"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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Why must we fear God?

Q. Why must we fear God? Hearing this makes me wonder who would want to be a part of that kind of religion. I know we need to heed God’s word and try our best to live following God’s laws in order to get through the gates of heaven, but to be fearful of God… Read More ›

How do I know that I am in the correct church?

Q. How do I know that I am in the correct church? How do I know that what the Catholic Church professes is the truth? I know that Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” But my question is specific to knowing which church is the true Church. A. At the… Read More ›

Since God operates outside of time, can we pray for something after it’s happened to any effect?

Q. Since God operates outside of time, can we pray for something after it’s happened to any effect? A. This is a difficult question to comprehend, let alone to answer! The assertion that God operates outside of time could be broadened to say that He exists outside of time. Time is a uniquely human experience… Read More ›

Why do we bless one another?

Q. Sometimes at our parish, we are asked to raise our hands and join the priest as he offers a blessing over someone.  Where did this practice begin?  Can you explain the difference between a blessing from a priest and one from a layperson? A. It has become a popular custom in many churches in… Read More ›

Why do some Catholic churches not have a crucifix anymore?

Q. Why do some Catholic churches have a crucifix, yet others have the Risen Christ or only a plain cross?  Has the Church simply gone through different phases where one style was more popular than another, or was there some deeper reason behind it? A. This is a relatively modern phenomenon and, like most modern… Read More ›

Are exorcisms still performed today?

Q. Can you explain what an exorcism entails?  Who can do it, and when would it be performed? A. You may not know it, but we have all been exorcised on the day of our baptism. However, in the sense you are asking, an exorcism is considered a sacramental – a liturgical rite of the… Read More ›

Why does evil seem to be so prevalent in the world today?

Q. Why does evil seem to be so prevalent in the world today, even more so than in the past? A. Evil has been a part of our world since the Fall of mankind, when Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptations of the devil. Yet, today, many people want to pretend that it does… Read More ›

What place do relics have in the life of a Catholic?

Q. What place do relics have in the life of a Catholic?  Do we venerate them or simply honor them?  Perhaps you can explain the difference. A. While flipping through the pages of a friend’s baby book that his mother had compiled about his life, I was shocked to find a page with some of… Read More ›

What if I don’t want to hold hands during Mass?

Q. I realize that the Mass is supposed to be the prayer of a community and not individual or private prayer time. That being said, is it wrong for me to also try and personally enter into prayer during Mass? How can I do that if I find some of the gestures or styles of… Read More ›

Should we hold priests to a higher standard than everyone else?

Q. Should we hold priests to a higher standard than everyone else? A. We must look at a priest as both a priest and as a human being.  When a man becomes a priest, there is an ontological change that takes place, and he becomes “another Christ.” We say, in theological terms, he now acts… Read More ›