Ask Father Josh (Your Catholic Question and Answer Podcast)
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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. If this is your first time tuning in, here’s how the show goes: Each episode, I'll address three to four of your questions. I’ll cover everything from Catholic teaching to moral dilemmas to relationship advice. I'm not perfect, and I can’t guarantee that my advice is going to make things easy, but I'll do my best to share what I've learned during my time as a priest, pastor, and friend. Email me your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more at ascensionpress.com/askfrjosh.
||CleanCatholic Dating, How Far is Too Far Before Marriage, and Spiritual Intimacy||In this Valentines Day special, Fr. Josh answers questions about feeling invisible in the Catholic dating scene, how far is too far before marriage—especially in regards to kissing—and spiritual intimacy when not married. If you have a question, c||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre Tattoos a Sin, the Covington Catholic Controversy, and Arguments Between Priests and Parish Staff||Fr. Josh tells us if getting tattoos are a sin, and gives his personal thoughts on the incident involving the Covington Catholic High School student, and offers advice on how to approach disagreements between a priest and the parish office staff. If y||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEucharistic Adoration, Mary’s Perpetual Virginity, Single Moms, and Children Questioning the Catholic Faith||Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do in Eucharistic Adoration, why Mary and Joseph did not consummate their marriage, if single moms can practice the Catholic Faith, and how to help children who are questioning the Catholic Faith. If you have a||1/29/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpending the Night, Humility, the Paranormal, and Same Sex Adoption||Fr. Josh answers questions about whether or not spending the night together before marriage is OK, what true humility looks like, if Catholics believe in paranormal activity, and how to evangelize to friends who believe same sex adoption is good. If yo||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPray for Our Priests||This week, Fr. Josh is at a priest conference with his diocese trying to grow and experience renewal in his priesthood. He invites you to pray for the priests of Baton Rouge so their hearts may be set on fire by our Lord to live holy lives and become sa||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 35: Divorce, God’s Wrath in the Old Testament, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass||Fr. Josh answers questions about how to pray to God after a divorce, why God in the Old Testament is full of wrath yet in the New Testament he is full of mercy, and why only Catholic priests can consecrate the host into Jesus’ body, blood, soul, and d||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSolemnity of Mary, Mother of God||God the Father created each and every one of us for no other reason than because he desires for us to become saints. The greatest saint that God ever created is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. She desires us to join her in heaven and worship the||1/1/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMerry Christmas!||Fr. Josh wishes you a Merry Christmas and sings a few songs.||12/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Meaning in Life, Christmas Presents, and Helping Children Discern their Vocation||Fr. Josh answers questions about finding meaning in life while suffering, meaningful Christmas gift suggestions, and how to help your children discern their vocations. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@asce||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPraying the Paul VI Rosary||Today’s episode is a special episode on prayer where Fr. Josh actually invites you to pull out your rosary and pray with him. The Rosary is one of the most powerful prayers we can pray as a disciple of Jesus. Fr. Josh guides you through the mystery of||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Big Bang, Examination of Conscience, and Overcoming Mortal Sins||If listening on your phone, scroll down to "Chapters" and automatically jump to your favorite questions! Visit www.ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh to view the show notes for every episode. Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic perspective on||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAddicted to Social Media, Helping the Homeless, and Communion on the Tongue||Fr. Josh answers questions about overcoming addictions to social media and phones, helping the homeless, and whether receiving Communion on the tongue or hand is better. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@as||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdmonishing the Sinner, Regretting Abortion, and Marriage in Heaven||Fr. Josh answers questions about approaching a loved one about a sin without sounding judgmental, finding peace and forgiveness after an abortion, and the Church’s teaching on marriage in heaven. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Jo||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVoting, Spiritual Direction, and Fasting||Fr. Josh answers questions about voting when not one candidate’s platform aligns totally with Catholic teaching, how to discern finding a spiritual director, and the correct way to approach fasting. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSacramentals, Circumcision, and Time Off Purgatory||Fr. Josh answers questions about the difference between sacramentals and being superstitious, whether or not Catholics should practice circumcision on their children, and if earthly suffering can shorten our time in purgatory before we go to heaven. If||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Halloween, Children at Mass, and Maid of Honor||Fr. Josh answers questions about dressing up in costumes for Halloween, what to do when you have fussy children at Mass, and how to choose a maid of honor for a wedding. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@as||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDistractions in Prayer, Alcoholic Spouses, and Racism in the Church||Fr. Josh answers questions about being distracted and easily bored by daily prayer, what to do if your spouse is a verbally abusive alcoholic, and how to respond to racism in the church. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email u||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Invitation to Pray||Fr. Josh just got back from a retreat in Rome and Assisi, where he was able to go away and pray and be with Jesus, and it was awesome. So take the next 30 - 45 minutes you would have spent listening to this podcast and just pray and hang out with Jesus.||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMoney, Chronic Pain, Discerning the Priesthood||Fr. Josh answers questions about money, full time jobs and benefits, how to unite chronic pain with Jesus’ pain, and tips for discerning the priesthood. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at email@example.com||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCannibalism, Cremation, and Sinful Priests||Fr. Josh answers questions about why Catholics are not cannibals even though we consume the body and blood of Jesus, why burial is preferable to cremation and spreading ashes, and why the sacraments are still valid (in most cases) even if a priest is co||9/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Pill, Choosing Godparents, and Loneliness||Fr. Josh answers questions about taking the birth control pill for health issues, choosing holy godparents, and dealing with an overwhelming loneliness. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorking Moms, Quitting Smoking, and Can We Lose Our Salvation||Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic teaching on salvation, how to quit smoking, and struggles with being a working mother. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at email@example.com. You may hear your q||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLust, Reading Scripture, Lying, and Jehovah’s Witnesses||Fr. Josh answers questions about struggling with lustful thoughts, guidance on how to read Scripture, if lying is ever OK, and what to do when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on your door. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVirgin Mary, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), and Discerning Vocation while Experiencing Same-Sex Attraction||Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic view of the Virgin Mary, problems with IVF, and how to discern your vocation while experiencing same-sex attraction. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascension||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving in Sin, Dating, Forgiving Oneself, and Jealousy||Fr. Josh answers questions about how to respond to family members who are living an openly sinful lifestyle, feeling left out and bitter trying to date while remaining holy, forgiving oneself after not baptizing a child, and jealousy over a co-worker ge||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHormone Replacement Therapy, 30 Years Since Last Confession, When Do We Receive Our Souls||Fr. Josh answers questions about transitioning from male to female, concerns about going to confession for the first time in 30 years, and when a person’s soul is created.||8/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChildhood Abuse, Anxiety, Converting to Catholicism, Father Abandonment, and Communion Cup||Fr. Josh answers questions about following the commandment to honor your parents when it comes to childhood abuse, living with chronic anxiety, being the first in a family to convert to Catholicism, dealing with absent fathers, and avoiding the communio||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Bible, Masturbation, Honeymoon Abstinence, and Holy Communion||Fr. Josh answers questions about fertile honeymooners, self-gratification, cannon law, and the (supposed) decline of morality since biblical times.||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDivorce, Going to Hell, and Being Angry at God||Fr. Josh answers questions about contested divorce, if mortal sin automatically leads to hell without confession, and if anger at God is a sin. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRacism, Non-Catholic Bible Studies, Organ Donation, and Plastic Surgery||Fr. Josh answers questions about racism in the United States, attending non-Catholic Bible studies, organ donation, and plastic surgery. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at email@example.com. You may hear||7/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Your Spouse Your Friend, How to Be Catholic at Work, Is Sex Just to Make Babies, and Healing from Past Dating Wounds||Fr. Josh answers questions about being friends with your spouse, living out your Catholic faith in a secular workplace, whether sex is just for having babies, and how to heal from past dating wounds. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVasectomies, Death of a Family Member, Prayer Journaling, and Gay Relationships||Fr. Josh answers questions about what to do if you had a vasectomy prior to having a conversion, how to regain faith after the death of a loved one, prayer journaling, and gay relationships within your family. If you have a question, comment, or a respo||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInfant Baptism, Ending Friendships, and Purgatory||Fr. Josh answers questions about baptizing infants, ending friendships, and the purpose of Purgatory. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may hear your question or comment in an upco||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInfidelity, Venial Sins, Letting Go, and Anger||Fr. Josh answers questions about infidelity and divorce, confessing venial sins, letting go, and feeling anger towards others. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at email@example.com. You may hear your quest||6/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPope Francis, Priests Playing Favorites, and Celibacy||Fr. Josh answers questions about Pope Francis and the media, priests playing favorites with parishioners, and dealing with celibacy as a priest. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You m||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rosary, Working on Sundays, and NFP||Fr. Josh talks about the Rosary, Working on Sundays, and NFP. Glory Story (1:48) The Rosary (5:57) Would you please give some pointers on how to explain why the Rosary is not repetitious prayer? I have friends who tell me it is wrong to recite th||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Eucharist, Relationship Standards, and Smoking Weed||Fr. Josh talks about the Eucharist, relationship standards when it comes to faith, and the morality of smoking weed. Glory Story (5:50) Smoking Weed (10:30) I know a lot of Catholic friends who are fine with smoking pot. They say that they can do||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGame of Thrones, Fallen-Away Catholics, and Discernment||Fr. Josh talks about Game of Thrones, fallen-away Catholics, and discernment. Glory Story (3:01) Game of Thrones (7:36) Fr. Josh, is it immoral to watch Game of Thrones? I have several Catholic friends who watch this show and claim that despite t||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Ask Fr. Josh" Launching Next Week!||In Ascension's newest podcast, Fr. Josh helps you navigate the tricky times in life where our Catholic faith doesn't give us an easy, "fill in the blank" answer.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Love the Glory Story
Looking for how God is present and active in our life is a great discipline to cultivate. Thank you for contributing to that practice.
Enjoying the broad range of topics and how to discern God’s will as we live our lives.
Spiritual direction while housekeeping
This was food for my soul and inspiration in my life as I listened to Fr Josh’s first two episodes while cleaning my house. All glory to God and so thankful to live at a time when social media enables me to grow in faith through the knowledge and example of good and holy priests.
Fr. Josh has great insights and is also entertaining! The beats are sweet too!