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Pope Francis’ Homily At Chrism Mass . . . The Gospel Is Good News Because It Is A Message Of Joy

April 19, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pope Francis’ Homily At Chrism Mass . . . The Gospel Is Good News Because It Is A Message Of Joy

(Editor’s Note: “Dear priests, as we contemplate and drink from these three new wineskins, may the Good News find in us that ‘contagious fullness’ which our Lady radiates with her whole being, the ‘inclusive concreteness’ of the story of the Samaritan woman, and the ‘utter meekness’ whereby the Holy Spirit ceaselessly wells up and flows forth from the pierced heart of Jesus our Lord,” said Pope Francis in his homily for the Chrism Mass, celebrated at St. Peter’s Basilica the morning of April 10, Holy Thursday. (ZENIT News Agency carried the Vatican-provided English translation of the text of the Pope’s Chrism Mass homily, given below. All rights reserved. (The Wanderer went to press this week on April 13, Holy Thursday.)…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Paschaltide Renewal Of Baptism, Rejection Of Evil

April 17, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Paschaltide Renewal Of Baptism, Rejection Of Evil

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “The Lord is risen, Alleluia! He is truly risen, Alleluia!” Many know very well that Baptism is an Easter sacrament, as explained by this prayer of the Easter vigil: “. . . Because as the Apostle teaches, we are baptized into His death and buried together with Christ: and as Christ rose from the dead, so we too must walk in newness of life; knowing that our old man hath been crucified together with Christ so that we shall no longer be in servitude to sin. Let us look upon ourselves therefore as dead indeed to sin but living to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Many, however, may not stop to think that renunciation…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer . . . Answering Objections Concerning Christ’s Knowledge And Will

April 16, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer . . . Answering Objections Concerning Christ’s Knowledge And Will

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 St. Peter, in his first epistle, teaches us to always be ready to satisfy everyone that asks for a reason of that hope which is in us (1 Peter 3:15). This is the very raison d’être of apologetics: to give the right answer to those who ask about our hope, our faith. And, I must add, that also includes answering objections to the faith. In this article, as in others before, we answer objections that have been raised against the Catholic faith. In this case, against the knowledge and the will of Christ. First objection: “If Jesus was perfect from the beginning, what is meant by the words in the Gospel: ‘And Jesus…Continue Reading

The Eucharist: Paschal Banquet

April 15, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist: Paschal Banquet

By DON FIER Over the past two weeks we have examined, in an abbreviated manner, the history of belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Except for occasional aberrations such as that of Berengarius of Tours in the 11th century and John Wycliffe in the 14th century, we saw that the first 1,500 years of the Church’s existence was marked, for the most part, by unanimity of belief in this fundamental dogma of the Catholic faith. But widespread doubts and even outright denials regarding belief in the substantial and abiding presence of Christ in the consecrated Species were to rock the 16th-century Church in the form of the Protestant Revolution. Two bedrock beliefs rarely before questioned…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 14, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I must more than partly agree with a recent questioner that the bishops catastrophically have failed in a concerted effort to condemn or correct pro-abort so-called Catholic politicians. Yes, from time to time a bishop may speak out forcefully in regards to one of these politicians, and then the faithful say to themselves, finally, the Church is going to do something about these apostates, but then there’s no corrective canon law action taken against them, such as excommunication, and I believe these weak actions, or lack thereof, by the bishops, and the evil, sinful, open public promotion by these politicians have caused over the decades a weakening of faith and great harm to the Church. Instead, they are rewarded…Continue Reading

Suffering And God’s Mercy

April 13, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Suffering And God’s Mercy

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:42-47 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 In the second reading today, St. Peter says that God has given us a new birth unto a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Of even greater news for us is the fact that he tells us that this is an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. This is great news for us because, as St. Peter reminds us, we have to suffer through many trials in this life, but this is to purify our faith, hope, and charity. All of this, he tells us, is the great mercy of God. There are two parts to this…Continue Reading

Easter Sunday… “This Beautiful Bright Festival!”

April 12, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Easter Sunday… “This Beautiful Bright Festival!”

(Editor’s Note: Below are three Easter sermons from three great saints, St. John Chrysostom [lived from 347 to 407]; St. Augustine [lived from 354 to 430]; and St. Thomas Aquinas [lived from 1225-1274]. The text of St. John Chrysostom’s sermon is from Catholic News Agency. The text of St. Augustine’s sermon is from www.vatican.va. And the text of St. Thomas Aquinas’ homily is from saintwiki.com.) + + + An Easter Sermon From St. John Chrysostom Is there anyone who is a devout lover of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Is there anyone who is a grateful servant? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Every Sunday Is A “Little Easter”

April 10, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Every Sunday Is A “Little Easter”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK By the time you read these words, in print or posted on the Internet, you may have already attended Easter Mass, perhaps with your family. You may have gathered all your children together for the celebration of Mass and for a meal. Some families use a Florida getaway to attract all of their offspring to gather as one around the table once again. Larger families work harder to reunite. I am one of six children; dinner together as a family was a daily ritual. In our house, there was one dinner time and the rule was if you didn’t make it to the table, you didn’t eat. Now, I know my parents would never have…Continue Reading

Our Savior And Redeemer . . . The Human Knowledge Of Christ

April 9, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Our Savior And Redeemer . . . The Human Knowledge Of Christ

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 The knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ is a fundamental part and parcel of salvation. In His prayer to His Heavenly Father for His disciples, He said, “Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). In our apologetics course we endeavor to know more about Jesus Christ, in order to love Him more. So we ask this question: How did Christ know things? With a divine mind? With a human mind? How were the two combined? This is a topic that requires a very close scrutiny, because there are modern-day “theologians” who slither a new doctrine among Catholics,…Continue Reading

The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

April 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Eucharist: Sacramental Sacrifice

By DON FIER Part 6 The miraculous effect of the words pronounced by a validly ordained priest at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass — “This is My Body…This is My Blood” — was not seriously challenged for the first thousand years of the Church’s history. The major heresies of the first millennium were primarily Trinitarian and Christological; with some exceptions, most of them concerned the Eucharist only indirectly. It was in the 11th century, as we saw last week, that Berengarius of Tours falsely claimed that the presence of Christ in the consecrated bread and wine was only figurative or symbolic, a position that was to resurface periodically in the centuries to follow. In his comprehensive study on the…Continue Reading