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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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Why Pray for Grandma Jones?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM April 29, 2019

In your August 2018 column, you wrote that God does not have a vast, eternal plan that Grandma Jones had successful heart surgery last month. OK,..

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Believing in Apparitions

By Pat McCloskey, OFM April 29, 2019

Are Catholics obliged to believe in any apparitions of Jesus, Mary, or the saints? Is that necessary for a person’s salvation?

Excepting the..

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Mortal or Venial Sin?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 26, 2019

Is it a sin to go to a store, go out to dinner, or attend any type of entertainment event on a Sunday? If so, is it a mortal or venial sin? 

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Why Have Church Buildings?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 26, 2019

The Letter to the Hebrews states that God no longer dwells in temples made of stone (9:11, 24). Yet we Catholics have a Church that has..

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Growing in One's Faith

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 26, 2019

 How can I encourage my young children to go back to church? 

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Still an Apostolic Church?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM February 25, 2019

In light of the agreement between the People’s Republic of China and the Holy See, signed on September 22, 2018, can Catholics still claim to be..

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