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The Advising Priest
New England
Catholic Priest, Pastor, Author and Webcaster
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We are coming to the end of the liturgical year, with only a few weeks left. This year our prime Gospel is Mark, the first one written. It is also the shortest of the four. I often refer to it as the bare bones Gospel. Mark reveals the basic story... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The Catholic Communicator
I see many people complain that they have no voice in their parish. That may be true, but it has to change and there are structures already in place encouraging that change and even requiring it. I am a priest for 25 years and am now on my fourth parish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2018 at The Catholic Communicator
Today, we hear from Jesus about the physical and ontological nature of marriage. It is where man and woman leave father and mother and the two become one. This teaching is controversial because in this country we also have what is known as same-sex marriage. In some places people have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at The Catholic Communicator
Those who know me, know that I often quote Thomas Paine: "The government that governs least, governs best." As you know the principles of the United States root themselves in the famous line from the Declaration of Independence declaring God given inalienable rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
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Living a moral life is not the default way into Heaven. If you do not believe and you do not practice your Catholic faith, your morality is not a key to Heaven. This is because it is our faith that drives our actions. This is what it means to live by the spirit. When we believe and seek to live in relationship with Christ and His Church, we conform our lives to His will. Our virtue will come from our desire to love God and to do His will. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
I have trouble sleeping. One thing that helps me to sleep is listening to the radio. My favorite radio program awake or asleep is the Dennis Prager Show on the Salem Radio Network. I usually listen via the internet. Recently, he brought up the issue of luck in a theme... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
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Now that St. Patrick's Day weekend is over, we have a year to look forward to the next one. It may be time to reconsider the name of the parade that marches through South Boston, Massachusetts. A little history, March 17th in Boston, unlike others in the country, does not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
A fascinating question that is always asked around Lent is: "Why did the Father send His Son to die a tortuous death?" The answer may take a little explaining because it cannot be understood just in a material sense. Many think of Jesus' horrible death on the cross as a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
The current movement to curse the President of the United States: Donald Trump should be noted and avoided by Catholics. It illustrates what makes our faith different than the nature religions of Wicca and others. Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
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He began moving old bins and his daughter’s toy box when he found Doris’ guitar. The strings were still on it, steel strings. He sneezed as he brushed off six years of collected dust that fell on the neck and base. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at The Catholic Communicator
Everyone familiar with me knows that I hate to fly. Understand I am not afraid to fly, I just despise the experience. I know that I am not alone. If I am on a plane, it is because this is the last resort for my transportation needs. I will search... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
We know all about the mercy of God, and His plan for the human race, but how does Hell fit into it. The saints often talk about this merciful God who casts people into Hell, who committed some form of sin, although it would appear otherwise they lived good lives.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
If you know my writing, you know it is strongly influenced by Latino Catholicism. Now, a question you may have is what is the difference between Catholicism in New England and that which is say Sao Paulo? Obviously, Catholicism is Catholicism, the Catholic faith is the Catholic faith. What is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2017 at The Catholic Outsider
This question is an ancient one for our race. Indeed, some will say that the reason that they cannot believe in God is that evil exists for if God is all good, then evil would never exist. It is a powerful argument, however it is incorrect. Here is why. Jesus... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
In a recent article published in the Washington Post, the author Philip Bump claims that we have never stopped saying "Merry Christmas." If you want to understand why the words Merry Christmas are important, one need only ask the Jews. First, understand the issue is not that the government may... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
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Catholicism is, before all else, about wisdom. It is about seeking and embracing the wisdom of God and growing more in that wisdom. It is the wisdom that feeds the morality and living the morality leads to greater wisdom. Wisdom is of course the divine wisdom that Jesus called us... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
The Washington Post, owned by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com reports that Donald Trump saved 1100 jobs in Indianapolis, Indiana by keeping Carrier there. The article demonstrates why American journalism is in such disarray and how it planned for the election of Hillary Clinton long before November. My father wrote for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
In the Bible, Jesus talks about the difference between the world's sense of peace and the Father's sense of peace. He does not bring the peace the world seeks, but brings the true peace. The same can be said of love. There is the love that world embraces and there... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
In a recent article on a blog entitled Acts of the Apostasy, there is a story, which I actually believe is satire, about bishops calling for Catholics to refrain from social media comments because they are bringing out the worst in people. As I said, I do believe this article... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
During the crisis, I was one of those hard hitting bloggers in service to the Church. I investigated and wrote about finding those who were using the crisis to destroy the mission of the Church and silence her voice forever. My writing was hard hitting and direct. However, I finally... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
I am fascinated by how many people I speak with that have expressed concern over this election. It seems different than any other in at least my 58 years. Actually, the only time I remember such intense words spoken back and forth between and about candidates is during the Boston... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
So you are walking down the street and suddenly you find you are being robbed. Do you give the thief the money or do you fight to keep it? Security people will tell you for your own protection to give the thief the money. Do you have a right to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
Saint Mother Theresa always taught that it does not matter if you succeed or fail, what mattered is that you stayed faithful. That makes sense. If you are faithful to God, then let Him worry about the results. Your faithfulness to Him will bring results that you do not see... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
Recently, I learned of Mark Shea and Simcha Fisher no longer being at the National Catholic Register. Apparently, this is big news for some in the Catholic blogosphere. To be honest, it means nothing to me for I have never read anything by Simcha Fisher, not even her byline and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider
If we reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus, we can see that the Son submitted Himself wholly to the will of the Father and this opened the door not only to our salvation but to the continued work of the Holy Spirit within us His Church. This also discounts the idea that we can be saved, even if we are not united to the will of God, for His mercy is so great. His mercy does not extend to those who refuse to repent, it cannot. Our Lord cannot forgive those who refuse to turn from sin and refuse to unite their will to the Father’s Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at The Catholic Outsider