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A Leaven In The World . . . Our Path Forward Is Clear

February 12, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World . . . Our Path Forward Is Clear

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK A couple of sudden deaths have hit the Catholic community in the United States in recent weeks, giving a moment to pause and reflect for those of us willing to take a lesson. First is a Catholic priest, young, devout with nearly his whole life of ministry yet ahead of him. We were stunned with the shocking and disheartening news of the manner of his death, allegedly by his own hand. His bishop later issued a statement, revealing that Fr. Harkins had been on meds for three weeks to address a physical problem but with extreme, deleterious mental side effects, possibly including suicidal thoughts. With evidence that the priest was not in his right mind,…Continue Reading

Choosing The Lord

February 11, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Choosing The Lord

BY FR. ROBERT ALTIER Sixth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Sirach 15:15-20 1 Cor. 2:6-10 Matt. 5:17-37 In the second reading today, St. Paul speaks of a wisdom that is obtained by the spiritually mature. It is not a wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age. Instead, it is divine wisdom. Even more to the point, Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Wisdom of God. So, when speaking of a divine Wisdom, we are speaking of Jesus. Certainly, He is known to many, but how many actually know Him? We live in a world where very few can claim they do not know who He is, but very many have chosen to reject Him, ignore…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . .The Sacraments At The Service Of Communion And Mission

February 10, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . .The Sacraments At The Service Of Communion And Mission
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By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND As we continue our series on Guarding the Deposit of Faith, we have been examining the great gift of the sacraments of the Catholic Church, through which Jesus Christ continues His ministry, in and through ordained ministers of His Mystical Body, the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us” (CCC, n. 1131). This simple but powerful statement should shake us to the bone, and draw us to our knees in prayer and gratitude. Jesus Christ is not dead. He is alive. And, He is ministering to us in every sacrament of…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

February 7, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editors’ Note: In his weekly bulletin at the Church of St. Michael in New York City, Fr. George Rutler is once again the voice of reason: “In recent days, a woman in Britain gave birth, although she was bearded after hormonal treatments that made her appear as the man she had ‘transitioned’ to be twelve years before. Her partner is ‘non-binary’ — which means neither male nor female, and the ‘sperm donor’ was a man who thinks he is a woman, while the obstetrician, according to vague reports, was either a man who claims to be a woman or a woman who claims to be a man. “Thus, our rattled culture poses a dilemma: Either these people are mentally ill,…Continue Reading

Seeking Union With The Lord

February 5, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Seeking Union With The Lord

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Readings: Isaiah 58:7-10 1 Cor. 2:1-5 Matt. 5:13-16 In the second reading today St. Paul tells the Corinthians that when he came to them, preaching the mystery of God, he did not come with sublimity of words or wisdom. Instead, he decided to preach about nothing but Jesus Christ crucified. This demonstrates that the faith of the Corinthians was not based on human wisdom, but on the power of God. In our present situation, we are faced with many challenges to our faith. As we witness the exodus of many people from the Church, one has to wonder if their faith was based on human wisdom or on the power of God. There is no doubt…Continue Reading

Cong. Smith… We March To Defend The Weakest And Most Vulnerable

February 4, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Cong. Smith… We March To Defend The Weakest And Most Vulnerable

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following are remarks by Cong. Chris Smith (R., N.J.) at the 2020 March for Life in Washington on January 24, 2020, as posted on his congressional website: Today we march for life to defend the weakest and most vulnerable. Tragically, since the infamous 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that eviscerated legal protection for unborn children, more than 61 million babies have been dismembered or chemically aborted — a death toll that equates with the entire population of Italy. Under President Obama, abortion was aggressively promoted at home and overseas. Even longstanding bipartisan conscience protection laws were shamelessly not enforced. Now President Trump is robustly enforcing America’s conscience laws, including the Weldon Amendment, to ensure that no…Continue Reading

Bishop Strickland . . . Heal The Sick And Forgive Sinners

February 3, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Bishop Strickland . . . Heal The Sick And Forgive Sinners
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By MOST REV. JOSEPH STRICKLAND In order to help the faithful to understand the effects of the sacraments, the Church, as Mother and Teacher, places the seven sacraments into three groups. The three Sacraments of Christian Initiation are linked together, Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist. We have examined all three in our past columns. Now we will consider the Sacraments of Healing and Forgiveness. There are two, Penance and the Anointing of the Sick. These two sacraments are also linked together. The Sacrament of Penance (also called the Sacrament of Confession or Reconciliation) heals the wound of sin on the soul of the penitent and its effect on the Body of Christ. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

January 31, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

  Q. While praying recently at a rally seeking the overturn of the awful Supreme Court abortion decision of 1973, I recalled that some years ago you published a poem about abortion from the perspective of an unborn child. Could you print it again? — P.G., via e-mail. A. You have a good memory. That poem appeared in this column about ten years ago. It was written as a pro-life “rap song” for a Confirmation class and was recited along with the display of an image of an 18-week-old unborn child from the famous 1965 Life magazine cover. We gave the child the name “Jolene.” Here is the biologically accurate poem that we called “A Pro-Life Rap-sody.” Yo, everybody, my…Continue Reading

Where Do We Get Such Dissolutes?

January 29, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Where Do We Get Such Dissolutes?

By DEACON JAMES H. TONER (Editor’s Note: Deacon James H. Toner, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of Leadership and Ethics at the U.S. Air War College, a former U.S. Army officer, and author of Morals Under the Gun, and other books. He has also taught at Notre Dame, Norwich, Auburn, and Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He has served as “Distinguished Visiting Chair of Character Development” at the U.S. Air Force Academy. (Deacon Toner has contributed numerous commentaries to The Wanderer. He serves in the Diocese of Charlotte, N.C.) + + + A number of intellectual historians have attempted, with understandably varying degrees of credibility, to explain why countries and civilizations succeed or dissolve. Edward Gibbon, Oswald Spengler, Arnold Toynbee, and…Continue Reading

“No Misunderstanding”… Cardinal Sarah Meets With Pope Emeritus Benedict

January 28, 2020 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “No Misunderstanding”… Cardinal Sarah Meets With Pope Emeritus Benedict

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Robert Cardinal Sarah has met with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to discuss the controversy following around their recently-published book From the Depths of Our Hearts, and insisted that there is no ill feeling between the two. The book, presented as a co-authored work by the two, is subtitled Priesthood, Celibacy, and the Crisis of the Catholic Church. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s contributions have been the subject of controversy since the book was announced on Sunday, January 12, and conflicting statements on the extent of the Pope Emeritus’ involvement in the project have been released during the following week. Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, issued a series of…Continue Reading