Accompanying the Dying, How to Pray a Holy Hour, and Defining Vanity

Fr. Josh answers questions about how to accompany the dying in prayer, how to pray a fruitful holy hour, and how to define vanity when it comes to caring about our appearance.

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“A happy death is not a death without pain or suffering, a happy death is a holy death united to Jesus Christ in the sacraments.”



Accompanying the Dying

Hi Fr Josh,

My grandmother recently passed away and as she was on her deathbed, I held her hand a prayed a Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and also earlier said a Rosary. Aside from seeking a priest to administer Last Rites, what sort of praying or other actions can we do for a person who is on the brink of death? Thanks in advance and for all you do to provide some awesome Catholic continuing education.


How to Pray a Holy Hour

Hey Fr Josh, I love the podcast. It has helped me learn so much about my faith and grow greatly in it. I go to a holy hour every Tuesday and it’s an amazing thing sitting with Jesus christ in the eucharistic. But sometimes I find myself distracted or not fully there with Jesus and I don’t make a great holy hour. Sometimes there is music, other times I will either pray a rosary or litany or maybe read. Nothing stands out as what’s best for me. Do you have any advice on how I can make a better holy hour and become closer to Jesus in the eucharistic.


Defining Vanity 

I know that it is wrong to be vain and care too much for one’s appearance. However, God gave us bodies and we should take care of them. When does basic taking care of oneself turn into vanity? Is it a sin to want to look good, wear nice clothes, wear jewelry, etc?



Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

1 Comment

  1. I spent time in the presence of Jesus during adoration, read the scriptures, fast, pray, meditate and reflect but I am not the presence of Jesus as I am not at peace, I am always angry, resentful, slow to forgiveness, never forgetting, critical, judgemental, arrogant. I need direction and guidance to become Jesus’s presence to my life and others. Please help?
    Thank you


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