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Q: Is there any true hope left in this world? I am a self-described news junkie, which might be contributing to my distress. However, it seems that every day there is yet another incident of self-absorbed hatred, violence, or simple lack of compassion for our fellow man. Whether it be the police being targeted, or the non-stop... Get the Answer!
Q: My wife and I, both Catholic, were married in the Church 10 years ago and have four children. We have had some good times and a lot of bad times and struggles. We have many times been to the point of calling it quits. One major reason is because I have been stagnant in my prayer life, and my wife has not been. I also have... Get the Answer!
Q: I’m selling my home and my cousin asked if I had a buried a St. Joseph statue. I didn’t. I went to a parish gift shop and they had a home-sellers kit, which is a small statue of St. Joseph, and instructions to bury him upside down, feet pointing in the direction you want to move, and a prayer and novena. After... Get the Answer!
Q: My fiancé and I are planning to get married. As of right now our main priority is to buy a home so we have somewhere to live. We both still live at home with parents, and I know that both of our families would like for us to get married through the Church, before we move in together. Unexpectedly, the home process has been... Get the Answer!
Q: What is the purpose of having many religions if there is only one God? Also, is it wrong or unholy to listen to music with cussing and bad references? Recently there is this mixtape and the beat always gets me hyped but it’s talking about drugs and bad women. Finally, I am always striving to become greater but I’m... Get the Answer!
Q: I have been raised as Roman Catholic. I’ve tried my hardest to remain faithful. I make it my duty to teach my children the beautiful teachings of the Bible and Jesus Christ. However, recently I have run into a huge hurdle regarding my faith. I don’t understand why God made us sinners. Why is sin inevitable for every single... Get the Answer!
Q: Is wearing jeans appropriate for Eucharistic ministers? This occurs at my parish routinely, and more than one minister wears them. My sponsor taught me that reverence for Christ includes the clothes you wear to church. Do the Eucharistic ministers have the wrong garment? I try not to let it bug me, but I do have reverence... Get the Answer!
Q: I was conceived using in vitro fertilization. They used three embryos in the process, so I have two siblings who died. I don’t know what to do with all this. I miss them, if that even makes sense. I get what the Church teaches about life after death — we don’t know what happens to young children who die... Get the Answer!
Q: I go to confession regularly to the same priest. I find it very humiliating. I know it is prideful, but I want the priest to like me, and how on earth could he when he knows all the sinful things I do? I have heard/read that priests don’t think ill of people who come to them for confession. Can you give me any type... Get the Answer!
Q: Here in America what is the Catholic Church’s teaching on receiving Communion under both species? In the Sacramentary it says the faithful can receive Communion under both species only for special occasions such as first holy Communion, weddings and confirmation. More than a few parishes in my dioceses on Sundays and... Get the Answer!