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2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Who created Hell?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/20/17

In Genesis it states that God created everything and “it was good.” If God created everything good – who created Hell?

     The first answer to this question is the dispelling of the misconception that heaven and hell are “places” as we think of Duluth as a place. ... Read More »

Pride and the "best" versions of the Bible

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/13/17

Which of the commandments does pride come into?

     Pride is commonly understood as the root of every sin. Pride is more than “boasting;” it is the interior disposition of mind and heart that can be well summarized by the expression, “I can do it my own way.” ... Read More »

Predestined to be disciples?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/06/17

Was it predestined who Jesus would choose as His 12 Apostles? Did Jesus know who he was looking for?

     This question about the foreknowledge that Jesus possessed in this particular area (the choice of the apostles) is one that can help us think about His foreknowledge more generally.

     It is certainly reasonable to say that Jesus had foreknowledge of the 12 apostles, just as He foreknew other truths. It is at the same time mysterious that Jesus, during His youth, is said to have grown in knowledge as we hear in Luke 2:52, pointing to the possibility that some things remained unknown to Him. Reconciling His foreknowledge with the fact of His growth in knowledge is a point of speculation on the mystery of both knowing all (in His divinity) and being capable of growing in knowledge (in His humanity). However, given that Jesus knew who would betray Him (as alluded to in John 13:10-11), it is apparent that He had real foreknowledge of future events. Likewise, as Jesus is God who sees all moments as “present” (that is, the entirety of history is one, or “present” in God’s knowledge of it), mindful, too, of His providential care that allows for happenings (good and bad) so that the true good may be brought about, His foreknowledge was in some sense a predestining of whom He would ... Read More »

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/27/17

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

This Wednesday, we observe our official beginning of Lent with a day of fasting and penance called Ash Wednesday. While we may look upon this day as beginning of a difficult season, truly this season is an opportunity for real and lasting spiritual renewal—a springtime of sorts.

The word Lent comes from the Latin word for “spring.” In our faith, Lent is a season of spring. Just as the season of spring in nature draws us into new life, so Lent is a spiritual springtime, leading us to the new life of Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the dead, giving new ... Read More »

Anticipatory Masses and proper disposal of religious items

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/21/17

Does a Saturday funeral Mass or wedding Mass suffice for the Sunday Mass obligation?

    In truth, the Mass for Sunday is normally to be celebrated using the prayers and readings given for the particular Sunday. In addition, the designated time of 4:00 PM on Saturday is the ... Read More »

Can I receive communion at non-Catholic service?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/13/17

Can a Catholic receive Communion at a non-Catholic worship service?

    In this age of many Protestant denominations, it regularly happens that members of the Catholic faithful while attending a wedding, funeral, or another service in a Protestant church may be confronted by the invitation to receive “communion.” ... Read More »

Jesus' healing is more powerful

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/07/17

While 44 Years of Abortion belongs to us, Jesus’ healing is more powerful.

    Today marks the 44th Anniversary of the tragic and unjust U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade, allowing abortion.  While we might be tempted to sit back and say, “yup, that’s really too ... Read More »

Jesus - body and soul

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/06/17

Can you explain Jesus’ human soul?

    As today is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (and as we are still the Christmas season, I will say to you again, “Merry Christmas”), we have a fitting opportunity to explore this question of theology of “who” Jesus ... Read More »

Chewing the Eucharist

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/03/17

What is the proper way to hold the Host in your mouth after receiving Communion?  You are not supposed to chew but to let it dissolve, correct?

     Right reverence and etiquette for the reception of Holy Communion has been a topic throughout the Church’s history. Piety requires ... Read More »

The Hail Mary during Mass?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/03/17

If Mary is so important to Catholics why is it that we don’t say the Hail Mary during Mass?  We don’t even say it on January 1st which is the Solemnity of Mary.  Why do we ignore her?

         To answer this question requires that we look at a ... Read More »


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