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Ask Father Faith: December 2015

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: 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

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: January 2014

If in the theological definition of “human” it includes “is born with original sin,” then what would Mary be classified as?

--Caroline, 8th grade student, St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs

The Catholic Church teaches that 'Mary was conceived without original sin but not without the effects of original sin. In other words she was the same as the rest of humanity. She struggled with the same emotions and feelings. She may have experienced anger, jealousy, exhaustion etc. perhaps she was tempted to sin on many occasions. However, her free will strengthen by the grace God enabled her to always say ‘no’ instead of ‘yes.’

 

This month's question was answered by Very Reverend Richard Walsh, Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando.

 


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