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Aug 31 – Homily – Fr Elias: I Allowed Myself to be Duped

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
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Homily #140831b ( 11min) Play - Fr. Joachim reflects on the verse from the first reading in Jeremiah, “I have been duped, and I have let myself be duped.” to understand the difficulties of the spiritual life and how we must unlearn much of what the world has convinced us is so important. We are to change the world by our example not the other way around.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 20:7-9
Resp: psa 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2nd: rom 12:1-2
Gsp: mat 16:21-27

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Aug 30 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Mary is Our Mother

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
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Homily #140830 ( 05min) Play – Mary is Our Mother and just as Our Lady was active in everything Jesus did, so should we allow Her to be an active Mother in everything we do.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The BVM, Image and Mother of the Church, I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
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Dear Father . . .

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Father,

I read your blog and know that you comment on the SSPX and related matters. What do you make of this: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/08/sspx-priest-celebrates-mass-in-saint.html  This does seem to change things. They were given permission to offer mass. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQfiaY-6bRQ Thank you for your time. The SSPX confirms that permission was in fact given: http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/sspx-mass-st-peters-basilica-video-4715.

I can only speculate what it all means.  I am not inclined to think that it means anything juridical is in the works.  However, I would hazard to say that it indicates that Pope Francis has no ill will or nefarious plan for undoing the provisions which favor those attached to the TLM.  Which is what I have always been saying.

And for this reason the confusion of Damien Thompson as to why then Pope Francis would have placed restrictions on our Institute, might best be explained by considering that perhaps the narrative some traditionalists have spread about my Institute are wrong.

Filed under: Church, Holy Father, Liturgy, News, Religion, Spirituality Tagged: Damien Thompson, Pope Francis, Society of St. Pius X
From MaryVictrix.com

Aug 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Example of the Martyrs

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Homily #140829n ( 15min) Play – Father Matthias comments that today’s liturgy calls martyrdom a “privilege.” He comments on the continuing horrors in the Middle East, its potential to spread to the West, and the place of violence in Islamic theology and history. We must look to the example of constancy that our brothers in the Middle East are giving, and strive to spiritual prepare for the possibility of being asked to do the same. Finally, let us have recourse to the Rosary, for “Rosary Crusades” have proved themselves as a decisive weapon in the fight against the forces of darkness.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 1:17-25
Resp: psa 33:1-2, 4-5, 10, 11
Gsp: mat 25:1-13

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Aug 29 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Call to Martyrdom

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Homily #140829 ( 08min) Play - St. John was always conformed to Christ and the mission God gave him. He spoke the truth and it cost him his life. We are all called to be prophets like him, bearing witness to Jesus, even if to martyrdom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 1:17-19
Resp: psa 71:1-6, 15, 16
Gsp: mar 6:17-29

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Aug 29 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St John, Precursor to the Messiah

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Homily #140829b ( 00min) Play – Fr. Joachim preaches on the life and death of St John the Baptists who was killed by King Herod Antipas. He was the precursor to Jesus the Messiah, pointing out the way toward him.

Ave Maria!

Mass: The Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Mem – Form: OF

Readings:
1st: jer 1:17-19
Resp: psa 71:1-6, 15, 16
Gsp: mar 6:17-29

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Aug 03 – Homily – Fr Tito: Hungry People

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Homily #140803t ( 07min) Play – In Christ you will be satisfied, in Christ only is there an endless fountain.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:1-3
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: rom 8:35, 37-39
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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Aug 28 – Homily – Fr Benedict: The Fellowship of Jesus in the Footsteps of St. Augustine

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Homily #140828 ( 11min) Play - Jesus became Incarnate to give us communion with the Father.  St. Augustine’s brilliant life traces out for us, even today, how we, too, may enter into the most profound fellowship with Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Hippo – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 1:1-9
Resp: psa 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 24:42-51

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Aug 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prepare for the Master’s Coming

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Homily #140828n ( 07min) Play – Fr. Maximilian comments on the words of Our Lord in today’s Gospel, reminding us to “be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” In order to do this, Father presents the example of today’s Saint, St. Augustine, who sought the truth all his life and was, by grace, lead to give up his sins and become a great saint. May we, with the enabling action of grace, give up our sins and become great saints, lest the Master come, and cast us “where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Hippo – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 1:1-9
Resp: psa 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 24:42-51

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Aug 28 – Homily – Fr Elias: Augustine: Patron Saint of Wayward Souls

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Homily #140828b ( 08min) Play - Fr. Elias gives an account of the life of St. Augustine and points out how he lived a very wayward life until his conversion and so is a great sign of hope that even a great sinner can become a great saint.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Hippo – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 1:1-9
Resp: psa 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 24:42-51

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Little White Guest

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

LITTLE WHITE GUEST

You have come to my heart, dearest Jesus, I am holding You close to my breast;

I’m telling You over and over, You are welcome, Little White Guest.

I love You, I love You, my Jesus, O please do not think I am bold;

Of course, You must know that I love You, but I am sure that you like to be told.

I’ll whisper, “I love You, my Jesus,” and ask that we never may part;

I love You, O kind, loving Jesus and press You still nearer my heart.

And when I shall meet You in Heaven, my soul then will lean on Your breast;

And You will recall our fond meetings, when You were my Little White Guest.

 

Of Rabble Rousers, Crystal Gazers and the Internet

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Steve Kellmeyer ruffles some feathers  here and here.

I am not sure how far he is to be taken literally in terms of the faithful’s right to lodge their concerns to their pastors.  On the other hand, he makes a simple and valid point that most of us have come to give way too much importance to the way we think the Church ought to be instead of fostering the unity of the Church by not habitually and publicly contradicting our pastors and undermining their authority.  Catholic orthodoxy/traditionalism has pretty effectively aped the rabble rousing progressives and felt banner wavers of the 60’s and 70’s.

The internet and social media, now a part of the fabric of our lives, seems to carry with it the assumption that somehow all of our opinions are important all the time.  The digital age also validates the idea that we can say anything we want and then slough off responsibility for having said it.

The internet is a quicksand of cultural exibitionism and voyeurism.  We Catholics have been suckered into it in the name of all that is holy.

In the comments on the post at the second link, Steve makes the observation that the real reason why the postconcilar crisis occurred was because the preconciliar Church was actually quite weak.  One of Steve’s objectors say this appears to be post hoc ergo propter hoc, but the same can be said of the opposite argument—the more frequent one—that the preconciliar Church was strong and that the Council simply wrecked everything.  

A more complex answer is probably the a more accurate one: there were preconciliar weaknesses, as well as the unrealistic optimism of the 60’s concurring with the sexual revolution, and the consequent disastrous implementation of the Council under the influence of ideologues who were able to throw off the fetters.  These created a perfect storm.

A theology professor of mine made the astute remark that within the Church, the simple answers sound the best, but are usually wrong.  A theological example of this is the doctrine of the hypostatic union.  Nestorianism is simple and easy to understand: two persons, two natures, one indwells in the other.  The Council of Ephesus is far more complex and difficult to understand: two distinct natures (one fully divine, the other fully human), but only one divine person, with no human person whatsoever.  

Ephesus was right.  Nestorius was wrong.  The truth is not always simple.

Historical narratives are probably even more susceptible to such oversimplification, because they describe the particular and concrete, which are quasi-infinite.  A historical cause and effect creates a ripple, which multiplies causes and effects exponentially.

Furthermore, we do not even know what we do not know.  This is also a endemic problem on the Internet.  Bloggers treat a few facts that they cobbled together like these were a compendium on the nature of everything.

Simple answers are appealing and convincing, especially in the wonderful world of search engines, viral causes and comboxes.  We effectively sell our Catholic pontifications in sound bites, tweets, instagrams and blog posts, because that is the way contraception, abortion, same sex marriage and gender relativism has been foisted so successfully on the public.

Today evangelical genius consists in the ice bucket challenge.

I would suggest that we try to resolve our difficulties by having recourse to the living magisterium, but that would be too ultramontane.

There is one simple idea in the Church, a mystical one, which resolves all the complexities and anomalies.  

But what do I know? Never mind.

 

 

 

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Religion, Spirituality
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Aug 27 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St. Monica, Patron of Mothers

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Homily #140827 ( 06min) Play - St. Monica teaches us the value of praying not just for ourselves but especially for the conversion and sanctification of others.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Monica – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st:  sir 26:1-4, 13-16
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:27-32

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Aug 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St Monica, Prayers and Patience

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
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Homily #140827b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St Monica that was so focused on the conversion of her pagan family including her son Augustine. All of them converted and Augustine went on to be a Bishop, a major force for Christianity and a saint and Father of the Church. Father relates this to modern family situations in our pluralized society and exhorts us to follow her example of prayer and patience.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Monica – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 3:6-10, 16-18
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:27-32

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Journalist James Foley Turned to the Rosary for Strength

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Ave Maria!

James Foley who recently died at the hands of his ISIS captors turned to praying the Rosary in his previous captivity in Libya. No doubt he did so again in his much longer and less hopeful captivity in Syria. Let us offer prayers for his soul and for his family.

From the Register:

Rosary’s Strength

Previously detained for six weeks in Libya in 2011, James Foley wrote a letter to his alma mater, Marquette University, a Catholic university in Wisconsin, about how he turned to prayer, specifically the Rosary, during his captivity and how the prayers of family and friends also gave him strength.

“I began to pray the Rosary.” he wrote. “It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.”

When he was first allowed to call home after more than two weeks in captivity, Foley said his mother told him about the prayers others had offered up for him. This news made him wonder if, instead of his own prayers, “it was others’ prayers strengthening me, keeping me afloat.”

“If nothing else, prayer was the glue that enabled my freedom,” Foley said, “an inner freedom first and later the miracle of being released during a war in which the regime had no real incentive to free us.”

Marquette University offered its prayers for Foley and his family at the news of his death and stated that it will hold a memorial Mass for Foley on Aug. 26.

via Journalist James Foley Turned to Prayer for Strength | Daily News | NCRegister.com.