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Being a Bishop

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: How did you become a bishop?A: The short answer is that God called me to be a bishop. The longer answer involves the process in which the Catholic Church carefully listens to the Holy Spirit in the choice for our bishops. This occurs in a number of ways from prayerful ... Read More »

Bible

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why did God command the Israelites to kill so many people in the Old Testament?A: Those of us familiar with the Old Testament know that much bloodshed occurred on behalf of the chosen people in the settling and defense of the Holy Land. As many of us have read, the ... Read More »

Catholic Education

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: What role, as a bishop, do you play in Catholic education?A: Thank you for this question for as a successor of the first Apostles, I do not just govern (administrate), sanctify (offer blessing), I also have the responsibility to teach or share our faith with our fellow brothers and sisters. ... Read More »

Christian Living

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: How do you balance reaching out to others who have no faith and making holy, faith-filled friends?A: There is an old saying that “No man is an island.” I am blessed with many friends, some who are not Catholic and others who are not even Christians. Most of my friends ... Read More »

Church/Pope

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: What does it mean when it is said that the pope is infallible?A: This, also, is a very good question, for we live in a world where many people contend there is no truth, only reigning opinion, or that we as human beings have no access to the ultimate wisdom ... Read More »

Church & State

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: How do you feel about this tension between Catholicism and Congress?A: Of course, it is not natural to seek arguments and difficult discussions for the sake of tension. However, in order to enlighten or instruct our lawmakers, there are times we, as Catholics, must communicate directly with our nation’s leaders. ... Read More »

Evangelization

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: When others ask me to explain the Catholic faith, what is the best explanation I can give them to help them understand?A: How I answered the previous question may be helpful, but let us also look at a gesture with which we all are familiar: the sign of the cross. ... Read More »

Heaven, Hell, Death, & Judgment

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: What is it like in heaven? A: This a perfect question for a perfect subject. Heaven is spending all eternity with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Harps and clouds need not be included. When we are in heaven we are perfectly happy, for there is no greater joy than to ... Read More »

Jesus

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: How come Jesus prayed to God, if he is God?A: We are quite aware that Jesus often prayed to his Father in heaven, as indicated in the Gospel narratives. These moments of prayer are lessons to us all.Firstly, Jesus indicates to us that he is the Son of God and ... Read More »

Lent

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why is it called Good Friday when it was such a bad day for Jesus? A: This is a very good question. Who wants to suffer in this life? The answer is in the question. Jesus took on all of the bad things in our world, all our sins, to the cross and died for ... Read More »