In the Know with Fr Joe
Father Joe explains why prayer and self-reflection is the answer to our world's violence.
Father Joe Black explores the differences and reasons why there are more than one version of the Ten Commandments.
A mother says she loves her children and husband but feels guilty because she is tired of always trying to get them to school and work on time.
Remember that the desire to be reverent at Mass is holy. That's your gift to God.
Hope really is the key. By hope, I don’t mean optimism. I mean the virtue of hope.
The foundation of the answer is in remembering that God is your judge. Humans look at you and see what you are doing. God looks at you and sees it all: your intention, your desire, your struggles.
Your struggle is the struggle that saints have. People who don't care whether they sin or don’t even call sin “sin” are not in this fight. Saints are.
The first thing we need to recognize is that, at its core, our faith is entirely about knowing, loving, and following Jesus.
This is not something we can do on our own. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us, strengthen us, and give us everything necessary to do what we are commanded by God to do.
Your question reflects a heart of love, and I am so grateful for it.
I get lots of questions from parishioners about the wider Church’s fundraising efforts, specifically the once-a-year effort that, in the Portland Diocese, is called the Catholic Appeal.
Dear Father Joe: I’ve read a lot of talk online that, according to a recent study, most Catholics don’t understand Church teaching about the Eucharist or don’t believe in it.