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October 2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

October 2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

Voting - lesser of two evils?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/17/16

With the upcoming election, do we vote for the “lesser of the two evils” or do we not vote for either?

     Many are perturbed over the upcoming election for many reasons. Some are concerned simply because of the perception of the struggles of our nation and the ... Read More »

Why would Jesus bring division?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/10/16

Can you explain the meaning of Luke 12:49-53?

    Luke 12:49-53 says:  Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is ... Read More »

What's the right way to receive communion?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/03/16

I see people receiving communion in many different manners (genuflecting, kneeling, on the tongue, or in their hands.)  Is there any right or wrong way to receive Jesus?

     I greatly appreciate the question as a wonderful teaching opportunity on a broader level than the “action” for receiving. ... Read More »


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