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“Ask a Priest: If God loves us so much, why does hell exist?”

Q: How can a loving God send anyone to hell? I was always told that God loves us unconditionally, but if that’s true, then why does hell exist? Doesn’t that prove that God’s love is conditional? Couldn’t God, who created the magnificent universe, come up with a better alternative than hell? Why would... Get the Answer!

When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong
A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Sickness and death were not part of God’s original plan for the human family; they were consequences of original sin. But now, in this fallen world, no one escapes them. For... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Can you explain the connection between the priesthood, the Eucharist, and the Church?”

Q: For the past three Sundays our priest has asked us to pray for vocations to the priesthood and then said, “Without priests there is no Eucharist, and without the Eucharist there is no Catholic Church.” Please explain. Thank you. -K. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: That is a memorable way of describing... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What do Catholics base their beliefs on?”

Q: I’m taking a comparative religion course and am unsure of the answer of one of my questions. I was hoping you could help. The question is: “Aside from Scripture, on what else do Roman Catholics base their beliefs?” Thank you! -T. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: When we talk about Catholic “beliefs”... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Why do we pray to the saints?”

Q: I have been trying to explain why we pray to saints to one of my sisters and I’m a little lost. Is there some book I could read that would give me as simple an explanation as possible to relate to her? -M.O. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: The simple way to think about our praying to the saints is this: All... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How do I get out of the loop of sinning and then continually asking for forgiveness?”

Q: If we are saved, what are the negative impacts of sin? If we are forgiven for anything, why should we do good? I want to do better and I need motivation. What I constantly hear is that we are forgiven and that if we ask for forgiveness then everything is fine again, and it sets me in a loop where I can just sin and then... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is it OK to recognize the beliefs of other religious traditions?”

Q: I always felt that it was very interesting that the First Commandment has to even mention “other gods.” Is it fair to assume that there are lesser gods than the Lord? It seems like odd phrasing, when God / Moses (as a vessel) could use a more total choice of words. I know the translation between the original... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: A prayer of mine has been answered… How can I give back to God?”

Q: I’m 19 years old. I was raised non-religiously since my mom is a fallen Catholic and my dad is Jewish. Recently I met a girl who made me happier than I was ever before in my life. I just enjoyed being around her. I usually find true love to be a silly and childish concept, but meeting her has made me rethink it. We... Get the Answer!

A Mother's Tears

A Mother’s Tears:
A Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Sorrows

Nothing compares with what Mary had to go through during our Lord’s passion: She stood by, helpless, watching Jesus being condemned unjustly, mocked, scourged and tortured, crowned... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Can a Catholic receive communion at an Episcopal service?”

Q: I attend Mass and receive Communion every Sunday. If, in addition to my Catholic Sunday obligation, I attended an Episcopal service and received their communion, what do you think Jesus would say? -T.D. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: I think Jesus would say, “You shouldn’t be doing that.” Why? Because it is... Get the Answer!

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