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Duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

Duties to family members include love, but with wisdom

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. There is a family member who keeps intruding in my life. I want to love this person well, and I don’t want to go against God’s teaching about the duty we owe to family, but this person’s constant interruptions and negative attitude are affecting my family and me. What can I do?

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Gluttony is not joy

Gluttony is not joy

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

Q. It seems like every time I want to do something that I think will be fun, the Church has a rule against it. Why is the Church so against pleasure?

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Letting God love us, no matter what

Letting God love us, no matter what

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes get so down on myself. Even though I want to do good, I keep messing up. The problem is, I know that it is my own fault, so I feel bad about asking God for help.

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Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

Fighting the ‘noon-day devil’ of acedia

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes just wish that I could run away from the life I am living. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, but I get this feeling that I should just leave this behind and try something new. Is this a sign that I should?

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Posture during Our Father; Catholic-Jewish wedding

Posture during Our Father; Catholic-Jewish wedding

| Father Kenneth Doyle | January 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

– “Orans” posture during the Our Father
– Catholic-Jewish wedding

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How should we think about our past?

How should we think about our past?

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

Q. How much weight should I give to my past? I’ve been told that I need to forget the past and move forward, but it seems like there ought to be something more to it.

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Miracles for sainthood; God and masculine pronoun

Miracles for sainthood; God and masculine pronoun

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I have read that miracles are required before someone can be proclaimed a saint. Can you tell me more about the process and perhaps give some examples of miracles for saints recently canonized?

Q. I would very much like to know the Church’s official position on whether God should be referred to as “Father” (that is, in masculine terms) or as a genderless being.

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Why are funeral homilies so much about Jesus and not the deceased?

Why are funeral homilies so much about Jesus and not the deceased?

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. We recently had a funeral for a family member. I was a bit annoyed by how much the priest talked about Jesus and how little he talked about the person who died. Isn’t the funeral supposed to be more of a celebration of the person’s life?

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John the Baptist and original sin; morality in warfare

John the Baptist and original sin; morality in warfare

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Was John the Baptist was born without original sin?
Do soldiers forfeit Heaven?

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Why do we say ‘I am not worthy’ at Mass?

Why do we say ‘I am not worthy’ at Mass?

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

I struggle each Mass when the congregation says, “I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof … .” I understand its biblical significance, but maybe I’m just bothered by the phrase “I am not worthy.” My parents taught me I am worthy because I’m a child of God. We are all worthy just by the fact we were created in God’s image.

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Same-sex weddings; Catholic prosecutor and death penalty

Same-sex weddings; Catholic prosecutor and death penalty

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Please advise us as to how to be true to our beliefs while also keeping our family intact

I am trying to understand how a Catholic prosecutor can be allowed to argue repeatedly in favor of the death penalty

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Hope is powerful and calls us to action

Hope is powerful and calls us to action

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

Q. How do I live with hope? This world seems so lost at times. Even more personally, my life seems so painful and senseless at times. It all just seems so pointless.

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