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“Ask a Priest: Unbaptized, but saved…”

Q: How do non-Christians enter heaven without sanctifying grace? -O.A. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: You touch on an intriguing topic. Jesus tells us, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (John 3:5). So how could non-Christians, the unbaptized,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Questioning what a Pope says…”

Q: Is it a sin to question something a Pope has said or done? For instance, John Paul II with regards to what some of his encyclicals and actions taught with regards to what previous Popes called false religions? -G.S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your questions prompt a focus on the notion of papal infallibility.... Get the Answer!

Will You Help Fill the Gap?

Dear Retreat Guide Family, pax Christi: For the past twelve months, God has allowed our Retreat Guides to touch thousands of hearts and minds. I am moved by the feedback we receive... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Christ’s suffering and dying on the cross…”

Q: What did Christ accomplish by suffering and dying on the cross? -J.M. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your question touches on a core truth of Christ’s mission in the world. As “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” Christ by his death on the cross accomplished the definitive redemption... Get the Answer!

Sitting in the Side Pew: A Retreat Guide on Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton – Audio

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Sitting in the Side Pew
A Retreat Guide on Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Why does the Church canonize saints? It doesn’t help them; after all, they are already in heaven. It’s meant to help us! The saints’ amazing spiritual maturity reminds... Read More

“Ask a Priest: God’s will in my life…”

Q: What would be a good way to determine whether an impulse is from God and not your own selfish desire masking itself? I struggle with knowing whether I am following God’s will, in the present moment, or a selfish desire masking as inspiration. -M.A. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: This question surfaces repeatedly... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Am I being too scrupulous?”

Q: When I try to make a daily examen, I sometimes have trouble recalling my sins of the past day. Then when I am ready to go to confession, I can’t come up with any sins to mention. Is this a sign of scrupulosity? -M.G. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It is commendable that you are trying to take advantage of two... Get the Answer!