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Pat McCloskey, OFM

Handling Post-Abortion Guilt

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 24, 2017

I have had two abortions. My friend at work told me that the Catholic faith can help me with the massive guilt that I feel. Please tell me how.

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Why Was Lucifer Created?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 24, 2017

Why were Lucifer and his band of angels created when God knew what would happen to him and the human race?

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How Can Mary Be the ‘Mother of God’?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM August 24, 2017

In the second part of the Hail Mary, we say, “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.” My..

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Which Party Reflects Catholic Teaching?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 24, 2017

Although I was raised Catholic and attend Sunday Mass regularly, in recent years I am finding the Church’s position, or perhaps its silence, on..

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Purgatory Seems Unnecessary

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 24, 2017

As Catholics, we believe that faith and works are needed to get to heaven. If Jesus died for our sins, why is purgatory needed? Didn’t he already..

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Where Are Bold Catholic Leaders?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM July 24, 2017

Pope Francis is the best thing that has happened to the Catholic Church since St. John XXIII. I know there are lots of dedicated priests,..

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Does Prayer Change Things?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 22, 2017

I understand that if I pray for someone, that action affects me and how I deal with that person—and perhaps others. All our lives, Catholics are..

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Will My Husband Know Me in Heaven?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 22, 2017

I believe and hope to be with my loved ones someday in heaven. Will my husband, who died almost two years ago, know me and still love me? How will..

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Understanding the Term ‘Born Again’

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 22, 2017

The term born again has become very popular among many Christians now, but I am not sure of its meaning. I suspect that it is misused or..

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Ask a Franciscan Archives

By Pat McCloskey, OFM June 22, 2017

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..

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