One of my dear friends died. She was a daily communicant and a faithful member of her Church.
Q: Is it a sin to have an evil thought, such as, “I hope karma gets that person and they suffer”?
I feel your heartbreak, and as a priest, I know it well. I have walked with six distinct congregations.
I don’t know how to deal with all the pressure I am feeling.
Dear Father Joe: I Need Help Explaining to My Family and Friends Why I Oppose the Upcoming Ballot Initiative.
Jesus is not requiring you to get into shouting matches with people who only want to shout.
Dear Father Joe: Why are the Catholic commandments and the words after the Lord’s Prayer different from the Protestants?
Fr. Joe answers questions on Catholic practice vs. Protestant practice.
The answer to it is really revelatory of the difference between how God is and how we are.
We are called each day to think of and act on the word Love.
This is, in fact, a struggle that everyone who regularly goes to confession knows, and I pray that you see that in and of itself as the beginning of a blessing.
These services are nothing short of an invitation into the heart of our Christian faith.
Dear Father Joe: Every Year, Lent Comes and Goes and I Always Feel Like I Somehow Miss It or Blow It.
Praise God for your hunger. This is the key to the whole thing!
What do I do or how do I live so I know I am doing what God wants?
A deeper picture of the man who offers guidance in our faith.
“Dear Father Joe – My husband died this year, and I am so angry with God. How do I move past that/forgive God for taking the love of my life away?”
Your pain right now is a testament to your love. You loved your husband and were loved by him.
There are days I just can’t take it anymore and I struggle with guilt about how I feel.
In this follow-up question about the Mass, Fr. Joe looks at how we can increase our reverence, and reminds us that we "simply have to remember that the desire to be reverent at Mass is holy."
Dear Father Joe, I have friends who don’t seem to be interested in returning to church since the quarantine ended. How do I convince them to come back?
Your question reflects a heart of love, and I am so grateful for it.
I have a friend who says everything was much more reverent before the 1960s and that we should go back to the way things used to be. This is making me question what happens at Mass on Sunday.
A diocese has the same needs as a Parish, without a weekly collection.
My priest said that everyone is racist, and I think that’s nuts. What am I supposed to do about it anyway?
As a person who struggles with anxiety at times, I have some sense of what you are enduring.
Unlike in most parishes, my priest did not appear to minister during the COVID pandemic.
Dear Fr. Joe: I am constantly seeing vitriolic posts about politics on social media from my friends — and even my priest.
Prayer, Mass, homilies, visiting the sick, administrative duties and more.
To love our enemies does not mean we are their friends. It does not mean that we are to continue to put ourselves in a position to get hurt. That’s important to remember.