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Hearts On Fire

August 8, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Hearts On Fire

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twentieth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Jer. 38:4-6, 8-10Heb. 12:1-4Luke 12:49-53 In the Gospel reading today, our Lord tells us He came to set the Earth on fire. This can be interpreted in a variety of ways, but I think the primary meaning can only be the fire of love. Since He is love Himself and, since we are made in the image and likeness of love, He came to set our hearts on fire with love for God and neighbor.It is interesting that our Lord adds that He wishes the fire were already blazing. That tells us that there was not a lot of love for God in the hearts of the people…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

August 5, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This final article on Apologetics comes from the book Catholicism & Reason. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. You can send them either to the postal mailing address or to the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer them.Special Course On Catholicism And Reason (Chapter 23) Having examined the claims of various churches, we can see why Catholics should be proud of what their Church has accomplished over two millennia. We must remember, however, that these accomplishments can only be attributed to the grace of Jesus Christ, not to our own efforts. If the Catholic Church…Continue Reading

The Death Of A Parish

August 4, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Death Of A Parish

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As of September 21, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., who prefer the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) will be herded like prisoners of war into three officially designated camps.This while Pope Francis parades through Canada on an official apology tour for the Church’s role in doing virtually the same thing to the children of indigenous peoples in the residential schools.For the offense of choosing the wrong kind of worship, these recalcitrant miscreants must feel the pain of their poor decision-making. They may no longer worship in their home parish church.Soon the TLM recusants will need to shoehorn themselves in, before or after the existing schedule of the hosting mission church, 50 or more cars…Continue Reading

Don’t Think, Look!. . . A Meditation On The Need For The Mystical

August 3, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Don’t Think, Look!. . . A Meditation On The Need For The Mystical

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this on July 26. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do — a very few things.The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas famously said:In finem nostrae cognitionis Deum tamquam ignotum cognoscimus. (At the end of our knowledge we know God as unknown.) (In Boetium de Trinitate, q. 1, a. 2, ad 1um.)Henri De Lubac, a great intellect of the twentieth century, lamented:“There is probably…Continue Reading

The Realization Of What Is Hoped For

August 1, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Realization Of What Is Hoped For

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Wisdom 18:6-9Heb. 11:1-2, 8-19Luke 12:32-48 In the second reading, St. Paul says that “faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” The concept of faith has a variety of different meanings, but St. Paul makes it very practical. Saying it is practical, however, is not the same as saying it is easy. He speaks of the faith of Abraham as the example of what he means.Abraham was promised an inheritance of the Holy Land, but he did not know that was the promise. He left his homeland and even stayed in the Holy Land, still not knowing this was the land…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 29, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. WOW, your answer to my question about my 17-year-old granddaughter’s attire in Church really caused a rift in my family. Your answer was viewed by some as being uncharitable and un-Christlike. Her mother said her daughter cried and suffered some mental stress about being called a “hooker.” Her father said your advice to stay home from church is to commit a grave mortal sin by not attending Mass. I am caught in the middle of all this for having broached the question to you. Might you, upon reflection, have answered the question differently? – A.G., via e-mail.A. Okay, perhaps our reply was too strongly worded. But we’re tired of seeing people in church who have no apparent respect for…Continue Reading

On Choosing The Good News

July 28, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on On Choosing The Good News

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I’ve taken to walking for exercise at night to avoid the intense and damaging rays of the summer sun lately. On my outings, I typically see very few others outside also taking advantage of the clement evening weather. Perhaps one or two individuals at most. Often I find myself somewhat eerily alone. There are many good ways to spend free time, but I believe research would bear out my thesis that many spend a large portion of their day away from work in front of screens.There will always be bad news. Thanks to our ever-present devices and Internet we can treat ourselves to a steady stream of negativity all day long every day. That is…Continue Reading

The Priority Of Personal Prayer

July 27, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Priority Of Personal Prayer

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on July 16. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + Today’s Gospel at Mass is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality. Mary sits quietly at his feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer.Misinterpreted? In my fifty-two years I have heard many a sermon that interpreted this Gospel passage as a call for a proper balance between work and prayer. Some have gone on to state that we all need a little of Martha and Mary in us and that the…Continue Reading

Vanity Of Vanities

July 25, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Vanity Of Vanities

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Eighteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR C) Readings: Eccl. 1:2, 2:21-23Col. 3:1-5, 9-11Luke 12:13-21 In the first reading today we hear from a man who calls himself Qoheleth, the son of King David. Traditionally, this has been understood to refer to Solomon because of the wisdom that comes up frequently in the book. The name Qoheleth means a preacher or a teacher, but in the present context it might be better understood as a collector of sayings. The concept of a collector of sayings is suggested because most of the Book of Ecclesiastes is not written in first person; the author refers to himself only in the very beginning of the book and at the very…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

July 22, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This series on Apologetics is based on the book Catholicism & Reason. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. You can send them either to the postal mailing address or to the email address below, and we will interrupt this series to answer them. Special Course On Catholicism And Reason (Chapter 22) Mary is not only the mother of Jesus, but also Mother of the Catholic Church. It was Pope St. Paul VI who gave her that latter title during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). While non-Catholics do not understand why Catholics have such a devotion to Mary (we venerate and…Continue Reading