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Pope Francis Affirms… “Our Church Is The Church Of Martyrs”

April 29, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

(Editor’s Note: In his daily homily of April 21 at Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father reflected on martyrdom and the Church. Elise Harris, writing for Catholic News Agency, summarized some of the events that underlay Pope Francis’ talk. (Among those imprisoned for the faith is “Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi, who in 2010 was convicted of violating Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, an allegation she denies,” wrote Harris. “Her husband and daughter traveled to Rome last week, where they met with Pope Francis and received his blessing during his Wednesday general audience. (“In February the Islamic State released a video depicting the decapitation of 20 Coptic Christians after they had gone missing near the coastal city of Surt, also known as…Continue Reading

A New Lepanto: “Prayer Will Deliver Us”

April 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Terrors, terrors on every side.” The Passion of Christ which we just celebrated in the most intense way during Holy Week is followed closely in the Triduum by the Lord’s total victory over sin and death in His glorious Resurrection. Although His triumph is already completed in Himself, His suffering continues to be worked out among His faithful people on Earth until the final consummation at the end of the world when God will be “all in all.” Until that final and decisive judgment we work out our salvation “in fear and trembling” as St. Paul teaches, through prayer and the sacramental life, drawing upon the gift of grace that we might cooperate with God…Continue Reading

Did Jesus Christ Found A Church? If He Did, How Can She Be Identified?

April 26, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 3 The Church is indefectible because of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ promise to send the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of the Church’s indefectibility: He promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to them — the Paraclete, the Advocate, the Counselor — to bear witness to Him, Jesus; to remind them of everything He had taught them; and to remain with them forever. “When the Advocate has come, whom I will send from the Father, the Spirit of Truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness concerning me” (John 15:26). “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things,…Continue Reading

Origin, Foundation, And Mission

April 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Part 2 The beginning of the Church in the mind of God can be traced back to the creation of the world. As taught by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “God created the world for the sake of communion with his divine life” (n. 760). Christoph Cardinal Schönborn states the same notion with different words: “Its goal [God’s plan for creating the world] is the ‘family of God,’ in which all creatures become united with their creator” (Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 104). Our first parents were, in fact, created in communion with God but lost this magnificent gift not only for themselves but for all of mankind through original sin. God’s…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Q. I would be interested in your analysis of the enclosed article that was in my parish’s Sunday bulletin. — F.W.R., Florida. A. Here is the text of what appeared in the bulletin: “Addition to homilies/reflections on the daily Scripture readings at daily Mass. It is permissible, according to the Roman Catholic liturgy regulations, that any competent lay person may offer his/her reflections on the meaning and significance of the Sacred Scriptures which are proclaimed at daily Mass. In light of this, I am announcing just such an addition, which I believe will enhance and be a source of Christ’s own enlightenment for those of us who attend daily Mass. “Beginning on the first Thursday after Ash Wednesday and throughout…Continue Reading

Our Hearts Will Be At Peace

April 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 9:26-31 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 In the second reading, St. John says that if our hearts do not condemn us, then we have confidence in God and we will receive from Him whatever we ask. We live in a relativistic society where very little is seen as objective truth. Consequently, people have rationalized their way around nearly every moral teaching of the Church. In fact, they have deadened their consciences to the point where they would think that what St. John says above would refer to them because their hearts don’t seem to condemn them for their actions. However, what is quoted above is only the first…Continue Reading

Rededication Of The Diocese Of Honolulu To The Divine Mercy Divine Mercy, Or Diabolical Mercy?

April 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By MOST REV. LARRY SILVA (Editor’s Note: Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12, rededicated his diocese to the Divine Mercy. The rededication took place at a Sunday evening Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Pearl City, Oahu. He first dedicated the diocese to the Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 23, 2006, at Star of the Sea Church, Honolulu. (The Wanderer spoke by phone with Bishop Silva on April 15. His Excellency said he rededicated his diocese “at the request of one of the parishioners” who is very “concerned about our state of affairs, culturally,” and sees the need for Divine Mercy, and also in view of the upcoming Year of Mercy, proclaimed by…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Traditional Latin Mass Leading A Southern Baptist To Rome

April 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “The Lord is risen, Alleluia!” A most blessed Easter season to you and your family. Only the Lord knows what He wants to accomplish with our obedience, and we must trust Him to see His will through to the end, while asking only for the grace that we remain faithful in doing His will as we intend to do what the Church does. Let me give you a practical example of what I mean by this. As some of you may know, after over 15 years on active duty in both the Army as a combat arms officer and in the Navy as a priest, I continue to serve in the Navy Reserves as a…Continue Reading

Did Jesus Christ Found A Church? If He Did, How Can She Be Identified?

April 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article we saw that Jesus gave to the apostles the royal ministry, that is, the power to exercise authority over the people in His Church, to shepherd over, to rule over, and even to judge them. He also gave to the apostles the prophetic ministry, to be the teachers of the Truth to be believed. The great commission is seen in St. Matthew’s Gospel: “All power is given to me in heaven and on earth. Going therefore teach you all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And…Continue Reading

The Church’s Origin, Foundation, And Mission

April 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Sacred Scripture reveals a rich and diverse tapestry of images to describe the Church. Each of these symbols enables one with faith to gain additional insights into the various complementary aspects which are present in this great mystery which the Fathers of Vatican Council II refer to as the “universal sacrament of salvation” (Lumen Gentium, n. 48 § 2). As we saw last week, these biblical images “are drawn from pastoral life (sheepfold, flock, sheep), from agriculture (field, olive grove, vineyard), from construction (dwelling place, stone, temple), and from family life (spouse, mother, family)” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 149). New Testament symbols of the Church most often link her in some way…Continue Reading