We are starting an "Ask a Priest" series that will allow people to ask questions, while remaining anonymous, that they would like a priest to answer. If you have questions ranging from understanding basic Catholicism to those of spiritual direction or Theology, we want to hear from you! You can submit your questions below. Once a month we will feature these questions on our blog along with the response from one or more of the priests here at St. Joan of Arc. Questions will be selected at the discretion of the Priest answering them.
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Is it still necessary to go to the sacrament of confession, especially if you have no mortal sins to confess. Pope Francis said we are all sinners. I notice a lot more people receive holy communion at masses then participate in the sacrament of reconciliation. What's your thoughts on this?
Jesus (and Paul) seemed to have indicated that the “Second Coming” was imminent. How can we explain that the world continues after 2000 years?
If you want to be cremated, can you still have a Funeral Mass? Is the Funeral Mass allowed only if you rent a coffin & bring the body to church before the cremation? Will you only be allowed to have a Memorial Mass if only the ashes are brought to Mass?
The Old Testament depicts God as very warlike, vengeful etc. while in the New Testament his message is pacifism, forgiveness and love of neighbor. How can we reconcile the two images?
I'm curious to see if you know why there seems to be an "Exodus" from the traditional organized religions, and seemingly an increase in churches such as the "Free Church" or entities such as that? Over the years, I've seen a decrease in people attending Catholic Masses, and have spoken with friends that are of different religions (i.e. Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.) and while attending a "Free Church" service out of respect for a friend I was visiting (and thought that is was fine since we all worship the same God) noticed a rather LARGE contingency of people attending the service?
In Acts 1:9-10, when Jesus was lifted up and a cloud took him from the apostles' sight, can the two men dressed in white, who suddenly appear "represent" the other two persons of the Trinity? Luke was talking about the baptism in the Holy Spirit that they were about to receive few days later. This passage reminded me the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan and the transfiguration of Jesus. In both situations the Trinity is explicitely shown in the Word of God.
With the feast of All Saints and All Souls day I was wondering about what our faith doctrine tells us about those who have died, and when they go to heaven? Is there a certain time that people are in purgatory before they are reunited with God in heaven. Do we all have to wait until the second coming before we go to heaven?
We know the three things necessary to make a sin mortal; grievous matter, sufficient reflection and full consent of the will. My question is about the sufficient reflection. If a person does not know that the matter is grievous, then although a mortal sin has been committed, subjectively, the person is not guilty. What if the person should have known the matter serious but because of laziness or rationalization or some other reason does not know. Is that person guilty of mortal sin objectively and subjectively?
I was looking for a church to go to in Williamsburg, VA. One if the 3 listed was noted as Byzantine, what does this mean and is it okay to go to a mass there?
How do the priests decide which prayers they will use at consecration during the mass? Are they set by the church rules or do they just pick their favorite ones? (and how can we tell if they use the short one?
Is it required for a priest to say Mass every day .When you received a new assignment do you have to find new doctors? Is the chapel in the rectory completed?
I would like to ask You for a spiritual advice on the following. What does one do if he/she does not and cannot, even after many prayers for guidance and conscience examinations, regard a particular action as sinful, be it premarital sex (e.g. with one's future spouse and nobody else, ever), masturbation, light cursing, or anything which does not harm others? Are we allowed to confess that which we do not repent for? Which we cannot repent for because we do not see it as a sin? Would it not make the confession automatically invalid? If not, how do we appease our conscience which is telling us
otherwise? If yes, how do we stand with God and the Church?
We have recently begun to say the "Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel" at the conclusion of Mass. It was always one of my favorites; I remember as a kid saying this prayer at the end of Mass and then we just stopped. I have tried to research when and why we dropped it in the first place. All I could find by way of explanation was repeated many times on different web sites '.....the prayer to St. Michael at the end of Mass was 'officially discouraged' in 1964". Can you tell me WHY?
Is it a sin to use vulgar words that are considered profanity? For example the four-lettered words we hear people say. According to the Ten Commandments they are not prohibited.