Ask A Franciscan

Living Our Faith Boldly

May 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Over the past years, I have noticed a steady decline of the younger folks in the Catholic Church. Do you have any explanation for this exodus?

Help Needed 

May 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Are there some resources for the struggle I find myself experiencing: believing that my mom, who died several months ago, is indeed in heaven with God? 

Stifling the Holy Spirit’s Work? 

May 25, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Are we stifling the work of the Holy Spirit within the Church today? 

Facing Up to Systemic Racism 

Apr 24, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
What do I tell the students in my CCD class when they ask me what the Catholic Church says about systemic racism?

Seeking the Purpose of My Life 

Apr 24, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
What has been the purpose of my life? Why was I ever born? What is the purpose of life for an average person such as myself? 

Are We Unconsciously Always Sinning?

Apr 24, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
The US bishops say racism can be either conscious or unconscious. My older teenage son argues that we can never be forgiven because of our unconscious mind’s nature. How can I answer him?

Are Catholics Allowed to Own Guns? 

Mar 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
In light of the chaos in the United States and around the world, are Catholics allowed to own guns or support the National Rifle Association? 

Pilate’s Role in Jesus’ Death 

Mar 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
How are Christians to accept two completely different versions of Christ’s trial before Pilate?

Quick Questions and Answers

Mar 26, 2021 Ask a Franciscan
Why is there no Gospel account of Jesus’ meeting with his mother right after his resurrection or in the 40 days before his ascension?

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