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Must I ‘fess up’ to a person I’ve wronged?

Must I ‘fess up’ to a person I’ve wronged?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

“One question to ask could be: Would my confession to this person bring healing to our friendship, or would it merely bring relief to me? In many cases, one’s desire to ‘confess’ is to avoid the pain of dealing with one’s own guilt, not because admission of guilt would restore wholeness to the relationship.”

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What is the Divine Office? Fulton Sheen a saint?

What is the Divine Office? Fulton Sheen a saint?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

The Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office and the breviary all refer to the same thing: namely, an official set of prayers that is required to be recited by members of the Catholic clergy and monastic communities.

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Tips to help you go to confession

Tips to help you go to confession

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Q. This Advent, I think that I need to go to confession, but it has been a really long time for me. I’m afraid I’ll get in there and do something wrong. How do I start?

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Q&A – How many times a day can a person receive Communion?

Q&A – How many times a day can a person receive Communion?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | November 20, 2013 | 1 Comment

What are the Church’s guidelines for someone receiving Communion more than once a day?

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Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

Q&A – Penance isn’t to punish, but to heal and strengthen

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we have to do penance after confession? It seems like we still have to “pay” for forgiveness. Am I missing something?

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Q&A – Baptism for the child of non-practicing Catholics

Q&A – Baptism for the child of non-practicing Catholics

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

What are the Church’s guidelines for baptism? Is it common for a priest to refuse a request for baptism if he feels that the parents are unworthy?

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Don’t fear that your prayers don’t make a difference

Don’t fear that your prayers don’t make a difference

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Q. I am struggling with the idea that prayer does anything. I mean, if God really cared about us, why would he need us to ask for anything before he gave it to us? I understand thanking God, but how do our prayers make any real difference?

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Q&A – Rules for a crucifix at Mass and how far does forgiveness go?

Q&A – Rules for a crucifix at Mass and how far does forgiveness go?

| September 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

What is the rule? Where should the crucifix be in a Catholic church? (And also, why do Protestant churches have only a bare cross, while Catholic churches show Christ’s body on the cross?)

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Seeking Answers

Seeking Answers

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Q. Am I called to accept everyone? What does that mean? How can I be accepting if someone chooses to act in a way that I find, well, unacceptable?

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Indulgences? Yep. Remedies to bring us back to God

Indulgences? Yep. Remedies to bring us back to God

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

The church never sold indulgences; they are great gifts offered to the people of God by Jesus through his Church

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In confession, priest sees mercy, love and humility

In confession, priest sees mercy, love and humility

| Father Mike Schmitz | December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Confession is always a place of victory

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Why does God allow people to commit evil acts?

Why does God allow people to commit evil acts?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

God gave us the freedom to choose the good, but with that comes the freedom to choose evil

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