Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

Q: I have a question that has always both puzzled and bothered me: Why did Jesus have to die in such a horrible way for us on the cross? Couldn’t God have chosen a more peaceful and painless way to save us?

How can parents find healing after a miscarriage?

Q: After giving birth to three wonderful children, tragedy struck our family. I miscarried our fourth child. The experience was extremely difficult for the whole family, but especially for my husband and me. My question is, what does the Catholic Church teach about what to do following a miscarriage? What can a couple or a family do to heal from this painful experience?

Why don’t I feel God’s presence when I pray?

Q: I am a convert to Catholicism, and I have a question about prayer. Since becoming a Catholic, I cannot recall experiencing anything during my daily prayer time. I know God exists and prayer is a conversation with him, but shouldn’t I feel God’s presence in some way from time to time? Am I doing something wrong?

How can I explain transubstantiation?

Q: The other day I was trying to explain the eucharistic doctrine of transubstantiation to a coworker who is not Catholic, and I’m afraid she was more confused by the end of our conversation than when we started! How can I explain this doctrine to non-Catholics in a way that they can understand?

Why don’t Catholic priests get married?

Q: There’s a question that I’ve always wanted to ask a priest directly but have never done so. Why don’t priests get married? I’ve always assumed that they were simply too busy and would not make ideal husbands and fathers because of the demands of their priestly life. Are there other reasons in addition to this?

Confirmation and evangelization

I recently had the enormous privilege of performing my first confirmation as a bishop. It took place at Holy Cross Parish in Moor Park, California, a large, bustling and bilingual parish in my pastoral region. I told the confirmandi — and I meant it — that I would keep them in my heart for the rest of my life, for we were connected by an unbreakable bond. In preparation for this moment, I was, of course, obliged to craft a homily, and that exercise compelled me to do some serious studying and praying around the meaning of this great sacrament.

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