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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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Mental Images of God

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 24, 2019

Although I have struggled with an eating disorder for most of my adult life, this has been less of a problem in recent years. I am, however,..

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Limits of Language

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 24, 2019

If God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three persons in a single divine nature, why does Jesus say that Caiaphas will see Jesus seated at God..

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Quick Q & A

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 24, 2019

My husband of 31 years was baptized a Baptist but has not practiced that faith since he was a teenager. He has been going to church with me..

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Quick Questions and Answers

By Pat McCloskey, OFM May 23, 2019

In simple terms, how can I explain the Trinity to a non-Christian?

St. Patrick is said to have used a shamrock to illustrate unity and diversity...

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I've Killed a Lot of People

By Pat McCloskey, OFM May 23, 2019

In the US Navy, I served in Desert Shield/Storm/Provide Comfort and other missions. The commandment says, “Thou shall not murder.” Well, Father,..

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Kingdom of God Term

By Pat McCloskey, OFM May 23, 2019

What does kingdom represent in the Gospels that speak of the “kingdom of God” and the “kingdom of heaven”? What about the expression “The kingdom..

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Where Do Prayers Go?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM April 29, 2019

If you are praying for someone who may have gone to hell, where do those prayers go? Should you keep praying for them even though you don’t really..

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