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“Ask a Priest: When receiving a blessing at Communion, what is the proper response?”

Q: I am 60 years old. Recently I started the RCIA. I hope to be confirmed sometime around Easter. I understand and accept the fact that I cannot participate in Communion until I have been confirmed. However, I do rise and receive the priest’s blessing. I have a United Methodist background, and so all the Catholic traditions’... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I am in an abusive relationship… Will Jesus still love me if I leave my husband?”

Q: I have been with my husband for 22 years. We were baptized Catholic in November 2012, we have two children, ages 12 and 5. I want to know if Jesus will still love me if I leave my husband. I have put up with abuse all these years — emotional and, for a number of years, physical. Our son has special needs and [my husband]... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Are we capable of perfect contrition?”

Q: Father, is everyone capable of perfect contrition? I do not feel that it is possible for me as I have been so fearful of the pains of hell for my entire life. -C.P. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: One of the most beautiful things that Jesus reveals to us is that God is a Trinity of three Divine Persons: Father, Son... Get the Answer!

The Tomb and the Pearl
A Retreat Guide for Easter

This Retreat Guide, “The Tomb and the Pearl,” is designed to help you “go forward towards the light”, as the Holy Father recently put it, so that the glorious Easter Mystery... Read More

The Tomb and the Pearl
A Retreat Guide for Easter

This Retreat Guide, “The Tomb and the Pearl,” is designed to help you “go forward towards the light”, as the Holy Father recently put it, so that the glorious Easter Mystery... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Should I vaccinate my children? What does the Church say?”

Q: I have a daughter that has cystic fibrosis, a chronic illness. My doctors recommend that I vaccinate all of my children, especially to protect my sick child, and follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control. A few of their vaccines, however, were initially cultivated from aborted fetal cell lines, and I’m... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is it a mortal sin if I break any of the Ten Comandments?”

Q: Does the Catholic Church still believe all of the Ten Commandments are mortal sins if broken? For example, missing Mass on Sunday and holy days — mortal sin, as is murder? -J.F. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The Church never taught that every violation of a Commandment is a mortal sin. Every sin we commit... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How can I explain Mark 10:25 to an atheist physics teacher?”

Q: I’m writing to an atheist physics teacher, who thinks that Mark 10:25 (“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God”) literally means Christians must all sell our belongings. What would you tell him? Thanks so much! -M.S. Answered by... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How do I respond to a teenager who questions Church teaching on same sex marriage?”

Q: How would you best respond to a teenager’s questioning the Church’s opposition to gay marriage? -S.O. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: In the first place, whenever teenagers ask questions related to the faith, it is extremely important that they feel fully listened to. They are beginning to feel the power... Get the Answer!