All About Discernment: Dating, Marriage, and Jackie and Bobby Angel

Fr. Josh is joined by Jackie and Bobby Angel to answer these three questions about discernment: What should I do when I’m single but feel called to marriage? What should I do when I’m discerning marriage but I’m not ready for kids? What should I do when the person I’m dating isn’t Catholic? Get 15% off Jackie and Bobby’s new…

Selfishness, Daily Mass, and Talking to Family About Religious Discernment

Fr. Josh answers questions about how to stop being selfish in relationships, whether it’s better to prioritize personal prayer or daily Mass, and how to tell family you’re thinking about entering seminary or religious life. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming…

Data-Driven Discernment

We use data to drive many big life decisions: so why don’t we use data-driven discernment? Fr. Mike explains that the discernment journey isn’t always about having this epiphany moment where your life’s purpose immediately becomes clear to you. Figuring out what God’s will is for you sometimes requires a step-by-step process where you gather data, so you can come…

The Key to Discernment

The key to discernment is realizing that it is a step-by-step process where you gather data, so you can come ever closer to the answer.

Game of Thrones, Fallen-Away Catholics, and Discernment

Fr. Josh answers questions about Game of Thrones, fallen-away Catholics, and discernment. If you have a question, comment, or a response for Fr. Josh, email us at askfrjosh@ascensionpress.com. You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode! Shownotes Glory Story (3:01) Game of Thrones (7:36) Fr. Josh, is it immoral to watch Game of Thrones? I have several Catholic…

4 Helpful Rules for Discernment

When we are discerning God’s will in our lives, we often get overwhelmed by the anxiety of making the right choice and don’t permit ourselves to consider what we actually want. In this episode, Fr. Mike Schmitz encourages us to weigh all the choices that are open to us, good for us, wise, and desired by us. The last of…

4 Helpful Rules for Discernment

When we are discerning God’s will in our lives, we often get overwhelmed by the anxiety of making the right choice and don’t permit ourselves to consider what we actually want. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz encourages us to weigh all the choices that are open to us, good for us, wise, and desired by us. The last of…

Discernment 101

It’s easy to talk about discernment – but what does it take to actually do it? Fr. Mike Schmitz talks about how discernment requires action, and how we can only discern one vocation at a time. Action doesn’t always mean a blind leap; often it just means taking things one step at a time. Clarity follows action and simplicity.  

17 Authentic Catholic Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

He’s that cool, countercultural Catholic. He’s a stalwart soldier in the Church Militant. And it’s time to get him a Christmas gift. Here’s a guide to some fantastic Catholic Christmas gifts for men in 2019! Knock Their Socks Off Before you dismiss socks as the Christmas gift no one wanted as a kid, you absolutely must see these from the skateboard company…

Giving God Your Hopes and Dreams

Mother Clare and Fr. Mark-Mary encourage you not to fear giving God your hopes and dreams. If it’s seeming more and more like God’s plan for you is not what you envisioned, feel the emptiness and anger—don’t suppress it—and bring it all to God. Your disappointments in a way may contribute to the economy of grace for the salvation of…

Wearing Rosaries, Taize Prayer, and Spiritual Direction

Father Josh answers questions about wearing rosaries, Taize prayer, and spiritual direction.  Is it sacrilegious to wear a rosary? Is a rosary without a crucifix still a rosary? Should Catholics engage in Taize prayer, or is Taize prayer a new age practice? Lastly, what’s the difference between spiritual direction and pastoral counseling?   Don’t forget to text ASKFRJOSH to 33777 to…

St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart

Some saints are easy to love. It’s obvious why generations of Catholics have been drawn to St. Francis of Assisi’s humble spirituality, for example, or St. Catherine of Siena’s powerful zeal. Others are challenging. Their particular flavor of holiness can be difficult to comprehend in modern times. St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690) is one of those kinds of saints for…
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