Is it okay to fall asleep during night prayers or is it sinful? Answer: In my opinion, what you should consider more is a habit. Why did you or are you falling asleep during night prayers? If you do not do this on purpose, do not position yourself for the sleep and anticipate it; if… Continue reading Is it okay to fall asleep during night prayers or is it sinful?
We are all aware that God is forgiving and loving, this is the foundation of our very faith. We believe Jesus came to die and save humanity; a people who were in rebellion against him. This love is His primary commandment and guided his mission here on earth. However, even though it isn’t hard… Continue reading How the devil uses even your forgiven sins to keep you from God
Full Question To the best of my knowledge, we are inclined to evil as a result of original sin; baptism erases this sin and yet we are still vulnerable and likely to commit more evil acts after baptism (while original sin is gone). Why is that? Answer Through Baptism we receive pardon for original… Continue reading Why are we vulnerable to sin after Baptism?
Question: Is it really a sin to receive the Eucharist in mortal sin? Answer: No, it isn’t simply a mortal sin but a form of sacrilege; it is worse than a mortal sin to receive Jesus in mortal sin. The once life-giving body and blood of Christ becomes judgement to the soul. It is important… Continue reading How is the Holy Eucharist dangerous for the soul of the unprepared?
Pope Francis has been the target of fake news, once again. This time he is accused of changing the Ten Commandments. The allegation of course, is false, like most other claims about him. The fake story, which has gone viral in some circles, claims Pope Francis changed the Ten Commandments to make same-sex parenting and… Continue reading Did Pope Francis change the Ten Commandments?
While reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father JosĂ© Antonio Fortea discussed this phenomenon and practical solutions to it in a blog post. Normally, a sense… Continue reading What to do if you’re too ashamed to go to Confession
Ryan Foley is an entrepreneur at heart. Now retired from the U.S. Air Force, the tall husband and father runs ePriest.com and vocation.com and is engaged full-time in strengthening the Church’s teaching on the dignity of the human person and promoting the Catholic sexual ethic. A major threat to this teaching (and to the peace… Continue reading A Way Out of Porn Compulsion
Pope Francis has issued a statement against the media’s obsession with fake news and gossip. Except, the term he used to describe the obsession is raising eyebrows. “Coprophagy,” is the word he used to describe the obsession. Coprophagy is the practice of eating feces Pope Francis has made a statement, criticizing the media for its… Continue reading Did Pope Francis compare media obsession with fake news to consumption of bodily waste?
On Thursday Pope Francis warned Catholic business leaders against the danger of worshipping money, saying corruption is to follow the lies of the devil, whereas practices aimed for the common good are always built around principals of honesty and fraternity. “Corruption is the worst social plague. It’s the lie of seeking personal gain of that… Continue reading Don't become a 'prisoner' – Pope Francis warns the world to turn from Satan
Every faithful Catholic is guilty of some sort of sin. No one but our Lord and Holy Mother have ever been perfect, so which sins are the ones believers most often struggle with and what can we do to stop? Catholics are just as susceptible to sin as anyone else but the difference is we… Continue reading List of Sins Catholics have become numb to – Which of these Sins Are YOU guilty of?
While Reconciliation is intended to allow Christ’s victory to overcome sin in our lives, what happens when shame over one’s sins is so great that it keeps people away from the sacrament? The famous Spanish theologian Father José Antonio Fortea discussed this phenomenon and practical solutions to it in a recent blog post. Normally, a… Continue reading Never let shame keep you from confession
“Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling, I happened. You can’t reduce me to a set of influences. You’ve given up good and evil for behaviorism…nothing is ever anybody’s fault. Look at me Officer Starling. Can you stand to say I’m evil?” The above quote, from the Thomas Harris novel, is an evil but brilliant man’s… Continue reading "Nothing Is Ever Anybody's Fault"
Full Question I arrived a few minutes early for confession, but the priest never showed. If I had I been hit by a bus and died, would my sins have been forgiven since I showed up for confession? Answer While the act of showing up for confession does not, in itself, obtain forgiveness of sins,… Continue reading If I show up for confession but the priest isn't there, will my sins be forgiven if I am immediately killed?
Full Question If it is a sacrilege to receive Communion without believing, what are we to do about friends and relatives who receive as a ritual without regard for the true meaning of the Eucharist? What would be the best way to bring this up? Is it uncharitable to assume that they are sinning? There… Continue reading What should we do about those who receive the Eucharist without believing in it?
Pope Francis delivered the homily at his daily Mass on Friday at the Santa Marta residence chapel, where he provided a catechesis on sin and corruption so that God’s mercy can truly be appreciated. “Corruption is a very easy sin for all of us who have some power, whether it be ecclesiastical, religious, economic, political… Continue reading Pope Francis outlines difference between Sin and Corruption
Full Question Is it a sin to put oneself intentionally into situations where one is more likely to sin, or is it just bad practice? Answer A near occasion of sin isn’t a sin but an occasion where one may be tempted. To put oneself in such a situation is imprudent without a sufficient cause,… Continue reading Is it a sin to put oneself intentionally into situations where one is more likely to sin, or is it just bad practice?
Full Question I’m a practicing Catholic but can’t seem to knock a quick temperament. I can be praying one second and yelling the next. I beg God for grace to overcome my faults, but why is it so long in forthcoming? Answer Your quick temper is your way to heaven. It is the cross that… Continue reading Why doesn't God give me the grace to overcome my quick temper?
Pope Francis on 19th January during a Mass at Casa Santa Marta told the faithful that God looks beyond appearances and into the heart. Focusing on the First Reading of that day which elaborated the choice of the young David as king of Israel, the Pope pointed out that even in the lives of the saints there are… Continue reading “No Saint is without Sin, no Sinner without a Future” – Pope Francis
Full Question What happened to those who committed a mortal sin before the sacrament of confession was instituted? Answer They would have needed perfect contrition for their souls to be cleansed of mortal sin. Perfect contrition is having sorrow over sins that is motivated by love for God rather than the fear of punishment only.… Continue reading What happened to those who committed a mortal sin before the sacrament of confession was instituted?
Question: Can God forgive a soul in Hell when they ask for pardon? Answer: Emm, Yes However, there is a “But”. Let’s get something straight first, NO SOUL IN HELL CAN BE SAVED. This does not mean that God cannot forgive a soul in hell when they ask for pardon, it means however that the… Continue reading Yes, God can forgive a soul in Hell when they ask for pardon. But..