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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 relat ...
 
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Fr. Josh answers questions about growing in the virtue of patience, discerning entering a third order as a lay person, and whether true crime entertainment can be harmful for our souls. Snippet From the Show The virtue of patience teaches us to surrender to the reality that we are not is control of everything. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subscrib…
 
Grab a seat in the pew as we look at how we’re called to respond to Jesus Christ, using real people from the Bible as examples.In this podcast we’ll learn that: - Life is made up of responses, including “no” - The way you respond to Christ has eternal consequences- Both Peter and Judas betrayed Jesus, but their responses made all the difference. Ch…
 
In this episode we complete the four part mini-series Herstory on women in Scripture with the story of Esther. We discuss the providence in the behind the scenes work of God and how God’s call on one person’s life can cause a ripple effect within a nation. We chat about God’s design and plan for each of us and how he desires to use your unique infl…
 
Fr. Josh answers questions about honoring our parents, how the Church would respond to the discovery an intelligent alien species, and how to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this ep…
 
In this podcast we’ll learn:The story of the Gospel, and how it should truly CHANGE YOUR LIFEThe differences between the Christendom Era and the Apostolic EraWhy God allows bad things to happen in the world.Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holiness. Read all about it here: www.patreon.c…
 
In this episode, we continue the 4 part “Herstory” mini-series focusing on women in scripture with the Easter story of Mary Magdalene. We discuss how Jesus taught Mary a new way to live and how her audacious love led her to be called the “apostle of hope”, announcing his resurrection to the apostles. We chat about the power of naming the areas of g…
 
As we enter into Holy Week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray with him as he meditates on the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. Snippet From the Show Text…
 
In this episode, we conclude our six-part Lenten series on the book “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer. Claire joins us as we discuss the hidden way St. Elizabeth of the Trinity chooses us and draws us closer to God. We chat about St. Elizabeth’s delayed canonization and her prophetic messages: the call to love and be loved, the universal call…
 
Fr. Josh discusses what it means to become partakers of God's divine nature, how Enoch and Elijah were taken up to heaven prior to the time of Christ, and how the Church looks at mental health when investigating apparitions and visions. Snippet From the Show "For the Son of God became man so that we might become God."- St. Athanasius Text “askfrjos…
 
On this podcast we’ll learn that: - Overcommitment leads to feelings of anxiety and resentfulness - Our devotion for Jesus is not proven by a list of volunteer and church duties - It’s important to find where we can best use our gifts, instead of spreading ourselves too thinCheck out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live…
 
In this episode, we continue with part five of our six-part Lenten series on the book “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer. We discuss the power of small acts of love that serve as the true measure of feminine strength. We expand on the ideas of humility, vulnerability and the hidden life in the inner cloister. We also chat about our call to spi…
 
Fr. Josh answers questions about receiving Communion, why we call priests "father", and how we can detach from our smartphones so we can be present to those around us. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria Un…
 
In this bonus episode, we have a special interview with Fr. Donald Calloway where we discuss: - St. Joseph was a heroic man who defended Mary and Jesus - St. Joseph probably wasn’t an old man - You can learn a lot about St. Joseph by looking at JesusCheck out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holi…
 
In this podcast you’ll learn that: - When we feel insecure we try to cover it by overstating ourselves - Our insecurities lead us to judge others to make ourselves feel better - Often what we don’t like about another person is something we project onto them. Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue…
 
In this episode, we continue with part four of our six-part Lenten series on the book “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer. We discuss our experiences of peace and home felt at ‘thin places’ like monasteries and convents and how God desires for us to experience this within our souls’ inner cloister. We chat about the maturation of love over time…
 
Fr. Josh answers questions about interfaith dating, the meaning behind all the different kinds of postures during Mass, and the purpose of praying a challenging prayer like the litany of humility. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor …
 
In this podcast we’ll learn that: - It’s not how you climb the mountain that matters, it’s how you walk down and do the work - The transfiguration reminds us that we are all invited to join the Kingdom of God - If you struggle with change, ask Jesus to help convert your heart.Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you li…
 
In this episode, we dive into part three of our six-part Lenten series on the book “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer. We chat about the importance of silence in a noisy, distracting world and how God is always present to us. We discuss the truth that God knows us by name, that we are always before him, and that He desires to restore what the …
 
In this special edition of Ask Father Josh, Fr. Josh answers questions from college students. He discusses how to develop a consistent prayer life when you have a busy schedule, as well as how to cultivate cultural diversity in campus ministry. He also shares inspirational saints who were holy when they were young. Ascension is proud to partner wit…
 
In this bonus episode you’ll learn: - How he went from wanting to stop being Catholic to thinking about the priesthood - The power of the Eucharist to restore what is broken and heal divisions in the world today - Awesome advice for the struggles we have with Confession. Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live li…
 
In this episode, we continue our six-part Lenten series on the book “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer. We discuss the complementarity of vocations to marriage and religious life and our universal vocation to love. We talk about St. Elizabeth’s relationship with the Virgin Mary and the beauty of entrusting ourselves to her in times of waiting …
 
Fr. Josh explains whether Catholics should practice mindfulness meditation, if Jesus had other siblings, and how to experience the joy of the Lord. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University. Snippet Fr…
 
In this episode, we begin a six-part Lenten series on the book “This Present Paradise” by Claire Dwyer. We discuss the sufferings in the early life of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, the humbling moments of parenthood and surrendering your giftedness to be refined by God and used for his glory. We chat about the “little way” of recognizing the Trinit…
 
Fr. Josh discusses how to enter into lent if you struggle with depression or acedia, types of fasting, and how to deal with distractions in prayer. Ascension is proud to partner with authentically Catholic institutions and organizations committed to spreading the Gospel. Learn more about the sponsor of this episode, Ave Maria University Snippet Fro…
 
In this special bonus episode of “Just a Guy in the Pew,” I am honored to speak with Bishop David Talley—my bishop.In this episode we discuss: - The New Evangelization and what it means - Why the New Evangelization is meant for ALL of us - How to bring the freshness of the Lord back into our hearts and share it with others.Check out "The Narrow Roa…
 
Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holiness. Each month “The Narrow Road” offers: - A single virtue and a plan to inspire your progress - Weekly focus on a specific relationship - Daily reflections, prayers, gospel readings and prompts to help you organize your thoughts and stay on track …
 
In this episode, we continue our conversation with Fr. Josh Johnson on the Sacrament of Confession and God’s enduring delight in His children. We discuss how to uncover what might be at the root of our sin and what longings or desires we may be seeking to fulfill when we are in these situations. We finish with a healing prayer led by Fr. Josh and a…
 
In this special episode, Fr. Josh shares with us the heroic stories of black saints and black individuals on their way to sainthood who inspire us to persevere in our walk towards eternity. This epsidoe contains adult themes that my not be suitable for children- parental discretion advised. Snippet From the Show " Do not let your past dictate your …
 
In today’s episode we’ll learn that: - We should examine our approach to confession and whether we truly renounce sins or just seek mercy - We have free will and so the choice to continue to sin is up to us - With God all things are possible.Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holiness. Re…
 
In this episode we spend some time with one of our dearest friends, Fr. Josh Johnson, to discuss the invitation to God’s mercy as we prepare for the season of Lent. Fr. Josh shares his own personal stories of healing through the sacrament of confession, as well his heart behind his new book A Pocket Guide to Reconciliation. We discuss confession as…
 
Fr. Josh answers questions about what it means to glorify God with our actions, how salvation for non-Christians works, and how to understand the symbolism in the fall of Adam and Eve. Snippet From the Show We give glory, honor and praise to God not just for what he does for us, but most importantly for who he is. Text “askfrjosh” to 33-777 to subs…
 
In this bonus episode, you’ll learn: - How to begin to pray and where to start - Why prayer should happen daily - How to grow in our spiritual maturity through communication with the LordCheck out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holiness. Read all about it here: www.patreon.com/posts/46385993DOW…
 
On today’s podcast we’ll learn that: - An abundance of money can breed deceitful feelings of self-sufficiency - We are bound for trouble if we obsess about money and the things it can buy - True hope and security can only be found through God.Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holiness. R…
 
In this episode, we focus on the patron of the universal Church, St Joseph. Since Pope Francis has declared this as the “Year of St Joseph”, we desire to uncover the gift of this humble and faithful adoptive father of Jesus. We discuss Joseph as a tender, loving Father who shows us that God can use our frailty and weakness to bring about great thin…
 
Fr. Josh answers questions about what it's like to hear confessions as a priest, how to talk about political leaders, and how to practically fight thoughts of temptation. This episode contains adult themes that are not suitable for children - parental discretion is advised. Snippet From the Show "If we immerse ourselves in holy artwork, movies, mus…
 
On today’s podcast we’ll learn: - There is no cancel culture with Christ because He never gives up on us - God’s mercy is immeasurable - The sacraments are designed to help you visualize how much you mean to Christ.Check out "The Narrow Road," a BRAND NEW resource for guys to help you live lives of virtue and holiness. Read all about it here: www.p…
 
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