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The History of the 'Patroness of the Americas'

Nov 30, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
When and by whom was Our Lady of Guadalupe declared “Patroness of the Americas”?

Why Pray the Rosary?

Nov 30, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Both my children, graduates of Catholic schools, are studying the Bible and want to know where it says that we should to pray the rosary to honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Who Assigns Patron Saints?

Nov 30, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
How is the patron saint of an occupation, a country, or a group of people decided? Specifically, how did St. Nicholas come to be the patron saint of brides, grooms, children, bakers, and pawnbrokers?

Did Judas Iscariot Truly Have a Choice?

Oct 30, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
In John 17:12, Jesus prays to God the Father: “While I was with them [his disciples], I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” Did Judas Iscariot truly have a choice?

'Say' Mass? 'Pray' the Mass?

Oct 30, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I remember hearing priests talk about “saying” Mass at a particular time and place. Now I hear people talk about “praying” the Mass. I’ve been to many Masses in various settings over the years. Why the difference?

Advent Calendars Can Keep Us Focused

Oct 30, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Advent calendars can keep us focused: Where do these come from? How can I find one?

Confession Helps in Many Ways

Oct 13, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Confession has been a really sore spot for me but, having been raised a Catholic, I do love the Church and all the other sacraments. I am sure there are priests I could go to for confession, but I feel so uncomfortable and always feel that God already knows my sins and what I am sorry for.

‘I've Always Wondered . . .’

Oct 7, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
How did St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil become friends? What led to the ending of that friendship?

Quick Question and Answer

Sep 28, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I recently read that a prenuptial agreement invalidates any marriage in the Catholic Church. Is that true? No.

Who Informed the Biblical Writers?

Sep 28, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
How did the gentlemen who gathered together to write the Bible do so? Where did their information come from? The holy Bible is beautifully written. When was it written?