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2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

How can WE bless God?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/27/16

How are we to bless God? Who am I to bless God. He blesses us.

     A good question – pointing to how we use the word “bless” in multiple, but related ways.

     Normally, when we think of the word “bless,” our thoughts may direct us ... Read More »

Shame vs. Guilt

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/19/16

What is the role of shame in the Christian life? I have felt a lot of guilt and shame in my life. Sometimes it seems to help keep me out of sin, but it also makes me afraid of God at times. I don’t think it is the same ... Read More »

How will I learn Latin?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/12/16

I am excited about the Latin Mass at noon, but how will we learn what to say at Mass?

     Thank you for this question, for which I am making an exception in the “first come, first served” way that I normally treat the questions from the question ... Read More »

Faith, Trust, and Belief

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/06/16

Can you explain the similarity or difference between faith, trust, and belief and how they affect our life in Christ?

     Thank you for this very good question on how we properly understand the meaning of each of these words and how they relate to one another. Given ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/29/16

What’s the deal with Medjugorje?

     This question of “the deal” raises multiple possibilities for me to answer. It may be a question of simply “what is” (or “where is”) Medjugorje; it may be a request to speak about alleged events happening there; or it may even be ... Read More »

Fear of dying

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/23/16

I was wondering if you had any advice for someone who is worrying about death?  [Recently] I started getting nervous about death. I talked to [family members about this worry], but it's still in my mind. I know I am still younger, but it worries me to think about others ... Read More »

Creation vs. Evolution?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/15/16

How does the science of evolution fit into God’s creation?

     For several years there have been debates on the subject of “how the world came to be,” with many reducing the answer to this question to one of two explanations: either evolution or creation (creation being referred ... Read More »


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