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October 22, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are starting a new series on Apologetics that 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 (Chapters 3 and 4) When we talk about religion, we are talking about three things: God, myself, and the relation between God and myself. We have seen that God exists and that He is the cause of every other existing thing, including ourselves. Since He brought…Continue Reading

The Evil Tyranny Of Feelings

October 21, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Evil Tyranny Of Feelings

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A comedian has come under fire recently for flouting the social and media transgender/LGBT juggernaut. He made the mistake of observing out loud that one is punished now more severely for questioning the trans false “gospel” that holds our world in bondage than one is for murder. Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl, he called out the disproportionate reaction to a crime against the “woke” LGBT false gospel in comparison with the taking of a human life.The comedian was referring in his comments to a rapper whose alias refers to an infant human. He is one of those recording artists who makes a kind of music where one does not sing, but rather talks, and at…Continue Reading

The Often-Disappointing Quality . . . Of The Prayer Of The Faithful

October 20, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Often-Disappointing Quality . . . Of The Prayer Of The Faithful

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope — https://msgrpope.com/internet/ — posted this on October 11. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was restored from antiquity is the Prayer of the Faithful. In my mind, however, there is an often disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory, and flat. Further, they often include prayers for the Pope, bishops, clergy, and also for the dead. But these sorts of prayers will be included in the Eucharistic Prayer. Why “predundantly” include them here?Some years ago, Peter Kwasniewski, in…Continue Reading

Making Jesus The Priority

October 18, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Making Jesus The Priority

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Thirtieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Jer. 31:7-9Heb. 5:1-6Mark 10:46-52 Making Jesus The Priority In the first reading today, the Lord tells the people of Israel who had been in exile to shout for joy, exult at the head of the nations, and proclaim praise. Why? Because the Lord has delivered His people and brings them back from exile to their own land.I think we can all see why this would be cause for great joy and rejoicing. Imagine what it would be like to suffer the day-to-day life of an exile for seventy years in a foreign land, then suddenly, by an act of the Lord Himself, to be freed from captivity and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 15, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: We are starting a new series on Apologetics that 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 (Chapters 1 and 2) Many people today describe themselves as spiritual rather than religious. What this means is that they are not bound by any religious beliefs or principles, but make up their own spiritual and moral values as they go along. They say that there…Continue Reading

Catholic Identity Confirmed At Conference

October 14, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Identity Confirmed At Conference

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK One of the most important events of the year is the annual Catholic Identity Conference. Big thinkers and writers from Rome and throughout the U.S. gather for liturgy, presentation of papers and talks, and to share news and ideas. Most important, as the name of the conference implies, they pray and work together to cement and deepen our Catholic Faith and the identity that should come with it. The greatest crisis in the Church since Vatican II has been the destruction and the loss of Catholic identity and, for so many as a result, the faith itself.Among the many Catholic organizations and media reps, yours truly represented The Wanderer at the conference held in Pittsburgh…Continue Reading

What Conscience Dreads And Prayer Dares Not Ask

October 13, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Conscience Dreads And Prayer Dares Not Ask

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Pope posted this column on October 3 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + The Collect (Opening Prayer) for this week’s Masses (27th Week of the Year), though directed to God, teaches us that our prayer is not always about things with which we are comfortable. It sometimes leads us to examine areas of our life in which we struggle with sin or we struggle to desire to be free of sin. Here is the prayer: Almighty ever-living God,who in the abundance of your kindnesssurpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you,pour out your mercy upon usto pardon what conscience dreadsand to give what prayer does not dare…Continue Reading

Participate In Christ’s Redemptive Work

October 11, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Participate In Christ’s Redemptive Work

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 53:10-11Heb. 4:14-16Mark 10:35-45 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us that He came to serve, not to be served. This service is one of charity, the highest form of love. As such, He gives Himself freely without looking for or expecting anything in return. This is the nature of love, but the nature of love is also that it is reciprocal. Love gives without seeking anything in return, but love is also a relationship in which both are to give and both are to receive.The context of our Lord telling His apostles that He came to serve rather than be served was when James and…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

October 8, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. After reading a column in a recent issue of The Wanderer, I have to ask, was Mary Magdalene, the repentant sinner, the same woman as Mary of Bethany, the sister of Lazarus? — B.R., via e-mail.A. What we do know for certain about Mary Magdalene is that Jesus cast seven demons out of her (cf. Luke 8:2), that she and other women, including Joanna and Susanna, journeyed with Jesus and provided for His and the apostles’ material needs out of their own resources, that she was a witness of the crucifixion and burial of the Savior, and that she was the first person to whom Jesus appeared publicly after His Resurrection from the dead. We also know that when…Continue Reading

Blessed Be The Rigid

October 7, 2021 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Blessed Be The Rigid

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Another plane ride, another papal interview. This was on the return flight from Hungary and Slovakia and it was a bumpy one for the Church.The Pope gave: He affirmed that the abominable crime and sin of abortion is “murder.” Legal or not, procured abortion is always the unjust taking of an innocent human life. Whether human life is in the womb or out is irrelevant. The taking of a human life is murder and disobedience to God who has decreed, “Thou shall not kill.” Capital punishment is not murder, but that’s a discussion for another time and place.“It’s a human life, period. This human life must be respected. This principle is so clear. And to…Continue Reading