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The Advising Priest
Allston, MA
Catholic Priest, Pastor, Author and Webcaster
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This means we need to allow ourselves to be formed as those agents. We need the Holy Spirit to come to challenge and change us so that we will live in a way that will reflect our love for God and for God’s presence in the world. Continue reading
Since we are in ordinary time, the first reading and Gospel now have some form of connection. The first reading is from Jeremiah the Prophet and it details how much he suffered for his speaking out. He wanted to live just a simple life, but God called him to be... Continue reading
The Eucharist and this special day gives us an opportunity to say: We are not Gods and to look upon the Eucharist, the Body of Christ as the presence of our true God. Continue reading
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Just before the meltdown, a local professor with a doctorate in psychology who happens to be an atheist told people that churches should not open because they will spread the virus. Why is this important? Simple. A person could be an expert in basketweaving and tell everyone that the way... Continue reading
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Today is the day when we see the power of the Holy Spirit come upon the Apostles and disciples. There is the visual manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the tongues like fire that come down upon them and the physical manifestation of those who start preaching the Gospel powerfully... Continue reading
Good afternoon, The following document is guidance for resuming Mass following Governor Baker's morning announcement regarding re-opening. We understand cities and towns, such as the City of Boston, are implementing orders specific to their community. We will review this and the state orders tomorrow (May 19th) at the 1:00pm webinar.... Continue reading
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There is a great line in today’s second reading from St. Peter that is very apropos for us this week. It actually is the opening line in the reading: Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, 16 but do... Continue reading
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One of the reasons I enjoy the letters in the New Testament is that they are straight forward. They say what they mean and so they are easy to read. The opposite is also true because they are easy to read, they help us to understand what they say and... Continue reading
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The sheep have to learn to trust the shepherd and they will be fine. Even when they are sheered. They lose all their wool for blankets and shirts and other materials. However, if they do not allow the shepherd to do that, then he cannot afford to keep his sheep. So he knows and they have to trust him completely. Continue reading
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St. Peter is now asking his readers to understand who they truly are now that they accepted Christ and how they are no longer like those they left behind. Continue reading
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Since I was ordained over twenty-six years ago, I always argued against calling St. Thomas doubting Thomas. He did not doubt. He refused to believe. Doubt is if God exists how can the corona virus issue happen? St. Thomas says: I refuse to believe until I put my fingers in his hands and my hands in his sides. That is not doubt, it is anger, frustration, disappointment, despair, but not doubt. Continue reading
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Now ask yourself what is Christ saying to us through this time. If he were the stranger appearing in our homes what would he be telling us and how would he be comforting us. Continue reading
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Well here we are in this bizarre situation of the quarantine. If I were to pick a verse for us today to reflect on in light of the current conditions, I could not have picked anything better than today’s second reading. I especially say that in light of the season... Continue reading
Click Here to Continue on to Parish Website directly. Our weekend routine continues as the new normal. Parishioners may want to register either before attending Mass or after they attended and you can find the registration here: Right Here We will have bulletins available weekend. Bulletins have to be received... Continue reading
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One of the most powerful sayings in the Bible is “fear is useless what is needed is trust.”Mark 5:36 Continue reading
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If you look carefully you will also notice that St. Paul is saying to bear your share of the hardship of the Gospel. Now many will take that to mean that to live Catholic morality is difficult. Actually, it is not. What is difficult is living one vision of how to be on this earth in a sea of other visions most of which are counter to what we believe. Continue reading
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We do not have the strength nor ability to fight the wisdom of the devil on our own. We need to be rooted in Christ through our prayer to understand the greater wisdom—the divine wisdom. If we do not root ourselves in prayer first then everything the devil says will make sense. Continue reading
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Obeying the law, exploring it to its fullness as we understand it, we are working on sending people to Mars one day. Even if we accomplish this task, and even having accomplished sending vehicles to Mars that send back live video of that planet from its surface, we never once disobeyed the law of physics. This is what Jesus is telling us to do spiritually. Know the law of God and do not just focus on obeying the surface superficial aspect of it. Discover its meaning and live it to the fullness of its reality. Continue reading
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A morality that is not rooted in Christ is an untethered morality. People may complain about how our values changed in this country especially over the past twenty years. That is true, but why have they changed? Because our morality became untethered. It is a morality based on human wisdom. That is the second part of St. Paul’s teaching. Continue reading
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There is an interesting aspect of today’s Gospel, it is the presence of the Holy Spirit. Now, let us step out of our faith for a second and ask the question: why do we need to see two persons of the Trinity in one scene in the Gospel? I don’t... Continue reading
“You don’t have enough points, sir.” The words struck Tom like a hot poker through butter. It was the first time since high school, fifty-years ago, that someone questioned his qualifications. “In fact, you have none.” “None???? How could I have. . .None?” He swallowed and reached for his tie,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Catholic editorials
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I really hate it when I hear people teaching the rules for the sake of teaching the rules and they do great damage in the process. However, when we follow the rules not out of blind obedience, but as a door to a deeper wisdom then we grow in that wisdom Continue reading
Please Note: Written Homilies with audio will return next week. Continue reading
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We need to model the holy family as people of prayer. We need to be obedient to Christ in our vocation whether that be as a single person, religious or ordained or as father and mother to children and husband and wife to each other in a sacramental marriage. Continue reading