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2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 7. THE INCARNATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/20/19

Part 3 – The Life of Christ in the world

                   In parts 1-2 of this section on the Incarnation, we considered details of the mystery of God in human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, including the very truth that God wills to take on our human ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 7. THE INCARNATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/06/19

Part 2 – The Virgin Mary and the Annunciation

                   The great truth and mystery of God taking on our human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ is referred to as the “Incarnation.”  In his “incarnate nature,” nothing of His divine nature is lacking – such that He ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 7. THE INCARNATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/29/19

Part 1 – what is the incarnation?

                   God made us for Himself – to share in His life in heaven.  However, through Adam sin entered into our human nature, dividing us from God.  Yet, God did not abandon us; He willed to come to our rescue and to ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 6. ACTUAL SIN

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/22/19

Part 2 – Mortal sin and venial sin

 In the last installment, we considered that through the sin of Adam and Eve, called the “original sin,” the presence of sin entered into all of creation, resulting in division between God and humanity.  While each of us is conceived with ... Read More »

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