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Today’s secular world throws curve balls at us all the time. AskACatholicPriest is a Q&A feature that anyone can use. Just type in your question or send an email to AskAPriest@rcspirituality.org and you will get a personal response back from one of our priests at RCSpirituality. You can ask about anything – liturgy, prayer, moral questions, current events… Our goal is simply to provide a trustworthy forum for dependable Catholic guidance and information. So go ahead and ask your question…

“Ask a Priest: How can I find my Bible ‘life verse’?”

Q: Any tips on finding my life verse? You know, the Bible verse that seems like it was just written for me and only me. -D.R. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It is good that you understand the Bible as something God uses to speak directly to you. The Bible is a means of God’s revelation which, after all, is meant... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What if my mom wouldn’t want me to go to confession?”

Q: I am disabled, have high-functioning autism, and I am unable to drive. I have been wanting to go to confession for some mortal sins I have committed. My mother, whom I live with, is an ex-Catholic and reacts negatively whenever I talk about Catholicism with her. I remember the commandment to honor my mother and father. I... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What about Gospel ‘exceptions’ allowing for divorce?”

Q: Why does the New American Bible not make the exception for sexual immoral acts or fornication like most all the other Bibles do? -R.L. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The verse you refer to says, “But I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) causes her to commit adultery, and... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should a parish bulletin carry video store ads?”

Q: I read your excellent answer on viewing R-rated movies. My question deals with providing those movies as an occasion of sin. A Catholic parishioner independently owns a movie- and game-rental business with no restrictions (R to G are available). This business is promoted in the church bulletin and other community publications... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Do Matthew and Luke contradict each other on Jesus’ early life?”

Q: In Matthew 2, it says Mary, Joseph and Jesus were in Bethlehem, and (verse 13) after the wise men left, the angel told them to flee to Egypt. So they went to Egypt and stayed there till Herod died. But in Luke 2, Mary, Joseph and Jesus go to Jerusalem for their purification when Jesus is a baby, and verse 39 says then they... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is it a sin if I miss Sunday Mass while on a cruise?”

Q: I have been invited to go on a cruise with my family. If there is not a priest on board, I will miss Sunday Mass. I attend Mass daily. May I do this without committing sin? I am 80 years old, and will be with my daughter, her husband and two grandchildren over 18. -T.A. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The ideal would... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What is Church teaching on IVF and surrogacy?”

Q: A married family member has been wanting to have a baby but not able to. On a regular visit, the doctor told them he could see that they had a baby. They were so excited about the chances and didn’t realize it could be a sinful decision. The first baby will be delivered soon by a surrogate mother. There are some frozen... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I am considering liposuction… Will I go to hell for this?”

Q: I got two tattoos many years ago, which I thought were spiritual and pretty. I also had some permanent makeup, and as a result of a scar on my scalp, I had that scar tattooed the color of my hair to make the scar less noticeable. Also, I have had some minor cosmetic procedures. I did not get them to be vain or have people... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: If God loves us so much, why does hell exist?”

Q: How can a loving God send anyone to hell? I was always told that God loves us unconditionally, but if that’s true, then why does hell exist? Doesn’t that prove that God’s love is conditional? Couldn’t God, who created the magnificent universe, come up with a better alternative than hell? Why would... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can you explain the connection between the priesthood, the Eucharist, and the Church?”

Q: For the past three Sundays our priest has asked us to pray for vocations to the priesthood and then said, “Without priests there is no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist there is no Catholic Church.” Please explain. Thank you. -K. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: That is a memorable way of describing... Get the Answer!

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