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.

Send me your questions at ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

Episodes

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    Praying the Paul VI Rosary: The Glorious Mysteries

    May 14th, 2019  |  30 mins 17 secs
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    Today Fr. Josh talks about how Mary invites us again and again to pray the Rosary and then prays the Glorious Mysteries of the Paul VI Rosary (because it’s Easter). Grab your Rosary and pray along!

    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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    Chapel Veils, Free Will, and Methods for Preventing Pregnancy

    May 7th, 2019  |  39 mins 53 secs
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    Today Fr. Josh answers questions about women wearing chapel veils at Mass, what to do with our God-given freedom, and whether certain methods for preventing pregnancy are permissible during times of fertility.

    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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    Hypostatic Union, Annulled Marriages, and Asking a Girl on a Date

    April 30th, 2019  |  26 mins 55 secs
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    Today Fr. Josh answers questions about how Jesus knew he was God as a child, whether an annulled marriage means the couple was living in a state of sin, and how to ask a girl on a date. 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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    Happy Easter from Fr. Josh!

    April 23rd, 2019  |  1 min 14 secs
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    Happy Easter! This week we celebrate a new season in the Church, one of renewal and joy. Fr. Josh will be back next week with more questions and answers, but this week we celebrate the resurrection of Christ! God bless you and your families as we rejoice in this festive season!

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    Holy Week, Aliens, and Righteous Anger

    April 16th, 2019  |  38 mins 45 secs
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    Today Fr. Josh answers questions about when anger can be considered righteous, how to enter into Holy Week, and speculating about whether or not aliens could have souls. 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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    Nuns Without Habits, Explaining Past Mistakes to Children, and Fr. Josh’s Conversion

    April 9th, 2019  |  36 mins 24 secs
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    Today Fr. Josh answers questions about how to explain past mistakes to your children, how to react to nuns who don’t wear habits, and his own conversion story. 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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    The Devil, Life After Rape, and Giving Communion to Unbelievers

    April 2nd, 2019  |  36 mins 1 sec
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about why God created the devil, distributing Communion to people in a state of mortal sin, and how to return to God after a traumatic assault. 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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    Be My Guest: Dr. Edward Sri, the Crucifixion, and St. Joseph

    March 26th, 2019  |  39 mins 27 secs
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    Fr. Josh and scripture scholar Dr. Edward Sri answer questions about Jesus’ divine nature, why Jesus had to be crucified, and what happened to St. Joseph during Christ’s passion.
    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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    Depression, Sexism in the Church, Candy During Lent, and Posting on Facebook

    March 19th, 2019  |  33 mins 58 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about why God allows depression, sexism in the Church, choosing a good Lenten sacrifice, and posting religious images and quotes on social media. 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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    Be My Guest: Jeff Cavins, Activated Discipleship, and Catholic Swag

    March 12th, 2019  |  42 mins 3 secs
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    Fr. Josh interviews Jeff Cavins on his new book, The Activated Disciple, and how to be a true disciple of Christ. They also discuss Jeff’s journey to Catholicism, being a fan of Jesus vs. a follower of Jesus, cultivating a real relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, and how to share the Gospel with others.

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    Ash Wednesday, Dress Code for Mass, and Downplaying Mortal Sins During Confession

    March 5th, 2019  |  33 mins 20 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about wearing ashes in public on Ash Wednesday, what to wear at daily Mass vs. Sunday Mass, and how detailed we need to be about mortal sins during confession. 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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    "Imagine the people who might ask you questions about your ashes. It’s a great opportunity to be a witness and to evangelize. It’s also a great opportunity for you to remember that you are dust, that you are called to daily repentance, and that you are called to be an intercessor for the world."

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    Do Pets Go to Heaven, Family Conflict, and Honor Thy Father and Mother

    February 26th, 2019  |  31 mins 40 secs
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    Today, Fr. Josh answers questions about if pets go to heaven, what to do if conflict begins to grow in a family, and how to honor your father and mother as an adult.

    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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    Love is demanding at times. Sometimes we experience great joy and sometimes we won’t. But joy isn’t about a feeling—it’s about an action.

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    Saint Icons, Feeling Unwelcome at Church, and the War on Drugs

    February 19th, 2019  |  38 mins 55 secs
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    Today, Fr. Josh answers questions about why it seems that the majority of saint icons are European in appearance, how to approach visiting Catholic churches, and the criminalization of marijuana in the “war on drugs.”

    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!

    If listening on your iphone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions!

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

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    Catholic Dating, How Far is Too Far Before Marriage, and Spiritual Intimacy

    February 12th, 2019  |  30 mins 5 secs
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    In this Valentines Day special, Fr. Josh answers questions about feeling invisible in the Catholic dating scene, how far is too far before marriage—especially in regards to kissing—and spiritual intimacy when not married.

    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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    Are Tattoos a Sin, the Covington Catholic Controversy, and Arguments Between Priests and Parish Staff

    February 5th, 2019  |  32 mins 30 secs
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    Fr. Josh tells us if getting tattoos are a sin, and gives his personal thoughts on the incident involving the Covington Catholic High School student, and offers advice on how to approach disagreements between a priest and the parish office staff.

    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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    We call Adoration exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, where Christ exposes himself body, blood, soul, and divinity to us in prayer. His invitation is for us to expose our hearts as well.

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    Eucharistic Adoration, Mary’s Perpetual Virginity, Single Moms, and Children Questioning the Catholic Faith

    January 29th, 2019  |  36 mins 14 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do in Eucharistic Adoration, why Mary and Joseph did not consummate their marriage, if single moms can practice the Catholic Faith, and how to help children who are questioning the Catholic Faith.

    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!

    Snippet from the Show

    “God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer.” (CCC 2567)

    If listening on your phone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions!

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