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Sermon XXXIX: On Lent I

March 2, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Sermon XXXIX: On Lent I

By POPE ST. LEO I (AD 390-461) (Editor’s Note: This sermon was delivered during the Lenten fast by Pope Leo the Great, whose date of birth is cited as AD 400 as well as AD 390. This is a translation of a sermon from Nicene and Post Nicene Fathers, Second Series: volume XII, in the public domain. We have generally left the style and the spellings as they were given in the original text. (Pope Leo the Great, who reigned from 440 to 461, opposed the Pelagian, Manichaean, and Monophysite heresies and was a disciple of St. Augustine. Most famously, in 452 he turned Attila the Hun back from the gates of Rome, thus saving the city. Leo was a…Continue Reading

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

Q. When St. Peter died, did God give him a special place in Heaven? — J.B., California. A. We don’t know, of course, but we would think so. After all, he was specifically chosen by Jesus as the first leader of the Church, even though he would subsequently deny Jesus three times. Nevertheless, Peter, who shed copious tears after his denials in the early morning hours of Good Friday, would pledge his love three times to Jesus after the Resurrection. Peter would then go on to lead the Church courageously for three decades before he was crucified in Rome around the years 65-67. A longstanding tradition in the Church says that Peter was crucified upside down, at his own request,…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… A Tale Of Two Masses Or Two Churches?

February 26, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… A Tale Of Two Masses Or Two Churches?

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK I was blessed to take part this month in a Pontifical Solemn High Mass and Lepanto conference in New York. Joseph Cardinal Zen celebrated the Mass with assistance of young clergy and servers. Priests traveled from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. The pontificalia was loaned from a benefactor in St. Louis, including the cardinal’s “train which filled the temple” as he processed into perhaps the finest example of Gothic architecture in the city to begin the Mass. Cardinal Zen humbly and joyfully took part in the Traditional rites, a marvelous example of the service to which every bishop is called in building up the Church and sanctifying souls through the splendor of Roman liturgy. The…Continue Reading

Not By Bread Alone

February 25, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Not By Bread Alone

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday Of Lent (YR A) Readings Gen. 2:7-9, 3:1-7 Romans 5:12-19 Matt. 4:1-11 In the second reading today, St. Paul states that sin came into the world through one man. He also refers to the “trespass of Adam,” and the disobedience of one man. However, in the first reading we hear about Eve being tempted by the enemy of our souls and falling prey to his cunning. Only after Eve had eaten of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the tree from which our first parents were forbidden to eat, did Adam eat of the fruit at the behest of his wife. So, how can it be the sin of Adam when…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Mary In The Bible

February 24, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Mary In The Bible

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND Jesus called Mary “Mother” and He entrusted her, as one of His last and greatest gifts, to His beloved disciple and to the entire Church with these tender words of entrustment in the Gospel of John: “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26, 27). We continue here our reflections on Mary from last week’s issue. In the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke we read of the encounter between the Angel Gabriel and Mary: “In the sixth…Continue Reading

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February 21, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: In his weekly Bulletin at the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler listed some of the false predictions of the climate alarmists and noted their refusal ever to admit being wrong: “Inevitably, the list of mistaken predictions keeps growing. We may remember being told in the 1960s that, within twenty years, overpopulation would cause universal starvation. Instead, we now have crises of empty cradles and obesity; birth dearth and increased girth. As the new year begins, we can reflect on a prediction of the president of Exxon USA in 1989 that by 2020 our national oil reserves would be practically nil, while the solid fact is that those reserves are far higher than…Continue Reading

“What Will There Be For Us?” Amazon Synod Doesn’t Like The Answer

February 19, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “What Will There Be For Us?” Amazon Synod Doesn’t Like The Answer

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Many of you know I happily served as a Navy chaplain for years. Some of my assignments were with Marine units. I found Marine officers were always very happy to have a priest along because, being celibate, he could more easily pick up and move with the unit at any time they were called upon to deploy or train. Non-Catholic chaplains were typically married with children and had family matters to attend to before they could get away for a deployment or field exercise. More significantly, sometimes they might be called away during a deployment for a family emergency, having as they did military dependents for whom they served as primary caretakers. The Catholic priest…Continue Reading

The Temple Of God Is Holy

February 18, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on The Temple Of God Is Holy

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Seventh Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Lev. 19:1-2, 17-18 1 Cor. 3:16-23 Matt. 5:38-48 In the first reading today, God instructed Moses to tell the Israelites that they were to be holy because the Lord God is holy. This makes sense on several levels. First, we are made in the image and likeness of God, so we will find fulfillment by becoming more like God in whose image we are created. Second, the people of Israel were the Chosen People of God. They had entered into covenants with Him, so they were to be more like Him than any other people. St. Paul, who was educated by one of the greatest Jewish rabbis, Rabbi…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Mary, Mother Of God And The Church

February 17, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Mary, Mother Of God And The Church

By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND I write this column on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, one of many Marian memorials in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. That is because Mary is, and always has been, deeply loved and honored by Catholic and Orthodox Christians. It was only in the aftermath of the Protestant Reformation, that this special love and honor began to diminish among some other Christians. There are many reasons for this, but it is a sad turn of events. Because to love and honor the Mother of the Lord Jesus does not detract, but rather enhances, our love for her Son and Savior, Jesus Christ. On the 102nd anniversary of the final apparition…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 14, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. In an exchange with a fellow on Facebook, he wondered how God could be a loving Father when He abandoned His Son Jesus on the cross. How can I answer him? — R.Q., Massachusetts. A. Your questioner is referring to Jesus’ words from the cross: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). But Jesus was not being abandoned by His Father. Christ knew exactly what He was doing, namely, carrying out the Father’s will by offering His life for us. He knew His sacrifice would not be in vain, but He wanted to experience the deepest depths of desolation and mental agony, as if He had been completely forsaken, so that He could encompass all…Continue Reading