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A Leaven In The World… Sin Is Personal Before It Is Social Or “Systemic”

June 17, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Sin Is Personal Before It Is Social Or “Systemic”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK One would have to be blind or dishonest to deny that George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin. Reaction against the outrage was nearly as universal as it was immediate. Others are writing very well about the hijacking of this tragic death by Marxist and anarchist revolutionaries to overthrow the hated American system. ”The Issue Is Never the Issue — The Real Issue Is the Revolution” in the June 8, 2020 issue of TFP by James R. Bascom is a good example. The riots which overwhelmed the many peaceful protesters we now know were opportunistic invasions by revolutionary and terrorist factions such as BLM and antifa. Police abuse of power does happen as in the case of George…Continue Reading

A Time Of Testing

June 16, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Time Of Testing

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twelfth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Jer. 20:10-33 Romans 5:12-15 Matt. 10:26-33 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us, “Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known.” In its fullness, this passage refers to the General Judgment that will come at the end of the world. At that time, every person, in Heaven or in Hell, will be gathered together and God will reveal every sin committed in the history of the world. This is not something to fear. Keep in mind that each person will have already experienced his own individual or particular judgment, so nothing will change for anyone regarding his eternal destiny.…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Rescuing And Re-Presenting Catholic Social Doctrine

June 15, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Rescuing And Re-Presenting Catholic Social Doctrine

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 1 In the aftermath of the tragic and unjust killing of George Floyd, many are using the phrase “social justice.” But what they mean when they use that pregnant phrase may, and often does, vary substantially. Any genuine discussion of authentic social justice, as well as authentic human and civil rights, should consider the great treasury of Catholic Moral Teaching referred to as the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church. Sadly, there are many misusing Catholic Social Teaching to promote political agendas which are at odds with the truths it presents and proposes. I am convinced that the treasury of insights and principles found within Catholic Social Teaching can indeed help to rescue a Western…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 12, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding what to do with unused religious items, E.N. of California says that the Universal Living Rosary Association (ULRA) is asking people to support the missions by donating scapulars, rosaries, old missals, medals, and holy cards. As indicated on its website (www.philomena.org), nothing goes to waste. All donations will be carefully placed with a reliable missionary or catechist. Please send your religious materials to Living Rosary, Suite 100-C, 2401 Termini St., Dickinson, TX 77539. Q. Thank you for your interpretation of Jesus’ admonition to the women of Jerusalem as He carried His cross. His prediction that the days are coming when people will say, “Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Take A Knee For God, Not Man

June 10, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Take A Knee For God, Not Man

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK After the killing of George Floyd by a corrupt white police officer in Minneapolis, America took to the streets in protest. Peaceful protesters were quickly infiltrated by bad actors, likely funded by nefarious interests under the guise of Black Lives Matter and other causes, and things turned violent. We don’t know for certain if the motive which took another life in that case was racism or simple colorblind hatred. It would take a trial and witnesses, even better a confession, to uncover the true reason for such evil. But the result was a mass gut reaction verdict of racism based on the video of a white on black assault resulting in death. Once the flames…Continue Reading

Do You Long For Jesus In The Eucharist?

June 9, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Do You Long For Jesus In The Eucharist?

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER By Solemnity Of The Body And Blood Of Christ (YR A) Readings: Deut. 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Cor. 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 Given the events of the past three months, Moses’ statement to the people of Israel that God was testing them by affliction to see whether or not it was their intention to keep His commands can be applied to our time in a particular way. This is especially true with regard to the Eucharist. With all the churches being closed down, does our heart yearn for Jesus in the Eucharist, or do we find it freeing to be dispensed from Mass on Sundays? Has the hiatus from Mass given us a new appreciation for the Mass…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Choose To Live Liturgically

June 8, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Choose To Live Liturgically

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND I write on June 1, 2020, the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. A relatively new addition to the Liturgical Calendar, but a very ancient title attributed to our Lady. On February 11, 2018, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued a decree, at the request of Pope Francis, to inscribe this memorial in the General Roman Calendar on the Monday following Pentecost. It is to take precedence over any other memorials. The title “Mary, Mother of the Church” stretches all the way back to the wonderful account in the beloved disciple John’s Gospel where Jesus entrusted His Mother to St. John from the cross, right…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

June 5, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

  Editor’s Note: We are in the process of reducing our supply of books and are offering them to interested readers at a substantial discount. The books available, all in mint condition, are Catholic Replies and Catholic Replies 2 (both $17.95), All Generations Will Call Me Blessed and Who Do You Say That I Am? (both $10.95), and Catholicism & Reason (Apologetics), Catholicism & Scripture (Salvation History), and Catholicism & Life (Commandments and Sacraments), each $14.95. The books can be had for 50 percent off for 1 to 25 books, 60 percent off for 26 to 50 books, and 70 percent off for over 50 books. You can learn more about each of these books by visiting www.crpublications.com. Don’t order…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Coronavirus Cult Vs. Christianity?

June 3, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Coronavirus Cult Vs. Christianity?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Christ offers the fact of salvation through the Catholic faith. This is a reality which guides us through the vicissitudes of history. Changing circumstances through time and varying place by place since the Lord’s Passion, death, and Resurrection have included the eruptions of false cults and syncretist transmogrifications of the true faith, challenging Christians to recognize what is false and reject it for the sake of salvation in the truth alone. The Lord’s command, “I am the Lord thy God. You shall not have false gods before me,” binds us to recognize when lies are mixed with truth and to keep the faith pure and without admixture of superstition and manmade cults. Unlike the world,…Continue Reading

Rich In Kindness And Fidelity

June 2, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Rich In Kindness And Fidelity

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Most Holy Trinity (YR A) Readings: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9 2 Cor. 13:11-13 John 3:16-18 We used to hear about a distinction made between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. The God of the Old Testament was said to be vindictive while the God of the New Testament was said to be merciful. This is ridiculous on several levels, but suffice it to say that God cannot change, so He clearly did not decide to give up being vengeful and suddenly begin being merciful just because Jesus came into the world. Indeed, when we look at the first reading today we notice the way God reveals Himself…Continue Reading