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

  • Special Episode: Healing the Racial Divide

    June 2nd, 2020  |  30 mins 50 secs
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    Fr. Josh dedicates today's show to talking about the racial divide in our country, amidst the mourning of George Floyd, and offers some counsel on ways we can heal this form of division in our country.

  • All About Prayer

    May 26th, 2020  |  26 mins 32 secs
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    Father Josh answers questions all about prayer on today’s podcast. From Liturgy of the Hours, to praying through anxiety, to bringing the family into prayer.

  • The Rapture, Working for the Church, Confession, and Superheroes

    May 19th, 2020  |  22 mins 24 secs
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    This week, Fr. Josh answers questions on the Rapture, confessions, working for the church, and Marvel superheroes.

  • An Invitation to Pray: Rosary for Racial Reconciliation

    May 12th, 2020  |  15 mins 11 secs
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    This week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray a decade of the rosary with him for the intention of racial reconciliation in our country.

  • SSPX, Three Days of Darkness, and Captain America

    May 5th, 2020  |  33 mins 58 secs
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    This week, Fr. Josh answers questions on the SSPX, the three days of darkness, and Captain America.

    Snippet from the Show
    "Holy Scripture should be our first love. ‘We have to read them, contemplate them, and put them into practice more than we breathe.’”

  • Soul Ties, Suffering Well, and Reception of the Soul

    April 28th, 2020  |  38 mins 13 secs
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    This week, Fr. Josh answers questions on soul ties, how to offer up your suffering, and the institution of our souls.

    Snippet from the Show
    “God’s divine mercy is available to everyone… God is calling all of us to be saints.”

  • Original Parents, Vocations to Consecrated Single Life, and Annulment After Civil Marriage

    April 21st, 2020  |  31 mins 56 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about whether Adam and Eve are the original parents of all people, what the vocation of consecrated single life and consecrated virginity is, and if someone married by the Justice of the Peace needs an annulment.

  • Easter Message

    April 14th, 2020  |  6 mins 26 secs
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    This week, Fr. Josh shares some advice on how to spend this time to draw those around us back to a relationship with Christ, following the example of our Mother Mary and St. Mary Magdalene.

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    Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com.

  • The Sacraments and Mass During COVID-19

    April 7th, 2020  |  29 mins 16 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about receiving the sacraments and staying engaged in a virtual mass during COVID-19.

    Snippet from the Show:
    When it comes to making the act of spiritual communion, this practice can be done anywhere, anytime. And ask God to transport your soul to the nearest tabernacle if you can’t get out of your home to be in the presence of Jesus.

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    Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com.

  • Be My Guest: Chika Anyanwu on ADHD, Bad Homilies, and Making a Good Confession

    March 31st, 2020  |  40 mins 2 secs
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    Fr. Josh is joined by Chika Anyanwu, Catholic speaker and author, to answer questions about being disappointed with homilies, teaching the Faith to a child with ADHD, and how much we need to divulge in order to make a good confession.

  • Be My Guest: Fr. Brad Doyle on Birth Control for Medical Reasons and Male Fertility Testing

    March 24th, 2020  |  40 mins 43 secs
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    On today’s episode, Father Josh is joined by his good friend Fr. Brad Doyle to answer questions about the ethics of fertility testing and birth control for medical reasons.

    Producer’s note: Father Josh is now live streaming his daily Masses to Ascension’s Facebook page every morning at 9:30 AM ET. Go to facebook.com/Ascensionpress and join us tomorrow for Mass with Fr. Josh at 9:30 AM! Hope you can join us! God bless.

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  • An Invitation to Pray with Father Josh during COVID-19

    March 17th, 2020  |  11 mins 2 secs
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    Father Josh shares a message of hope and perseverance for these escalating times of COVID-19. He reminds us how to pray Lectio Divina, modeling this spiritual exercise as he reflects on the way the apostle John responded when Jesus was taken away from him.

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  • Be My Guest: Fr. Paul Gros on OCD, Anxiety, and Therapy

    March 10th, 2020  |  41 mins 30 secs
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    Father Josh and Father Paul Gros answer questions about OCD and anxiety, family members with mental illness, and navigating life changes after therapy.

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  • All About Christian Fasting: Eating Disorders, Spiritual Effects, and Challenges

    March 3rd, 2020  |  35 mins 41 secs
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  • All About Lent: What's Best for Your Soul This Year?

    February 25th, 2020  |  24 mins 14 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers the question, “What’s the point of Lent?" He then asks a set of questions to help you determine which Lenten practices will be best for your soul this year.

  • Yoga, Forgiving the Devil, and Mary’s Free Will

    February 18th, 2020  |  38 mins
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about whether Catholics should do yoga, whether we should forgive the Devil, and whether Mary truly had free will.