A PRAYER FOR THE VIRTUE OF MERCY

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 Saviour, Majestic Redeemer of mankind, Through Your kindness and forgiveness, You secured what was rightfully Yours. Having sinned against Your greatness, Lured away by the prince of darkness, Your mercy released me from bondage. Grant me the insight of this great mercy, That I may understand the sinful nature And be as merciful as Your Holy ...
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Where do the souls of unborn infants go? Limbo or Heaven?

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The Issue: An unborn baby: miscarried, aborted etc, and even an unbaptized infant who dies before being baptized. Where do they go? Since baptism is necessary for entering heaven, where do all these babies go then? Ancient Fathers taught about "Limbo", a place of rest and peace in-between heaven and hell. This place or "state", was thought to be wh...
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Does the Church allow interfaith marriage?

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Question: Can I marry someone from the Jewish faith? How does the Church view this kind of union? Answer: ​   While the Church is open to this and gives her blessings to her children who find love outside of the Catholic faith, she still does view this with caution. The Church wants all her members to find happiness in this life : through pers...
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Is it possible for a dead person to possess someone?

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NOT A SOUL Human souls do not possess that kind of power. Demons are able to do that because they have a certain supernatural power and are able to perform out of the ordinary and subdue the laws of nature. However, from our human experience, human beings do not have that kind of power and so their souls too cannot do that. VISIONS OF THE DEAD Ther...
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So many people work for heaven but are later lost. Why?

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People who think they'll make it: Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you; depart from Me,you workers of lawlessness.' Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise...
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Was “ate the fruit” only a metaphor for “had sex” in Genesis? Was this the original sin?

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Question: It has become a common thing to say "ate the forbidden apple" as a metaphor for "had sex". Was sex the original sin of Adam and Eve? Answer: ​   Firstly i think what i hear is "ate the forbidden fruit" not an apple. I do not think the bible depicted any particular fruit in the book of Genesis and i do not know why the association wit...
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Moderate smoking isn’t sinful, some saints smoked. Here’s what the Church says

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Question: Is smoking sinful? Answer: ​ ​ The Church does not consider smoking sinful. However, states that the abuse (overuse) of tobacco is forbidden since this could harm one's health and is against the virtue of temperance. What the Church focuses on is moderation in the enjoyment of beverages and licit bodily pleasures. The virtue of temperance...
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What does the Church say about mediums and psychics?

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 Question: Is it okay to use mediums and consult psychics? What does the Church say about these?  Answer: ​   No, it is a grave sin to consult any form of diviner, clairvoyant, witch doctor, sorcerer and the likes. The Catholic Church has this to say about mediums: God can reveal the future to his prophets or to other saints. Still, ...
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Is it sinful to buy a blessed sacramental?

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Question: Is it sinful to buy a blessed sacramental? Answer: ​   Yes, it is sinful, that's what is called simony . Simony is defined as the buying or selling of spiritual things.53 To Simon the magician, who wanted to buy the spiritual power he saw at work in the apostles, St. Peter responded: "Your silver perish with you, because you thought ...
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Yes, driving too fast can be mortally sinful

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Question:  Is it really mortally sinful to go really fast on the road?  Answer: ​ Since it puts the driver and other people at mortal danger it is mortally sinful. Each of these acts cannot be judged generally because for a sin to be mortal it must: ​ Be a grave matter be committed with full knowledge and freely chosen. ​ If you are refer...
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No, gambling is not a sin in itself, however, there are things you need to know

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Question: My friend told me it is mortally sinful to purchase lottery tickets or indulge in any form of gambling. Is this true?  Answer: No, gambling isn't in itself sinful, however, there are things that can make it sinful. Here's what the Church says:  CCC 2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary ...
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When the Church allows divorce

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Question: If I am facing abuse from my husband, can the Church allow me to divorce him or would that be sinful? Answer: It can never be sinful to use reasonable means to try and save one's life. So no, it is not sinful to leave a spouse if he poses physical danger to his wife and maybe the children. When one has exhausted means of fixing this situa...
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Did you know it is illicit to hold hands during the “Our Father”? – common liturgical abuses

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Most priests face the temptation to add or remove from the liturgy of the Church. To alter it's rubrics or to totally ignore some parts they consider unnecessary. This is what "Liturgical Abuse" is. When the priest treats the Mass as an entertainment or something casual, the entire meaning of the Mass is altered and people are seriously scandalized...
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Are there really sins reserved only to the pope to forgive?

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Answer: There is a reason why some sins are reserved to the bishop or the Pope for forgiveness, and that's because some of those sins incur canonical penalties and need to be lifted. There are like "crimes", so they need to be forgiven by a bishop or the Pope or any priest they give special faculties to. A bishop can lift most canonical penalties b...
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If at mass I remember a mortal sin I forgot to confess, can I still receive communion?

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Question: If i remember a mortal sin i honestly forgot to confess before, does this mean i have not been forgiven? Or can i still receive communion? What's the law on this? Answer: Yes, you have received forgiveness for those sins, however, you are required to confess them next time you go to confession. With God, forgetting someone isn't a crime, ...
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Is it sinful to date a seminarian?

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Question: Is it sinful to date a seminarian? Answer: Yes, it is sinful since this could actually become a stumbling block in his response to the call to priesthood. I have seen a number of people have issues because they are attached to a girl, sometimes they don't know how to break free and most times this negatively interferes with their discernm...
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Someone said God created evil, how do i respond to them?

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Question: My friends keep telling me that since God created everything, it means he also created evil. How do i respond to them? Is this true? Answer: ​ No, it is not true. God did not create evil, no one "created" evil per se. Evil isn't a thing, but an absence of a perfection that is due a creature. Evil is understood as a void. I assume you are ...
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The belief that God punishes one for their parents’ sin is unbiblical and a lie

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This misunderstanding stems from the book of Exodus: "For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors' wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments" . Ex. 20:5-6. Howeve...
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