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The Advising Priest
Allston, MA
Catholic Priest, Pastor, Author and Webcaster
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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
Good Morning, The novena continues, the link is just below here a bit. We will be streaming masses as usual this weekend. We are preparing to do what is necessary to open up. Some parishes will be opening up this weekend. That requires special permission and to ensure the checklist... 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
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How are you going to respond to that cousin who comes over and hates the Catholic Church rejects God and quotes everything he learned from his political science teacher who now works for a political party that you reject? Continue reading
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Jesus comes to offer all the kingdom of God. Jesus comes to show that every ton of this social capital is actually nothing compared to the gift of the Kingdom of God. The truth is that the real treasure is when we put our focus on the Kingdom of God. Continue reading
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His message is: “Jesus is coming and He will baptize us in the Holy Spirit and Fire.” We see this happen at Pentecost and this happened to you at your baptism and confirmation. But what else happened. We became the Temple of the Holy Spirit by the indwelling of the Trinity which began at our Baptism and continued at our Confirmation. Now it is not the temple where we find God, but at the center of the meaning of Christmas. It is Emmanuel: “God is with us,” and has been with us since the First Christmas. Continue reading
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Cardinal Sarah, whom I quoted several times over the past several weeks, laments the fact that people assume Catholicism is nothing but morals. He explains that actually Catholicism begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is why prayer is so important. It is through prayer that we understand where Christ is leading us and we change our lives accordingly. In fact, he, citing Pope St. John Paul II says that “The path marked out by divine Law is not a moral police ordinance, but the mind of God.” Continue reading
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We must never despair of the salvation of even the worst of all sinners. In fact, I know of no saint who ever felt there was anyone had no hope of salvation. They knew that the repentant sinner, no matter how much of a sinner he or she may be would find Christ. Continue reading