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  1. Dear Father Joe,
    I was wondering if fishing was wrong. I know Jesus did it and he served the people fish. I know it is okay for food purposes, but what about catch and release? Is that causes unnecessary harm to the fish? Lately I have been cutting the barb off the hook because apparently it reduces a little pain but the downside to that is you lose a lot more fish. I was wondering if it was necessary for me to cut the barb off my hooks? Thanks.

    FATHER JOE: There is no moral imperative. Of course, I tend to eat what is caught.

  2. I heard in a homily today that Jesus, in his human body, was fully male and in his glorified body he is also fully female. Can you enlighten me on this?
    My understanding is that God is neither male nor female. The father, and the so are male, the spirit is niether and Mary being assumed and crowned queen of heaven represents femeninity in heaven.

    FATHER JOE: What you heard is heresy. God as the Trinity is a perfect spirit… no body and thus no gender. We speak of the First Person of the Trinity as our Most Holy Father. There is something constitutive about fatherhood that is reflected in the first person of the Godhead. But this does not imply physical maleness. The Second Person is the Eternal Word that takes flesh. God becomes a complete human being. Jesus is male. Jesus glorified in heaven is still a man. Note that priests must be men because they are living icons for Christ who is our eternal high priest in heaven. The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Trinity… again spirit, no body. Mary is assumed into heaven as the New Eve, the most blessed of God’s creatures.

  3. Dear Father,

    I have a friend who was excepted into the FSSP seminary and will start attending in September. He has been discerning his vocation for awhile now but I am concerned. He was in a relationship which ended last August. Since then he has told me that he loves his ex-girlfriend, regrets every single day not marrying her, and was hoping he wouldn’t be excepted into the seminary. I know he wants God’s will and to live it out through his vocation and there is nothing wrong with going into the seminary to discern but would you say he might have a vocation to the married life? Do you have some advice I could pass along?

    God Bless,
    FM

    FATHER JOE: He has years of formation to reflect upon the question. My advice is that he should be honest with himself and with the staff of the seminary, particular his spiritual director. One does not become a priest simply because a romantic relationship did not work out. A vocation is less about running away from something as it about being drawn to something.

  4. Hi Father,
    I recently found out that Disney is planning to boycott Georgia over the Fetal Heartbeat Bill. We have Disney passes is it a sin to go there knowing this? I want to cancel them but my family doesn’t want to. What would you do? I a so disappointed in Disney. Thank you for your time. Take care and God bless

    FATHER JOE: There is no moral imperative to skip vacations at Disney World. However, you are right that they have disappointed many of us. Disney should steer clear of this business. They get intimidated and then they intimidate others… not much backbone in that.

  5. Dear Fr., I am dieing from terminal cancer and worry about mortal sins I remember from the past. Many of these probably were not confessed as there were times I didn’t go to confession over a span of decades. I really have tried to make more thorough confessions recently, but continue to remember past sins that were mortal. I have trouble coming to terms with death. I want to see Jesus as my savior and not just a judge. I offer my suffering up to Jesus and unite it with His on the cross for my salvation and the salvation of others, but I continue to be obsessed with eternal death. If possible I would like to find happiness in meeting our Lord, please offer help me to find peace in this transition.

    FATHER JOE: Memory fails us. You have gone to confession. You are sorry for sins. Ask for the anointing of the sick and the apostolic absolution. Let go of the anxiety. Say your prayers. Take holy communion. Read your bible. And be not afraid. God loves you and he knows your heart. Those who come to him in love and contrition will be well received. I will pray for you.

  6. Father Joe,
    How do we properly thank God for all He does for us, especially answered prayers?

    FATHER JOE: You just do it, “Thank you, Lord.” All human gratitude falls short but God is happy to receive it all the same. Share his goodness with others.

  7. Hello Father,

    I had a question regarding restitution. I haven’t been able to find a good answer as to how binding the requirement to provide restitution is for offenses that are either minor, occurred a while ago, or a combination of those. For example, what if someone eats twenty dollars worth of food that belonged to a roommate and hasn’t maintained any signicant contact with that person, and reaching out to repay restitution was be extremely awkward. What kind of restitution is owed? What if there isn’t any way of quantifying damage done in a relatively minor offense? How would restitution be completed in that case?

    Thank you!

    FATHER JOE: The scales do not have to be perfectly balanced. Restitution aside, a gift that shows thanks or appreciation may sometimes be in order. If much time has passed and material restitution is no longer practical, then offer the spiritual gift of prayer. You might also render some good for another.

  8. Today I was feeling a bit tired and I almost ran a red light and then hit a man on a bike cause I didn’t look in my blind spot. Is this an unforgivable sin?

    FATHER JOE: As long as there is life, sin is forgivable. But I would urge a shift in gravity. Your question is preoccupied with yourself. Was the man you hit badly hurt? Was his bike damaged? I would suspect that he was shaken by the accident. What did you do for him, afterwards? Christ identifies himself with those who enter our lives. Did you see Jesus in this person? Did you stop and ask for his forgiveness?

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