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How can I offer correction to family members?

How can I offer correction to family members?

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have family members who are Catholic, but they openly do not live as Catholics. I don’t know how to offer them correction. What do I do?

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Can we have a sense of humor about God?

Can we have a sense of humor about God?

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. The Catechism defines blasphemy as “directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God — inwardly or outwardly — words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name.” My issue is that humor about God would seem to be blasphemy by this definition, even if it is not done out of hatred or anger toward God. This is particularly hard for me, because humor is an important part of all my close relationships, and it is very hard to have a meaningful relationship with the Lord if I have to exclude many kinds of humor from it.

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That document on youth from Pope Francis — worth reading?

That document on youth from Pope Francis — worth reading?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I heard that the pope wrote a document on youth recently. What are the main takeaways? Is it worth reading?

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How should we think about the Age of Distraction?

How should we think about the Age of Distraction?

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have all of these plans for my day, but then I just get so distracted that it seems like I don’t get anything done. Even more, I am always “somewhere else” when I should be with the people who matter the most to me. Is that even possible?

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How much exercise, fitness are too much?

How much exercise, fitness are too much?

| Father Michael Schmitz | May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I’ve recently been more and more interested in exercise and keeping fit. I am a husband and father and want to be able to play with my kids. You seem like someone who exercises. How do I know if I am placing too much emphasis on being physically fit and when have I crossed over into mere vanity?

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Do I always have to obey my conscience?

Do I always have to obey my conscience?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. I have heard that people are obliged to follow their consciences, even if it goes against the Bible or the Church’s teaching. Is this true?

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What should you do for Lent this year? A guide

What should you do for Lent this year? A guide

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. With Lent on its way, I never know how to choose a “thing.” Do you have any suggestions for how to pick something to do for Lent?

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Can I really be a saint?

Can I really be a saint?

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Q. When I read about people who became saints in the past, it gets me a bit worried. They all seemed to have led very “extreme” lives. I don’t think that I could do that. Can I still be a saint?

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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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