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August 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

August 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Penance gives power to prayer

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/27/18

I was watching a program on EWTN.  The priest was talking about the Sacrament of Penance.  He said, “Penance gives power to prayer.”  I didn’t hear the explanation because I was unable to finish watching the program.  What would be your opinion to this phrase?

           Honestly, this question ... Read More »

The universality of the Church

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/20/18

One of the chief marks of the Church is universality.  Is this true of the Church today?

           In our profession of faith each Sunday, we recite “we believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”  In this statement are the four marks of the Church:  that it is ... Read More »

Why did Jesus let Mary not help Martha in her labor

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/13/18


In the Gospel when Jesus visited Martha and Mary, Martha did all the work while Mary sat and watched.  And Jesus said Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived.  Why did he not expect Mary to toil and labor like he wants Martha ... Read More »

Liturgy of the Hours explained

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/06/18

Please explain the Liturgy of the Hours.  Is there a specific prayer?  Why was it for priests and religious alone?


The Liturgy of the Hours is recognized as the “official prayer of the Church.”  It consists mainly of the praying of the Psalms at particular times (or hours) ... Read More »


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