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Pat McCloskey, OFM

No Rides to Weekday Masses

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 27, 2019

I have a very rare and painful illness that has left me handicapped. I have trouble finding rides to doctors’ offices and to church. 

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Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 27, 2019

Can a Catholic be pro-choice? I am a practicing Catholic who is very pro-life. I know several Catholic women who are pro-choice. I’m an old man..

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St. Francis and the Eucharist

By Pat McCloskey, OFM September 27, 2019

What did the Eucharist mean to St. Francis? How did he express his devotion to it?

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Why Does a Baptized Person Need the RCIA?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 23, 2019

Why does a baptized adult have to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)? Such a person may already know almost everything..

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Why So Few Catholic Bible Study Groups?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 23, 2019

Why doesn’t the Catholic Church encourage its members to establish small groups for  Bible study? Aren’t many Catholics joining nondenominational..

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Will I Know Him?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 23, 2019

My husband died of cancer almost two years ago. He was the love of my life as I was his. Will I ever see him again and be with him?

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Clare and Francis: Assisi’s Most Dangerous Citizens

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 26, 2019

In August 1212, if the small Umbrian city of Assisi’s post office had displayed “Wanted” posters, Chiara di Favarone di Offreduccio and Francesco..

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Fragrance-Free Masses

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 26, 2019

I have heard that 95 percent of modern fragrances harm a person’s mind and body. For some people, they can cause coughing, an asthmatic attack,..

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Avoiding Repetitious Prayer

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 26, 2019

The Bible tells us to avoid repetitious prayer. Isn’t the rosary a repetitious prayer?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: “In praying, do..

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Questioning God's Plan

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 26, 2019

My wife and I are both seriously ill and have been since we married 14 years ago. Now her medications have stopped working, and we are meeting..

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