Mar 25, 2018

Why Was “Thou Shalt Not Bring Unto Thee Any Graven Image” Replaced With “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife?”

I was watching the Ten Commandments and I saw that “Thou Shalt Not Bring Unto Thee Any Graven Image” was a commandment, however “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife” was not. “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery” was but I am Catholic, 38 years of age and I was taught “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Neighbor’s Wife” was a commandment and I never learned “Thou Shalt Not Bring Unto Thee Any Graven Image.” What happened to that commandment. Here’s the ones I learned:

1. “I am the Lord Thy God, Thou Shalt Not have any other a Gods before me.”

2. “Thou Shalt Not take the name of the Lord the God in Vain”

3. “Remember the Sabbath Day and to Always Keep it Holy”

4.”Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother”

5. “Thou Shalt not Kill”

6. “Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery”

7. “Thou Shalt Not Steal”

8. “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor”

9. “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Wife.”

10. “Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor’s Belongings.”

Nowhere did I ever learn about a “Graven Images” commandment, and when I watched the film, it removed the coveting thy neighbor’s wife commandment for that one. Why? What ever happened to that commandment?

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Oct 31, 2017


Hello! My husband and I are living on the West Coast of the United States for just a little while longer, and we have always wanted to see Alaska. We decided that now would probably be the best time to do it (logistically and financially), before leaving the West Coast. We are looking in to a cruise, and we found one that is affordable and will work with our schedule. However, because it will leave on a Saturday afternoon, I do not know if we will be able to attend Mass that weekend. The cruise ship does not have a priest onboard. We always make sure to go to Mass when we are on vacation, but I don’t think we’ll have the option if we book this cruise. Would it be a mortal sin if we booked this cruise, knowing that we probably won’t be able to go to Mass?

Thank you, and God bless you!

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Sep 25, 2017


I plan to marry my filipina girlfriend but she tells me that her sister was married in August 2017 and we will have to wait a year to get married or one of us will die within a year. I do not want to wait. I know this is a supresticion from my research but she is stedfast in her belief. We want to get married in the church in Butuan. I would like the church’s view on this superstition. I will be in Butuan in October and it would be great if we could get married as soon as I complete conversion to Catholicism. I need an opinion from the church. Please reply

C Fleegal

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Aug 31, 2017

Does God hate me

Hello Fr. Brendan, I’m not sure how to start, in order to understand, I’ll have to tell you about my childhood. I grew up in a poor Catholic Christian family. My dad wasn’t too religious though, and didn’t even want us to go to church. As a matter of fact, I had to take baptism doctrine lessons in secret and I was baptised when he had gone out of town. He was abusive especially to our religion. And even though he did all that, I always had that energy not to let that get in my way of serving God. I became a mass servant, and was even thinking of becoming a priest. And during this period, weirdly everything was fine. I had good grades, always at the top of my class, I went for confession almost every 2 months. Until I reached the university and it all changed. I come from a very poor background so I had to work to pay for my tuition, then I got a scholarship to study abroad. That’s when things started going downhill. I stopped going to church, I started questioning the existence of God, why there was a crucifix of Jesus Christ in church, why we had to pray, if God loved us so much then why was there war, hunger, why my family was so poor (and this also coincided with when I became a volunteer helping the Syrian refugee kids, and saw how some of them had lost everything) etc, my grades became a mess, financial I’m barely surviving . In short, I’m lost, and unhappy. I have though once or twice of just ending it all. So my questions are, is God punishing me? I mean does he hate me for questioning or doubting his existence and love for mankind in the first place? And how do I pray for his mercy on me.
Thank you so much in advance for your response.

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