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Pope’s Message For 30th World Youth Day . . . “Blessed Are The Pure In Heart. . . .”

February 25, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (ZENIT) — Here is the Vatican-provided text of the Holy Father’s message for this year’s World Youth Day, which will be held on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the diocesan level. ZENIT News Agency published the text on February 17; all rights reserved. + + + Dear Young Friends, We continue our spiritual pilgrimage toward Krakow, where in July 2016 the next international World Youth Day will be held. As our guide for the journey we have chosen the beatitudes. Last year we reflected on the beatitude of the poor in spirit, within the greater context of the Sermon on the Mount. Together we discovered the revolutionary meaning of the beatitudes and the powerful summons of Jesus…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Lent: Season For Deeper Conversion From Death To Life

February 23, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Italians, when the subject of marriage and therefore also of children comes up, are quick to say, “Due è basta,” meaning, “Two children are enough.” Young people decide long before they even meet the person they will marry that it will be thus also for them. If you’ve learned to love Italy and the Italians as I have and haven’t fallen for the lies of overpopulation, contraception, and abortion, then you plead as I have with them to change their minds and hearts. I entered a classroom of young children in faith formation once at a parish in Bacoli, outside of Naples on the peninsula which forms the west end of its famous bay, and…Continue Reading

Are Statues Idols? The Meaning Of “False Idols”

February 22, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM Part 2 “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I the Lord, your God, am a jealous God” (Exodus 20:2-5). In this classical text, God our Lord begins by reminding the Hebrews who were gathered around Mount Sinai that He, God, had brought them out of the land of Egypt. And He adds a specific trait…Continue Reading

The Implications Of Faith In One God

February 21, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Over the past three weeks, we have reflected on but an infinitesimal fraction of all that the faithful affirm when they reverently and genuinely say the first four [or five] words contained in the Creeds of the Church: “I believe in [one] God.” In saying these words with heartfelt sincerity, one is acknowledging his belief in who God revealed Himself to be — I AM WHO AM — and all the unfathomable attributes that are part of the perfection of His being. One is admitting that God is Truth and God is Love, and that He is also Justice and Mercy and Beauty and every good that exists. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) now makes…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 20, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: We have in the past addressed the question of how late one can arrive at Mass and still fulfill one’s Sunday obligation. Is there a certain point in the Mass — before the readings, before the Offertory, etc. — when one could be late and still satisfy the canon law requirement to participate in Mass? Canon lawyer Dr. Edward Peters, however, said that such questions “miss the key point,” namely, that the Mass is “an integrated, sequenced order of prayers and actions organized by the Church to render fitting worship to the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. Miss any of that, and you have missed that much of ‘it’.” The real question, Peters said in…Continue Reading

Transfiguration And Transformation

February 19, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Lent (YR B) Readings: Gen. 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 In the second reading today, St. Paul asks the question, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” While we know that there are many people who are opposed to the teaching of the Church, the point St. Paul is making is not whether or not there are people who oppose us; rather, it is the point that nothing can come between us and God as long as our hearts remain fixed on Him. So, the real question we each have to ask is whether we love God so much that our attention remains fixed on Him in…Continue Reading

In Order To Meet Islam, We Must First Go Back To Christ

February 18, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. PIERO GHEDDO (Editor’s Note: Fr. Gheddo is an Italian missionary, author, and a journalist. In the following essay, provided by AsiaNews, he gives his perspective on why we must go back to the roots of the West, to the Gospel of Jesus, to face Islam without arriving at a total clash with the provocation of Muhammad’s followers. (Fr. Gheddo comments that “to meet and engage in dialogue with Islam, we must return to God and the Ten Commandments, Jesus Christ and His Gospel, not only in our personal lives, but also in that of the family, society, education, mass media, etc.” (AsiaNews is a news service of PIME, The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions. All rights reserved.) +…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Role Of Parents Essential For Handing On Faith

February 16, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A recent weather fluke graced us with a 70-degree Sunday in February: a minor meteorological miracle. As I scanned the faithful congregated at our little church for Sunday morning Mass in a small riverside village, I happened to notice a mom alone with the kids. I don’t know why Dad was absent, but the sight reminded me of the pull of the water for boaters on such a beautiful day. I called to mind my own days growing up spending many days on the water together with my family as we navigated the largest estuarial bay in the world, the Chesapeake. I still marvel today at the fact that I don’t remember ever missing Sunday…Continue Reading

God Is Truth And Love

February 14, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

By DON FIER Last week, we looked at why the revelation of God’s name is such an important aspect of salvation history and our life of faith. We also considered a topic on which countless reflections have been penned by spiritual writers and theologians over the centuries: who we are in comparison to God. In contrast to the splendor of God, man is nothing; yet, in the mystery of His love, we possess great dignity and are of inestimable worth in His eyes. The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) contains an excellent summary of what we spoke of: “In revealing His name, God makes known the riches contained in the ineffable mystery of His Being. He…Continue Reading

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February 13, 2015 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off

Editor’s Note: One of the most notorious defenders of abortion is former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She is so fanatical about it that she refuses even to acknowledge the humanity of the unborn child. (We wonder what she told friends that she was carrying prior to the birth of her own children.) During the recent debate on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks because the child can feel pain, Pelosi was asked by a reporter, “Is the unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy a human being?” Pelosi replied: “What we’re talking about on the floor of the House is something that says politicians should determine what affects the health of a woman, her life, her health, and…Continue Reading