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Sep 28, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I recently read that a prenuptial agreement invalidates any marriage in the Catholic Church. Is that true? No.

'I've Always Wondered . . .'

Sep 28, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
How did St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik al-Kamil become friends? What led to the ending of that friendship? They met only once in late 1219, for about two weeks.

Who Informed the Biblical Writers?

Sep 28, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
How did the gentlemen who gathered together to write the Bible do so? Where did their information come from? The holy Bible is beautifully written. When was it written?

Who Wrote the Gospel of John?

Aug 27, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I was surprised to read in an earlier “Ask” column that John the Apostle did not write the Gospel of John. Who did? We are not entirely sure.

What Is the Kingdom of God?

Aug 27, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Please explain in simple language the concept of the kingdom of God. What Jesus means by the expression the kingdom of God is accepting God’s values as trustworthy and enough, not needing any “improvements,” as we often describe them.

Understanding Sins of Omission

Aug 27, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
I realize that I can sin by some action (for example, murder or theft), but I have never understood how someone can sin by inaction, by not doing something. How is that possible? Yes, sins of commission (such as the examples you cited) are pretty easy to recognize.

Missing Mass on Sunday

Jul 29, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
As an 80-year-old Catholic, I was taught that missing Mass through your own fault is a mortal sin that, if unconfessed and unabsolved, could send you to hell forever. I know friends and other Catholics who are good people but no longer go to Mass.

One of Life's Great Losses

Jul 29, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
How do I understand and find peace in the death of a parent? Please accept my condolences on the death of your father or mother. Allow yourself to grieve properly but without being absolutely consumed or paralyzed by this death.

Praying for a ‘Happy Death’

Jun 12, 2020 Ask a Franciscan
Is it all right to ask God to give someone a happy death?

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