JAN/FEB 2017




"I have epilepsy and go to an online Christian chat room.  I received a
message from a person claiming he is a healing/ deliverance minister. 
He told me that epilepsy is a demonic assault and he wants to discuss
it with me.  How should I deal with this?" - Kathlene

Father Carlos:

I go to an online Christian chat room.  A man asked for prayers for his son who has epilepsy. I replied that I understand what he is
going through
because I also have epilepsy, and offered prayers for him. Shortly after, I received a message from another person
who stated that he is a healing/deliverance minister and told me that epilepsy is a demonic assault and that he wants to discuss it
with me. I know I’m not being assaulted by demons. I prefer not to leave the chat room because there are good people there, but
I do not know what to tell this person, he is very persistent. How should I deal with the issue?  May God
 Bless You. - Kathlene


You are not assaulted by demons.  You have a cross to bear, but you are not possessed by some evil spirit.  Just ignore this man who
he has a deliverance ministry.  He probably has some "personality issues" that get in the way of his clear spiritual thinking.  My
advice is to stay in the
chat room if you find that as a support for your walk with Jesus.  But ignore this man.  No need to respond to his
ignorance about the nature of epilepsy.  But I do pray for your healing from epilepsy and I do pray that you continue to trust in the Lord
that He will always give you the strength to carry this cross to heaven itself.  You are a special faith-filled person!  I am grateful to God
for your testimony of faith and your ability to overcome all obstacles that stand in your way!  We all have something who keeps us
humble in the presence of the Lord. 

I am reminded of Saint Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9:  Therefore, that I might not become too elated (proud), a thorn in the flesh
was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated (proud).  Three times I begged the Lord about this,
that it might leave me, but He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness."  I will rather boast
most gladly of my weakness, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.  Therefore, I am content with weakness, insults,
hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ, for when I am weak, then I am strong.

You are a strong faith-filled person!  You are extremely loved by God.  You have been given a thorn in the flesh to keep you humble, but
you have become strong through faith in Jesus Christ!  I am so grateful for you! -
Father Carlos Morales



"With all the companies supporting Planned Parenthood,
how can I deal with them?"  -  Faith

Father Carlos:

With all the companies supporting Planned Parenthood, how can I deal with them?  The list is long and involves many day to
day things we use?  Thank you. - Faith



Almost everything material around us is touched by sin.  Only God is perfect!  We all have some kind of relationship with projects
and things that support sin and yet good things are done.  In regards to the Planned Parenthood project, there is good being done
for women's health, as well as the devastating disregard of life in the procuring of abortion for some of their services.  As I said,
most material things we use are touched by sin.  The challenge is to make sure that we stay humble and faith-filled before the 
presence of God. 
For example, pharmaceutical companies make medications and drugs that certainly sin and yet good things are
done.  In regards to the Planned Parenthood project, there is good being done for women's health, as well as the devastating
disregard of life. 
Does that mean that we don't use any kind of medications because these same companies make drugs to induce
abortion or bring euthanasia to others, or bring addiction to others?  For myself, I have had an contentious relationship with Planned 
Parenthood.  They have provided needed medical care for some members of my parish that wouldn't be served any other way.  I
thank God for these medical services.  Yet, they have provided abortion services which is against everything the Church teaches
about the sanctity of life from beginning to end. 

So, instead of "throwing out the baby with the bath water", we as Christians must be always be aware of our surroundings and the
institutions that blatantly are at war with our faith.  Boycotting products may not be the best way of keeping the faith.  But education
is!  Educating people about the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the moral teachings of the Church for the past 2,000 years is
the best way to "deal" with anything that causes people to sin and not trust in God.  My advice to you: educate!  In that way, you will
be faithful to the Word of God who is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
  - Father Carlos   


"If God gives us Free Will, why am I always being punished
here on earth for doing something that He doesn't like?" -


I'm writing this regarding Free Will.  If God gives us Free Will, why am I always being punished here on earth for doing something
that He doesn't like.  I don't understand why I cannot make my own life choices without being reprimanded.  God constantly
punishes me with being ill and I want it to stop or just know how to better communicate with Him. 
Thank you, Marie



We are all free will human beings.  If we were not free willed human beings, there would be no love, for true love comes a person
willingly and freely giving themselves to another.  But there are consequences for every action
that I do.  There are good consequences
and bad consequences.  Every action has a consequence, no matter
how small or large.  Please know that God is NOT punishing you. 
Jesus Christ has taken all punishment for sin upon Himself through His one eternal sacrifice on the cross on Calvary.  But that doesn't
stop the consequences of our actions on ourselves and others.  Your actions are not being punished by a loving God.  Instead, the
consequences of all your actions (decisions) are what you have to live with.  You are free to make life decisions and choices without
being reprimanded by God as you state.  But you are living with the consequences of your life decisions and choices.  Don't blame God. 
If you are being "punished" as you state, then you are being punished at your own hands by your own decisions.  Time to re-evaluate
what you are doing to bring such pain to you.  At the same time, you may be suffering the consequences of others' actions as well. 
That's why we all need to accept responsibility for our actions and the consequences that come with it.  Time to stop blaming God
time to look at what you are doing to yourself.
  - Father Carlos Morales   


"What is meant by a Holy Death or a Happy Death?"
 - Donna


In the booklet, “Pray the Rosary:  A Saint Joseph Edition Catholic Book Publishing Corp., New Jersey.    No. 52/05 The fourth Glorious
Mystery,  The Assumption lists the fruit or prayer as “I Desire Grace of a Holy Death”  I have also seen
and read of a “Happy Death.”
What is meant by a Holy Death or a Happy Death?  Thank you. Donna



In my priestly ministry for the past three decades, I have been called to be at the sides of people who are dying.  Some people die
peacefully, as if falling asleep.  Others suffer such painful deaths that when they die, they die fearful, anxious, and unsettled.  I pray
when it is my time to die, that I die peacefully as if falling asleep.  That is what is meant by desiring a grace of a happy or holy
not to die in such a negative and painful way.  The Blessed Virgin Mary passed peacefully and wonderfully into heaven, body
and soul
(the mystery of the Assumption of the Our Lady into heaven). 

That's what I pray for:  a peaceful, holy death as if falling asleep.   - Father Carlos Morales


"If we are in essence a spiritual being, could someone enlighten me as to
why our Father would waste His time putting our bodies back together at
final Judgment?"
  - Susan


If we are in essence a spiritual being, could someone enlighten me as to why our Father would waste His time putting our bodies back
together at final Judgment?  For what purpose? I personally am not enthralled with the idea.  We are obviously being judged once we
die, so why go through it again on the final Judgment Day? - Susan



I disagree with your conclusion that "we are in essence a spiritual being."  We are both a material and spiritual being, my essence as
being defined as a human spiritual being.  Jesus was born into time, in the flesh and gave His life for us all, suffering as He did for our
sins.  When He rose from the dead, He rose body and soul together, not a separate spiritual being.  And so with us:  we will rise from
the dead complete and whole in glorious bodies free from death, its effects, and its power to create pain.  Saint Paul in I Corinthians
15:35-58 describes this mystery of the resurrection from the dead complete and whole. God did not make us a totally spiritual beings;
He made us as material and spiritual, and when the end comes, we will be made whole by the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. It is
then that the prophesy will be made true:  (I Corinthians 15:55)
Death is swallowed up in victory, "Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death,  is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God who gives us
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  And in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 21, Verse 4, my favorite verse is my hope:  He will
wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.
We are in essence flesh and spirit, together.  And at the
end of time, our spirit will be reunited to our bodies so that we can truly be
what God created us to be: love itself in the flesh and spirit forever.   And when that happens, our bodies will be made perfect!  You
are going to love your glorious body, God promises that!
   - Father Carlos  


"I volunteer a lot and want this world to be better than when I came. 
Is this sculpturally OK?  And should I utilize the Teachings to ensure
ethics are instilled in schools, government, the world?" - Michael

Father Carlos:

I am in pursuit of further personal enlightenment and I have a question that has touched me personally. I volunteer a lot and want this
world to be better than when I came.  Is this sculpturally OK?  If so, I have some further questions: should I utilize the Teachings to
ensure ethics are instilled in schools, government, the world? Is this my place to do so? Does this violate enlightenment through the
heart only?  What do I do, when I witness an injustice, be it social or otherwise? Is this my duty to do something about that injustice?
For those that do wrong, should I forgive them, no matter how grave? What is the role in society in all of this?  Are Churches OK, if
the keys to the kingdom are in all of our hearts?  This has thrown a curve ball on me.  Thank you tremendously for your guidance. 
-  Michael




There can be no separation between our faith relationship with Jesus and His gospel and my every day life.  I bring the
gospel of Jesus Christ into everything I do.  All your actions must speak of Jesus Christ as best as you can in your own limited
physical way.  It is your place, our place, to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ into everything!  If you see an injustice, do something
in Jesus' Name.  If you see error, speak up in Jesus' Name. 

If you see immorality, proclaim the Gospel truth in Jesus' Name!  And your statement that "enlightenment" comes through the
heart only, that is NOT true.  Enlightenment comes not only to the heart but to my body as well!  I am a human and spiritual being
together and you cannot separate human flesh from the spirit, and you cannot separate spirit from human flesh.  God made me
human and spiritual.  And for those who do wrong against you or others, remember what Jesus has said in the gospel: (Matthew 18:
21) Then Peter approaching asked Him, "Lord, if my brother
sins against me, how often must I forgiven him?  As many as seven
times?"  Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times!"
  Not to forgive is contrary to the gospel and the
peace that the gospel can bring to those who are burdened by life and the consequences of sin.  You forgive no matter how grave,
for the Lord will forgive as you have forgiven:  (Matthew 6:14) If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will
forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
  Now, to another part of your
question that is somewhat confusing to me.  Where in the scriptures does it say that the "keys of the kingdom" are in your heart? 
I do not see
that anywhere.  The "keys of the kingdom" belong to Peter and the Church.  Let's review that gospel verse:  (Matthew
16:18-19)  Jesus said, "And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the nether-
world will not prevail against it.  I will give you [Peter] the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be
bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
  The keys of the kingdom of heaven belong to Peter
(and his successors, the popes) and the Church.  The keys of the kingdom are not in my possession but is held in common by all
true believers in Jesus Christ led by the universal pastor of the Church, the Bishop of Rome (presently Pope Francis), the successor
of Peter as head/chair of the apostles.

The Catholic Church in its entirety holds the keys of the kingdom as the bride of Christ (see Revelation 21:2).  The Church (in the person
of its universal pastor, the pope) has always been the holder of the keys of the kingdom of heaven.  For that reason, Saint Paul writes to
Timothy about the Church in this fashion:  (I Timothy 3:15) You should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the
Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth.
   - Father Carlos 

"Why did John the Baptist send a messenger to ask
Jesus was the Messiah?"  - Diana


Father Carlos:

Why did John the Baptist send a messenger to ask if Jesus was the Messiah when he himself had proclaimed Jesus to
be the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world and knew he was unfit to carry his sandals? -  Thanks you for answering
this question.  Sincerely, Diana



The gospel event that you are asking about is described in the Gospel of John, Chapter 1, Verses 19 through 34.  As the description of
the event goes, people from Jerusalem asked John the Baptist if he was the Messiah as prophesied.  John said no, but there was one
coming after him that he was not worthy to untie his sandals.  It was when Jesus showed up at John's baptizing pool at the River Jordan
that John proclaimed Him to be the Lamb of God.  That is the timing of the event as described by John the gospel writer (not the Baptist
but the apostle).  In Matthew 11:2-6, the event that John the Baptist sent messengers to ask Jesus if He was the Messiah is described,
this event happened between the people of Jerusalem asking John the Baptist if he was the Messiah (John 1:19-20) and the baptism of
Jesus in the River Jordan (John 1:29).  John the Baptist knew about his family member and cousin, Jesus, and sending messengers to
Jesus to ask Him if He was the Messiah was the signal for Jesus to begin His public ministry to the people of Israel.   So, let's make this

1) People from Jerusalem ask John the Baptist of he is the Messiah and he says no (John 1:19)
2) John the Baptist sends messengers to Jesus to ask Him if He was the Messiah and Jesus says
    yes and Jesus realizes it's time to begin his public ministry (Matthew 11:2-6);
3) Jesus starts His public ministry by being baptized by John the Baptist, with John proclaiming that
    Jesus is the Lamb of God and at Jesus'
 baptism, the heavens open and a voice is heard saying,
"This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well  pleased  -  (Matthew 3:13-17)

The apparent confusing time line is just a matter of the gospel writers writing about these events according to their memories and
trying to make a point that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
  -  Father Carlos   


"I have a little boy and decided to baptize him because it erases original
sin.  Why do we do this when they are this young.  Please help me to
?" - Isacortes



My name is Isabel and I have a little boy and decided to baptize him but I still have a lot a questions and I want to know if you can
me.  I understand that it erases the original sin.  Why we are doing it when they are little and why does the Father ask questions to
them that we have to answer?.   It is true that before my baby was circumcised instead of baptism and now we do the baptism. Is true
the original sin is because we born out the land the good gave to Adam and Eve?  Please help me to understand better.  Thank You.
 - Isacortes



Because of the original and first sin of Adam and Eve, we were all born into sin.  Their first sin broke our close relationship with God,
so much so that we cannot hear God's voice so
clearly like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve's original sin
affected all of us so much so that we are now born
into sin, born into a broken relationship with God the Father.  We are born broken. 
In the bible, the Old Testament, Psalm 51:5-8, states this: 
For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always:  against
You only have I sinned, and done what is evil
in your sight.  That you may be justified in your sentence, vindicated when you condemn.
Indeed, in guilt was I born, and in sin my mother conceived me.
   So, the scriptures say it clearly, I was born in sin, born with that
original sin of Adam and Eve.

Baptism, through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, heals this broken relationship with God and breaks the power of original sin
over me.  In the Gospel of John, Chapter 3, Verse 5, it is written:  Jesus answered,
"Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the 
kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit."  Jesus says that baptism is the way to salvation, the way to heaven.  In the
Letter of Peter, Chapter 3, Verse 21, Peter writes this:  "... Baptism, which saves you now, it is not a removal of dirt from the body but
an appeal to God for a clear conscience through the resurrection of Jesus Christ."
   The same Peter says this in the Acts of the Apostles,
Chapter 2, Verse 38: 
Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
  It is the Church's teaching that all be baptized to ensure that the promise of hope
of salvation through the forgiveness of sin is given as a grace (gift) from God. 

Your son, because of your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior, needs to be baptized and be in full union with God and have full access to
God for all his life.  That's why in the sacrament of baptism, the godparents and parents are asked by the minister of baptism (deacon,
priest or bishop) if they are going to be faithful to God through Jesus and make promises of faith for their child that is not yet able to
speak for themselves. Your child must have that full access to God without the brokenness of that original sin that we are all born into. 
Your child was born into sin.  Baptism cleanses your child of that original sin so that your son may always have full access to God.

Father Carlos 


"I want to be baptized.  Do I have to take RCIA to be
baptized?" Zach


My question is about RCIA. I want to be baptized in the Catholic Church this Easter but the schedule for RCIA does not fit my schedule.   
My first question is do I have to take RCIA to be baptized?   I know I will be confirmed, but I am
completely sure I want to do this,
completely sure, I want to do this but I didn't know if I had to take RCIA?  My second question is if I do have to take RCIA, can I
take it online
to fit my schedule?  I found a RCIA program online that is completely real and legit, will the church accept this for me to
be baptized?  Thanks so much - Zach



You have questions about the Rites for Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) that can be answered by your parish priest or deacon. 
Please explain your situation with your parish priest or deacon.  I am sure that something can be done for your situation.  The
Church does ask if you are able to do so, to participate fully in the RCIA process to gain a better appreciation of the life and culture
of the Catholic faith!  But I am sure that some accommodation can be made in your situation.  And as a way to prepare yourself,
please do the RCIA process on-line while you wait to speak to your parish priest.
  Father Carlos


"I have an issue I don't want to deal with.  I made a choice to wear
Christ Shoes and walk His walk.  I took a sacrifice to the alter but
remembered a person had anger toward me.  I don't believe our
Father ever forgave me.  What am I to do?" Thurman

Father Carlos:

I have a issue I don't  know how to deal with. I made a choice to wear Christ shoes and try to walk his walk. Father, his shoes are to big
they are giving me blisters and my feet hurt.  Father, in word only I took a sacrifice to the alter and remembered a person had some
anger toward me and I left the sacrifice at the alter and attempted to make amends with her and I was shot down. She isn't forgiving me.
I consider myself as unforgiven, I don't believe I have ever been forgiven by our Father or man. My life is such a shamble. I pray
and it's
like I see my prayers go up and then fall back down, figuratively that is. Father what am I to do?  -  Thurman



Just because someone doesn't forgive you doesn't mean that God does not forgive you.  You tried to ask forgiveness from another, and
that person
did not want to extend to you their forgiveness.  You did your part.  If the person doesn't want to forgive you, that isn't your
problem or sin.  It is
their problem and sin since they will not forgive you as Jesus commanded us in the Gospel.  Be at peace. Jesus
has  already died on the cross for all your sins, and He has washed you in His Blood when you accepted His forgiveness with the great

faith you have.  Just because someone is vindictive and doesn't want to forgive you doesn't mean that God oesn't forgive you.  God has
already forgiven you and is joyful with your action to ask forgiveness from another.  The sin is not yours anymore.  The burden of that

sin is on the other for not forgiving you  by God's command.  Leave it in God's Hands and go forward.  You are forgiven because God
knows your heart and your love for Him!  Be at peace!
Father Carlos


"My fiancé and I were both baptized Catholic, but neither of us
completed catechism.  If we get married outside the Catholic
Church, would our marriage be recognized if we later decided
to join the Church?"   - Kristine


Father Carlos:

My fiancé and I were both baptized Catholic, but neither of us completed catechism. We are trying to decide what venue we'd like to use
our wedding. If we get married outside the Catholic Church, would our marriage be recognized if we later decided to join the Church? 
  - Kristine



Yes your marriage is sacramentally valid when you decide in the future to make a full commitment to the Church.  For now, you are not
active Catholics and are outside of Catholic spiritual discipline therefore not under Catholic sacramental law.  Once you do
become full members of the Church, your marriage will be considered valid. 
Since the Church already considers your marriage valid,
remember, you are married for life!  -
Father Carlos 


"My husband and I took a vacation to Jamaica and the closest
Church was 20 minutes away.  It would have been costly to get
to the Church for Mass.  Was this a sin not to attend?" -  Carole


CatholicView Staff: 

I recently took a vacation to Jamaica.  My husband and I asked at desk about going to Mass.  The closest Church was 20 minutes away
and we could only get there by using the resorts transportation which would have cost us $80.00 dollars each way.  We tried to find
others who might help share the taxi cost but could not find anyone.  We didn't attend Mass.  We were wondering if this was a sin? 
Thanks. - Carole



God knows your dilemma and your heart.  You did not sin.  You did your best to find reasonable transportation because both of you
wanted to attend Mass while in Jamaica. 

In the future, if you cannot afford to go to Mass and transportation is unavailable, you and your husband should take time to pray to God
and read your bible
on the Sabbath.  You will be blessed for spending time with God.  Thank you for writing in.  May the Lord bless you
both abundantly. 
-  CatholicView Staff


"Will I be reborn on earth and will my agnostic
father and my
atheist brother also?  I know
reincarnation is not a Catholic teaching." -
-  Gregory



Will I be reborn in the next life with the actual same parents and brother even though my father is agnostic and my brother an atheist? 
My mother divorced my father and is a devout Catholic.  I know reincarnation is not a Catholic teaching so am I correct presuming I
will live the same life again? - Gregory



The Bible tells all of us that we have only ONE life on this earth.   When we die and rise from our graves, we who have been good
will live forever with God and His Son Jesus Christ and all the angels of the Lord, but
those who have done what is evil will rise to be
condemned and will go to hell.  God will tell all who obeyed His laws not to be amazed at this, for all who were righteous and who are
in their graves will hear God's
voice and those who have done what is good will rise to live forever in God's Kingdom but woe to those
who have been wicked, and committed immoral deeds will rise to be condemned to Hell forever more. 
- Read John 5:28-29.

Also read Hebrews 9:27 which tells us this:  "Just as it is appointed that human beings die ONCE, and after this the JUDGMENT ". 
Gregory, know that you nor your family will come back to live on this earth.

May God be with you always.  We will keep you in prayer.  -  CatholicView Staff

"I no longer attend a Catholic Church.  I now attend
The Church Of The Latter Day Saints.  I do miss confession
and still want to pray the rosary.  Can you help?"
 -  Carrie


I no longer attend a Catholic Church. I am now LDS. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)   However, I find myself
missing some of the "rituals " of the Catholic Church.   Especially confession and the act of repentance by doing something,i.e.  
Praying the rosary. Is it ok to still pray the rosary and attend confession though I no longer attend a Catholic Church?  Side note:
Due to past shunning and abuse by some Catholic Priests/nuns, I'm not interested in returning to the Church. -  Carrie



I am so sorry that you suffered abuse by some of the Catholic priests and Nuns at your past Church.  But you must not allow others
to take away your gratification and peace in the Catholic Church. 

Are you comfortable with your change to the Church of the Latter Day Saints? 

You say you miss the rituals of your former Church.  Have you thought about attending another Catholic Church nearby where you
would be comfortable?   Most of all, have you also prayed about your situation?   

From your letter, it is clear that you miss attending the Church where you were free to participate in confession, the act of repentance,
as well as praying the rosary.  Rethink your situation and know that God loves you and wants to give you peace. Think

Carrie, I will l say a prayer for you.  God bless you always! -  CatholicView Staff










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