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Everything Is From The Father

May 22, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 1:12-14 1 Peter 4:13-16 John 17:1-11a In the Gospel reading today, our Lord says to His Father in prayer that He has revealed the Father’s Name to those whom the Father had given Him out of the world. He then acknowledges that these people belonged to the Father and that the Father had given them to Him, and now, these people have kept the Word of God. I hope that, as you read, you realize that you are counted among those about whom our Lord is speaking. In the context you might think these words apply only to the apostles, but it is clear that the meaning is…Continue Reading

Homily On The Blessed Virgin Mary Of Pompeii . . . Mary Continues To Help The Apostles Of Our Day

May 21, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By PIETRO CARDINAL PAROLIN (Editor’s Note: The following is a translation of the homily that the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, gave during the Eucharistic Celebration at Pompeii, on May 8, the Day of Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. ZENIT News Agency provided the text; all rights reserved.) +    +    + Dear Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful to His Excellency Tommaso Caputo, archbishop prelate of Pompeii, for his courteous invitation to preside over this celebration on the Day of Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Pompeii. I thank the mayor and the other civil and military authorities for their kind presence, a testimony of their affection for the shrine and the importance it entails for…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Confirmation As Gateway To Mature Adult Faith

May 19, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Confirmation season is upon us, and once again we face the prospect in its aftermath of watching some of our young people fall away from practice of their faith in attending Sunday Mass on a regular basis. This phenomenon has been rued for years by bishops, priests, faith formation leaders, catechists, and parents as well. As a result, various creative solutions have been implemented with varying results. Our young people are often confirmed around the eighth grade at the same time as they look forward to beginning high school a few months hence. This has led to a tendency in which Confirmation has been viewed as a “must have” in connection with the other rituals…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity… The “Other Mary” And St. Joseph’s “Other Children”

May 18, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 7 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon? And are not also his sisters here with us? And they took offense at him” (Mark 6:3). So, after all, Jesus appears to have had four brothers, named James, Joseph, Jude, and Simon, as well as two or three sisters, right? Let’s investigate the issue. Three women are called “Mary” in the New Testament: Mary, the Mother of Jesus; Mary Magdalene; and “the other Mary.” And, because of this, a little confusion has been established, which gave an excuse to anti-Catholic bigotry to raise its ugly head against the perpetual virginity of Our Savior’s Mother. “Then…Continue Reading

Public Revelation Vs. Private Revelation

May 17, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Our previous installment ended by citing a pair of remarkable verses from the Letter to the Hebrews, verses that concisely summarize God’s divine pedagogy, His master plan of divine Revelation: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by a Son, Whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world” (Heb. 1:1-2). As expounded last week, God’s Old Testament revelation, mediated to mankind through the patriarchs and prophets, was gradual and partial — it was revealed in stages and progressively supplemented throughout successive epochs and ages of salvation history. But its culmination in the…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 16, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. It always puzzles me when minors take a drink of wine at Communion. Isn’t that sort of unlawful? I know in some states it is. — A.N., Oregon. A. First of all, don’t forget that what looks and tastes like wine is really the Precious Blood of Jesus, so it shouldn’t be called wine after the consecration. While it might be unlawful for minors to drink wine in some states, we are sure that those laws have to do with consuming large quantities of alcohol, which is not the case at Mass. It is up to parents to decide if their minor children can receive the Precious Blood at Mass, but the quantity received is so small that parents…Continue Reading

The Spirit Gives Us Words And Wisdom

May 15, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 1 Peter 3:15-18 John 14:15-21 In the Gospel today our Lord promises that He will send another Advocate to be with us always, the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot accept because it cannot see Him and does not know Him. The word that is translated as advocate is paraclete, which has a variety of meanings but essentially means someone who speaks on behalf of another. Hence, the concept of an advocate. It is like an attorney if you are in a courtroom; the attorney is your advocate or paraclete. It is wonderful to know that we have Someone who will speak for us. St.…Continue Reading

Address To The LCWR Presidency . . . The Theses Of Conscious Evolution Are Opposed To Christian Revelation

May 14, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By GERHARD CARDINAL MUELLER VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — The following is the text of a speech given by Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), April 30, 2014. In this speech, Cardinal Mueller criticizes the LCWR for giving its 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award to a “theologian criticized by the bishops of the United States because of the gravity of the doctrinal errors in that theologian’s writings.” According to various reports, the cardinal is referring to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, of Fordham University. The cardinal stipulates action that the Vatican is taking in regards to the LCWR. ZENIT News Agency provided the text below; all…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Authenticity In Sacramental Practice, Catholic Teaching

May 12, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Eucharist is the Lord’s invitation to Christian authenticity. Living in a state of grace so as to receive the Lord and grow in grace is the definition of the faithful Christian life with eternal salvation in view as a goal and source of hope. Some of our parents abstain from reception of the Eucharist for extended periods of time while attending Holy Mass with their children, ostensibly for the purpose of raising them in the faith. Our faith teaches us that the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist is given to change our lives. Our children, however, cannot be expected to believe that the presence of the Lord in the Eucharist will change…Continue Reading

Mary’s Perpetual Virginity . . . The Faith Of The Early Christians

May 11, 2014 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 6 What did the Early Christians believe about the Catholic doctrine on the perpetual virginity of the Mother of Jesus? Those men, women, and children who sacrificed everything for the true faith — even their very own lives? They were imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Some were burned alive, racked, beheaded. Others were crucified, flayed alive, or eaten by wild beasts. And they preferred to die rather than to deny Jesus Christ and their belonging to His Church. What did those great Christian heroes believe about Mary’s perpetual virginity? Let us see some examples from the extant documentation: Didymus the blind lived in the fourth century. He taught St. Jerome. In his book on the Trinity,…Continue Reading