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  • The USCCB and the “Safe Environment” Programs: Safe isn’t Safe Anymore [VIRTUS]

    05/23/2006 10:54:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies · 462+ views
    DesertVoice.org ^ | 05-23-06 | Elzabeth Schwab
    The USCCB and the “Safe Environment” Programs: Safe isn’t Safe Anymore by Elizabeth Schwab   www.desertvoice.org   May 23, 2006 Those who grew up in the 50s and 60s may still remember their first elementary reader about the adventures of Dick and Jane. It was a simpler world back then, and Dick and Jane were as gay as could be. Gay. They were happy, carefree. Today a quite different meaning comes to mind. Amazing, isn’t it, how that one word has changed forever. Another word undergoing a similar transformation today is the word “safe.” Suddenly there is a push for safety in all forms...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE HOLY CROSS

    05/15/2006 2:42:41 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 356+ views
    Friday September 14, 2001 Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time Reading I (Numbers 21:4b-9) Reading II (Philippians 2:6-11) Gospel (St. John 3:13-17) Today, as we celebrate this feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Our Lord reminds us that the very purpose for which He came into the world was to save the world. And there is only one means by which the world is going to be saved: that is, the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Cross stands as the center point of all world history. When we consider the Cross, Saint Paul reminds us that we are to glory...
  • Homilies Preached by Father Altier on the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    05/14/2006 4:06:48 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 202+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/14/2006 | MILESJESU
    Conceived Without Sin Saturday September 8, 2001 Birth of the Virgin Mary Reading (Romans 8:28-30) Gospel (St. Matthew 1:1-23) This homily was given at a Poor Clare Monastery in Central Minnesota Today we celebrate a most beautiful feast: the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Church's calendar there are only three times in the year that we celebrate anyone's birthday; that is, the three people that were born without original sin: Jesus Himself, Saint John the Baptist, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Jesus, of course, is God, so He had no sin. Saint John the...
  • MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE BY ELIZABETH SCHWAB O.C.D.S.

    05/14/2006 11:14:01 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 10 replies · 205+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/14/2006 | MILESJESU
    When it Comes to VIRTUS, There's More Than Meets the Eye By:Elizabeth Schwab www.desertvoice.org May 14, 2006 After the recent announcement of the upcoming departure of the pastor at the Church of St. Agnes, Fr. George Welzbacher, and the transferal of the associate pastor, Fr. Robert Altier, to the position of assistant chaplain at a distant nursing home, Vicar General Fr. Kevin McDonough claimed in comments published by the St. Paul Pioneer Press that these changes should cause no concern and “there is less here than meets the eye.” (http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/14568281.htm) The fact remains that a priest with a thriving ministry...
  • Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Feast of the Martyrdom of Saint John The Baptist

    05/13/2006 1:24:36 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 3 replies · 132+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/13/2006 | MILESJESU
    Wednesday August 29, 2001 Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time Reading (Jeremiah 1:17-19) Gospel (St. Mark 6:17-29) Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, it strikes us, initially, as something that most people would not want to be celebrating. Yet, we recognize that this was the greatest act of witness to Christ that John the Baptist performed. Of all the things that John did in preparing the way for the Lord this was the greatest because he was willing to give complete witness of his entire life for the Lord. As he offered himself,...
  • Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Feast of the Prophet-Saint Elijah

    05/12/2006 3:06:52 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 3 replies · 99+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/12/2006 | MILESJESU
    Friday July 20, 2001 Feast of Elijah Reading (1 Kings 19:1-9a, 11-14a) Gospel (St. Luke 9:28b-36) Today we celebrate the feast of the prophet Elijah. Elijah is the first of the great line of prophets. He is considered the greatest of all the prophets, even though he did not write any prophetic books like Isaiah, Ezekiel, or Jeremiah; nonetheless, he is the greatest of all the prophets. Consider Elijah and all the things he did: Three times he called down fire from heaven, on one occasion he raised up a little boy who had died, on another occasion he prayed...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINT BARTHOLOMEW,APOSTLE

    05/12/2006 1:24:44 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 3 replies · 163+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/12/2006 | MILESJESU
    Friday August 24, 2001 Feast of Saint Bartholomew Reading (Revelation 21:9b-14) Gospel (St. John 1:45-51) As we celebrate today the feast of Saint Bartholomew, we have to remember that Bartholomew, like many people in ancient times, had two names: Bartholomew and Nathanael. That is why we hear about Nathanael in the Gospel reading today because it really is the same person. At the very end of the Gospel reading today, Our Lord says of Nathanael that he is a true Israelite; that in him there is no guile. He was single-hearted; he was focused on the Lord. There is a...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY

    05/12/2006 8:43:03 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 20 replies · 231+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/12/2006 | MILESJESU
    Wednesday August 22, 2001 Queenship of Mary Reading (Isaiah 9:1-6) Gospel (St. Luke 1:26-38) As we celebrate today the queenship of Our Lady, we recognize also that we are in the octave day of the solemnity of the Assumption; the Church is making very clear the connection between Our Lord bringing His mother up to Heaven and now seating her right next to His own throne. This is something that is also in line with what they did in Israel. We read in Scripture, for instance, about Solomon and his own mother being seated next to the royal throne. When...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION

    05/11/2006 1:42:01 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 3 replies · 307+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/11/2006 | MILESJESU
    Wednesday August 15, 2001 Feast of the Assumption Reading I (Revelation 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab) Reading II (1 Corinthians 15:20-27) Gospel (St. Luke 1:39-56) Today, we celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is very different from the Ascension of Our Lord: Our Lord ascended, body and soul, into Heaven by His own power. Assumption means "by someone else's power." And so what we celebrate today is that our Lady was "taken" up to Heaven by the power of God, body and soul. She is not the first person to be taken body and soul from...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINT THOMAS THE APOSTLE

    05/11/2006 1:13:23 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 143+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/11/2006 | MILESJESU
    Tuesday July 3, 2001 Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading (Ephesians 2:19-22) Gospel (St. John 20:24-29) As we celebrate today this feast of Saint Thomas, we tend to equate Thomas with a doubter. We think of Thomas often in a negative way. Yet, we can think about how many people throughout history have been positively influenced by Saint Thomas because of this particular story. He was able to say, "My Lord and my God," when he saw Jesus. Many have been able to say the exact same thing. The reason why they can say it is because Thomas doubted and...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FOURTH OF JULY

    05/11/2006 6:21:19 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 129+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/11/2006 | milesjesu
    Wednesday July 4, 2001 Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time Reading (Isaiah 57:15-19) Gospel (St. John 14:23-29) Today, as our country takes time to celebrate Independence Day we need to ask ourselves what this really means. For most Americans, we think of "independence" as meaning "I can do whatever I want. I am not dependent on anyone." Unfortunately, in the minds of many Americans these days that includes God. We think, somehow, that we are not dependent on God and that "freedom" means we do not have to follow any rules, we can make our own rules, and we can do...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL

    05/11/2006 5:44:28 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 7 replies · 187+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/11/2006 | milesjesu
    Friday June 29, 2001 Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time Reading I (Acts 12:1-11) Reading II ( 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18) Gospel (St. Matthew 16:13-19) As we celebrate these two great saints today, Peter and Paul, the Church gives to us these readings that make it clear that all the extraordinary things they did, the life they lived, and the preaching task was done through them by the Lord. We hear, for instance, of Saint Peter in prison and how the angel of the Lord comes to Peter and frees him from the prison so he can go out and continue...
  • Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Feast of the Transfiguration

    05/10/2006 2:29:02 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 149+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/10/2006 | milesjesu
    Monday August 6, 2001 Feast of the Transfiguration Reading I (Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14) Reading II (2 Peter 1:16-19) Gospel (St. Luke 9:28b-36) We celebrate today the Feast of the Transfiguration. This was one of the most important feasts for the Fathers of the Church. They recognized this as being so important because it was a clear indication of Our Lord's divinity. Now, the amazing thing of this, of course, is that Jesus was divine from all eternity. He did not become God - He is God. And He never was not God. He is always God from all eternity and...
  • Faithful Priest Silenced (Updated comprehensive list of ALL internet links and blog discussions)

    03/06/2006 6:51:12 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 1,002+ views
    Church Online ^ | March 6, 2006
    Archbishop Harry J. Flynn has silenced Fr. Altier, a well-known and loved priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.Fr. Altier is the assistant pastor of the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota, a parish famous the world over for itÂ’s sacred music programs, fidelity to the Christian Faith, sublime liturgical sense and architectural splendor. Fr. Altier has many credentials but the most important of them are his fidelity, humility, and holiness - an exceedingly rare combination in the Church today.The homepage of Fr. AltierÂ’s web site, DesertVoice.org, states the following: In obedient compliance with the...
  • Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    05/09/2006 2:25:34 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 224+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/09/2006 | Milesjesu
    Monday July 16, 2001 Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Reading I (1 Kings 18:42b-45a) Reading II (Galatians 4:4-7) Gospel (St. John 19:25-27) Today we celebrate the most wonderful feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. One might wonder why Our Blessed Lady would be named after a mountain. If we think about some of the apparitions of Our Lady, when she appears in a certain city they name her after the city. In this particular case, Carmel (which in the ancient world is always considered a holy mountain) is where the hermits lived from the time of the...
  • Homilies preached by Father Robert Altier on the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist

    05/09/2006 1:15:01 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 217+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/09/2006 | milesjesu
    Sunday June 24, 2001 Feast of Saint John the Baptist Reading I (Isaiah 49:1-6) Reading II (Acts 13:22-26 ) Gospel (St. Luke 1:57-66, 80) Today we celebrate in the Church a wonderful event: the birth of a child. When we think about the way things operate in our own lives, the day of one's birth is a very important day. We celebrate it with great joy. We invite friends over when the kids are young, we have parties for their birthday and all the other stuff that goes along with the birthday celebration. But in the Church, the celebration of...
  • Homilies preached by Father Robert Altier on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    05/09/2006 9:17:01 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 476+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/09/2006 | Milesjesu
    Saturday June 8, 2002 Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reading (Isaiah 61:9-11) Gospel (St. Luke 2:41-51) The following homily was preached at a parish mission at St. John’s Church in St. Paul, MN In the Gospel reading today, we hear two very important statements right at the very end of the Gospel. First of all, Jesus went down to Nazareth and was obedient to them. If we just think for a moment about what that means, God Himself has made Himself obedient to His mother. God made Himself obedient to the authorities on a human level. When He...
  • Homilies preached by Father Altier on the Feast of the Sacred Heart

    05/08/2006 3:49:02 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 9 replies · 551+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM | 5/7/2006 | MIilesjesu
    Friday June 22, 2001 Feast of the Sacred Heart Reading I (Ezekiel 34:11-16) Reading II (Romans 5:5b-11) Gospel (St. Luke 15:3-7) One might wonder why, on the Feast of the Sacred Heart, we are hearing all about a shepherd. But in order to understand the love of Our Lord which, of course, is symbolized by the heart, one has to understand the heart of a shepherd. The Lord tells us, in the first reading today, that He Himself will pasture His sheep; He will be the shepherd; He will bring them to the green pastures and the plush grazing ground....
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON CORPUS CHRISTI SUNDAY FROM 2001-2005

    05/05/2006 4:15:00 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 201+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM ^ | 5/05/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Sunday June 17, 2001 Feast of Corpus Christi Reading I (Genesis 14:18-20) Reading II (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) Gospel (St. Luke 9:11b-17) In the first reading today, we hear about a figure by the name of Melchizedek. Melchizedek is an interesting character because his name is mentioned only twice in the entire Old Testament. He comes up in the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Genesis. He seems to come out of nowhere and then we never hear of him again. He comes up also in the psalms. Psalm 110, which is what we prayed together in the Responsorial Psalm today,...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON TRINITY SUNDAY

    05/04/2006 2:54:12 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 127+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM ^ | 5/04/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    May 26, 2002 Trinity Sunday Reading I (Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9) Reading II (2 Corinthians 13:11-13) Gospel (St. John 3:16-18) As we celebrate today the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, this is something that, as Catholics, we have grown up with and take for granted; but we do not always recognize the necessity and the importance of the Trinity. We recognize that all three Persons of the Trinity are God, equal with one another. There is but one God, so all three are completely perfect. There is nothing in one that is lacking in another. All three are God. Yet...
  • Lesson 23: Moral Theology (Part 2) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/04/2006 12:10:57 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 120+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/04/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 23: Moral Theology (Part 2) Moralists emphasize that there are two fundamental norms of morality to which all other things can be reduced. One of these norms is said to be objective, and the other is subjective. The objective norm of morality is law in all of its ramifications, and the subjective norm of morality is the conscience. We have to look very carefully at those two points. What do we mean when we talk about law? The definition given by Saint Thomas Aquinas is that law is “an ordinance of reason...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON PENTECOST SUNDAY FROM 2001-2005

    05/03/2006 3:12:20 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 9 replies · 127+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT FROM THE EXCERPTSOFINRI.COM ^ | 5/03/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Sunday June 3, 2001 Pentecost Sunday Reading I (Acts 2:1-11) Reading II (Romans 8:8-17) Gospel (St. John 20:19-23) Today the Church celebrates the feast of Pentecost, the feast of the Holy Spirit. The word 'Pentecost' actually means fifty days. It was fifty days after our Lord had risen from the dead that the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples as they were gathered around Our Blessed Lady. There, the Holy Spirit descended upon them as tongues of fire, which is why we wear red when we have Mass in honor of the Holy Spirit. We wear red because Our...
  • Lesson 22: Moral Theology (Part 1) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/03/2006 11:08:23 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 7 replies · 155+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/03/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 22: Moral Theology (Part 1) Throughout the previous lessons we have been looking at the basics of the Faith, but now we have to look at the implications of that, how to put it into practice. In his letter in the New Testament, Saint James says, Faith without works is dead. It is not just enough to have faith. Jesus said, Not everyone who cries out “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven. Well, they would not be calling Him “Lord” if they did not have some faith. In fact, Saint...
  • Lesson 21: Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/03/2006 12:41:21 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 11 replies · 252+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/03/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 21: Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders In this lesson, we are going to look at the last two of the sacraments that have not been covered yet: Holy Matrimony and Holy Orders. These two sacraments look to the spiritual welfare of Christians. Matrimony is that sacrament in which a baptized man and a baptized woman enter into a permanent communion of life and love by mutual agreement for the generation and the education of children, and in which they receive God’s grace to help them to grow in holiness and to fulfill...
  • Lesson 20: Confession (Part 2) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/02/2006 7:38:26 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 594+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/02/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 20: Confession (Part 2) We will continue on with the issues regarding confession. The primary issue which we have not addressed yet is the “why” question. Why do we need to confess our sins? In this vein, people will usually say that they should be able to just lie on their bed and talk to God, and that they do not really need to confess their sins to a priest. Well, first of all, the reason why we need to confess our sins is because God, Who made us human, treats us...
  • Lesson 19: Confession (Part 1) BY FATHER ALTIER

    05/02/2006 6:22:04 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 435+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/02/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 19: Confession (Part 1) [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] We will spend this entire lesson talking about the sacrament of confession or reconciliation or penance; whatever title you might want to call it by, it all comes down to the same thing anyway. We will look at some of the general points with regard to confession and then talk more practically about it so you can understand some of the workings of what happens and hopefully take away any fear that might be...
  • Lesson 18: The Eucharist (Part 2)BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/01/2006 12:50:28 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 240+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/01/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 18: The Eucharist (Part 2) If you want to trace some of these things through the Scriptures, the place to begin is in Genesis 14. There you will find a man by the name of Melchizedek. That is the only place where he is mentioned. He comes out of nowhere and offers sacrifice and blesses Abraham, and Abraham gives him one-tenth of everything he has taken as booty in his defeat of the five kings. The only other place in the Old Testament that Melchizedek is ever mentioned is in Psalm 110....
  • Lesson 17: The Eucharist (Part 1) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    05/01/2006 11:28:12 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 7 replies · 248+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 5/01/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 17: The Eucharist (Part 1) (Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Our Father.] We have come to what is perhaps the most important of all the lessons because it builds and fulfills everything we have talked about so far. The focus of this lesson is the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the Lord, and when we consider it from that perspective, this is absolutely central. When we talked about Jesus, we talked about all the objective things regarding Who He is and His Person, but now we...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON MARRIAGE/HOLY MATRIMONY

    05/01/2006 4:20:02 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 11 replies · 1,774+ views
    What It Means to Love Friday May 18, 2001 Fifth Week of Easter Reading (Acts 15:22-31) Gospel (St. John 15:12-17) In the Gospel reading today, we hear one of the most famous passages of the Gospel: our Lord telling us that we must love one another, and that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends. What a wonderful thing that He calls us no longer servants, but He calls us friends and He lays down His life for each one of us. He tells us at the same time that we will be...
  • Lesson 16: Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick

    04/30/2006 11:21:29 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 286+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/30/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 16: Baptism, Confirmation, and Anointing of the Sick The first sacrament we will consider is baptism because it is by baptism that a person becomes a member of the Church and participates in the divine life of Jesus Christ. Baptism is the sacrament of spiritual regeneration conferred by the application of water while consecrating the person to the Holy Trinity. Baptism, then, confers with it a spiritual regeneration, divine adoption, the beginning of eternal life, and conformity to Jesus Christ in His death and resurrection. By baptism we become children of God...
  • Lesson 15: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SACRAMENTS

    04/30/2006 4:13:29 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 326+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/30/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 15: An Introduction to the Sacraments [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] We are going to begin our coverage of the sacraments, which will take us through the next several lessons. This is critically important because the whole life of the Church takes place in and through the sacraments. So we have to ask, first of all, what is a sacrament? Anyone raised Catholic will remember that a sacrament is an outward sign of an interior reality instituted by Christ in order to give...
  • Lesson 14: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 2)

    04/29/2006 12:18:22 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 594+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/29/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 14: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 2) We will just pick up where we left off, and that is to talk about predestination. We have to ask the question: What is predestination? Predestination means the ordination of God by which certain people are led efficaciously to the attainment of eternal, supernatural salvation. This includes two acts on the part of God: first, the act of the intellect by which God knows who will be saved and the precise means by which they will be saved; and second, the act of the...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION

    04/28/2006 10:41:40 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 265+ views
    Sunday May 27, 2001 The Ascension of the Lord Reading I (Acts 1:1-11) Reading II (Heb 9:24-28; 10:19-23) Gospel (St. Luke 24:46-53) Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lord's Ascension into heaven. By Ascension we mean that He, by His own power, was taken body and soul into heaven. This is different from Our Lady's Assumption. To ascend means to go up by one's own power, to be assumed means to be taken up by someone else's power. Our Lady was lifted up by God; but Jesus, being God, took Himself by His own power up to heaven. And...
  • Lesson 13: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 1)

    04/28/2006 9:26:04 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 215+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/28/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 13: Grace and the Divine Life (Part 1) [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] In this lesson, we have a lot to cover. We are going to talk about grace, which is one of those absolute mysteries, but grace is also one of those things where there has been a lot of study. There are over a hundred different distinctions with regard to grace. We are not going to make all of the distinctions, but grace is one of the areas that the Church...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 12: Divine Revelation (Part 2)

    04/27/2006 11:15:36 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 217+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/27/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 12: Divine Revelation (Part 2) Picking up where we left off, one of the difficulties in translating Scripture is that the oldest-surviving complete Hebrew manuscript of the Old Testament is from the 10th century AD. Those are known as the Masoretic manuscripts. Remember that some of the Old Testament works were first written in the 10th century BC, so we are talking about 20 centuries in between. That is a long time and a lot of copies, obviously. When we are talking about the Old Testament, at least the Pentateuch, which is...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 11: Divine Revelation (Part 1)

    04/26/2006 10:13:52 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 256+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/26/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 11: Divine Revelation (Part 1) [The class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Our Father.] In this lesson, we are going to cover the topic of divine revelation, which is critically important. Naturally, when we think of divine revelation, we think of Sacred Scripture. So the first question we ask is: Who do the Scriptures reveal? If we are talking about revelation, the question is: Who or what is being revealed by this revelation? Of course, what we have in Sacred Scripture is the revelation of God...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 10: The Church (Part 2)

    04/25/2006 1:02:37 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 229+ views
    A VOICE IN THE DESERT ^ | 4/25/2006 | SOLDIEROFJESUSCHRIST
    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 10: The Church (Part 2) In the previous lesson, we were talking about Peter, and now we want to move into his successors and look at the primacy of the Pope. The purpose of the papacy is to preserve the unity and the solidarity of the Church for all time. You have to have a head; there has to be a point of unity, otherwise we split up. All you have to do is look at any of the groups that have broken from the Church. Immediately, they start splintering into all...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINT MARK THE EVANGELIST, APRIL 25

    04/25/2006 12:19:22 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 3 replies · 169+ views
    Wednesday April 25, 2001 Second Week of Easter Reading (1 Peter 5:5b-14) Gospel (St. Mark 16:15-20) In the Gospel reading today, the last thing Jesus tells his disciples to do before He goes into Heaven is to go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good News, to preach the Gospel to all creation. After His Ascension, Saint Mark simply says that the eleven went out and preached everywhere; and the Lord continued to work with them. He was with them always and He confirmed the message through various signs. But, of course, we know (from all of the...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 9: The Church (Part 1)

    04/24/2006 12:33:42 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 8 replies · 352+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 9: The Church (Part 1) [Class begins with the recitation of the Our Father] We are going to cover one of the most important topics, especially of our day, and that is the topic of ecclesiology. The word ecclesiology means “the study of the Church.” That comes from the Greek word ekklesia. Ekklesia means “an assembly, a gathering, a community” – or the Church. It means a convocation or a meeting of people. When we talk about the Catholic Church, the word Catholic means “universal, complete, whole, total,” or something along those...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 8: Mary (Part 2)

    04/23/2006 12:42:44 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 272+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 8: Mary (Part 2) At the end of the previous lesson, we were asking the questions about the brothers and sisters of Jesus, Jesus being Our Lady’s firstborn son, and Joseph not having any relations with Our Lady until she had borne a son, and so on. There are a couple of things to understand here. First of all, in Aramaic, which is the spoken form of Hebrew, there are no words for “cousin.” Even today in the Middle East, brothers and sisters are anyone who is a close family relation. You...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 7: Mary (Part 1)

    04/22/2006 11:21:29 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 512+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 7: Mary (Part 1) [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] Now we get to talk about one of my favorite of all topics, and that is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most wonderful lady to ever have lived. It is certainly well known to most people that Catholics foster a deep devotion to our Blessed Lady, but most people do not really understand that devotion very well. To have at least some Marian devotion is part and parcel of every single Catholic. In the...
  • Lesson 6: Jesus Christ – God and Man (Part 2) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER

    04/21/2006 1:00:27 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 6 replies · 275+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 6: Jesus Christ – God and Man (Part 2) We were talking about the knowledge of Jesus, or the way that His human mind works, and we said that there was no error or ignorance in Jesus’ human soul due to the hypostatic union. From this, we can see that the knowledge gained from the Beatific Vision is what is called “infused” knowledge. That is, God simply puts the knowledge in our minds without having sense experience to go with it. The spiritual concepts are communicated immediately to the mind by God....
  • Lesson 5: Jesus Christ – God and Man (Part 1) BY FATHER ROBERT ALTIER.

    04/20/2006 10:56:28 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 9 replies · 270+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 5: Jesus Christ – God and Man (Part 1) [The class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Our Father.] Tonight we are going to spend our entire time talking about our Blessed Lord: Who is He, what was His mission, what did He do for us and how. To put it into context, we go back a couple of weeks ago when we were talking about original sin, and we remember that after original sin we no longer know how to act the way we were created...
  • AWESOME HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER FROM 2001-2005.

    04/20/2006 8:03:16 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 7 replies · 164+ views
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    Sunday April 29, 2001 Third Sunday of Easter Reading I (Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41) Reading II ( Revelation 5:11-14) Gospel (St. John 21:1-19) In the Gospel reading today, at the very end of the Gospel, we hear this conversation between Peter and Jesus. Jesus looks at Peter and says to him, "Peter, do you love Me?" The Lord looks at each one of us and asks the exact same thing: "Do you love Me?" We, of course, are going to answer "Yes." We love Our Lord, after all, we would not be here if we did not love Our Lord. Peter...
  • Lesson 4: Creation of the Human Person and Original Sin

    04/19/2006 9:05:56 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 10 replies · 378+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 4: Creation of the Human Person and Original Sin Let us talk about the soul. The soul is defined as the principle of life in a living being. Are there any other beings with souls? The answer is “yes.” Anything that is alive has a soul. There are three different kinds of souls. There are vegetative souls – that is what a plant has; a plant is alive. There are sensitive souls – that is what animals have. Then there are rational souls – that is what human beings have. You could...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINT JOSEPH, MARCH 19 (HUSBAND OF MARY)

    04/19/2006 7:35:05 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 118+ views
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    Monday March 19, 2001 Reading I (2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16) Reading II (Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22) Gospel (St. Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a) What a glorious feast we celebrate today in the middle of Lent. We take this time to celebrate the Feast of Saint Joseph, a man whose holiness is so exceeding that God chose him to be the guardian of Our Lady and of His own Son. Think about the holiness and manliness of the one man in human history that Jesus Christ learned to be a man from. Joseph gave Him the example; not only of the...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF THE VISITATION FROM 2001-2005.

    04/18/2006 1:14:44 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 324+ views
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    Thursday May 31, 2001 Feast of the Visitation Reading (Zeph 3:14-18a) Gospel (St. Luke 1:39-56) In the first reading from the prophet Zephaniah, God is telling the people of Israel, and the people of Jerusalem, that they are to rejoice because God is in their midst. Of course we understand that God is in our midst as well. He is in our midst in a general way: the fact that He is present among His people always, that He holds us in being, and so on. But in the fulfillment of this prophecy, in a way that the people could...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, MAY 13.

    04/18/2006 12:11:24 PM PDT · by MILESJESU · 5 replies · 976+ views
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    Thursday May 13, 2004 Our Lady of Fatima Reading (Acts 15:7-21) Gospel (St. John 15:9-11) In the first reading today, we hear this debate that took place at what is known as the Council of Jerusalem as to whether or not the Gentile converts would have to become Jewish, that is, whether or not they would have to be circumcised according to the law of Moses. The real question was not only that, but also was Christianity a part of Judaism or was it something that was completely separate? We note that as the debate goes on, it is when...
  • Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 3: God’s Creation of the World

    04/18/2006 9:55:50 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 4 replies · 284+ views
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    Fundamentals of Catholicism by Father Robert Altier Lesson 3: God’s Creation of the World [Class begins with a greeting by Father and the recitation of the Hail Mary.] Tonight we are going to talk about creation and original sin. Last week when we were talking about God, we said everything that is not God is outside of Him (not outside of Him in the sense that it would be beyond Him, but outside of Him in the sense that it is not God) and anything outside of God was created by God. Creation means “the production of something out of...
  • HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF SAINTS PHILIP AND JAMES.

    04/18/2006 8:58:53 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 3 replies · 595+ views
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    May 3, 2002 Feast of Sts. Philip and James Reading (1 Cor 15:1-8) Gospel (St. John 14:6-14) Jesus says to Philip today that He and the Father are one, that He is in the Father and the Father is in Him, and that anyone who has seen Jesus has seen the Father. He says to Philip, “Have I been with you this long and still you do not understand?” For those of us who did not have the opportunity to live with Jesus physically as the Apostles did, St. Paul then lays everything out for us. He says that he...