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The Advising Priest
Allston, MA
Catholic Priest, Pastor, Author and Webcaster
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Remember, if you reject God, you can make anything sound reasonable. Continue reading
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The best way to evangelize is to lead people to encounter Christ personally and intimately. That means to teach people to pray. Let Jesus do the conversion as He does here. Continue reading
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One of the undying myths of North American Catholicism is the belief that in order to have any voice in our faith, one has to be ordained. There is no truth to that myth. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Catholic editorials
Jesus uses 44 words to quote him and he uses the "I" word four times. Almost ten percent of everything he says is the first personal pronoun. Notice something else, Jesus describes him as praying the words to himself. Continue reading
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I am going to cite for you a Church teaching that I am guessing you may never have heard. From paragraph 2098 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Prayer is an indispensable condition for being able to obey God’s commandments. Continue reading
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I went to the National Shrine on Thursday and spent some time in prayer in front of the image and one thing struck me: It was not the image but the blackness that was behind it. If you look carefully at the image, you will see that this is Jesus, being exactly what he says He is, the light shining in the darkness. Purposely, there is nothing else in the painting besides the image, but the background is not not painted, it is instead a deep black. Continue reading
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I spoke with Dr. Kreeft recently about Probes, his writing style, the Church and the unique format of his presentation of the Gospel of John. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2019 at Catholic editorials
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What makes Lovecraft interesting for our reflection is that he was an atheist, but he also understood that if good can exist in our world, then evil can as well. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dunwich Horror both deal with the presence of evil and the dangers of not respecting its reality by foolishly crossing the boundary into it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Catholic editorials
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Cyberbullying is a technological form of a sin he called detraction which is saying something bad about another person even if it is true. It is so severe that it is close to the worst sin one can commit, according to beloved saint. Continue reading
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We continued our program and had a good discussion on the Eucharist. The facilities at St. Columbkille are great for us and thanks to St. Columbkille for letting us use them. Class will go from 6:00pm-8:00pm every First Sunday of the month (February will be on February 9th. Even God... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2019 at St AnthonyConfirmation
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I spoke with Dr. Kreeft recently about Probes, his writing style, the Church and the unique format of his presentation of the Gospel of John. Continue reading
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Thankfully Bishop Paprocki added that one of the goals is sanctification which in more popular terms is holiness, but holiness is impossible without seeking prayer in Christ. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Catholic editorials
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Who is Moses? A lot of people do not know this, but God gave Moses a share in his personhood. He sent Moses as His representative. Aaron was Moses’ prophet. So, Moses is not God, but he is so close to God that he is a participant in God’s divinity. He is not divine, but he is as close to divine as one can get outside of Mary and John the Baptist. Continue reading
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I'm actually asking you to understand is here is there are those who basically do not like what we teach and maybe live lifestyles completely outside of our faith, yet are willing to put their lives on the line for what they believed.How many people do not go to Mass because they are too busy, too tired, they have baseball practice, they have football practice, hockey, basketball, they want to read the Sunday newspaper they don't want to go to church, the crisis turned them away from Christ, they want to sleep in how many excuses can I give. When all is said and done the Lord would say to them “This guy doesn't even believe in the Eucharist, yet he gave everything he had for what he believes in and you ignore the reality of the Eucharist on Sunday which you claim to believe in.” Continue reading
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Humility is the most important of the virtues. It is not by the way walking around and acting like you are the worst of all human beings or you are the least of all creatures. Humility is the act of understanding who we are. Continue reading
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One of the great errors that comes from the everyone goes to Hell crowd, is that our salvation is all on us. We have to work hard so that on the day of judgement God will let us into Heaven. Until that time, it is all on us.That is false. Continue reading
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Well, I hope Dr. Wood enjoys his current endeavor to his heart’s content. He adds that religious people may not be interested and I as a religious person agree. I will not climb aboard his ‘life forever on Earth’ train. Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2019 at Catholic editorials
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Many of the saints suffered terribly for their faith, but they would not have given it up for a second if their suffering would have caused them to lose salvation, even if they were guaranteed eternal life on Earth. Why? Because they knew that what Jesus promises is far greater than everything the world promises combined. Continue reading
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The theme of his famous story The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward is that we are free to do anything we may want, but some things should not be done. The true freedom is found in understanding the difference. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Catholic editorials
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It is fifty years later and our country is in an interesting situation, we are closer to 1968 than 1969 and what is most concerning is many people believe we have surpassed 1968. Our nation is deeply divided and is falling into even more division. It is of great concern. The question is what is our role. Continue reading
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For example, if I were to ask you to describe the characters in Jesus’ story, you could tell me at least you had a Levite, a priest and a charitable Samaritan. However, you could tell me nothing about the man who fell in with robbers. Jesus literally says nothing else about him. We know that he was left for dead and that means he was unconscious and maybe comatose. So even he cannot say anything about himself in Jesus’ story. Continue reading
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In Catholicism, it is not the homosexual who becomes a heterosexual whom Jesus accepts. It is the sinner who comes to the Lord as a sinner who encounters Christ. That conversion is not to heterosexuality, in this case, but to holiness. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at Catholic editorials
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You and I have a mandate to live the same mission as the 72 disciples. We first come before the Lord in humble worship and then live the Gospel in a way that even without saying a word we preach the gospel. What is the message we speak to others? God loves them and calls them to a new way of being in Christ. Further, left to our own devices we humans with the best of intention will make serious errors that undermine our ability and desire to create the world we want to live in. That is why we need a savior for we cannot create utopia on our own. Continue reading
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Dorothy Day taught that to evangelize the poor you had to be like them, to evangelize the rich, you had to be unlike them. We as leaders of the Church must detach from anything that leads us to be attached to the riches of our culture if that leads us to be an ersatz disciple of Christ. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Catholic editorials