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2021 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2021 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Information and further reflections on St. Benedict being clustered with St. John’s, beginning July 14

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/19/21

Today I thought it would be fitting to review and reiterate what was announced on April 10-11:  that beginning on July 14, 2021, St. Benedict parish will be clustered with St. John parish in the Woodland neighborhood.  In writing about these matters, I want to emphasize particular truths and ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday and the Eucharist.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/12/21

Today, on this 2nd Sunday of Easter, or 8th day of Easter (also called the “octave,” as in “eight”), the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday.  Today, as we celebrate this Feast of Mercy, there are several important realities and moments that are present that can aid us in celebrating ... Read More »

Blessings and Hope in Celebrating Easter Together

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/06/21

As we celebrate Easter Sunday together today, I hope that today’s feast will bring great joy and blessings to all.

 Who can forget how last year for Easter we were not able to be together to celebrate this most important day in our faith – the day that Jesus ... Read More »

The blessings of Holy Week

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/30/21

Today we begin the holiest of weeks when our Lord Jesus Christ, out of love for us and obedience to His heavenly Father, accepted death so as to give new life.  It is in this act of love that our whole life truly finds its eternal meaning.  It is ... Read More »

The importance of an “integral confession.”

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/22/21

Today we enter Passiontide; that is, the last two weeks of Lent leading up to the Paschal Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter.  The sacrament of penance is a very good, if not the very best way for all baptized Catholics to prepare to enter into these ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: CONCLUSION: MAY YOU BE PERFECTED IN LOVE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/15/21

Over the last two years on most weeks during that time we have been looking at the basic teachings of the Catholic Faith following the outline and ordering of the book The New St. Joseph Baltimore Catechism while using the official Catechism of the Catholic Church as our primary ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 7: THE LORD’S PRAYER

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/08/21

 In this last segment on prayer, we conclude as does the Catechism of the Catholic Church by looking briefly at the prayer that Jesus Himself taught us:  The Lord’s Prayer.

 In introducing The Lord’s Prayer, the catechism characterizes it as “The Summary of the Whole Gospel.”  As a summary, ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 6: “THE BATTLE OF PRAYER”

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/01/21

In this section on prayer, we have already seen an overview of sources of prayer, the ways to pray, and how our prayer is effective in drawing us toward the Father through Jesus Christ in the Holy Spirit.  While there is clarity on “what” prayer is, it can be ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 5: THE LIFE OF PRAYER

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/22/21

In the life of the Church, the words of Sacred Scripture, the sacramental liturgical worship, and the very grace of God given to us as gifts in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity are all wellsprings of prayer – directing us toward the path of prayer that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 4: THE “TRADITION” OF PRAYER: SOURCES AND WAYS TOWARD UNION WITH GOD

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/15/21

In the last installment, five types of prayer that are formally defined by and found within the life of the Church were briefly explained:  Blessing and adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.  Now we turn our attention to the life of prayer as it flows forth in the Church ... Read More »

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