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? When is Epiphany?

? Why does God seem to answer some prayers but not others?

? Many of my non-Catholic friends say they don’t have to confess their sins to a priest.  They say they confess directly to God and ask for His forgiveness.  I say to them that Jesus gave us the sacrament of reconciliation when he said to his apostles, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained"  (John 20:19-23).  If a non-Catholic doesn’t confess his or her sins to a priest, wouldn’t that person die with mortal sin on their soul and therefore jeopardize their salvation?  Please explain.

If God is all knowing then He would know how we will live our lives and whether we will be saved or condemned.  Does this conflict with the concept of free will?  Please explain

? I want to better understand “sacrifice” as it pertains to the Old and New Testament.  In the Old Testament there appear to be many animals sacrificed to include the sprinkling of blood. Why?  Also is this sacrifice somehow related to the Eucharist becoming the “living sacrifice” during the Mass?

Did the stories in the Old Testament literally occur or are they mostly allegories with a deeper meaning?

Can I become Catholic if I was previously married?

? What does "INRI" mean of the cross?

? What does the Catholic Church teach about fasting before receiving the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?

? Many Protestant religions believe that salvation is through Faith alone, while we believe it's Faith and works.  My Protestant friends quote Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast."  In the book of James it's clear to me that Faith without works is an empty Faith - one not living the Word. We cite James 2:17, "Faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead."  While Faith and works makes more sense to me, the two passages seem to clash with one another.  Please explain.

? Each of the Gospel writers (John, Mark, Matthew and John) have special symbols associated with them.  What are these symbols and why were they chosen?

? If only baptized Christians may go to heaven and the church believes in the sanctity of life from the point of conception, what happens to still-births or aborted babies? 

? Is it a sin to read Romance novels?

? How old was Jesus when he died?

? What does BC and AD mean?

? What exactly is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

? What about the elderly and those who are suffering from illness?  Must they also wait one hour before receiving Holy Communion?

? Why is a piece of the host placed into the chalice?

? In our Confirmation class we've discussed our baptismal promises and the importance of living out these promises.  Can you explain?

? I would like to donate my body for medical research after I die.  How would donating my body affect a Catholic burial Mass/service?

? Is there such a thing a good Mass manners?

? If Ash Wednesday signifies the beginning of Lent, then why isn't is a day of holy obligation?

? How does a new pope get a new name?

? Why do Catholics portray Jesus on the cross?

? How can a human pope be infallible?

? While the Bible warns us of false prophets, how could you tell if someone is a real or false prophet?

? When should a baby be baptized?

? I am a Catholic divorcee.  I was told I cannot participate in the sacraments.  Is that true?

? Why does Jesus teach in parables?

? What is meant by "Church Etiquette?"


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