I feel your heartbreak, and as a priest, I know it well. I have walked with six distinct congregations.
I don’t know how to deal with all the pressure I am feeling.
Dear Father Joe: Why are the Catholic commandments and the words after the Lord’s Prayer different from the Protestants?
Fr. Joe answers questions on Catholic practice vs. Protestant practice.
The answer to it is really revelatory of the difference between how God is and how we are.
We are called each day to think of and act on the word Love.
This is, in fact, a struggle that everyone who regularly goes to confession knows, and I pray that you see that in and of itself as the beginning of a blessing.
In this follow-up question about the Mass, Fr. Joe looks at how we can increase our reverence, and reminds us that we "simply have to remember that the desire to be reverent at Mass is holy."
Dear Father Joe, I have friends who don’t seem to be interested in returning to church since the quarantine ended. How do I convince them to come back?
Your question reflects a heart of love, and I am so grateful for it.