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Pat McCloskey, OFM

Treating Cremains Reverently

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 26, 2018

Although I know the Catholic Church approves of cremation, I can’t find in the Catechism of the Catholic Church what the Church requires that..

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The Valley of Death

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 26, 2018

What is meant by the expression “the valley of the shadow of death”? I am a lifelong Catholic nearing the end of life. So much has changed over..

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‘But It Was on the Internet!’

By Pat McCloskey, OFM December 26, 2018

Are there any readings, books, or websites to explain to my 79-year-old sister that the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, telling her that she..

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Handling Opposition to One’s Catholic Faith

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 26, 2018

How can good Catholics respond to people who question our beliefs or openly reject our Catholic faith? On matters of religion, I try to avoid..

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Hospice or Palliative Care?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 26, 2018

I realize that the Catholic Church teaches that it is permissible to discontinue extraordinary measures when someone is dying. My sister, who was..

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Placement of the Tabernacle

By Pat McCloskey, OFM November 26, 2018

Why is the tabernacle not always on the main altar? Placing it elsewhere seems to show a lack of reverence. 

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God the Warrior?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 24, 2018

Our faith teaches that peace overrides force. In the Old Testament, however, there are passages that describe how God cleared a path for the..

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Can Laypeople Give Blessings?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 24, 2018

Can someone give a blessing to a sick friend, or a birthday blessing, a blessing at a meal, or on other occasions? Does the person need the..

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Quick Questions and Answers

By Pat McCloskey, OFM October 24, 2018

How can I fully convince myself and others that “Jesus is the only way to God”?

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Jesus and Slavery

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 23, 2018

I have been a Catholic from birth but often have questions about some of the issues we are facing today, such as the evils associated with..

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