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Mar 18, 2021

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

Fr. Josh Johnson

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.

Snippet from the Show

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


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Questions

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?

-Anonymous 

Calling Priests “Father”

HELLO FR. JOSH! 

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!

-Anonymous 

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?

-Anonymous 

Resources


Meet Your Host: Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. 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 the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is also a presenter in two of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body. He is the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation , Pocket Guide to Adoration, and Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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