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February 2016
Ask a Franciscan
PHOTO FROM INGIMAGE Should I Attend?
My granddaughter, a Catholic, is getting married in March, but in the hall where their reception will be held. A friend who is licensed to witness marriages will officiate.

I want to attend this wedding, but I don’t condone the way she is getting married. If I attend, am I doing anything against the Catholic Church’s teachings?

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Did God Rejoice after Creating People?
The creation story in the Book of Genesis states that after he created the sun and the moon, God saw that these were good. However, Scripture does not say the same thing after the creation of humans. Why is this? What does the Catholic Church teach about this?
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Non-Catholic Devotionals
I read beautiful, inspiring daily messages in a book by a non-Catholic author. I feel close to Jesus when I read these uplifting, loving messages of guidance, peace, love, and stewardship. Is what I am doing correct?
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Grieving Family Members
For six years, I was the sole caregiver of my mom and my aunt. They died eight weeks apart in the spring of 2014. I miss them so much; they were my best friends, and we did everything together.

I still grieve their deaths, especially during the holidays. I cry often, but I offer all my loneliness, sadness, and Masses for the holy souls in purgatory. When will my pain and loneliness ease? I am very active in my local parish.

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