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March 2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

March 2020 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 2: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/23/20

         Having reflected last time upon the origins and some key historical truths regarding confirmation, we turn our attention to the rite of confirmation and its effects.

          Acknowledging again that the history of confirmation is difficult to fully trace, the essential elements to the rite ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/16/20

Among the effects of baptism is the initial reception of the Holy Spirit by the newly baptized.  This first reception opens us to even greater gifts from God toward His dwelling fully within each of us, strengthening us with His abiding presence.  It is by way of the sacrament ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/09/20

 To conclude our treatment of baptism, it is important to speak to some frequently asked questions regarding baptism.  Noting that baptism is necessary for salvation (as there is no impurity in heaven, including no souls that remain stained with original sin) two frequent questions that come to mind are:  ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/02/20

 In our look at baptism, we have covered its origins, history, the ritual, and the effects or graces that it gives.  As every sacrament is to be rightly ministered by the Church and is intended for reception by those who are rightly meant to receive it, in this installment ... Read More »

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