One of my dear friends died. She was a daily communicant and a faithful member of her Church.
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: 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.
What do I do or how do I live so I know I am doing what God wants?
“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.
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.