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May 9, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Writing in the Boston Herald, columnist Margery Eagan enthused over the canonization of Pope John XXIII because he had “breathed new life into the Church,” unlike Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI, who were “bent on undoing Vatican II and reemphasizing sin, rules, and condemnations over mercy, forgiveness, and comforting the poor and the ostracized.” She also made a number of statements about life in the Church before and after the papacy of John XXIII (1958-1963) that do not sound right. Would you please comment on some of her statements? — F.A., Massachusetts. A. Mrs. Eagan is well known to readers of the Herald for her frequent dissent from Catholic teachings. She is able to rave…Continue Reading

The Call To Profound Holiness

May 8, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 6:1-7 1 Peter 2:4-9 John 14 1-12 I always love reading the description of the first deacons that is listed in the first reading. These men were chosen, initially, because the Greek widows were being neglected in the daily distribution which was overseen by the apostles themselves. Realizing that this task was taking them away from the greater task of praying and preaching, the apostles sought help to carry out this daily duty toward the early Christian community. The requirements to bring the daily portions to the widows in the community were that the men must be reputable and filled with the Spirit and wisdom. If this is…Continue Reading

Pope Francis’ Homily At Canonization Mass . . . “May These Two New Saints And Shepherds Intercede For The Church”

May 7, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: Here is the translation of the Pope’s homily at the Canonization Mass of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square on April 27. ZENIT News Agency provided the text. (Following the text of the homily is the report from News.Va, the Vatican’s news portal, on Francis’ message about the canonization during his Regina Coeli address that same day. (All rights are reserved for both texts.) +    +    + At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus. He had already shown those wounds when He first appeared to the apostles on the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World.. The Answer: Tradition in Morality, Marriage, The Mass

May 5, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M CUSICK News came in recent weeks of a violation of child protection and chastity on the part of yet another member of the clergy in the United States. While we want to avoid gratuitous interest in such cases that often does little more than feed sinful curiosity about evil, we cannot bury our heads in the face of reality. The sad lessons of human failing in matters of concupiscence abound all the more in an age where sexual images are abundantly available a “click” away. The potential for dangerous objectification of the human person and the feeding of addictive sexual response call for perennial vigilance. Also ever with us is the anti-Catholic prejudice responsible for the…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . Mary, The Virgin Ark Of The New Covenant

May 4, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 5 In my first article written for The Wanderer, I mentioned the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, in order to encourage Catholics to seek and rediscover the Lost Art of Catholic Apologetics. In this article I’d like to investigate the symbolism of the Ark of the Covenant in regard to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the viewpoint of her perpetual virginity. All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed is an outstanding work of biblical Mariology by the great scholar Fr. Stefano Manelli, cofounder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. He wrote: “Of all the Marian symbols in the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant enjoys pre-eminence. In the 4th century,…Continue Reading

God Comes To Meet Man

May 3, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Last week, a topic was taken up that was immediately addressed in the first chapter of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC): man’s capacity to know God by reason alone. It was demonstrated in two basic, commonsense ways that “by natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of His works” (CCC, n. 50). The supporting arguments focused around what we can directly observe or easily discern in two of God’s most magnificent works of creation, “the physical world and the human person” (CCC, n. 31). This week, we will turn our attention to “another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of Divine Revelation” (CCC,…Continue Reading

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May 2, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. Can you tell me to whom I could send a large collection of books that I have acquired over the years? — J.P., via e-mail. A. We will ask our readers for suggestions. Q. Why doesn’t EWTN show Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ during Lent? I found it to be an excellent reminder of how much Jesus did for us. — A.B., Washington. A. Have you contacted EWTN about this? That would be the best way to find out. Q. During Holy Week this year, I heard two terms I had never heard before: Spy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday. Can you tell me what these mean? — C.C., Pennsylvania. A. Spy Wednesday probably comes from the tradition…Continue Reading

The Sacrificial Love Of Our Lord

May 1, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By Fr. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday Of Easter Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 1 Peter 2:20b-25 John 10:1-10 In the first reading, St. Peter proclaims to all the people in Jerusalem that God has made both Lord and Christ this Jesus whom you crucified. The thought that they had killed their own Messiah stung the people to the heart, but rather than speaking any words of condemnation, St. Peter called the people to repentance. He showed them that God had foretold the suffering of the Messiah and showed them that this was necessary for them to be saved. Now all that was left was for them to repent and be baptized. We have heard this message hundreds of times; consequently, it…Continue Reading

Pope’s Urbi Et Orbi Message . . . “Christus Surrexit, Venite Et Videte!”

April 30, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi message given in St. Peter’s Square April 20, Easter, provided by ZENIT News Agency. Immediately following is ZENIT’s translation of the Pope’s Easter Vigil Mass homily. All rights reserved. +    +    + Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He has been raised. . . . Come, see the place where He lay” (Matt. 28:5-6). This is the culmination of the Gospel; it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Church Is Not Incidental To The Mercy Of Christ

April 28, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Lord is truly risen — Alleluia! Much has been made of Pope Francis’ mission to bring the mercy of Jesus Christ to this broken and fallen world. What he is doing so effectively, however, is nothing new. It is the mission of the Church in every age to bring the forgiving presence of the Lord to everyone. What is new is the idea on the part of some that this grace and this presence are somehow possible apart from or without the Church. The forgiveness of Jesus Christ in His Church is frustrated and can become inaccessible if His presence in the Church is hidden or silenced. Sometimes in public life Catholics are expected…Continue Reading