The Chaplain Is In

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 - 6pm ET

Fr. Vincent Serpa answers:

At Mass, our priest did not give a homily -- is that okay?

Doesn’t the teaching that Mary is a perpetual virgin contradict Mt 1:25, which says, "Joseph knew her not until Jesus was born"?

I have read that a gluten free host is not valid -- what does that mean for people who receive it, thinking it is valid?

Why do we bless religious articles?

Last Sunday’s Gospel reading about the tribulation says, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” -- how can heaven pass away?

I have noticed that our priest takes the precious blood, but the congregation does not -- should they?

I’m seeking a spiritual director, and while there are Ignatians nearby, I prefer the Carmelites and Benedictines who are further away -- who should I go to?

When the author of Matthew said, “until,” was he trying to say that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit? 

Why does God want us to have faith? Why can’t he just let us know him fully through reason, or why doesn’t he just make his existence clear to everyone?

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