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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Why do Lutherans profess a belief in "catholic"? And how can Jesus be everywhere at once?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/01/17

Why do Lutherans profess a belief in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” church?

     Without claiming to know and understand the theology held by those who follow Lutheranism, I propose three possible reasons why Lutherans profess these words, all of which are based primarily upon Church history. The ... Read More »

Call no man father?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/24/17

In the bible it says “you shall not call anyone on earth Father because you have but one Father in Heaven.” Why then are priests and dads called father? I actually feel guilty calling anyone father but my heavenly Father. What else is appropriate to call priests other than Father?

         Might I approach the main part of the question from three angles – noting that after my three angles I hope that the question of “what else” to call the priest will hopefully not need an ... Read More »

How can I forgive?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/18/17

How does a person truly forgive another who has done them wrong?  Is it just by saying it?  Praying about [it]?  Why is it so hard for someone to forgive another?  It can even take years to forgive.  How can it be easier and faster to forgive, like Jesus ... Read More »

What Mysteries should I pray? Forgiveness of venial sin.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/10/17

During Lent are we supposed to say the Sorrowful Mysteries everyday up until Easter Sunday when praying the Rosary?

     This answer may not seem timely (as Lent is concluding); however, the answer I will give is meant to be timely in any moment, as there is merit ... Read More »

How can I make a better confession?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/03/17

How can I make a better confession?

     In order to cover many bases in this question while keeping it as simple as possible, I choose to print a list of “tips” to making a good confession written by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, author of the very popular Catholic ... Read More »

Why is Easter Vigil so late?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/27/17

Why does our Easter Vigil Mass have to be so late in the evening?

     As we draw closer to Easter, I want to speak of the Easter Vigil Mass in the life of the Church while also addressing the question of why it starts at the scheduled ... Read More »

Who created Hell?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/20/17

In Genesis it states that God created everything and “it was good.” If God created everything good – who created Hell?

     The first answer to this question is the dispelling of the misconception that heaven and hell are “places” as we think of Duluth as a place. ... Read More »

Pride and the "best" versions of the Bible

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/13/17

Which of the commandments does pride come into?

     Pride is commonly understood as the root of every sin. Pride is more than “boasting;” it is the interior disposition of mind and heart that can be well summarized by the expression, “I can do it my own way.” ... Read More »

Predestined to be disciples?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/06/17

Was it predestined who Jesus would choose as His 12 Apostles? Did Jesus know who he was looking for?

     This question about the foreknowledge that Jesus possessed in this particular area (the choice of the apostles) is one that can help us think about His foreknowledge more generally.

     It is certainly reasonable to say that Jesus had foreknowledge of the 12 apostles, just as He foreknew other truths. It is at the same time mysterious that Jesus, during His youth, is said to have grown in knowledge as we hear in Luke 2:52, pointing to the possibility that some things remained unknown to Him. Reconciling His foreknowledge with the fact of His growth in knowledge is a point of speculation on the mystery of both knowing all (in His divinity) and being capable of growing in knowledge (in His humanity). However, given that Jesus knew who would betray Him (as alluded to in John 13:10-11), it is apparent that He had real foreknowledge of future events. Likewise, as Jesus is God who sees all moments as “present” (that is, the entirety of history is one, or “present” in God’s knowledge of it), mindful, too, of His providential care that allows for happenings (good and bad) so that the true good may be brought about, His foreknowledge was in some sense a predestining of whom He would ... Read More »

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/27/17

Our Lenten Pilgrimage

This Wednesday, we observe our official beginning of Lent with a day of fasting and penance called Ash Wednesday. While we may look upon this day as beginning of a difficult season, truly this season is an opportunity for real and lasting spiritual renewal—a springtime of sorts.

The word Lent comes from the Latin word for “spring.” In our faith, Lent is a season of spring. Just as the season of spring in nature draws us into new life, so Lent is a spiritual springtime, leading us to the new life of Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the dead, giving new ... Read More »


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