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The Canon Of Scripture

December 13, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER For several weeks in this series we’ve been examining how God, in His loving Providence, has made Himself known to us. We’ve discussed the twofold means by which His divine Revelation has been transmitted to mankind — Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture — and how the two together are inseparable elements of a single Deposit of Faith. Most recently, we’ve examined how Sacred Scripture is read and interpreted through the eyes of the Church, that is, through the complementary use of the literal and spiritual senses of interpretation. The question we’ll now seek to answer is how the specific content to be included in the Bible was determined. In other words, how did the Canon of Scripture…Continue Reading

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December 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I am enthralled by the story of St. Giuseppe Moscati, the first modern doctor to be declared a saint. Could you tell me more about him? — M.G.L., Arizona. A. Giuseppe Moscati was born in 1880, the seventh of nine children, to aristocratic Italian parents who settled in Naples, where his father was a renowned magistrate and a pious Catholic. His decision to study medicine instead of law was prompted by years of caring for his brother Alberto, who had sustained incurable head trauma after falling from a horse. Despite the agnostic and immoral atmosphere at the University of Naples, Giuseppe studied hard while continuing to practice his faith, and graduated from medical school with honors in 1903. He…Continue Reading

The Obedience Of Faith

December 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Fourth Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 In the second reading today St. Paul gives glory to God, but the way he does it is quite interesting. The glory is given to Him who can strengthen you according to the Gospel, the proclamation of Jesus, the mystery kept secret for long ages and now manifested in order to bring about the obedience of faith. We know from St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians that the mystery is that the Gentiles are now coheirs with the Jews and members of the same body. Now we have greater understanding of why he is glorifying God. Not only…Continue Reading

Text Of Joint Declaration Signed By Pope And Ecumenical Patriarch . . . “That The World May Believe”

December 10, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Below is the Vatican-provided text of the joint declaration signed November 30 by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul. In that declaration, the Pope and Patriarch declared: “We express our sincere and firm resolution, in obedience to the will of our Lord Jesus Christ, to intensify our efforts to promote the full unity of all Christians, and above all between Catholics and Orthodox.” They also called for peace in the Middle East and proclaimed: “We cannot resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians.” All rights reserved. + + + Common Declaration We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Juan Diego

December 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By CAROLE BRESLIN When a saint is formally canonized, it is not unusual for the reigning Pontiff to travel to the saint’s native land for his or her canonization. In 1984 Pope John Paul II visited Seoul, Korea, to canonize the 103 Korean martyrs. He visited Krakow, Poland, when he canonized Jadwiga of Poland on June 8, 1997. In 2002, he traveled to Mexico City on July 31 to canonize St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin upon whose tilma is the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The appearance of our Lady in the very center of the Western Hemisphere converted millions of natives to Catholicism. In 1492, before the arrival of Columbus, there were no Catholics. Twenty-five years later the Protestant…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . The Glow Of Faith Lights Our Way In Advent

December 8, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK My ministry as priest involves readiness to adapt the shepherd’s “crook” to the various pastoral situations in which I find myself. Most of the time the shepherd’s crook, or staff, supports me in my walk of faith, keeping me steady on my own feet as I walk with and for the flock through this world to the next. The journey sometimes wearies us and we need to lean upon the true Shepherd for strength. Sometimes, however, I have to be ready to use the other end of the staff, with its curved shape, to reach out and draw a straying member of the flock back into oneness with the fold. People fall away from faith,…Continue Reading

Debunking The Sola Scriptura Myth… A Prejudiced Interpretation Of The Scriptures

December 7, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 It has become quite evident that, as he interpreted the Scriptures according to his own peculiar criteria of subjective preference, Luther’s Sola Scriptura ultimately led him to deny the Scriptures. One should always bear in mind that what he called “the gospel” was only his prejudiced interpretation of the Scriptures, namely, Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide. In his unbridled subjectivism, he abandoned the teachings of the apostles that had been handed down through the centuries by the Catholic Church and adopted the idea that man has no free will (something very similar to the maktub! — “It is written!” — of Islam). Accordingly, man can do no good at all, and his nature…Continue Reading

The Senses Of Scripture

December 6, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) teaches that the spiritual sense of interpreting Sacred Scripture can be subdivided into three senses: allegorical, moral, and anagogical. Last week, we discussed the allegorical sense in some detail and found that through its use, as expressed by the Catechism, “we can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ” (n. 115). The specific historical event cited as an example of the application of this interpretative technique was the recognition of the hidden, deeper meaning of the crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites during their flight from Egypt. In light of the coming of Christ, this Old Testament event can be…Continue Reading

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December 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: From time to time, we publish bits of wisdom from the weekly columns of Fr. George Rutler, pastor of the Church of St. Michael in New York City. He wrote recently about the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 in which Christian naval forces organized by Pope St. Pius V under the protection of the Blessed Mother and her rosary, though badly outnumbered, saved Christian civilization from Muslim Turks. “Our civilization,” said Fr. Rutler, “now is threatened not only by the heretical forces that engaged the Christians at Lepanto, but also by the more subtle forces of atheism, euphemistically called ‘secularism,’ that have insinuated themselves into our civil institutions. In 1985, a priest was deeply moved to see St.…Continue Reading

The Cause For Our Rejoicing

December 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

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 Today we celebrate Gaudete Sunday, the Church calling us to be joyful. Why, you might ask, should I be joyful in the midst of a world that has rejected Jesus and has given itself over to sin? Since you are in the midst of such a world and have witnessed firsthand the numbers of people rejecting the Lord, you need to rejoice that you have not rejected Him. You need to be joyful, as John the Baptist tells us in the Gospel reading today, that there is One among us, whom we do not recognize. It is the Lord! He…Continue Reading