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“Ask a Priest: In a Big Universe, What Makes Us So Special?”

Q: My faith in Christianity began to waver after my first year of college — I took an astronomy class which changed my way of thinking and made me insatiably curious as to the nature of the universe we live in. I was enthralled with the immense scope of the universe. The Milky Way Galaxy, on which our solar system revolves,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Fear for Loved Ones Who Left the Church?”

Q: I have family members who have left the Catholic Church. They now belong to the Assemblies of God church. Should I be concerned about their souls? (One cousin states that all Catholics are going to hell!) Thank you for your time. -L.V. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It can be painful to see loved ones leave the Church.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Prepare to Care for Elderly Parents or Look for a Husband?”

Q: I am wondering if you could help me in discerning a vocation quandary. I have very elderly parents who I live near, who may need help in the not-so-distant future in terms of caregiving. Currently I am on a Catholic dating site in the quest to find someone, as I sense I have a vocation to marriage. Candidates are normally... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Where Did Those People in Genesis 4 Come From?”

Q: I recently ran into a question and wanted to get the Catholic teaching and answer, please. The Bible says Adam and Eve were the first two humans and bore Cain and Abel, after which Cain slew Abel. It then says Cain went to live among the people in the land of Nod. Where did the people in the land of Nod come from? Thank you.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I Demand Repayment of a Loan?”

Q: I lent a friend $300 five months ago with the understanding that she would pay me back. Well, my friend hasn’t mentioned the money since she borrowed it, and I haven’t seen a dime. She either forgot, or she is deliberately not mentioning it, hoping I forgot. Either way it’s hurtful to me. If she’s... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What About the Divisions in Christianity?”

Q: I am trying to understand what happened at the time of the Reformation. I can see that there were excesses and corruption in the Catholic Church, and these had to be addressed. But there was so much violence on both sides. The differences of theology seem to have been used to excuse political actions for both the Protestant... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why Did God Create Us, Knowing That We Would Fall?”

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!

“Ask a Priest: Is Hospice the Moral Route to Take?”

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!

“Ask a Priest: May I Turn to Reiki Therapy?”

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!

“Ask a Priest: Can We Reconcile God’s Mercy with His Knowledge of Those Who Will Be Lost?”

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!

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