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Jul 23, 2019

Prayer Transcending Time, Married Priests, and Checking Someone Out

Fr. Josh Johnson

Fr. Josh answers questions about if our prayers can apply to people who are no longer alive, why there are priests who have been married, and if it’s OK to check someone out. Click the player above to hear today’s episode or scroll down for the shownotes!

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 podcast episode!

Snippet from the Show

“God can use our prayers to transcend time: past, present, and future.”

SHOWNOTES

Glory Story (0:56)

Fr. Josh shares an amazing revelation about Moses and the face of God!

Listener Feedback (4:17)

Prayer Transcending Time (8:22) 

Fr. Josh, Hello and thank-you for your consideration of my question!  I am wondering about the possibility for our prayers to transcend time.  I have read about consoling the heart of Jesus, that even though He is now in heaven, I can comfort Him in His passion and death.  I have also heard that God is present to me now as a 37 year old woman, just as He is present to me as a little girl. I am wondering if it is possible, through prayer, for us to bring consolation to ordinary people who have lived before us, or who will live in the future.  I realize we are born into a time in history for a reason, and the present moment is a gift to us. But, as an example, if I hear about the atrocities of the holocaust and I pray for those who suffered in concentration camps, is it possible that my intercession now could have caused a consolation for someone who lived in a camp?  Or, as another example, could a blessing I receive tomorrow be the result of a prayer made by my great, great grandchild decades from now? I’m sure it is good to pray and intercede for others, dead or living, whenever we feel inspired to. I’m just practically wondering if God can use those prayers to affect any time He chooses. 

-Julia

Married Priests (14:44)

Father Josh, Thank you for your podcast. I enjoy learning more about the Catholic Faith through your energetic and thoughtful style. I am confused on how men who were previously married, have had children and are divorced can then become a priest. I have heard the term “alluded” used, but cannot find a Catholic meaning for this term. Can you help explain how these men fit into the rules for becoming priests and if alluded is a Catholic process I should have known about? Thank you and please continue your wonderful podcast. God Bless. 

-Gary

Checking Someone Out (20:11) 

 Hi Fr. Josh, I’m a 16 year old guy. And I sometimes find myself checking girls out. I’ve been wondering recently whether it’s wrong to do so. Is it okay to check people out? I think it depends on how often you do it and whether you’re taking advantage of that person or genuinely admiring beauty. I’d really love to know your stance on the matter. And if I shouldn’t be doing it, what are some ways to stop myself from my natural tendencies? I love your podcast, keep up the amazing work! Thank you for any help you can provide. 

-Dom

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Resources

Want to browse the previous resources Fr. Josh has recommended in his show? Click here to select an episode and view the shownotes.

  • Fr. Josh Johnson – Broken and Blessed book
  • Unabridged Christianity – Fr. Mario Romario
  • Rome Sweet Rome – Dr. Scott Hahn
  • Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley
  • 33 Days to Merciful Love  by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Meet Your Host

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 pastor for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Louisiana, and he is a presenter in three of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, and The 99 as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation.

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