Receiving Communion, Calling Priests Father, and Being Present to Others

Fr. Josh answers questions about receiving Communion, why we call priests “father”, and how we can detach from our smartphones so we can be present to those around us.

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“Connection is more important than perfection.”


“When are present to those around us, we are being present to Christ who dwells within them.


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Receiving Communion

Can you discuss the Church’s teaching that we should not receive Holy Communion in a state of sin? Does this mean that we should not receive the Body of Christ if we have not gone to confession beforehand?


Calling Priests “Father”


Thank you SO much for your podcast. It has been such a light to me as I have dived deeper into my Catholic faith and answered many of my burning questions. One I haven’t heard yet is why do we call priests “father”? I recently read Matthew 23:9 which says “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.” Could you elaborate on this please.

Thanks again for all you do and God bless!


Being Present to Others

Hi Fr. Josh 

Recently my 7 year old child told me I am on my phone too much. After some reflection I realized I am frequently on my phone scrolling, and I’m struggling to be fully present to my kids. What advice do you have for breaking attachment to the smart phone?



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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