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December 2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

December 2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Giving or Receiving

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/28/16

Food for thought on this Merry Christmas: Is Christmas really about giving or receiving?

         I first want to offer everyone blessings on this Christmas Day, wishing all of you a most Merry Christmas Season.

         I also would like to share with you a personal reflection I once ... Read More »

Psychics and Angels

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/19/16

Are Catholics permitted to go to psychics? In particular, [is such acceptable] to communicate with deceased loved ones?

     While this type of endeavor might seem harmless, the firm answer to this question is “no,” based fully on the words of the First Commandment (as given in Exodus ... Read More »

Keeping a body together vs. relics

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/12/16

The Catholic Church wants all cremated ashes to remain together. Can you explain the relics of our saints?

     This question allows us to consider both the recent statement of the Church regarding cremated remains and the proper respect owed to the bodies of the deceased – including ... Read More »

Don't drink the Holy Water and the Gospel reader

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/05/16

What happens if you drink Holy Water?

     One should not drink holy water. While it is blessed, its purpose as a “sacramental” is for use in particular ways (as a reminder to us of the graces received in baptism and for other sacred purposes such as the ... Read More »

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