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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 5: THE LIFE OF PRAYER

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/22/21

In the life of the Church, the words of Sacred Scripture, the sacramental liturgical worship, and the very grace of God given to us as gifts in the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity are all wellsprings of prayer – directing us toward the path of prayer that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 4: THE “TRADITION” OF PRAYER: SOURCES AND WAYS TOWARD UNION WITH GOD

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/15/21

In the last installment, five types of prayer that are formally defined by and found within the life of the Church were briefly explained:  Blessing and adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.  Now we turn our attention to the life of prayer as it flows forth in the Church ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 3: PRAYER IN THE CHURCH

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/08/21

The Sacred Scriptures offer significant teaching and example on the life of prayer and on the ways of praying.  Given these sources, the Church herself continues to follow the way of prayer as taught by God Himself and lived by many who lived before the foundation of the Church, ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 37. PRAYER PART 2: PRAYER IN SCRIPTURE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/01/21

 In our study of prayer as presented in Part IV of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, having already given a general overview of this section, we next briefly look at prayer as found and modeled in Sacred Scripture – in both the Old and New Testaments.  Looking at ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 36.5 SUMMING UP THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS: GOD’S LOVE AND OUR RESPONSE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/25/21

To this point we have looked at the basic truths and core teachings of the Catholic faith.  We have examined the Creed that expresses the truths of the nature of God Himself as a Trinity of persons and of His saving works; we have looked at the commandments that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 36.5 SUMMING UP THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS: GOD’S LOVE AND OUR RESPONSE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/18/21

      In this series, a significant number of installments have been devoted to the seven sacraments – treating their origins, purpose, administering and proper reception.  Additionally, some contemporary questions pertaining to the sacraments were discussed to further show their true meaning and purpose.  In giving a summary to the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 36. SACRAMENTALS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/11/21

At the heart of the life of the Church are the seven sacraments through which the invisible grace of the saving works of Jesus Christ is offered to us through visible signs.  These sacraments, necessary as they are to the life of the Church and for our salvation, are ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 35. HOLY MATRIMONY: PART 5: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 2 – WHAT ARE “ANNULMENTS?”

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/04/21

 What is an “annulment?” Is it a Catholic divorce?  Does it declare all that is good of a broken marriage relationship as though it were false or illegitimate?  Bringing clarity and honesty to these questions invites an explanation of a “declaration of nullity” (which is the more precise term) ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 35. HOLY MATRIMONY: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION 1 – MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/28/20

 In the initial column on the sacrament of matrimony concerning the origins and history of the sacrament, Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:4-9 on the nature of marriage in the beginning were emphasized as expressing how marriage is a sacrament wherein God Himself joins a man and woman together.  To ... Read More »

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