Divine Mercy Q&A

Have I Committed the 'Unforgivable Sin'?

A reader of this Q&A column who wishes anonymity (I will just call him "Mr. Feeling Lost") wrote me a poignant letter recently. He shared his deep feelings of guilt and condemnation by God that just will not go away, even though he has been to confession several times and emptied his heart of all the mortal sins he has ever committed. He is now left wondering:

A Convent Conundrum?

Over the past few months I have received two questions about a most perplexing aspect of the life of St. Faustina. An inquirer named Paul wrote:

Part Two: Indefensible or Indispensable?

The following is part two in a series on contraception. To read part one, click here.

In the early 1960s, with the invention of the birth control pill, the first highly effective method of contraception, the Catholic Church was faced with a dilemma: Should the new techniques of birth control lead the Church to change its traditional teaching on contraception?

Contraception Part 1: Indefensible or Indispensable?

Over the past few years I received several questions on the Church's teachings about contraception, and I have been looking for a good opportunity to address this important issue in-depth. Well, it seemed to me that there is no better time than the Easter Season to do so, since at this time of the liturgical year we celebrate the new life that Jesus Christ came to earth to bring, and contraception is a major foundation stone of the anti-life culture that surrounds us today throughout most of the world.

The Chaplet: Can We Make Our Own Version?

A reader of this column named Aurora sent me a question that has been sent to me, in related forms, by at least a half dozen people over the past few months:

If God is so Merciful, Why Is There a Hell? (Part Two)

The following is a response to a response. Let me clarify. I wrote a column on Feb. 3, titled "If God is So Merciful, Why is There a Hell?" In the reader comment section beneath it, a man named Mike responded with concerns regarding the doctrine of hell. The following is my response to Mike:

Dear Mike,

I certainly appreciate your compassion for those in hell. No doubt, our Savior, in one sense, shares it. But while I am sure it was unintentional, I think several of the points you made were misinformed.

If God is so Merciful, Why is There a Hell?

Several people wrote to me recently about the references to hellfire and damnation in St. Faustina's Diary. Not surprisingly, they referred especially to St. Faustina's terrifying vision, recorded in entry 741: