On the two obligatory days of fasting, I do fast, but I sometimes wait until just after midnight and then satisfy my hunger with an amount of food not in keeping with the notion of fasting.
When we asked about the last rites, he told us that they don’t do the last rites anymore. Did I miss something, or am I misinformed?
Many people today consider suffering something to be avoided at all costs. For those without faith, suffering is a mystery, a meaningless misfortune that randomly affects some people. But experience shows us that suffering is a basic human experience, one that affects every single human being to various degrees.
Q. You’ve spoken about God’s love before and how it is important to know that God will never stop loving us. But my issue is that I teach young people who seem to think that, since God loves them, it doesn’t matter how they live.
Q. Until my own personal experience in losing a child, I had no realization as to how deeply a miscarried baby can touch one’s heart. I am still puzzled that the Catholic Church does not have something more formal for grieving parents after a miscarriage occurs. Are there any resources, prayers or rituals available for the numerous parents who sit with empty arms?
The lessons from both “Ziggy” and this Theology On Tap discussion came rushing back to me when reading this week’s Gospel, which starts out, “The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Christ.”
Q. I sometimes get overwhelmed by the burden I place on the people around me. Even when people help me, I feel so guilty that I can’t stop apologizing. Lately, my friends and family have told me that I apologize too much. But isn’t that a good thing?
Q. I am wondering about Church law (and your own feelings) on people coming to Mass and being confronted every week with different parish clubs and organizations trying to sell something. I’ve always thought that we go to Mass to show our reverence for the Lord and not to walk into a flea market.