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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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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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Homily? Eulogy?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 29, 2017

Some dioceses allow eulogies at funerals, and others do not. Why is this?

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Help for Nurturing a Franciscan Spirituality

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 29, 2017

I need some practical advice for how to live and grow in Franciscan spirituality as a layperson. Because I am not close to a Secular..

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Use a Cross or a Crucifix?

By Pat McCloskey, OFM March 29, 2017

During the Good Friday liturgy at our parish, we venerate a plain cross and not a crucifix with a representation of Jesus’ body on it. The..

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