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“Ask a Priest: What are sins against the Holy Spirit?”

Q: What are sins against the Holy Spirit? -A.C. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The offense against the Holy Spirit that stands out is the one Our Lord calls an unforgivable sin. The Catechism in No. 1864 says, “‘Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against... Get the Answer!

Strength of Thousands
A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Life in this fallen world is a battle. And as Christians, we are not only called to engage courageously in the fight, but we are also equipped to do so. We are given supernatural... Read More

Strength of Thousands
A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Life in this fallen world is a battle. And as Christians, we are not only called to engage courageously in the fight, but we are also equipped to do so. We are given supernatural... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Can a person lose sanctifying grace?”

Q: I know we get sanctifying grace every time we receive the sacraments. Does this grace stay with you for your whole life or can you lose sanctifying grace? -C.D. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Most certainly, yes, sanctifying grace can be lost through mortal sin. Without sanctifying grace, we cannot get into heaven. The... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should my son be marrying an agnostic?”

Q: My son is 25 years old and has fallen in love with an agnostic. She is a very nice girl, but my greatest fear is her lack of faith. She has agreed to let my son raise the kids Catholic if they got married, but she will not go to church. I know that a person can change, but one shouldn’t go into the marriage expecting... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can an arranged marriage violate any of the Ten Commandments?”

Q: I am wondering if an arranged marriage for an individual from an impoverished country to an individual from a rich country is a sin, provided that: a) everybody takes part voluntarily; b) the marriage is arranged simply to help the individual from the poor country find work in the better-off country and make a better life... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: As Catholics, why do we accept Scripture as divinely inspired?”

Q: Why do we as Catholics believe that the letters and writings found in the Bible are divinely inspired? Clearly they are very important documents because of the time, but what sets them apart and makes them 100% true and infallible? -D.B. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The basic reason we accept Scripture as divinely... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: When does a person acquire a soul?”

Q: If I may, a two-part question: 1. When does the human person acquire a soul? Is it infused by God at the moment of the person’s conception? 2. In the sad case of a test-tube baby or in vitro fertilization, when or how does that embryo/fetus/person acquire a soul? -J.S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Actually... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How could Mary’s marriage to Joseph be considered valid when it was not consummated?”

Q: As a non-Christian, I am baffled. Why was Mary’s marriage unconsummated? As it was not, how could it have been considered valid? And if it was not valid, how could it have been appropriate for her and Joseph to travel together? -D.G.K. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: I appreciate your interest in Mary and your... Get the Answer!

River of Wisdom
A Retreat Guide on the Rosary

If there existed a deep, rushing river whose waters gave eternal wisdom to anyone who drank them, wouldn’t you want to seek it out? Well, such a river does exist: It’s called... Read More

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