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2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

How to read the Bible

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/09/16

I would like to start reading the Bible and when I was reading the book “Rediscover Jesus,” the author stated “No one should start reading the Bible from the beginning (Genesis) you should start with the gospels.”  If this is true (is it?) what order should the Gospels be ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/01/16

What do we make of purgatory?  (Is it real or myth?)  How do you get out of it?

     I am at one and the same moment very pleased that this question was submitted and disturbed that this question needs to be answered, for the same reason: that ... Read More »

Cremation - accepted by the Church?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/25/16

Why was cremation not accepted by the Church and now it is?

     While the reality of cremation has existed for many centuries, the Church’s own allowance of cremation of the deceased is recent, and the permission to offer a funeral with cremated remains present is even more ... Read More »

Why is life unfair?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/18/16

Why life is so unfair when innocent children born with heavy diseases and kind people suffer from them as well while murderers, killers, terrorists, and child molesters are living normally without any payment for their sins?

     This question is very timely – especially with the nationally reported ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/11/16

What is the significance of candles?  There’s so many different uses.

     Most certainly, the use of candles has taken on a very important place in the liturgy of the Church. When we consider that prior to the discovery and use of electricity to produce light the use ... Read More »

Bend a knee - when, where, how?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/05/16

When I am in the Church, when should I bow and when should I genuflect?

    To review, a genuflection is the gesture of bending our knees to God in reverence. We bend to genuflect by bringing our left foot one step ahead of our right foot, and ... Read More »

Song Selection

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/05/16

Why do we sing the hymns that we do at Mass? Does the choir just arbitrarily pick the songs that we do? Sometimes I like a different song better than the song they pick.

      Perhaps it can appear as though the music selections for Mass are ... Read More »

Animal Sacrifices

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/20/16

Why the animals are sacrificial offerings throughout the Bible. Thousands of animals died for what purpose? Why would God want innocent animals to be killed?

         When studying the history of religion, a common reality of many, if not almost all religions in times both ancient and contemporary is ... Read More »

What's in a name? Keeping God's name holy.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/13/16

Would you comment on the “rights and wrongs” on using God’s name. So many people use God’s name – not in prayer, but just like it’s a word. I have taught [my children] that it’s okay during prayer, or talking nice of God. So tired of the “OMG!”  Please ... Read More »

Peace be with You - the Sign of Peace

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/06/16

I know the Vatican had to “reign in” the Sign of Peace a few years ago, but putting it positively, how should we participate in that part of the liturgy? What is it there for?

         A very good question regarding proper participation in what is deemed a traditional ... Read More »


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