RSSAsk Father Mike

How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I don’t understand how I am free. I didn’t choose to exist. I’m stuck here. I didn’t choose to have anxiety and depression. I’m stuck. Life is not worth it. If God is so good, why doesn’t he do something? Why doesn’t he give me an answer?

Continue Reading

How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. It used to be easy to believe in Jesus when I was younger, but with all the suffering in the world and in my life, I just don’t know. Why is it harder for me now than when I was younger?

Continue Reading

When a loved one’s death tests our faith

When a loved one’s death tests our faith

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

I have been having a really hard time trusting God lately. Ever since a family member died, I keep blaming God and finding it difficult to keep my faith. Do you have any thoughts on what I can do?

Continue Reading

‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I know that you have commented on gossip in the past, but I sometimes struggle with practical ways to determine whether I should share information. Do you have any advice?

Continue Reading

Is envy a big deal?

Is envy a big deal?

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I’ve been told that I have a streak of envy in me, but I don’t even know what that means. Besides, there are so many worse sins than envy, so why should I even care?

Continue Reading

What does it mean for me to share my faith?

What does it mean for me to share my faith?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 10, 2018 | 1 Comment

I wrote last month to someone who had asked about how to best direct a friend to a good parish that will connect him with people who will help him come to know God and be able to better follow Christ.

Continue Reading

When sharing the faith, don’t just rely on the ‘three Ps’

When sharing the faith, don’t just rely on the ‘three Ps’

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

I have a co-worker with whom I get along very well who has taken a deeper interest in Catholicism. How do I best direct him to a parish that will make him feel welcome and engage him in a personal way?

Continue Reading

When long liturgies keep family from attending Mass

When long liturgies keep family from attending Mass

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 8, 2017 | 4 Comments

Q. My family refuses to go to Mass because there are too many “extras” (like baptisms), too much singing and too many announcements. Why can’t we have a “low Mass” without all of that stuff? Isn’t the Church supposed to adapt and keep up with all the people?

Continue Reading

How can I pray better instead of just rambling?

How can I pray better instead of just rambling?

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I know that prayer needs to be a part of my life, but I never know what to say. I find myself either daydreaming or just rambling to God. How can I pray better?

Continue Reading

Renouncing, not just confessing, our sins

Renouncing, not just confessing, our sins

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m not sure what to do. I’ve been praying and I’ve been to confession (repeatedly), but I seem to commit the same sins. Even worse, I know that Jesus promised that we would receive a closeness to God when we call out for him, but I haven’t experienced that.

Continue Reading

Integrity needed more than ‘authenticity’

Integrity needed more than ‘authenticity’

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Q: I value authenticity and loathe hypocrisy, and I want to simply be true to myself. How can I do that if I constantly am told what to believe and how to behave by the Church?

Continue Reading

Mom should know her place in son’s marital challenges

Mom should know her place in son’s marital challenges

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 11, 2017 | 21 Comments

Q. My son and his wife have been married nine years and have four children. His wife homeschools their children and wants three more kids, but my son is exhausted when he gets home, and his wife expects him to “take over” while she “takes a break.” She says that the Church demands that they have more children. I would support my son if this was all too much and he asked for a divorce.

Continue Reading