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The Advising Priest
Allston, MA
Catholic Priest, Pastor, Author and Webcaster
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“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 6 days ago 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
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Remember what we believe is that we are humans and humans have a flaw that leads to division. Our original sin makes it impossible for us to create the perfect world. Continue reading
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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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The last class went well as usual. Thanks to Fr. Chris Bae for leading us in prayer and I hear that Fr. Carlos did a great job at Adoration. Our next class will be Sunday February 9th, 6:00pm-8:00pm. See you then. If you have attended but not registered use this... 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