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2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/10/20

Having looked at the rite of penance and how it is the confessed sins themselves that make the words of absolution spoken over the “penitent” (that is, the person making the confession) by the priest effective, we are already shown key details about both the minister and recipient of ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 2: THE RITE AND THE EFFECTS OF THE SACRAMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/03/20

Picking up from the installment on the origins and history of the sacrament of penance, looking at the ritual and effects of this sacrament touches upon the two basic truths, that sin divides us from God and others and that Jesus gave the power to forgive sin to the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 29. PENANCE: PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/27/20

Central to the saving works of God is the truth that sin (beginning in the original sin of Adam) has put us against God. Consequently, the “debt of sin” needed to be repaid for us to be reconciled to God.  Jesus Christ, in His offering of Himself as God ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 28: HOLY COMMUNION PART 3: WHO OUGHT TO RECEIVE?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/24/20

Having looked at preparation to receive Holy Communion and the proper way of receiving, we turn our attention to who “ought” to receive – noting that this topic is more specific than who “can” receive.

Recall that the minimum requirement in The Code of Canon Law for receiving Holy ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 28: HOLY COMMUNION PART 2: THE MANNER OF RECEIVING COMMUNION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/24/20

          In the last installment we considered preparation for Holy Communion both as the necessary catechesis before First Communion and as immediately preparing ourselves to receive Holy Communion at each opportunity.  In this part, we will look at “how” to best receive Holy Communion according ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 28: HOLY COMMUNION PART 1: PREPARING TO RECEIVE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/06/20

While the Mass is primarily the re-presenting of the sacrifice of Christ in the sacramental manner of the Last Supper, the partaking of the Eucharist as Holy Communion offers us to receive the effects of His sacrifice: including union with God and with all who faithfully partake of the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 27. THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: PART 1: WHY A SACRIFICE?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/22/20

            In this installment, an overview is given of “why” the Mass is understood to be a sacrifice, or the “re-presentation” of the one-time sacrifice of Christ for our salvation while acknowledging that the sacrifice of Christ was necessary for our salvation and that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. THE HOLY EUCHARIST: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/08/20

         Having looked at the origins, a brief history, the necessary ritual elements, and the sacramental effects of the Eucharist, we now turn to the very clear and straight forward teaching on the minister and recipient of the Eucharist.  We look to the Code of Canon ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 26. THE HOLY EUCHARIST: PART 2: THE RITE AND THE EFFECTS OF THE SACRAMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/02/20

In our first part on the Eucharist, we looked briefly at its origins and history – that it was at His Last Supper that our Lord Jesus took the bread and wine and offered them as His own Body and Blood.  It is this fundamental act of offering that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION – THE AGE OF CONFIRMATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/19/20

We have looked at the basic truths about the sacrament of confirmation:  that it confers the Holy Spirit, completing what was first given in baptism and increasing the life of God within the recipient, making one a “soldier of Christ.”  Confirmation is typically conferred by a bishop who prays ... Read More »

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