Ask Father Josh (Your Catholic Question and Answer Podcast)

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 Jul 4, 2020

Mary W.
 Nov 2, 2018
Very informative. Having our questions answered by Fr. Josh is great! Learning and understanding more about our Catholic faith through his research and knowledge is helping me become closer to Jesus. Thank you Fr. Josh!


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 and find out more at

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Be My Guest: Brandi Kilbert on Women's Health (Abortion, Contraception, and IVF)
Fr. Josh is joined by Brandi Kilbert to discuss all things women's health- natural family planning, contraception, abortion, and in vitro fertilization. Brandi Kilbert is a nurse, creighton fertility care specialist, wife, mom and the Director of Marriage and Family life at Fr. Josh's parish, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. This episode contains adult themes that are not suitable for children - parental discretion is advised. Snippet From the Show "Every person has a fundamental right to life that we must honor and reverence." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Jan 14, 2021
Forgiving Betrayal, the Universal Call to Holiness, and the Role of an RCIA Sponsor
Fr. Josh answers questions on forgiving and healing after betrayal, the universal call to holiness across all vocations, and how to guide someone entering the Catholic Church as an RCIA sponsor. "We need saints who live faithfully in the mess of a broken humanity won over ulimately by love himself" Snippet From the Show Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Jan 07, 2021
New Year's Eve Greeting from Fr. Josh
Happy New Year! Fr. Josh shares a quick new year's eve greeting and encourages us to dive into Scripture in the new year. Snippet From the Show Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at Check out The Bible in a Year (with Fr.Mike Schmitz) at (
Dec 31, 2020
An Invitation to Pray: Christmas Eve Lectio Divina
In this special Christmas Eve episode, Fr. Josh invites us to pray lectio divina with Matthew 1:18-25. He draws our attention to St. Joseph's virtue and righteousness as he prepares for the birth of Jesus. Snippet From the Show "May we learn to be righteous like St. Joseph, who was unwilling to put Mary to shame." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Dec 24, 2020
The Year of St. Joseph, the Incarnation, and Fasting before Communion
Fr. Josh answers questions on the year of St. Joseph announced by Pope Francis, the mystery of the Incarnation, and the details of fasting before receiving Holy Communion. Snippet From the Show "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."- St. Athanasius Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Dec 17, 2020
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Celebrating Santa Claus, and Being Catholic in College
Fr. Josh answers questions on Our Lady of Guadalupe, celebrating Santa Claus from a Catholic perspective, and how to bring Christ into the college culture. Snippet From the Show Standing in front of the sun, our Lady of Guadalupe points her children away from worshipping the sun to worshipping the son in her womb, Jesus Christ. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Dec 10, 2020
Praying in Tongues, Holy Water, and Fasting in Advent
Fr. Josh answers questions about praying in tongues, the purpose of holy water, and why we should fast during Advent. Snippet From the Show "They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them." - Acts 2:3-4 Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Dec 03, 2020
Be My Guest: Fr. Mark Toups on Advent and the Beauty of Mary and Joseph’s Marriage
Fr. Mark Toups joins Fr. Josh to discuss the beautiful marriage of Mary and Joseph and how they can help us prepare this Advent for the birth of Jesus. Snippet From the Show "If every priest loved the Church the way Joseph loved Mary everyone would want to be Catholic." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Nov 26, 2020
Falling in Love with God, Leading Bible Studies, and Covenants in Scripture
Fr. Josh answers questions on the process of falling in love with God and building a real relationship with him, ways to lead Bible studies with your family, and the meaning of covenants in Scripture. Snippet From the Show Throughout salvation history, humans have broken the heart of God. However, covenants in Scripture reveal to us God’s indissoluble love for us that never strays though we may stray from him. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Nov 19, 2020
Human Evolution, Moral Relativism, and What to Expect in Heaven
Fr. Josh answers questions on the Catholic view on human evolution, moral relativism, and what to expect in heaven. Snippet From the Show In heaven, our hearts will finally rest in the infinite love of God. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Nov 12, 2020
A Note from the Producers
A quick announcement on behalf of Father Josh--we'll be back with a regular episode next week! Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Nov 05, 2020
The Catholic Take on Halloween, Becoming a Priest Later in Life, and Using Social Media in a Saintly Way
Fr. Josh answers questions on celebrating Halloween as Catholics, feeling a calling to the priesthood later in life, and how to use social media in a saintly way. Snippet From the Show Halloween comes from the Catholic feast All Hallow’s Eve, referring to the solemnity of All Saints. This is an opportunity to remember the lives of the saints, the faithfully departed, and our joy in Christ who has conquered death. Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at Text ASKFATHERJOSH to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s weekly email list.
Oct 29, 2020
Growing in a Season of Singleness, Responding to Atheism, and Overcoming Fear
Fr. Josh answers questions on spiritually growing in a season of singleness, responding to atheism, and overcoming fear. Glory Story (3:35) Growing in the Season of Singleness (5:16) Responding to Atheism (10:42) Overcoming Fear ( 15:16) Snippet From the Show With the rise of atheism, let us look at the witness of the missionaries of charity. Their passionate love for Jesus Christ and selfless service of the poor undoubtedly point to something bigger than themselves. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Oct 22, 2020
An Invitation to Pray: Lectio Divina
Do you want to learn how to pray with Scripture? This week, Fr. Josh invites us to pray using a prayer method called Lectio Divina. Fr. Josh shows us how he prays with Scripture by meditating on the Wedding Feast of Cana in the Gospel. Snippet From the Show In the Wedding Feast of Cana, we see that Mary not only notices the needs of others, but is also eager to bring them to her son. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh by filling out a form at
Oct 15, 2020
Incorruptible Saints, Idolizing Celebrities, and Papal Infallibility
Fr. Josh answers questions about incorruptible saints, idolizing celebrities, and papal infallibility. Glory Story (2:39) Feedback (4:06) Incorruptible Saints (6:09) Idolizing Celebrities (13:09) Papal Infallibility (17:43) Snippet From the Show The miraculous preservation of the bodies of incorruptible saints is a gift from God that draw us back to the Church. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Oct 08, 2020
Returning to Mass, Beach Weddings, and Marian Consecration
Fr. Josh answers questions about returning to mass during COVID, the validity of beach weddings and why we should consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary. Glory Story (2:25) Feedback (3:48) Returning to Mass (6:24) Beach Weddings (12:40) Marian Consecration (16:47) Snippet From the Show Christ came to us through Mary, and so we also return to him through Mary. *Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at * Text ASKFATHERJOSH to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s weekly email list or visit for shownnotes
Oct 01, 2020
Fr. Josh Asks YOU Questions
Fr. Josh switches things up today and asks you questions! Sit back and hear Fr. Josh ask you questions about prayer, politics, forgiveness, and your relationship with Jesus. Snippet From the Show In the garden of Gethsemane, the disciples were in the presence of Jesus Christ but they were not present to him. How often are you in the presence of God but not present to him? Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at Text ASKFATHERJOSH to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s weekly email list.
Sep 24, 2020
End of Times Prophecies, Apostolic Succession, and Praying Novenas
Fr. Josh answers questions on end of time prophecies, how apostolic succession works, and the purpose of praying novenas. Glory Story (3:12) Feedback ( 5:39) End of Time Prophecies (7:59) Praying Novenas ( 22:01) Apostolic Succession (26:35) Snippet From the Show “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”- St. Jerome Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by fillinf out a form at
Sep 17, 2020
Holy Dating, Explaining the Trinity, and Embracing the Cross
Fr. Josh answers questions on how men can lead spiritually in dating relationships, how to explain to the trinity, and learning to embracing the cross. Glory Story (3:08) Feedback (5:32) Holy Dating (8:11) Explaining the Trinity (13:37) Embracing the Cross (20:41) Snippet From the Show We rejoice in suffering not because it feels good to suffer, but because we know the good work that God can do through our suffering for the entire body of Christ. Submit your questions and feedback for Fr.Josh by filling out a form at
Sep 10, 2020
Evangelizing at Work, Being a Good Godparent, and Supporting your Local Priest
Fr. Josh answers questions on how to evangelize in the workplace, how to be a good godparent and how to support and defend your local priest when there is gossip in the parish community. Announcement (1:18) Glory Story (4:17) Evangelizing at Worl ( 14:34) Being a Good Godparent (17:41) Supporting your Local Priest (23:52) Snippet From the Show As a godparent, take time to invest in your relationship with the parents of your godchild and find ways to support them and hold accountable in their faith. Submit your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh by filling out a form at
Sep 03, 2020
The Dark Night of the Soul, Valid Sacraments, and Dinosaurs in the Bible
Fr.Josh answers questions on the dark night of the soul, what makes a sacrament valid, and why we believe in the existence of dinosaurs even though they are not specifically mentioned in Genesis. Glory Story (3:18) Feedback (5:56) Dark Night of the Soul (7:42) Valid Sacraments (13:57) Dinosaurs in the Bible (20:35) Snippet From the Show Every sacrament that has been given to the Church by our Savior Jesus Christ has a form and a matter, and these cannot be changed. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Aug 27, 2020
Raising Kids to Be Saints, Accepting Death, and Using the Lord's Name in Vain
Fr. Josh addresses how to raise kids to be saints today, how to accept death, and why it is wrong to use the Lord's name in vain. Glory Story (3:36) Feedback (7:36) Raising Kids to be Saints (8:37) Accepting Death (24:37) Using the Lord's Name in Vain /Swearing (32:16) Snippet From the Show "Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses." - Pope Paul VI Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Aug 20, 2020
Charisms, Do Soulmates Exist, and Saints Before Jesus
Fr.Josh answers questions on charisms, whether soulmates exist, and saints before Jesus. Snippet From the Show The only relationship we are destined for, is our relationship with Jesus Christ. We were created to abide in him for all eternity, all other relationships in our lives are gifts and meant to point us back to him. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Aug 13, 2020
Gossiping vs. Venting, and Being Judged on Our Time, Talents, and Treasure
Fr.Josh answers questions on the sin of gossip, and how we will be judged by God based on how we used our time, talent, and treasure here on earth. Snippet From the Show Our time, talents, and treasures do not belong to us, they are gifts from God. He gives them to us with the expectation that we will share them generously with other people. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Aug 06, 2020
Mortification, Converting, and Hearing God’s Voice
Fr. Josh answers questions on mortification practices, converting to the Catholic Church and hearing God’s voice. Snippet From the Show “Stop focusing so much on the response of your desires and your questions and focus more of your prayer on the face of Jesus.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jul 28, 2020
Horoscopes, Faith Without Religion, and Forgiving Oneself
Fr. Josh addresses reading horoscopes for fun, whether it’s possible to have faith without religion, and how to forgive oneself after committing grave mortal sin. Snippet From the Show “The goal of the Christian life is to imitate God, adoration of God leads to imitation of God.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jul 21, 2020
Special Episode: Hudson Byblow's Story
In this special episode of Ask Father Josh, we are sharing Hudson Byblow's story encountering Christ after struggling with same-sex attraction, transgender inclinations, and pornography addiction. You can find Hudson's interview with Fr.Josh on same-sex attraction, holy friendships, and healing from pornography in the previous episode of the show.
Jul 16, 2020
Be My Guest: Hudson Byblow on Same-Sex Attraction, Holy Friendships, and Healing from Pornography
Fr. Josh is joined by Hudson Byblow to discuss the Catholic Church's teaching on same-sex attraction, cultivating holy friendships, and healing from pornography. Snippet From the Show “The only one who can satiate that infinite ache that we have is an infinite God.” Hudson's full testimony will be released as a special episode on Ask Father Josh on Thursday, 7/16. Resources mentioned in this episode can be found in the shownotes. For full shownotes, visit Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jul 14, 2020
Spacing out Children, Belief in the Eucharist, and Metal Music
Fr. Josh answers questions on spacing out children using natural family planning, belief in the Eucharist, and metal music. Snippet From the Show "Go to adoration and sit in Jesus’ presence, there’s no way you can go to adoration and not be transformed over time." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jul 07, 2020
Police Reform, Removing Statues, and Catholic Speakers
Fr. Josh answers questions on police reform, removing certain statues from our churches, and when Catholic speakers talk about difficult topics. Snippet From the Show “Let us therefore discover anew the humility and the courage to pray and fast so that power from on high will break down the walls of lies and deceit.” -Pope St. John Paul II Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jun 30, 2020
Derek Chauvin and Lack of Men in the Catholic Church
Fr. Josh answers questions on Derek Chauvin, how tall he is, and why there are so few men in the Catholic Church. Snippet From the Show “In Heaven, we don’t have any unforgiveness in our hearts, we are completely aligned with the will of God, and the will of God is for us to desire the salvation of even the most hardened hearts.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jun 23, 2020
An Invitation to Pray: Rosary for Racial Repentance (with Tara Winder)
This week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray a decade of the rosary with him and Tara Winder for the intention of repentance. True repentance leads to authentic racial reconciliation within the Church and our nation. SHOWNOTES Fr. Josh prays a Lectio Divina Rosary, where he will read a piece of scripture, pray on it, and then apply the section to his decade. "And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyre′ne, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus." Luke 23:26 Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jun 16, 2020
Porn Addiction and Healing the Body of Christ
This week, Father Josh answers questions on addiction to pornography and what we can do to help heal the racial divide within the Body of Christ in our country. Snippet From the Show “Our prayer must influence us and inspire us to manifest love.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jun 09, 2020
Special Episode: Healing the Racial Divide
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. Snippet from the Show “George Floyd is the Body of Christ” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Jun 02, 2020
All About Prayer
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. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
May 26, 2020
The Rapture, Working for the Church, Confession, and Superheroes
This week, Fr. Josh answers questions on the Rapture, confessions, working for the church, and Marvel superheroes. Snippet from the Show When dealing with very messy members of the body of Christ, lean into a closer relationship with St. John of the Cross. He abided with a difficult community who didn’t like him and even imprisoned him! Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
May 19, 2020
An Invitation to Pray: Rosary for Racial Reconciliation
This week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray a decade of the rosary with him for the intention of racial reconciliation in our country. SHOWNOTES Fr. Josh prays a Lectio Divina Rosary, where he will read a piece of scripture, pray on it, and then apply the section to his decade. The Agony in the Garden Luke 22:44 - “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down upon the ground.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
May 12, 2020
SSPX, Three Days of Darkness, and Captain America
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.’” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
May 05, 2020
Soul Ties, Suffering Well, and Reception of the Soul
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.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Apr 28, 2020
Original Parents, Vocations to Consecrated Single Life, and Annulment After Civil Marriage
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. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Apr 21, 2020
Easter Message
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. For shownotes visit or text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes. Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Apr 14, 2020
The Sacraments and Mass During COVID-19
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. _ For more shownotes visit or text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at
Apr 07, 2020
Be My Guest: Chika Anyanwu on ADHD, Bad Homilies, and Making a Good Confession
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. Email your questions about Lent and other topics and feedback to Fr. Josh at Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes
Mar 31, 2020
Be My Guest: Fr. Brad Doyle on Birth Control for Medical Reasons and Male Fertility Testing
On today’s episode, Father Josh is joined by his good friend Fr. Brad 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 and join us tomorrow for Mass with Father Josh at 9:30 AM! Hope you can join us! God bless. For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit AscensionPress/com.
Mar 25, 2020
An Invitation to Pray with Father Josh during COVID-19
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. For more shownotes visit or text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777.
Mar 17, 2020
Be My Guest: Fr. Paul Gros on OCD, Anxiety, and Therapy
Father Josh and Father Paul Gros answer questions about OCD and anxiety, family members with mental illness, and navigating life changes after therapy. For full episode shownotes, visit ( or text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777.
Mar 10, 2020
All About Christian Fasting: Eating Disorders, Spiritual Effects, and Challenges
Fr. Josh answers questions all about Christian fasting. Learn about fasting before Mass, fasting if you have an eating disorder, and the spiritual benefits of fasting. For full episode shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777.
Mar 03, 2020
All About Lent: What's Best for Your Soul This Year?

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. 

Snippet from the Show 

When we enter into the Lenten season, we enter into spiritual warfare. Expect Satan to discourage you, but don’t talk to the snake … go directly to Jesus. 

Glory Story (3:10) 

What’s the Point of Lent? (5:40)

Figuring Out What Your Soul Needs This Lent

  • Add more silence to your day: give God some extra time to speak to your heart, teaching you to become more like him (we become like those we hangout with).
  • Choose your fast wisely: make sure you’re picking a fast that will really challenge you and that you’ll feel all of Lent.
  • Stop hitting the snooze button: replace those extra few minutes of sleep with a few minutes of prayer each morning.
  • Get off social media: we can waste a lot of time on social media that could be spent with God or our brothers and sisters. Kick that habit during Lent.
  • Make sure you have accountability: find a close friend you can be vulnerable with and hold each other accountable this Lent.
  • Replace a good for a greater good: whatever you’re fasting from, find a prayer or spiritual practice to replace it with during Lent.


Feb 25, 2020
Yoga, Forgiving the Devil, and Mary’s Free Will
Fr. Josh answers questions about whether Catholics should do yoga, whether we should forgive the Devil, and whether Mary truly had free will. **Glory Story (5:00) **Feedback (9:19) *Yoga (10:58) * Hi Fr. Josh, I thank the Lord for leading me to your podcast. I am learning a lot with regards to the beauty of our Catholic faith, though late in the game. Anyway, my question is about yoga. I have read that it stems from another religion and it's called a practice. I am currently attending classes at the gym because I find that among the many I have tried, it works for my aches and stiffness. I consider it as mindful stretching as opposed to a practice of the philosophy it purports to be. My question is: am I violating my Christian faith if I view yoga as just a workout and not the religious practice that others view it? Any information will be appreciated and again, thank you. - Joi Should we forgive the devil? (21:50) Hey, Fr. Josh! I'm going to get right to it: should we forgive and love the devil? God loves and forgives everyone, right? Does that include the devil? And if it does include the devil, does that mean we should also love and forgive the devil because we are to imitate Christ? My gut feeling is no. We should just steer clear of the devil entirely and leave it up to God to fight and interact with him. I'm not sure about forgiving the devil for his many temptations and assaults against us, but I'm positive we're not meant to love him, right? I would love to know your view on the matter and if the Catholic Church has an official opinion on this. Thank you so much for any help you can provide! - D Did Mary have free-will? (32:33) Hi Fr. Josh, I love your podcast and I’ve been listening for some time. Here is my question: Would it have been a sin to deny the angel Gabriel and not have Jesus? And if it would have been a sin to deny God’s plan, and Mary was born without sin, did she have no other option than to accept? So would she not have had free will? Thank you and God Bless!! - John *Resources: * * Preorder Pocket Guide to Adoration ( by Fr. Josh Johnson * Email your questions about Lent and other topics and feedback to Fr. Josh at * Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to the shownotes list for the chance to win a free copy of Fr. Josh’s new book! * Broken and Blessed ( by Fr. Josh Johnson * Jeff Cavins Young Adult Pilgrimage ( with Fr. Mike Schmitz in June 2020
Feb 18, 2020
Sex in Marriage, Arguing about Contraception, and Recovering from Sexual Sin

What kinds of physical acts are morally acceptable when it comes to sex in marriage? What do you do when one spouse embraces NFP and the other insists on using contraception? How can an engaged couple recover chastity and peace after giving into sexual temptation together? 

*Disclaimer: Parents may want to listen to the podcast before sharing with young kids, as we discuss some very mature topics about intimate relationships.

Snippet from the Show 

"When you bring to the Mass all that you’ve experienced, you allow Jesus to redeem those things that are most dark, bitter, and painful by taking them into the mystery of his sacrifice and casting them into the ocean of his mercy."

Glory Story (3:55) 

Feedback (9:26)

Disagreement on Contraception in Marriage (11:33)

Thank you for your podcast. It’s been a big help to me. My husband and I have been married for 18 years. We are now in our early 40’s. We have three wonderful kids who are 4, 6 and 8. We are both Catholic but experience our faith differently. One thing we have never agreed on is NFP/contraception.

When we first got married I was trained and spent years charting and following my cycle using the symptothermal method. Since that time we have always abstained during my fertile period, but when we have sex my husband will still use a condom to avoid pregnancy. So I’ve basically been doing NFP on my own.

He is a good man, and has his own journey with the Lord. But this has caused me much pain and guilt. We have always attended weekly Mass together, and with the children, and we do night prayers with the kids every night. I also attend daily Mass when I can, and regular reconciliation. My husband and I pray together sometimes but it’s not a daily habit. I pray a lot. I have kept bringing this to the Lord in prayer. And kept up a dialogue with my husband. I bring it to reconciliation.

He doesn’t want any more children, and a big part of that now is because I become very unwell when pregnant and can’t function for a number of months. I am open to having more children if it’s God’s will, even though I’m a bit afraid of being so sick. I would do it though. After so long I have started to feel much fear, and sometimes hopelessness about this situation. At the worst times I worry that I am condemned. I feel powerless to change the situation. And an ultimatum doesn’t really seem like the right thing to do for our marriage. I have realised I basically try to avoid intercourse, but that’s not great for our marriage either.

Do you have any advice that will help me to carry on in this situation, which doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon.

- Sarah

Oral Sex in Marriage (17:04)

Hey Father Josh, 

I looked all over the Ascension Press website for anything on this topic. 

I have read Song of Solomon and there are lots of thought provoking ideas within the scripture. My question is, what are the Catholic teachings on what is appropriate acts of "foreplay" before having intercourse, for a married couple. To be more specific, could you also elaborate on the Catholic teachings of oral sex. I have listened to your potato analogy for same sex relationships, but am wondering the thoughts for a married male and female, as the Song of Solomon hints at some of this.

Thanks in advance!

- Anonymous

Recovering from Sexual Sin (25:14)

Hey Father Josh,

I have a question I’ve been wrestling with for a few weeks now. I recently got engaged,  and we are both Catholic and are active in our church. We both agreed to wait until marriage to have sex, but one evening we went out of town to attend a wedding and it was our first time sharing a hotel room. We had spent the night in the same bed once before about 6 months prior, but that was before i knew it was a sin, and after that we never shared a bed at night. Anyway the evening was fine but then we got carried away and things went too far. I ended up crying the rest of the night and I felt absolutely horrible. The next morning was thankfully Saturday and after the wedding we both talked and wanted to not ever do that again, so we went to confession. 

It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m so sad about what I did. I feel like I failed and that I don’t know who I am or that I can’t be genuinely relaxed. It’s caused me to question so much about myself and the relationship. If we committed such a grave sin does this mean that we’re not leading each other toward Heaven? That we will lead each other to sin? Should we break off the engagement? Should we just end our relationship? I guess I’m looking for steps to do after everything. My fiance and I have talked, we stay away from the occasion of sin, not spending too much time privately alone, limiting longer kisses and we went to confession but I’m still questioning everything. I don’t know what to do. Any help or advice would be great. Please advise, I feel so lost and confused, thank you. 

- Anonymous


Feb 11, 2020
Fear of the Lord, Explaining the Eucharist to Children, and Baptizing a Grandchild

Father Josh answers questions about fear of the Lord, explaining transubstantiation to children, and whether a grandparent should secretly baptize their unbaptized grandchild.

Glory Story (2:49) 

Feedback (6:32)

Baptizing a Grandchild (11:15)

Hi Fr. Josh! Thank you so much for your priesthood and your ministry via this podcast. It has been so encouraging to me and many friends too!  Here’s my question—my oldest daughter is married to a very nice Jewish man and now has a one year old baby boy. For a while she was attending a nondenominational church but now is not going to church at all, and they have not baptized the baby. I asked her once if she would consider baptism, and she said she would think about it. That was months ago, and she hasn’t brought it up again. Do you have any suggestions for how I can encourage her to come back to church and baptize the baby? My husband and I are heartbroken about this. A friend said I should take some holy water and baptize the baby myself the next time I go and see them. Should I consider doing this? I would appreciate any words of wisdom you might have.

- Shannon

Fear of the Lord (19:35)

Hi Fr. Josh!

I’ve always wondered about verses in the Bible which discuss fearing the Lord. For example, the Bible references that we’re “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) or that the “fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 111:10). To me, the word “fear” doesn’t seem like a word we should use when describing who God is or how we should feel towards Him. Can you help a girl out?

You’re DA BOMB!

- K-Dawg

Explaining the Eucharist to a Child (23:43)

My son is 6 years old and wants to be a priest when he grows up. He absolutely loves all things regarding the Church and especially our priests. Today at Mass he asked me about consuming Jesus. He sort of understands that the bread and wine turns into the Body and Blood of Jesus but how do I explain to him that this miracle is not “disgusting” but a beautiful opportunity he will be able to receive next year? I believe it is the Body, Blood, soul and Divinity of Christ but how do I explain to a 6 year old (or a 14, 9, and 4 year old) that this is not cannibalism but a miracle? I hope this question makes sense.

Thank you Fr. Josh, I have learned so much from your podcast about our beautiful faith. I am always praying for you and welcome your prayers for myself and my wonderful children I have been blessed with.

- Christina


Feb 04, 2020
All About the Priesthood: Women Priests, Married Priests, and Flawed Priests
Fr. Josh answers three questions about the priesthood: Why can’t women be priests? Why can’t priests get married? And how can you look past the human flaws of the priest when he is acting in persona Christi? Snippet from the Show Jesus Christ was radical, he broke many customs. If he had wanted women to be priests, he would have chosen them to be priests … Mary [Mother of God] was far holier than Peter. Mary Magdalene showed up to the foot of the Cross. Guess who wasn’t at the foot of the Cross—Peter, Thomas, Matthew. Many of these women were far holier than the first priests. However, in God’s will, he chose men to be the matter for the sacrament of priesthood. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (3:05) Women Priests (7:49) Hi Father, I know you mentioned before you wanted to do a themed show. So I recently heard you speak on church tradition, and the difference between big “T” and little “t” tradition which I’m sure you would elaborate on, maybe even sing about. I wanted to suggest that as a possible theme for the show. I had a specific question pertaining to this topic, and was hoping you’d speak on this: are male only priests a little “t” tradition or a big “T” tradition? I’ve recently been challenged on the church’s position on men as priests and found myself stuck when trying to engage in dialogue on the matter. I’m somewhat familiar with the theology on this but any clarification and insight would be fantastic. Thank you for all you do as a servant and radical disciple of our Lord, for your continued “yes” in answering the call, and example of servant leadership. You are constantly in our prayers. – Shanna Married Priests (21:02) Father Josh, Yesterday my family and I had an interesting debate over Sunday dinner on our faith and the Catholic religion. To give context, my father is a 7th Day Adventist and my mother is Catholic, which provided an interesting decision for my parents to decide which religion my sister and I would grow up with. Ultimately, my parents decided to raise us in the Catholic Church. My sister and I went to Catholic school all of our lives and have been committed to the principles of our faith through our adult lives. In recent years, our faith has been challenged with exposure to other religions through friends and even through our father’s side of the family. We will be asked questions about traditions within the Catholic faith and we would not have the proper response other than, “this is just the way we’ve done it for years.” Of course this is mainly our fault for not asking these questions about various traditions, but in many instances we feel that some of the traditions within the Catholic religion are lost in translation by being passed from generation to generation without explanation. This has a compounding effect in generations like the true knowledge or intent of many Catholic traditions. Our discussion became further involved when my father brought up an article entitled, “Catholic bishops approve proposal allowing some married men to be ordained priests in the Amazon.” In my opinion, it is well known for the intent and reason that a priest should not be married but this has always been a determining factor for young men that seek the priesthood. There are only a select few that have the gift and dedication such as you to connect with this church family in an effective way, and willing to dedicate the rest of his life to the Lord. I’ve only had the privilege to experience a priest through one possibly two of my church communities in my life. I think that one of the reasons is this tradition. Curious to hear your thoughts and if this is approved, what would be the potential impact for the greater Catholic community? Keep up the good work, love listening to your podcast. I’m a Houston native, Lafayette raised, and work overseas. Hearing your cultural references and coffee in the morning brings a smile to my face when hearing the show. – Bryan Flawed Priests (32:20) How do you see Christ in your priest when his actions and words don’t seem to match up with Jesus? I’m continuously praying the Litany of Humility, and maybe God is trying to make me live that through the actions of the priest, but how do I get past his humanity and see Christ in him? – Bridget Resources: * Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at * Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe for the chance to win a free copy of Fr. Josh’s new book!
Jan 28, 2020
All about Being Pro Life: Abortion after Rape, Excommunicating Politicians, and Single Motherhood
In this week’s pro life themed episode, Father Josh addresses questions about abortion after rape, the often-misunderstood Church teaching on excommunication, and a unique challenge of single motherhood. Glory Story (2:39) Feedback (6:16) Rape and Abortion (10:50) My name is Brianna and I live in Kyle, Texas! I absolutely love your podcast and a lot of your episodes have brought so much clarity to my life and helped me grow in my faith, so thank you! My question is, with new abortion laws being made, particularly making abortion illegal for women who have been raped, how do we react to such situations with grace? I’m honestly torn on how to feel about this issue because as a woman, I couldn’t imagine being raped and then having to bear that child. I feel women may view having to give birth as a punishment, instead of a good thing. I was wondering what your views on this very sensitive issue are? Thank you for your time! - Brianna Excommunication of Pro-Choice Politicians (19:40) First, I just wanted to thank you for the work you are doing with your podcast. So many times it has felt like you have been talking directly to me. I am so thankful for all you are doing and for your YES to be a priest and help so many strive to become saints. Your podcast has been such an instrumental part of my faith development especially through this past year when I first fell in love with the Lord and my Catholic Faith. My question for you deals with excommunication, especially in regards to public officials who claim to be Catholic yet condone and encourage grave evils like abortion. I am a high school teacher at a Catholic high school in Michigan and I am getting a lot of questions from my students as to why an official like Andrew Cuomo is not being excommunicated from the Church after he championed a law like the “Reproductive Health” Act. For as much as I love the discussion and time to discuss the evils of abortion this topic brings, I find myself unable to articulate what the actual teaching on excommunication is or how to appropriately respond to the question a student posed, “How can the church excommunicate someone when we are told that there is nothing God cannot and does not long to forgive. Isn’t excommunicating someone a human judging another and condemning them to Hell?” I understand excommunication is supposed to be used as a call to repentance, but I do not think my explanation to my student was anywhere near adequate for a complete understanding and I didn’t want to fall into a trap of letting my anger over the evil of the law get in the way of the truth of the church’s teaching. Any guidance you could provide would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you so much for your time. I’m really working being more committed to praying intentionally everyday and keeping you and all of our amazing priests in my prayers has been such a great motivator. It’s a work in progress but please know I’m trying. Thanks again! - Anonymous *How to Talk About My Mistakes to My Daughter When She’s Older (29:57) *Hey Father Josh! I love listening to your podcast! Your answers are always so helpful and have gotten me back in touch with my faith on a daily basis. Love listening while I’m doing chores around the house or in the car! My question has to do with children born outside of marriage. I became pregnant with my daughter when I was 19 (outside of marriage). It was a moment of weakness for me, and one that I have been to confession for and am still forgiving myself for. When I found out, there was never a question of “What am I going to do?” I knew I was having my baby and abortion was never a thought in my mind. I knew it would be hard, but I come from a long line of strong women and I can do all things through Christ. I wanted to get your opinion on how to address this topic when my daughter is older. I’m raising her Catholic but I don’t ever want her to think that she was a mistake. I also don’t want to be a hypocrite when teaching my daughter about our faith and its views on sexual relationships. Peace and love always, - Mahkayla Resources: Preorder Pocket Guide to Adoration by Fr. Josh Johnson Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe for the chance to win a free copy of Fr. Josh’s new book! Excommunication and the Catholic Church: Straight Answers to Tough Questions by Dr. Peters Check out the Ascension Press Youtube channel Broken and Blessed by Fr. Josh Johnson
Jan 21, 2020
All About Living a Chaste Life (Even after Lost Virginity)
In today’s episode, Father Josh answers questions about the call and the challenge to pursue a chaste life. He answers a question from a mother who suspects her son is gay, a young woman who wants to enter the religious life but lost her virginity in college, and a listener looking for recommended chastity speakers. *Snippet from the Show *There’s no person in this world that can ever satiate the infinite ache that exists in your heart—only the infinite God can quench that thirst. *My Son Might Be Gay *Father Josh, We love our son unconditionally. The struggle is not our love for our son but the struggle he will have. We suspect that he is gay. He has not told us, but we don’t want to confront him, but do not want him to feel he has to hide. We raised him Catholic and know he has an incredible love of people and is so kind. My fear is the teaching of the church will push him away from it. He deserves to be loved and have a family. Besides loving him how can we help him and walk with him? He is a good beautiful man. Thank you *Are there any Catholic African American speakers who speak about Chastity? *I want my grandchildren to see people who look like them speak about the call to chastity. Do you have any recommendations? *Which John Wrote the Book of Revelation? *Dear Father Josh, Which John wrote the Book of Revelation? John the Baptist, John the apostle? My brother and I were discussing and weren't sure if the Catholic Church specifically states which John wrote it. Thank you for all you do to spread the Good News!! Your choice to do so is a blessing! Thank you, Anonymous. ** Can I be a religious sister if I lost my virginity? ** Fr. Josh!!! First things first I wish I could've run into you at SLS because I wanted to personally thank you for all of the things that you do for your podcast and all the things it’s done for me. It is crazy how God uses you, like literally whenever I get a question in my head about our faith, usually the next episode is the answer, or the person is going through the same thing as me, like the scrupulosity episode. You’re so cool dawg!! Anyway, my question involves religious life. Personally I feel that God has sent me an invitation to be a sister since I was 6, but I have never really accepted the call until now at 22. However in college I made bad decisions involving the use of drugs and alcohol, but my biggest regret of all was a relationship where I gave away my virginity. Although for the past 2.5 years I restored my faith in Jesus Christ and completely changed my life—surrendering it to him, I still find myself in the heap of regret, and somehow it will prevent me from entering into religious life. I feel like giving away my virginity prevents Christ from entering into divine intimacy with me fully. I feel as if my chances of being a sister are almost gone, if that makes sense? I am still discerning married life as well, but this invitation draws me more than ever before. I just have so much fear that my mistakes messed up everything. Anyway, GO TIGERS AND YOU ARE SUCH AN AMAZING LIGHT!! Keep singing!! -Hannah
Jan 14, 2020
Be My Guest: Andy Lesnefsky on Catholic Community, Tattoos, Fitting in, and Avoiding Burnout
Andy Lesnefsky from Vagabond Ministries joins Father Josh to discuss how to find/build Catholic community, being judged by Catholics for having tattoos, why you shouldn’t worry about fitting a perfect Catholic mold, and how to avoid burnout when you’re always serving others. Today’s podcast was recorded live last week in Phoenix Arizona at the FOCUS Student Leadership SLS conference. Tune in to hear the first ever glory stories from audience members and a even a question from the audience. Thank you for all your prayers for this incredible conference and all the young Catholics who attended! Glory Story (0:45) ** **Fitting a "Catholic Mold" (12:07) Hello Father Josh, I want to thank you for your podcast. I appreciate how you bring your full personality to each recording. It has been especially helpful to me because I often get this sense that I need to change and fit some mold in order to be acceptable or rather leave behind my culture and my personality and become a woman who is meak, quiet, and soft. This is an ongoing struggle for me though to understand how to sanctify our culture and personality traits rather than just trying to become someone I’m not. What are your thoughts on this? I often see examples of women promoting strong Catholics who dress and talk alike. I wanna find myself in Christ, but that does not mean just conforming right? I’m hoping you can catch what I’m trying to ask. Thank you so much for this podcast and even reading this email I appreciate the ministry. Nkeka Being Judged by Older Catholics for My Tattoos (17:13) I’m a 27-year-old guy with 3/4ths sleeve of tattoos. It shows how God has helped me through my childhood struggles and how he made me stronger because of it. Through my tattoo I’ve been able to bring a few people back to God and knowing his love for us. I feel that it’s my way of evangelizing. Some people in leadership at my parish, they know my story and they’re excited about my tattoo, and they’re excited that it’s my way of evangelizing. These same adults encourage me and other young adults to go out and evangelize others. Yet and still, I’ve also been told by them that I have to wear long-sleeve shirts to cover up my tattoo whenever I’m on the parish grounds. How do I approach this? Anonymous Avoiding Burnout While Serving Others (22:52) How can one lead a community while still being a part of the community? Myself and a few of my good friends are the leadership team at my university's Catholic center. We do not have a campus minister or any missionaries, so a majority of the ministry falls upon the shoulders of myself and the rest of the officer team It’s been incredibly difficult to live in the community while also leading it. We became exhausted over the past semester, constantly pouring into the community, and the community not pouring back into us, and all of our relationships with Christ have suffered. Over the break the Lord restored us greatly but how do we keep a repeat of last semester from happening again? Michaela *Lack of Young Adult Catholic Community (30:55) * Thank you very much Father. I am here (SLS 2020) with the Archdiocese of Military Services and I’m in the Coastguard stationed in Valdez, Alaska, and there’s a small parish there but generally I feel pretty darn isolated in terms of young adult Catholics, on fire with the faith. I haven’t been super stellar at keeping the march going if you know what I mean. What advice do you have for Catholics, military or otherwise, who are generally isolated? I know the calling is to be that leader, start that young adult community, I know that answer, but the truth is it’s just really difficult to connect with people who, even at the parish, don’t get it, if you know what I mean - you just don’t have that connection with them. I feel like I’m really falling short. - Hanna (Live from SLS 2020) Resources Help support Dave and Amber Vanvickle through their GoFundMe Check out Andy Lesnefsky’s organization, Vagabond Missions Subscribe to the show by texting “askfrjosh” to 33-777
Jan 07, 2020
A New Years Prayer from Father Josh
Happy New Years Y'all! I'm taking one more week off from my regular recording schedule, but tune in next week when we kick off 2020 with the first ever LIVE recording of Ask Father Josh! Sidenote: this week I'm in Phoenix, Arizona for the FOCUS SLS20 conference, so if you're here too, come say hi and see me podcast LIVE on Tuesday at 4:15 at the Media Feed (check the FOCUS app for the location). I'm hoping I'll get to meet some of y'all there!
Dec 31, 2019
A Christmas Prayer from Father Josh
Father Josh prays for grace and peace to fill your soul as you approach this Christmas season.
Dec 24, 2019
Be My Guest: Favorite Things with Sister Miriam James
In today’s special episode, Sister Miriam James Heidland joins Father Josh to talk favorite childhood Christmas memories, YouTube videos, books, saints, and more. Snippet from the Show Christmas is a tender time that reminds us that we must become like little children to inherit the kingdom of God. Favorite Christmas Memories Fr. Josh—Christmas Eve Mass and then opening a present before bed Sr. Miriam—seeing Christmas lights and the magic of waking up and to all the presents under the tree; having cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa after Mass Favorite Youtube videos Fr. Josh: Video of the Mass: The Veil Removed Sr. Miriam James: New research about how the brain heals itself from trauma, resources from Dr. Bob Schuchts Favorite Book (s) Katharine Drexel: The Riches-to-Rags Life Story of an American Catholic Saint The Soul of Shame Island of the World by Michael O’Brien Saint Most Present to You Now Father Josh and Sr. Miriam- Saint Joseph Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Joseph Favorite Christmas/Advent Hymns Fr. Josh— "What Child Is This?" Sr. Miriam— "Most Highly Favored Lady"
Dec 17, 2019
Corrupt Church History, Saints Reading Minds, and "Mary Did You Know?"
Father Josh answers questions about how to talk about corruption in the Church’s history, whether the saints know our thoughts, and whether Mary knew that Jesus was God. **Glory Story (2:05) Feedback (3:59) ** Do Saints Know Our Thoughts? (9:04) Dear Fr. Josh, In one of your podcasts, you said that the Devil does not know our thoughts. Do the saints know our thoughts? I have always prayed silently to them. Thank you. Angela Corrupt Church History (11:22) Hey Father! Thank you for your ministry. You're my commute buddy on the way to teach grade eight American History in a public school ... Given that the Catholic Church was the only game in town for 1500+ years if you loved Jesus, we've been talking a bit about the role it played in history. I was well formed by my experience in RCIA ... so I am able to answer student questions about the Church teachings. I had a good humanities education, so I can also answer about other faiths and protestantism in general enough ways. Here's my question⁠—how do I address some of the awful things that happened in Church history? Like how the Church treated scientists during the Age of Reason, or the selling of indulgences during the Crusades, or Christopher Columbus and other explorers wiping out entire cultures of native people … People then knew that murder was wrong, and that heaven couldn't be accessed through monetary donations to a greedy pope or bishop, and this all still happened. I've talked about how people generally do the best they can, and how churches are run by perfectly imperfect men who are representatives of their time. [My students] seem to be OK with the answer of imperfect people being in charge ... but their natural conscience is telling them that someone should have tried harder to stop some of these shameful things done in the name of God. I'd love some advice. Thanks! -Heatherle Did Mary Know? (17:49) Father Josh, You’ve been talking about “Mary Did You Know” for a while now; when are you going to talk about that on the show? Blair Resources Check out Father’s Instagram page! Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation Email Father Josh at How to Pray Like Mary Matthew 16:19: Peter is given the keys to the Kingdom The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception
Dec 10, 2019
All About Advent: Christmas Music, Prayer, and the Liturgical Calendar
Father Josh answers questions about how to live Advent in a meaningful way, whether Catholics should listen to Christmas music during Advent, and what the “Christmas season” is according to the liturgical calendar. Snippet from the Show _For the secular world, Christmas season begins on Black Friday and ends on Christmas day. For Catholics, Christmas season begins on Christmas day and continues until the Baptism of Christ the Lord in mid-January. _ SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:56) Feedback (4:20) How to Have a Meaningful Advent (7:52) Hey Fr Josh, What practical advice can you give to have a more meaningful Advent and truly enter into the mystery of the Incarnation? I know the world has a different way of preparing for Christmas, but all that builds up to is simply good feelings and gifts that will probably go obsolete. Also, I’m the only actively practicing Catholic in my family, I want to ensure that my soul is ready to welcome the Baby Jesus and make Him the king of my life. I don’t want to view the Nativity as a cute little story, but as the moment where the world’s and my salvation was born. Thanks for your service to Mother Church. Chris Christmas Music during Advent (11:32) Greetings, Fr. Josh! Thank you so much for dedicating yourself to this podcast as part of your ministry. Many times your words have convicted me to dive deeper into certain aspects or practices of our faith, and my relationship with Jesus has greatly benefited as a result. I appreciate the wide variety of topics that you address on the show, and I LOVE your glory stories. They encourage me to "keep on keeping on" and they remind me to continuously look for God's blessings in my everyday life. Know that I am praying for you and for all of your listeners as we journey in the faith together. On to my question. I love Christmas music, and as a professional singer and a music teacher, I often start preparing Christmas - themed songs for holiday performances in September (both in my own practice and with my students). I also love listening to Christmas music, and have traditionally started listening to Christmas songs in November (or at the very least singing along with the radio stations that play Christmas tunes at work or in stores). However, recently some Catholics I know (close friends of mine, as well as more well-known public figures) have advocated for not listening to or playing Christmas music much (if at all) before or during the Advent season. Instead, they suggest focusing more on traditional Advent-themed hymns such as "O Come O Come Emmanuel" and "O Come Divine Messiah." I definitely love incorporating these traditional hymns into my prayer and worship during Advent, but I struggle with the idea of completely ignoring Christmas music (especially sacred Christmas carols) right up until the Christmas liturgical season begins. This is particularly impractical for me given my current vocation as a musician and teacher. Do you have any thoughts on how Catholics should approach listening to Christmas music (both sacred and secular) before and during Advent? Thank you so much, and may God continue to bless you in your ministry! Anna-Marie Timing of the Christmas Season (19:35) Dear Fr. Josh, Thank you for creating such an inspiring and informative podcast. My husband and I really enjoy listening to it on long car drives, and discussing the topics further together. My question for you is when does the Christmas season end? I know in the Church it officially begins on Christmas Day itself, but it's difficult for me to find a good answer on when it ends. Some say Epiphany (but I've heard for years that this isn't the case). Others say the Baptism of the Lord, but is that just up until then or the day of (since priests return to green vestments that day). Further, I've read that it goes through Candlemas on February 2nd, as the Alma Redemptoris Mater is used through then with its Christmas vesicle and prayer. Could you please enlighten me and other listeners as to which one is most correct? Thank you and God Bless Hannah Resources Rejoice! Advent Meditations “Advent at Ephesus” by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles “Lent at Ephesus” by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles Email Father Josh at The Birth of Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 1:20-21)
Dec 03, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving, and Send Me Advent-Related Questions!
Father Josh shares four things he’s grateful for and wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving! He also encourages you to send all your Advent and Christmas related questions to him at for a special themed episode in the coming weeks. SHOWNOTES What I’m Grateful For: Sickness: being sick allowed me to draw closer to the Lord and spend more time with him My Brother Priests: they were so kind and helpful to me while I was sick My community: and its beautiful support of religious vocations You! Thank you for supporting the show and sending me your wonderful questions and messages Next week’s episode will be all about Advent, so please send me all of your questions and stories on Advent! Resources Email Fr. Josh:
Nov 26, 2019
Feminism, Devotionals Guaranteeing Salvation, and Kanye West
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. Snippet from the Show “Cardinal Ratzinger (who became Pope Benedict XVI) proposes that women who want to stay at home should be able to stay at home, and women to want to work outside of the home, should be able to work outside of the home.” Get the shownotes at
Nov 19, 2019
Anxiety, Parish Involvement, and Can Catholics Be Masons
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. Snippet from the Show If a Catholic man joins the freemasons, he automatically excommunicates himself from the Catholic Church. SHOWNOTES ** Glory Story (2:13) Listener Feedback (6:30) Anxiety, Depression, and Mental Illness (11:17)** Hi Fr Josh, My boyfriend introduced me to your podcast a few months ago, and absolutely love it. I think it is important to constantly learn more about the Church that Jesus Christ created. Your answers to people's questions and the way you tell stories is truly a gift from God. I recently graduated from college and am in a period of transition in my life before I start graduate school. The transition has been more difficult than I expected and I am now suffering from anxiety. I also already visit a counselor with Catholic Charities. I know the Lord's grace is sufficient and he will deliver me, however, I am still struggling to control my overwhelming feelings of doubt and worry. What is your spiritual advice for someone in my situation suffering from anxiety, depression, or a mental illness? Whose intercessions should they ask for? Are there prayers already written for this? Thank you for all you do. - Sloan Getting Involved in Your Parish (19:05) Dear Fr. Josh, You probably don’t remember me, but I will never forget you. I consider this my own little glory story. I was a member of St. Aloysius parish in Baton Rouge, LA. I was also a student at LSU and a student at Louisiana Culinary Institute, but before I became a student at the culinary school I moved back to my hometown for a semester during a really rough period of my life. During that period I left the Church and lost all hope and faith, not necessarily in Christ, but I just lost hope that he could love someone like me. Eventually I made my way back to Baton Rouge and had a little house on Stone Street. I still thank God every day for finding us a house on the same street as the church. I would often walk to Mass with my sister, not really wanting to attend and feeling guilty most of the time. One day after Mass during the final prayer, you stopped and said the following, “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but I feel God urging me to stop and share this message with someone in here tonight.” Then you continued to say, “You are so loved, and whatever you’re going through will pass. You are so loved by our Father.” I wept the entire night. It changed my life. My heart has been set on fire for Jesus ever since, and I truly perceive that to be Jesus working through you. Now, onto my question: I live in my hometown again, and as I said, my heart has been lit on fire for Jesus ever since that night. I have helped to bring so many of my friends to adoration and Mass. I love my parish, but I find myself hesitant to get more involved. I feel like I have a lot of great skills that I can use to better my parish and other young people who have fallen away from the Church. I wanna be an instrument for Jesus but I don’t know where to start. Should I ask someone in the parish office where they need help or my parish priest? Should I plan a meeting or just start volunteering in random ways? There are so many options, I would really love some guidance. With love - Avery The Freemasons (25:47) Hello Fr. Josh, Just recently found your show. I am loving how real and open you are about answering questions, even hard ones. I also enjoy your bursts of song. There’s a song for every occasion, don’t you think? As many of your listeners, I am a cradle Catholic. The organization of Masonry and its sister organization has recently been brought to my attention. My neighbors whom I respect and know to be faithful Christians, if not Catholic, are members. They are the most giving, warm, welcoming people. Always busy with various events, and community programs. I began wondering what their organization is all about. If I look it up online, there are many websites that for good or bad talk about this “secret” organization. It sorta looks like it was started maybe by Catholic Scotts… But the Church is against it…. I think… There are conspiracy theories, and occult theories… Curiosity makes me want to know more. But I am wary after all the stuff online. Making more connections with my community is something I am seeking. I am involved in my church community, but that only serves a portion of the community as a whole. I’d like to meet more and interact with more individuals in the community. What is the Church’s stance today on this organization, and why? - Catherine Resources More on the history of the Freemasons and the Catholic Church Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation by Fr. Josh Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to receive weekly emails for Fr. Josh’s podcast Sirach 38: Concerning Physicians and Health
Nov 12, 2019
Catholic Voting and Celebrating Halloween
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? Snippet from the Show “Why would any follower of Jesus Christ vote for a candidate whose policies are diametrically and directly opposed to the core beliefs we hold sacred as Catholics?” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:08) Listener Feedback (4:20) Celebrating Halloween (9:49) Hi Father Josh!! First off, thank God for your existence, I appreciate you! I’ve been listening to you since July when a brother named Erik at a conference for men, called Triumph, told me about you (he’s probably listening to this shout out to him). Your content is very informative and it feeds my spirit. My question is, Is Halloween bad to celebrate? I’ve heard things from yes, because you're celebrating the devil to yes because satanic people do things on Halloween. But I wanted to hear from a Father, what’s your opinion on it? - Erik Catholic Voting (15:52) Hi Father Josh, I really enjoy your podcast and love your random singing bits! Shout out to Charles my bf as he loves you too. In Canada we just recently had our 2019 election, and I just want to know your thoughts on the election and, if anything, what does the Church teach on how to vote the “Catholic” way? - Michelle Resources * Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation by Fr. Josh ( * Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to receive weekly emails for Fr. Josh’s podcast * 4 Principles of Catholic Social Teaching (
Nov 05, 2019
Wearing Rosaries, Taize Prayer, and Spiritual Direction
Father Josh answers questions about wearing rosaries, taize prayer, and spiritual direction. 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? Snippet from the Show Spiritual direction is the art of leading souls progressively from the beginning of the spiritual life to the heights of Christian perfection. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:40) Listener Feedback (6:08) *Wearing Rosaries (9:03) * Hi, Father Josh! I've been listening to your podcast for some time now and first wanted to thank you so much for the good work you do. There really is no-one out there doing this type of podcast and I'm so thankful that I'm able to tune in weekly and get your insight on so many topics!! I had a twofold question regarding rosaries. One of my hobbies is making rosaries. I restore and use antique crucifixes and centerpieces and do all the wire work by hand. As you can imagine, much time and love goes into each one! I am part of a rosary making group on Facebook and some of the things I see in there make me question what I had been taught about the rosary itself. Firstly, I was always taught that you should NEVER wear a rosary like jewelry, as the rosary is a tool for prayer and not something to be worn and made a spectacle of. Similarly a rosary is not a car ornament and should not be hung from a rear view mirror like a pair of fuzzy dice. Was I taught properly or am I being too uptight? Secondly, I was taught that rosaries MUST have a crucifix, not just a cross. Is this true? Thank you so much in advance for your time!!! - VeiledInLove Taize Prayer (13:21) Hi Fr. Josh - I’m really glad I found your podcast a couple of months ago. I really appreciate how you handle questions from both the head and the heart. My question is about Taize prayer. In college I attended some ecumenical Taize prayer services and found this type of meditative prayer through beautiful songs to be very moving. I’ve thought about asking to coordinate a service through music ministry at my parish, but I’ve never really been sure about the theology behind Taize - it does seem a bit “new age-y” and I know it has some Protestant origins, but I also don’t know that there’s anything wrong with it. Does the Catholic Church have an official perspective on Taize prayer? Is Taize a theologically sound way for us to pray? - Sam Spiritual Direction (18:45) Hi Fr. Josh, I, as many others, listen to your podcast and appreciate all the time and effort you put into your podcasts. Your desire to become a saint and help others along their journey is truly inspiring. In listening to a recent episode, I heard you were taking questions for a possible discernment themed episode. This is one that I feel is not talked about enough when in regards to discernment. I have recently been discerning the call to the sisterhood. I have been able to get involved in one of the Little Sisters of the Poor's homes where I live. It has been such a blessing and helped me open my heart more to the Father's will. I recently have felt called to enter into spiritual direction, however, I have never gone before. How does someone begin spiritual direction? Would it be better to do it with a sister or a priest? Are only certain religious able to offer spiritual direction? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated! May Peace be with you. - Sarah Resources Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation by Fr. Josh Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to receive weekly emails for Fr. Josh’s podcast 1 Corinthians 10:31 Cardinal Sarah’s The Power of Silence Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Sirah 32:18-19 The Three Ages of the Interior Life - Volume 1 by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange (pg. 256-264) The Theology of Christian Perfection (pg. 593-614)
Oct 29, 2019
Non Catholics Receiving Communion, Essential Oils, and St. Paul on Salvation
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. Snippet from the Show “If a person receives Holy Communion and says ‘Amen’ without believing in the True Presence, they act dishonestly.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:13) Listener Feedback (5:37) Holy Communion to Non-Catholics (7:45) Hi Fr Josh, Thank you for the gift that is your podcast and for all of the wisdom, guidance, and advice you offer to us, your brothers and sisters. I am recently engaged to the love of my life. I am a devout Catholic and he is a devout non-Catholic Christian. We have come a long way in our relationship with understanding each other‘s faith and beliefs and are excited to venture into the sacrament of marriage. One thing that we continue to struggle with and have conversation about is taking Communion at Mass. He feels rejected by the Church knowing that he cannot take Communion and it breaks my heart to see how it affects him. I understand that we believe the bread is the Body and wine the Blood and must protect the sacred Eucharist but if Jesus says “come to me all who are hungry, and you will be fed”, I don’t understand why someone of such great faith as my fiancé cannot receive Communion at Mass. There is a Catholic Church in Bend, Oregon, recognized by the archdiocese as a Catholic Church, that offers Communion to any Christian person. I have not had the opportunity to attend Mass there but this is the first church I’ve heard of doing this. Curious on your thoughts on this as well. Looking for any guidance and advice on understanding the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist for myself and my fiancé. Thank you so much for your desire and dedication to bringing people closer to the Lord. You are a gift! - Jordan Essential Oils (18:05) Hey Father Josh, loving the podcasts. I listen to them to help me focus before my theology homework. Anyways, I have a follow up question. A few episodes ago you mentioned that essential oils may lead to the devil or evil. Can you elaborate on that? Thanks! Praying for you! - Emma St. Paul and the Book of Galatians (23:13) Hey Father Josh, Thank you so much for constantly reading and answering my emails on your podcast. Your explanation of St. Peter as the first pope helped me a ton and affirmed what I already believed to be true in my heart. Another question, could you help me process the book of Galatians? In Galatians, Paul talks about how the law does not justify you but it is through faith that a person has life. Reading this entire book my head goes straight to the Protestant view on salvation and how they can use the book of Galatians to justify their beliefs that faith alone leads to salvation. I just need help understanding what Paul’s saying and what that means for us Catholics, help a girl out! Also shoutout to my homegirl Olivia K. for being the best Catholic friend I could ever ask for, could you say a special prayer for her? - Kennedy Resources Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation by Fr. Josh Romans: The Gospel of Salvation with Dr. Andrew Swafford and Jeff Cavins Email Fr. Josh: Walking with God: A Journey Through the Bible Galatians: Set Free to Live with Jeff Cavins & Gayle Somers
Oct 22, 2019
Guardian Angels, Explicit Lyrics, and Christian Denominations
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. Snippet from the Show “We cannot name our guardian angels because we’re implying that we have authority over them, and we don’t.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:55) Listener Feedback (7:41) Guardian Angels (10:18) Good evening! I listened to your podcast for the first time yesterday. I was intrigued and learned much. On today, this feast of the guardian angels, this question came to mind: What happens to our GA when we die? What if we go to hell? Is there any biblical reference to what happens? I teach 7th grade theology so I could use your insight to help them as well....oh another question....should we name our GA? Can we pray for God to tell us their name? I have talked with various priests and received differing opinions. What is yours? -Patti Explicit Lyrics (14:59) Hey Father Josh, Hope this finds you well - loved your podcast and your book Broken & Blessed. My question's about rap. I'm 19 and have been listening to a lot of rap since I was 11 but recently I've become concerned about what exactly I'm exposing myself to. I don't want to paint a broad stroke and say it's all bad (after all, you rap about Jesus, how could that be bad?) but some of the music on my playlist is nothing more than talk of drugs/sex/money. I don't pay much attention to the lyrics and like it more for the beats, but it's gotta be affecting me in some way listening to all that, ya know? I consider my faith very important to me, and I feel it's a bit hypocritical for me to, for example, read about the Virgin Mary and then 10 seconds later start listening to music talking about women as if they're simply objects to be used for pleasure. Hoping you can provide some advice. -Anonymous Christian Denominations (22:35) Hey father Josh, I recently had a chance to tell my protestant friends about the beliefs of the Catholic faith and one of my friends told me “well we really won’t know if any of this is true until heaven and when we get there we’ll be smacked with the knowledge of what actually happens so as long as we love Jesus we're good” and I didn’t really know what to say in that situation because I didn’t want to offend her because she is a good friend and she had previously said that she didn’t think that people should get mad at each other because they have different religions, and I had agreed with her so I didn't want to be a hypocrite. So I stayed silent for a little while and then the subject was changed. What could I have said in that situation? Thank you so much. -Megan Resources * [Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation by Fr. Josh]( * Philippians 4:8 * John 17
Oct 15, 2019
Unanswered Prayers, Unplanned Pregnancy Before Marriage, and Bible Translations
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. Snippet from the Show “The more you perceive your prayer to be unanswered, the more intense your prayer becomes and the more you lean into the person of Jesus Christ and are drawn into an intimacy with him.” Get the shownotes at (
Oct 08, 2019
Ministering to Coworkers, Ember Days, and Revering Saint Relics
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. Snippet from the Show “Vatican II invites lay people to go out into the work environment (a place where clergy can’t go) and be the image of the body of Jesus Christ.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:14) Listener Feedback (6:00) Ministering to Coworkers (8:15) Hi Fr. Josh, I‘ve been wondering whether I should keep up a friendship with a coworker whose lifestyle and beliefs are pretty opposite of mine. This coworker puts a lot of faith in horoscopes and said something about how people would be surprised if they knew that a big part of witchcraft is about natural remedies like herbs and essential oils. We don’t agree about sex or that marriage should be between a man and woman. I just listen when she talks about all of this because I don’t know if it’s my place to correct her — and honestly I‘m scared to. I don’t want to condemn her or make her think she wouldn’t be welcome in the Church. Plus, I think of Jesus eating with tax collectors. She grew up Christian and stopped practicing at some point. She says she prays, and she actually expressed an interest in joining a nondenominational church, which I think may be the result of her spending time with me and a Christian coworker. So part of me wants to be that influence who points her closer to Christ. But I really have a problem with her openness to witchcraft and horoscopes. It makes me uncomfortable and I don’t want to subject myself to any kind of occult influence. And I want friends who are pursuing holiness. So, part of me wants to distance myself, at least outside of work. We are both pretty new to our jobs and our city, and both of our social lives are mostly with coworkers. And maybe my reluctance to correct her or defend what I believe comes from a fear that it would make work awkward. Or a fear that she’d turn other coworkers against me. Besides these differences, we really do click and have bonded over a couple of interests. Plus, I know she could use a friend and use Jesus even more. I’m just struggling with knowing whether I should be that friend. Any advice is very welcome. Praying for you! - Mary Ember Days (16:04) Hi Father Josh, I am seeing on social media people talking about something in the Catholic Church called ember days. From what I can tell, ember days are a penitential season that take place 4 times a year (Lent, June, September and December) and these are a time of fasting for vocations and for good and holy priests. Will you explain in more detail how this tradition got started, and why it’s not commonly practiced? Thank you so much for your wonderful podcast and for the work you are doing for the Catholic Church. - Elaine Revering Saint Relics (20:55) Hello Father Josh. Thank you for all your podcasts. I have just started listening to them last weekend but I’ve been watching Ascension Presents for a year now. I have a question about my Catholic faith. I love it with a passion. I love the Eucharist and I love God, my goal every day is to make Him the center of my everything. I have a devotion to Mother Mary and Saint Francis of Assisi (my patron saint). I’ve been considering and discerning priesthood since 2016. I’m in college right now (I’m a freshman). I’ll wait for God to take His time. However, my question is: Why do we look at relics, images, and statues of saints with so much reverence? - Humberto Resources * Be Satisfied with Me ( prayer attributed to St. Anthony of Padua * Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation ( by Fr. Josh * The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living ( by Fr. Timothy Gallagher
Oct 01, 2019
Dropping Hosts, Not Kneeling at Mass, and the Devil in Our Thoughts
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. Snippet from the Show “Fight the devil the same way Jesus fought the devil. Whenever you recognize some temptation, quote Scripture out loud, and say ‘Get behind me Satan’. The word of God will fight for us.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:20) Listener Feedback (4:58) Dropping Hosts (6:51) Last Sunday, during Communion, as I was peeking at the consecrated host from my hand I dropped it, and it fell to the floor by my feet. I gasped, and immediately grabbed it up and put it in my mouth. I was beyond mortified. I know part of it was embarrassment of those who may have seen me but I couldn't believe I’d been so careless with our Lord. Why wouldn’t I be more attentive during those few minutes I’m receiving Holy Communion. I prayed deeply about this and I heard him chuckle and say “Really, it’s okay.” I just can’t get that sight out of my mind: seeing him, Jesus, on the floor. I pray this never ever happens to me again, but if it does, what is the appropriate thing to do? Is there something more I should do now after making this awful blunder, is this a sin I need to confess? –A Clumsy Lover of Christ Devil in Our Thoughts (11:09) Dear Father Josh, My friend and I enjoy your podcast so very much. It is my favorite to listen to during commutes or travel, and some of the things you say are so profound to me I either have to stop the podcast and keep repeating it in my head, rewind and replay it over and over, and I usually write it down so I can meditate on the words even more. Your book is also amazing and I can’t wait for the new book to be released. You’re a blessing, keep up the awesome work. Here’s our question: does the devil have access to our minds? Does he know our thoughts as God knows our thoughts and our innermost being. We were thinking that the devil does not know our thoughts and the way that we can protect ourselves from his temptation and masterful lies was to never verbalize our thoughts and feelings, to never think out loud if you will. To keep thoughts inside so as to not allow the enemy to know our secrets. If he can’t access our thoughts then he can’t tempt us and control our minds, or use our thoughts and feelings against us. How exactly does the devil tempt us and can he get into our head? –Two Friends from Texas Not Kneeling at Mass (24:03) Hi Father Josh, Recently I moved away for college and started attending Mass at one of the local Catholic churches. I was a bit surprised when none of the congregation kneeled down during the Eucharistic prayers. In fact, the pews did not even have kneelers. I’ve since started attending a different Catholic church nearby. This was the first Catholic church I’d ever seen that doesn’t kneel, and it made me curious about the reason. Should I avoid going to this particular church because of this? –Claire Resources General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) ( The Litany of Humil ( Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation ( by Fr. Josh
Sep 24, 2019
All About Discernment: Dating, Marriage, and Jackie and Bobby Angel
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]( at with promo code: DISCERN Snippet from the Show “God loves you. He has a plan for your life. And he is calling you to be a saint. ” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (5:20) Listener Feedback (8:30) Single, But Called to Marriage (12:20) Hey Fr. Josh! I never thought I would be writing into a podcast, but yet here I am! You have brought so much light to my life and have helped me apply my Catholic faith to my daily life. Ok, here's my question. I'm probably the most single person you could ever meet. I'm 26 years old and have never been asked on a date. My friends and family tell me that I would be such a catch and yet I cannot seem to get the attention of any man (Catholic or not)! [I'm not flirty by any means, yet I'm not shy … I guess just normal?] I feel called to marriage and it is so hard to trust in God's timing. I'm open to religious life if that is His will, but even after spending time with several orders, I still feel a call to family life. I know you don't know me personally, but do you have any advice on how to live a fulfilling life as a single woman (possibly for my whole life at the rate I'm going lol) who still feels called to marriage? I'm so lost! Thank you so much for any advice you may have. It’s tricky figuring out how to live in a potentially interim period yet also potentially permanent lifestyle. God bless you! -Cristina Desire Marriage but Not Ready for Kids (22:45) Hi Fr. Josh, I really enjoy your podcast and wanted to ask a question of my own. I am a 21 year old college student and have been dating my boyfriend for over a year. We both want to go to graduate school. If we continue dating in the future, is it ok to get married shortly after we’re both done with grad school? When talking with some Catholic friends, they said you should only get married if you are ready to have children starting 9 months after your wedding date. Is it wrong to get married wanting to postpone having children a year or two? Financial reasons aside, I think having a strong foundation of marriage built over a year or so would be helpful before children come into the mix. I wanted to hear your thoughts. I love the Church and her teaching and want to know how I can best follow her guidance with my future vocation. Know of my prayers for you and all our priests. -Julie Dating a Non-Catholic (32:00) Hey Father Josh. First off I wanted to say that your podcast is beyond incredible. I get something out of every podcast. Keep it up. My question is how do you go about dating someone who is not Catholic? I think he could be the one, but my Catholic faith is so important to me and I want him to be Catholic. He’s Christian, so that’s good but it’s not the same as being Catholic. I also want to help him get to heaven, but he’s pro-choice. He claims he is personally pro-life but doesn’t want to make that decision for the woman. SOS what do I do? Thank you for any advice. I will be praying for you Fr. Josh! -Maggie and Lauren Resources * Pray, Decide, and Don’t Worry ( by Jackie and Bobby Angel * Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation ( by Fr. Josh *
Sep 17, 2019
Holding Hands During the Our Father, Loss of Zeal, and Rap
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. Snippet from the Show “Holding hands is not a required posture during Mass. The only thing required in the GIRM is that we’re standing during the Our Father.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:32) Listener Feedback (9:50) Holding Hands During the Our Father (12:10) What's up with holding hands during the Lord's Prayer? I don't see anything wrong with it but question why people do it to begin with. What's the history behind this and what does the Church say about it? -David Loss of Zeal (18:20) I recently found your podcast and I love listening to it as it is down to earth and practical. I'm a young religious sister recently professed (1 yr). Since my profession, I have been in a desert period and I'm tired of being in this place. I want to regain the zeal I once had to spread the love of Christ. How can I overcome this? -Natania Rap (27:35) Hi Fr. Josh, I am a Ghanaian from West Africa, the motherland. I am graduating from the university this year and I hope to join the Franciscan conventuals next year. I love rap music and I myself can write raps but I fear it will be a hinderance to my vocation as I love both my vocation and rap music so much. Please I need your advice on what to do. Thank you so much. -Stephen Resources * Acedia- The Noonday Devil ( video by Fr. Mike Schmitz * Pocket Guide to the Rosary ( by Matt Fradd * Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation ( by Fr. Josh
Sep 10, 2019
Suicide, Allergic to the Eucharist, and NFP for At-Risk Pregnancy
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. Snippet from the Show “The Church in her two thousand year history has never condemned a single person to hell. We believe in hell, we believe it exists, but we have never said we know for sure that a person is in hell.” Resources * National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 * ( * Creighton Model Fertility Care System ( * Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation ( by Fr. Josh * Pocket Guide to the Rosary ( by Matt Fradd
Sep 03, 2019
Be My Guest: Kevin McCall, Asking for Signs, and the Holy Spirit
Fr. Josh and Kevin McCall talk about prayer, asking God for signs and how to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “When you pray with someone, it’s not about the level of revelation that you have, it’s about when you finish, does that person feel like they’ve been kissed by Jesus.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:39) Listener Feedback (4:08) Kevin’s Story (7:22) Praying for a Sign (26:44) Hi Father Josh, I really love your Podcast. Thanks so much for helping me grow in my faith. I was raised in a Christian home but never attended Catholic school. I became Catholic as an adult. I still feel like I have so much to learn. ( I just graduated from a medical residency, so I struggle with finding time and constantly working on balance) I was wondering when you pray is it ok to ask for a sign from God? Or like say “Lord show me this sign, so I know this is what your leading me to do?” Is it wrong to pray for a sign? I never really have done this before but I have been so busy. I just said it in a prayer real quick. I met this really cool guy on a plane and felt an instant connection to him. We kept in contact just as friends because we both been in the Navy. Later I found out he was raised Catholic. I felt like it was a sign from God that he might be the spouse I have been praying for. I kind of brushed it off and just focused on my life/residency saying God if it is really you please let him win this really hard fitness award out of like 45 people. I didn't tell him what I prayed for and like one day he just texts me a picture his award. He has a girlfriend now and I am nervous and I want to tell him how I feel now before he is married....or forever hold my peace” I know that he can always say “No”. I guess I am just trying to understand are these signs from God? I honestly am a pretty scientific and logical person so I really don't know what to make of it and to understand better Catholic teaching. -Bridget Building a Relationship with the Holy Spirit (32:51) How do you “have a relationship” with the Holy Spirit? He seems like an idea.. not a person. I’ve been told to have faith and ask Him to come, but I’m sort of weary of doing that anymore because when I put my faith or expectation in God to show up to the other side of my prayer, I get let down. If I keep doing that, I’m scared I will lose my faith all together. -Kathryn Resources * Fr. Josh Johnson - Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation (
Aug 27, 2019
Be My Guest: Avera Maria Santo, Homosexuality, and Finding Happiness
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. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Because I am so weak, because of the amount of suffering I have gone through, it has drawn me closer to Christ crucified. And if I stay near that Cross, there is the promise of the Resurrection.” SHOWNOTES Avera Maria Santo’s Glory Story (1:52) Gender Dysphoria and the Desire for Marriage (25:43) Dear Father Josh, First of all, I would like to say that this is my favorite podcast of all time! I look forward to every episode and hearing what answers the Church has to the questions of her faithful. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into delivering those answers to us and praying for us. Here is my question: From a young age I’ve been struggling with gender dysphoria and have been faced with the way it tempts you to resist God’s will for your life. I am now seventeen and by God’s grace I have received healing such that it no longer controls my life and I am completely submitted to the teachings of the Church on the topic. However, it is still something I struggle with and I don’t know what the future holds. I do have a desire for marriage (as God intends it), but don’t know if this would be a problem for me. Should people who do or have dealt with gender dysphoria be allowed to marry? Would it affect my ability to be a good mother and wife? Should I rule out the vocation of marriage as an option for me, or do you think it would be worthwhile to pursue and a cross worth carrying? Thanks so much, and God bless! -Anonymous Children in a Same Sex Relationship (32:15) Father Josh, My daughter recently told me that she is in a relationship with another woman. I told her that I love her, that I believe that it’s wrong and that she is welcomed in my home. But, this is becoming problematic because I have grandchildren, I don’t feel comfortable talking or knowing about her relationship and in my heart I know this isn’t right. I don’t know what to do, except pray. I will always love my daughter, but it feels like my family is falling apart. Do I just let go? Do I keep putting up boundaries? I’m afraid of losing my daughter completely. I also don’t want to do or say anything that would be unchristian like. One last thing, some family members, Protestants, have reached out to her and told her they were supportive of her truth. I don’t understand how any Christian would not be loving enough to tell her that this is not right. -Heartbroken Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended in his show? Find more at Fr. Josh Johnson -_ Broken and Blessed_ ( See more from Avera (
Aug 20, 2019
Selfishness, Daily Mass, and Talking to Family About Religious Discernment
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. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Don’t let the enemy speak lies and tempt you with discouragement. Whenever you feel those temptations, quote Scripture and say ‘Get behind me Satan.’” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:41) Fr. Josh shares a story about how Chris Benzinger (the husband of Michelle, host of the Abiding Together podcast) leans into prayer. Listener Feedback (7:26) Talking to Your Family About Discernment (10:02) Hi Fr. Josh, I’m a 20 year old cradle Catholic and about to be a junior in college. I’ve recently felt a pull to discern religious life, and I’m currently working on finding a spiritual director. Is this something I should be telling my family and friends at this point? My family is Catholic but we never really talk about our faith, unfortunately. I have one sister who shares zeal with me, and we have talked about this a lot. But I don’t know how - or even if it’s appropriate to - “break the news” in a sense to my parents and other siblings. It seems sketchy to me to not tell them about a huge leap of faith I’m embarking upon, but at the same time, I’m worried they won’t understand OR that if I decide not to enter then I’ll have worried them over nothing. I also feel this way about one of my very best friends who describes herself as a disaffiliated Catholic. I know that she would legitimately be mad at me if she knew I was thinking about doing this. I’m just not sure how to go about this and any advice you have on the topic would be so helpful, thank you so much. -A Discerning Friend Selfishness (15:02) Hey Fr. Josh. My boyfriend and I are both in our mid 20s. Before this relationship, my spiritual life was going very well and at some point I was discerning religious life. He was not the cause of my spiritual downfall; he’s actually the one that takes me to confession and adoration now. But, there have been plenty of recent types where my relationship with God has been nonexistent. I feel like I haven’t and can’t go back to the place I was before spirituality, even in the slightest. Also, I have always been very independent and ended up building barriers in my relationship, which ended up hurting my boyfriend emotionally many times. Although I’ve improved in many ways, he still says that he feels I don’t care about his feelings sometimes. There are times where he tells me how he feels and I just don’t know what to do with that information. He describes me as selfish, which is not a lie, because I always think about myself first, where he’s very selfless and always puts me first. I wanted to know what you think I could do to become a better girlfriend, how I can improve in my spiritual life, and how we can improve in our spiritual lives together (which I think is something we’re missing). -Someone Who is Trying to Become a Better Person Daily Mass (22:07) Dear Fr. Josh, I discovered your podcast only two weeks ago and thought, "What have I been missing for the past year?" As a high school theology teacher in my 20s, I am excited about the ways you have already influenced my own spiritual life, and am even more energized about the ways you can transform my students' lives. Your method of evangelization is what many iGenners and millennials need to return to the Church. Keep it up. My question is about daily Mass and personal prayer time. I struggle with knowing how to balance these two things in my life. On really busy days during the school year, is it better to prioritize Mass or personal prayer time? It seems to me that since we are receiving Jesus at Mass, then Mass should always take priority over personal prayer time. But I have also heard that personal prayer time each day outside of Mass should be the priority, and that if we only have time for one, we should choose personal prayer over Mass. On the other hand, during my free days during the summer, should I be attending Mass everyday since I can? I generally attend at least two days a week, but struggle with guilt on the days when I do not go. Some days I decide it would be less convenient since I want to sleep or avoid traffic, but these seem like bad excuses for not going to Mass every day. If I truly believe Jesus is present at Mass, shouldn't I be craving to receive Him each day? Sometimes I feel like a hypocrite since I tell my students of the blessing of daily Mass, but still only attend two out of five days a week even when my schedule would allow for me to go all five days. Am I being too scrupulous in my thinking or is it really the sin of sloth keeping me from attending Mass each day? -Anonymous Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended in his show? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed ( by Fr. Josh The Temperament God Gave You ( Which of the Four Personalities are You? ( YouTube Series The Five Love Languages (
Aug 13, 2019
Forgiving Deep Wounds Caused by Family, Praying for Souls in Purgatory, and Tired of Praying
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “As people were actively attacking Jesus on the cross—mocking him, cursing him, spitting on him—he said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ He still felt hurt, betrayed, abandoned, and rejected, but he chose to turn that into intercession.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:36) Fr. Josh discovered this song: Spirit Lead Me ( by Influence Music & Michael Ketterer! Listener Feedback (3:52) Forgiving Deep Wounds Caused by Family (10:49) Hello Fr. Josh. Thank you, first of all, for all you do. I stumbled upon your podcast and it is helping me examine things in myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have. It’s from this self reflection that this question came forth. I am struggling to forgive my family for their treatment of me, my new husband, and our new baby daughter. I was married previously to a man who abused me for five years, to the point that I had our priest telling me I was unsafe and giving me the resources to leave. My family, however, refuses to accept that I was right on leaving because I “shamed the family” by getting divorced. They still talk to and invite my ex husband to family functions on a regular basis. Nearly a year after the divorce and subsequent annulment, I met a wonderful man. He accepted my two previous children as his own and has been so patient with me. He is a Christ loving man who has shown me what love in a sacramental marriage should be. I had tolerated their behavior regarding me and my husband, but now their behavior affects my children. I had our daughter at 24 weeks gestation. Thanks be to God, she is now nine months old and doing very well all things considered. I have a large family. Aside from my parents and maternal grandparents, everyone in my family has refused to acknowledge her, much less meet her. We spent 143 days in the NICU and needed the support of family desperately. My family has refused. My husbands family has done everything humanly possible, with my mother in law staying with us for all but a month of our NICU stay to help with the older two children. They (the older children) have been asking why the family that used to be so present is ignoring us. I know an apology will likely never occur, so I am struggling how to forgive my family. How do I forgive when offenses have been so deeply felt? -Anonymous Mother Praying for the Souls in Purgatory (21:14) Hi Father Josh! I'm trying to figure out the right way to pray for souls in purgatory. Since I can't know (unless one of them is beatified) whether my family members who have died are in heaven, I don't know who exactly to pray for. But it feels exclusive just to pray "for my family in purgatory." It feels like if I'm being that general, I should just pray "for all souls in purgatory." But if I don't call them out by name, does it count or count less? Thanks for your help, Father, and all the good work you do! -Tamar Tired of Praying (28:20) Hello Father Josh, I listen to your podcast a lot, and I really like it. Thank you for the work you do. I am a junior in college, just striving to live out the Catholic faith. Earlier this year (January) I listened to a ton of talks on Mary, the power of the Rosary and all of that. I was strongly convicted to pray the Rosary more often. I made a decision to pray the Rosary everyday. I had made decisions like this in the past with reading my Bible, and other forms of prayers but after a month, that all disappeared into thin air. However, with the Rosary I have been pretty much consistent in praying it. So here’s the issue. Father Josh, honestly, on some days I am just exhausted, and really just don’t feel like praying the Rosary or any prayer in general. Although I still pray it, I often rush through it, or my mind wanders off occasionally, or I doze off in between. Frankly, sometimes I just pray it to keep my streak. I tell myself I have come too far to give up now. I don’t want to waste my time (or Jesus’s or Mary’s time). I feel like if it has become a game to me, or just really mechanical then I should stop. Still, I like to believe I receive some graces when I strive through it, even when I don’t feel like it or when I’m just doing it to fulfill all righteousness. I’m scared that if I stop now, I’m never going to have the courage to take up any other challenge to strengthen my prayer life. I may just give up this whole prayer thing in general, because Father, I’m legit tired, confused and need some advice. Thank you. -Legit Tired Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended in his show? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Fr. Josh Johnson - Broken and Blessed book ( iBrevery app Fr. Josh’s Night Prayer on YouTube ( Strive 21: Freedom from Porn ( Prayer to Our Lady of the Smile ( Chaplet of the Holy Souls ( Divine Mercy Chaplet ( Rosary for Holy Souls ( Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
Aug 06, 2019
Baptisms with Same-Sex Parents, Helping Family Understand Church Teachings, and Overwhelming Guilt
Fr. Josh answers questions about how to respond to a same-sex couple who wants their child baptized, how to help family understand Church teaching, and how to stop feeling guilty about sins from the past. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “God, help me to see myself the way you see me. God, help me to love myself the way that you love me. God, help me to forgive myself the way that you forgive me.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:03) Fr. Josh is writing another book! Stay tuned for more details :) Listener Feedback (4:53) Prayer from Thomas Merton: "My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone." Baptisms with Same-Sex Parents (9:59) I love your podcast! I look forward to listening every week. I've always been very fond of how you truly try to respond with the love of Christ while still remaining aware of your broken human nature. I pray for you, my man. (Pray for me too!) On to my question, this last Sunday my parish held a baptism for a child of a same-sex couple. While on the one hand, obviously it's not the child's fault that their parents are living in a sinful relationship, and they deserve the sacrament just as much as any other child. But, I do really wonder how our response as a community should be. Certainly these men should be allowed in our church and should be welcome to listen to the liturgy of the word so they may be touched by Jesus, but they partook of the Eucharist. How do I respond like Jesus here? I want to love them as Christ loves them, but what does that look like? I'm really struggling with how to process this and could really use some guidance. -Daniel Helping Family Understand Church Teachings (22:14) First, I heard you speak in Houston at Cafe Catholica, and I have to thank you because you spoke about focusing on God's mercy when it comes to our vices, rather than focusing on our anxiety and why we're not conquering our sins. I've been seriously struggling with my anxiety about that recently, and you help reorient my attention to the Lord, rather than being distracted by Satan. Second: My husband is a Catholic convert; he converted right before we got married. He comes from a completely nonreligious family. I'm not sure what, if anything, they believe. So my husband struggles with some of the Church teachings because it is so far from what he experienced for most of his life. He struggles, in particular, with Jesus' presence in the Eucharist and the teachings on sexuality (every sexual act must be unitive and procreative). He also doesn't understand the big deal about skipping Mass occasionally. So I guess my question is two parts. One, how do I encourage my husband to embrace Church teachings without lecturing him and making him feel inadequate? And two, how can I encourage my husband's family to be open to the Lord, also without lecturing them? -Anonymous Overwhelming Guilt (27:50) Father Josh, Thank you so much for your podcast. I’m enjoying listening frequently. I’m new to the faith and currently in RCIA and will be baptized this Easter vigil. I’m really new to any faith. I was an atheist since around the age the of 13. Unfortunately I let people turn me off to faith including my own father who claimed to be a man of faith but had no love for me. After God blessed me with my daughter 4 years ago I felt a love that I knew had to come from somewhere greater than myself. I began to study different religions and found myself coming to Catholicism through reason and now by faith. My family and I have been going to Mass for almost two years and thanks be to God I’ll able to receive the Eucharist this Easter along with my wife. Often times I have an overwhelming feeling of guilt for decisions I made as a nonbeliever and for denying God for so long. I know that God has forgiven me but how do I manage this guilt? Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it and your ministry is in my prayers. God Bless. -Todd Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended in his show? Go to select an episode and view the shownotes. Fr. Josh's book - Broken and Blessed ( The Heart of Perfection: How the Saints Taught Me to Trade My Dream of Perfect for God's ( by Colleen Carroll Campbell I Will Follow ( video
Jul 30, 2019
Prayer Transcending Time, Married Priests, and Checking Someone Out
Fr. Josh answers questions about if our prayers can apply to people who are no longer alive, why there are priests who have been married, and if it’s OK to check someone out. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “God can use our prayers to transcend time: past, present, and future.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (0:56) Fr. Josh shares an amazing revelation about Moses and the face of God! Listener Feedback (4:17) Prayer Transcending Time (8:22) Fr. Josh, Hello and thank-you for your consideration of my question! I am wondering about the possibility for our prayers to transcend time. I have read about consoling the heart of Jesus, that even though He is now in heaven, I can comfort Him in His passion and death. I have also heard that God is present to me now as a 37 year old woman, just as He is present to me as a little girl. I am wondering if it is possible, through prayer, for us to bring consolation to ordinary people who have lived before us, or who will live in the future. I realize we are born into a time in history for a reason, and the present moment is a gift to us. But, as an example, if I hear about the atrocities of the holocaust and I pray for those who suffered in concentration camps, is it possible that my intercession now could have caused a consolation for someone who lived in a camp? Or, as another example, could a blessing I receive tomorrow be the result of a prayer made by my great, great grandchild decades from now? I'm sure it is good to pray and intercede for others, dead or living, whenever we feel inspired to. I'm just practically wondering if God can use those prayers to affect any time He chooses. -Julia Married Priests (14:44) Father Josh, Thank you for your podcast. I enjoy learning more about the Catholic Faith through your energetic and thoughtful style. I am confused on how men who were previously married, have had children and are divorced can then become a priest. I have heard the term “alluded” used, but cannot find a Catholic meaning for this term. Can you help explain how these men fit into the rules for becoming priests and if alluded is a Catholic process I should have known about? Thank you and please continue your wonderful podcast. God Bless. -Gary Checking Someone Out (20:11) Hi Fr. Josh, I'm a 16 year old guy. And I sometimes find myself checking girls out. I've been wondering recently whether it's wrong to do so. Is it okay to check people out? I think it depends on how often you do it and whether you're taking advantage of that person or genuinely admiring beauty. I'd really love to know your stance on the matter. And if I shouldn't be doing it, what are some ways to stop myself from my natural tendencies? I love your podcast, keep up the amazing work! Thank you for any help you can provide. -Dom Universal Call to Holiness Share this podcast with a friend and potentially be the reason they deepen their relationship with God! Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended in his show? Go to ( to select an episode and view the shownotes. Fr. Josh Johnson - Broken and Blessed book Unabridged Christianity - Fr. Mario Romario Rome Sweet Rome - Dr. Scott Hahn Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley 33 Days to Merciful Love by Fr. Michael Gaitley
Jul 23, 2019
Scrupulosity, Bad Confession Experiences, and Young People Leaving the Church
Fr. Josh answers questions about whether bad confession experiences are valid, how to avoid scrupulosity (obsession with avoiding sin), and how to invite people back to the Church. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “The second Peter took his eyes off of God, and fixed his eyes on the storm, he began to sink. The same thing happens to us.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:11) Fr. Josh shares a story about the lay vocation to become a saint! Listener Feedback (6:15) Bad Confession Experiences (7:47) Dear Father Josh, Thank you so much for your ministry. I have enjoyed listening to your podcast and I can tell that you truly take all of our listeners’ questions to prayer seriously and answer them thoughtfully and prayerfully. My question is about what to do when you have a bad confession experience. I’m a lifelong Catholic and I truly believe that the sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. I have experienced this love and healing many times over the years, so I believe in its power. I try to attend regularly. My younger brother has autism and had a very negative confession experience many years ago when he was in high school. My dad took him to confession and suggested to my brother that he let the priest know in advance about his autism to help give the priest context. When my brother entered the confessional and started off his confession by saying, “I have autism,” the priest told him that autism is a sin. He didn’t tell our family this happened until much later and he hasn’t been to confession since. This truly hurt my brother’s faith, understandably. I myself had a negative confession experience when I was in college. I was really struggling and hurting and was truly sorry for the sins I confessed and the priest told me, “I am absolutely appalled by what you have told me.” This had never ever happened to me and I was confused. When I asked for absolution, he scoffed and said, “I suppose!” I was worried that my confession wasn’t actually absolved, so I re-confessed everything to my regular priest and told him what happened. The difference between the two priests was like night and day even though the sins were the same. My regular priest told me that if I ever was made to feel uncomfortable like that again, I had permission to stand up and leave. I’m sure that everyone has bad experiences like these... I know sometimes people won’t visit certain priests for confession. I understand that a priest during confession is in persona Christi, but how am I supposed to feel when my brother, or a friend, or myself, have a negative experience with a priest who truly isn’t acting as Christ during confession? I have had nothing but positive experiences with the sacrament since that one bad time during college, but it’s always in the back of my mind. All it takes for some people is one negative experience to make them doubt the Church and the healing power of reconciliation. How can a priest truly be in persona Christi if they’re saying hurtful things? Is it ever okay to leave a confessional in an instance like this and can a negative confession experience be invalid? -Amy Scrupulosity (17:19) Hello Father Josh, I would like to start this email by thanking you for your podcast. It has been extremely helpful to me in understanding the teachings of the Church and applying them to real situations that I face. Your friendly attitude and ability to explain doctrine in an accessible way is refreshing, and I thank God for the gift he has given the Church in you. I am 25 years old and a cradle Catholic. I attended Catholic school up to 9th grade, although I fell away from practicing the faith in college. One of the main reasons for this was I didn't understand the Church's teachings on subjects like same-sex relationships and contraception, and saw them as out-of-touch and prejudiced. About two months ago I had an experience that brought me back to the Church, and I decided to start intentionally living my faith. This lead me to do research on the Church and its teachings, and I realized I was ignorant of many things, such as the precept of fasting from meat on all Fridays (I have never heard the precepts mentioned in school or church). What I realized through my research is that my conception of the Church was very different from the reality of it, and the reality is scary. I used to think that Hell was reserved for the worst of humanity, but Jesus himself says in the Gospel of Matthew that “broad” is the road to destruction and “only a few” find the gate of life. This passage in particular absolutely destroyed me. It seems that most of the world is destined for Hell instead of Heaven. Most of this Gospel is Jesus talking about Hell and the many things you can do that will send you there. After finishing the Gospel of Matthew I have been too scared to read the rest of the New Testament. I follow the Ten Commandments as best I can, and go to Confession regularly. I attend Mass on Sundays and try to go at least one other day a week. I cracked down on things in my life that were near occasions of sin. I pray daily, including a daily Rosary (praise the Lord for that prayer, and for the wonderful gift of our mother Mary). I fast once a week. I give money during the collection at Mass and donate to charitable organizations, and try to give money or buy food for the homeless when I encounter them. Despite doing these things I am still scared of God’s wrath and going to Hell. I feel like almost everything I do is a sin, even down to buying non-essential items like a roll of film for my camera. This fear is affecting my ability to get through the day and enjoy life, even good things like spending time with my friends. I also work in an industry that is very anti-Christian, and my coworkers are all pro-abortion, pro gay-marriage, etc. I have one friend that is a practicing Catholic, but he lives far away and I only see him in person every couple months. Returning to my faith helped me with some of the struggles I was facing, but it has also brought a host of new struggles I was not ready for. I desperately want to live a good Catholic life and be with our Lord in heaven, but I feel lost and am scared of ending up in Hell. I have been stuck in this mindset for weeks and don’t know how to get out of it. Any advice or words of encouragement you can give would be greatly appreciated. -Steven Young People Leaving the Church (27:09) Hello Father! My name is Liam and I have been listening to your podcasts for a while now and they are GREAT! I wanted to start off with a thank you because you have truly changed my life and, from what I can tell, you've done the same from many others. My question is about the future of Catholicism. Catholics I know, my friends, even my brothers seem to be slowly departing from the church. I understand that not everyone stays Catholic when they're older because they somehow don't believe in God or don't care enough to go to Mass, pray, or even acknowledge God. But, my generation seems to have fully departed from the faith for some reason. I don't know if it's just me that's seeing this issue but only very few people I know plan on staying members of the church after we graduate high school. This worries me for the future. What will the Church look like if this continues and how can I help bring these people back into the church without pushing them even farther away? -Liam Universal Call to Holiness Share this podcast with a friend and potentially be the reason they deepen their relationship with God! Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Fr. Josh Johnson - Broken and Blessed book ( Gabrielle Bossis - He and I book ( Matt Maher - Lord I Need You song ( Hillsong United - Oceans song ( Will Reagan - Break Every Chain song (
Jul 16, 2019
Praying to the Saints, the Communion Fast, and Confession “Hopping”
Fr. Josh answers questions about why praying to the saints is different from worshiping them, how to remind people about the fast before receiving Communion, and whether it’s OK to go to a different parish for confession (so you don’t have to go to your pastor). If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “The word ‘pray’ actually means ‘to ask’. It’s become synonymous with ‘worship’ but that’s not what it means.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:46) One of Fr. Josh’s parishioners recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! As he was leaving the hospital the women’s youngest son ran up to Fr. Josh thinking he was Jesus. Listener Feedback (6:51) Praying to the Saints (11:57) Fr. Josh, I absolutely love your podcast and haven't missed an episode! I am a cradle Catholic and your podcast, in addition to a few other awesome Catholic podcasts, have helped me to grow in my Faith and my love for Jesus more than I ever thought possible. My husband of 11 years joined the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2018. During RCIA classes, he learned a lot more than what I could have ever begun to tell him about; that being said, he still has a hangup with how we pray to Mary and to the Saints for their intercession for us. During our nightly prayer time, I've attempted to be more intentional with praying to saints for their intercession and have been trying to learn more about various saints. One night, I specifically prayed for our Blessed Mother to help us to parent more like her and to be patient like she was in raising Jesus. After we finished, he said that he wasn't sure it was right that I asked Mary for help. I tried to explain that Mary can only help us through the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and not of her own power. I think it was just the language I used during prayer that caused him to hesitate, so my questions are below: Is there a 'correct' way to pray to Mary or the Saints in such a way that it doesn't seem like we are worshiping them or asking them directly for their help through their own power? How can we properly explain that when we pray to Mary and the Saints that we are NOT worshiping them? We believe that they are the living Body of Christ in Heaven and they can pray for us and help us just as a member of the living Body of Christ here on earth can, right? Why is this so hard for non-Catholics to understand? Thanks so much, and may God continue to bless you as you walk with so many of us while we deepen our Faith. -Tammy The Communion Fast (22:33) Hi Fr. Josh! I have a tricky question for you regarding the hour fast before Holy Communion. It surprises me how many people of all ages do not know about this fast. I do understand that this is a fast before Communion and not the start of Mass, but there have been numerous times when friends, acquaintances, and various adults have been eating something or drinking coffee in that "grey area time" (where depending on the Mass length you may not meet the fast) or even a few minutes before Mass. I don't think God is "counting down the minutes" till you have met the hour fast, but I also believe that as Catholics we shouldn't want to cut it close just to eat food. We should be honoring this fast in devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. There have been a few instances where a friend has been about to eat something and out of charity I reminded them about the fast. But I am confused as to when it is right for me to do so and when I should just hold my tongue? Because if these people truly did not know about the fast, it would be good if I told them, but I also don't want to commit a sin by not speaking up when I have the opportunity to kindly remind them about the fast. -Jane Confession “Hopping” (26:59) Thank you so much for your podcast! It has been so helpful for me. I'm not really sure how to phrase this question, but it's something I've been thinking about lately so here goes.. I am quite involved in my parish now so my parish priests have gotten to know me a lot better than they used to. I have kinda been avoiding going to confession recently because the priests know me personally now, I'm no longer 'anonymous' as such. I would rather go to confession at a different parish (there are others close by) to do a good confession with a priest I don't know. Is this ok or should I just try and 'get over' this fear/embarrassment. I know it's a pride thing on my part, and they would just be happy that I go to receive the sacrament! Anyway I'm wondering what advice you may have on this? How do you do a good confession with a priest you work closely with?? Is it ok to avoid confession at your local parish and go to a different parish? Do you have any advice on how you've managed this in your own life? -Anonymous Universal Call Share this podcast with a friend and potentially be the reason they deepen their relationship with God! Resources See more resources at * Broken and Blessed ( by Fr. Josh Johnson
Jul 09, 2019
Traditional Latin Mass, Witchcraft, and Mystic Visions
Fr. Josh answers questions about why some Catholics seem to think traditional Latin Mass is better than the Norvus Ordo, whether witchcraft is demonic or fake, and why only some saints have mystic visions. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Just because a priest celebrates one of the liturgies sloppily doesn’t mean that liturgy is bad [traditional Latin Mass or Norvus Ordo]. It means that priest needs to be reformed.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:08) Fr. Josh recalls the very first Catholic book he ever read outside of the Bible: The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary Agreda. Read it. It will rock your world!! Listener Feedback (5:59) Witchcraft (8:29) Hello Father Josh, Could you please explain what the Church teaches on witchcraft and tarot cards and all that creepy stuff. I know it’s something we as Catholics shouldn’t be part of in general. However, I want to understand the Church’s reasoning behind this. Do we believe witchcraft is not real and it’s all fake? Or do we believe it’s the devil working in this world and that’s why we stay away? Do we believe tarot cards really reveal the future or do we believe it’s all fake or do we believe it’s real but it’s evil? Lol it gets pretty confusing. I mean I know we are not supposed to be superstitious... whatever that means... but being from Africa, I’ve seen some really crazy things happen in this life, that can low-key only be explained through witchcraft (which a lot of people still practice). Anyway, I just want to know what to think about all this and I trust the Church to guide me. Thank you Father Josh! I’ll be praying for you! And pray for me too! -Ozigbo Mystic Visions (17:04) Father, I’m reading the meditations of Christ and each day there is a new meditation about a saint. I’m reading all these saints and their experiences with miraculous appearances of Jesus or Mary or another holy figure and they instantly feel that change of heart and have immense faith. My question is, if we are all called to be saints how come some people have those miraculous visions and others don’t? Because you do need a miracle to become a saint, right? So it seems like Gods’ choosing specific people? -Andrew Traditional Latin Mass (22:15) Hi Fr. Josh, My parish priest has always made his opinion known on the Latin Mass following, like they are cultish, think they are better than people who follow the New Order Mass, etc. At first I wasn't sure what to think, but after some personal experience I'm a bit worried. It seems like Latin Mass followers go around saying that they are basically better than us: they refuse Communion if it’s not administered by the priests, say that the Novus Ordo celebrations of the Mass aren't valid, and even say that women should only wear dresses and are meant to stay at home to raise children. I get the feeling that they "groom" or "brainwash" people into following this extreme and fanatical form of Catholicism. What are your thoughts on this extreme Catholicism following? A google search leads to Novus Ordo Watch, Ad Orientum Masses--how the New Order Mass isn't really worship and isn't really Catholicism, etc., and I am so confused. There is so much division in our world--and now I come across this? I love being Catholic, but just feel that this is so wrong. We are all Catholics in the same universal Church, aren't we? Fr. Josh I'm sorry this isn't very articulate, but what are your thoughts? Thank you so much for your time!! -Maria Universal Call to Holiness (29:40) Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Click here to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed ( book by Fr. Josh Johnson The Mystical City of God ( by Venerable Mary Agreda
Jul 02, 2019
All About Alcohol: Drunkenness, Underage Drinking, and Whisky for Teething Babies
Fr. Josh answers questions all about drinking alcohol including: Do I need to go to confession after drinking? Is it OK to drink underage? What if I get drunk without intending to? Is that old wives tale of rubbing whiskey on a teething baby’s gums safe? If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Scripture gives witness to the fact that drinking can be a good thing, but getting drunk is not a good thing.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:35) Fr. Josh flew up to Ascension for a filming of a new product! Stay tuned for more information! He was also able to visit with FOCUS and attended a Steubenville South Youth Conference where fifteen years ago Fr. Josh had his conversion. Listener Feedback (5:44) Drunkenness (8:08) What is the actual Catholic definition of being drunk? How do I know when I have passed the point of drinking too much? When would I need to go to Confession after drinking? -Brad Underage Drinking (16:34) Whats up Fr. Josh!? I've been so blessed by your podcasts. Please know I've been praying for you. I have a question about underage drinking...I'm 19 and my older brother is 25. He lets me drink when I'm hanging out at his place with all his friends. But I know it’s still against the law. I'm not purposefully getting drunk...I mean we mostly sit and talk about life, our relationships, and sometimes even theology and how to become better men. Am I doing something wrong? Or is it OK for me to keep drinking with them? -Gregory C Accidentally Getting Drunk (23:10) So I'm a mom of three and I never have the chance to go out with my girlfriends. Last weekend my two best friends and I were able to go out on a Friday night (thanks to our amazing husbands) and got a few drinks. Well........I must be from the stone ages (or maybe I just forgot to eat after feeding my kids ), but after my first drink I ordered what I thought would be a lighter mixed drink (just enough to keep loosening up you know?) but I ended up ordering something really strong and got drunk. My friends drove me home and my husband was really understanding, but I feel really guilty. Is that a mortal sin? Or because I didn't mean for that to happen could it be more of a venial sin? -Cassandra Whisky for Teething Children (29:46) Can I rub whisky on my toddler's gums to help him with teething? I'm running out of ideas, HELP!! -Marisa Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed ( book by Fr. Josh Johnson
Jun 25, 2019
Same-Sex Love, Boycotting Netflix, Leaving the Priesthood
DISCLAIMER: Fr. Josh dives deep into details about the first question on same-sex love. Especially for parents listening with children in the car, please discern whether or not your child is ready to learn more about the specifics of homosexual intercourse. Fr. Josh answers questions about why the Catholic Church cannot support same-sex relationships, how to be a conscientious consumer without being overly scrupulus, and what happens to priests who leave the priesthood. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “If we stop at the creature, and not the creator, we’ll be left unfulfilled. A sexual relationship [in marriage] is not the end we were created for. It can be a means to an end, which is God, but it can’t be an end in itself. ” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:11) The past two weeks Fr. Josh’s parish as been holding the Love and Mercy Academy to help their middle schoolers recognizes how much God loves them, the gifts the Church, and the gifts of the Saints. Being a spiritual father is such a gift! Listener Feedback (5:08) Same-Sex Love (9:14) Hey Father, I am Catholic and also I am a gay man. I feel like I agree with most teachings of the church, but this issue is insurmountable for me. I want to fall in love and truly believe that I can have a healthy sexual relationship with a man. Why can't I have this? Also, why does the church insist on using the term "same sex attraction" as opposed to "gay" and "homosexual"? -Ryan Boycotting Netflix (22:50) Hi Father Josh, First, I want to thank you for your podcast! It has been a God-send because it has been helping me navigate evangelizing the Faith. While simultaneously, growing deeper in my relationship with Christ. Plus, it feels like when I listen to your podcast we’re drinking coffee and chatting at Full of Grace Cafe (even though I live in California). Father, you’re such a humble and wise priest. Can I say that? Know that I carry you and all your brother priests in my prayers! Here is some background first before I ask my question. These questions are based off scrolling through some Catholic accounts on Instagram. These accounts have been basing their posts off information that has been shared on the media about the recent Heartbeat bills in the South. But I can’t help but wrap my head around how DIVIDED the nation feels about LIFE. Praise God these Heartbeat bills are passing! Because it all boils down to LIFE. Now all of these companies, such as Netflix, are saying they’ll leave the state of Georgia because they passed or passing a Heartbeat bill. My question comes from seeing Catholic accounts on Instagram saying that their followers should cancel Netflix because they won’t support Georgia and it’s heartbeat bill. When I asked my Mom, who is Catholic, says it’s okay to enjoy Netflix because we need to enjoy life too. Either way it doesn’t feel right. I just want to be a conscientious consumer of goods while standing firm for what our Church believes in. Here is the question: If we like goods from certain companies, like Netflix, should we the Faithful stop consuming goods from companies who are Pro-Choice altogether? Or should we stand in solidarity in what we believe in, and quit Netflix? I’m not sure if I make sense. But I hope it’s clear what I am asking. I look forward to hear your answer to this question. Thank you Father! -Janine Leaving the Priesthood (33:10) I know this is a difficult subject to discuss, but I am curious about how the Church manages priests who leave the priesthood, either temporarily or permanently. Are these men still allowed to receive the sacraments if they continue to faithfully practice Catholicism and observe the precepts of the Church? Speaking specifically of the diocesan priesthood, how common is it for a priest to leave the ministry? Personally, I know a handful of men who have left the diocesan priesthood, and it's incredibly sad - and they often leave the Church altogether. -JP Universal Call to Holiness (39:08) What can we all take away from each of these questions? Same-Sex Love - It is not lifegiving. God wants us to participate in things that bring us health and life. Boycotting Netflix - Whenever we come together to address social evils, we can see powerful fruits. Leaving the Priesthood - As the Body of Christ we are called to accompany our brothers and to love them well and to not push them away from the Sacraments if they fall away from their state of life vocations. Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed ( book by Fr. Josh Johnson Research on health and same-sex relations ( from Family Research Council
Jun 18, 2019
TV Mass, Cafeteria Catholics, and Finding Happiness When Depressed
Fr. Josh answers questions about if watching Mass on television fulfills our Sunday obligation, how to find happiness when depressed from past trauma, and how to talk with “cafeteria Catholics” who pick and choose which parts of the Faith to follow. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Sometimes it takes a while to accept the difficult teachings that come from Christ. Many of the disciples who were with Jesus in John 6 left when he gave them the bread of life discourse … the ones who stayed did not really understand the teaching but they loved Jesus and over time Jesus gave them the grace to believe.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:15) This past week, Louisiana experienced a few really bad storms. A tornado actually touched down in a few places near Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Praise be to God, Fr. Josh and his parishioners were unharmed. However, his brother’s family wasn’t so lucky and their house was destroyed by the tornado. By the grace of God, the entire family happened to be in an area of the house that wasn’t completely destroyed and they walked away with cuts and bruises. Fr. Josh asks for your prayers for his family. He also wants to thank everyone who has been praying and those who have financially helped his family. Listener Feedback (6:49) TV Mass on Sunday (12:07) When does Mass on TV fill Sunday Mass obligation? We missed Mass this past Sunday due to severe weather conditions in our area. So we watched Mass on TV. Do I need to go to confession, or is that OK? -Erin Finding Happiness (15:58) [This question has been edited for length] Hi Fr Josh, I found your podcast from Abiding Together. I love it and I love how you answer questions. I started binge listening to all your podcasts. I was sexually assaulted a few times while growing up: by family, by my doctor, and my swimming instructor. I kept this all to myself, afraid to tell anyone. I kinda forgot about it; or so I thought. In addition to this, my siblings and I were so scared of dad, we would tiptoe around and only talk in whispers. He was physically and verbally abusive. As I grew older, I started to hate him despite mom telling me and my siblings not to because he is our father. I was diagnosed with depression earlier this year. I thought I was just tired. But when I started crying out of the blue while grocery shopping, and thinking about ramming my car into trees or anything while driving, sleeping or lying in bed from Friday to Sunday - waking up only for Mass - I realized this is not just tired. Dad passed away in 2017 and mom told me that he asked for a priest and had his confession and his last sacrament after so many years of being away from the Church. I love my family, so I try to do everything I can to help. They ask me for help whenever they're short on cash so I started doing part time jobs - 4 at the same time, plus my full time job. But it wasn't enough. I kept pushing myself, telling myself to be strong and this will pass. But I’ve started to have suicide thoughts. I often ask myself, how strong does God want me to be? I’ve reached out to members of my church and family but they don’t seem to care. I also don’t want to talk about my family’s secrets or open myself up to be vulnerable. I can't sleep. I don't even sing anymore, I don't clean my house. My days don’t have any meaning. I still pray but the peacefulness doesn't last long. I did get help medically but I’m still falling deeper. I also joined a meditation workshop by The World Community for Christian Meditation. Why Fr. did those things happen? Where was God when it happened? He can't stop people from doing bad things, but why can't God help me to forget or give me strength to fight or to scream when that happened? Is it really me? Is it my fault that I'm depressed and have anxiety? Should I be strong? I hate the word strong because I felt that I have been as strong as I can all these years. And now I need help but people are expecting me to ignore my feelings. They say that there are people out there that have it worse and I need to just move on. I am so sorry if my email is all over the place and doesn't make any sense. And I'm sorry if I'm taking so much of your time reading this. Help me Father Josh. I'm in so much pain and I don't know how to help and heal myself. -C. Cafeteria Catholics (30:08) Dear Fr. Josh, I am writing because I think I messed up! To summarize, my question is how to talk with "cafeteria Catholics," those who pick and choose which parts of the faith they will follow, without sounding like you are right and they are wrong. The bottom line is I accidentally offended a good friend and a recent Catholic convert and made her feel unwelcome in the church! Yikes! All our lives we have been a case of opposites attract: Her family was very liberal politically and on social issues and not religious and mine was politically conservative and Catholic. Knowing that she's always been pro choice (she's had an abortion) and pro gay marriage I asked her if she considered herself still liberal in social issues or more Catholic. She still thought that they should be able to be legally married and that she didn't see what religion had to do with it. She also said she regretted her abortion but didn't want to take that choice away from women. I kind of pushed back by asking, if she talked about this in RCIA? she said, "No". In the end, she felt that I thought she shouldn't be Catholic (even though I told her she belongs in the church but just missing out on some of the beauty of the faith). We essentially agreed to disagree and it just left a sour feeling to the reunion. Should I follow up with her in some way, share some other insights with her? and how should I have handled it? I wouldn't ask that of most people but I felt our long history gave me special permission. How do we talk with "cafeteria Catholics" without pushing them away? Thanks so much for your insight in this matter. I am so appreciative of your podcast and of you! -Please Don't Use My Name! Universal Call to Holiness (38:43) Lean into Jesus. Christ and his grace are enough for all of us. Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed book ( by Fr. Josh Johnson Abiding Together Podcast (
Jun 11, 2019
What Does Hell Look Like, Was Peter the First Pope, and a Follow Up to Spiritual Intimacy
Today Fr. Josh dives into some theology today as he answers questions about whether hell looks like Dante’s Inferno, why Peter was the first pope, and what kinds of spiritual intimacy are prudent before marriage. Hear more on this topic in the episode Catholic Dating, How Far is Too Far Before Marriage, and Spiritual Intimacy. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “The degree of perfection experienced by those who are saved by the grace of God is proportioned to one’s merits, and the degree of punishment experienced by those who are damned to hell because of their choice is proportioned to each one of their sins.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:10) It is ordination season and a lot of Fr. Josh’s friends are being ordained! Also, as of May 31st Fr. Josh has celebrated five years of being a priest! Listener Feedback (6:00) What Does Hell Look Like (10:34) Hi! I'm Kate! and I have a question about Dante's Inferno. Here's the history in case you did not know. Dante wrote a book in the middle ages called The Divine Comedy. It told us about his journey into heaven and hell. I have always pictured hell as this place full of fire where mad people have nothing to drink and only eat dust and rocks and sit in a cell with laser bars while you sit there and moan because the devil guy keeps poking you with a fork. (learned this info in a dream I had when I was 5 or 6 after I lied to my mom about cookies and dinner.) But Dante says there are different sins, different levels, different punishments. So, my question is: 'DO WE BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT HELL LOOKS LIKE?' -Kate Was Peter the First Pope (17:33) Hi Fr. Josh! By the way, I think you’re an amazing, amazing priest. I had a question about St. Peter as the first pope of the Catholic Church. As an on-fire Catholic, I see evidence for why Jesus assigned Peter as the ‘rock’ of the Catholic Church, but how do I answer my sister’s dismissal of this statement when she says that this common Catholic fact “is just a Catholic’s interpretation of the Scripture, since Jesus doesn’t specifically use the word ‘pope’ to describe Peter in the Bible?” Furthermore, how do we know our Church was built on the 100% truths of Jesus Christ, and not just man’s interpretation of how Jesus wanted us to go about religion? Thank you for the help, and know that I’m still praying for you! -Kennedy Follow Up to Spiritual Intimacy (28:11) Dear Fr Josh, I am a priest from Malta (Europe) and I came across your podcast quite by chance, through a young couple that I accompany spiritually. First of all I just want to thank you and encourage you for how beautifully and joyfully you share the Word of God and the Church's teachings with your listeners. The couple I'm journeying with have obtained a lot of strength and encouragement through your words. I have a question - if I may - about one of your podcasts from February (the Valentine's day episode) because this young couple was a little confused by something you said and they asked me for guidance about it; and I have to admit that after listening to the podcast myself a couple of times, I still couldn't figure out how I could help them. Basically it's where, towards the end of the segment about spiritual intimacy, (around the 19-minute mark in the podcast) you say that there is some spiritual sharing that couples should reserve for engagement and an even deeper spiritual sharing that they should reserve for marriage. Now since I always encourage the couples I journey with to make prayer (together) a firm part of their courtship, I was wondering how you would distinguish one kind of spiritual sharing from the other... For instance, would that include a couple sharing with each other about spiritual consolations they might have received? Would it perhaps include sharing about doubts and spiritual dryness? Might it be a spiritual sharing that includes questions/issues about their sexuality? So basically my question would be, what, in your mind, is the kind of spiritual sharing (or intimacy; I'm using the two words interchangeably, btw) that would ideally be reserved for a more committed part of their courtship, engagement and marriage? I thank you for your kind attention; And by the way, I read that you are a pastor in Louisiana. In 2000 I spent my gap "pastoral" year (between my philosophy and theology years in Seminary) at Our Lady of Mercy parish in Baton Rouge. Best months of my life; Louisiana still feels like home to me :) May God bless you, protect you, and keep filling you and your ministry with His joy. -Fr. Brendan Universal Call to Holiness (33:33) Let us pray: God give me the grace to experience the gift of tongues so that I can share that which you want me to share in relationships with people. So that I can share that which you want me to share when it comes to the Scriptures and catechesis with people. So that I share that which you want me to share, and only what you want me to share, when it comes to speaking about matters of salvation. Lord, give me the gift of tongues and give those who will receive my gift of tongues the interpretation of tongues so they hear only that which you want them to hear, which is what is good for them in their walk toward eternity. Amen. Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Click here to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed ( book by Fr. Josh Johnson
Jun 04, 2019
Original Sin, Explicit Music, State of Life Vocations, and Can Priests and Women Be Friends
Today Fr. Josh answers questions about how we become stained by original sin, listening to music with explicit lyrics, if feeling called to marriage means you will find a spouse, and if a friendship between a priest and a woman is appropriate. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “We need to have appropriate boundaries to protect our vocation—not just our state of life vocation, but our primary vocation to become saints.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:16) A glory story of gratitude! Fr. Josh shares some of the beauty and graces he experienced during his silent retreat this past week. Listener Feedback (4:57) Original Sin (11:22) Dear Father Josh, Please help me to understand the concept of original sin. I came to Catholic church as an adult, and I LOVE studying the doctrine and history of the church. However, I don't understand this concept. I agree that God gives us free will, and as human beings we have this built in urge to do bad things. What I don't understand is how a newborn baby can be stained by original sin. How are we marred by original sin due to Adam's sin? I've read the Cathechism's passage on original sin, but I still don't quite get it. Please explain it to me or maybe direct me to a modern explanation. -Kate Explicit Music (19:20) Father Josh, I'm a new listener and I got excited when you sang some songs on your podcast. Looked up "Sorry, Not Sorry" and Ericka, Ericka Jayne on youtube and they were explicit. A little girl in a Lebanese restaurant was grooving to "Sorry, Not Sorry"?! Yikes. And Ericka Jane was straight-up immodest! Is it okay to like this music? 'Cause then I can go back to loving me some Usher and DMX from my day. Gave that stuff up when I reverted. -Anonymous State of Life Vocations (27:26) Hey Father! I have a question somewhere in the following statement... LOL I was listening to Matt Fradd’s Pints with Aquinas podcast on Vocations and he brought up that there’s a reality that single people may need to begin to embrace in society at this moment in time and that’s the fact that we may not have "someone out there" for us-- essentially, that we just may not get married one day. He referenced pornography addiction as a big cause in this. I definitely agree with him as I am starting to realize at 26 (it really never occurred to me LOL) that I was never promised a husband by God-- but it is really hard to come to terms with this potentiality because I do really feel called to marriage and am working at bettering myself to be able to answer that call if/when it comes. Im still young and I still have time-- but I think its good to realize and pray with these things. BUT I have some questions-- in saying that this is true--are we saying that these people were never called to marriage in the first place? Ie-- could I be wrong about feeling called to marriage? OR are we saying that we could be called to marriage and because of the time/situation/state of society not able to fulfill that call? Its just really sad to think about an entire generation or generations of people who might be willing, capable of, and called to marriage but may never be able to. All this being said-- I know that marriage is not and END goal of this life. Im slowly wrapping my mind around that and the Lord is moving in big ways to teach me that! I just wished this entire topic was talked about more in the church today and not just amping up marriage/priesthood/religious life like one of the three is guaranteed to us if it isn't. Thanks! -Hailey Can Priests and Women be Friends (36:54) Hola from Central America, love love love your podcast, don't miss one! YOU are a blessing and I have to admit you are one of my spiritual directors.... 😊 I have been struggling with this question for quite some time now... Can a real friendship exist between a priest and a woman (when they click so much in personality)? Where should we draw the line? I have been consulting it and have very different answers.... so I want your input on this....Thank you and God Bless.... Gracias por todo lo que hace, es una gran Bendición para mucha gente en muchos países, no solo USA. -Anonymous Spiritual Daughter Universal Points (43:15) (Please note that these are brief summaries of the answers Fr. Josh provides in the podcast and are intended to help you remember the advice given on the show.) * Original Sin - It is more of a void and in baptism we receive the gift as a grace from God. * Explicit Music - Some music will be gifts for us, and other music will not. We need to discern where the voice of God is speaking in the music and where the enemy is creeping in and affecting you negatively * State of Life Vocations - We are all called to be saints. That is the primary vocation. * Can Priests and Women be Friends - The Foundation Principle: How does this person bring me closer to Christ? Prioritize the near occasion of grace and avoid the near occasion of sin. Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Check out this episode at
May 28, 2019
Be My Guest: Dr. Mario Sacasa on Love as a Sincere Gift of Self
DISCLAIMER: Fr. Josh and Dr. Mario Sacasa dive deep into some of these topics including conjugal love and struggles with pornography. You may want to listen first and discern whether or not it is the right time for your child(ren) to listen. Today Fr. Josh answers questions about sexual baggage, feeling guilty about NFP, the morality of pleasure outside the marital act, and dealing with a partner who watches porn. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “If you’re not already putting practices in place to grow in holiness and find freedom, then you’re not going to get married and all of a sudden have everything get better.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:15) Fr. Josh is celebrating five years of priesthood and spent some time with brother priests to celebrate everyone’s ordination! As they were celebrating, they shared something that pierced Fr. Josh’s heart and almost made him cry. Listener Feedback (5:52) Marital Pleasure (10:54) Other than actual intercourse, is it wrong for married couples to enjoy physical pleasure with each other if they don't intend it to result in intercourse every time? -Maddie Sexual History (15:23) How am I supposed to handle my boyfriend's sexual past, me being a virgin? It feels at times like I've been betrayed even though he didn't know me at the time. I also worry what it would mean for our marriage, not only regarding human insecurities but lost graces. The secular advice is "his past is none of your business" but I feel if we get married it will be my business. -Confused Girlfriend Pornogrogaphy in a Relationship (28:58) How do you deal with porn in a relationship -- by that, I mean, it hurts to get months into a relationship with someone who is quite wonderful, then find out he struggles with a porn problem. But, mortal sins are also not a first date topic. And although I've heard some say you shouldn't date someone who has this problem, I don't find myself able to act on that advice, or even able to find a guy who doesn't struggle with this! On the other hand, it makes a relationship so hard to maintain... when you know your SO is looking at other girls, it makes you feel like your relationship is a lie, or maybe you're not worth very much. It puts distance and mistrust between you, and it doesn't help much to know, logically, that you're valuable, when you feel like you're not. I don't want to tell him never to talk about this with me, because I don't want to pretend it's not happening. But I also don't want to hear about it, because it hurts so much. I don't want to leave because I'll regret it, and as I said... the next guy will probably be dealing with the same thing anyway. I petition St. Jude for intercession because this seems so hopeless. What's a girl -- or guy -- to do? -Anonymous Struggles with NFP (40:51) 1.) My husband and I have been married for a little over 8 years and have 4 beautiful children (7, 5 1/2, 3 1/2, and 16 months), plus a couple more babies in Heaven that I miscarried. My struggle comes with practicing NFP. We have always used the Creighton Model, but I'm a yellow stamper (meaning my cycles aren't always as obvious) and I also have a history of low progesterone (hence the miscarriages) and have had to be on progesterone supplements for my last three pregnancies. That being said, I'm terrified of getting pregnant again. Don't get me wrong... I will be elated if I end up pregnant. I really want another baby. But due to several factors including financial restraints, having an extremely small house, and still having low progesterone where I could end up miscarrying again, my husband and I are currently "trying to avoid". I realize we don't need to have a dozen kids to make it into Heaven (though not there's anything wrong with that), but I feel guilty any time my husband and I want to be intimate and I can't tell if I'm fertile or not. Part of me feels like it’s best for us to avoid right now, but then part of me wonders if that's being closed off to God and not welcoming any children He has planned (because obviously His plans are infinitely better than mine). I just feel this huge amount of guilt and frustration either way. We are working with our NFP coordinator to figure out my cycles, but until then, it's a lot of "Well you could've used those days" (which doesn't help us after the fact), or feeling guilty that I am disappointing my husband for having to abstain so much or worried that my attitude is disappointing God. Besides bearing my cross and continuing to meet with my NFP coordinator, do you have any advice? -Wife and Mother Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes.
May 21, 2019
Praying the Paul VI Rosary: The Glorious Mysteries
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus ... who revealed himself again and again to his disciples. Lord you keep coming to the disciples, no matter how many times they hurt you, you pursue them. You are the same Jesus, yesterday, today, and forever, so I know you also pursue me. You are relentless in your pursuit of me. You’re never going to give up on me ... Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:48) Fr. Josh shares about his trip to Canada and the time he spent with the ladies of the Abiding Together podcast. He was a speaker at their Restore the Beauty conference. The feedback he received and the stories shared by you, the Ask Father Josh listeners, meant so much. Thank you. The Glorious Mystery: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ (8:59)
May 14, 2019
Chapel Veils, Free Will, and Methods for Preventing Pregnancy
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Why do some women wear a veil? When a woman veils herself in the presence of the Eucharistic Lord, it’s a visible reminder of our spousal relationship, the bridal relationship between Christ and the Church.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:26) Fr. Josh went to visit St. Joseph’s Seminary in Abbey College (where he went to seminary for four years). He spent time with the Lord in the woods and as it started getting darker, he began to hear weird noises. Listener Feedback (4:48) Free Will (9:47) Dear Father Josh, Thanks for your prayerful, joyful advice - it's been very helpful for me. I especially enjoy when you hum and sing songs from random words you read off because if you didn't I probably would - except without sounding as good! I wanted to comment on a previous topic & bring up a new one. I found myself agreeing with your response about the need to make our churches more "inclusive" not in a cheap way but a meaningful way that opens even wider the gates to holiness! I was thinking about how so many of my married friends were inspired and encouraged by the canonization of saints like St. Gianna Molla and Louis and Zelie (parents of St. Therese). Although the Church teaches that marriage is also a path to holiness, not just celibacy for the Kingdom, it is a whole other level of encouragement and hope when you see brothers and sisters in your state of life joining the cloud of witnesses - it takes away a sneaking (maybe even subconscious lurking doubt) that maybe it's almost impossible. In the same way, although I am Indian, seeing your style which is a different flavor than many other great Catholic speakers made me breathe a little easier and feel relaxed. I hadn't even noticed that I didn't totally identify with the style of many other Catholic speakers because I was busy being edified by their content. I realize that for whatever reason I was somewhat associating being a good Catholic with certain cultural quirks or perhaps doubtful that I can enjoy random stuff like Lauryn Hill. So thank you for being you! Now for my question. For over a decade of my Christian life I had been trying to focus a lot on building virtues, and trusting in Jesus. Recently, in addition to both of those, through another season of renewal in the Spirit, I am realizing that Jesus also trusts ME! I know this is true not only through my personal prayer but also in that He made me (and all of us) free, the Church affirms this, and Jesus makes it plain in the Scriptures. For me, this new life of freedom has been, to be honest, kind of discombobulating! I am not just called to avoid sin but to be free to co-create with Him. Although this has brought me much joy, I am also realizing I kind of don't even know what to do with this beautiful, true freedom. The poem about the 'Grand Inquisitor' by Dostoevsky has taken on a whole other meaning for me all of a sudden. I noticed that the introduction of your podcast respects your listeners' interior freedom and you seem to have a generous amount yourself so I thought I'll ask you: Could you share some insights on how to welcome our God-given freedom to love, to rejoice and live deeply? -Simi Chapel Veils (24:17) Dear Fr Josh, I have been meaning to send you a message much sooner. I am happy that I finally got around to it now! I am quite new to the church, in fact I will be confirmed next week at the Easter Vigil. I was lucky enough to attend my first Latin Mass in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. I wore my veil to this mass and I absolutely loved the feeling of being hidden and humbled in front of our Lord. Although, last year we travelled to Portugal and I attended a Latin Mass there in Lisbon, but I did not have my veil with me and was dressed quite "sporty". We happened to be just visiting the area, so I could not go home and get my veil or change. I felt out of place amongst all the other women. They were all dressed so modestly and had their heads covered. It was a beautiful sight to see. Ever since I first wore my veil back in South Africa, I have had the urge to keep wearing it. I am not sure if God is calling me to wear my veil to an ordinary mass as we do not have mass in the extraordinary form in Namibia. But I just can't help but feel that God is God whether it's extraordinary or ordinary mass. I often look at Mary, our Mother and observe how she always wore a veil. She has been a big part in my conversion to Catholicism. Another thought that keeps me awake at night is a quote I read by a devout Catholic man. He said that he was envious of women. For they can humble themselves in public by covering their heads. They can show their reverence for Jesus present in the Eucharist by putting on a veil. Although, most people I have spoken to told me that it is old fashioned and not necessary. Someone mentioned that it would be more distracting in mass for others than anything else. My question is, are they right? As I will be the only person in my town who will be wearing a veil. Thank you Father for taking the time to help me with this. Have a blessed day, father. -New to the Faith Methods for Preventing Pregnancy (31:18) Hey Father Josh, I first off would like to tell you how much I love your podcast, my husband and I listen every week. I love how you keep it real, and how you truly care. You are a blessing , more than you know. I am writing to you in the hopes that you can explain something to me in a way that I can understand and accept. A bit of back story, I am a cradle Catholic who was away from the church for many years- college through my early 30’s. Getting married and having 3 beautiful children brought me home to Jesus and I am now so excited to reconnect with my faith. I am totally on board with pretty much everything the Church teaches, except one: the Church’s teaching on birth control . Here’s the thing: I do understand why things like the pill, condoms, etc are wrong. My husband and I stopped using any form of artificial birth control about a year ago. I started looking in to NFP, but felt the classes were more geared toward newly married/engaged couples. It was really overwhelming. My husband and I have been married 10 years, and he really doesn’t see why using the withdrawal method is wrong. Can you please explain to me why that method of family planning is worse than NFP? Both are used to plan/time pregnancies. Both have the possibility of life. I am turning 40 this year (Yikes!) and my husband just turned 50. We are not at a phase in our lives to be having more babies. We want to follow mother church, but the whole process of learning NFP is intimidating. Most of our peers are either on birth control, or have had procedures done such as vasectomies. Is the withdrawal method really so wrong? I feel we are united, we are connected, and the possibility of life is still here. Please explain this to me in a way I can understand. Thank you so much for all you do, we keep you in our prayers. Peace. -Anonymous Universal Points (37:38) (Please note that these are brief summaries of the answers Fr. Josh provides in the podcast and are intended to help you remember the advice given on the show.) Today’s ONE Overarching Universal Point: Freedom in Christ brings joy! As long as we follow the commands of the Lord, he wants us to be free, wild, fun, creative, quiet, and to be ourselves. So be free and be the saint that God is calling you to be. View the shownotes and resources for each episode at
May 07, 2019
Hypostatic Union, Annulled Marriages, and Asking a Girl on a Date
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show “Whenever we open up our hands and don’t grasp at our plan, but are open to God’s plan, then we can receive the great gift he has in store for us. The gift he has for other people may not be good for our salvation.” SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:01) Fr. Josh shares a story about the power of intercessory prayer. Listener Feedback (3:38) How did the Child Jesus Know he was God? Or Hypostatic Union (10:36) Hi Fr. Josh! My name is Noah from Toronto, Canada and I love listening to your podcast! I have a quick question for you. As Jesus was growing up as a child, how did he know that he was the Son of God? I understand he was preaching in the synagogues at a very young age, but how did he truly and faithfully know that he was the anointed Son of God? Also could he have been skeptical or question that he was during his discernment. Thank you so much and may God continue to bless you in your ministry. -Noah Annulled Marriages (14:47) I have gone through annulment proceedings and the annulment was finalized a few years ago. I really don’t know what to think about the time that I lived in what was a now unrecognized/annulled marriage—I discussed it briefly with a canon lawyer during confession BUT was the time in a marriage (that is now annulled) really time living in a state of sin? It seems like it would be but I don’t know how to seek penance on it or if I should because it seems like a confusing question to me. I’m not really sure if I should seek reconciliation for it or if I need to or what… -Chris Asking a Girl on a Date (22:19) Hello Fr. Josh, First of all thanks for your great podcast, I listen to the episodes in the train and it is a wonderful way to start the day! I have a question about dating. There's a girl at my church whom I quite like. She seems very serious in her faith and after talking to her on a few occasions I think she may like me too. Now, I have heard many times that ambiguity isn't a good thing and that the best thing to do is to clearly ask a girl on a date if you're interested in her. I think that's excellent advice and so I was planning to do just that. However, I'm not sure about how well one should know a girl before asking her on a date? Also, I may be wrong but I feel like a date is the way forward because "normal" chat isn't going to help much with getting to know the important things that would tell me whether I can potentially look for a spouse in her. Would you have some advice about how to make normal conversation useful at the "before asking someone on a date" stage? Are there red flags or things to look for, etc.? Looking forward to your answer. Keep up the good work and God bless. -Anonymous Universal Points (25:25) (Please note that these are brief summaries of the answers Fr. Josh provides in the podcast and are intended to help you remember the advice given on the show.) Hypostatic Union - Yes! Check out the CCC and St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings. Annulled Marriages - It depends on the circumstances. Asking a Girl on a Date - Virtue says that the man will take on the risk of being rejected. Resources Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Broken and Blessed ( book by Fr. Josh Johnson I Will Follow Priesthood Video (video at bottom of this page) ( NaPro Technology ( Creighton Model ( Will Regan songs - Climb ( and Nothing I Hold On To ( CCC 471-475 - Apollinarius of Laodicaea asserted that in Christ the divine Word had replaced the soul or spirit. Against this error the Church confessed that the eternal Son also assumed a rational, human soul. This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, "increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man", and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience. This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking "the form of a slave". But at the same time, this truly human knowledge of God's Son expressed the divine life of his person. "The human nature of God's Son, not by itself but by its union with the Word, knew and showed forth in itself everything that pertains to God." Such is first of all the case with the intimate and immediate knowledge that the Son of God made man has of his Father. The Son in his human knowledge also showed the divine penetration he had into the secret thoughts of human hearts. By its union to the divine wisdom in the person of the Word incarnate, Christ enjoyed in his human knowledge the fullness of understanding of the eternal plans he had come to reveal. What he admitted to not knowing in this area, he elsewhere declared himself not sent to reveal. Similarly, at the sixth ecumenical council, Constantinople III in 681, the Church confessed that Christ possesses two wills and two natural operations, divine and human. They are not opposed to each other, but cooperate in such a way that the Word made flesh willed humanly in obedience to his Father all that he had decided divinely with the Father and the Holy Spirit for our salvation. Christ's human will "does not resist or oppose but rather submits to his divine and almighty will." CCC 478 - Jesus knew and loved us each and all during his life, his agony and his Passion, and gave himself up for each one of us: "The Son of God. . . loved me and gave himself for me." He has loved us all with a human heart. For this reason, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced by our sins and for our salvation, "is quite rightly considered the chief sign and symbol of that. . . love with which the divine Redeemer continually loves the eternal Father and all human beings" without exception.
Apr 30, 2019
Happy Easter from Fr. Josh!
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! Snippet from the Show "God can make all things new."
Apr 23, 2019
Holy Week, Aliens, and Righteous Anger
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Jesus Christ gave one hundred percent to the apostles, even when they were fickle, even when they were sketchy, even when they didn’t come through. He always came through. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:53) The struggle to be holy is so real. Fr. Josh shares how Lent has been difficult for him this year and the beautiful reflection that came about in the midst of it all. Listener Feedback (8:06) Righteous Anger (10:39) Hi Fr. Josh my name is Paul. I love how you always admit that you are not perfect and can always improve yourself. My question is about how do you discern whether your anger is righteous or not? A little backstory...I feel like I have been unjustly judged and while I'm not acting out on my feelings I'm wondering if what I'm feeling could be righteous? -Paul Holy Week (17:36) Hi Fr. Josh, Renee here, BIG fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How would you suggest I prepare for Holy Week? And how should I be acting from Holy Thursday till Easter? Do I need to be doing anything differently than from the rest of Lent? Thank you so much Fr. Josh you are such a beautiful soul! -Renee Aliens (28:34) Do aliens exist and if they do, would they have souls? -David Universal Points (35:05) (Please note that these are a brief summary of the answers Fr. Josh provides in the podcast and are intended to help you remember the advice given on the show.) Righteous Anger - Discern by the fruits. Holy Week - Follow up with Fr. Mike’s video on praying through Holy Week. Aliens - There are some topics we can only speculate on because we just don’t know. Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes.
Apr 16, 2019
Nuns Without Habits, Explaining Past Mistakes to Children, and Fr. Josh’s Conversion
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show How can we say “I love you” to a God we cannot see if we don’t show that love to the body of Christ who we can see. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:21) Fr. Josh shares how grateful he is to be the pastor who is in relationship with the beautiful body of Christ at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. His second glory story is his new audiobook version of Broken and Blessed. His third glory story is about a pro-choice woman who went to see the new movie Unplanned and had a transformation of heart. Listener Feedback (4:35) Explaining Your Past Mistakes to Your Children (7:49) Hi Father Josh, Thank you so much for your priesthood and the great work that you are doing with this podcast! Thank you especially for introducing me to the litanies that you have mentioned. They have changed my prayer life! Here is a short background for my question. My husband and I were both raised Catholic, with a real love of the Lord. But our faith had shallow roots and neither of us were properly catechized. We both fell away from practicing the faith in university, and by the time we met we were “cafeteria Catholics” at best. We were super proud of ourselves for waiting for each other and still being virgins when we met. But we did not wait for marriage, we lived together before we got married, and we contracepted throughout dating and for the first couple of years of our marriage. We both had really powerful conversions about two years ago. Understanding and following church teachings has transformed our marriage and our lives. We now have a beautiful daughter, and we hope and pray for more children. But how am I supposed to teach my daughter what’s right when I didn’t set the example? She will probably see photos of me dressed immodestly. My friends and family will tell stories about me drinking to excess, clubbing, using recreational drugs. And the big one is that she will know that her father and I lived together before we were married. I’m so worried that from her perspective it will seem like we had our fun and then decided to follow church teachings when it was convenient for us. And even if I share with her how deeply wounded I was by living that way, it was an interior suffering and pain that comes from being cut off from God. On the surface, looking at the timeline of my life, it looks like things worked out pretty well. This affects my confidence in my ability to evangelize as well, because I fear that my family and friends see me as a hypocrite. I said I was a Catholic throughout my 20s, while I basically did whatever I wanted. Who am I to try to teach people about Christ and His church and all of the beautiful teachings, now that I claim to be “really” Catholic? This all weighs heavily on my heart, and I appreciate any advice that you can give. God bless you, Father! Know that you are in my prayers regularly. -A Changed Mother Fr. Josh’s Story (14:22) I'm more or less of an agnostic right now. I was wondering why you, in particular, are a Catholic. What gives you the conviction that Catholicism is the 'one true faith'? What, in your eyes, sets Catholicism apart from all the hundreds of religions and spiritual ways of life mankind has practiced and continues to practice today? Thank you so much! -Dave Nuns without Habits (22:06) First of all, I wanted to thank you for your podcast. Your Glory Stories encourage me to recognize Christ's actions in my own life, and every episode brings me nothing but peace and clarity. Thank you so much! I was hoping you could bring a little clarity to a certain aspect of my life. I work for a monastery and I absolutely love my job. The sisters are the most beautiful, happy, holy women I have ever encountered and they inspire me daily to grow closer to Christ. They do so much good for the community as well. In telling people where I work, I run into a lot of judgment simply because the sisters don't wear habits. I feel like every time I tell people what I do, I have to give this elevator speech about how much I love the sisters and how much good they do - which is usually met with condescension. When I try to engage and talk about their frustrations with the sisters, it all comes down to the habit. I understand the beauty and importance of wearing a habit, I really do. However, I don't think it's bad that these women don't. Am I wrong? It pains me to see all the good the sisters do being overlooked because of what they wear. Thank you, and I will be praying for you! I hope you have a wonderful day! -Mary Beth Universal Points (33:50) (Please note that these are a brief summary of the answers Fr. Josh provides in the podcast and are intended to help you remember the advice given on the show.) Explaining Past to Your Children - Don’t let your past dictate your future. Fr. Josh’s Conversion Story - Experience, history, falling in love with Jesus. Why are you a disciple? Nuns without Habits - We need each other to make it to heaven. Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes.
Apr 09, 2019
The Devil, Life After Rape, and Giving Communion to Unbelievers
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show He suffered, not only for our redemption, but so that we wouldn’t have to suffer alone. He knows that you’re going to suffer in so many ways. He knew that people, in their free will, were going to hurt you and he wanted you to know that you are not alone. He is with you and he is suffering with you. For today's shownotes including resources from Fr. Josh, listen to today's episode at
Apr 02, 2019
Be My Guest: Dr. Edward Sri, the Crucifixion, and St. Joseph
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. Snippet from the Show He’s so in love with us that he wants to do everything he can to break down any barriers that keep us from him. That’s why he’s willing to come down and enter finite time and space and take on human flesh and even offer it up as a sacrifice for our sins. -Dr. Edward Sri If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! For full shownotes and resources from this episode please visit:
Mar 26, 2019
Depression, Sexism in the Church, Candy During Lent, and Posting on Facebook
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit (
Mar 19, 2019
Be My Guest: Jeff Cavins, Activated Discipleship, and Catholic Swag
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 the Catholic Faith, being a fan of Jesus versus being a follower of Jesus, cultivating a real relationship with the person of Jesus Christ, and how to share the gospel with others. Snippet from the Show _If someone is around me for a week, and they have to ask, “Are you a Christian?” I’ve got a serious problem … If the love of our life is Jesus, let’s act like it. _ Want to browse the resources Fr. Josh has recommended? Go to to select an episode and view the shownotes. Special Guest: Jeff Cavins.
Mar 12, 2019
Ash Wednesday, Dress Code for Mass, and Downplaying Mortal Sins During Confession
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show 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. If listening on your iphone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions! Visit to view the full version of the show notes for every episode. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:23) Listener Feedback (4:57) Ash Wednesday (15:09) Downplaying Mortal Sins During Confession (20:17) Dress Code for Mass (27:50) Universal Points (30:48)
Mar 05, 2019
Do Pets Go to Heaven, Family Conflict, and Honor Thy Father and Mother
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show 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. If listening on your iphone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions! Visit to view the full version of the show notes for every episode. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:17) Listener Feedback (6:09) Family Conflict (9:16) Honor Thy Father and Mother (15:54) Do Pets Go to Heaven (25:55) Universal Points (30:03)
Feb 26, 2019
Saint Icons, Feeling Unwelcome at Church, and the War on Drugs
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Mass is Mass. We go to Mass to worship God even if the music is terrible, the people next to us have body odor, or the readers cannot read well ... It is not always going to be easy to worship. Sometimes it is going to be painful. If listening on your iphone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions! Visit to view the full version of the show notes for every episode. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (1:56) Listener Feedback (6:45) Saint Icons (10:24) Feeling Unwelcome at Church (22:30) The War on Drugs (30:03) Universal Points (36:31)
Feb 19, 2019
Catholic Dating, How Far is Too Far Before Marriage, and Spiritual Intimacy
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show You are exactly how God created you to be today. So reverence your body and your soul. Reverence who you are because God delights in you. He reverences you. If listening on your iphone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions! Visit to view the show notes for every episode. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (2:34) Listener Feedback (4:33) Catholic Dating (6:00) Spiritual Intimacy (14:27) How Far is too Far Before Marriage (21:34) Universal Points (27:59) Resources Want to browse the resources Fr. Josh recommends? Click here ( to select an episode and view the shownotes.
Feb 12, 2019
Are Tattoos a Sin, the Covington Catholic Controversy, and Arguments Between Priests and Parish Staff
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show 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. For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit [ (] Questions Glory Story (1:04) Listener Feedback (3:42) Are Tattoos a Sin (8:24) The Covington Catholic Controversy (13:00) Arguments Between Priests and Parish Staff (25:42) Universal Points (34:46)
Feb 05, 2019
Eucharistic Adoration, Mary’s Perpetual Virginity, Single Moms, and Children Questioning the Catholic Faith
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 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 iPhone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions! Visit to view the show notes for every episode. Questions: Glory Story (2:01) Mary's Perpetual Virginity (12:33) Eucharistic Adoration (20:11) Children Questioning the Catholic Faith (28:04) Single Moms (32:15) Universal Points (34:30) Resources Broken and Blessed book by Fr. Josh Johnson TGA Bible CCC 2567 Siena Institute - Called and Gifted Catholic Daughters Knights of Columbus Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary: Unveiling the Mother of the Messiah book by Brant Pitre
Jan 29, 2019
Spending the Night, Humility, the Paranormal, and Same Sex Adoption
Fr. Josh answers questions about whether or not spending the night together before marriage is OK, what true humility looks like, if Catholics believe in paranormal activity, and how to evangelize to friends who believe same sex adoption is good. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show _Authentic love never sends the lover to the confessional because of sin. Authentic love always accompanies the lover to the confessional because of grace. _ Visit to view the show notes for every episode.
Jan 22, 2019
Pray for Our Priests
This week, Fr. Josh is at a priest conference with his diocese trying to grow and experience renewal in his priesthood. He invites you to pray for the priests of Baton Rouge so their hearts may be set on fire by our Lord to live holy lives and become saints. Snippet from the Show: They need your prayers, they need you to intercede for them to become holy.
Jan 15, 2019
Divorce, God’s Wrath in the Old Testament, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show According to Jesus, you are a gift. He spoke your true identity. Visit to view the show notes for every episode.
Jan 08, 2019
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
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. Snippet from the Show: 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. Bible Passages for Personal Prayer: Revelation 11:19 - 12:17 Hebrews 9:4 John 19:26 John 2:4 Exodus 40:34-35 Luke 1-2 1 Samuel 6:1-2 2 Samuel 6: 9-14 Judith 12-13 Judges 4-5 Genesis 3:15 Visit to view the show notes for every episode.
Jan 01, 2019
Merry Christmas!
Fr. Josh wishes you a Merry Christmas and sings a few songs. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!
Dec 25, 2018
Finding Meaning in Life, Christmas Presents, and Helping Children Discern their Vocation
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show 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. Visit to view the show notes for every episode.
Dec 18, 2018
Praying the Paul VI Rosary
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. Snippet from the Show: 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. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!
Dec 11, 2018
The Big Bang, Examination of Conscience, and Overcoming Mortal Sins
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Visit to view the show notes for every episode.
Dec 04, 2018
Addicted to Social Media, Helping the Homeless, and Communion on the Tongue
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Glory Story (2:28) Listener Feedback (6:41) Helping the Homeless (10:00) Communion on the Tongue (15:55) Addicted to Social Media (22:02) Universal Points (30:17) For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit (
Nov 20, 2018
Admonishing the Sinner, Regretting Abortion, and Marriage in Heaven
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show The gift of community is not only to help affirm and encourage each other, but also to challenge and critique each other in our walk toward becoming saints. Glory Story (1:12) Listener Feedback (3:46) Admonishing the Sinner (6:45) Marriage in Heaven (14:55) Regretting Abortion (19:19) Universal Points (27:38) For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit (
Nov 13, 2018
Voting, Spiritual Direction, and Fasting
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show When we fast from things that bring us pleasure, we feel what we are missing. That feeling should remind us how much we ought to be longing for Jesus. Turn to Jesus instead of turning toward passing pleasure to fill your desires. For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit (
Nov 06, 2018
Sacramentals, Circumcision, and Time Off Purgatory
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show All suffering united to the cross purifies our souls. We can live out some of our purgatory on earth to the degree that we allow our suffering to unite us to the cross of Jesus Christ. SHOWNOTES Glory Story (3:01) Part 1: The Adventures of Fr. Josh and Fr. Ruben They have some crazy and funny experiences that Fr. Josh will share on the next two episodes! Listener Feedback (13:33) Sacramentals (17:52) How are we supposed to view sacramentals, such as the Miraculous Medal & Scapular? We aren't supposed to believe that power actually comes from the thing, right? Would that not be idolatrous? Is it supposed to be like the statues which lift our minds & hearts to heaven? If so, then why do people stress the importance of wearing a Miraculous Medal and Scapular for protection? Do these items actually protect us in some way? -Resi (pronounced "reh-see") Circumcision (29:16) I have lately been thinking about circumcision as part of the Catholic canon. It has been raised as a question a few times if I have had my genitals mutilated and after enough times of posing this question to myself I looked it up as part of our faith. It seems that as the majority of the world is uncircumcised and the practice doesn’t create many lasting benefits and is more of a aesthetic surgical procedure here in the U.S. I have run across a few papers suggesting that circumcision is against moral law and that the apostle Paul strongly urged against it. How do you see this practice in our faith and how does it play into the dialogue that we are created in God’s image if that doesn’t include our natural body. Not to mention that the foreskin appears to be functional tissue that is removed without consent of the person. Thanks for your podcast, it is always awesome to tune in and hear a researched opinion. Keep doing what you are doing! -Benji Time Off Purgatory (36:59) I was just wondering if a deceased person had a painful death or a difficult life, does that shorten their time in Purgatory? -Mary
Oct 30, 2018
Halloween, Children at Mass, and Maid of Honor
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Love is a free gift. God does not force us. God does not impose anything on us. He only invites and proposes. For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit (
Oct 23, 2018
Distractions in Prayer, Alcoholic Spouses, and Racism in the Church
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show I don’t want to worship the gifts of God, I want to worship the God who gives and takes away gifts. For full shownotes, text ASKFRJOSH to 33-777 or visit (
Oct 16, 2018
An Invitation to Pray
Oct 09, 2018
Money, Chronic Pain, Discerning the Priesthood
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Jesus told St. Faustina: if the angels were capable of envy they would envy us for two things: (1) that we can receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion and (2) that we can suffer with Christ.
Oct 02, 2018
Cannibalism, Cremation, and Sinful Priests
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. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! "The Church will rise above this. Whenever the Church goes through this kind of turmoil, God will raise up a great number of saints. Holy men and women who are intentional disciples of Christ. Let us pray that we can be in that number of saints."
Sep 25, 2018
The Pill, Choosing Godparents, and Loneliness
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Jesus wants to be the first person you think about when you wake up and the last person you think about before you go to bed.
Sep 18, 2018
Working Moms, Quitting Smoking, and Can We Lose Our Salvation
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Snippet from the Show Love only invites. Love only proposes, it never imposes. Authentic love never forces. God will never make us choose him. He gives us the free choice to say yes today and yes tomorrow.
Sep 11, 2018
Lust, Reading Scripture, Lying, and Jehovah’s Witnesses
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 You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!
Sep 04, 2018
Virgin Mary, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Discerning Vocation while Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction
Aug 28, 2018
Living in Sin, Dating, Forgiving Oneself, and Jealousy
Aug 21, 2018
Hormone Replacement Therapy, 30 Years Since Last Confession, When Do We Receive Our Souls
Aug 14, 2018
Childhood Abuse, Anxiety, Converting to Catholicism, Father Abandonment, and Communion Cup
Aug 07, 2018
The Bible, Masturbation, Honeymoon Abstinence, and Holy Communion
Jul 31, 2018
Divorce, Going to Hell, and Being Angry at God
Jul 24, 2018
Racism, Non-Catholic Bible Studies, Organ Donation, and Plastic Surgery
Jul 17, 2018
Is Your Spouse Your Friend, How to Be Catholic at Work, Is Sex Just to Make Babies, and Healing from Past Dating Wounds
Jul 10, 2018
Vasectomies, Death of a Family Member, Prayer Journaling, and Gay Relationships
Jul 03, 2018
Infant Baptism, Ending Friendships, and Purgatory
Jun 26, 2018
Infidelity, Venial Sins, Letting Go, and Anger
Jun 19, 2018
Pope Francis, Priests Playing Favorites, and Celibacy
Jun 12, 2018
Game of Thrones, Fallen-Away Catholics, and Discernment
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Jun 06, 2018
The Eucharist, Relationship Standards, and Smoking Weed
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Jun 06, 2018
The Rosary, Working on Sundays, and NFP
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Jun 06, 2018
"Ask Fr. Josh" Launching Next Week!
May 30, 2018