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Cordileone And Pelosi: The Division Deepens

June 2, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cordileone And Pelosi: The Division Deepens

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK “For who can fail to see that society is at the present time, more than in any past age, suffering from a terrible and deep-rooted malady which, developing every day and eating into its inmost being, is dragging it to destruction? You understand, Venerable Brethren, what this disease is — apostasy from God, than which in truth nothing is more allied with ruin” (St. Pius X, Arduum sane munus, October 4, 1903).Pius X couldn’t have predicted just how prescient were his words a century and a quarter ago, how perfectly they describe the dilemma of our own age. The disaster he identified already in 1903, doing his utmost in using his supreme office as Pontiff…Continue Reading

Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested At Philippi?

June 1, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Why Did St. Paul Get Arrested At Philippi?

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on May 22. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + At daily Mass, we are reading the story of St. Paul’s arrival in Philippi and later of his arrest, beating, and imprisonment. It serves as a kind of metaphor for the radical nature of true Christianity and why it so perturbs many in this world. The Christian faith, its message, and the transformation it can effect can be very unsettling to a world that literally and figuratively “banks on” sin. Let’s consider this lesser-known story and see what it ought to mean for us if we take our Christian faith seriously and do not try to “tame”…Continue Reading

Come Holy Spirit!

May 30, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Come Holy Spirit!

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of Pentecost (YR C) Readings: Acts 2:1-111 Cor. 12:3b-7, 12-13John 20:19-23 In the Gospel reading today, St. John describes when our Lord appeared to His apostles after the Resurrection and imparted the Holy Spirit to them by breathing on them. Contrast this with the first reading where St. Luke describes the events of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles like tongues of fire. There was a loud noise that everyone in Jerusalem heard and to which they were drawn.Once the people had gathered, the apostles emerged to preach to the people so that each person heard of the mighty works of God in his own native language, even though the apostles spoke…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 27, 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 18) The name Jesus means “savior” because He came to Earth to save us from our sins. Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, Old Testament prophets predicted His coming into our world. The Prophet Isaiah said that the Messiah would be known as “Prince of Peace.” And during His…Continue Reading

On Your Wedding Day

May 26, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on On Your Wedding Day

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK On this splendid day, for which you have waited with joyful anticipation, you are surrounded by many of those you love, and who love you: family and friends.We share your joy to see this moment, when your love for one another will begin a new and deeper reality: the ultimate sharing. The uniting of your bodies and souls.Love seeks union, to be with the one who is loved.You indeed love each other very much. It is part of loving to want to give more and more. You want to be together, for all of life, with all that entails. Love gives all. This is indeed a beautiful gift.But that of itself does not explain why…Continue Reading

Learning From The Early Church . . . We Must Undergo Many Hardships To Enter The Kingdom

May 25, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Learning From The Early Church . . . We Must Undergo Many Hardships To Enter The Kingdom

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on May 16 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + The first reading from Sunday Mass this week (Fifth Sunday of Easter) is very Catholic, and it’s too informative to just pass by. It presents a Church as rather highly organized and possessed of some the structures we know today in full form. Granted, some of these structures are in seminal (seed) form, but they are there.One can detect qualities of the original kerygma that are at variance with what some modern thinkers declare should be the methodology of the Church. The soft Christianity of many today, who remove the cross and replace it with a…Continue Reading

The Way To Eternal Life

May 23, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Way To Eternal Life

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Solemnity Of The Ascension (YR C) Readings:Acts 1:1-11Heb. 9:24-28; 10:19-23Luke 24:46-53 In the Gospel reading today we are told that Jesus led His apostles out as far as Bethany where He blessed them and, as He was blessing them, He was taken up to Heaven. St. Luke augments this description of the Ascension in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. There he tells us that the Ascension took place after forty days and that a cloud took Jesus from their sight. Two angels then appeared and instructed the apostles that Jesus would return in the same way they saw Him going into Heaven.The first thing we need to address is the location of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

May 20, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Regarding the refusal of those on the Left, including newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, to define the word “woman,” Bill Donohue of the Catholic League refers for clarification to two widely used textbooks for medical students. In the third edition (2021) of Anne Gilroy’s Anatomy: An Essential Textbook, Donohue reports:References to Female: 40References to Male: 25References to Transgender: ZEROReferences to Intersex: ZEROReferences to Other Sexes or Genders: ZEROIn Gray’s Anatomy for Students, fourth edition (2020), authored by Richard L. Drake, A. Wayne Vogl, and Adam W.M. Mitchell, Donohue reports:References to Female: 8References to Male: 10References to Transgender: ZEROReferences to Intersex: ZEROReferences to Other Sexes or Genders: ZERO“Both books make it clear,” said Donohue, “that there…Continue Reading

Liturgy Unites, Gaslighting Divides

May 19, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Liturgy Unites, Gaslighting Divides

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Guns don’t kill people, people do. People are the source of division, not the things they use to bring about violence. The voice is one of the most beautiful gifts given to men, and yet men use their voices all too frequently in sinful ways to divide and to hate. This is not the fault of the voice but of the man or woman who uses it for unholy purposes. So, intentions are key in uncovering in any situation what is the cause of division, if indeed there subsists such a lack of true charity.Just as with any weapon intended for self-defense, the things of God can be misused in a sinful way to exclude…Continue Reading

Do You Fear The Right Thing? A Meditation On The Story Of Chicken Little

May 18, 2022 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Do You Fear The Right Thing? A Meditation On The Story Of Chicken Little

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on May 9, 2022 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + In the wake of the COVID-19 explosion of fear, we do well to begin reflecting on fear. Fear is a complex passion. On the one hand, there are things that we ought to fear such as grave physical and spiritual dangers. The fear of being near the edge of a cliff might well save our life. The fear of serious sin and the punishment we might experience or the offense to God (who loves us) is both appropriate and holy. Sadly, more people lack this holy fear rooted in the possible loss of what is…Continue Reading