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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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Man and wife in heaven? Is Old Testament God violent?

Man and wife in heaven? Is Old Testament God violent?

| Father Kenneth Doyle | September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. My wife passed away three years ago, and I miss her very much. We were married for 63 years. What are the Church’s thoughts on the hereafter? Will we still be man and wife?

Q. In the Bible, I have just finished the story of David and Saul, and it strikes me that throughout the Old Testament (at least so far), God has been a bit of a warrior, delivering enemies into the hands of those who are faithful. Yet, when I come to the New Testament, Jesus seems to speak against violence. Why the change?

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What can I do to help my children stay Catholic?

What can I do to help my children stay Catholic?

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

Q. I try to do all I can to help our children know of God’s love for them. I want them to be truly Catholic, not merely in name, but as their deepest identity. In the face of a seemingly hostile culture, what can I do?

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Priests and family counseling; Catholics and tithing

Priests and family counseling; Catholics and tithing

| Father Kenneth Doyle | August 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

– Where does the Church stand on parish priests counseling their parishioners?
– Can you explain the Church’s teaching on tithing?

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Gossip: Even when we need to talk about ‘secret’ things?

Gossip: Even when we need to talk about ‘secret’ things?

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. You wrote about gossip earlier. But don’t people need to know certain “secret” things? Wouldn’t it be irresponsible of me to keep some things to myself?

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Conversion of Islam; women and Vatican vote

Conversion of Islam; women and Vatican vote

| Father Kenneth Doyle | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Long ago, as a child, I remember saying prayers aloud for “the conversion of Russia” after every Mass. Why, in our troubled world, are we not doing the same thing now for Islamic extremists, who are surely in need of our prayers? And where would such a directive come from?

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What’s the matter with gossip?

What’s the matter with gossip?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. What is the problem with gossip? I mean, sometimes I just need to vent

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Explaining internal forum; religious mailings

Explaining internal forum; religious mailings

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

– What does the “internal forum” mean?
– What do I do with unsolicited holy items received in the mail?

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