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Remember The Suffering Of The Messiah

April 12, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Remember The Suffering Of The Messiah

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Third Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 3:13-15, 17-191 John 1-5aLuke 24:35-48 In the fourth week of Lent we had a break and looked forward to the joy that was coming in Easter. That day reminded us to be joyful and spurred us on to continue with our Lenten penances, knowing we had made it more than halfway through the penitential season. Now, in the third week of Easter, we take a break to remind us that, in the midst of our rejoicing in the Resurrection, we need to remember the sufferings of our Lord and the reason for His suffering.For this reason, St. Peter, in the first reading, reminded the people of how they…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 9, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Can you explain what righteous anger is? I thought anger was one of the seven deadly sins, so how can it ever be righteous? — T.S., via e-mail.A. The glossary at the back of the Catechism of the Catholic Church defines anger as “an emotion which is not in itself wrong, but which, when it is not controlled by reason or hardens into resentment and hate, becomes one of the seven capital sins. Christ taught that anger is an offense against the fifth commandment.”When Jesus chased the moneychangers out of the Temple (cf. John 2:13-22), He demonstrated a righteous indignation that was controlled by reason and was not motivated by hate or a desire for revenge. St. Paul remarked…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Freedom Of Faith Vs. Social Control

April 8, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Freedom Of Faith Vs. Social Control

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The world doesn’t know how to use power. Like addicts, those unrestrained by any humility or faith believe that, if a little feels good, then more must be better.We may be in masks to buy groceries for the rest of our lives. We may not be able to do anything about that. It’s the world. Let it go. We don’t have the power to change the world. That’s God’s work. We can change only ourselves.Our Catholic faith teaches us that the only truly important work we have to do is changing ourselves, that is, repenting of sin and believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The things of faith we need for changing ourselves must…Continue Reading

Cardinal Sarah Asks Pope Francis . . . To Reinstate Individual Masses At St. Peter’s Basilica

April 7, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Sarah Asks Pope Francis . . . To Reinstate Individual Masses At St. Peter’s Basilica

By HANNAH BROCKHAUS VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Robert Cardinal Sarah has asked Pope Francis to reinstate the celebration of private Masses at the side altars in St. Peter’s Basilica, after individual Masses were suspended earlier in March in favor of concelebration.“I humbly beg the Holy Father to order the withdrawal of the recent norms issued by the secretariat of state,” Cardinal Sarah wrote in an essay published March 29 on the blog of Vatican journalist Sandro Magister.The cardinal said the new norms “are as lacking in justice as in love, do not correspond to the truth or the law, do not facilitate but rather endanger the decorum of the celebration, devout participation in the Mass, and the freedom of the…Continue Reading

Love God And Love Neighbor

April 5, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Love God And Love Neighbor

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Easter (Divine Mercy) (YR B) Readings: Acts 4:32-351 John 5:1-6John 20:19-31 In the first reading today, we are told that the first Christians were of one heart and mind. Such unity can only exist when there is no selfishness. What the first believers show us is that their minds were united in the same truth and their hearts were united in the same love. They understood that Jesus Himself is Truth and Love; their faith was in the Person of Jesus, true God and true man, crucified, buried, and risen from the dead.The apostles, after enduring their crisis of faith, were quickly convinced of the Resurrection and, as we see in the first…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 2, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: J.S. e-mailed to say that she disagrees with our recommendation of Food for the Poor as a worthy charity. “My husband used to donate to Food for the Poor because it advertised in The Wanderer until we checked them out on Charity Navigator and were totally floored at the salary of the CEO and the amount of money donated that was not used for the poor,” she wrote. “You might want to rethink that considering this information.”The information shows that Food for the Poor President Robin Mahfood received $456,222 in compensation in 2019. J.S. suggested that a better choice would be Fr. Robert Altier’s Help the Helpless or Cross Catholic Outreach.Charity Navigator was founded in 2001 and has…Continue Reading

We Gave Up Our Church Building For Lent

April 1, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on We Gave Up Our Church Building For Lent

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”When the Lord used the image of a temple for His sacred Body the metaphor was possible because of the greatest achievement of the Jewish people. They had constructed one of the wonders of the ancient world, vast in its magnificence and unexcelled in beauty, the monumental and iconic edifice in Jerusalem for the worship of the true God who revealed Himself to Moses and their Fathers.In Lent each year we hear again the Gospel of John’s second chapter, which recounts the cleansing of that temple, because of the conversation that follows this dramatic demonstration of the Lord’s zeal for His Father’s house.“In the…Continue Reading

The Annunciation And The Suscipe

March 31, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Annunciation And The Suscipe

By FR. JAMES ALTMAN Dear family, on such feast days such as the Annunciation, we proclaim the Gloria in Latin: Gloria in excelsis Deo — Glory to God in the highest. We can imagine that Our Blessed Mother, in the midst of the glory of God’s Holy Archangel Gabriel, surely had a magnificent sense of these very words. No wonder her soul proclaimed the greatness of the Lord, and her spirit rejoiced in God, her Savior.For the Feast of the Annunciation and following, let us meditate on a just one small portion of the Gloria, the three mini-prayers right in the middle: Qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis:You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.Qui tollis…Continue Reading

Eternal Life Is Yours

March 29, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Eternal Life Is Yours

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Easter Sunday (YR B) Readings: Acts 10:34a, 37-43Col. 3:1-4John 20:1-9 Alleluia! It is not merely because we have not spoken this beautiful word for six weeks, but given our present circumstances, it is more necessary than ever to sing Alleluia in our hearts. It is true that anyone can speak the word with their mouth, but do they really mean it? That is why I say we need to sing it loudly in our hearts. If something comes from the heart, it has real meaning in our lives. Alleluia joins two Hebrew words and means “Praise God.”With all the lunacy that has been taking place in our world and in our nation, why should we be…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

March 26, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Are you interested in finding some good Lenten reading? Why not choose one or more of our books? The books available are Catholic Replies and Catholic Replies 2, All Generations Will Call Me Blessed, Who Do You Say That I Am?, Catholicism & Reason (Apologetics), Catholicism & Scripture (Salvation History), Catholicism & Society (Marriage and Family), Catholicism & Ethics (Medical/Moral Issues), and Catholicism & Life (Commandments and Sacraments). While they usually range in price from $10.95 to $17.95, you can purchase them at a special Lenten price of $5 each, plus $10 shipping for up to five books and $15 for more than five books. All orders must be paid by check. You can learn more about these…Continue Reading