection or submission. This is the Muslim idea of obedience: Just submit and do not ask questions. This is because they see themselves as slaves, in the negative sense of that word, to a God who can make any demand and they must carry it out. As Christians…Continue Reading

Advent As A Liturgical Season

December 7, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Advent As A Liturgical Season

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA, LC (Editor’s Note: Below is a ZENIT column by Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum University. ZENIT News Agency published the column. All rights reserved.) + + + Q. May you help me on the issue of Advent season, since we are approaching it? What is its formation and its theology? — D.K., Harare, Zimbabwe. A. This is a vast question and it is not easy to respond briefly. However, we will attempt to give at least some basic ideas. Our present system of organizing the liturgical cycle begins with Advent. This is perfectly logical as everything in the Church begins with the coming of Christ.…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Advent: Running To Meet The Lord

December 5, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Advent: Running To Meet The Lord

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Word Incarnate is the One we receive at Christmas and for whom we prepare in Advent, running in love to meet Him. Words are the means by which we grow in intimacy with the Lord in prayer and worship. Although an increasing number of Catholics are less enamored of English in the liturgy, the argument is predictably offered that any language can certainly help any of us connect personally with God; even English. When I once commented that English is not a sacred language, a priest on Facebook barked back at me that English is a sacred language because any language in which we speak to God is sacred. Except there’s the Church. Any…Continue Reading

What Is Faith?… The Powers Of The Devil

December 4, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Is Faith?… The Powers Of The Devil

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM What are the powers of the Devil? What can that creep do to us? Because of the general ignorance of Church teaching on the Devil that is commonplace in our days, people tend to fall into two opposite extremes: either to belittle or deny the Devil’s action or to be overanxious about it, fearing him more than he deserves. In either way they fall into the Devil’s traps. The Devil and his minions were blasted by the anger of God and flung down from Heaven into Hell, good and proper, but they did not lose their natural faculties. Such powers they received at their creation and they place them vastly above us in knowledge and…Continue Reading

Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Counsel

December 3, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Gifts Of The Holy Spirit — Counsel

By DON FIER “No one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God” (1 Cor. 2:11-12). These words of St. Paul to the Corinthians give us a glimpse of the wonders that can be ours through actuation of the infused gift of understanding, the second of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the gift we considered last week. So deep and sublime are the sacred mysteries of our faith that no created being, no matter how intellectually gifted, can even begin to scratch their surface without supernatural assistance. While…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 2, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Fr. George Rutler is on the money again in his post-election bulletin column at St. Michael’s Church in New York City: “Considering how many crucial matters were at stake during the recent election, including the right to life and religious freedom, and the preponderant bias in the media and opinion polls, it did not seem melodramatic to hope for a prudential hand to guide things. There will be much thanksgiving on Thanksgiving Day…. “After the election, histrionics have abounded in academia. Our college campuses have been breeding grounds for self-absorption and corruption of the senses. Professors who had never attained moral maturity themselves reacted by providing ‘safe spaces’ for students traumatized by reality. In universities across the land,…Continue Reading

He Is God, Let Him In!

December 1, 2016 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on He Is God, Let Him In!

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Advent (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10 James 5:7-10 Matt. 11:2-11 In the Gospel reading today, Jesus asks the crowds who made the journey to hear St. John the Baptist what they went out into the desert to see. He gives them a few options: a reed swayed by the wind, someone dressed in fine clothing, a prophet. Our Lord answers each of these possibilities and then tells the crowds that John the Baptist was even more than a prophet. Today each of us has to be challenged similarly, but not with regard to John the Baptist. We have to ask the question about Jesus. Who do you believe Him to be? There…Continue Reading