St. Anthony Messenger
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August 2016
Ask a Franciscan
© SQUIRREL77/FOTOSEARCH What Is the Origin of John’s Baptism?
Someone recently asked me about St. John the Baptist and his baptism of Jesus. Was baptism something common in the Jewish tradition then? Where did baptism with water originate? A Jewish friend tells me that he has never heard of baptism with water as a Jewish practice.
Did Jesus Have a Soul?
I’ve been a Catholic for 70 years and have tried to understand the mystery of the Trinity. The other day I wondered, Did Jesus have a soul? Nothing is ever easy.
Confessing to a Priest
Where does the Bible talk about confessing to a priest? I know that the Gospel of John records Jesus as saying to the apostles on Easter Sunday evening, “Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained” (20:23). That, however, does not explain the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we know it today: private confession to a priest.
Changing the Sabbath
Why do Christians observe this on Sunday? The Book of Genesis says that God rested on the seventh day and made it holy (Genesis 2:2-3).
Should I Report It?
My wife and I remodeled two rooms in our house in order to rent them out. When I filed my income tax, I was going to report this income, but my wife was against it.

She feels that we are already paying a lot of taxes to the government from our jobs. Also, we are giving 10 percent of the rent money we receive to the poor. Was not reporting this a sin?

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