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Q: I don’t understand how people can talk about “God’s plan” for us when we all have free will. God doesn’t control what we do, so how can we maintain his “plan”? When bad things or disappointments happen, people say not to worry because it just must not have been part of God’s... Get the Answer!
Q: Is there any of God’s grace left for those who are unable to marry or even enter the priesthood or religious life or marriage because of certain limitations or choice? It always sounds as though the Church does not recognize the sacredness of the single life. Thank you. -D.L. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A:... Get the Answer!
Q: I am 22 years old and I have been very involved in my parish community since second grade. I have been volunteering in the CCD office for the past 10 years. I’ve been having issues at home and so has my boyfriend of two years (he has a very bad living situation). So we recently decided to get a place together. Yesterday... Get the Answer!
Q: I have a rather complex question. I have Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism which manifests itself in social anxiety. Luckily, this is the only side effect of my condition as I have a job, drive a car and enjoy a relatively normal and balanced life. Recently I have met a girl and after much prayer I feel I am being... Get the Answer!
Q: My fiancé and I are planning on getting married and I would like it to be in the Church. My fiancé is in the military and is Christian. He is going to contact the Catholic priest on his Army base to ask about the RCIA process because he wants to become Catholic. Since this process will take a certain amount of time and... Get the Answer!
Q: I feel like a man who is thirsty for the truth but doesn’t know how to find it. So many people within Christendom claim to have the fullness of the truth. I have gone from mainstream Protestantism to dabbling in Catholicism to Christian Universalism to liberal Christianity to Messianic Judaism/Hebrew Roots Movement.... Get the Answer!
Q: I started praying both the rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. I have come to see how self-absorbed and sinful I am and can be. I feel regret for things I have said and done, but it is too late for me to take them back. What should I do? How can I take baby steps in eliminating my sins? How can I remain humble when being... Get the Answer!
Q: Is venting a possibility? Can one talk behind someone’s back (in a negative way) for therapeutic reasons or to deal with one’s anger toward another? Is this possible? The person does not want to hurt the other, just deal with it. -P.S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Venting is certainly a possibility,... Get the Answer!
Q: I still cannot understand why they called the Second Vatican Council. What was wrong with the Church before? From what I’ve read the ’40s and ’50s were a golden age for the Church, with Mass attendance up, vocations up, Catholic schools packed, donations up. When I ask some priests, all I get was a lot of... Get the Answer!
Q: Could you please clarify the Church’s guidelines on modesty for women? I’ve read several sites that state women cannot wear pants, shirts lower than the two fingers below the pit of the throat, or sleeves above the elbow, but I was not sure if this was an actual teaching. Also, I do rowing, a sport which requires... Get the Answer!