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December 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: One of the most common arguments in favor of abortion is that it should be permitted in cases of rape. Not so, says Rebecca Kiessling, whose mother was raped. The founder and president of Save the 1, Kiessling, in a speech to an international pro-life conference in Peru in November 2017, offered the following reasons against this exception: “I am not the child of a rapist — I am the child of a rape victim. My mother and I object to me being characterized otherwise. The rapist has no claim on me. Tell those who say such things, do not insult me or my mother in this way.” “It is simply barbaric to punish an innocent child for…Continue Reading

Rejoice Always

December 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Rejoice Always

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11 1 Thess. 5:16-24 John 1:6-8, 19-28 In the second reading today, St. Paul presents us with a huge challenge: Rejoice always. He follows this up by telling to us pray without ceasing and to give thanks in all circumstances because this is the will of God for us. We can understand the need to pray without ceasing, although very few of us actually do this, but to rejoice always and to give thanks in all circumstances seems to us ridiculous at best and, at worst, impossible. Why do we see it this way? Because in some of the circumstances we find ourselves, rejoicing and giving thanks…Continue Reading

A Biblical Portrait Of Christ Our Risen And Glorified King

December 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Biblical Portrait Of Christ Our Risen And Glorified King

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog. All rights reserved.) + + + Given that Sunday, November 26 was the Feast of Christ the King and that we have begun to read the Book of Revelation in the Office of Readings, this is an opportune time to examine the glorious portrait of Jesus Christ presented in Rev. 1:8-20. It is a portrait of the risen Christ in all His glory. The vision is of a high Christology. The Christ that is encountered here is the Lord of glory, who has attained to His glorious kingdom and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Chastity: Life Ring For Souls Morally Adrift

December 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Chastity: Life Ring For Souls Morally Adrift

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known” (Luke 8:17). The moral danger of forgetting that the Lord is our intimate companion and knows us better than we know ourselves gives rise to temptations and sins that beset us with the consequence of rejecting His love and friendship. Well-known and once-venerable personalities have fallen from their lofty perches following sexual harassment allegations. The very bankable and expensive face of NBC News himself, Matt Lauer, is gone overnight after what management determined were credible allegations. The American institution, author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality responsible for originating what are among the greatest…Continue Reading

The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Baptism: Putting On Christ

December 3, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacraments Instituted By Christ . . . Baptism: Putting On Christ

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 “Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit”? A Pentecostal Protestant asked me that a few years ago, in Australia. I just replied, “Yes, I did, when I was a baby.” For some reason, he did not quite like my reply, and proceeded to lecture me on the new baptism of the Holy Spirit, as if there were more than one type of Baptism instituted by Jesus Christ. Baptism (sometimes called “christening”) is simply the sacrament which makes us Christians and children of God. We are baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (and yes, the Third Person of the Trinity is there,…Continue Reading

The Sacrament Of Holy Matrimony

December 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Sacrament Of Holy Matrimony

By DON FIER Having thus far examined the Church’s teaching as presented by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) for six of the seven sacraments, it remains for us to treat the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Along with Holy Orders, it is identified as a sacrament “at the service of communion,” for as described in an earlier installment (see volume 149, n. 51; December 22, 2016), it can accurately be stated that Ordination and marriage confer graces that are especially “directed towards the salvation of others; if they contribute as well to personal salvation, it is through service to others that they do so” (CCC, n. 1534). The Catechism begins its treatment of marriage by citing a key canon…Continue Reading

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December 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Is it permissible for a Catholic funeral to be held in a place outside of a church? — M.S., via e-mail. A. Yes. According to the Order of Christian Funerals, “The funeral liturgy outside Mass is ordinarily celebrated in the parish church, but may also be celebrated in the home of the deceased, a funeral home, parlor, chapel of rest, or cemetery chapel” (n. 179). Q. In the parish I am attending, it is customary to insert Baptisms, Confirmations, First Communions, and even weddings into the scheduled Masses on holy days of obligation. Shouldn’t those sacraments be administered separately? Also, Confessions are heard face-to-face without the option for confessing anonymously. — C.G.D., via e-mail. A. Although the sacraments you…Continue Reading

Why St. John The Baptist Drew The Crowds

November 30, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Why St. John The Baptist Drew The Crowds

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 2 Peter 3:8-14 Mark 1:1-8 I recall seeing a comment to rock and roll fans from a person who is an opera aficionado. It was an invitation to come to the opera, but it was the reason that I found most moving: It was because people who go to the opera do not care what the singer’s body looks like; what they care about is the voice. In a society that has made the human body into an object this insight was quite profound. It does not matter what the person looks like; all that matters to an opera fan is the quality of his voice…Continue Reading

Pope John Paul II Advent 1997… “Watch At All Times”

November 29, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope John Paul II Advent 1997… “Watch At All Times”

(Editor’s Note: The following homily from Pope John Paul II for the first Sunday of Advent, November 30, 1997, focused on preparing to meet the Savior. John Paul also emphasized the then upcoming Jubilee of the Year 2000, and he welcomed members of Rome’s City Mission who were present. (The homily is published on www.vatican.va; all rights reserved.) + + + “But watch at all times, praying that you may have the strength . . . to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). Christ’s words, taken from Luke’s Gospel, introduce us to the profound meaning of the liturgy we are celebrating. On this First Sunday in Advent, which marks the beginning of the second year of immediate preparation…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Sexual Revolution Continues To Destroy Lives And Careers

November 27, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Sexual Revolution Continues To Destroy Lives And Careers

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The so-called sexual revolution promised a paradise of pleasure. No boundaries, no mores, no hidebound and outmoded practices such as chaste dating or waiting until marriage. False promises of the possibility of love without commitment, permanence, or children lured many into a pit akin to Hell. The pill came along almost as a satanic blessing on this evil and destructive impulse to attack marriage and family life. The 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae will soon be upon us with the new year 2018. The warnings of Pope Paul VI in his prophetic encyclical as to the results of cutting sex loose from marriage have been abundantly confirmed. Neither men nor women ever benefit from severing…Continue Reading