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Q: I know we are supposed to forgive, no matter what. Sometimes I wish I could, but I do want justice. I also want to forgive without feeling bitter, but I don’t know how. Over the past 10 years I have been slandered, to the point of losing my profession. My mother and I had been stalked, mocked and harassed wherever we... Get the Answer!
Q: I have been giving a lot of thought to marrying my girlfriend of five years. But recently we have been arguing about a very personal topic: gay marriage and homosexual attractions (LGBT attractions to be more precise, but I am just saying homosexual for short). I am worried that this is something that will eventually tear... Get the Answer!
Q: Last year, I went through a phase were I really opened up and became a better Christian. And it worked! But I let my anxiety take it too far, to the point where I wasn’t living my life. Now, as a result of that, I find it hard to pray, and I’m having trouble finding that even balance between sinning and living... Get the Answer!
Q: I was raised Catholic and my husband was raised Pentecostal. Before getting married, we decided to compromise and go to a non-denominational Christian church because neither of us wanted to convert to the other’s religion. We have a great marriage and have been attending our new church regularly. But I am unhappy. I... Get the Answer!
Q: I am 15 years old. I was raised in an evangelical Protestant family. However, last year I was exposed to Catholicism through a Catholic friend, and after thorough research and lots of prayer, I came to realize that the Catholic Church was the One True Church. After asking my parents if I could convert, I was given a firm... Get the Answer!
Q: I work as an anesthesia provider. Recently a woman and her husband had traveled overseas and she unknowingly contracted the Zika virus. A few months later she conceived a child. The child had severe anencephaly (no brain). They desired an abortion — after jumping through several hoops and waiting until neural development... Get the Answer!
Q: I am not sure how to have a relationship with God. How do I know it is God communicating to me? Why doesn’t God manifest himself to everyone in the world for all of us to see? –B.R. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: You raise big questions. God manifests himself to us all the time. It’s just that we fail... Get the Answer!
Q: I married a Southern Baptist. We went through Pre-Cana and were married at my home parish, and originally had a lot of conversations about faith. I went to Bible studies with him at his church, and he went to Mass with me. Over the years, though, he started to be less interested in conversations. When we moved and were looking... Get the Answer!
Q: I have a dilemma. I am the only person in my social group and workplace that still believes in God, and I struggle with the loneliness of this. In my country (Netherlands) fewer than a quarter of the people call themselves Christian anymore, and even of those most don’t believe that God is actively intervening in our... Get the Answer!
Q: How do you know when a person is full of evil? How do you protect those around you from this evil, especially in your family? For example, I have a family member who is an atheist and is extremely materialistic. What do you do with someone who has that influence among the younger members of the family? There is another member... Get the Answer!