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Ask Fr. Josh is the podcast where I hear you out and do my best to help you navigate the tricky times in life when our Catholic Faith doesn’t give you an easy “fill-in-the blank” answer. On this show, we’ll listen to one another, problem solve together, and ultimately entrust everything to our Lord. If this is your first time tuning in, here’s how the show goes: Each episode, I'll address three to four of your questions. I’ll cover everything from Catholic teaching to moral dilemmas to relationship advice. I'm not perfect, and I can’t guarantee that my advice is going to make things easy, but I'll do my best to share what I've learned during my time as a priest, pastor, and friend.
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Ask Father Josh (Your Catholic Question and Answer Podcast‪)‬ Ascension Catholic Media

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Ask Fr. Josh is the podcast where I hear you out and do my best to help you navigate the tricky times in life when our Catholic Faith doesn’t give you an easy “fill-in-the blank” answer. On this show, we’ll listen to one another, problem solve together, and ultimately entrust everything to our Lord. If this is your first time tuning in, here’s how the show goes: Each episode, I'll address three to four of your questions. I’ll cover everything from Catholic teaching to moral dilemmas to relationship advice. I'm not perfect, and I can’t guarantee that my advice is going to make things easy, but I'll do my best to share what I've learned during my time as a priest, pastor, and friend.
Send me your questions at ascensionpress.com/askfatherjosh

    Should Parents Name Their Children After a Saint?

    Should Parents Name Their Children After a Saint?

    Naming Children


    Hey Fr. Josh! I have so loved listening to your podcast and find so much fruit from it. I’m currently 6 months pregnant with my first baby and having grown up Southern Baptist and converting in college, Catholic Baptism is still a bit mysterious to me. As my husband and I prepare to Welcome our small human to the world and the Church, how should we discern their patron Saint? I have a few ideas, but since this is my first I’m honestly not sure. Her name will be Sarah Elizabeth, and while I know these are both Saints of the Bible, I’m not sure if either is the right name to baptize her with (or honestly what that truly means). I look forward to hearing from you every week! Keep blessing souls.


    -Anonymous



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    • 4 min
    How to Deal with Shame

    How to Deal with Shame

    Hello Father Josh!


    Let me start out by saying you are such an incredible blessing to so many! God has truly sent you to help those in need. You are so relatable, and it is wonderful and very encouraging. I will continue to pray for you and your family.
    My question or concern is this. A number of years ago, in my 20’s, I was at a very low point. I was depressed and searching for what I hoped would be real love. I found myself continuing to make the same mistake repeatedly, by sleeping with these men I’d date sometimes only briefly. I am so incredibly ashamed and disappointed in myself. Though I have confessed these sins on multiple occasions during Confession, I can’t ever forgive myself. I do believe God most likely forgives me, but am also deeply afraid of the recourse I will have to pay for these mistakes. I am frightened of the suffering in purgatory, though I know I deserve the consequences and to be made clean before entering Heaven. It was such a sad time in my life, and I shied away from what was right. I am just wondering, does it offend God that I don’t forgive myself? Will I suffer immensely for these sins? Can I do anything to earn penance while on Earth? I know we must pay for our sins and that He died for ours. But I can’t help but to feel scared of dying because of this. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!


    God Bless you.



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    • 15 min
    What the Church Says About Medical Marijuana

    What the Church Says About Medical Marijuana

    Welcome to Ask Fr. Josh - Summer Snippets! During the next few months, some of the most popular questions from the archives will be released as short snippets. Enjoy!


    Question:
    I have had 3 cervical spine fusions over 5 years and due to the amount of medication I’ve been taking I have begun to do a small amount of damage to my liver. 2 of my specialists have recommended medicinal marijuana but I feel so guilty doing it. My family is supportive but I feel ashamed. I have taken Percocet but do not like the side effect and again it’s another pill that can lead to damage to my liver. I’ve also begun to drink beer and wine to alleviate the pain. My question is should I use my medicinal marijuana for pain or is this a sin? I feel as though I’m running out of options.
    -Anonymous



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    • 7 min
    When Your Spouse Doesn’t Share Your Faith

    When Your Spouse Doesn’t Share Your Faith

    What do you do if your spouse isn’t praying, going to Mass, or living the faith at all? Many people find themselves in the position where their spouse is non-Catholic or not practicing the faith. This can be incredibly difficult both as a spouse and as a parent. Fr. Josh Johnson is joined by Deacon Michael Parker to discuss what to do in this kind of situation. They share how you can work to evangelize your spouse without nagging or creating animosity in the relationship.


    Snippet From the Show
    It is essential that we share the goodness of the Lord through our words and our actions.



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    • 21 min
    Retreats: Essential or Indulgent?

    Retreats: Essential or Indulgent?

    Just as we would prioritize a vacation with our family or our husband or our wife, we ought to also prioritize a getaway with God. In today’s episode, Fr. Josh Johnson encourages us to get away, break our routines, and listen to the voice of God. He unfolds how important retreats are for him in his walk with God, and how life-changing different types of retreats can be for us, no matter what state of life we find ourselves in. 
    Snippet From the Show
    If God is important to us, then God deserves to be on our calendar.



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    • 19 min
    How Do Husbands Want to Be Loved?

    How Do Husbands Want to Be Loved?

    It is essential for every spouse to learn how best to love their husband or wife. To discuss how husbands want to be loved, Fr. Josh Johnson is joined by Deacon Michael Parker. Together, they talk through some of the ways that men tend to feel most loved. They also touch on the importance of communication and vulnerability when it comes to spouses learning how to best love one another.


    Snippet From the Show
    Receive your spouse as the gift they are.



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    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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2.5K Ratings

Marco rod ,

Fr Josh is real

What brings me to this podcast is a man who gives honest and sometimes hard answers to tough questions. He makes it fun while not diminishing by the message.
He stays true to the teachings of the Church while providing a refreshing perspective that is not often seen in our sometimes homogenous and ignorant church community. In the best sense of the phrase, Fr Josh keeps it real.

C_Talbot ,

Cool and informative show

Good quality information provided with flavor on variety of Christian catholic subjects including saints and catechesis.

Nancecam ,

Thank God for Fr. Josh

You gave us the whole catechism in your episode on defending the sins within the Church. Thanking God for you, dear brother! Prayers for you now and always. Faith is so much sweeter when we walk together- thank you for your faith and witness. ❤️🙏🏻

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