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Birth Unto This Life And The Next

July 14, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Birth Unto This Life And The Next

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As I turned 60 this year I welcomed priests, natal and parish family, friends, and neighbors to an evening low Mass followed by dinner at our parish hall. These were my remarks for the homily at Mass:We all celebrate birthdays and all of them are important. Each of our lives is significant in the Lord’s sight. I am humbled by your presence here this evening to celebrate my natal anniversary with Holy Mass, by which we praise and thank our Lord for this and every blessing, and for our meal together afterward to enjoy each other’s company. Thank you for your love and prayers, your spiritual friendship, on this occasion and always.All of us mark…Continue Reading

Still We March . . . Thoughts On The Overturn Of Roe V. Wade

July 13, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Still We March . . . Thoughts On The Overturn Of Roe V. Wade

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on June 30. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + I like many of you will always remember where I was when I heard that Roe v. Wade had been struck down. I was in Wichita, Kansas, preaching a priests’ retreat and preparing for Mass on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tears welled in my eyes as I ran to share the news with the bishop and priests.I have been marching in the March for Life almost uninterruptedly since 1975. We knew it was an uphill fight, but we had precedents and hope in the abolitionist movement and the Civil Rights movement that had…Continue Reading

Dying To Self To Serve Others

July 11, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Dying To Self To Serve Others

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Gen. 18:1-10aCol. 1:24-28Luke10:38-42 Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of Middle Eastern culture. We see the hospitality of Abraham in the first reading when he noticed three men standing by his tent. Perhaps he noticed that these men were not average human beings, but we do not know that. Bowing before them, Abraham begged them for the opportunity to serve them. We see that everything else that may have been happening was suddenly dropped and serving these guests was of the utmost importance.I always smile when I read this passage because I think of the patience of the men who were being served. They did not have refrigerators…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 8, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This series on Apologetics is based on the book Catholicism & Reason. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. You can send them either to the postal mailing address or to the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer them. Special Course On Catholicism And Reason (Chapter 21) All of us will die one day because of Original Sin. That’s the bad news. The good news is that death is not the end; it is only a bridge from this world of joy and sorrow to the always joyful world of Heaven. It’s like going from a…Continue Reading

The Traditional Mass Is The Best Evangelizer

July 7, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Traditional Mass Is The Best Evangelizer

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Traditional Latin Mass, in my experience, evangelizes in ways that the Novus Ordo does not.In a new document issued June 29 this year, Desiderio Desideravi, Pope Francis makes claims about the Novus Ordo, which do not hold up and which better describe, in fact, the Traditional Latin Mass.So often those who pronounce with authority on the Traditional Liturgy do not pray it and thus do not know or understand it. I have offered the two liturgies side by side for over a decade, observing most closely the prayer, and effects on the faithful praying, attending each.He criticizes the Church’s Traditional Liturgy as a kind of empty formalism which cannot evangelize, when that is exactly…Continue Reading

As We March . . . Thoughts On The Miracle Of Life

July 6, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on As We March . . . Thoughts On The Miracle Of Life

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on June 27. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + I want to write more on the end of Roe v. Wade. But while that post is underway, I want to consider today the extraordinary miracle of human life. It has been like a dagger in my heart that sixty-three million children have died in this country as a result of abortion since 1973.Shocking and horrifying and so many are unmoved by this. But consider the glory of every one of those lives. At both the physical and spiritual level the magnificence of life is really too wonderful too describe. But I found this description some years…Continue Reading

Made In His Image And Likeness

July 4, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Made In His Image And Likeness

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Deut. 30:10-14Col. 1:15-20Luke 10:25-37 In the first reading we hear Moses make a very sad and impassioned plea to the people of Israel: “If only you would heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep His Commandments and statutes….” If only. Clearly Moses wants what is best for the people, but the people had proven that they did not necessarily want what was best for themselves. It is easy to understand this because we pray daily for God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. First and foremost, this means we want His will to be done in our lives. Objectively this…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 1, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Is it true that Christ was crucified naked? I have heard that His Mother gave Him a piece of cloth to cover Himself. Is this true? — R.M., via e-mail.A. We don’t know for certain whether Jesus was naked on the cross. It was customary for the executioners to strip the alleged criminal naked, thus adding the ultimate humiliation to the person. The Gospels all say that the soldiers divided Jesus’ garments into four piles, a share for each soldier, but they cast lots for a fifth garment, the Lord’s seamless tunic.In his Life of Christ, Fulton J. Sheen says that “being stripped of his garments meant that He was no longer localized by dress. In His nakedness He…Continue Reading

Vatican Shell Game

June 30, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Vatican Shell Game

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The World Meeting of Families was kicked off with a song about King David’s adultery. Attendees were treated to the performance of Cohen’s Hallelujah in the Paul VI audience hall.How does that set the tone for a Catholic event affirming the sacrament of marriage? It doesn’t. So, why have it?Pope Francis’ comments to open the meeting held in Rome in late June sounded fine. But why titillate people beforehand with sounds and mental images of adulterous behavior, which do not prepare them well at all to receive high-sounding words about fidelity and the call to holiness? One commentator described Cohen’s lyrics as “tired, faithless, despairing and cynical.” I would stop at “not Catholic.”What we are…Continue Reading

Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi

June 29, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jesus Wants to Feed You! Corpus Christi

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on June 19. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + On the Feast of Corpus Christi, we do well to meditate on the desire of the Lord to feed His people and the shocking indifference many have to this fact. This indifference is not just on the part of those who do not come to Mass; it is also found among those in the pews, many of whom don’t seem to care that so many people no longer attend.We should recognize the passionate concern the Lord has to feed all His people — yes, even your wayward spouse or child.Let’s consider today’s Gospel in three ways.First: Desire…Continue Reading