Category: Catholic Life Explained
February 16, 2022
What Is Mammon?
Question: When Jesus says, “You cannot serve both God and mammon,” what does he mean? What is mammon?
Answer: When you hear Scripture proclaimed each Sunday,... Read More»
February 9, 2022
Question: How can a priest counsel people about marriage when he has never been married?
Answer: If a marriage counselor is in a bad marriage does that mean that he or she will be a bad counselor?... Read More»
February 2, 2022
Sharing Your Faith
Question: My friend has never heard of Christ and I want to share the Gospel with her but I’m afraid to. How do I share my faith?
Answer: There are a lot of ways to bring up the topic of religion,... Read More»
January 26, 2022
Question: I’ve heard people call Jesus’ conception by the Holy Spirit being “immaculately conceived.” Is that what the Immaculate Conception is?
Answer: While these two events are often confused,... Read More»
January 19, 2022
Who Can Offer Anointing of the Sick?
Question: Can anyone offer the Anointing of the Sick to a sick or dying person, or is that only something a priest can do?
Answer: The Letter of James speaks to us of the ancient tradition of a special anointing and blessing of those who are sick: “Is there anyone sick among you?... Read More»
January 12, 2022
Question: How can we pray for the dead throughout the year?
Answer: We commemorate the faithful departed on November 2nd each year. However, we can and should continue to pray for the dead.... Read More»
January 5, 2022
At my grandson’s Baptism, the priest put a bib on the baby. I do not remember seeing this before. Why is this done? Is it something new?
When an adult is baptized,... Read More»
December 29, 2021
Question: What happens to a consecrated host if it accidentally falls to the ground?
Answer: This a very practical question because, as we all know, accidents happen, even during the most careful celebration of the liturgy.... Read More»
December 22, 2021
Question: Our parish has been focusing on issues of peace and justice. What are the principles that guide decision-making and social morality?
Answer: There are seven principals of Catholic social teaching that guide our sense of social morality.... Read More»
December 15, 2021
Question: Besides the Wise Men, what is significant about the Epiphany?
Answer: Epiphany means “manifestation,” or public display. The feast is usually celebrated January 6. In the US, it is celebrated on the Sunday nearest to January 6.... Read More»
December 8, 2021
Question: What is holy water and how do I explain the reason that it is placed at the entrances of churches to my non-Catholic friends?
Answer: Holy water is a sacramental, a reminder of the life of the Church expressed and celebrated through the sacraments.... Read More»
December 1, 2021
With Christmas fast approaching, can you give me some practical tips to prepare myself and my family that will help us stay grounded in what this holiday is really about? With all the commercialism, it’s easy to stray.