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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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To prepare for something big, start with small things

To prepare for something big, start with small things

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

Q. I feel like God is going to call me to do something big, but I don’t know what. How can I make sure that I don’t miss what he will call me to do? And what can I do in the meantime?

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How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. There is a teacher at my Catholic school who just died. He was so young, and all of us students loved him so much. We all miss him so much. I am beginning to doubt my faith in all of this.

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When did Holy Spirit come; wearing veil in church

When did Holy Spirit come; wearing veil in church

| Father Kenneth Doyle | April 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

– When did the Holy Spirit come?
– Is it prideful to wear a mantilla?

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Learning to be alone well is  part of Christian discipleship

Learning to be alone well is part of Christian discipleship

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I try to follow God in the way that it seems like he is calling me to, but I find that I am often walking alone. I am not surrounded by people who are pursuing God like I believe I am called to. Am I doing something wrong?

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Support for miscarriage; lamp for Blessed Sacrament

Support for miscarriage; lamp for Blessed Sacrament

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

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?

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Selling items in church; Maria Goretti’s remains

Selling items in church; Maria Goretti’s remains

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

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.

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Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

Sacrifice is not arbitrary — it’s about trust

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m afraid of sacrifice. Not that I am afraid of giving up stuff or letting go of what I need to let go of, but I am afraid of what God might possibly call me to sacrifice some day.

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Non-Catholic cantor; confession and dementia

Non-Catholic cantor; confession and dementia

| Father Kenneth Doyle | October 22, 2015 | 1 Comment

Q.I have attended a Catholic church with my husband for 15 years. I am not a Catholic, but I am Christian. We have raised our children as Catholic, and we all attend Mass each week. When I go up in the Communion line with my family, I cross my arms and receive a blessing. Now I have been asked to be a cantor at Mass. Am I allowed to?

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