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“‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.” -Matthew 5:13

“Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it?* Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.’” -Mark 9:50

“‘Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure heap; they throw it away. Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’” -Luke 14:34-35

Let anyone with ears to hear listen indeed. The salt of the Earth are occupying Wall Street, Boston, and numerous other cities and towns. Long live their saltiness!




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“Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; call upon him when he draws near.” -Isaiah 55:6

The second significant milestone after receiving Holy Communion was finding St Anthony Shrine right smack dab in the middle of Downtown Crossing in Boston.  For 7+ years (at the time, September 2008), I had walked by St Anthony’s everyday on my way to work, completely oblivious to what it was.  As I mentioned in a previous post, I had moved into a mindset where I wanted to “go to church” more often than once a week.  I searched for services at Episcopalian churches, but they were few and far between, and of course, spread out geographically  (In fairness, I had not yet discovered The Church of the Advent, but that is still a bit of a haul from Downtown Crossing, but worth it).

Discovering St Anthony Shrine was for me a small miracle at the time, and remains as such.  It is a “center for Roman Catholic Ministry in Boston, Massachusetts directed by the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province.”  Daily Masses are held weekdays at 6am, 7am, 10am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, and 5:15pm (check the website for schedule changes and for weekend Masses).  Bottom line, if you are in the area and you want to go to Mass, you have no excuse not to go.

But the plethora of daily Masses isn’t really the true beauty of this place.  The true beauty is their message, “All Are Welcome”, and I will testify to that spirit!  I have never felt uncomfortable or out of place at a Mass at St Anthony’s.  I more often than not hear an excellent homily, and I always leave in a better spiritual place.  There is ample time before and after the service for extended prayer.  There is a regular schedule of intercessions and services of healing.  The music has been called the best in Boston.  The Lazarus ministry arranges funeral Masses for those in dire need due to various circumstances.  Just last week, I attended a 10am Mass and found myself at the funeral of David Roberts.  I don’t think anyone in attendance knew Mr Roberts, but his funeral was well attended, there was a beautiful homily and we all prayed for his quick entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The list of services doesn’t end there.  If you live, work or just plan to visit Boston, check out St Anthony Shrine’s website (linked at the beginning of this post).  If you are reading this post in another area, feel free to post comments about places like this one or even blog about them yourselves!


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