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Pat McCloskey, OFM

Two Feasts for St. Joseph?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 25, 2017

On March 19, we celebrate St. Joseph, husband of Mary. On May 1, we celebrate St. Joseph the Worker. Why are there two feasts for the same saint?

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How Can I Forgive Him?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 25, 2017

My neighbor of many years was recently arrested for viewing child pornography. I’ve known him and his beautiful family since they moved into our..

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15th Station of the Cross?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 25, 2017

I recently attended a Way of the Cross that ended with a 15th station: Jesus rises from the tomb. Is this allowed? Also, Communion was distributed..

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What Does Detachment Mean?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 25, 2017

Several friends and I are doing the devotion “33 Days to Morning Glory.” St. Louis de Montfort suggests that we detach ourselves from all things...

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Jesus’ Crown of Thorns

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 25, 2017

I understand that parts of Jesus’ crown of thorns are in Jerusalem, Paris, and Rome. Who found them? Are these really from Jesus’ crown? Is there..

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Where Was God?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 25, 2017

If God was taking care of me when I was in the military and killing people, then why was God not taking care of them at the same time?

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Handling Post-Abortion Guilt

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 24, 2017

I have had two abortions. My friend at work told me that the Catholic faith can help me with the massive guilt that I feel. Please tell me how.

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Why Was Lucifer Created?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 24, 2017

Why were Lucifer and his band of angels created when God knew what would happen to him and the human race?

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How Can Mary Be the ‘Mother of God’?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 24, 2017

In the second part of the Hail Mary, we say, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” My..

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Which Party Reflects Catholic Teaching?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 24, 2017

Although I was raised Catholic and attend Sunday Mass regularly, in recent years I am finding the Church’s position, or perhaps its silence, on..

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