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Ask Father Faith: January 2015

I often find inspiration through the most absurd things. Have you ever been inspired by something that no one would ever think to be influential?

-- Question from Raven, 8th grade student, Lourdes Academy, Daytona Beach

I would say that this is a constant in my life.  One of the blessings of priesthood is to have a constant connection in seeing the impossible.  Call it something about being "in tuned" to the work of God, or that the constant work of a priest keeps your eyes open to the work of God, but I truly believe that I am constantly seeing the impossible happening.  

I see that the unexpected often leads me to see God at work. I often see and am inspired by things that what others may seem as ordinary.  

This month's question was answered by Father John Giel, Chancellor of Canonical Affairs and Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando, pastor of St. Paul Parish, Leesburg.

Ask Father Faith: December 2014

Is the Old Testament a partial reflection of the New Testament, especially the Gospels?
   - Question from Jack, 7th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

I believe that the answer to your question is definitely “yes.”

The issue at stake in both Testaments is the question of divine revelation and the human response to it.

In Scripture, divine revelation is progressive and unfolding. Perhaps this statement is best understood by reflecting on human encounters. The more time we spend with another human being the more we get to know about them and who they really are.

The first verse of Hebrews reminds us that God’s self-revelation in the Old Testament was partial, that is, those who listened to the prophets learned certain things about God and who he is. In the Gospels, God’s self-revelation through the person of Jesus is complete, meaning, Jesus was God in human form reminding his followers of who God is and what his values are.

This month’s question was answered by Father Richard Walsh, Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando, pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish, Winter Park.

Ask Father Faith: February 4, 2013

How do you become a priest?

--Emily, 4th grade, Annunciation Catholic Academy, Altamonte Springs

There is a process of school which may include college but will definitely include graduate studies in a seminary. During it, the teachers or faculty help the seminarians grow in four main areas: pastoral, human, spiritual, and academic. After all the studies and requirements are completed the bishop ordains the candidate by the laying on of hands.

This month's question was answered by Father Jorge Torres, director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando.

Ask Father Faith: August 1, 2012

Why did you become a priest?
            --Gina, 8th grade, All Souls Catholic Church, Sanford

Everyone seeks ways to live a life that brings happiness to themselves and to others.  I was doing the same thing.  As I grew up and my faith also grew I realized my deepest happiness was in serving God as a priest. 

This month’s question was answered by Father Jorge Torres, Director of the Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Orlando.

Ask Father Faith: March 1, 2013

Why do Catholics confess their sins to a priest?

-- Alexis, 7th grade, All Souls Catholic School, Sanford

“Confession” as it is more commonly called is the Sacrament of Penance.  This particular Sacrament may only be presided over by a priest or a bishop who can offer “sacramental absolution” (forgiveness) in the name of the Lord Jesus and His Church. 

Catholics are encouraged to make an individual examination of conscience and to pray an “Act of Contrition” as a part of our daily lives.  Sacramental Confession, when there is serious sin present, is a special part of our lives as Catholics. Catholics are encouraged to celebrate this sacrament at least once a year especially in the Seasons of Lent and Advent.

This month's question was answered by the Very Reverend Robert Webster, director of Liturgy for the Diocese of Orlando

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