May 2021 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings
What is the Catholic Church’s view/teaching on speaking in tongues via the gift of the Spirit? (originally published October 2016)
Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/24/21
A reality of our faith in God that is referred to and reflected upon far too rarely is the truth that the Holy Spirit bestows particular gifts upon the baptized. Indeed, each and every one of us among the baptized has received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/17/21
Today I want to write in simple acknowledgement of the upcoming ordination of the 10th bishop for our diocese that will take place this Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary at 11:00 am. While it is a definite difficulty and disappointment that this ordination cannot ... Read More »
I thought the Church teaches that saints are humans who have died. Why do we call the archangels “saints”?
Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/10/21
This question gives good opportunity to express both how the word “saint” can be used in multiple ways, and how the process of declaring persons as saints has developed and changed through the centuries.
While today there is a formal process by which persons who have died are declared ... Read More »
Please clarify the penitential requirement for every Friday. Is it to abstain from meat? What is the gravity of not following this rule of the Church? (Is it a mortal sin? etc.)
Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/03/21
This is a great question for us to explore outside of Lent, as the question reminds us of an important truth of faith: that the Lord Jesus offered himself in death for us on a Friday and therefore every Friday is a day of remembrance of his sacrificial love ... Read More »