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“Ask a Priest: Can I Be Friends With Someone With Different Political Views?”

Q: Can a Catholic be friends with someone who believes and supports people and things that are contrary to the faith? I am a student at a community college, and I had a professor and adviser who was like my only support at the school. She was kind and more like a friend to me. She never beat me up for my views or religion... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Can I Help My Agnostic Sister?”

Q: I seem to be having a dark night of the soul. I asked my sister if she has prayed about her rather difficult situation, and she said she doesn’t believe in prayer. This hit me pretty hard because I thought, even though she has been away from the Church for years, she still prayed to God. Since I learned this, I would... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Can the Morning-After Pill Cause Abortions?”

Q: My boyfriend and I have been discussing issues regarding marriage, and he told me that the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B doesn’t cause an abortion. Is this true? – N.V. Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Plan B (the “morning-after pill”) can possibly cause abortions because it prevents the... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Divorced, Alone and Feeling Guilty for Not Pursuing the Priesthood – What Can I Do?”

Q: I am in my 70s and am not at peace about my vocation in life. I have never had a passion about career. In my Catholic education, and it came up all the time, we were asked to pray for vocations to the priesthood. Somehow the message had been delivered wrong, or I have received it wrong. Anyhow, for some reason, I feel uneasy,... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: May I Attend Protestant Services to Appease My Kin?”

Q: I converted to the Catholic faith from Protestantism, but sometimes my family wants me to attend the Protestant church with them. I feel this is wrong, since the Catholic Church is the true Church of Christ, but I don’t want to offend them, so wanted to see if it was OK to go and occasionally worship with them. –... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What If God’s Will Is Too Hard to Discern?”

Q: I’ve just come up against a huge hurdle in my spiritual life. I am thinking about doing the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius because I feel discernment is important. I thought I had discerned God’s will for me in a task which came my way at work one day. The task failed, in a sense. It was a pretty hopeless task from... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: Is It OK for a Guy to Go Shirtless?”

Q: Hello, I had a question regarding modesty for guys. Would it be considered immodest for a guy to have his shirt off? I know the comparison is often used that a guy shirtless is no different from a girl in a bikini. If you could clarify the Church’s position on this it would be appreciated. – L. Answered by Fr. Edward... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: How Can Both I Aid Elderly Parents and Keep a Spouse Happy?”

Q: My parents are in desperate need of someone to take care of them. I have been traveling 10 hours to be with them for a week once a month. This is not enough. I wish I could be with them and take care of them. My husband has been understanding, but I think I’m pushing the envelope of his tolerance. I’m so torn... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: What Can I Do About Feelings of Jealousy?”

Q: I have a habit of constantly comparing myself and my life with others. I will feel happy if I feel like I am better than someone else, and I feel sad and sometimes even depressed when I feel other people’s lives are better than mine. I had to delete myself from social media because it would give me anxiety and cause... Get the Answer!

“Ask a Priest: When Is It OK to Fast?”

Q: Aside from times of the year when fasting is encouraged or required, when is it appropriate to fast? Also, are there any prayers for fasting? I haven’t had much luck finding any. Thank you! – J.R Answered by Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC A: Fasting is prescribed by the Church for the faithful, aged 18 to 59, only twice... Get the Answer!

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