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Sep 18, 2018

The Pill, Choosing Godparents, and Loneliness

Fr. Josh Johnson

Fr. Josh answers questions about taking the birth control pill for health issues, choosing holy godparents, and dealing with an overwhelming loneliness. 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

Jesus wants to be the first person you think about when you wake up and the last person you think about before you go to bed.

 


 

SHOWNOTES

 

Glory Story (2:28)

The laity inspired and challenged Fr. Josh to holiness by their witness in prayer and love of God.

 

Listener Feedback (15:27)

 

The Pill (19:51)

I have PCOS and my doctor put me on birth control for hormone therapy. Is this bad? I feel guilty but if I am not on it I don’t get the female hormones that I need.

-Evelyn

 

 

Choosing Godparents (23:54)

Can my Catholic Confirmed daughter who is living with her boyfriend (against the wishes of my husband and myself) be a Godmother to my Grandchild?

-Erika

 

 

Loneliness (29:34)

I have been struggling with loneliness since my freshman year of high school; I’m 21 now. I have never been good at making friends and have lost every single person I’ve considered a best friend. At some point in the friendship, it would always turn into me pushing my breaking point to keep them happy and they only expected more. I would feel used and hurt and then at some point I had to back away. On top of that, my relationship with my parents is very strained. I still live with them. I don’t live up to their standards and I’m “too Catholic” for them. Almost every time we talk, I only hear about what I’m doing wrong, what I should be doing, or what I need to in the future. They also have made fun of me for taking my faith as seriously as I do. The fact that I’m not dating, even though I really want to be, only makes the loneliness worse. I joined a young adult group at a local parish about a year ago and joined a women’s study group at another parish maybe six months ago. I was hoping I would make some friends but I still feel like the outsider of the group, no matter what I do. It has become the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about when I go to sleep. It has become a deep ache that I can physically feel all over my body. I have been praying to God about all of this for a long time and have been asking for a good friend but it almost feels like God has forgotten about me. What do you think I should do?

-Marie

 

 

Universal Points (35:15)
  1. The Pill – It’s not healthy. There are better ways to address health issues in the body.
  2. Choosing Godparents – Remember, it’s not about picking someone who is nice, it’s about inviting someone who is willing to be a witness of Jesus.
  3. Loneliness – Everybody gets lonely at times. The goal is to always invite Christ into that loneliness and go and serve others in the world who are hurting as well.

 

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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 he is a presenter in two of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, and YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body.