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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 2: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/23/20

         Having reflected last time upon the origins and some key historical truths regarding confirmation, we turn our attention to the rite of confirmation and its effects.

          Acknowledging again that the history of confirmation is difficult to fully trace, the essential elements to the rite ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/16/20

Among the effects of baptism is the initial reception of the Holy Spirit by the newly baptized.  This first reception opens us to even greater gifts from God toward His dwelling fully within each of us, strengthening us with His abiding presence.  It is by way of the sacrament ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/09/20

 To conclude our treatment of baptism, it is important to speak to some frequently asked questions regarding baptism.  Noting that baptism is necessary for salvation (as there is no impurity in heaven, including no souls that remain stained with original sin) two frequent questions that come to mind are:  ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/02/20

 In our look at baptism, we have covered its origins, history, the ritual, and the effects or graces that it gives.  As every sacrament is to be rightly ministered by the Church and is intended for reception by those who are rightly meant to receive it, in this installment ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 2: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF BAPTISM

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/24/20

 In Part 1 on Baptism, we looked at the origins of baptism as found in the Scriptures, along with a few details of its development in the history of the Church.  In this installment, we look at the essential parts of the ritual for baptism, along with the graces ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/18/20

We begin our look at the seven sacraments most properly by giving our attention to the first sacrament: baptism.  In this first of three installments, we will particularly look at the origins and history of this first and necessary sacrament.

 In the Scriptures, we find several passages that either ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 23. SACRAMENTS: PART 4: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/12/20

Having established definitions of the words “sacrament” and “liturgy,” and given our consideration of worship as acknowledging and humbly submitting ourselves to God as is proper to our partaking of the sacraments, we now give an overview of the seven sacraments and the general effects to be considered for ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 23. SACRAMENTS: PART 3: THE SACRAMENTS AS WORSHIP

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/12/20

Over the last two installments we began our look at the sacraments. In the first a definition of the word sacrament was offered and the seven sacraments were named within groups that indicate their effects.  Then, in the second installment, a definition of liturgy as the worship was offered:  ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 23. SACRAMENTS: PART 2: WHAT IS “LITURGY?”

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/27/20

In the last installment, a very general introduction to the sacraments was given by defining the word “sacrament” and in listing the seven sacraments within particular groups that indicate their effects.  Each sacrament is offered and received within acts of worship, as the saving works of Jesus Christ (known ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 23. SACRAMENTS: PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE SACRAMENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/20/20

Over the last several weeks, we have looked at the Ten Commandments and the Precepts of the Church – focusing on the particular details of each commandment and precept toward seeing how right living of the commandments is possible through Christ, who is the fulfillment of the law.  Now ... Read More »

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