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The Characteristics Of Faith

January 17, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 3 Last week, we saw that faith and understanding go hand-in-hand. Although mankind does not possess the capacity to intellectually grasp many of God’s infinite mysteries and truths, he was created with a nature that aspires toward truth, beauty, and goodness. With regard to faith, the human person has a natural desire to seek to understand what he comes to believe through faith. This innate tendency is indeed good, for a more penetrating knowledge leads not only to deeper faith but also to a greater and more profound love of God. We saw also that faith and reason never contradict each other, that although faith is above reason there can never be a true discrepancy between…Continue Reading

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January 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent question about there no longer being a canon law requirement that women wear veils or head coverings in church, we said that women can still wear such coverings if they wish. Now Taylor Flanagan, a senior at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, has spoken out about her involvement in the “Wear the Veil” campaign that is being sponsored by the Latin Mass Society. “Wearing the veil, in addition to being a beautiful tradition in the Church, provides women with the opportunity to show an example of true womanhood to the world,” said Flanagan. She said that the campaign “will enhance and impact spiritual life not only at Belmont Abbey, but at other colleges across…Continue Reading

Follow The Lord And Repent

January 15, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: John 3:1-5, 10 1 Cor. 7:29-31 Mark 1:14-20   In the beginning of our Lord’s public ministry, the first message He spoke, as St. Mark recorded it, was that it is a time of fulfillment and that the Kingdom of God is at hand; therefore, it is necessary to repent and to believe in the Gospel. After that, He began calling some people to follow Him. That call appears to have been so compelling that those He called dropped everything and came after Him. The Lord continues to call people to Himself; there are many conversion stories that show that the same compelling nature, the same irresistible pull,…Continue Reading

There Is A War Within Islam . . . And Western Politicians Do Not Defend European Culture

January 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. SAMIR KHALIL SAMIR BEIRUT (AsiaNews) — As Sunnis try to regain the power they lost in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Syria, and elsewhere, the hatred that divides them from Shias is getting worse. Islam should address in depth the issue of modernity — through reinterpretation of the words of Muhammad, nonviolence, freedom of conscience — yet nobody dares to do so. In the West, immigrants should be asked to take part in the existing economic, political, and social system. Mosques should be controlled as they are in Muslim countries. Immediately after the attack in Paris against Charlie Hebdo, France’s Muslim communities issued a very balanced and reasonable statement. Yet, their words betray a certain embarrassment, indicating that it…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Basil The Great

January 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN Part 2 St. Basil the Great (born in 329 in Cappadocia) had mastered every subject he every studied. His mind was quick, his will strong, and his desire to do God’s will unshakable. After becoming an expert in almost every subject, he returned to Cappadocia where he started a school and practiced law. Once again meeting with great success, he received much praise and adulation, which disturbed him. His holiness and desire to be nothing but a servant of God made him shun such worldly honors. He decided to leave the world of man and seek only the Kingdom of God by becoming a monk. This new endeavor was pursued with the same passion and commitment he…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . A New Year Of Grace And The “Tradition Solution”

January 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The turning of a new year brings a sense of newness to a very old thing: time itself. Though we measure the accrual of the days and years in increasing increments, adding to the count one day or one year at a time, only one thing is truly new: the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. His grace for us is truly new at each moment and truly transmitted through His Church, also now 2,015 years old. Only His Church, the true Body of Christ in the world, is the source of the newness of eternal grace in the risen Lord for each day we live in earthly time. Only by bringing this sense of…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Was The Firstborn Son Followed By A Second-Born Son?

January 11, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 4 “And he [Joseph] did not know her till she brought forth her firstborn son. And he called his name Jesus” — Matt. 1:25. In the previous article we have seen how the words till and until do not carry the strict meaning given to them by anti-Catholic writers. The Jerusalem Bible gives us the correct meaning of the passage: “Although he had no intercourse with her, she gave birth to her firstborn son.” In this article we shall examine the words “firstborn son,” since some have suggested that, since Jesus was the firstborn, there must have been at least a second born, if not a third and fourth, since most synagogue-going Jews of…Continue Reading

The Characteristics Of Faith

January 10, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 In last week’s installment, we began an examination of the characteristics of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) first pointed toward the all-important truth that faith is a grace (see CCC, n. 153). Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, using the classic formulation of St. Thomas Aquinas, expresses it as follows: “Divine faith is an act of the intellect, assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace” (The Faith, p. 36). The Catechism then asserts that believing is “an authentically human act…[by which] the human intellect and will cooperate with divine grace” (CCC, nn. 154-155). Next, we discussed motives of credibility — actions by which God “bore…Continue Reading

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January 9, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: In a column two months ago, we summarized the Church’s condemnation of slavery by several Popes from the 15th to the 19th centuries and by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 2414). Now Fr. Brian Harrison of Missouri has informed us that our response about magisterial statements on slavery “glosses over (unwittingly, I am sure) one such statement that I am afraid poses a rather embarrassing apologetic problem: the June 20, 1866 Instruction of the Holy Office on this subject.” He said that this Instruction, which was approved by Blessed Pope Pius IX, “was sent as a response to a missionary bishop in East Africa (in what is now either Sudan or Ethiopia) who submitted a dubium…Continue Reading

Union With The Lord In Our Hearts

January 8, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 1 Cor. 6:13c-15a, 17-20 John 1:35-42 In the Gospel reading today St. John the Baptist points out our Lord to John and Andrew. These two disciples come to our Lord and ask Him where He is staying. The Greek word that is used in this passage can be translated as stay, remain, or abide. It is my humble (or, perhaps, arrogant) opinion that they got this one wrong. As I often point out to people, if you had an opportunity to ask Jesus one question, would you ask Him what house He is living in? The same word is used three times in a…Continue Reading