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Ask a Franciscan: A Lector’s Challenge

I have been a lector for many years. Although I had some training as an actor, I have tried not to be too emotive when I proclaim the readings. Until recently, pastors and people in the parish have given very positive feedback. 

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‘Scripture Alone’ 

I know that this term is strongly supported by some Christians and vigorously challenged by others. When did it originate and what does it mean? 

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Jesus’ Human Soul

As fully divine and fully human, Jesus must have had a human soul, right?

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Is the Timing Off? 

In praying the joyful mysteries of the rosary, I wonder about the timing of the events cited.

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What Is Systemic Racism? 

I’ve been hearing the term “systemic racism” used more and more lately, and I’m not sure if I agree with what I am hearing. Can you define what systemic racism is?

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How Should We Combat Hate? 

How do we overcome the small, everyday negativities that can build up and weigh us down?

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Justification by Faith Alone 

What is the Catholic Church’s position on justification by faith alone? 

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Do you have a question for Father Pat McCloskey, OFM? The author of St. Anthony Messenger’s popular “Ask a Franciscan” column is ready to answer your toughest questions!

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