Fr. Josh answers questions on forgiving and healing after betrayal, the universal call to holiness across all vocations, and how to guide someone entering the Catholic Church as an RCIA sponsor.
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“We need saints who live faithfully in the mess of a broken humanity won over ultimately by love himself”
The Role of an RCIA Sponsor
Dear Father Josh: I was recently blessed with the opportunity to be a sponsor for a young man who is going through RCIA this year. What do you think makes an excellent sponsor and what should be my top priorities in this role?
The Universal Call to Holiness
Hey Father, hope you are doing well.
I recently learned that those following the priesthood and/or religious life have a “higher calling.” Does this mean that some souls will have more reward/ a higher place in heaven than those who do not choose Christ as their bride through the priesthood and/or religious life? Has God already set a place in the Kingdom for some before they are even born? Are all human souls equal in God’s kingdom?
After hearing this, and knowing we are called to be as holy as possible; saints, how can we find rest in not choosing the greater of two goods EVERY time? Why not become ascetic monks and make sure we give up our desires to never regret our decisions on Earth?
Can the humble baker ever reach the holiness of someone like St. Francis or St. Vincent DePaul? Are they both equally happy in Heaven? Thank you for you podcast and God bless!
Hi Fr. Josh,
My husband was having an affair. How do I forgive the betrayal after 35 years of marriage? He showed no remorse, just excuses and blamed me. I am so angry and hurt. (Side note- 10 months after the discovery (he continued the affair even after I found out), and my husband died of a sudden heart attack). How do I release this pain to our Lord Jesus Christ? I blame myself for my husband’s poor behavior.
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.