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Prayer and Support in Trying Times

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/04/18

Mutual support in the midst of trying times

           I want to make use of this article, in the interest of giving encouragement and support as we all persevere together through this difficult time in the Church, to speak of an opportunity at the parish for all of us ... Read More »

Penance gives power to prayer

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/27/18

I was watching a program on EWTN.  The priest was talking about the Sacrament of Penance.  He said, “Penance gives power to prayer.”  I didn’t hear the explanation because I was unable to finish watching the program.  What would be your opinion to this phrase?

           Honestly, this question ... Read More »

The universality of the Church

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/20/18

One of the chief marks of the Church is universality.  Is this true of the Church today?

           In our profession of faith each Sunday, we recite “we believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”  In this statement are the four marks of the Church:  that it is ... Read More »

Why did Jesus let Mary not help Martha in her labor

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/13/18


In the Gospel when Jesus visited Martha and Mary, Martha did all the work while Mary sat and watched.  And Jesus said Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived.  Why did he not expect Mary to toil and labor like he wants Martha ... Read More »

Liturgy of the Hours explained

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/06/18

Please explain the Liturgy of the Hours.  Is there a specific prayer?  Why was it for priests and religious alone?


The Liturgy of the Hours is recognized as the “official prayer of the Church.”  It consists mainly of the praying of the Psalms at particular times (or hours) ... Read More »

Masses for the Assumption/What is the Holy Spirit

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/30/18

Masses for the Solemnity of the Assumption:

           It is not too early to remind you that Wednesday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, a holy day of obligation.  Masses on that day will be offered according to our normal holy day schedule:  ... Read More »

Does it matter if I am Catholic or Protestant?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/23/18


How should I respond to those who claim “all religions are the same” or “it doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Protestant because they believe in the same God?”

           To answer this question well, I must be direct. On the claim that “all religions are the ... Read More »

Reconciling an all-knowing Jesus and our free will choices

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/16/18

If Jesus knows what will happen, and he lets us control (ourselves), how does he know (what we will do)?

    A good question – which by the looks of how it was written likely came from a young person.  Thus, I will attempt a very simple answer for ... Read More »

Can an animal be put down/ An appropriate prayer for Adoration

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/09/18

As a Catholic, is it right to put a pet down if it is suffering?  Or is it against the commandment “thou shall not kill?”

     When it comes to the sad and often difficult moments of seeing pets grow weak with years or become seriously ill, it is ... Read More »

Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit/Discerning God's call

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/02/18

Why did Jesus have to leave for the Paraclete to come?

           In the mystery of the salvation, it is revealed to us by Jesus that He must return to the Father before the Paraclete (the Holy Spirit) is able to come (John 16:7). However, in the mystery of ... Read More »


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