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Rich Laban wrote:

Hi, guys —

I've looked through your database and googled this question but found nothing. I found many answers on the net but none specific to Catholicism. There may be no definitive answer to my questions but:

  • Does God answer our prayers?
  • If so, can I get an idea under what circumstances or situations might He intervene?

Thank you,


  { If God does answer prayers, under what circumstances or situations might He intervene? }

Paul replied:

Dear Rich,

According to Christian tradition God answers all prayers. And just like any question, this answer could be:

  • Yes
  • No, or
  • Not yet.



Mike replied:

Hi Rich,

Just to add to Paul’s answer, you said:

  • If so, can I get an idea under what circumstances or situations might He intervene?

Most Christians, including Catholic Christians, believe that the Lord created all of us for a specific purpose or calling in life. Ultimately, any circumstances or situations where He would intervene would be based on what is best for our eternal salvation.

We may have good times and may have very bad times in life but despite even the bad times, we have to have faith that there is a greater good beyond our current worldly crosses and trails.

As Paul said, God answers all our prayers but not necessarily the way we would like them answered at this time in our lives.


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