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 ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

Episodes

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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!

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    Working Moms, Quitting Smoking, and Can We Lose Our Salvation

    September 11th, 2018  |  34 mins 54 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic teaching on salvation, how to quit smoking, and struggles with being a working mother. 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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    Lust, Reading Scripture, Lying, and Jehovah’s Witnesses

    September 4th, 2018  |  37 mins 15 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about struggling with lustful thoughts, guidance on how to read Scripture, if lying is ever OK, and what to do when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on your door. 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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    Virgin Mary, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Discerning Vocation while Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction

    August 28th, 2018  |  37 mins 47 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic view of the Virgin Mary, problems with IVF, and how to discern your vocation while experiencing same-sex attraction. 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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    Living in Sin, Dating, Forgiving Oneself, and Jealousy

    August 21st, 2018  |  42 mins 20 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to respond to family members who are living an openly sinful lifestyle, feeling left out and bitter trying to date while remaining holy, forgiving oneself after not baptizing a child, and jealousy over a co-worker getting a better job. 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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    Hormone Replacement Therapy, 30 Years Since Last Confession, When Do We Receive Our Souls

    August 14th, 2018  |  34 mins 36 secs
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    Fr. Josh answers questions about transitioning from male to female, concerns about going to confession for the first time in 30 years, and when a person’s soul is created.