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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?

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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.

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Availability an essential key to discipleship

Availability an essential key to discipleship

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

Q. I really want God to be able to use me, but I don’t know how to go about it. I mean, I want to be a disciple of Jesus and not simply a “nice person who goes to church.” But I don’t know how to make a difference.

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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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