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Our Hearts Will Be At Peace

April 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 In the second reading, St. John says that if our hearts do not condemn us, then we have confidence in God and we will receive from Him whatever we ask. We live in a relativistic society where very little is seen as objective truth. Consequently, people have rationalized their way around nearly every moral teaching of the Church. In fact, they have deadened their consciences to the point where they would think that what St. John says above would refer to them because their hearts don’t seem to condemn them for their actions. However, what is quoted above is only the first…Continue Reading

Rededication Of The Diocese Of Honolulu To The Divine Mercy Divine Mercy, Or Diabolical Mercy?

April 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. LARRY SILVA (Editor’s Note: Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12, rededicated his diocese to the Divine Mercy. The rededication took place at a Sunday evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City, Oahu. He first dedicated the diocese to the Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu. (The Wanderer spoke by phone with Bishop Silva on April 15. His Excellency said he rededicated his diocese “at the request of one of the parishioners” who is very “concerned about our state of affairs, culturally,” and sees the need for Divine Mercy, and also in view of the upcoming Year of Mercy, proclaimed by…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Traditional Latin Mass Leading A Southern Baptist To Rome

April 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “The Lord is risen, Alleluia!” A most blessed Easter season to you and your family. Only the Lord knows what He wants to accomplish with our obedience, and we must trust Him to see His will through to the end, while asking only for the grace that we remain faithful in doing His will as we intend to do what the Church does. Let me give you a practical example of what I mean by this. As some of you may know, after over 15 years on active duty in both the Army as a combat arms officer and in the Navy as a priest, I continue to serve in the Navy Reserves as a…Continue Reading

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

April 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article we saw that Jesus gave to the apostles the royal ministry, that is, the power to exercise authority over the people in His Church, to shepherd over, to rule over, and even to judge them. He also gave to the apostles the prophetic ministry, to be the teachers of the Truth to be believed. The great commission is seen in St. Matthew’s Gospel: “All power is given to me in heaven and on earth. Going therefore teach you all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And…Continue Reading

The Church’s Origin, Foundation, And Mission

April 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Sacred Scripture reveals a rich and diverse tapestry of images to describe the Church. Each of these symbols enables one with faith to gain additional insights into the various complementary aspects which are present in this great mystery which the Fathers of Vatican Council II refer to as the “universal sacrament of salvation” (Lumen Gentium, n. 48 § 2). As we saw last week, these biblical images “are drawn from pastoral life (sheepfold, flock, sheep), from agriculture (field, olive grove, vineyard), from construction (dwelling place, stone, temple), and from family life (spouse, mother, family)” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 149). New Testament symbols of the Church most often link her in some way…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 17, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. In the second reading on Good Friday (Heb. 5:8-9), there is a phrase toward the end of the epistle that says: “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” I am puzzled by the words “when he was made perfect.” I have always believed that Jesus was God eternal and was so from the moment of His conception. Why did He need to be made perfect? — R.H.T., via e-mail. A. Yes, Jesus was God eternal from the moment of His conception, but He was also truly human, and it was His humanity that was made perfect. In…Continue Reading

The Good Shepherd

April 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18   In the Gospel reading today we hear our Lord telling us that He is the Good Shepherd. We have all heard this many times and, in our minds, we have our own notions of what that means. We can think about being led into pleasant meadows, we can think about being protected, we can even think about being known and called by name as our Lord says that He does. However, none of these things is what makes Him the Good Shepherd. Of course, we also know that He is the Good Shepherd because He lays down his life for the…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes… St. Catherine Of Siena

April 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN St. Catherine of Siena lived in the 14th century, a century of great upheaval and confusion in the Church. The Church celebrates her feast on April 29. She not only was a great saint, but her writings and her example were so extraordinary that she is one of the few persons who have been given the title “Doctor of the Church.” From the day of her birth on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation, she seemed to be a special child, being the 23rd of 25 children. At the age of six, Catherine saw a vision of Christ during which she promised herself to Him. Although her family and friends recognized her holiness, when she became…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… We Worship The Easter Christ In The Eucharist

April 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Christ is risen, Alleluia! The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia!” A blessed Easter full of joy in the graces of our risen Lord to you and your families. During the “three days” of the sacred Triduum, this year I received an email note from a parishioner: “I went to church with my mother on Holy Thursday and it felt so odd to not kneel to receive the Eucharist. I just wanted to share that with you. I had not knelt for so long to receive Holy Communion until I attended St. Francis de Sales.” This wonderful affirmation of the reward of instilling a strong eucharistic identity in our faithful souls expressed in Catholic reverence for…Continue Reading

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

April 12, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 1 Did Jesus Christ, Son of God and Redeemer of mankind, found a visible Church? Simple logic indicates that either He did, or He didn’t. He could not have founded a visible Church for some and an invisible church for others. It cannot be both ways. It is irrational to accept the relativistic idea that for Catholics He did found a visible Church, but for non-Catholics He did not, and He just gave away the Bible and let them organize their congregations as they see fit. But what do we mean by a visible Church? Something like a building upon a hill? No, that would be a simplistic view of a visible Church. What…Continue Reading