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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 21. THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH; THE FIRST AND SECOND COMMANDMENTS: PART 3: SECOND COMMANDMENT OR PRECEPT OF THE CHURCH.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/09/19

          As we look at the second precept, it is noted again that the precepts give “the very necessary minimum” to be expected if one is to grow in the love of God and neighbor.

          The second precept as given by the Catechism of ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 21. THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH; THE FIRST AND SECOND COMMANDMENTS: PART 2: FIRST COMMANDMENT OR PRECEPT OF THE CHURCH – PARTICIPATING IN MASS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/02/19

         The commandments or “precepts” of the Church are laws of the Church which pertain to moral and liturgical practice and are understood as “the very necessary minimum” to be expected if one is to grow in the loving God and neighbor.  Each of these precepts ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 21. THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH; THE FIRST AND SECOND COMMANDMENTS:PART 1: INTRO TO THE “PRECEPTS” OR “COMMANDMENTS OF THE CHURCH.”

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/25/19

         Having completed the Ten Commandments of God as given primarily in Exodus 20, we now turn to the “precepts” of the Church.  However, given our use of the outline from within the book The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, the title of each installment here will refer ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 20. THE SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH, AND TENTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 4: THE TENTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/18/19

           The tenth commandment is “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.” As with the ninth, this commandment is found within and implied by the larger formulation given in Exodus 20:17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 20. THE SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH, AND TENTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 3: THE NINTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/11/19

The ninth commandment is “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.” This commandment is found within the larger formulation given in Exodus 20:17: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, his male or female slave, his ox or donkey, or anything that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 20. THE SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH, AND TENTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 2: THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/04/19

           The eighth commandment is “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” as formulated in Exodus 20:16.  Given that we may not be accustomed to the term “bear false witness,” it is important to delve into this commandment that pertains to truth and ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 20. THE SEVENTH, EIGHTH, NINTH, AND TENTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 1: THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/28/19

                  The seventh commandment is “You shall not steal,” found in Exodus 20:15.  Once again this commandment has a very direct and simple formulation with several layers of meaning that include respecting other persons and property; just practices in working with others; the stewardship of ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 19. THE FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 3: THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/21/19

The sixth commandment is “You shall not commit adultery,” as formulated in Exodus 20:14.  Like the preceding two commandments, this formulation gives a very plain and direct reference to one reality (in this case, adultery) under which there are several layers – some of which we may not be ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 19. THE FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 2: THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT: YOU SHALL NOT KILL

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/14/19

         The fifth commandment, given in Exodus 20:13 is “You shall not kill.”  Clearly this command addresses the evil of willfully taking the life of another or self by “killing the body” – as all human life is sacred.  Additionally, we are not to “kill the soul,” of another ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 19. THE FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 1: THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/07/19

         The fourth commandment (the first of those directly pertaining to love of neighbor) is “Honor our father and your mother.”  This formulation is given in Exodus 20:12 which also attaches to the commandment a promise of fulfilling it “that you may have a long life in the land ... Read More »

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