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 [email protected] and find out more at ascensionpress.com/askfrjosh.

Episodes

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    Divorce, God’s Wrath in the Old Testament, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

    January 8th, 2019  |  40 mins 32 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to pray to God after a divorce, why God in the Old Testament is full of wrath yet in the New Testament he is full of mercy, and why only Catholic priests can consecrate the host into Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and divinity.

    If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    According to Jesus, you are a gift. He spoke your true identity.

    Visit www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh to view the show notes for every episode.

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    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

    January 1st, 2019  |  12 mins 42 secs
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    God the Father created each and every one of us for no other reason than because he desires for us to become saints. The greatest saint that God ever created is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. She desires us to join her in heaven and worship the Father and be in total communion with our bridegroom, Jesus. Today, on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Fr. Josh brings you a special episode all about Our Lady.

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    No Mary, no Christ. Know Mary, know Christ. The deeper we lean into Mary, the deeper we are going to lean into Jesus Christ, our savior.

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    Merry Christmas!

    December 25th, 2018  |  2 mins 48 secs

    Fr. Josh wishes you a Merry Christmas and sings a few songs.

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    Finding Meaning in Life, Christmas Presents, and Helping Children Discern their Vocation

    December 18th, 2018  |  28 mins 2 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about finding meaning in life while suffering, meaningful Christmas gift suggestions, and how to help your children discern their vocations. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    You are a necessary member of the Body of Christ. God places us in a specific place of that body...You have a very special and necessary role to play in the Church’s sanctification.

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    Praying the Paul VI Rosary

    December 11th, 2018  |  18 mins 22 secs
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    Today’s episode is a special episode on prayer where Fr. Josh actually invites you to pull out your rosary and pray with him. The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers we can pray as a disciple of Jesus. Fr. Josh guides you through the mystery of the Agony in the Garden in the style Pope St. Paul VI recommends. So make a cup of coffee, light a candle, and take a moment to pray a decade of the Rosary with Fr. Josh.

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    No disciple of Jesus, not one of them, understands our Lord and has a deeper intimacy with him than Mary. She has the most profound, personal, beautiful relationship with Jesus. And so when we pray the Rosary, what we are doing is asking Mary to pray for us and with us, that we may be able to penetrate the mysteries of the gospel that reveals the life of Jesus to us.

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    The Big Bang, Examination of Conscience, and Overcoming Mortal Sins

    December 4th, 2018  |  42 mins 23 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic perspective on the Big Bang, how to find a thorough examination of conscience for confession, and ways to overcome mortal sins. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

    Visit www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh to view the show notes for every episode.

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    Addicted to Social Media, Helping the Homeless, and Communion on the Tongue

    November 20th, 2018  |  33 mins 44 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about overcoming addictions to social media and phones, helping the homeless, and whether receiving Communion on the tongue or hand is better. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Admonishing the Sinner, Regretting Abortion, and Marriage in Heaven

    November 13th, 2018  |  29 mins 12 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about approaching a loved one about a sin without sounding judgmental, finding peace and forgiveness after an abortion, and the Church’s teaching on marriage in heaven. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Voting, Spiritual Direction, and Fasting

    November 6th, 2018  |  41 mins 39 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about voting when not one candidate’s platform aligns totally with Catholic teaching, how to discern finding a spiritual director, and the correct way to approach fasting. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Sacramentals, Circumcision, and Time Off Purgatory

    October 30th, 2018  |  43 mins 20 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about the difference between sacramentals and being superstitious, whether or not Catholics should practice circumcision on their children, and if earthly suffering can shorten our time in purgatory before we go to heaven.
    If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Halloween, Children at Mass, and Maid of Honor

    October 23rd, 2018  |  30 mins 47 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about dressing up in costumes for Halloween, what to do when you have fussy children at Mass, and how to choose a maid of honor for a wedding. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Distractions in Prayer, Alcoholic Spouses, and Racism in the Church

    October 16th, 2018  |  36 mins 52 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about being distracted and easily bored by daily prayer, what to do if your spouse is a verbally abusive alcoholic, and how to respond to racism in the church. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    An Invitation to Pray

    October 9th, 2018  |  3 mins 48 secs
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    Fr. Josh just got back from a retreat in Rome and Assisi, where he was able to go away and pray and be with Jesus, and it was awesome. So take the next 30 - 45 minutes you would have spent listening to this podcast and just pray and hang out with Jesus.

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    Money, Chronic Pain, Discerning the Priesthood

    October 2nd, 2018  |  30 mins 7 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about money, full time jobs and benefits, how to unite chronic pain with Jesus’ pain, and tips for discerning the priesthood. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!

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    Cannibalism, Cremation, and Sinful Priests

    September 25th, 2018  |  32 mins 52 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about why Catholics are not cannibals even though we consume the body and blood of Jesus, why burial is preferable to cremation and spreading ashes, and why the sacraments are still valid (in most cases) even if a priest is corrupt and sinful.

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    The Pill, Choosing Godparents, and Loneliness

    September 18th, 2018  |  37 mins 49 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about taking the birth control pill for health issues, choosing holy godparents, and dealing with an overwhelming loneliness. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at [email protected]. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!