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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Where was Joseph and why isn't the Eucharist mentioned in the Creed?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/10/17

Since Mary was present at Jesus’ passion and Joseph was not, is it assumed that Joseph was dead by then?

     It is correct that Joseph is understood to have already died by the time of Jesus’ arrest, passion, death, and resurrection. 

     That said, in tradition ... Read More »

What is the nature of God's emotions?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/26/17

What is the nature of God’s emotions? Does He experience sadness for our sin or joy when we glorify Him?

     I appeal first to the definitions of St. Thomas Aquinas, who considers our human emotions (or what he calls “passions”) as those movements of our “sensitive appetite” ... Read More »

What is the Sequence that was sung before the Gospel on Corpus Christi?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/21/17

Guest blogger, Sandy Eller, our music coordinator, shares the following:

I've had a lot of questions this week (and it's only Tuesday!) about the sequence for Corpus Christi on Sunday. Why is it done, why is it optional, what does it all mean? Some have wanted to revisit this ... Read More »

End of life care

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/19/17

Some help with end of life care.

     Last week, I sought to answer how the truth is known when two who both think they are doing God’s will disagree. In giving that answer, I first spoke of our easiest means to know the truth and then appealed ... Read More »

Finding Truth

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/12/17

How can we find and follow the truth when situations arise that two disagreeing people both feel they are following the will of God?

     There are two directions from which we must approach this problem of knowing the truth in lived experience of seeking to follow God’s ... Read More »

angels vs. saints, adoration vs. prayer before the tabernacle, & a word about this column

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/05/17

What is the difference between angels and saints?

     Let me say what angels and saints each are as the way to show how they are different.

     Angels are creatures of God that are both invisible and are pure spirits; that is, they have no physical ... Read More »

Jesus' last name, communion in heaven, and "offering it up"

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/30/17

Did Jesus have a last name?

     We do not think of Jesus having had a last name in the way that people in many cultures of our time typically have a first, middle, and last name. In Jesus’ time, the identifying of one by “surname,” as we ... Read More »

More questions about the Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/23/17

In the Extraordinary Form Mass [that is, the Latin Mass from the Roman Missal of 1962], why do the servers hold up the chasuble sometimes?

         This question is a wonderful observation of an act that happens during the consecration in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. As the ... Read More »

Explain the St. Michael prayer

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/15/17

Could you explain the St. Michael Prayer?  I have a friend who is bothered by the prayer because she feels that it is sending “sinners to hell;” that it’s a very unmerciful prayer.  Maybe an explanation about what “all the evil spirits” means?

     Thank you for this ... Read More »

Why should I give to UCA?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/08/17

Please be generous in supporting the United Catholic Appeal:

for our good and for the good of the whole Diocese of Duluth

TODAY is the kick-off of the 2017 United Catholic Appeal. I humbly ask you to please be generous in supporting the United Catholic Appeal.

In the mail, you ... Read More »


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