Coping with Grief, Naming Children, and Discerning the Contemplative Life

Fr. Josh answers questions about how to cope with grief from a Catholic perspective, how to choose a name for your child that is biblical or inspired by a saint, and how to discern a vocation to the contemplative life.

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“Our Lady is called Our Lady of Sorrows for a reason, because she grieved at the foot of the Cross. Grief is human, healthy, and holy.”



Coping with Grief

Could you talk about how to navigate anticipatory grief from a Catholic perspective? My grandma’s health is declining. I’m coping with grieving the person she once was and the grief I know I will be experiencing in the future.


Naming Children

Hey Fr. Josh! I have so loved listening to your podcast and find so much fruit from it. I’m currently 6 months pregnant with my first baby and having grown up Southern Baptist and converting in college, Catholic Baptism is still a bit mysterious to me. As my husband and I prepare to Welcome our small human to the world and the Church, how should we discern their patron Saint? I have a few ideas, but since this is my first I’m honestly not sure. Her name will be Sarah Elizabeth, and while I know these are both Saints of the Bible, I’m not sure if either is the right name to baptize her with (or honestly what that truly means). I look forward to hearing from you every week! Keep blessing souls.


Discerning a Vocation to the Contemplative Life

Hey Fr. Josh,

I’ve recently been researching the monastic life/contemplative live and potentially feeling called to a vocation to it. There is something so radical about it that seems so attractive, and I think the world needs more prayers and sacrifices for the forgiveness of sins. However, it also seems scary to be so detached from the world. Could you talk a little bit about the monastic/ contemplative life and how to properly discern it?  What is its role in building the Kingdom of God? I don’t want to consider it just because I want to escape this broken world. At the same time, I am amazed by saints like St. Therese who never left the convent yet is named a Doctor of the Church and I know there is something so powerful about it. 

Thank you,


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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.

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