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The Meaning Of Prophecy

September 2, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Meaning Of Prophecy

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIERTwenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 33:7-9Romans 13:8-10Matt. 18:15-20 In the first reading, God tells Ezekiel he has been appointed watchman over the house of Israel. As such, Ezekiel is to warn the people according to God’s command. If Ezekiel fails, he will be held responsible for the person’s death, but if Ezekiel is obedient and the person refuses to repent, Ezekiel is not responsible. This might sound harsh to us, but it is actually the prophetic vocation.Most people think of prophecy as predicting the future. God can tell His prophets whatever He pleases, so sometimes He speaks to them of future things. However, if we read the prophets carefully, we will find that…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . The Living Word In God’s Written Word

August 31, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . The Living Word In God’s Written Word

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND In the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), we read this insight concerning the Sacred Scriptures, the written Word, the Holy Bible: “(I)n the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life” (n. 21).The insight provides a key to fruitfully reading the Bible, and encountering the Lord in that reading. The Living Word, Jesus, speaks to us through the written…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 28, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Commenting on the new “religion of Woke,” which believes that “American society is irredeemably racist and heteronormative and, therefore, must be torn down,” William Kilpatrick of the Turning Point Project says that “the religion of Woke is not really a new religion. It’s simply one more iteration of an old religion — the religion of humanism. The basic assumption of this religion is that there is nothing higher than man and the institutions he has created. Despite the pleasant-sounding name, ‘humanistic’ religions regularly end up committing human sacrifice of one kind or another. The good of the individual is sacrificed to the needs of the state. Preborn babies are sacrificed to the ‘quality of life.’ And dissenters from…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World . . . Receiving Communion Means Obedience To Fullness Of Faith

August 26, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Receiving Communion Means Obedience To Fullness Of Faith

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The faith which Christ proposes offers true freedom. “For freedom Christ has set us free,” as St. Paul teaches.The Church continues the preaching of the good news about this new life which the Lord offers, and without which no human person is freed from the bondage of unbelief or enslavement to idols.Almighty God created us in the freedom of His loving initiative. He created us in His image and thus endowed us with free will.The initiative of salvation is a free encounter with God Incarnate in Jesus Christ. Faith in Him is a continuing choice to conform our lives to His incarnate Revelation of the truth about love.Of course there are false prophets. The Lord…Continue Reading

Be Prepared For Trials

August 25, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Be Prepared For Trials

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Jer. 20:7-9Romans 12:1-2Matt. 16:21-27 Be Prepared For Trials In the first reading today, the Prophet Jeremiah, feeling somewhat crushed by his interior struggles, cries out to the Lord: “You duped my Lord, and I allowed myself to be duped.” He goes on to talk about how he is mocked and reviled and how he has to preach a message the people do not want to hear. We have to ask ourselves: “Does God really dupe us?”Recall when St. John is given a scroll by the angel and told to eat it; the scroll was sweet to the taste but became sour in his stomach. The Word of God…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Male And Female, He Created Them

August 24, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Male And Female, He Created Them

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Rejecting the gift of sexual difference is a rejection of the giver.In June of 2019, the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Vatican issued, Male and Female He Created Them: Towards a Path of Dialogue on the Question of Gender Theory in Education. In this document, the congregation sought to engage a growing trend in educational institutions to reject the gift of sexual difference. Its introductory paragraph frames the entire document:“It is becoming increasingly clear that we are now facing with what might accurately be called an educational crisis, especially in the field of affectivity and sexuality. In many places, curricula are being planned and implemented which ‘allegedly convey a neutral conception of the person…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 21, 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 from the…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… Biden Is Not A Practicing Catholic

August 19, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… Biden Is Not A Practicing Catholic

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Joe Biden is not a practicing Catholic. And practicing Catholics cannot vote for Biden for president in good conscience.A Philadelphia basement blogger, among others, has pronounced negatively, as usual, on a recent tweet by Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, R.I., calling Biden’s Catholicity into question after he announced his fellow Planned Parenthood ally Kamala Harris as the pick for VP.Bishop Tobin tweeted, “Biden-Harris. First time in a while that the Democratic ticket hasn’t had a Catholic on it. Sad.”The blogger sub-tweeted Bishop Tobin’s remark with this rejoinder:“While the sentiment expressed by Providence bishop — one of the few U.S. prelates who’s disclosed his party registration — is popular with conservatives, a hierarch has no authority…Continue Reading

Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

August 18, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-First Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 22:19-23Romans 11:33-36Matt. 16:13-20 In the Gospel reading today our Lord asks what may be the most important question each of us needs to answer in the depth of our own hearts: “Who do you say that I am?” Over the past two thousand years, there have been many ways people have tried to answer the question of who Jesus is. Unlike the people of our Lord’s time, the answers over the past two millennia are not simply John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.No, many ideas are floating around about Jesus that are neither good nor true. There are some who, at least, have…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

August 17, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Christians, Voting, And The Common Good

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Part 2 When St. Paul instructed the Christians in Rome on the implications of living their faith, they were surrounded by a culture which was being corrupted by many of the problems we currently face in the West. He told them: “. . . I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2). Renewal Of Our Minds We are called to a continual…Continue Reading