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Mass On The Move

May 3, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Mass On The Move

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on April 22, and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + In the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Easter, we encounter two discouraged and broken men making their way to Emmaus. The text describes them as “downcast.” That is to say, their eyes are cast on the ground, their heads are hung low. Their Lord and Messiah has been killed, the one they had thought would finally liberate Israel. Some women had claimed that He was alive, but these disciples have discredited those reports and are now leaving Jerusalem. It is late in the afternoon and the sun is sinking low.They are also moving in the…Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Full Access To Abortion Pill

May 2, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court Allows Full Access To Abortion Pill

By TYLER ARNOLD WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) — An abortion-inducing drug that is used to kill preborn children up to 10 weeks gestation will stay on the market as a legal battle over the pill continues, following a decision Friday, April 21 by the U.S. Supreme Court.The court’s 7-2 ruling blocks a lower court order that would have taken the drug mifepristone off the market as the court considers a lawsuit over whether the drug was validly approved. Four conservative justices joined the court’s three liberal justices in the ruling. Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Samuel Alito dissented.President Joe Biden praised the Supreme Court’s decision.“I continue to stand by FDA’s evidence-based approval of mifepristone, and my Administration will continue to defend…Continue Reading

Jesus Is The Living Stone

May 1, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Jesus Is The Living Stone

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fifth Sunday Of Easter (YR A) Readings: Acts 6:1-71 Peter 2:4-9John 14:1-12 In the Gospel reading today our Lord tells His apostles that He is going to His Father’s house, but that He is also going to come back to take them to Himself. He said He was going to prepare a place for them, then added that they already know the way to where He is going. Thomas the Apostle, who was the most like the rest of us, says they do not know where our Lord is going and, therefore, they certainly did not know the way that leads there. Jesus told him: “I am the way and the truth and the life.”We recall…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 28, 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. See contact information at the end of this column. Special Course On Catholicism And Scripture (Chapter 18) The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary cover the events in the life of Jesus from His conception in the womb of His Mother Mary to His finding in the Temple at the age of twelve.The story begins with the appearance of the Angel Gabriel to a young Jewish girl named Mary in the town of Nazareth. The daughter of Anne and Joachim, Mary was startled…Continue Reading

Family, Media, And The New Paganism

April 27, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Family, Media, And The New Paganism

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Most parents have influence over their children only until they begin attending school. Any school: public or private. Catholic schools hire from the same pool of workers as public schools. Sr. Mary Constance is not teaching your child at St. Local’s Catholic School anymore. Parents can reasonably only expect the quality of parental Catholic modeling in the Catholic schoolroom to be as good as the lowest common denominator of typical adult catechesis.Sometimes it turns out to be much worse. You’ve all read about the trans and LGBTQ incursion even into Catholic schools. See the stats about lawsuits resulting when a “Catholic” teacher or school staff member was discovered via Facebook post to have “married” another…Continue Reading

“Do Not Cling To Me”

April 26, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “Do Not Cling To Me”

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on April 11 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + As the Easter Octave unfolds, we have in the Gospel this enigmatic statement of Our Lord Jesus to Mary Magdalene:“Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God’” (John 20:17).There is much to ponder and distinguish here.First, we should set aside certain previous translations that rendered “Do not cling to me” as “Do not touch me.”The latter sounds almost rude. The Greek expression Me mou haptou is…Continue Reading

Humility In The Sacred Liturgy

April 25, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Humility In The Sacred Liturgy

By JAMES MONTI When asked upon her deathbed which of the virtues was the most important in the sight of God, the Italian lay mystic St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903) answered emphatically, “Humility, humility, the foundation of all the others” (Fr. Germanus of St. Stanislaus, CP, The Life of the Servant of God Gemma Galgani, an Italian Maiden of Lucca, London, Sands and Co., St. Louis, B. Herder, 1913, p. 149).In the lives of the saints and in traditional Catholic spirituality, the primal importance and necessity of humility are uncontested. Yet when we turn to contemporary attitudes within the Church, as well as beyond, humility seems to be an endangered species. Modern psychology has made “loving oneself” into a sort of…Continue Reading

He Shows Us What True Charity Looks Like

April 24, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on He Shows Us What True Charity Looks Like

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Acts 2:14a, 36-411 Peter 2:20b-25John 10:1-10 In the first reading today, we hear St. Peter exhorting the people of Jerusalem, telling them that God has made both Lord and Messiah Jesus whom they had crucified. The thought that they had cooperated in putting to death the Person God had sent to save them stung the people to the heart.What is critical to recognize is that St. Peter did not say the people would be condemned for doing this or that there was no hope for them. Rather, if they would turn to Jesus with repentance, they could be baptized into Him and receive the forgiveness of their sins.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

April 21, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. How many Catholic versions of the Bible are there? What is the easiest one to understand? Is there a version that has an accompanying explanation or commentary? — J.C., California.A. The most popular Catholic versions are the New American Bible, from which are taken the readings for daily and weekly Mass, the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible (New Testament), the Jerusalem Bible, and the Douay Rheims Bible. All of them contain footnotes which explain Bible passages, and there are extensive commentaries on individual books. None of them is easy to understand in its entirety, however, since there are passages that scholars have puzzled over for centuries.But the Ignatius Study Bible, with notes provided by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch, would…Continue Reading

TLM Catholics Persecuted By Church And State

April 20, 2023 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on TLM Catholics Persecuted By Church And State

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Catholics who wish to worship the way every Catholic did before Vatican II have been hounded for years now by the Pope and bishops. Treated worse than second-class citizens, their faith considered suspect and less than fully Catholic, and slandered as sources of disunity, members of the faithful who attend the Traditional Mass now find themselves, incredibly, the target of an FBI undercover operation as well.National Review reported:“As part of its effort to identify extremists in the Catholic Church, the FBI recruited at least one ‘undercover employee’ to ‘develop sources among the clergy and church leadership,’ Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio) revealed Monday [April 10].“Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued a subpoena…Continue Reading