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Our Savior And Redeemer… The Resurrection!

June 18, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… The Resurrection!

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 12 The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead is not a belief that a Christian may take or leave. St. Paul makes it crystal clear that if Jesus were not risen from the dead, then our faith would be vain. Period. His Resurrection is a non-negotiable dogma we can never doubt or call into question if we wish to be a Christian. In previous articles we have dealt with the apologetics aspect of the Resurrection, and there is no need to repeat the argumentation here. I will instead deal with the condition of His Risen Body and the saving significance of the Resurrection. The point is that Jesus did not come simply to die,…Continue Reading

The History Of The Sacrament Of Penance

June 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The History Of The Sacrament Of Penance

By DON FIER It was on that first Easter Sunday night, as we saw last week, that our resurrected Lord gave to the Church one of her greatest gifts: He instituted the Sacrament of Penance by breathing upon the apostles in the Upper Room and pronouncing those wondrous words: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:22-23). He thus offered baptized Christians who sever themselves from friendship with Jesus by falling into grave sin “a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification” (Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC], n. 1446). We also saw last week that the Sacrament…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I have homosexual friends who are angry at the Church for describing them as “disordered” because of their homosexual inclinations. How should I respond to them? — M.K., Florida. A. By pointing out that it is their actions, not themselves, that the Church describes as “intrinsically disordered.” Thus, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 2357) says: “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity [cf. Gen. 19:1-29; Romans 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 6:10; 1 Tim. 1:10], tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered’ [CDF, Persona humana, n. 8]. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from…Continue Reading

Trust And Pray

June 15, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Trust And Pray

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings Jer. 20:10-13 Romans 5:12-15 Matt. 10:26-33 In the second reading today St. Paul teaches us that in the sin of Adam, all sinned. While original sin is not a personal sin of ours, we are still conceived and born with this sin on our souls. It is removed through Baptism, but the effects of the sin remain in us. Over the course of our lifetimes, we have all added many sins on top of the one we inherited from Adam. How each of has been affected by original sin varies in many ways. The darkening of the intellect and the weakening of the will affect us directly in…Continue Reading

The Alleluia Before The Gospel

June 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Alleluia Before The Gospel

By FR. EDWARD McNAMARA (Editor’s Note: In this Liturgy Q-and-A column from ZENIT News Agency, Fr. Edward McNamara says singing the Alleluia before the Gospel remains the ideal. (Legionary of Christ Fr. Edward McNamara is a professor of liturgy and dean of theology at the Regina Apostolorum university. (ZENIT News Agency is the publisher of Fr. McNamara’s column. All rights reserved. Visit www.zenit.org for more information.) + + + Q. In a follow-up to a 2007 article concerning the Alleluia and Versum ante Evangelium, you commented that “the Church’s intention is that whenever possible the Alleluia or other seasonal acclamation should always be sung.” Now, Musicam Sacram, in nn. 28-31, outlines the grades of Missa cantata. N. 29 says that…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Just Defense And Christianity Together Defeat Hate

June 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Just Defense And Christianity Together Defeat Hate

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK There never was a commandment that says: “Thou shalt not offend thy brother or sister.” One might be forgiven, however, for believing there may be a new and improved version of Christianity popularized as globalism or immigrant mania where all is sacrificed, even one’s own offspring, to assuage the needs of those overlords who, perhaps, refuse to have children of their own. Recently, Facebook temporarily suspended Fr. John Higgins for his retelling of the history of Islam’s onslaughts against the West. When the truth itself is considered offensive, all true Christians must be ready for martyrdom. These are the times that will expose Christians of convenience or cultural Catholicism for the superficiality which lurked beneath…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer… How Did Christ Understand His Sacrifice?

June 11, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer… How Did Christ Understand His Sacrifice?

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 11 This is a very interesting point of Catholic doctrine to investigate: to probe into Jesus’ mind to try to understand how He viewed His sacrifice. Let us follow Him to the Garden of Gethsemane. We contemplate Him on His knees, praying to His Heavenly Father. Then He turns to the apostles and utters that groan of anguish: “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death” (Mark 14:34). We have no idea of the depth and magnitude of that sorrow. Of course, He could have used His divine powers to eliminate it, but He did not allow His Divinity to spare His human Heart a single pang. In simple terms, He suffered as though…Continue Reading

Reconciliation With God And The Church

June 10, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Reconciliation With God And The Church

By DON FIER As we examined the various forms that penance can take in the Christian life last week, we saw that its authentic expression must always be grounded on interior conversion of heart. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church refers to this inner transformation as interior penance and defines it as “the movement of a ‘contrite heart’ (Psalm 51:17), drawn by divine grace, to respond the merciful love of God” (n. 300). It involves not only sorrow, but abhorrence of past sins, a firm purpose of amendment, and trust in God’s help and mercy. We also saw last week that the Church, based on Sacred Scripture and the Church fathers, identifies three basic forms of penance:…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In St. Matthew’s account of the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, he says that when the disciples saw Jesus and worshiped Him, some of them “doubted” (Matt. 28:17). I thought only Thomas doubted that Jesus had risen, but that he was convinced otherwise at the second appearance of our Lord on the Sunday after Easter. So what is Matthew talking about? — P.H., New Jersey. A. Although all of the disciples saw Jesus after His Resurrection, perhaps the faith of some of them was not as strong as you might think. We know that ten of them saw Jesus on Easter and eleven of them on the following Sunday, but only seven were present at the Sea of Tiberias…Continue Reading

God Is Love

June 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God Is Love

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Body And Blood Of Christ (YR A) Readings: Deut. 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Cor. 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? With these words St. Paul forces us to look deeper than what the senses are able to perceive. How can a cup of wine that is blessed cause us to participate in the Blood of Jesus? How can a piece of bread that is broken cause us to participate in the Body of our Lord? In the first reading, we hear how God…Continue Reading