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Q: I came across a couple of things I wanted a Catholic perspective on. I couldn’t ask these questions from anyone in my parish or Catholic friends, for fear of judgment. Here are my questions: 1) How do we know the compilers of the Bible were right for excluding some books but including others? 2) “It doesn’t matter... Get the Answer!
Q: I am fighting an ongoing battle with a habitual sin: lying. Since I can remember, I have lied about even the littlest things: to make myself seem more interesting, to engage in conversation … most of the time I do not even know why I do so. I am not sure what to do about it anymore, and I need some spiritual direction.... Get the Answer!
Q: I came upon 1 Timothy 2:8-15 where it talks about women and men praying in church. It says, “Women should learn in silence and all humility. I do not allow them to teach or to have authority over men; they must keep quiet. For Adam was created first, and then Eve. And it was not Adam who was deceived; it was the woman... Get the Answer!
Q: I got into a dispute with a parishioner who frequently runs to our priest in tears to complain about others in the parish. I don’t feel comfortable talking to our parish priest about the issue because it would be hard for me to be objective. I am worried that she painted me in a poor light to our priest, who I greatly... Get the Answer!
Q: I’ve run into a bit of a wall with my faith. I can’t even in good conscience wear my cross around my neck anymore. My specific problem is not doubt of God’s existence, but rather it’s a sense of exhaustion. So many times I’ve spoken up for faith, not just Christianity but all faiths. Time and... Get the Answer!
Q: I am educated in philosophy. Are you familiar with Seraphim (Eugene) Rose’s work on nihilism? I have written or come to the same nihilistic conclusions as Rose. The experience of nothingness is overwhelming and omnipresent. I am not sure what my question even is. At times I am the most confident in my beliefs (even... Get the Answer!
Q: Is it a mortal sin to see a medium? Would God forgive me? I’m not at peace with the death of my mother. -P. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The short answers are: 1) yes, it could be a mortal sin, and 2) yes, God is always willing to forgive when there is a spirit of repentance. The Catechism warns about recourse... Get the Answer!
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!