Ask Father Josh (Your Catholic Question and Answer Podcast)

Fr. Josh helps you navigate the tricky times in life when our Catholic Faith doesn’t give you an easy, “fill-in-the blank” answer.

About the show

Ask Fr. Josh is the podcast where I hear you out and do my best to help you navigate the tricky times in life when our Catholic Faith doesn’t give you an easy “fill-in-the blank” answer. On this show, we’ll listen to one another, problem solve together, and ultimately entrust everything to our Lord. If this is your first time tuning in, here’s how the show goes: Each episode, I'll address three to four of your questions. I’ll cover everything from Catholic teaching to moral dilemmas to relationship advice. I'm not perfect, and I can’t guarantee that my advice is going to make things easy, but I'll do my best to share what I've learned during my time as a priest, pastor, and friend. Email me your questions at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com and find out more at ascensionpress.com/askfrjosh.

Episodes

  • Feminism, Devotionals Guaranteeing Salvation, and Kanye West

    November 19th, 2019  |  27 mins 25 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic prayers, catholicism, devotionals, feminism, jesus is king, kanye west, prayers, saint, saints, salvation

    Can Catholics support feminism? Why do some people believe women shouldn’t work outside the home? How do the promises of devotional prayers work—can they guarantee salvation? Should we be embracing the current interest in Christianity due to Kanye West and his album, Jesus is King? Fr. Josh answers this and more in today’s episode.

  • Anxiety, Parish Involvement, and Can Catholics Be Masons

    November 12th, 2019  |  31 mins 44 secs
    anxiety, catholic, catholicism, depression, free masons, freemasonry, freemasons, mental health, parish, parish involvement

    Father Josh answers questions about how to find healing in the midst of anxiety or depression, how to get involved in your parish, and whether or not Catholics can be Freemasons.

  • Catholic Voting and Celebrating Halloween

    November 5th, 2019  |  29 mins 16 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic priest, catholic vote, catholic voting, catholicism, celebrating halloween, christian, christianity, disciples, discipleship, halloween, politics and religion

    Fr. Josh goes in depth on two questions: What principles should Catholics turn to when it comes to voting for a political candidate? And is celebrating Halloween morally acceptable?

  • Wearing Rosaries, Taize Prayer, and Spiritual Direction

    October 29th, 2019  |  27 mins 36 secs
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    Is it sacrilegious to wear a rosary? Is a rosary without a crucifix still a rosary? Should Catholics engage in Taize prayer, or is Taize prayer a new age practice? Lastly, what’s the difference between spiritual direction and pastoral counseling?

  • Non Catholics Receiving Communion, Essential Oils, and St. Paul on Salvation

    October 22nd, 2019  |  30 mins 4 secs
    catholic, catholic faith, catholic teaching, catholic teaching on communion, catholic teaching on salvation, catholic theology, catholicism, confession, eucharist, grace and faith, salvation theology, st. paul

    Fr. Josh answers questions about non-Catholics receiving Communion in the Catholic Church, whether using essential oils is spiritually dangerous, and what St. Paul teaches about salvation and grace.

  • Guardian Angels, Explicit Lyrics, and Christian Denominations

    October 15th, 2019  |  30 mins 16 secs
    angels, bible, catholic, catholic faith, catholicism, christian, christian denominations, christian podcast, christianity, explicit music, fr. josh, guardian angels, morality, priest, rap music, sin

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what happens to our guardian angels after we die, whether it’s OK to listen to explicit lyrics if you only pay attention to the music, and how to respond to someone who says all you have to do is love Jesus to get to heaven.

  • Unanswered Prayers, Unplanned Pregnancy Before Marriage, and Bible Translations

    October 8th, 2019  |  26 mins 10 secs
    anger at god, bible, catholic, catholic church, christianity, fr josh, god, jesus, pregnant outside marriage, questions about catholicism, suffering, unanswered prayers, unplanned pregnancy

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do when you feel angry at God because of unanswered prayers to alleviate the suffering of a loved one, if cohabitation is a good solution to handle an unexpected pregnancy before marriage, and which translation of the Bible is the best to get started with.

  • Ministering to Coworkers, Ember Days, and Revering Saint Relics

    October 1st, 2019  |  29 mins 59 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic priest, catholicism, ember days, faith at work, fasting, fr. josh, horoscopes, minister to coworkers, priest, questions for catholics, saint relics, vocations, witchcraft

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to minister to a coworker who looks at horoscopes and practices “white” witchcraft, what’s the deal with ember days (periods of fasting for vocations throughout the year), and why Catholics venerate saint relics and images.

  • Dropping Hosts, Not Kneeling at Mass, and the Devil in Our Thoughts

    September 24th, 2019  |  31 mins 29 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholic mass, catholic questions, communion, demons, devil, host, kneeling during mass, litany, mass, prayer, questions about mass, saints, sin, temptation, the faith

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do when a consecrated Host is dropped during Communion, if the devil and demons can read our thoughts when we’re tempted, and what to do about a congregation that doesn’t kneel during Mass.

  • All About Discernment: Dating, Marriage, and Jackie and Bobby Angel

    September 17th, 2019  |  42 mins 24 secs
    bobby angel, catholic, catholic book, catholic church, catholic dating, catholic marriage, dating, dating a catholic, discern, discernment, jackie and bobby angel, jackie angel, marriage, saint

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do when you’re single but feel called to marriage, what to do when you’re discerning marriage but aren’t ready for kids, and what to do when the person you’re dating isn’t Catholic. Get 15% off Jackie and Bobby’s new book, Pray, Decide and Don’t Worry with promo code: DISCERN

  • Holding Hands During the Our Father, Loss of Zeal, and Rap

    September 10th, 2019  |  37 mins 12 secs
    catholic, catholic mass, discernment, dry prayer, fr. josh johnson, holding hands, holding hands during our father, lord's prayer, mass, our father, rapping priest, religious sister, spiritual life

    Fr. Josh answers questions about holding hands when we say the Our Father during Mass, what to do about a dry spiritual life, and whether it’s possible to reconcile a love of rap and a religious vocation.

  • Suicide, Allergic to the Eucharist, and NFP for At-Risk Pregnancy

    September 3rd, 2019  |  27 mins 51 secs
    catholic, catholic church, catholicism, christianity, eucharist, fr. josh johnson, funny priest, god, hell, natural family planning, nfp, praying, priest, religion, saints, sin, suffering, suicide

    Fr. Josh addresses questions about the salvation of family members who have committed suicide, what to do if a person is allergic to the Eucharist (Body and Blood), and whether natural family planning is still a good choice for women with health issues that would make pregnancy potentially life-threatening.

  • Be My Guest: Kevin McCall, Asking for Signs, and the Holy Spirit

    August 27th, 2019  |  40 mins
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic prayers, catholic priest, catholic teaching, discernment, faith, fr. josh, funny priest, holy spirit, pray, prayer, priest, signs from god, spirituality

    Fr. Josh and Kevin McCall answer questions about prayer, asking God for signs, and how to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

  • Be My Guest: Avera Maria Santo, Homosexuality, and Finding Happiness

    August 20th, 2019  |  44 mins 16 secs
    avera maria santo, catholic, catholic church, catholic identity, christ, fr. josh johnson, gay, homosexuality, jesus, lgbt, priest, same sex attraction

    Avera Maria Santo and Fr. Josh answer questions about choosing a vocation when experiencing gender dysphoria and how to respond to a family member in a same-sex relationship. Avera also shares her story about same-sex attraction and finding her identity as a beloved daughter of God.

  • Selfishness, Daily Mass, and Talking to Family About Religious Discernment

    August 13th, 2019  |  29 mins 29 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic family, daily mass, family, funny priest, missing daily mass, priest, religious discernment, religious life, scrupulous, selfish, seminary

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to stop being selfish in relationships, whether it’s better to prioritize personal prayer or daily Mass, and how to tell family you’re thinking about entering seminary or religious life.

  • Forgiving Deep Wounds Caused by Family, Praying for Souls in Purgatory, and Tired of Praying

    August 6th, 2019  |  37 mins 55 secs
    catholic, catholic answers, catholic church, catholic prayers, catholic priest, catholic teaching, family wounds, prayer, priest, purgatory, questions about religion, rosary, wounds

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to forgive deep wounds caused by family members, what to do if you’ve grown bored with prayer, and what are some prayers we can say for souls in purgatory. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!