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How can I be joyful?

How can I be joyful?

| Father Michael Schmitz | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. This time of the year is difficult for me. I have so much uncertainty and pain in my life, and the holidays often only remind me of my suffering and loneliness. How can a person actually have joy in a world like this?

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What does it mean for something to be blessed?

What does it mean for something to be blessed?

| Father Michael Schmitz | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I recently became Catholic and keep hearing about all of the stuff you have that is “blessed.” Someone even gave me a holy card that they said had been blessed. I like the idea; I just don’t know what it means for something to be blessed.

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People say I need friends. Is that true?

People say I need friends. Is that true?

| Father Michael Schmitz | November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I keep being told that I “need friends.” I don’t know that I do. I have enough people in my life (and more than enough stuff to keep me busy) that I don’t think that I need “another thing.”

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What to do when it feels like I’m just going through the motions

What to do when it feels like I’m just going through the motions

| Father Michael Schmitz | October 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I try to pray. I try to participate in the Mass. But it always just feels so empty. It’s like I’m just going through the motions, and there is nothing there. Is this all there is, or is there something I can do?

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What to make of the crisis in the Church

What to make of the crisis in the Church

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father, what do you make of what is in the news about the Church and scandal?

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Trust: Only give it to those who earn it

Trust: Only give it to those who earn it

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I sometimes feel like I trust the wrong people. I have been burned so many times that I just think that I shouldn’t ever trust anyone again. On top of that, there are people I know that I should respect, but I just don’t. What do I do?

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How do we live well in a world of change?

How do we live well in a world of change?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I’m someone who has a very hard time dealing with change. I like to make sure that the things I have and the relationships I’m in with friends and family are long-lasting, even permanent. It saddens me greatly to think that one day I might not have these relationships.

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How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

How do we find freedom amidst suffering?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I don’t understand how I am free. I didn’t choose to exist. I’m stuck here. I didn’t choose to have anxiety and depression. I’m stuck. Life is not worth it. If God is so good, why doesn’t he do something? Why doesn’t he give me an answer?

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How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

How can we avoid a ‘greenhouse faith’?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. It used to be easy to believe in Jesus when I was younger, but with all the suffering in the world and in my life, I just don’t know. Why is it harder for me now than when I was younger?

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When a loved one’s death tests our faith

When a loved one’s death tests our faith

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

I have been having a really hard time trusting God lately. Ever since a family member died, I keep blaming God and finding it difficult to keep my faith. Do you have any thoughts on what I can do?

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‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

‘Test of Three’ can help us eliminate gossip

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I know that you have commented on gossip in the past, but I sometimes struggle with practical ways to determine whether I should share information. Do you have any advice?

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Is envy a big deal?

Is envy a big deal?

| February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Q. I’ve been told that I have a streak of envy in me, but I don’t even know what that means. Besides, there are so many worse sins than envy, so why should I even care?

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