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Q: My son was born with health issues. He is now 19 years old, and these health issues can be life-threatening. I pray to God all the time to help my son but also to help me to worry less. I’m so worried about my son dying and leaving me here in so much pain from his loss. This worry is constant. I don’t know what... Get the Answer!
Q: At my parish we have a professional music director/organist. At Communion time as a rule he chooses songs that are not Eucharistic or pertaining to the Sacrifice. Today they sang “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” at Communion. While it is a very beautiful hymn which I love, it does not pertain directly to... Get the Answer!
Q: I’m not super religious, never have been, but every now and again I do seek guidance from God. I had a bad childhood. My mom dated a man who was horrible and extremely abusive. He even sent my brother to the hospital once. I asked God every day to take that horrible, disgusting lowlife out of our lives. Instead, it... Get the Answer!
Q: I have quite the theological question for you. In modern Christian dogma, a lot has been taken from older religions (Greek paganism mainly) and modified to fit into Christianity. Examples of this could be found in that Jehovah and Zeus look almost identical when depicted in Renaissance art. Angels and devils, when spoke of... Get the Answer!
Q: I am a practicing Catholic and I have recently began to feel like I place too much emphasis on nice brands. I have always really liked nice clothes, and have normally held the practice of buying specific brands such as Polo, North Face, Columbia, etc. (when they go on sale) over St. John’s Bay, etc. I have to admit... Get the Answer!
Q: My boyfriend and I were discussing abortion. He thinks abortion is OK in the early stages of pregnancy. I tried to help him understand that abortion ends a life when it is performed at any stage in a pregnancy, but he still sees it as a decision that should be made by the mother. I love him very much, and I would like to... Get the Answer!
Q: I am very distressed about my relationship with my parents. I love them, but I have trouble respecting them. This is obvious when we argue about politics. We agree on most things, being conservative in nature, but I match my conservative ideas to those of the Church and they attach theirs to politics. This leads them to say... Get the Answer!
Q: We have a new pastor a new (very young) priest at our parish. They have told us that it is not proper to hold hands during the Our Father. They highly discourage us doing so even with our families. Our former priests approached this differently, saying that it would not be proper for the celebrant to direct the congregation... Get the Answer!
Q: I’m a Catholic who will be marrying a non-Catholic early next year. I still attend Mass, my mom is a devout Catholic, but my dad has fallen away from the Church. On my fiancée’s side, only an aunt and uncle go to Mass regularly, and the rest practice various forms of Christianity. That being said, we decided it was... Get the Answer!
Q: I am 76 years old and have been “remarried” for the past 15 years after having divorced. It’s my understanding after having researched this subject on Catholic websites, that absolution after confession appears to be granted and available to all Catholics, including murderers, but not for divorced Catholics.... Get the Answer!