Working Moms, Quitting Smoking, and Can We Lose Our Salvation

Fr. Josh answers questions about the Catholic teaching on salvation, how to quit smoking, and struggles with being a working mom. If you have a question, comment, or response for Fr. Josh, email us at You may hear your question or comment in an upcoming podcast episode!


Snippet from the Show

Love only invites. Love only proposes, it never imposes. Authentic love never forces. God will never make us choose him. He gives us the free choice to say yes today and yes tomorrow.  




Glory Story (2:45)

Fr. Josh invites you to reflect on this question: “Who are you?” You are [a part of] the body of Jesus. Go and manifest that to the world!


Listener Feedback (9:15)


Can We Lose Our Salvation? (14:04)

Can we lose our salvation? I know some other denominations teach you cannot lose it, but what do we as Catholics believe?



Quitting Smoking (20:05)

How does one quit smoking for good? What are some good strategies for coping with withdrawal? Are there any verses you could recommend for inspiration?



Working Moms (27:38)

I’m a mom to a toddler and I teach at a university. Lots of days (all the days?), I feel like maybe my callings are in conflict—like it’s hard to figure out how such demanding things could go together and there still be any of me left at the end of the day. I’m grateful that my primary vocation is marriage—the sacrament is powerful for healing and joy beyond anything so could’ve imagined. But being a working mom—these are two things I’ve discerned with my spiritual director I should be doing. But how?

-A Working Mom


Universal Points (32:54)
  1. Can We Lose Our Salvation? – Say yes to Jesus today in little ways so that when death comes, you will be able to say yes then as well.
  2. Quitting Smoking – Be patient with yourself. Freedom usually happens gradually over time.
  3. Working Moms – If you are struggling, recognize that you are not alone. God sees all the hard work you do for your family and at work. He loves you.





Fr. Josh smiling
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.

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