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Bear Witness To Jesus

October 24, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bear Witness To Jesus

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Wisdom 11:22-12:22 Thess. 1:11-2:2Luke 19:1-10 In the Gospel reading today we hear about Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax collector who wanted to see Jesus. The problem the man had in trying to see the Lord is that he was short in stature. Obviously, one’s height does not matter in the least in spiritual matters; what is important for all of us is what we read about Zacchaeus: He was seeking to see who Jesus was.Are we truly seeking God? Do we really want to know Jesus? For those who might poke fun at those who are short (or at any other issue we might see in another person), we…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 21, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In a homily, a priest asserted that Padre Pio, after death, continues to suffer in Heaven as an offering to Jesus. No information was provided regarding this contention. Would you have information regarding it? Also, could you recommend any recent books on St. Pio? — D.H., via e-mail.A. We can’t imagine any information that would back up this contention. Padre Pio suffered in an extraordinary way during his lifetime, including bearing the stigmata for 50 years, but we know that there is no suffering in Heaven, only joy and happiness. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:“This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity — this communication of life and love with the Trinity, with the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… The Victims Who Vanished

October 20, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… The Victims Who Vanished

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A popular article published late last year by a Catholic writer in a journal of the same persuasion brought tears and sympathy for a priest no longer in parish ministry. The article claimed he “vanished” as indicated by its title. He in fact, after years of repetitious discernment both in and out of parish ministry, once again decamped in favor of religious life in another state.That he was no longer in regular contact with his parishioners in daily ministry was undoubtedly a loss to them and, I imagine, a difficult adjustment. When all the conditions are right a priest and his people develop the tight bonds of the religious family that they by means of…Continue Reading

How To Give God Perfect Thanks

October 19, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on How To Give God Perfect Thanks

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this on October 8 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + One of the great human inadequacies is our inability to give proper and adequate thanks to God. Perhaps the biggest problem is that we don’t even realize the vast majority of what He does for us; it is hidden from our eyes.A further problem is that in our fallen condition we seem to be wired to magnify our problems and minimize or discount the enormous blessings of each moment. God sustains every fiber of our being and every atom of creation. God’s blessings are countless and yet we get angry if our iPhone malfunctions or if a…Continue Reading

A Crown Of Righteousness

October 17, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Crown Of Righteousness

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18;2 Tim. 4:6-8, 16-18Luke 18:9-14 In the first reading today, we hear about our Lord’s disposition toward the weak, the oppressed, the orphan, and the widow. He hears their cries; He is not deaf to their complaints. Following this, a distinction is made which can help us to see these suffering souls in a different light. We are told about the one who serves God willingly and the prayer of the lowly.As we see in the Beatitudes, simply being poor is not sufficient to obtain the blessing which the Lord promises. Rather, the one who is poor in spirit is blessed. Being poor can be a…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 14, 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. Special Course On Catholicism And Scripture (Chapter 5) When Jacob arrived at his uncle Laban’s, he fell in love with his daughter Rachel and Laban promised he could marry her after he worked for him for seven years. But at the end of the seven years, Laban deceived Jacob into marrying his older daughter Leah. Jacob was furious at the deception, forgetting that he had deceived his own father Isaac some years before. This reminds us of Jesus’ warning to recognize our…Continue Reading

Color Politics An Impediment To Faith

October 13, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Color Politics An Impediment To Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The USCCB is rightly concerned about racism, as they should be about any sin. In the statement Open Wide Our Hearts, they affirm the dignity of every human person: “But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now.”The fight against racism in the Church, however, overlaps with an abuse of concerns about racial interrelations in society by means of malevolent political movements such as BLM. The color politics that do not promote…Continue Reading

Five Fundamentals For A Firm Faith

October 12, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Five Fundamentals For A Firm Faith

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on October 1 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + The readings for this Sunday’s Mass [27th Sunday of the Year] richly describe some essential qualities of faith and living in this world as a Christian. There are five fundamentals that can be seen:Wanting — The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5-6).There’s an old saying that what you want, you get. Many doubt this, thinking that they have wanted many things that they did not get. The reason for this, however, is usually because they didn’t want it enough. When we really want something (provided it is not an impossibility) we usually…Continue Reading

Perseverance Brings Us Virtues

October 10, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Perseverance Brings Us Virtues

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Exodus 17:8-132 Tim. 3:14-4:2Luke 18:1-8 In the readings today we hear about the necessity of perseverance. The Gospel tells us about the widow whose court case was resolved unjustly. She was unwilling to accept the outcome and badgered the unjust judge until he settled in her favor. The second reading speaks specifically about persistence, in this case, in preaching the Word of God whether it is convenient or not. The first reading tells us how Moses needed to keep his hands raised throughout the entire day so the people of Israel could be victorious in the war against the Amalekites.None of the three situations from today’s readings is…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 7, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. We often hear that some new law will compel Catholic hospitals or schools to adopt practices contrary to faith and morals. Could such a hospital or school accept NO government money (i.e., taxpayers’ money) and thereafter be free from any immoral demands? — C.E., via e-mail.A. They could try, and some colleges have done so, but unfortunately many Catholic institutions are entangled with the government through such things as loan guarantees or Medicare reimbursements and would be hard pressed to continue functioning without these federal funds. The problem, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled many years ago, is that whatever the government subsidizes it may control.A further problem is that the government does not hesitate to impose its gender…Continue Reading