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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 19. THE FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 2: THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT: YOU SHALL NOT KILL

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/14/19

         The fifth commandment, given in Exodus 20:13 is “You shall not kill.”  Clearly this command addresses the evil of willfully taking the life of another or self by “killing the body” – as all human life is sacred.  Additionally, we are not to “kill the soul,” of another ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 19. THE FOURTH, FIFTH, AND SIXTH COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 1: THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/07/19

         The fourth commandment (the first of those directly pertaining to love of neighbor) is “Honor our father and your mother.”  This formulation is given in Exodus 20:12 which also attaches to the commandment a promise of fulfilling it “that you may have a long life in the land ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 18. THE SECOND AND THIRD COMMANDMENTS OF GOD:PART 2: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/30/19

          The third commandment is “Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.” We may be tempted to think at face value that the keeping of Sunday only means we have to “Go to church!” However, might we open our minds to a much more meaningful approach ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 18. THE SECOND AND THIRD COMMANDMENTS OF GOD:PART 2: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/30/19

The third commandment is “Remember to keep holy the LORD’S Day.” We may be tempted to think at face value that the keeping of Sunday only means we have to “Go to church!” However, might we open our minds to a much more meaningful approach to living this command ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 18. THE SECOND AND THIRD COMMANDMENTS OF GOD: PART 1: THE SECOND COMMANDMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/23/19

The second commandment is “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”  This formulation is found in Exodus 20:7 in the midst of God speaking the Ten Commandments to Moses.  Clearly, this commandment establishes that we are to always give proper respect to the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 17. HONORING THE SAINTS, RELICS, AND IMAGES

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/16/19

We have already looked at the first commandment that says “I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.”  Included under this commandment is the prohibition of idols and setting up of images. Yet, the Catholic Faith expresses belief in the intercession of the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 16. THE FIRST COMMANDMENT OF GOD: I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD: YOU SHALL NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/09/19

 This installment begins a detailed look at the Ten Commandments with right attention to the full depth of each commandment, mindful that the love of God and of neighbor are the two greatest commandments within which the other commandments are contained. 

 The first commandment is “I am the Lord ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 15. THE TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS: THE SUMMARY OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/02/19

Following the outline of The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, (NSJBC) our next unit will be an in-depth look at the Ten Commandments along with the Precepts of the Church (the NSJBC calls the precepts the “Commandments of the Church.”). Though the official Catechism of the Catholic Church covers ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 14. THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE EVERLASTING PART 3 – AMEN/SUMMING UP THE CREED

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/28/19

As we come to the end of our look at the creed, we take a moment to give a summary of the points of the profession of faith, mindful of the final word “amen” that draws it all together.

 We have surveyed the creed (primarily by way of the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 14. THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE EVERLASTING PART 2 – LIFE EVERLASTING

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/19/19

         At the end of both the Apostles’ Creed and Nicene Creed is the profession of belief in “life everlasting.”  Full consideration of life everlasting calls to mind the “four last things:” death, judgment, heaven, and hell.

          The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives a very tidy summary ... Read More »

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