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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.…

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    Vocation Confusion and Taking the Morning After Pill

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 26:52

    Fr. Josh answers questions about experiencing confusion and doubts discerning one's vocation, and why taking the morning after pill is a serious sin, but a sin that God forgives through the sacrament of Reconciliation because there is no sin that God doesn't forgive in confession. Snippet From the Show "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 that 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." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Possessing vs. Loving Others and Understanding Modesty

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 19:50

    Fr. Josh answers questions about the difference between possessing others versus authentically loving them, and how to properly understand modesty, and why how we dress matters. Snippet From the Show Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Coping with Grief, Naming Children, and Discerning the Contemplative Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 25:01

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to cope with grief from a Catholic perspective, how to choose patron saint names for your child, and how to discern a vocation to the contemplative life. Snippet From the Show "Our Lady is called Our Lady of Sorrows for a reason, because she grieved at the foot of the Cross. Grief is human, healthy, and holy." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Retreat Highs, Fear of Marriage, and Facing An Unplanned Pregnancy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 21:52

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to hold on to the graces we receive on retreats once they are over, why young people today shouldn't be afraid of marriage, and how to find courage during an unplanned pregnancy. Snippet From the Show "If you want to encounter a tangible expression of the love of God, then go find a holy married couple, and if you can't find any, then become one." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: Cultivating a Healthy Lifestyle (with Megan and Jared Braud)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 37:05

    Megan and Jared Braud join Fr. Josh to discuss how to cultivate a healthy and integrated lifestyle that enables us to physically and spiritually thrive as disciples of Christ. Snippet From the Show We can't glorify God and serve others without creating healthy spiritual, physical, and emotional habits. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Waiting to Enter the Church, College Greek Life, and Feeling Alone in the Faith

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 26:52

    Fr. Josh answers questions about waiting to enter the Church as an RCIA candidate, whether Catholics should join college fraternities and sororities, and what to do if you are feeling alone in the faith and yearning for community. Snippet From the Show Before joining a fraternity or sorority examine its roots and fruits. If it was founded by the Freemasons and promotes Masonic rituals, and if they are encouraging sin, then it is not the right fit for a Catholic. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Special Episode: Finding God in Devastation (with Fr. Mark Toups)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 36:28

    Where is God in devastation? In this special episode, Fr. Mark Toups gives us an insight into the devastating impact of Hurricane on countless lives, communities, and parishes in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Lousiana. Fr. Mark Toups encourages us to support survivors of Hurricane Ida, and reveals how God unfolds miracles in the midst of great loss and suffering. Support Hurricane Ida relief efforts in the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux (https://catholiccharitiesht.org/ida) Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    All About Mary: Hail Mary Prayer, Ark of the Covenant, and Mary's Virginity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 20:54

    In honor of Mary's nativity celebrated by the Church this week, Fr. Josh answers questions about the biblical origin of the Hail Mary prayer, whether Mary is the new Ark of the Covenant, and how we can understand Mary's perpetual virginity. Snippet From the Show Mary is a bridge to Christ, we cannot reach Christ without knowing her. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: All About Catholic Social Teaching (with Mari Pablo)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 40:43

    Mari Pablo joins Fr. Josh to answer questions about saints who embody Catholic social teaching, how to make people from diverse cultural backgrounds feel welcome in the Church, and how to work with people who believe in some Church teachings, but not others. Snippet From the Show _Make sure your table isn't with everybody who thinks exactly the same as you, because if it is, you can unintentionally make barriers where there needs to be bridges. _ * Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh * Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Fasting for Beginners, Spiritual Dryness, and the Engagement Season

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 37:57

    Fr. Josh answers questions about the importance of fasting and how to start fasting for beginners, how to navigate spiritual dryness, and how to prepare for the vocation of marriage as an engaged couple. Snippet From the Show "We may not see the fruit of our prayer on this side of heaven, but the goal is to persevere and never give up because our prayers do bear fruit in God's own ways." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: All About Same-Sex Attraction with Fr. Phillip Bochanski

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 39:00

    Fr. Phillip Bochanski joins Fr. Josh to talk all about same-sex attraction and how the Catholic Church ministers to people who experience same-sex attraction so they can live in the freedom of Christ's love. Fr. Phillip Bochanski is the Executive Director of Courage International, an apostolate that provides pastoral support in the form of spiritual guidance, community prayer support, and fellowship for people who experience same-sex attraction. Snippet From the Show " God has a plan for our lives, which includes a plan for our body, our hearts, and our relationships." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Dealing with Shame, Bringing Your Kids to Adoration, and Combatting the Power of Evil

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 34:20

    Fr. Josh answers questions about dealing with shame, how to bring your young kids to adoration, and how to combat the power of evil. Snippet From the Show “Look at me, I want to rejoice in you, you are my beloved. I see you, I know everything about you, I know what you have done, I know what has been done to you, and I know what you will do in the future. I want you to know that I delight in you, I forgive you, and I love you.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Cremation, Crosses versus Crucifixes, and Forgetting Sins During Confession

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 26:35

    Fr. Josh answers questions about the Church's teaching on cremation and ashes, what the difference between crosses and crucifixes is, and whether the sins we forget during confession are forgiven. Snippet From the Show We preach Jesus crucified, because it's Jesus' body on the Cross that gives the Cross its meaning and power, otherwise it's just an instrument of death. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Loving the Homeless, Struggling with Infertility, and Losing Members of the Body of Christ

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 36:48

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to love and serve the homeless, how to handle discouragement when struggling with infertility, and how to come to terms with family members and friends turning away from God and leaving the Catholic Church. Snippet From the Show If we only love Jesus in our prayer but not in our nieghbor, including the homeless, then we don't truly love all of Jesus. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Accompanying the Dying, How to Pray a Holy Hour, and Defining Vanity

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 24:15

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to accompany the dying in prayer, how to pray a fruitful holy hour, and how to define vanity when it comes to caring about our appearance. Snippet From the Show “A happy death is not a death without pain or suffering, a happy death is a holy death united to Jesus Christ in the sacraments.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Denying Yourself, Why is God referred to as He, and Catholic Social Teaching

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 37:40

    Fr. Josh answers questions about Jesus' teaching on denying oneself, why God is referred to as "He" , and how to grow in our understanding of the Catholic social teaching. Snippet From the Show "God has both maternal and paternal attributes, but we refer to God as Father because we imitate Jesus, and Jesus himself referred to God as Father.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: Finding a Saint Like You (with Meg Hunter-Kilmer)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 46:05

    Meg Hunter-Kilmer joins Fr. Josh to answer questions about the diverse lives of the saints from all over the world, saints who struggled with anxiety, and how the intercession of the saints works. Meg Hunter-Kilmer is a cradle Catholic and a revert, brought back to the fold by a grace-filled confession and the supreme logic of Catholic doctrine. She has a Bachelor's in Theology from Notre Dame and a Master's in Systematic Theology, also from ND. After 5 years as a full time religion teacher, she quit her job and packed everything into the trunk of her car to drive around the country and fly around the world as a hobo missionary. Snippet From the Show The Catholic Church and her canon of saints is full of saints from all different cultures, ethnicities, disabilities, family circumstances, and struggles because nobody is disqualified from becoming a saint. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Orthodox Christians and Catholic Rites, Music in Mass, and the Necessity of Baptism

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 31:15

    Fr. Josh answers questions about orthodox christians and the different Catholic rites, the purpose of music in the Mass, and the necessity of Baptism for the salvation of our souls. Snippet From the Show "The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit."- CCC 1226 Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Jesus Heals the Demoniac, and Receiving the Stigmata

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 24:18

    Fr. Josh answers questions about the story of Jesus healing the demoniac in Matthew 8: 25-34, and the significance and accuracy of saints receiving the marks of Jesus' crucifixion wounds on their bodies known as the stigmata. Snippet From the Show The stigmata is a personal gift God gives his children to draw them into the mystery of Jesus Christ crucified. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Holy Masculinity, the Problem with Sending “Good Vibes”, and Attending Non-Catholic Weddings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 25:06

    Fr. Josh answers questions about restoring holy masculinity, why we shouldn't tell people we're sending them “good vibes”, and attending non-Catholic weddings. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Making Time for Prayer, Attending Mass with a Baby, and Eucharistic Miracles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 22:45

    Fr. Josh answers questions about how to make time for prayer when you are busy, what do when you are struggling to attend and participate in Mass as a new mom with a baby, and how Eucharistic miracles strengthen our belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. Snippet From the Show When we pray in the morning, we give God the first fruits of our day. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh's shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Evangelizing Protestants, Patron Saints, and the Spiritual World

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 31:38

    Fr. Josh answers questions about whether Catholics should invite Protestants into the Catholic Church, how to cultivate a relationship with our patron saint, and the reality of the spiritual world. Snippet From the Show If our Catholic faith is a gift, then why would we want to keep it for ourselves? Gifts are meant to be shared with others. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Rainbow Flags, Forgiving without an Apology, & Anger at God

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 30:46

    The Church isn't for or against any person; the Church is for a person's salvation, and against anything that stands in the way. Fr. Josh answers questions about whether Catholics can fly the rainbow flag, what to do when you're angry with God, and how to forgive when the person who has hurt you won't apologize. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Marriage Discernment, Virtuous Friendships, and Tithing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 27:45

    Fr. Josh answers questions about discerning marriage, cultivating friendships that help us grow in virtue, and the Church's teaching on tithing and being generous with our money. Snippet From the Show "Vocations are born from a relationship with Christ, and a relationship with Jesus is born from prayer." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: All About Prayer with Fr. Mark-Mary

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 41:44

    Fr. Mark-Mary, CFR joins Fr. Josh to talk all about prayer. They answer questions about hearing God's voice in prayer, developing a close relationship with God, silent vs. vocal prayer, and praying for the conversion of loved ones. Fr. Mark-Mary also shares about his new book, Habits for Holiness. Snippet From the Show For our loved ones far from Christ, prayer united with sacrifice can a be more powerful than our own words of persuasion. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    God's Chosen People, Vernacular Translations of the Bible, and The Second Coming of Jesus

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 23:31

    Fr. Josh answers questions about God's chosen people, the development of vernacular translations of the Bible, and predictions about the second coming of Jesus. Snippet From the Show Nobody can predict the second coming of Jesus, for only the Father knows. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Ministry Burnout, Mary's Titles, and the Diaconate

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 24:16

    Fr. Josh answers questions about experiencing ministry burnout, why we have different titles for Mary, and the process of discerning the diaconate. Snippet From the Show If ministry becomes our God, that is a problem. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Growing in Patience, Discerning Third Orders, and True Crime Entertainment

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 31:03

    Fr. Josh answers questions about growing in the virtue of patience, discerning entering a third order as a lay person, and whether true crime entertainment can be harmful for our souls. Snippet From the Show The virtue of patience teaches us to surrender to the reality that we are not is control of everything. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Honoring Parents, What If Aliens Exist, and the Power of the Holy Spirit

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 22:51

    Fr. Josh answers questions about honoring our parents, how the Church would respond to the discovery an intelligent alien species, and how to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    An Invitation to Pray: Holy Week Meditation

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 22:07

    As we enter into Holy Week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray with him as he meditates on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Union with God, Enoch & Elijah, and Visionary Saints

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 31:00

    Fr. Josh discusses what it means to become partakers of God's divine nature, how Enoch and Elijah were taken up to heaven prior to the time of Christ, and how the Church looks at mental health when investigating apparitions and visions. 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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Receiving Communion, Calling Priests "Father", and Being Present to Others

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 28:59

    Fr. Josh answers questions about receiving Communion, why we call priests "father", and how we can detach from our smartphones so we can be present to those around us. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show "When are present to those around us, we are being present to Christ who dwells within them." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Interfaith Dating, Catholic Postures at Mass, and the Litany of Humility

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 36:58

    Fr. Josh answers questions about interfaith dating, the meaning behind all the different kinds of postures during Mass mean, and the purpose behind praying a challenging prayer like the litany of humility. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show "Kneeling during the Holy Sacrifice Mass is a Biblical posture of respect and adoration before our Lord, the King of Kings." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Special College Edition: Consistent Prayer, Young Saints, and Diversity in Campus Ministry

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 25:12

    In this special edition of Ask Father Josh, Fr. Josh answers questions from college students. He discusses how to develop a consistent prayer life when you have a busy schedule, as well as how to cultivate cultural diversity in campus ministry. He also shares inspirational saints who were holy when they were young. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show “The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ.”- Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Mindfulness Meditation, Did Jesus Have Siblings, and the Joy of the Lord

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 24:33

    Fr. Josh explains whether Catholics should practice mindfulness meditation, if Jesus had other siblings, and how to experience the joy of the Lord. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show “The more we receive the delight of Jesus, the more we begin to delight in ourselves just as we are." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Dealing with Depression or Acedia in Lent, Types of Fasting, and Distractions in Prayer

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 22:36

    Fr. Josh discusses how to enter into lent if you struggle with depression or acedia, types of fasting, and how to deal with distractions in prayer. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University (https://tinyurl.com/ya76yqhh) Snippet From the Show “When you fast and experience hunger, turn to Scripture so you can feed on the Word of God.” Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Special Episode: Celebrating Black Saints

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 32:06

    In this special episode, Fr. Josh shares with us the heroic stories of black saints and black individuals on their way to sainthood who inspire us to persevere in our walk towards eternity. This epsidoe contains adult themes that my not be suitable for children- parental discretion advised. Snippet From the Show " Do not let your past dictate your future, every saint has a past and every sinner has a future." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Glorifying God, Salvation for Non-Christians, and the Fall of Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 30:27

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what it means to glorify God with our actions, how salvation for non-Christians works, and how to understand the symbolism in the fall of Adam and Eve. Snippet From the Show We give glory, honor and praise to God not just for what he does for us, but most importantly for who he is. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Hearing Confessions, Political Leadership, and Fighting Temptation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 28:00

    Fr. Josh answers questions about what it's like to hear confessions as a priest, how to talk about political leaders, and how to practically fight thoughts of temptation. This episode contains adult themes that are not suitable for children - parental discretion is advised. Snippet From the Show "If we immerse ourselves in holy artwork, movies, music, and Scripture, our imagination starts to become a sacred space that the devil can't play with." To subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Name Changes in Scripture, Overcoming Envy, and Daily Prayer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 19:19

    Fr. Josh answers questions on name changes in the Bible, overcoming envy, and creating a daily prayer routine. Snippet From the Show "We don't want to focus too much on ourselves in prayer: prayer is about God, not about us." Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscribe to Fr. Josh’s shownotes or go to www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: Brandi Kilbert on Women's Health (Abortion, Contraception, and IVF)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 32:27

    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. 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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Forgiving Betrayal, the Universal Call to Holiness and the Role of an RCIA Sponsor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 43:27

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    New Year's Eve Greeting from Fr. Josh

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 2:35

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh Check out The Bible in a Year (with Fr.Mike Schmitz) at www.ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear (https://media.ascensionpress.com/category/ascension-podcasts/bibleinayear/)

    An Invitation to Pray: Christmas Eve Lectio Divina

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 13:37

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    The Year of St. Joseph, the Incarnation, and Fasting before Communion

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 29:27

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Celebrating Santa Claus, and Being Catholic in College

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 31:21

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Praying in Tongues, Holy Water, and Fasting in Advent

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 34:57

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Be My Guest: Fr. Mark Toups on Advent and the Beauty of Mary and Joseph’s Marriage

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2020 45:33

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Falling in Love with God, Leading Bible Studies, and Covenants in Scripture

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 28:00

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/askfatherjosh Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Human Evolution, Moral Relativism, and What to Expect in Heaven

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 19:14

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/AskFrJosh. Submit your questions and feedback to Fr.Josh by filling out a form at www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    A Note from the Producers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2020 0:41

    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 www.AscensionPress.com/AskFrJosh. Email your questions and feedback to Fr. Josh at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com

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