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“Ask a Priest: I am predisposed to certain types of sin… How can I resist them?”

Q: I know people say sins are by choice, which I agree to to an extent. Sometimes I honestly believe people cannot help who they are. For example, I am more predisposed to anxiety, vanity, etc. I understand how to stop doing sins in action, but feelings are difficult to control. Does the Bible ever explain this? I honestly... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I use birth control because I am fearful to bring children into this world…”

Q: I am a married Catholic. My faith is so very important to me and a very important part of my life. I am having a struggle. I have felt since high school that I did not want children. I love kids, but this world makes me very fearful to have children. I also have many concerns with the way they will “turn out.”... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is there salvation for non-Catholic Christians?”

Q: Okay, so I’m a Catholic but my parents are devout Baptists, and I recently discovered the “extra ecclesiam nulla salus” doctrine. Does this say that they will not be saved since they aren’t Catholics? I’m really worried about them. -B.M. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Thanks for your... Get the Answer!

Food For The Journey: A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Eucharist – Audio

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“Ask a Priest: Is it a sin for a Catholic couple to undergo an IVF procedure?”

Q: Is it a sin, or simply morally unacceptable, for a Catholic couple who desire to have children to undergo assisted reproductive procedures like IVF? Should such a couple stay away from the Holy Eucharist? Are there options for Catholic spouses grappling with infertility? -J. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The pain... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What does the Church say about health care proxy directives?”

Q: Is it morally permissible for a Catholic to have a health care proxy that directs his next-of-kin and doctors to withhold artificially delivered food/water in the event that he is in a persistent vegetative state? -D. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Thanks for your question, which is timely and touches on an issue... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Should I attend my niece’s same-sex marriage reception?”

Q: My niece and godchild is going to another state to get “married to her female partner.” Her mother, my sister and best friend, is having a reception in our city. She and my other siblings have said they are against gay marriage, but they are all attending this reception. I feel it is hypocritical to attend. Am... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can you explain what Pope Francis is saying in his apostolic exhortation, ‘Evangelii Gaudium’?”

Q: I was recently at a Mass in a parish in Arizona. The priest welcomed everyone before the start of Mass and then quoted from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium: “The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I want to enjoy my vacation… Is it wrong for me to use birth control pills?”

Q: I am going on a vacation in a few months, and my period falls right in the middle of it. I am considering taking birth control specifically to ease the pain so I can enjoy my vacation. I am not married and will not engage in any sexual activity, so the birth control would not be blocking any potential life. Would it still... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: I am considering getting Botox injections. Is this going against God’s plan?”

Q: I am a few months shy of 50 and the idea of getting a Botox injection on my forehead has been haunting me. Is it going against God’s plan? Is it moral? -D.N. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your question touches on a lot of issues, including the motivation for such treatment as well as the costs and dangers... Get the Answer!