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Liturgy Unites, Gaslighting Divides

May 19, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Liturgy Unites, Gaslighting Divides

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Guns don’t kill people, people do. People are the source of division, not the things they use to bring about violence. The voice is one of the most beautiful gifts given to men, and yet men use their voices all too frequently in sinful ways to divide and to hate. This is not the fault of the voice but of the man or woman who uses it for unholy purposes. So, intentions are key in uncovering in any situation what is the cause of division, if indeed there subsists such a lack of true charity.Just as with any weapon intended for self-defense, the things of God can be misused in a sinful way to exclude…Continue Reading

Do You Fear The Right Thing? A Meditation On The Story Of Chicken Little

May 18, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Do You Fear The Right Thing? A Meditation On The Story Of Chicken Little

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on May 9, 2022 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + In the wake of the COVID-19 explosion of fear, we do well to begin reflecting on fear. Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God (who loves us) is both appropriate and holy. Sadly, more people lack this holy fear rooted in the possible loss of what is…Continue Reading

God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

May 16, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday Of Easter (YR C) Readings: Acts 15:1-2, 22-29Rev. 21:10-14, 22-23John 14:23-29 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us that He leaves us with peace, but not just any peace, rather, “My peace I give to you.” He makes the distinction between the peace He gives and the peace the world gives, then tells us not to be troubled or afraid.First of all, the peace the world gives is external and temporary. That is, the world’s peace is merely an absence of conflict. The Lord’s peace, on the other hand, is interior and abiding.We see this in the lives of the saints who are able to remain completely at peace while they are…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 13, 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 17) If someone asked you what the greatest evil in the world is, what would you say? Is it war? Is it racism? Is it abortion? Is it selfishness? Is it greed? Most people would agree that all of these things are evil, but there is one simple word that…Continue Reading

Liturgical And Cultural Diversity

May 12, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Liturgical And Cultural Diversity

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The same Church leaders calling for cultural diversity are proposing to injure it through a plan to eliminate the liturgical diversity which underlies it.Cultural diversity is a current touchstone in the Church. The Archdiocese of Washington has planned a high visibility meeting about the matter this month. Each parish in the archdiocese has been tasked with sending a priest, religious, or deacon to the meeting as a representative. An auxiliary bishop is representing the archbishop as head of the proceedings. Expectations are high for attendance and participation.The concern for cultural diversity underlying this extraordinary effort to draw attention to the matter is no doubt fueled in part by the huge influx of immigrants, many of…Continue Reading

Love On The Move . . . Of The Divine “Dance” In The Holy Trinity

May 11, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Love On The Move . . . Of The Divine “Dance” In The Holy Trinity

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on May 2, 2022 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + There is a kind of tension in some of the imagery we use for God. On the one hand we call Him the “Unmoved Mover.” We also say that God is everywhere. If He is everywhere then there is nowhere for Him to go, no need for Him to move because He is already there. Yet we also speak of “processions” in the Trinity.St. Thomas artfully and with precision speaks of the Trinity and the two “processions” as Genitori Genitoque laus et jubilation. . . . Procedenti abutroque compar sit laudatio (To the One who…Continue Reading

We Are Glorified Through Suffering

May 9, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on We Are Glorified Through Suffering

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR C) Readings: Acts 14:21-27Rev. 21:1-5aJohn 13:31-33a, 34-35 In the second reading we hear the One who is seated on the Heavenly Throne say: “Behold, I make all things new.” The context of this statement regards eternal life in Heaven, but our Lord’s words can also be applied to our present life. Indeed, in every period in history these words are apropos, and in each person’s life God is working to bring about a true renewal.In the Book of Revelation, it is revealed that part of this newness includes no more death or mourning, wailing or pain. The old order, it says, has passed away. In this new order there will be…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 6, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Reading Isaiah 65:20, he speaks of people dying at the age of 100, when they will be considered mere youths. Could Isaiah have been a Sadducee and not believe in eternal life? Or was he a Pharisee? Although perhaps neither religious group existed that far back. — K.H., Iowa.A. Isaiah prophesied in the eighth century before Christ, some six centuries before the Sadducees and Pharisees came on the scene. The Sadducees, one of the two major sects at the time of Jesus, came into being sometime in the second century before Christ. They were the elite element in Judaism, coming from the most powerful priestly families. They differed from the Pharisees in denying the resurrection of the dead and…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Mike Lewis Calumniates TLM Catholics

May 5, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Mike Lewis Calumniates TLM Catholics

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK In common Catholic parlance the word “traditionalist,” when applied to adherents of our true and most ancient faith, implies love of the Traditional Mass and frequent, if not regular, attendance at this 1962 Latin language liturgy.Mike Lewis, of “Where Peter Is,” published a hit piece, “When Catholics resist both faith and science” at the site the week of this writing, attacking Catholics who love the historic Mass of the Church. The title of the article itself indicates the primary problem with his approach, for in targeting fellow Catholics both for their practice of the faith and for their medical choices, he mixes apples and oranges.Mike’s primary stated angle in the opinion piece concerns the opposition…Continue Reading

What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

May 4, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on What Will Our Resurrected Bodies Be Like?

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on April 18 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + When I gave a talk recently at the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of the Second Coming, I was I asked to describe what our resurrected bodies will be like. Here is an article I wrote a few years back that details some aspects of our resurrected bodies:St. Paul writes to the Philippians of the glory that our currently lowly bodies will one day enjoy:“He will change our lowly body to conform with His glorified Body by the power that enables Him also to bring all things into subjection to Himself” (Phil. 3:19).I once…Continue Reading