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November 15, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In a recent weekly bulletin, Fr. George Rutler of the Church of St. Michael in New York City offered these perceptive comments: “ ‘Secularism’ is a religion with a non-creedal creed censuring those who do not believe in unbelief. Young people in the United States who claim to have ‘No Religion’ — called ‘Nones’ — now outnumber Catholics, and they have their own prophets, redefining morality and predicting apocalypse by carbon emissions. ‘Politically incorrect’ thinkers are banned from universities as heretics. Attorney General William Barr recently exposed this in an address at the law school of Notre Dame University: “The secular project ‘is taking on all the trappings of religion, including inquisitions and excommunication. Those who defy the…Continue Reading

Guarding The Deposit Of The Faith

November 14, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Guarding The Deposit Of The Faith

Bringing An Era To An End

November 13, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bringing An Era To An End

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Mal. 3:19-20a 2 Thess. 3:7-12 Luke 21:5-19 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells His listeners that the day would come when the Temple would be destroyed and not one stone would be left upon another. When the people asked what the sign would be to let them know when these things would happen, Jesus warned them about people who would come in His Name, claiming to be Him. He also said there would be wars and insurrections, earthquakes, famines, and plagues, and great and terrifying signs in the sky. Although many of these things have been happening ever since our Lord spoke these words, the signs…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

November 12, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Life Is Beautiful With Final Judgment In View

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The prospect of final judgment brings negative impressions, images, or emotions to mind for many. Sometimes it also does so for some who claim our Catholic faith. As a step along the way to spiritual maturity, we must often be purged of our childish or worldly impressions. With an authentic and deeper faith, the prospect of meeting God, the ultimate arbiter of good and evil, at the end of our lives is something not only to look forward to, but which is helpful in daily life. Acknowledgment of the fact of final judgment comes to the fore each November when we turn from the first day of the month, celebrating all the saints in glory,…Continue Reading

God’s Plan… Embrace Glorious Chastity

November 11, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Plan… Embrace Glorious Chastity

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND (Editor’s Note: As Bishop Strickland has been traveling, he wasn’t able to submit a column for this week’s Wanderer. Instead, we reprint here, with permission, his reflections on chastity from his Bishop’s Blog of February 14, 2019.) + + + In the year 2019, we live in a world that’s off kilter. One of the deepest roots of the present chaos is the lack of willingness to embrace Glorious Chastity. I specifically use the word “glorious” because I believe it is God’s plan that obedience to His will with regard to this virtue is a key that will unlock God’s wondrous plan for every individual person and for all of humanity. Rather than Glorious Chastity,…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 8, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. My church is one of five in a cluster. The two bigger parishes have regular Sunday Masses, one at 8:30 and one at 10:45 a.m. The third largest has a 4:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, while the two smallest have a 6:00 p.m. Saturday Mass once a month. Some people are upset at having only one Mass a month and are talking about a Word Service every Sunday. We have two deacons. What are the rules on this? The distances between the parishes are too much for older people, and our priest is no spring chicken. — D.H., via e-mail. A. You have described a dilemma facing many older Catholics who still desire to go to weekly Mass, but…Continue Reading

Faith In Eternal Life

November 6, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Faith In Eternal Life

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: 2 Macc. 7:1-2, 9-14 2 Thess. 2:16-3:5 Luke 20:27-38 In the first reading today, we hear about three of the seven heroic brothers who were all put to death on the same day because they refused to eat pork as commanded by the pagan king. Most heroic of all was their mother who encouraged them all in their martyrdom and then suffered martyrdom herself. If she were not expecting to see her sons again, her actions would have been pious but foolish and futile. In the three we hear about, it is inspiring to see the boldness these men had as they faced death. Only one reason can…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “Politicizing” The Eucharist

November 5, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… “Politicizing” The Eucharist

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Joe Biden owes Fr. Robert Morey a “thank you.” The Internet exploded last week with the news that Fr. Morey of South Carolina had “denied” the Eucharist to Biden at a parish Sunday Mass there. Biden is known to attend Mass frequently, if not weekly. Priests in other locations have been told in no uncertain terms that they are to give the Eucharist to Biden. Or else. What Fr. Morey did was to refuse to politicize the Eucharist — despite longstanding claims in high places otherwise — instead putting Biden and his salvation before every other consideration. The Catholic faith is not a superstition and the Eucharist is not an anti-death pill that communicates the…Continue Reading

Guard The Deposit Of Faith

November 4, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Guard The Deposit Of Faith

By BISHOP JOSEPH STRICKLAND On November 28, 2012, His Eminence Cardinal Daniel DiNardo ordained me as the Fourth Catholic Bishop of Tyler, Texas in a small auditorium just down the street from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and its parish elementary school, St. Gregory. The auditorium was very familiar to me because on several occasions I had joined the students in their annual musicals in the same auditorium. But, on this day, the children joined me on what is likely the most important day of my life. It was on that stage in front of 1,800 people that His Eminence, during the Rite of Ordination, asked me several questions, two of which are vital to my mission as a…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 1, 2019 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

  Editor’s Note: In his weekly bulletin at the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler included a statement from St. John Henry Newman that is as appropriate today as it was when he wrote it a century and a half ago: “What is the world’s religion now? It has taken the brighter side of the gospel, its tidings of comfort, its precepts of love; all darker, deeper views of man’s condition and prospects being comparatively forgotten. This is the religion natural to a civilized age and well has Satan dressed and completed it into an idol of the Truth….Our manners are courteous; we avoid giving pain or offence…religion is pleasant and easy; benevolence is the…Continue Reading