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  1. Father, once I asked a priest to bless a rosary, and I was told that he would do it, but that it was unnecessary because the act of praying with it blessed it. Now I have a rosary app on my smartphone for times when I am traveling and don’t have my rosary or am simply in in another part of the house, or maybe sitting in a waiting room. I know you can’t sell blessed objects, so if I have been using my rosary app does that mean I can’t use my current phone as a trade in when I get a new one? I’d like to be sure before that comes up.

    FATHER JOE: Things can take upon themselves a special spiritual meaning through usage, but when we speak of blessed sacramentals, we are still talking about objects formally blessed by a priest. Your phone or tablet is not a blessed sacramental.

  2. My mother says it is time for advent soon , not Christmas and we shouldn’t decorate for Christmas because the season has not begun. The catholic churches don’t decorate for Christmas yet.

    FATHER JOE: The Filipinos anticipate Christmas with a novena of Masses called Simbang Gabi. It is approved by the Church. The liturgical season of Advent is followed by the Church but not by society. I think it is great that your mother wants to observe Advent. However, God is not offended by those who commemorate the true meaning of Christmas, regardless of the calendar.

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