2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings
Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/18/19
Part 1: God’s Work of Creation
God is Almighty: The Supreme Being above all other beings. Likewise, God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: A Trinity of Persons and one God. In all of His interior attributes, God is perfect within ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/11/19
Among the perfections of God is that He is one and there is no other. Furthermore, within Himself God is perfect love, meaning that He is relational within Himself. It is by way of His “personal” nature that such relationship of love within Him exists – and it ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/04/19
As we now look to dive directly into the Creed, we begin by considering God Himself as He is. We have treated the basic question of “why” we exist and the related truth of our being created by God and that God Himself makes known to us our purpose ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/25/19
Part 3 – Faith: Our Response to God’s Love
In Parts 1-2 of “The Purpose of Man’s Existence,” we acknowledged that God created us for the purpose of sharing in eternal communion in Him in heaven. Such a meaning and purpose in life is known by ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/18/19
The Purpose of Man’s existence
Part 2 – God’s revelation of truth
In Part 1 of “The Purpose of Man’s Existence,” the meaning of life as “eternal communion in God in heaven” was given as the Catholic answer to the question of “why” we exist. More beautifully, we ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/11/19
Part 1 - What is the meaning of life?
To begin this journey into basics of Catholicism we will initially focus on the Creed. However, that we may more effectively consider “what” we believe as given to us in the Creed, it is important ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/04/19
As I begin this new teaching endeavor in the “Pastor’s Ponderings” section of our weekly parish bulletin, I want to first express why this series is being offered and what the end goal of this review of basics of Catholicism truly is.
As a backdrop, might I ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/28/19
What is the current rule on fasting before communion?
Among the disciplines that we keep in practicing our Catholic faith, one discipline that most people keep habitually, quite possibly without thinking about its deeper significance, is the practice of fasting from food and drink prior to receiving Holy ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/21/19
What is tithing? Does the Church require it? Can the money be given to a nonprofit or other good cause?
The practice of tithing (that is, of giving away a set percentage of one’s income as a return to God of the “first fruits”) is found in various ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/14/19
I have noticed more and more females of all ages wearing veils. Please explain the importance and reason of this.
The recent increase of women and girls wearing veils (or dignified hats, for that matter) may be attributed to several factors. One may be simply the presence of ... Read More »