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Q: Can you help me understand the virtue of magnanimity? Is this a virtue we can actually work on? Kind regards. –C.S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Magnanimity refers to a person’s ability to do great things without being concerned about praise or thanks. The key to this virtue is humility, to do great things... Get the Answer!
Q: I’ve recently been struggling with the idea of homosexuality being a sin, and I was wondering if you could enlighten me on the reasons behind the argument of whether or not homosexuality is indeed sinful. I know that the main biblical verses used in the argument are Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. First, “Thou shalt... Get the Answer!
Q: Back in March I mildly sprained an index finger. My family doctor was on vacation so I went to of those walk-in medical facilities. Unfortunately I was seen by an incompetent doctor who pulled and pushed on my finger as way of “examining me” and made my condition worse. Now here it is almost three months later... Get the Answer!
Q: I am confused about mortal sin when it comes to forgetting one in confession. One Catholic apologist states that if one forgets a mortal sin in confession, as long as they intended to confess all of their mortal sins in kind and number and took the time to make a diligent examination of conscience, then the confession was... Get the Answer!
Q: I am discerning to be a Trappist nun. I’ve been invited to do a retreat at a Trappist monastery and I am most thrilled. The problem is, though, God is something I feel to be true in my heart. I have trouble, intellectually, wrapping my head around the existence of God, but I feel it to be true in my heart. So, my question... Get the Answer!
Q: I am 18 and attend a Catholic high school and have a boyfriend whom I have been dating for almost a year. I would say that I am pretty religious, but am struggling with my purity and keeping my virginity. Occasionally when I am with my boyfriend, things will go too far. Lately I’ve have debated whether or not I am ready... Get the Answer!
Q: You can spend a lifetime pondering what to do or how to do it. However, when you do what you think is right, you just come to notice that it was wrong. How can an individual determine the difference between what is good and evil? I just don’t think you can. No matter how hard I try or even how little I care there is... Get the Answer!
Q: I’m undertaking the preparation for St. Louis de Montfort’s total consecration to Mary. I understand that it is important to deny oneself to the point of mortification. This is difficult for me, especially because I am a little soul. Now, I’m confused about how we should treat our bodies. Should we subject... Get the Answer!
Q: What is the religious view of the “right to die” argument? Which means a person can make a decision to end their life when they want to, usually motivated by terminal illness and/or living with suffering and pain. I’ve viewed a couple of documentaries lately where people have done just this (some traveling... Get the Answer!
Q: I am a male, divorced for 18 years. My ex has remarried some years ago. I am now living with a female partner. I can’t marry my partner in the Catholic faith as my ex was a Catholic. I am told that I cannot receive Communion unless I get rid of my partner or live with my partner as brother and sister. I still go to church... Get the Answer!