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Q: My heart sank when I read Genesis 6:6 — “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” God knows everything. So, if he knew, before creating us, how we would turn out, why did he still create us? -N.B. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: You touch on one... Get the Answer!
Q: My aunt had a bone marrow type cancer, myelofibrosis. Last month I was advised by her doctor and nurses that the transfusions she was getting weren’t working any longer, and that I should think about putting her on hospice. She had other issues such as congestive heart failure and pulmonary disease complications. I... Get the Answer!
Q: My eldest son wants me to go to a Reiki therapist for healing. After many tests and considerable financial drain, doctors still have been unable to diagnose or help me. I don’t feel comfortable with this. Aren’t Reiki healers dangerous for Catholics? -C. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: I am sorry to hear... Get the Answer!
Q: In today’s Mass homily our pastor talked about our merciful Father, and during his homily a question came to my mind. God, being eternal, is also timeless and because of that he knows everything past, present and future. For example, God knows if a baby conceived in the womb will go to heaven or hell. Can you help me to... Get the Answer!
Q: I am a Missouri-Synod Lutheran, and my wife is Catholic, yet she told me that she thinks the Bible is subjective. However, being with the LCMS, I strongly believe that the Bible is to be taken literally, and that it is the infallible Word of God and the final word on all moral and ethical issues. My question to you is, What... Get the Answer!
Q: In John 14:28, we read: “You heard me say to you, I am going away and I am coming to you. If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.” Are not God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit equal to one another? What does Jesus mean when he says that the Father... Get the Answer!
Q: I need help to speak with friends who lost their 18-year-old son to a vicious murder. It has been 10 years, and they still hold a deep hate for the killer who is in jail but who has not been put on trial due to repeated delays in competency hearings. Jesus tells us to forgive those who have sinned against us before we can... Get the Answer!
Q: I am confused. If someone does something to anger me, and I share with other people why I am angry, is this gossip? I guess I would want others to understand why I am angry, but not be angry themselves. Again, is this gossip? I’m not trying to hurt the person I’m angry with — just sharing. -L.V. Answered... Get the Answer!
Q: I live with my boyfriend. I know having sex before marriage is wrong, and I definitely have done my fair share of sinning. The guilt is eating at me, and I just feel as though God wants more from me. I want to be a better follower of Christ. My question is, if I sleep on the couch, and my boyfriend and I make sure to do nothing... Get the Answer!
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!