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The Peace Not Of This World

May 12, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Peace Not Of This World

By Fr. JAMES ALTMAN Dear family, when you depart from every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass you should have within you Peace.Not as the world gives peace, but as Jesus gives peace. When the storms of the world threaten to sink your boat, when you try to step out of it in faith and start to sink, when it looks like all is hopeless and lost, when you are being stoned to death by life itself, you should be at peace — not as the world gives peace, but as Jesus gives peace. We are reminded of this at every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.Here’s a quick aside. After almost four years of beginning Sunday Holy Sacrifices of the Mass…Continue Reading

Live According To The Lord’s Words

May 10, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Live According To The Lord’s Words

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings:Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-261 John 4:11-16John 17:11b-19 In the first reading today, St. Peter speaks of two necessities regarding Judas. The first, he says, the Scripture had to be fulfilled when David spoke concerning the one who would hand over the Messiah. Second, St. Peter says it is necessary, based again on what David wrote, that someone else would fill the office Judas vacated through his atrocity.St. Peter reminds everyone that Judas was counted among the number of the apostles and given a share in the apostolic ministry. When St. Peter speaks of another filling the office of Judas, it literally says, “may another take his episcopate.”Today we look at…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 7, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Due to the pandemic, we were unable to hold weekly classes for 22 tenth-grade Confirmation students. So instead of using our regular text, Catholicism & Life, which covers the Commandments and Sacraments, we prepared a series of 14 lessons on the material, with a summary of each commandment and sacrament along with some questions to answer, and sent them to the students to complete and return to us. To their credit, they did complete the assignment, and we were able to discuss the material with them at a retreat a few weeks before they were confirmed.It occurred to us that this material might be of interest to our readers, so we are passing the lessons along for whatever…Continue Reading

Church Corruption Rooted In Crisis Of Authority

May 6, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Church Corruption Rooted In Crisis Of Authority

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them’” (Matt. 20:25).The year of St. Joseph gives an opportunity for contemplating the proper role and nature of authority in the Church at a time when it is misunderstood and abused. Authority in the Church is different from what one finds in the world.St. Joseph shared uniquely in the fatherhood of God as the earthly father of Christ. St. Augustine tells us that St. Joseph and our Lady were the parents of the Lord’s “humility, not of His glory, of His infirmity, not of His divinity.” Nevertheless, St.…Continue Reading

The Good Shepherd, Judas, And Non Timebo Mala

May 5, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Good Shepherd, Judas, And Non Timebo Mala

By FR. JAMES ALTMAN Dear family, in the Novus Ordo, this past Sunday was Good Shepherd Sunday. We heard how Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Jesus then described what it meant to be a bad shepherd. “A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd.”Let us, then, ponder how our Good Shepherd suffered and died for us — and went ahead to prepare a place…Continue Reading

God’s Love Is Perfect And Selfless

May 3, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Love Is Perfect And Selfless

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35; 44-481 John 4:7-10John 15:9-17 In the Gospel reading today our Lord commands us to love one another. In Greek there four words for love, but only two are used in the New Testament: philos and agape. The first refers to the love of friendship and the second refers to the selfless manner in which God loves us. Some might think that because our Lord had just told His apostles they were no longer slaves but friends, that He must be talking about philos love. On the contrary, the word that is used multiple times in this passage is agape.If we go back to the beginning of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 30, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding a recent column about getting a person with dementia to Confession, S.K. of Ohio wrote that the column “reminded me of my dad, who I took care of during his last year. He did have some dementia. For example, I was his boss, not his daughter. He loved getting in my car to go on a trip. He was also in his day a good Catholic and got a scholarship to a Jesuit high school and later to a Jesuit university in Detroit. I took him with me when I went to Confession.“When I came out of the confessional, my dad was in his wheelchair and heading for the confessional. I helped him into the confessional and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Vatican Trivializes, Diminishes Faith

April 29, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Vatican Trivializes, Diminishes Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The eyes of the world were trained upon Britain in these last days to witness the funeral and burial of Prince Philip. There are certainly those without much reserve of sentiment for the UK, given the legendary anti-Catholicism woven into the warp and weft of British life.My interest in liturgy and ceremony drew my attention, at the same moment that free time while on vacation provided an opportunity to watch the obsequies.The simplicity of the liturgy served to bring the Scripture readings and sacred music into sharper relief. The stark beauty of God’s Word and teaching, the truth of His Being and redeeming love, were palpable by means of the beauty of the sacred thus…Continue Reading

Deliver Us From Evil . . . Fear Those Who Can Kill The Soul

April 28, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Deliver Us From Evil . . . Fear Those Who Can Kill The Soul

By FR. JAMES ALTMAN As the foundation for all we ponder herein, let us remember the grave caution given to us by our Lord, Jesus the Christ: “. . .do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna” (Matt. 10:28).Dear family, at each and every Holy Mass, the priest calls all the faithful to pray the Lord’s Prayer, reminding you that we pray that prayer, quote, “at the Savior’s command.” Further, the priest states that we pray that particular prayer because we were formed by divine teaching. Therefore we dare to say “Our Father” because Jesus’ Father is our…Continue Reading

Stay In The State Of Grace

April 26, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Stay In The State Of Grace

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR B) Readings: Acts 9:26-311 John 3:18-24John 15:1-8 In the Gospel reading our Lord tells us that He is the True Vine and we are the branches. On the natural level, because the sap flows through the vine and into the branches, fruit can be borne by the branches only when they are connected to the vine. Our Lord tells us that we are to bear fruit, but if we are the branches, we cannot bear fruit unless we are united to the Vine. God is the author of grace, so the divine life flows through us only when we are united with Jesus.However, our Lord makes this point in a way…Continue Reading