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2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 12. THE MARKS OF THE CHURCH

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 »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 11. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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 »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 10. THE VIRTUES AND THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT PART 1 – THE VIRTUES

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/01/19

         Having given a very brief overview of God’s grace, (as both “sanctifying grace” and “actual grace”), we turn to considering what can simply be called the “life of grace,” or the living of this life in a God-like manner – in truth and love.  Such ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 9. THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GRACE PART 2 – THE GIFT OF GRACE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/24/19

Throughout this series, we have seen how God as a Trinity of Persons is at work for the good of all that He made.  When considering our own capacity to respond to God’s work and to live the life for which He made us, it is essential that we ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 9. THE HOLY SPIRIT AND GRACE PART 1 – THE HOLY SPIRIT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/17/19

Having looked with some depth at the saving works of Jesus Christ – including the sending of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost – we now look more directly at the Holy Spirit as the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

 As the Father and the Son, so too the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 8. THE REDEMPTION; PART 4 – PENTECOST

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/10/19

“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.  He will not speak on his own, but he will speak what he hears, and will declare to you the things that are coming” (John 16:13).  These words of Jesus during the Last Supper ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 8. THE REDEMPTION; PART 3 – THE ASCENSION OF JESUS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/03/19

When Jesus rose from the dead, His victory over death was manifested to those to whom he appeared – showing death to have had no power over Him.  However, His work of redeeming us was not yet complete, as our true home is not in this world, but in ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 8. THE REDEMPTION ; PART 2 – THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/28/19

In the last installment, we looked specifically at the suffering and death of Jesus within the whole of His work of redeeming us from sin.  That Jesus freely accepted suffering and death was both a great act of love and the offering of a perfect sacrifice for the forgiveness ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 8. THE REDEMPTION; PART 1 – THE SUFFERING AND DEATH OF JESUS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/28/19

Aware that God fully takes on our human nature in Jesus Christ while remaining fully God, we move to the central truth of this Incarnation of God: that He comes to save us. That we had sinned left us separated from Him. In His plan, the Lord willed to ... Read More »

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