Fr. Josh switches things up today and asks you questions! Sit back and hear Fr. Josh ask you questions about prayer, politics, forgiveness, and your relationship with Jesus.
Snippet from the Show
In the garden of Gethsemane, the disciples were in the presence of Jesus Christ but they were not present to him. How often are you in the presence of God but not present to him?
Reflect, pray and sit with the questions that speak to you the most!
1. Being Present to God
In the garden of Gethsemane the disciples were in the presence of Jesus Christ but they were not present to him. How often are you in the presence of God but not present to him?
2. Politics and Faith
Do you think, read, tweet, post, and speak more about politics than about Jesus Christ? Do you defend the platforms of your political party more than you defend the teachings of Jesus Christ in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition? What matters most to you- Jesus and his Church or politics?
3. Near Occasions of Grace vs. Near Occasions of Sin
Near occasions of grace are people, places, activities, or things that draw us closer to Jesus. Near occasions of sin are people, places, activities, or things that pull us away from Jesus. Are you able to identify near occasions of grace in your life right now? Who or what is drawing you closer to God? Will you prioritize near occasions of grace and avoid near occasions of sin this week?
Do you speak well about those who curse you? Do you pray for those who persecute you? Do you forgive those who do not apologize to you?
In the book of Revelation, John had a vision of heaven and saw people from every nation, race and tongue in heaven. What are the demographics of the geographical boundaries of your parish community? Does your parish community, small group, or Bible study look like the people who live in the geographical boundaries of your parish? Are you reaching people from all backgrounds?
6. Praying for Saints
Do you believe that your prayer, penance and fasting can help a president of the United States of America become a saint? Do you believe in the power of prayer, sacrifice, and penance? Do you believe people are capable of having a conversion no matter where they have been?
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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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