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“Ask a Priest: Why does Jesus address his Mother as ‘woman’ in Scripture?”

Q: At least twice in Scripture Christ calls his own mother “woman”: once at the wedding at Cana and again at the foot of the cross. That would normally be noted as being rude, disrespectful, and I wonder how that made Mary feel. Never in Scripture does he call her “mom.” -C.L. Answered by Fr. Edward... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Too friendly with the parish priest… What should my friend do?”

Q: My married friend is in love with her parish priest and the feeling is pretty mutual. Her husband and her are pretty good friends with their priest, and they have been part of this parish for many, many years. I have told my friend that she needs to leave her parish if she wants her priest to remain a holy priest —... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: As a Catholic who values purity, should I be attending a friend’s bachelorette party?”

Q: I’m 28 years old, from Mexico and was in consecrated life for a few years. I’ve always had this question and until now I’ve been able to escape the situation, but I can’t now. My girlfriends are organizing a bachelorette party for one of my friends. It will probably involve a “stripper”... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I want my marriage sanctified… How do I get my husband to attend marriage prep classes?”

Q: I have been married 33 years by civil ceremony. My husband is non-Catholic. He claims he is agnostic! I have returned to the Church after 30 years of searching for the right “religion” but have come to embrace my Catholic faith. I have initiated the process of having my marriage sanctified and even have the go-ahead... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What is the ultimate purpose of the Last Judgment?”

Q: If a particular judgment at death sends one to hell immediately, what is the ultimate purpose of a general judgment? -V.V. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The general judgment, or Last Judgment, will be, so to speak, the last act in history. It will be when all of us see the big picture of salvation history, the... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is God intervening in my life?”

Q: To start this off, I do not consider myself a Christian. I consider myself as a spiritualist/Buddhist, but I still believe in God, so I feel like this could be the right place to ask my question. Recently, I was in a deep sadness and asked God for help, and I made a promise that, now that I am back in a more sound state... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can a layperson pray the Liturgy of the Hours?”

Q: I feel God is calling me besides daily Mass to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. I have prayed them before when I was single, and now married I feel God wants me to do that again. I was once a religious in an abusive order, but got a papal dispensation. I was afraid to pray at all. My cell phone and all its Catholic apps helped... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Am I able to marry in the Church without an annulment?”

Q: My fiancé and I are both practicing Catholics. I have never been married before, but my fiancé has. We got engaged December 2012. He submitted paperwork to begin the annulment process in March 2013. We were told by his advocate that it could take up to a year to complete. I changed our wedding date from Sept. 28, 2013,... Get the Answer!