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  1. Father, I am a truck driver. Work takes me away from home 4 days a week. My wife has had 2 bouts with cancer. 8 years ago scarring from radiation destroyed our sex life and last year she had her vagina completely removed. I pray daily for guidance. I am a 46 year old how do I deal with the sexual frustration? She has suggested I find a concubine, which I did but the woman eventually needed more than I could provide and the affair ended. I feel like masturbation is a greater sin than having a relationship. Without release I am unable to control rage toward other males. Can you offer advice?

    FATHER JOE: If this comment is as you purport, then you have issues that demand seriously counseling. While masturbation is a matter of mortal sin, I am aghast that you think that adultery might be a better solution. Your poor wife has undergone a terrible ordeal and all you can think about are your own sexual desires. Sorry, but I find your attitude highly offensive and selfish. You should be available and comforting to your wife during this time of struggle and sickness. She is still your wife and the woman to whom you pledged fidelity “for better or for worse.” Step up and be the man you are supposed to be. If you cannot control your lust and/or your rage, then you are not well and should seek psychological help. Any effort at faith or prayer will be empty if you opt to live in sin.

  2. Is it OK for me a practising Catholic to use Rekhi at my local holistic centre? I am a teacher suffering from stress and anxiety and distress and can’t sleep. Thought it might calm me down..the same place offers sound therapy for relaxation like tibetan drums and chimes etc. I was wondering if it’s OK to participate? I dont want to be committed a mortal sin or something and don’t really understand the long theological answers on Catholic Answers dot com. So I’m hoping you’ll be able to explain dead simply? Many thanks Father. God bless.

    FATHER JOE:

    I know nothing about it and defer to the American Bishops who view it as superstitious and incompatible with the Catholic faith. CLICK HERE FOR DOCUMENT.

  3. Father, the godliness of Jesus Christ is being questioned by non-believers. They say that, if he be the Son of God, then how is it that the Son and the Father can be the same? Why does Jesus call himself the Father? What should I do when my faith is being questioned?

    FATHER JOE: It may be that your faith needs further catechesis as the mystery of the Trinity is the principal mystery of the Christian faith and is the demarcation of our religion as a “supernatural” faith. Judaism, and to a lesser extent, Islam would be regarded as natural religions because of their appreciation that there is one God. Christianity also believes that God is one, a truth which is also within the grasp of human reason through philosophy. However, in Jesus Christ, God has also revealed himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is defined as three divine Persons in one divine Nature. Nature asks the question, what is God? Person asks the question, who is God? The Father knows himself from all eternity in a perfect and infinite manner. That which is infinite and perfect is by definition God. Thus the Father generates the Son from all eternity. Continuing the analogy, the Father and the Son love each other from all eternity in a perfect and infinite manner. Thus the Father and the Son generates the Holy Spirit from all eternity. Note the Scriptures refer to Christ as the eternal Word. Similarly, we often associate the Holy Spirit with personified Love. Jesus shows himself as God by his power to forgive sin and to raise the dead. He is viewed as the Master of the Sabbath. He is also called Savior and only God can save us. Men cannot save themselves apart from Christ. Note that we also baptize in the name of the Trinity. This demonstrates that the Holy Spirit is also God. Again, a creature has no power to save us. The Persons of the Trinity are distinguished by their relationship or generation. The Father sent his Son into the world to redeem us. The Son sends the Holy Spirit upon the Church so that his saving presence and ministry might continue within the instrumentality of the Church. Jesus calls upon God the Father. Jesus is the revelation of the Father. He shows us the face of God. Jesus is the Divine Justice and the Divine Mercy. What should you do when your faith is questioned? The answer should be self-evident. Study and pray over the faith so that you might better know your holy religion.

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