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Archive for December, 2006

Audio – Fr. Angelo – Perpetual Virginity and Marriage

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

For the Life of the World – Audio #3 – Fr. Angelo Speaks on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary and how it helps couples to live the married life with Christian dignity. >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

On the feast of the Holy Family we present this talk by Fr. Angelo Geiger on the Perpetual Virginity of Mary and how it can help people to live the married life with the dignity that it deserves. Fr. Angelo addresses certain exaggerated forms of theology of the body that has become very popular which fails to take into account our current fallen state and thus deviates from the true sense intended by Pope John Paul II. This talk was recorded at this time last year.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Angelo – How Gibson’s ‘The Passion’ helps us to know Christ

Saturday, December 30th, 2006
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Nacepf Video #3 – Host John Primeau and Fr. Angelo Geiger, FI discuss how Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion” helps us to know Christ. >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Filmed two years ago at NACEPF host John Primeau and Fr. Angelo Geiger, FI discuss how Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion” helps us to know Christ. Starting with the question “do we really know Christ??? they discuss how the movie shows that Jesus is God and God is Love by portraying His super-abundant love that is willing and able to suffer unto death for our redemption and then rise from the dead. Fr. Angelo then discusses how we should show our gratitude by repenting and being willing to suffer with him and so participate in the redemption of all mankind, “taking up our cross daily and following him.?? The movie destroys the modern idea that suffering and love is opposed. Christ suffers out of love for us. The superabundance of Christ’s suffering shows the goodness of God and the wickedness of sin. All of which makes the movie one of the best means today for counteracting the lax morality that is destroying our society.

Ave Maria!

Video – FiNews #2: Silent Night at Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary

Thursday, December 28th, 2006
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Silent Night Christmas Carol >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Silent Night Christmas carol is sung by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate with animated slide show of Our Lady of Guadalupe Friary and Chapel at night. This is dedicated to Patrick Wroe December 16, 1986 – December 22, 2006 beloved son of Dave and Peggy Wroe who were so instrumental in getting Airmaria started.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fi News #1 – Setting-up the Creche

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
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FI News #1 – Time-lapse of setting-up the creche >>> Play

Ave Maria!

The keystone friars set-up the creche at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in this time-lapse video set to “O Little Town of Bethlehem” sung by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. Merry Christmas!

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Bonaventure Delivers the Christmas Eve Homily

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
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Homily Video #3 – Fr. Bonaventure Mary, FI preaches the Christmas Eve Homily – 19 minutes >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Bonaventure preaches the homily at the Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Griswold, CT. The homily is preceded by a time-lapse video of the setting-up of the creche in the chapel.

Ave Maria!

Audio Series For the Life of the World

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

 

Ave Maria!

Merry Christmas

The audio series For the Life of the World is now on-line with a new menu that gives a choice of high quality format and lower quality for dial-up connections as well as the ability to download the files to play them later. The series consists of over fifty half-hour shows produced at Griswold by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in conjunction with NACEPF from August 2004 to April 2006. The series is Hosted Fr. Elias Mary Mills, FI, Fr. Joseph Michael Mary Shane, FI and includes guests Fr. Angelo Geiger, FI, Fr. Peter Mary Fehlner, Fr. Joseph Tito, Joseph Kung of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, Joe Collison, Doug Barry of Radix and many others. Follow the link to see for yourself.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Angelo – The Compassion of Mary in The Passion

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
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NACEPF Video #2 – Fr. Angelo discusses Mel Gibson’s The Passion with host John Primeau – 26 Min >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo takes up the subject of Mel Gibson’s artistic film-masterpiece the Passion of the Christ and the marvelous portrayal of Mary as Coredeemer. Fr. Angelo wrote a small book on this subject, The Compassion of the Mother in the Passion of the Christ. This video was filmed two years ago at Nacepf courtesy of John Primeau.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Angelo – Homily #2 – Gaudete Sunday

Sunday, December 17th, 2006
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Homily Video #2 – Fr. Angelo preaches the Mass on Gaudete Sunday >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo preaches to a packed chapel on Gaudete Sunday. Many FI 3rd Order members were present for their meeting, which was held later in the day.? Christmas and the Nativity were covered.

Ave Maria!

Video – Homily #1: Our Lady Queen of the Seraphic Order

Friday, December 15th, 2006
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Homily Video #1 – Our Lady Queen of the Seraphic Order >>> Play

Ave Maria!

On the Feast of Our Lady Queen of the Seraphic Order Fr. Angelo gives a homily on the special relationship between Our Lady and the Franciscan of the Immaculate as we strive to follow the Spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Ave Maria!

FI News – Marian Conquest Newsletter – Christmas ’06 Edition

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

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View an online PDF version of our newsletter 3MB >>> View
 

Ave Maria!

Here is our festive and colorful Christmas issue of the Marian Conquest, the official newsletter of the North American Delegation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, written and laid out by Fr. Joseph Michael Mary our vocations director, presented online in PDF format.

Ave Maria!

Video – Golden Thread #2 – Ven. Maria of Agreda and Vatican II

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
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Theology Video #2 – Fr. Peter presents Ven Mother Agreda and her Vatican II mariology>>> Play

Ave Maria!

Watch this video by Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, FI, STD as he gives a short biography of Mother Mary of Agreda and how her marian theology, which is so often portrayed as being opposed to Vatican II, is actually very much in line with it, anticipating the Council by 300 years.

Fr. Peter highlights a new book on this subject, Venerable Mother Agreda and the Mariology of Vatican II by Enrique Llamas, OCD, STD of the International Pontifical Marian Academy, which has been published by the Academy of the Immaculate. A heated discussion on this topic is being carried on at Mark Shea’s blog under the post “… skeptical that … ‘Mary suffered no birth pains'”. A comment by Sandra Miesel of Crisis Magazine about halfway down the comment stack started it off.

PDF samples of our new book are available online: the Table of Contents and Foreward (pp i-xii) and the first two sections of the Introduction (pp 1-15)

English translations of Mother Mary of Agreda’s works can be purchased from Tan Books, both full version and abridged.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Peter on the Virgin Birth

Saturday, December 9th, 2006
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Nacepf Video #1 – Fr. Peter discusses the Virgin Birth with host John Primeau – 26 Min >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, FI, STD Discusses the dogma of the Virgin Birth of Jesus. This was filmed three years ago at Nacepf courtesy of John Primeau. This subject continues to be hotly discussed at Mark Shea’s Blog.

Ave Maria!

Audio – The Great Sign: Mary??s Perpetual Virginity (Part 2)

Thursday, December 7th, 2006
Author: Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, FI, STD

Listen to this Talk 31 minutes
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A continuation of the talk below – Ave Maria!

Audio – The Great Sign: Mary’s Perpetual Virginity (Part 1)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
Author: Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, FI, STD

Listen to this Talk 32 minutes
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In light of all the interest in The Nativity and its poor treatment of the Virgin Birth we thought we would make a post highlighting an online recording made on this subject by Fr. Peter three years ago. This is part one of a two part series, each part is 30 minutes. Part two will be posted later. Here is a short description:

Although believed as a dogma of faith, the doctrine of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity is put into question even by theologians who claim to be Catholics. The denial of Mary’s virginity “in partu” or virginity in the birth of Christ affects our belief in the uniqueness of Christ’s birth as miraculous and therefore divine. This talk is based on a written work by Fr. Fehlner: “The Great Sign: Virginitas in Partu.”

Theologians Weigh in on the Virgin Birth

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006

At the risk of someone else suggesting that I take my own advice, namely, that one should be reverently silent on the subject of the Virgin Birth, I am posting several significant articles on the subject. Both authors are eminent Mariologists. (See the bios).

Considering the context, I thought my point about reverential silence was clear enough. The fathers and magisterium affirm the miraculous quality of the Virgin Birth with many words of wonder and praise, but they remain silent as to its explanation, and never venture into physiological territory. Attempts to explain it end by explaining it away. That one should suggest that pain in childbirth implies nothing about Our Lady’s virginity, means that the doctrine is not clearly understood. Hence, in view of the recent attention generated by the AirMaria review and video, I am making a further effort to clarify the truth about this very important doctrine of the Church.

In the first article Father Peter Damian Fehlner, STD (bio) addresses the question, asked here in one of the comments, whether one sins by doubting or denying the Virgin Birth as it is traditionally defined.

Monsignor Arthur Burton Calkins, STD (bio) has kindly contributed several articles. The first is entitled “The Virginal Conception and Birth of Jesus Christ as Received and Handed on by the Catholic Church.” This important contribution was first published as a chapter from the book The Virgin Mary and Theology of the Body (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2005, 13-40), edited by Father Donald H. Calloway, M.I.C., who has graciously given permission to post Monsignor Calkins’ article here.

The second article by Monsignor Calkins, “The Virginitas in Partu,” is a clear exposition of the doctrine of the Virgin Birth with a view to clearing up theological and catechetical confusion concerning the matter. This piece was published originally in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly Vol. 27, No. 1 (Spring 2004) 9-13 (it had previously been published in Vol. 26, No. 1 (Winter 2003) 10-13 with all 38 endnotes omitted).

Monsignor Calkins’ third article, “The Virginitas in Partu Revisited: A Response to Fr. Zimmerman,” follows up on the previous one, responding to the late Fr. Anthony Zimmerman’s published objections. This last article by the Msgr. was never published in the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, so it debuts, appropriately enough, at this time.

I hope a thoughtful reading of these texts will lead one to a better understanding of the matter, and greater faith in the truth of the Virgin Birth. I thank the authors for their contributions.

Fr. Angelo M. Geiger, FI

Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner’s Reply to Question

Msgr. Authur B, Calkins, “The Virginal Conception and Birth of Jesus Christ as Received and Handed on by the Catholic Church”

Msgr. Authur B, Calkins, “The Virginitas in Partu”

Msgr. Authur B, Calkins, “The Virginitas in Partu Revisited: A Response to Fr. Zimmerman”