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A New Creation

September 27, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A New Creation

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Genesis 2:18-24Hebrews 2:9-11Mark 10:2-16 In the first reading we have the story of the creation of Eve. There are a couple things to note here. First, God creates all the animals and brings them to Adam for him to name. At this point, Adam is newly created and has no idea that he is the only human person in creation. In naming the animals, he realizes there is no one for him to love and no one in creation to love him.Certainly, he had the love of God, but Adam was made of both body and soul, therefore, it was necessary for him to be able to express…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 24, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This completes our lessons on the Commandments and Sacraments. We hope that you found them informative and were able to put them to good use. We will have another series, on Apologetics, ready shortly, but in the meantime, we will continue to welcome your questions for the column. Please send them either to the postal mailing address or the email address below. Special Course On Catholicism And Life — XIV Matrimony is a sacrament by which a baptized man and woman freely bind themselves together for life in a lawful and fruitful marriage. It gives spouses the grace to love each other with the love with which Christ has loved His Church, with the grace to remain united…Continue Reading

“Abortion is Murder”

September 23, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “Abortion is Murder”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning.” was the Pope’s answer to a question from a reporter on the return flight from his recent apostolic journey to Slovakia and Hungary. The context was a question posed: “What must the pastor do?” in reference to pro-abortion politicians. On the subject of abortion, the Pope repeated the Church teaching that procuring such a procedure is “murder.”Defining what it means to “condemn” over against what is “pastoral,” however, is a subject about which one could write a book and more. In short, Our Lord is the example of a Good Shepherd over against which the ministry of every priest is critiqued.As the upcoming annual November meeting of the U.S.…Continue Reading

The Exorcistic Effect… Of The Word Of God

September 22, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Exorcistic Effect… Of The Word Of God

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on September 8 and it is reprinted here with permission. His blog is found at https://msgrpope.com/.) + + Many often think of exorcism only in relation to driving out demons from possessed people using ancient prayers. But, truth be told, we all have afflictions, oppressions, temptations, and other negative thoughts and drives that are influenced by demons.Such influences may be direct and personal, but there are also sources of error and negativity that come from the world; and the world itself is often under the sway of the “prince of this world” (Satan) who spreads his lies and hate.Among the Lord’s principal weapons in driving demons out is…Continue Reading

Love God With Your Whole Heart

September 20, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Love God With Your Whole Heart

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Numb. 11:25-29James 5:1-6Mark 9:38-43; 45, 47-48 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells us that if our hand or foot causes us to sin, cut it off; if our eye causes us to sin, pluck it out. Obviously, our hand, foot, or eye cannot be the cause of our sin. We can use our hands, feet, or eyes to sin, but that means they are only an instrumental cause of our sin. In the Gospel four weeks ago, our Lord told us it is what comes from within, from the heart that defiles us. So, the desire and the intent to do evil comes from our will.The…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 17, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: If the following lessons, which were prepared for Confirmation students, are of value to you, put them to whatever use you can. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well, so please send them along, either to the postal mailing address or the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer them. Special Course On Catholicism And Life — XIII The sacraments given to us by Jesus cover the whole span of our lifetime, from Baptism as infants to Anointing of the Sick as death approaches. So important is the latter sacrament that priests have risked their lives to bring it to those in danger of death. This sacrament is not…Continue Reading

The Beating Heart Of Texas

September 16, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Beating Heart Of Texas

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK When it comes to legalized baby killing, also known as abortion, untold numbers of Catholics are languishing spiritually under what I’ll call the “Biden delusion.” Some of them would begin to explain it by stating, “I’m personally opposed, but….”For a few years now Biden has survived politically as a Democrat, while claiming to be Catholic, by saying he would never get an abortion himself, but that it’s okay by him if someone else chooses to kill his or her offspring instead. In the absence of any episcopal correction, such as excommunication, this irrational mental condition has gained ground among Catholics until the point that it now has become a widespread phenomenon.The Church’s gaping chest wound…Continue Reading

Vatican’s Synod On Synodality . . . Will Consult Non-Catholics, Lapsed Catholics

September 15, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Vatican’s Synod On Synodality . . . Will Consult Non-Catholics, Lapsed Catholics

By MICHAEL HAYNES VATICAN CITY (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican has revealed that the “decisive” process of the two-year Synod on Synodality will be based on “listening” to “people who have left the practice of the faith” and on “inter-religious dialogue.”At a Vatican press conference September 7, Mario Cardinal Grech, secretary general of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, introduced the vademecum (handbook) and the preparatory document for the multi-year Synod on Synodality.The shorter preparatory document contains a summary of the process, as well as the chief themes or “thematic nuclei” to be addressed. Its accompanying vademecum or handbook, which is available only in English, contains an in-depth explanation of how the Synod is to be conducted while elaborating…Continue Reading

A Thorn In The Conscience

September 13, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Thorn In The Conscience

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fifth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20James 3:16-4:3Mark 9:30-37 In the first reading today, we hear about the wicked who are discussing the treatment they intend to inflict upon a righteous person. We read that the just one is obnoxious to the wicked. More than anything, the reason for this is that the way the just person lives is a thorn in the conscience of those who are not living a Godly life. For this reason, the wicked decide to persecute the just person and even kill him just to see what happens. After all, they reason, if this person is a child of God, God will protect him.In the Gospel reading…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 10, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. I want to know if Pope Francis’ statement that the death penalty is against the Gospel can be considered just his opinion since he did not declare it infallibly from the Chair of Peter. — D.B., North Carolina.A. What Pope Francis did was to change paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which originally said that the death penalty was permissible “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” but added that “the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity ‘are very rare, if not practically nonexistent’” (citing Pope John Paul’s encyclical Evangelium Vitae, n. 56).In revising that paragraph, Pope Francis said that “recourse…Continue Reading