Author: REAP Staff

My question is about promises to God. When I was younger, I made some promises to the Lord – along the lines of not doing certain things and avoiding certain things during Lent every year for several years. In retrospect, I may have made these promises rashly. Some were very difficult to keep and sometimes caused problems with me and my family, caused me alot of anxiety, and made life quite difficult for me. I came to the conclusion that I shouldn't have made those promises in the first place and that I didn't have to honor them because of their illegitimacy. Now I'm having doubts as to whether I should honor those promises during Lent or not. Please help.

Due to new circumstances in my life I'm finding myself doubting a lot of things.  I want to know what forgiveness really means; this is something I felt I used to know the answer to but I've really lost myself – and the answer – recently after a serious crime was committed against me.  I’ve been in therapy trying to deal with everything, but I cannot bring myself to forgive the person who committed the crime against me.  Any advice?  Please pray for me.


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I am a devoted Catholic and I thought I had everything figured out. But lately new doubts have arisen.  The question that bugs me the most lately, is why are "ghosts" or "spirits" still here? I thought in the Catholic faith we weren't supposed to believe in ghosts? I've had grandparents pass away in the past couple of years and I've felt as if I've had experiences with them, like they were here with me. Does that make them "ghosts" too? I'm so confused on this topic I confuse myself trying to figure it out.  I believe there's a God; I just don't understand everything that comes with the Catholic faith.