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March 2021 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

March 2021 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

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