Ask a Franciscan Archives

Welcome to the Ask a Franciscan archives! Categorized by themes, they go back to the March 2013 edition. Each link will open to a flip book for you to enjoy on your desktop or mobile device.



Good People and Bad Things 06/17
Is God Missing in Action? [in times of crisis?] 06/16
Why Does Evil Exist? 12/13
Why Does God Make the Devil So Powerful? 05/17
Why Was Lucifer Created? 9/17
Where Was God? 10/17


Can That Thief Ever Be Forgiven? 01/17
Forgiving the Sin of Abortion 05/16
Has God Forgiven Me? [abortion 40 years ago] 11/15
How Can God Be Both Just and Merciful? 01/16
How Can We Forgive Terrorists? 03/16
How Can I Forgive Him 11/17
Defending My Good Name 4/18



Block under Jesus’ Feet [on the cross] 08/16
Did Jesus Have a Soul? 08/16
Did Jesus Rise or Was He Raised? 02/15
Jesus’ Anger 08/13
Two Questions [Did Jesus die as a Jew; where was St. Joseph] 12/14
Two Questions About Jesus [Judas needed? Blood and water?] 08/14
Uniqueness of Jesus 12/14
Why Was Jesus Baptized? 04/14
Jesus’ Crown of Thorns 10/17
Marking the Spot Where Jesus Died 09/18



Are the Knights of Columbus Anti-gay? 11/13
Can Married Couples Engage in Oral Sex? 12/13
Changing the Sabbath [by whose authority?] 08/16
‘Consumed with Guilt and Sorrow’ [hit pedestrian with my side mirror] 07/16
‘Did I Do Enough?’ [sins of omission in past] 06/14
Disposing of Excess Goods 06/16
Honoring One’s Father [who deserted the family] 07/14
How Much Is Enough? [I feel too materialistic] 05/15
Hungry People along the Road 04/14
Selling Real Estate on Sundays 03/17
Should I Report It? [income from remodeled, rented rooms] 08/16
Unsolicited Religious Materials 05/16
Caring for In Vitro Newborns 11/14
Dealing with Infertility 05/15
Feedback on ‘Dealing with Infertility’ 10/15
Excommunicated for an Abortion? 03/14
Few Pro-life Homilies 09/14
How Many Children to Have? 05/15
Respecting Life at All Stages [hospice] 12/14
Which Party Reflects Catholic Teaching? 8/17
Handling Post-Abortion Guilt 9/17
'I Need Help to Control My Anger' 12/17
May a Catholic Have a Living Will 12/17
Is Filing for Bankruptcy a Sin? 07/18



Does Prayer Change Things? 07/17
Is God Listening to My Prayers? 12/16
‘Lead Us Not Into Temptation’ 10/16
Non-Catholic Devotionals [OK to use these books?] 02/16
Praying to the Saints Only 04/16
Same Prayers, Different Responses [why?] 03/15
Who Wrote the Memorare? 05/17
Why Pray for Others? 06/17
Why Pray to Mary and the Saints? 05/17
15th Station of the Cross? 11/17



Can She Be Saved? [writer’s agnostic wife] 03/17
Did Judas Fulfill God’s Will? 07/15
In Heaven Will She Learn of My Infidelity? 05/13
Obsessed with the State of Grace 03/13
Only Christians in Heaven? 05/14
Purgatory on Earth? 05/14
Sacrificed for Our Salvation 02/14
Several Questions about Heaven [Where is it? Will my husband know me? Will people I’ve hurt forgive me?] 06/17
Why a Second Judgment? 12/16
Will My Husband Know Me in Heaven? 07/17
Purgatory Seems Unnecessary 8/17
Outside the Church? 9/17



Anointing of the Sick

Moment of Death [when is it?] 04/13
Who Can Receive the Anointing of the Sick? 06/13 


A Second Baptism Needed? 07/17
Are Anglican Baptisms Valid? 12/13
Baptizing Grandchildren Secretly 06/15
Becoming a Catholic 03/13
Catholic Baptism? 05/14
Catholic Being a Sponsor in Another Church 01/14
Is That Baptism Valid? [in Anglican Church] 08/14
‘What Can I Do?’ [couple refuses to baptize twin babies] 05/16


Can We Sing the Our Father? 10/14
Eucharist Not Mentioned in Creed 10/14
Eucharist Not Mentioned in the Creed 01/16
‘For Us Men’ [Nicene Creed] 06/16
Holy Communion for Everyone? 04/16
Holy Communion without Confession 09/13
Mass Facing Which Direction? 10/16
May Everyone Receive Holy Communion? 10/13
More Participation Needed [at Catholic Masses] 01/17
No Mass on a Cruise Ship 04/14
Not Drinking From the Cup 10/14
Same Eucharist? [National Polish Catholic Church] 04/14
Sunday Mass Obligation 11/14
Tattoos and Piercings [keep me from attending Mass] 11/16
What’s the Difference [Eucharistic Prayer 2 – deceased who hoped for the resurrection and those who died in God’s mercy] 05/16
Why Break Off a Piece of the Host? 12/15
Why the Change? [holding hands at Our Father, fewer people exchanging the Kiss of Peace] 02/14
Why in Greek? [Kyrie eleison at Mass] 07/16
Why Add Water to Wine at Mass? 03/18
Necessity of the Eucharist 03/18

Holy Orders

Did Those Bishops Sin? [transfer of pedophile priests] 06/14
Response Much Appreciated 06/14
Individual Successors for Apostles? 09/15
Uncaring Priests [are younger ones dismissive of laity?] 01/16
Widowed Deacons [remarriage] 12/14


Banns of Marriage 11/16
Can a Catholic Do a Reading There? [nondenom. wedding] 01/14
‘Can I Come Back?’ [marriage situation] 09/13
Can They Marry in the Catholic Church? 05/13
Declaration of Nullity Changes 11/15
Is She in Good Standing? [divorced, no case for tribunal] 08/15
Only Two Vocations? [marriage or religious life] 06/13
Should I Attend? [granddaughter’s wedding without Catholic witness] 02/16
Why No Beach Weddings? 09/15
Schedule a Wedding 10/17
Jewish Wedding Customs 4/18
Wedding On an Airplane 4/18


Confessing to a Priest 08/14
Confessing to a Priest [where is this in the Bible?] 08/16
Confess All Venial Sins? 10/16
Forgiving the Sin of Abortion 05/16
Mortal? Venial? [where does this concept originate?] 07/16
No General Absolution? 10/14
No Unforgivable Sin 06/15



Did He Witness Mary’s Assumption? [apostle Thomas] 09/13
Feast Days of Saints 07/14
Patron of Husbands? 03/14
‘They Seem Too Ordinary” [some saints at Saint of the Day online feature] 04/16
What Happened to St. Christopher? 08/13
What Is ‘Equivalent Canonization’? 07/14
Where Did He Get His Learning? [St. Peter] 11/13
Why No St. Sarah? 06/14
Why Two Feasts for St. Joseph 11/17
Saints on the Wrong Days 08/18


‘Catholics Seem Obsessed with Mary’ 07/13
Lourdes and Fatima 10/13
Mary and the United States 04/13
Mary as ‘Mirror of Justice’ 10/15
No Statue of Mary [why?] 09/14
Scriptural Basis Available? [Mary’s assumption and Coronation] 01/16
Two Questions about Mary 04/15
How Can Mary be the 'Mother of God'? 9/17
Answering Protestant Objections 2/18



Bible Readings at Mass 04/15
Biblical Inspiration 07/13
The Bible and Homosexuality 09/13
Books Added to the Bible? [Old Testament canons] 05/17
Bothered by Biblical Contradictions 03/13
Is There an Official Catholic Bible? 05/13
Who Chose the Books in the Bible? 06/17
Works of Mercy [where they are in the Bible?] 12/15
'Two-Edged Sword' 07/18


(Old Testament)

‘Dresser of Sycamores’? 10/15
Old Testament Fulfilled by Jesus? 08/15
Psalm Numbers 07/15
When Was Adam Created? 02/17
Why Was Cain’s Sacrifice Rejected? 04/13
Humor in the Old Testament? 1/18
Why Did God Change Names? 2/18
Jacon's Deception 2/18


(New Testament)

490 or 77? 04/13
The Holy Family’s Arrival in Nazareth 07/13
House of David? 05/15
Imprisoning Debtors 03/13
‘Made to Be Sin’? [2 Cor 5:21] 03/14
The Nicene Creed and Scripture 06/13
Seven Last Words 09/15
Still a Leper? (Simon in Mt 26:6-13 and Mk 14:3-9] 07/16
Understanding Parables 07/13
What Is the Origin of John’s Baptism? 08/16
What Is the Source of These Stories? [Annunciation, Joseph’s dream] 06/14
Why No Mention of Peter in Rome? 03/13
Why Was the Fig Tree Cursed? 06/13
Why Into the Swine? 9/17
What Was That 'Good News'? 12/17
Humor in the New Testament? 1/18


Quick Questions and Answers

June 2018
August 2018
September 2018



Is Agnosticism a Sin? o3/15

Angels [Do Only Christians Have Guardian Angels?]  08/13
What Do I Tell My Children about Muslims? 06/18
What Does God's Word Say about Addiction? 07/18
Personal Monstrances 7/18
How Can I Know God's Will? 08/18
The Seven Unities 09/18



Dedication of Months 12/13


Praying the Rosary during Adoration 4/18
My Problem with the Rosary 6/18


What Happened to Purgatory? 03/18
Could She Be Saved? 03/18

Religious Life

Marriage Certificate Needed? 12/17

Catholic Church

Celebrate the Reformation? 02/17
The Church’s Infallibility 01/15
How Old Is the Catholic Church? 10/15
Learning about the Reformation 02/17
Where Should I Go? [I feel more at home in a Protestant Church] 07/14
Mixing Church and State [Al Smith dinner] 04/17
Six Precepts of the Church 12/16
Where Are Bold Catholic Leaders? 8/17


About Evangelizing 01/16


Pope Francis, Big Bang, Evolution 01/15


Authentic Saying? [St. Francis: I am who I am before God] 01/17
Clean-Shaven Franciscans Wanted 12/13
Help for Nurturing a Franciscan Spirituality [where to find] 04/17


Burial in a Catholic Cemetery 03/14
Burying Cremains in My Garden? 03/17
Homily? Eulogy? [at a funeral] 04/17
Must a Body Be Present? [at a funeral] 04/15
Praying for a ‘Happy Death’ 12/15
Protocol for Graveside Committal Ceremonies 09/14
Why No Eulogies? 08/15
Funeral Mass Stipends 10/17

Holy Spirit

Sins against the Holy Spirit 11/13
What Is the Holy Spirit’s Name? 01/15


Ash Wednesday Questions 06/15
Lenten Regulations [fast, abstinence] 03/14


Altar Questions [Must they face East? Kissing altar] 12/14
Altar Questions Revisited 03/15
Altar Servers 02/15
Feast of the Precious Blood 12/15
First Friday Devotion 03/16
Use a Cross or a Crucifix? [at Good Friday service] 04/17
Why Incense? 03/15
Why No Saints on Some Days? 10/13


Is a Pope Emeritus Still Infallible? 05/13
‘Is Every Encyclical Infallible?’ 11/13
Is Pope Francis the Last Pope? 08/13
‘Is He Still a Jesuit?’ [Pope Francis] 06/13
Orthodox Acceptance of the Pope 11/16
Was St. Peter Bishop of Rome? 08/16
What about Pius XII? [receiving the credit he deserves] 01/17


Did God Rejoice after Creating People? 02/16
Do Children Have Religious Liberty? 08/14
Grieving Family Members [Will my pain ever cease?] 02/16


Different Customs [sign of the cross; left side first?] 06/15
Disposing of Blessed Objects 10/14
What About the Infant of Prague? 01/14
Why Burn a Candle? [in front of a saint’s statue] 10/14

Catholic Identity

Why Continue with the Catholic Church? 03/18


Dealing with Clergy Sexual Abuse 08/13

Terminology (Catholic)

Blessing God? 11/15
Calling Priests ‘Father’ 07/15
Consubstantial Explained 02/15
Monks, Friars, Brothers 10/13
What Does Being ‘Born Again’ Mean? 12/15
What Does the Term Confessor Mean? 06/16
What Is a Consecrated Virgin? 01/14
The Meaning of Paschal 07/14
Miter’s Origins 11/14
Secular Institutes 11/14
Understanding the Term ‘Born Again’ 07/17
What Does Detachment Mean?  10/17

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