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Archbishop Martin In Lourdes . . . In Defending Marriage, We Are Not Trying To Hurt Or Offend

May 27, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

LOURDES (ZENIT) — Here is a homily given May 13, on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, by Archbishop Eamon Martin at Mass in Lourdes on his first pilgrimage to the Marian shrine as archbishop of Armagh, Ireland. + + + At Mass in Lourdes, Archbishop Martin remembered and acknowledged the faithful in Ireland, and around the world, who are praying, fasting, doing penance, and praying novenas for the special intention of marriage and the family. He said that “when we pray for, and speak up for the institution of marriage as it has been understood across cultures and down the ages, we are not trying to hurt or offend anyone — thank God, in His great mercy He…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Social Networks, Addiction To Images, And Custody Of The Eyes

May 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A follower on my Facebook page recently messaged me about a sordid situation arising from an association based on a Facebook “friendship.” She “friended” a man who then used her account to gain access to her daughter. What started out as a hope to meet someone who may become a real friend ended in inappropriate contact with a minor. Subsequent interaction made clear that the person in question may have been using more than one identity and a false identification photo for the purpose of deceiving and manipulating vulnerable individuals. Many of you, sadly, have similar stories to report, along with a resulting feeling of disillusion with the Internet, a wonderful resource that has provided…Continue Reading

An Apologetics Course… The Order Of The Universe Proves God’s Existence

May 24, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA Part 3 Let us put our thinking cap on, and reason: Whenever you see something whose parts are arranged in order, following a specific logical pattern, you know that someone did it. Furniture in a living room, chess pieces on a board, books in a library. Orderly arrangement cannot be explained except as being due to the activity of an intelligent designer. There is no order without an intelligent orderer. Imagine that tomorrow morning you go to a bicycle factory, and in one of the workshops you see a number of parts, sorted into different boxes — steel tubing, a sheaf of spokes, wheel-rims, hubs, handlebars, pedals, and boxes of nuts and screws and so forth.…Continue Reading

The Church — Body Of Christ

May 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER As we considered “People of God” as an image of the Church last week, an important and underlying principle inherent to its biblical symbolism emerged: God wills to make us holy and save us not as separated, isolated individuals, but as a people. He wills to sanctify and redeem mankind “by making them into one people gathered together by the unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 153). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) lists seven basic ways that indicate how the Church is the “People of God.” As summarized by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ, they are: 1) those called by God…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: Writing in the Sunday bulletin of the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George W. Rutler talked of the “web of contradiction [that] becomes more entangled in our day when politics are complicated by moral inconsistencies.” He cited three examples: “First, the birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana occasioned celebrations, as the birth of any baby should. During the royal pregnancy, no one referred to the unborn princess as anything other than a baby, and attention was focused on whether the infant was a boy or a girl, and what name would be given. Yet by the laws of the realm, she was a potentially disposable fetus. No one raised the question of the civil…Continue Reading

Truths Beyond Comprehension

May 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR B) Readings: Deut. 4:32-34, 39-40 Romans 8:14-17 Matt. 28:16-20 In the first reading today, we hear Moses addressing the people of Israel after their Exodus from Egypt and after they had spent much time in the desert. Moses marveled, and rightly so, that God had entered into human history, chosen a people of Himself, and brought them out from another country where they had been slaves. Moses challenges the people: “Did anything so great ever happen?” “Was it ever heard of?” God had intervened personally before in His dealing with Adam, Noah, Abraham, and others. But there had never been such a clear display to so many people…Continue Reading

Pope To The Bishops Of Mozambique . . . “The Paschal Mystery Is The Beating Heart Of The Mission Of The Church”

May 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Pope Francis on May 9 received the bishops of Mozambique who were in Rome for their ad limina visit. + + + Dear brothers in the episcopate! You are welcome ad limina Apostolorum, the purpose of the visit undertaken by you these days, so that with your dioceses in your heart, you also celebrate and strengthen the bonds between you and the Church of Rome that presides in charity. We are one people, with only one soul, convoked by the Lord who loves and sustains us. I receive and greet you with fraternal joy, extending my greetings to Cardinals Alexandre and Julio, to the bishops emeritus, to the diocesan and missionary clergy, to the consecrated men…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Rules Without Relationships Foster Rebellion

May 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I write this week’s column from Lourdes, France, where I have joined a pilgrimage of 200 wounded warriors, volunteers, family members, military veterans, and chaplains from the United States. Most of us are here through the gift of the Knights of Columbus which has underwritten this magnificent opportunity for prayer, evangelization, fellowship, and renewal of Catholic faith. Our experiences here of Marian spirituality connected with the apparitions of Our Lady to St. Bernadette, it is hoped, will bring needed healing and help to all of us, whether our wounds are spiritual or physical. Our group joins the International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes, also taking place during our stay at this famous Grotto which is second…Continue Reading

Apologetics Course… How Do We Get To Know The Truth?

May 17, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 In the previous article we saw that our minds can apprehend the truth by our own personal experience. Now let us see the three other ways: By simply reasoning. In our days of constant Internet communication, texting, and less personal contact among people, sometimes reasoning is an ability in short supply. But it can be done, of course, and by reasoning we can know the truth. Example: You find a watch in the sand. Immediately you know that someone dropped it there. You know that it did not come out of the sand all ready-made and ticking, let alone that it made itself. No argument from anyone will ever convince you that nobody…Continue Reading

The Church — People of God

May 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER The Church, as we saw last week, can rightly be called “the universal sacrament of salvation” because “she is the sign and instrument both of the reconciliation and communion of all of humanity with God and of the unity of the entire human race” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 152). She is the visible channel of grace to the human race. Her vital importance in God’s salvific plan is made manifestly clear in the words of St. Pope John Paul II: “There is no salvation outside the Church. From her alone there flows surely and fully the life-giving force destined, in Christ and His Spirit, to renew the whole of humanity, and therefore…Continue Reading