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November 27, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

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A Leaven In The World… Shepherds vs. Sheep

November 26, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Shepherds vs. Sheep

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “Feed my sheep.” Many of you will likely read this as you are basking in the gastronomical afterglow of the Thanksgiving feast. I wish you and yours a blessed one.All holiday-related excesses aside, eating is life. We give thanks this week each year in particular for the bounty God has provided through the blessing of this land. We remember the hardships of those who first came to settle the country and endured innumerable hardships and death to make prosperity possible for us.We properly offer prayers in a sacrifice of praise to make this occasion complete. Some very appropriately begin the day with Holy Mass, the perfect Thanksgiving because Christ is present as the Eucharist, God’s…Continue Reading

Catholic Family Life . . . The Answer To The Evils That Beset Us

November 25, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Family Life . . . The Answer To The Evils That Beset Us

By JAMES MONTI In Frank Capra’s classic 1939 movie Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, we are introduced to an idealistic young man, Jefferson Smith (played by Jimmy Stuart), who unwittingly finds himself propelled into a pitched David-and-Goliath battle with a cadre of corrupt politicians, businessmen, and journalists all determined to crush him and what he stands for.In the character of Jefferson Smith can be seen a metaphor of what we as Catholics are experiencing right now in our culture war against a seemingly invincible secularistic culture, the culture of death. There are even voices within this Godless culture that have expressed the malicious desire of crushing us one and all lest we ever dare again to have a voice in…Continue Reading

The Command To Watch

November 24, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Command To Watch

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sunday Sermon for November 29, 2020First Sunday Of Advent (YR B) Readings: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b, 64:2-71 Cor. 1:3-9Mark 13:33-37 In the Gospel reading our Lord tells us something of great importance. Of course, since everything He said is the Word of God, it is all of great importance. However, the last line in the Gospel is not spoken only to those who believe. Indeed, our Lord says: “What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!’”The Scriptures are meant for everyone, but not everyone will accept God, our Lord, or their holy Word. But this call to watch, rather, this command to watch is given to everyone whether they believe or not.For what are we…Continue Reading

Listen To The Gospel of Zacchaeus

November 23, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Listen To The Gospel of Zacchaeus

By FR. JAMES ALTMAN In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.Dear family, let it never be said that I don’t have a sense of humor! Every now and then something humorous comes along and I throw it into these meditations, so here you go:“I was going to tell you a COVID Joke, but there’s a 99.696 percent chance you won’t get it!”Dear family, as the saying goes, there’s some truth to the humor. As we brace for yet another left-wing lockdown — yet another attempt to undermine our democracy — yet another attempt to drive the final nail in the coffin of our freedom of religion, let us realize and confess…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

November 20, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. Have you ever heard of the “Apostolic Pardon”? I’ve heard of it lately, but no one seems to know about it. What is it? — G.P.M., via e-mail.A. It’s a shame that many Catholics do not know of this vitally important way of preparing for entry into Heaven at the end of one’s life. Please make the following information known to as many family and friends as you can.Once the Sacrament of Penance has been given to a dying person, says the Pastoral Care of the Sick (n. 201), “the priest may give the Apostolic Pardon for the dying, using one of the following:“ ‘Through the holy mysteries of our redemption, may almighty God release you from all punishments…Continue Reading

The McCarrick Report: “Power Corrupts”

November 19, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The McCarrick Report: “Power Corrupts”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “. . . The situation that Christians have to face today has more in common with that described by the author of the Apocalypse than with the age of St. Augustine. The world is strong and has evil masters. But these masters are not vicious autocrats like Nero and Domitian. They are the engineers of the mechanism of world power: a mechanism that is more formidable than anything the ancient world knew, because it is not confined to external means, like the despotism of the past, but uses all the resources of modern psychology to make the human soul the motor of its dynamic purpose.”Perhaps one example of Christopher Dawson’s above quote would be Catholics…Continue Reading

Amid Constitutional Reform . . . Order Of Malta Opts To Elect A Lieutenant Of The Grand Master

November 18, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Amid Constitutional Reform . . . Order Of Malta Opts To Elect A Lieutenant Of The Grand Master

By COURTNEY MARES ROME (CNA) — The Order of Malta elected Fra’ Marco Luzzago as the lieutenant of the Grand Master on November 8 to serve a one-year term amid the order’s constitutional reform.Luzzago will lead the nearly 1,000-year-old institution until another election will take place next year to select the order’s Grand Master, a position that is traditionally held for life.Founded in Jerusalem in the year 1048, the Sovereign Order of Malta today operates mainly in the field of medical and humanitarian assistance as a primary body of international law and a lay Catholic religious order.The Order of Malta’s elective body, the Council Complete of State, met in Rome at the Magistral Villa on the Aventine Hill November 7-8.…Continue Reading

He Will Tend His Flock

November 17, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on He Will Tend His Flock

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King Of The Universe Readings: Ezek. 34:11-12, 15-171 Cor. 15:20-26, 28Matt. 25:31-46 In the first reading today the Lord tells us two things: He is the Shepherd who will tend His sheep who are scattered and He will judge between one sheep and another, the rams, and the goats. I think it is important to note that the flock is scattered. The fact that the Lord God put this description in the Scriptures tells us that this would be a problem throughout history. We are supposed to be united in truth and in charity, so if we are scattered, it would suggest that one or both of these unifying factors…Continue Reading

We Cannot Fix Godlessness

November 16, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on We Cannot Fix Godlessness

By FR. JAMES ALTMAN In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.Dear family, in view of Veterans Day, let us pray to honor veterans of all services and wars in thanksgiving for all their sacrifices made. For one cannot even enter into training for war without sacrificing a portion of one’s own freedom and without sacrificing irreplaceable time with family and friends, and those are spiritual wounds indeed.And all those who enter into war itself are wounded in one way or another. So many wounded in body. So many wounded in spirit.Thanks be to God, when dark forces rise, men, and now women, of generations past and present, have come forward to…Continue Reading