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On The Feast Of The Holy Innocents . . . A Meditation On the Sins Committed Against Children

January 11, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on On The Feast Of The Holy Innocents . . . A Meditation On the Sins Committed Against Children

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on December 28, 2022, and it is reprinted here with permission. To view a video he put together on this subject, please visit msgrpope.com.) + + Today, we observe the Feast of the Holy Innocents, a feast commemorating the young children, of even younger age who were cruelly murdered by the paranoid and crazed killer known as Herod “the Great.” So paranoid was he that others might usurp or limit his power that he killed three of his own sons, and his wife. He ruthlessly killed many others as well. As his own death drew near, according to Josephus, Herod decreed that in order that the nation properly…Continue Reading

A Light To The Nations

January 9, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Light To The Nations

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 49:3, 5-61 Cor. 1:1-3John 1:29-34 In the first reading today, we hear about the Servant of the Lord, whom we know to be Jesus, but this was written 700 years before our Lord’s birth. We are told that this Servant came to bring Jacob back to the Lord and to gather Israel to the Lord. However, the reading takes a turn that is great news for all of us who are not of Jewish descent. The Lord says through Isaiah that it is not enough for the Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and restore the survivors of Israel; rather, the Lord will make His…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 6, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This series on the Bible is from the book Catholicism & Scripture. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. Special Course On Catholicism And Scripture (Chapter 10) There are many heroes and heroines in the Bible, but we are singling out just a few of them for their significant role in salvation history. Not all of their actions were admirable, but we can learn many lessons from them.We know what a key role Joseph played in the history of Israel, but he would not have had the opportunity were it not for his brother Judah. The other brothers wanted to leave…Continue Reading

New Year, New Life In Christ

January 5, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on New Year, New Life In Christ

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Merry Christmas.This column, the last of 2022, is written with sentiments of gratitude for your readership both of this column and of our historic newspaper The Wanderer. Good Catholic journalism, like much that passes for Catholic in these very strange times, is very rare indeed. Labels cannot be trusted for the reason that many publications and much of media bearing the name of our Faith are in fact the very opposite of what is claimed. I hope you have found this paper, on the contrary, to be a solid Catholic voice among a cacophonic chorus clamoring for attention.Also, too there is an obsession with filth and with sin among many who claim to speak with…Continue Reading

A Meditation On A Text From Isaiah . . . Five Reasons We Need A Savior

January 4, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Meditation On A Text From Isaiah . . . Five Reasons We Need A Savior

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this commentary on December 12 and it is reprinted here with permission. Even though it will be after Advent and after Christmas when our readers see this column, we think it has something to say for the coming year.) + + As Christmas draws so near, we should ponder why we need a savior. In short, we’ve got it bad and that ain’t good. But praise the Lord, there is a doctor on the way. His name is Emmanuel; His name is Jesus, which means “God saves.”Let’s look at a keynote reading of Advent describing five reasons we need Jesus a savior!I: Distant Sons — Hear, O heavens, and listen,…Continue Reading

We Must Open Our Hearts To The Lord

January 2, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on We Must Open Our Hearts To The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER The Solemnity Of The Epiphany (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6 Eph. 3:2-3a, 5-6Matt. 2:1-12 In the Gospel reading today we hear about the three Magi who came from the East to worship the newborn King of the Jews. We have all heard this story so many times that we may not have considered the extraordinary nature of what these men accomplished.First of all, we can assume that they probably did not go on a cross country journey every time a new king was born somewhere in the world. We can even think about this ourselves. We might think it is wonderful that a baby is born in England, or wherever, who is the heir to the…Continue Reading

The Open Heart Of The Infant Jesus

December 26, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Open Heart Of The Infant Jesus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Nativity Of Our Lord (YR A) (Midnight) Readings: Isaiah 9:1-6Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-14 In the Gospel reading today, we hear the angel announce to the shepherds “good news of great joy” for all people. In a hidden way, in the middle of the night, our Lord chose to be born for us. The work God had undertaken to prepare the world for its redemption after Adam and Eve had sinned had now reached its fulfillment. Certainly, there were still 33 more years before the complete fulfillment of our salvation would be achieved in the death and Resurrection of our Lord, but none of that could happen unless He had assumed our human nature.By choosing…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

December 23, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Many years ago, we read a column about some of the people alive at the time of Jesus’ birth who missed out on that first Christmas because they were preoccupied with other things. We can’t recall who wrote the column or we would give them credit for the idea. But we would like to share some of the insights that we can remember since they have just as much relevance today. Those Who Missed Out On Christmas There is no story in human history more familiar to us than the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. In the Scripture readings at Christmas, we will hear once again the details of this long-awaited and anxiously anticipated event,…Continue Reading

Roma Aeterna

December 22, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Roma Aeterna

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Rome is of course a world capital, and that of Italy wherein one finds 80 percent of the world’s art treasures. As with any city, this former center of empire is many different things to different people. Locals, visitors for business or pleasure, tourists and pilgrims all crowd its ancient streets. There is one reason why Rome is a place of prayer as much, or perhaps more than, anything else.Rome tics off highlights on every cultural list, from masterpieces of architecture and art to singular culinary delights. The Italian capital, however, has one thing which no other city in the world has: the Vatican. Because this city is the global center of the Church, one…Continue Reading

The Perfect Gift

December 21, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Perfect Gift

(Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on December10 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + What is the perfect gift? We tend to answer this question more in terms of what we want, but today’s Gospel teaches us that the perfect gift is what God is offering. One of the goals of the spiritual journey is to come to value, more than our latest desire, more than our perceived need — more than all else — what God offers.The Gospel opens with John (who is in prison) sending his disciples to Jesus with a strange question: “Are you he who is to come, or should we look for another?” This is a strange question coming from the one…Continue Reading