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Mar 06 – Homily – Fr Dominic: The Good Suffer Injustice

Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Homily #150306 ( 06min) Play – The good sometimes suffer injustice while the unjust receive good, but in God’s great wisdom we look to the supreme example of suffering for good, Jesus Christ.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
Resp: psa 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Gsp: mat 21:33-43, 45-46

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Mar 06 – Homily – Fr Elias: Joseph Prefigurement of Christ

Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Homily #150306b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias on how Joseph of the Old Testament was a prefigurement of Jesus since he would be sold by his own brothers, but the evil done to him would lead to greater good. This is most clear in the Gospel of today with the parable of the tenants.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
Resp: psa 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Gsp: mat 21:33-43, 45-46

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Mar 05 – Homily – Fr Alan: Cursed or Blessed

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Homily #150305b ( 18min) Play – Fr. Alan on today’s Gospel of the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus and how we have a choice to include God in our lives and be blessed for all eternity or not and be cursed.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 17:5-10
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 16:19-31

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Humility is the Safe Path

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

One Minute Meditation

Humility is always safe. 
There is one thing we need never be afraid of, namely, that the devil will ever attempt us to be humble. He may delude us in the practice of other virtues: indiscreet zeal, for instance, or the desire to devote our time solely to prayer. But we need never be in doubt as to whether it would be better to humble ourselves or not. There can be no doubt about it: it is always safe to do so.
 + Father William Doyle

Mar 05 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Even If One Should Rise From the Dead

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Homily #150305n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the words of Our Lord today, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” He tells us that this was fulfilled in those who refused to believe from after the Resurrection even to our day. Of these, many respond to the teachings of Christ with hatred and scorn, and we now see various laws being put into place to criminalize the teachings of Christ and His Church. We must stand for the Truth, regardless of what it may cost us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 17:5-10
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 16:19-31

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Mar 05 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Only God is Trustworthy

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Homily #150305 ( 08min) Play – Put all your trust in God – not people, your bank account, or anything else.
Ave Maria!

Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 17:5-10
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 16:19-31

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FiNews – Fr. Peter Wins Card. John J. Wright Mariological Award

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Ave Maria!

We wish to give our hearty congratulations to our very own Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner as we announce that he has been accorded the prestigious Cardinal John J. Wright Award of the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.

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The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation.  Through its annual meeting and in its publication, Marian Studies, the Society seeks to promote original research in Marian doctrine and devotion.

The Cardinal John J. Wright Mariological Award is conferred in memory of Cardinal Wright, long-time member of the MSA and its Episcopal chairman from 1951 until his death in 1979.  As defined by the Board of Directors in 1991, the award is given, upon recommendation of a designated three-member committee, to recognize and encourage significant publications on the Virgin Mary.  Its recipient need not be a member of the MSA.

Past recipients of the Mariological Award include Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M. (1951); Wenceslaus Sebastian, O.E.M. (1952); Lawrence W. Monheim, S.M. (1953); Stanley Maruzewski, M.S. (1954); Bernard Le Frois, S. V. D. (1955); Dominic J. Unger, O.F.M. Cap. (1956); Cyril Vollert, S.J. (1957); Walter J. Burghardt, S.J. (1958); Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. (1959); William G. Most (1960); George W. Shea (1961); Edward D. O’Connor, C.S.C. (1962); Kenneth E Dougherty, S.A. (1966); Ovidio Casado Fuente (1966); Charles W. Neumann, S.M. (1967); Cletus J. Wessels, O.P. (1968); John E Craghan, C.Ss.R. (1971); Theodore A. Koehler, S.M. (1973); Manuel Miguens, O.F.M. (1975); William H. Marshner (1979); Roger M. Charest, S.M.M. (1983); James T. O’Connor (1986); Alfred Boeddeker, O.F.M. (1989); Nicholas Ayo, c.s.c. (1995). Bertrand Buby, S.M. (1997); Luigi Gambero, S.M. (2005); Johann Roten, S.M. (2010).

This is great news indeed and a great honor to a well deserved mariologist and a very dear confrere. Congratulations Fr. Peter!!!

Ave Maria!

Mar 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Humility and Martyrdom

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Homily #150304n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian reflects on two of the themes in today’s gospel, humility and martyrdom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 18:18-20
Resp: psa 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Gsp: mat 20:17-28

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Mar 04 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Training in Love

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Homily #150304 ( 05min) Play – Life is a training in charity. We are called to have a sacrificial love of our neighbor as Jesus did.
Ave Maria!

Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 18:18-20
Resp: psa 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Gsp: mat 20:17-28

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Mar 04 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: Suffering and Growth in Holiness

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Homily #150304b ( 05min) Play – Fr. Joseph McShane focuses on two points in the rich Gospel of today, one, that suffering has been raised by Our Lord to something of value and, two, that this value is the growth of holiness which is shown by the apostles’ lack of holiness in this reading and their subsequent holiness after the sufferings of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 18:18-20
Resp: psa 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Gsp: mat 20:17-28

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Internet False Prophet

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Over the last year or so I have been receiving regular emails from adjuncts of thewarningsecondcoming.com, the front for the self-styled seer, Maria Divine Mercy. I assume the messages I am receiving are from robots, since I never get a response to my pleas to stop sending me emails.

I believe the phenomenon of the virtual visionary is another symptom of the sickness of the Catholic Internet. There are always those who will be easily duped by scams. All an unscrupulous chiseler has to do is promise something too good to be true, or propose an arch-villain to explain every woe, or fix a doomsday on the calendar, and those who suffer will empty their pockets to have their empty cup filled with snake oil.

But this. This is almost too much to believe except that I have learned not to be surprised by anything. We are largely blind to the fact the increase in the amount of information we have access to only requires us to have new much larger sewers and leach fields installed to process all the discharge.

Internet Prophetess?

Anyone can play peekaboo gossip on the Internet and win a virtual crown of laurel for their anonymous heroism because this is the new information age in which the downtrodden now have a voice and can hide at the same time from Big Brother. But this? (more…)

PHOTO: March 2015 Friary Courtyard

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

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The snow continues to pileup in our courtyard at Our Lady Spouse of The Holy Spirit Friary. This is the friary at Mt. St. Francis Hermitage in Maine, N.Y.

Mar 03 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Humility, Humility, Humility

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150303 ( 07min) Play – Our Lord had to teach the Apostles how to be humble. Let us aspire to always be humble in thought, speech, and action.
Ave Maria!

Mass: St. Katharine Drexel – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent
1st: isa 1:10, 16-20
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Mar 03 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: Humility, the most Important Virtue

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150303b ( 04min) Play – Fr. Joseph McShane on the importance of humility as highlighted in the Gospel and the lives of the saints.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 1:10, 16-20
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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There are Crosses in our Lives

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

 I want to assure you of my profound compassion in the painful crisis that you are going through. I understand it thoroughly. But if the waves of suffering and bitterness are violent, do not let yourself go under, especially under the influence of a physical and emotional depression that is very natural after such a shock. Do not let harmful imaginings and debilitating thoughts invade your heart…. 

Having come to Jesus to share in his sacrifices and his Passion, you have experienced this and continue to go through an agony similar to the one the Savior knew in Gethsemane. Do you know that these anxieties, these dilemmas are not unknown even in the world? It is enough to have received these choice graces and to know at the same time the deep call, the mysterious vocation of suffering….
 
You cannot relive your life in your mind and imagine that all would have been easier and better in another direction. No, the cross is planted everywhere, in the world…. And if the cross plunges more deeply into God’s chosen ones it is because he has himself prepared favorable soil….
 
A priest said about a woman who was struggling with her feelings: “There are times when you have to take your heart, throw it at God’s feet…and step on it.” How hard that is, but how mysterious! At that moment, miracles of grace take place, and one hour of such suffering is equal to a life given over simply to doing the good.
 
+ The Servant of God, Elisabeth Leseur