Q: I’m struggling to understand more practically what exactly is God’s grace and how I interact with it. I mean, I heard that grace is supposed to be free, but then there are people who say that I have to earn it by my works. What’s going on here?
Continue reading Q&A: Do I earn God’s grace by works?
So many of us ask this question, either about ourselves or about others. Lady Gaga has also most graciously written a song about it. With the progress we’ve made in the human genome project and our understanding of genetics in general, we are finding more and more things that ‘wire’ a person to behave in a certain way. So, we find ourselves asking the question, “If I was born this way, why am I being blamed? That’s not fair!” Let’s discuss the extremes we have when discussing genetic issues: “celebrating a disease” and “victimising the victim”.
Continue reading I was born this way, so how can you blame me?
Q: I’m having difficulty knowing how to deal with my spiritual father. I don’t know how to balance my freedom with restrictions that he’s putting on me and I’m having trouble understanding what our relationship should look like. What am I supposed to do? I just feel like he doesn’t get how difficult what I’m going through is with a particular thing that I’m doing and I think that’s what is causing my frustration.
Continue reading Discipleship: dealing with my spiritual father can be rough.
Q: If one desires to enter the monastic life in a few years, what could he/she do to know and learn more about the life and to prepare for it?
Continue reading Considering monasticism in next few years, any advice?
Q: Someone I know recently passed away, and the family intends to cremate the person’s body. This got me thinking about funerals. What is the purpose of a funeral? and what is the church’s stance on cremation?
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The Situation: You and many of your friends are out to eat during one of the church fasts at Restaurant ABC. You, being the lazy spiritual one have decided not to start fasting yet and will postpone for another week. As all of you order your food and it finally arrives, you begin to eat.
All of your friends have ordered some non-dairy, non-meat item on the item. But, you are currently enjoying that nice 10 oz. new york, rib-eye cut steak. As Tiny Tim, sits next to you looking down at his plate of guacamole, rice, and black beans, his stomach aches for just a sliver of the fat from the steak.
Continue reading On steak and stumbling blocks
Q: We hear of people having strong relationships with the Saints, but how do we form relationships with them? How do I find that Saint?
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Q: …just read your recent blog and I have a quick question. Although I know that the tradition and dogma of the church are essential and very important, is it wrong to have the perspective where they are used just as means to build that relationship with God?
Continue reading Q&A: tradition and Tradition: means vs ends?
Sometimes I fast, but I get nothing out of it. I don’t understand how having a bunch of dietary restrictions actually helps me with anything, and I’m not really sure what the point is in general. Wuzzup, yo?! It does nothing and doesn’t really affect my relationship with God. Why do you guys make food sound evil!
Continue reading Dude, what’s up with this fasting stuff?
Q: Are we God’s children, friends, or servants? Or are we more than one? How is it that we can be His children and His servants, or more specifically, to call Him Father and Lord?
Continue reading Is God my father, my friend, or my master?