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Thoughts on the Visitation

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills.

When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She does not disbelieve God’s word; she feels no uncertainty over the message or doubt about the sign. She goes eager in purpose, dutiful in conscience, hastening for joy.

Filled with God, where would she hasten but to the heights? The Holy Spirit does not proceed by slow, laborious efforts. Quickly, too, the blessings of her coming and the Lord’s presence are made clear: as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the child leapt in her womb, and she was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Notice the contrast and the choice of words. Elizabeth is the first to hear Mary’s voice, but John is the first to be aware of grace. She hears with the ears of the body, but he leaps for joy at the meaning of the mystery. She is aware of Mary’s presence, but he is aware of the Lord’s: a woman aware of a woman’s presence, the forerunner aware of the pledge of our salvation. The women speak of the grace they have received while the children are active in secret, unfolding the mystery of love with the help of their mothers, who prophesy by the spirit of their sons. (more…)

May 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Evangelize by Your Life

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527n ( 06min) Play – Father reflects on the themes of today’s liturgy, and speaks of today’s saint, a missionary bishop and the father of the Church in England, telling us that we too are called to be missionaries, evangelizing by the holiness of our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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May 27 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Augustine of Canterbury

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527 ( 08min) Play – The life of the Apostle of England teaches us to obey the will of God even in the face of difficulties and to trust that God will enable our efforts to bear fruit.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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May 27 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Augustine, Missionary to England

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Augustine of Canterbury a Benedictine Monk sent by St. Pope Gregory the Great to reconvert the English to Christianity as it had become pagan after the fall of the Roman Empire and the barbarian invasions. We look forward to yet another return to Christianity of Britain.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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Video – 6 – Infancy Narrative, St. Matthew – Mariology for Everyone

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Mariology for Everyone #6 ( 17min) Play – Dr. Miravalle gives a quick survey of the Biblical references to Mary and the infancy of Jesus in the first few Chapters of the Gospel of Matthew, including:
– Betrothal to Joseph
– Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth
– Unexplained pregnancy of Mary
– The options presented to Joseph in response
– Clarification by the angel
– Joseph as the “just man”
– Joseph, Icon of God the Father
– Joseph, true virginal father of Jesus
– Adoration of the Magi, precursor to Eucharistic Adoration
– Flight into Egypt
– Sorrows of Mary
– Angel calls them back through Joseph
– Family as Domestic Church
– Joseph Father and protector of the Church
– – Greatest saint after Mary
– – Practical man like OT Joseph. Go to him.

Ave Maria!

This series is a complete 50 part introductory course on Mary presented by Dr. Miravalle, a theology professor specializing in Mariology, who has been teaching at the Franciscan University of Steubenville for over 25 years. General topics are as follows:

– Mary as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures, taught and explained by the Church Fathers, the Saints, and the Church’s documents
-the proper ways to show childlike love and devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus;
-Church’s official teaching on Marian apparitions over the centuries.

It is time for Christians, those who believe and entrust their lives to Jesus Christ, to have a better knowledge, a better love as well as to allow himself/herself to be loved by the Mother of Jesus, who is also his/her Mother as was given to us by Jesus (Jn 19.26).
Thanks to the generosity and the great love Dr. Miravalle has been tirelessly shown to our Blessed Virgin Mother, the theology of Mary as should be properly taught are now available to us.

Also on:

http://www.mariantimes.com/category/mariology-for-everyone/

https://vimeo.com/user9740938

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May 26 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: The Hundred Fold Recompense

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Homily #150526 ( 05min) Play – For those who have left everything for the sake of the Gospel and to follow Christ more closely, Our Lord promises a hundred fold in return… and persecutions.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Philip Neri – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 35:1-12
Resp: psa 50:5-6, 7-8, 14, 23
Gsp: mar 10:28-31

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May 26 – Homily – Fr Alan: St. Philip Neri for Troubled Times

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Homily #150526b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Alan on the life of St. Philip Neri who used a positive approach to address the many troubles of his times brought on by the Renaissance and the reactionary Protestant Reformation. He encouraged all the good elements of the Renaissance, redirecting it in a more constructive direction and fostering a solid program for teaching the truths of the Catholic faith to combat Protestantism.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Philip Neri – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 35:1-12
Resp: psa 50:5-6, 7-8, 14, 23
Gsp: mar 10:28-31

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May 25 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Suffering as a Grace

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Homily #150525n ( 06min) Play – Today we honor St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, a Carmelite saint, and highlights her as an example of the role of suffering in the Christian life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 17:19-27
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Gsp: mar 10:17-27

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May 25 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Rich Young Man

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Homily #150525 ( 06min) Play – In today’s Gospel, the rich, young man becomes the sad, young man because he was not disposed to fulfill Our Lord’s will, cost what it may.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 17:19-27
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Gsp: mar 10:17-27

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May 24 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Pentecost

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Homily #150524 ( 10min) Play – Our Lady is at the center of the cenacle upon which the Holy Spirit, Her Spouse, descends.  May She intercede for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our own hearts, so that we may not live according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit and inherit the kingdom of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:1-11
Resp: psa 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd: 1co 12:3-7, 12-13
Gsp: joh 20:19-23

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May 24 – Homily – Fr Giles: I have overcome the world

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Homily #150524a ( 11min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for Pentecost Sunday, May 24th 2015.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:1-11
Resp: psa 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd: 1co 12:3-7, 12-13
Gsp: joh 20:19-23

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Spouse of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Through Her [Mary] the Holy Ghost Produces the Elect

As the Holy Ghost has espoused Mary, and has produced in her, by her and from her, His masterpiece, Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate, and has never repudiated His spouse, so He now continues to produce the elect, in her and by her, in a mysterious but real manner.

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII ON THE HOLY SPIRIT,        MAY 9, 1897.

 

 

Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father!
Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son!
Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost!
Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign!
Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul!
Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice.
But I am not yet sufficiently thine.
I now give myself wholly to thee Without keeping anything back for myself or others.

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

May 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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Homily #150524n ( 16min) Play – Father gives us a catechesis on the Holy Spirit, who He is, where He comes from, and His role in our lives. Father ends by explaining (pulling from the teachings of St. Maximilian Kolbe) why we don’t see the Holy Spirit working in the lives of many Christians, including us, and how we can become more open to His action.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:1-11
Resp: psa 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd: 1co 12:3-7, 12-13
Gsp: joh 20:19-23

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May 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Follow Me

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150523n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel passage of today, telling us that regardless whether we’re the Pope or any other of the faithful, we all have the same vocation to follow Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 7th Week of Easter (Opt 1) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: acts 28: 16-20, 30-31
Resp: psa 11: 4,5, and 7
Gsp: joh 21:20-25

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May 23 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: MYOB Spirituality

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150523 ( 04min) Play – St. Cyril, in commenting on today’s Gospel, says that Christ wishes only to repress Peter’s curiosity.  In fact, if we are to make spiritual progress, we need to mortify our curiosity and pass over many things with a deaf ear. (cf. Imitation of Christ 3:44)
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 7th Week of Easter (Opt 2) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 28:16-20, 30-31
Resp: psa 11:45, 7
Gsp: joh 21:20-25

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