2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings
BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 16. THE FIRST COMMANDMENT OF GOD: I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD: YOU SHALL NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.
Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/09/19
This installment begins a detailed look at the Ten Commandments with right attention to the full depth of each commandment, mindful that the love of God and of neighbor are the two greatest commandments within which the other commandments are contained.
The first commandment is “I am the Lord ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/02/19
Following the outline of The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, (NSJBC) our next unit will be an in-depth look at the Ten Commandments along with the Precepts of the Church (the NSJBC calls the precepts the “Commandments of the Church.”). Though the official Catechism of the Catholic Church covers ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/28/19
As we come to the end of our look at the creed, we take a moment to give a summary of the points of the profession of faith, mindful of the final word “amen” that draws it all together.
We have surveyed the creed (primarily by way of the ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/19/19
At the end of both the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed is the profession of belief in “life everlasting.” Full consideration of life everlasting calls to mind the “four last things:” death, judgment, heaven, and hell.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives a very tidy summary ... Read More »
BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 14. THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE EVERLASTING PART 1 – THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/12/19
The resurrection of the body is perhaps the most difficult article of the creed for many to believe – for though many believe that we live eternally, far fewer believe that we live forever in the body. Our experience in the fallen world shows our bodies as weak and ... Read More »
BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 13. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS PART 2 – THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS
Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/06/19
Near the end of both the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed is a statement of belief in the “forgiveness of sins.” The inclusion of this particular statement (along with every other individual statement of each creed) expresses how essential this truth is to the Catholic Faith. The Nicene ... Read More »
BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 13. THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS; PART 1 – THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/29/19
The last installment on the four marks of the Church described more specifically four key characteristics of “who” the Church is: that she is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. In this installment, we consider a particular aspect of the unity or “oneness” of the Church – that she is ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/22/19
In the last installment, God’s will to establish the Church as the way that His gift of salvation would be offered to the world was expressed. In particular, Jesus’ words to Peter that upon “this rock I will build my church” in Matthew ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/15/19
That Jesus is the Christ who came into the world to accomplish the works of salvation is a basic Christian belief. God willed that this basic belief and other truths that He revealed would be both passed down verbally and be lived out by all generations to come. Yet ... Read More »
BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 10. THE VIRTUES AND THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PART 2 – THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/08/19
In Part 1 of this section we focused upon the living in Christ by the life of the virtues. Virtues themselves (both the “theological virtues” or “cardinal virtues”) are the habitual or firm dispositions within us toward the good – in cooperating with God’s ... Read More »