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“Ask a Priest: Does My Prayer Help Anybody?”

Q: As I am getting on in my spiritual life, stumbling and getting up, a lot of questions and doubts arise in my mind. One such question is, how does my prayer help anybody? If everybody has a free will, and God will not violate anyone’s will, how will my prayers help? Wouldn’t God do what he needs to do for every... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: May I Support a Charity That Hires Same-Sex Spouses?”

Q: Would I be making a compromise of my faith by continuing to support a child in the Third World through an organization whose policy includes hiring people in same-sex “marriages”? – R.P. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: It is good to see that you are trying the help the poor in the developing world.... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If Someone Isn’t Receiving Communion Worthily?”

Q: This question has been weighing on my mind for some time. In my parish, there is a woman who committed adultery a few years ago with her neighbor. The situation is quite complicated, for this woman’s husband committed adultery with the neighbor’s wife. Consequently, both marriages ended in divorce, and this woman... Get the Answer!

Study Circle Guide: Lumen Fidei

This Study Circle Guide is designed to accompany Pope Francis’ first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei—The Light of Faith. This encyclical focuses on the nature of faith and its... Read More

Bridge to Eternity:
A Retreat Guide on the Sacrament of Holy Orders

For many years, my religious order followed a tradition of ordaining our members to the priesthood on Christmas Eve. I remember preparing for my own ordination: eight days... Read More

“Ask a Priest: Is it OK to Exercise on Sundays?”

Q: Would you please be able to tell me Church teaching on doing exercise/working out on Sundays? Is it wrong to do this or is it OK? Thank you very much for your time and the work you do! -C.S. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Your question touches on the first precept of the Church, “You shall attend Mass on Sundays... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Could One Being Keep Track of Us All?”

Q: I am a Catholic. I was raised Catholic. I go to church on Sundays. I am in a 12-step program through Overeaters Anonymous. This is a program based on a belief in a higher power. I have been in the program for over nine years. I am successful in maintaining my weight loss, but I am struggling with believing in an all-knowing,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: When Are Souls Created?”

Q: 1. What is the Church’s official position? Does God himself create the soul at conception? If so, isn’t conception a sacrament, a supernatural act on God’s part? 2. If God himself creates a soul at conception then: a) How can he create an imperfect soul having original sin?; b) If God has to wait for humans... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: May I Vote for the Lesser Evil?”

Q: I know you cannot tell me for which party to vote, but this is about comparing Catholic moral values and two different political platforms/programs. So, I believe we are at the public policy level, which is legitimate. My first question is, if the two proposed platforms are not in complete agreement with Catholic values,... Get the Answer!

A Cure for Discouragement:
A Retreat Guide for Easter

The appearances of Jesus after his Resurrection, as recorded in the New Testament, are, to be honest, kind of confusing.  The people he appears to don’t recognize him right... Read More

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