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On Being Faithful In A Few Things . . . Before Being Ruler Over Many Things

September 28, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on On Being Faithful In A Few Things . . . Before Being Ruler Over Many Things

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on September 17 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + I. Analysis of the Sinner — In the opening lines of the Gospel, Jesus describes a sinful steward.Delusion (of the sinner) — Jesus said to His disciples, “A rich man had a steward. . . .”Notice that the man is referred to as a steward rather than an owner. God is the owner of everything; we are but stewards. A steward must deal with the goods of another according to that person’s will. We may have ownership in relation to other human beings, but before God we own nothing, absolutely nothing.Part of the essence of sin…Continue Reading

How Long, O Lord?

September 26, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on How Long, O Lord?

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time Readings:Hab. 1:2-3, 2:2-42 Tim. 1:6-8, 13-14Luke 17:5-10 The first reading today, from the Prophet Habakkuk, is very apropos for our time. As it was in his day, so too it is in ours: people crying to God for help, but nothing seems to happen; people crying out “violence,” but God does not intervene. The great question that is being heard over and over again is the same question Habakkuk asked the Lord about 2,700 years ago: “How long, O Lord?”To this question, which as we just saw, seems to receive no response, God answers as He did to the Prophet: “The vision still has its time, presses on to fulfillment, and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 23, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I don’t use rosary beads to say the rosary since I pray in the car or while doing gardening or housework. Is it okay to pray the rosary daily with my fingers? Also, I have seen pictures of St. Joseph with lilies, and I have been told that is the way he was chosen to be the husband of Mary. Is that true? — C.B.M., via e-mail.A. Of course it is okay to pray the rosary on your fingers. The important thing is to pray this wonderful, and powerful, devotion daily, whether on the beads or on your fingers.As for the association of lilies with St. Joseph, that comes from a pious legend about the choice of a spouse…Continue Reading

Future Bleak for Vatican II Mass

September 22, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Future Bleak for Vatican II Mass

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK My parish is forced back into compliance with the “unique liturgical expression of the Roman rite” this month, as expressed by Pope Francis in Traditionis custodes, with the banning of the traditional Latin Mass in my as well as in other parish churches. This in order to open us to the full experience of the wonders of Vatican II and its sole expression of public prayer in the Novus Ordo or Mass of Paul VI.Pope Francis’ vision of the full flowering of the 1960’s revolution is now realized only through compliance with dictatorial edicts. Gone is the individual freedom of expression promised by the peace and love movement. Instead we now have something more akin…Continue Reading

Crazy! . . . A Homily For The 24th Sunday Of The Year

September 21, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Crazy! . . . A Homily For The 24th Sunday Of The Year

(Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this on September 10 and it is posted here with permission.) + + The three parables in this Sunday’s lengthy Gospel challenge conventional thinking. They describe people doing things that we most likely would not do. All three of them — especially the first two — seem crazy. Who would ever do what the shepherd of the lost sheep does or what the woman with the lost coin does? Probably no one. Likewise, the father in the Prodigal Son parable breaks all the rules of “tough love.” His forgiveness has an almost reckless quality to it. No father in Jesus’ time would ever have tolerated such insolence from his sons. So all three of…Continue Reading

Cardinal Brandmueller… Pope Francis Prevented Crucial Dialogue Among Cardinals At Consistory

September 20, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cardinal Brandmueller… Pope Francis Prevented Crucial Dialogue Among Cardinals At Consistory

By SANDRO MAGISTER (Wanderer Editor’s Note: LifeSiteNews reprinted this article from L’Espresso on August 31. Fr. Kevin M. Cusick alluded to Cardinal Brandmueller’s remarks in his Wanderer column dated September 8.) + + (L’Espresso) — On August 29, a consistory saw the cardinals gathered with Pope Francis. It was behind closed doors, but above all it was broken down, at the Pope’s behest, into linguistic groups, thus preventing direct dialogue among all.Such dialogue did in fact happen in the now long-gone consistory of February 2014, the last full-fledged consistory convened by Francis, in view of the “Synod on the Family” and on the “vexata quaestio” of Communion for the divorced and remarried. That consistory that proved so frank in criticizing…Continue Reading

Pursue Righteousness

September 19, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Pursue Righteousness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, year C Readings: Amos 6:1a, 4-71 Tim 6:11-16Luke 16:19-31 In the first reading today the Lord God pronounces a woe on the people of Israel who have become complacent. Life became easy for them so they were able to relax, enjoy some entertainment, and have their fill of good food and wine. In many ways this sounds like life in many developed countries of the world right now.The problem isn’t so much the relaxation, the entertainment, or the good food. In and of themselves these can all be good. However, one will note that God did not condemn these things, but the disposition of the people who were doing these…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 16, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This Series on the Bible is from the book Catholicism & Scripture. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. Send your questions via email or postal mail to the addresses listed below. Special Course On Catholicism And Scripture (Chapter 3) Since all truth comes from God, there can be no conflict between religious and scientific truth. God is the author of both. So, when we look at the Book of Genesis and the account of Creation, we are looking at the religious origins of the human race, not at a scientific account. The Bible is not a scientific text, but a…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Persevere To The End

September 15, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Persevere To The End

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “But he that shall persevere to the end, he shall be saved” (Matt. 24:13).Together with my little parish, years ago, I took the freedom offered the Church by Pope Benedict XVI to re-embrace our entire tradition, to include the most important part of it, the Traditional Latin Mass.Wide attention has been drawn to our small community by an EWTN segment of “News in Depth” that was first aired on Friday, September 2. YouTube views of the show at https://youtu.be/CFs-BGxeVXE now total 83,068. The comments have been disabled after climbing to over a thousand. I would guess they weren’t entirely complimentary to those responsible for the oppression.Today, as I write, on September 8, the Nativity of…Continue Reading

Clear Enough? A Plain Warning… Unrepentant Sexual Sin Excludes One From The Kingdom Of God

September 14, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Clear Enough? A Plain Warning… Unrepentant Sexual Sin Excludes One From The Kingdom Of God

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this on September 7 and it is posted here with permission.) + + In today’s first reading for Mass (Tuesday of the 23rd Week) St. Paul writes clearly of the danger of certain behaviors that many celebrate today. Others minimize them as of any importance:“Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the Kingdom of God” (1 Cor. 6:9-10).To say that someone who does not repent of such behaviors “will not inherit the Kingdom of God” is to say that they will go to Hell. This is very clear and…Continue Reading