Fr. Josh answers a question regarding the reception of communion with other Christian denominations. He discusses both attending their services and receiving communion and whether it is permissible or not.
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The Sacrifice of the Mass is irreplaceable.
The Importance of Prison Ministry
- “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them; and those who are ill-treated, since you also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3)
- “I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:35)
- “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ ” (Matthew 25:40)
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Finding a Priority in the Spiritual Life
The enemy can easily distract us in our spiritual lives by overwhelming us with a long list of action items. The best way to avoid this temptation is to focus on one goal at a time. What is one thing in your spiritual life that you can grow in?
Glory Story (1:42)
This Episode’s Question (7:38)
My brother-in-law is Lutheran and my sister is Catholic. He attends Mass with her and she attends the Lutheran service with him. Is it permissible for her to receive communion at the Lutheran church?
Saint Story: Ven. Francis-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan (25:36)
Francis Xavier was born in 1928 in Vietnam. He grew up in a very devout family with seven younger siblings. After attending a Eucharistic event, he felt the call to enter the priesthood. He began seminary as a young teen and was ordained in 1953.
After his ordination, Francis Xavier served as a parish priest and a hospital and prison chaplain. Eventually, he was directed to pursue further studies in Rome. After earning his degree in Canon Law, he returned to Vietnam and became the rector of a seminary.
In 1967, Francis Xavier became the bishop of Nha Trang in South Vietnam. For the eight years he served there, he did much to educate and form the people in his area. After eight years, he was assigned to Saigon. This was only days before Saigon was overtaken by North Vietnam. The communists quickly arrested Bishop Van Thuan. He was sent to a prison camp for thirteen years. For nine of those years, he was in solitary confinement.
While imprisoned, Bishop Van Thuan did not cease to serve the faithful. He shared messages of hope and through the aid of some guards was able to offer Mass almost everyday and evangelized many of his them. Eventually, he was released from prison, but was still kept under house arrest.
In 1994, he traveled to Rome. Sadly, he was not allowed to return to Vietnam. He served in the Vatican and eventually became a cardinal. In September 2002, he died from cancer. He was declared “venerable” in 2017.
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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.