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2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/28/16

Advent gives us a new start

     As we begin our observance of Advent, we are invited to turn our focus to preparing for the coming of Christ. Often, such preparation includes added emphasis to charitable works on behalf of others who are poor and in need. However, ... Read More »

Better focus at Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/21/16

Understanding and focusing during the prayers before and after the consecration is often difficult for me. How can I understand and appreciate these prayers better?

     Thank you for your sincere question, which I will answer from two angles:  how to practice focusing on these and other prayers ... Read More »

Prayer - once, twice, three times?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/14/16

What is the difference in praying for/about a specific intention over and over versus praying for/about it once and “letting it go” by giving it up to God and trusting Him with it?

     This question is a good reminder of the prayer card I gave out earlier ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/07/16

How many ways are there to earn a plenary indulgence?

     Before answering the question, might we review what an indulgence is and consider its effects. Having done that we can consider “how many ways” there are to “gain” a plenary indulgence.

     The granting of indulgences ... Read More »

Why do we pray to the saints?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/31/16

Why do we pray to the saints and how did this practice start?

     Praying to the saints (or more properly said, praying for the “intercession of the saints”) has been around since the earliest times. To begin with a more general image, might I invite us to ... Read More »

Speaking in tongues

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/24/16

What is the Catholic Church’s view/teaching on speaking in tongues via the gift of the Spirit?

     A reality of our faith in God that is referred to and reflected upon far too rarely is the truth that the Holy Spirit bestows particular gifts upon the baptized. Indeed, ... Read More »


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