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Archive for August, 2007

Aug 31 – Fr Bonaventure Maria, F.I. – The Need for Prayer

Friday, August 31st, 2007
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Homilies #149 – Keep the flame burning(6min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

One of the many meanings of today’s Gospel the torches are our hearts burning with divine love.

We must keep vigilante in keeping this flame burning. We must have the oil to keep the torch lit. St Jerome tells us that this oil is our prayer life, in order to sustain the love of God in our hearts.

Ave Maria!

Osama-as-Jesus?

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Yep, it’s just as the title says. A very bored and unoriginal Australian “artist” yet again demonstrates why Christianity truly is the religion of peace. Apparently her goal was NOT to offend.

“Absolutely not, no, no. I am not interested in being offensive. I am interested in having a discussion and asking questions about how we think about our world and what we accept and what we don’t accept,”

Of course, she is competing with the likes of another daring “artist” who has a statue of Our Lady wearing a burqa. They both vie for the illustrious Blake Prize in religious art. Oh gee..well that’s different.

I wonder if any of these folks care to test the theory that Islam is the religion of peace by morphing Muhammad?

Aug 30 – Fr Bonaventure Maria, F.I. – Forgetfulness of God

Thursday, August 30th, 2007
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Homilies #148 – When we forget God(7min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In today’s readings Fr Bonaventure talks about the forgetfulness of God.

One of the effects of original sin and our own personal sin is the forgetting of God and certainly that is the disease that effects modern society. In doing so we forget our origin and where we are to go.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Fessio, S.J. Objections to the Motu Proprio

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
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Short Video Series #5 – Type the Caption here (15min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Referring to a Washington Post article from the Religious News Service called Papal Mystery: Is Benedict Downplaying Vatican II by Decrees? which Fr. Fessio finds is the best summary of the objections to the Motu Proprio as expressed by two Catholic priests:

1. Rev. James F. Puglisi from the Center for Union in Rome who says:

… the Good Friday liturgy in the Tridentine Missal contains a prayer for the conversion of the Jews that refers to their “blindness” and the “veil [on] their hearts.”

and thus undoing the more conciliatory phrasing of the new liturgy and so undoing Vatican II

But Fr. Fessio says that the reference to the Jews is in the Gospel not just the Council of Trent and it also in the Vatican II documents but expressed in different terms. And to want to convert someone to your religion is to love that person.

2. Rev. William Henn from Pontifical Gregorian University says that stressing an interpretation in Continuity with past Councils would be to say there is nothing new in Vatican II.

To this Fr. Fessio responds, Vatican II is in continuity with past councils but is new in that it clarifies things in the light of current concerns.

He further clarifies the recent document on ecumenism by quoting the Vatican document Unitatis Redintegratio that shows that what the Congregation of the Doctrine and Faith wrote under the direction of Pope Benedict is in full agreement with Vatican II and he is just dispelling confusion and misinformation regarding the Council.

Come listen to this very informative video.

Ave Maria!

Aug 29 – Fr Bonaventure Maria, F.I. – Martydom of St John the Baptist

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
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Homilies #147 – Saint John the Baptist (11min) >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

There are many lessons we can learn from today’s Gospel of St. Mark.

What reigned in the house of in the house of Herod reigns in the modern world. The vice of lust and we see how it infiltrated to the very depths of the heart of even the children who dwelt in the house of Herod by the callousness with which the child asked for the head of John the Baptist.

Ave Maria!

Mother Teresa the Atheist?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

The Irishman gives the Englishman an F.

Christopher Hitchens thinks he has every religious person all figured out and Time magazine has got a story.

Hitchens claims Blessed Teresa was an atheist at heart, that she denied the Eucharist, and implies that she was exorcised due to some problem “with her state of mind.” Hitchens throws out bits and pieces, as he does in his book on Mother Teresa, and then expects an “amen” from all the faithful.

Time Magazine says the two following statements of Mother, carefully edited by the magazine, are “extravagantly dissonant”:

“that radiating joy is real” because Christ is everywhere ” “Christ in our hearts, Christ in the poor we meet, Christ in the smile we give and in the smile that we receive.”

“Jesus has a very special love for you,” she assured Van der Peet. “[But] as for me, the silence and the emptiness is so great, that I look and do not see, ” Listen and do not hear ” the tongue moves [in prayer] but does not speak … I want you to pray for me ” that I let Him have [a] free hand.”

Oh my. My faith is in crisis. I wonder if Time did anything more than notice the contrast, and then rush to publish an article. People of faith know there is no extravagant dissonance here, only a trial of faith.

Hitchens makes such a big deal about what he calls a “lack of evidence” for religious belief, and then divines the Blessed’s mind as though he knows it from the inside. So much for his science.

As far as trial of faith regarding the Eucharist, mentioned by Hitchens, is concerned this from the Time article is all I have found. Hardly a denial of the real presence.

The letters, many of them preserved against her wishes (she had requested that they be destroyed but was overruled by her church), reveal that for the last nearly half-century of her life she felt no presence of God whatsoever ” or, as the book’s compiler and editor, the Rev. Brian Kolodiejchuk, writes, “neither in her heart or in the eucharist.”

Here is a good article on the exorcism of Mother Teresa. Again, Hitchens displays his ignorance of religious matters, and his knack to create the illusion that a thread of conjecture can be turned into a rope to hang his adversaries.

Video – Fra Joseph – No Apologies #19: Intercession of Mary and Saints

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
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No Apologies #19 – “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful in it’s effect.”? James 5:16 (7min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Seeking the intercession of Mary, the Saints, and the Angels is explicitly revealed in Sacred Scripture. Find out more about this important aspect of our Catholic spirituality.

Ave Maria!

Aug 28 – Fr Bonaventure Maria, F.I. – St. Augustine

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
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Homilies #146 – The life of St. Augustine(6min) >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Fr. Bonaventure reflects on the life of St. Augustine and today’s Gospel.

Born of a pagan father and a Christian mother he decided at the age of 15 not to be baptized for nearly fifteen years. His desire to sow his wild oats seemed more important to him.

Ave Maria!

What Happens When a Bishop Surrenders His Authority?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

He caves in to public calls for action.

Canberra, Aug. 23, 2007 (CWNews.com) – Bishop Pat Power, an auxiliary of the Canberra, Australia diocese, has indicated his support for an end to mandatory clerical celibacy, and suggested a new discussion of the possibility of ordaining women.

In a public response to a campaign by Australian Catholic activists to end the celibacy discipline, Bishop Power said that while Vatican leaders are unwilling to reconsider the issue, among “ordinary Catholics” he has found both support and “a sense of urgency” about the need for change.

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St. Monica: What the Heroic Prayers of a Mother Can Do

Monday, August 27th, 2007

From Ave Maria Meditations
by JosephMary

“It cannot be that the son of those tears shall perish.”

St. Ambrose to St. Monica

The heroic prayers and tears with fortitude and trust made over long years not only converted her son, Augustine, who would become one of the great Doctors of the Church, but also made her a saint as well. We have much to learn from her example!

monica and augustine

From “The Confessions” of St. Augustine

(and todays reading from the Liturgy of the Hours)

The day when she was to leave this life was drawing near ” a day known to You, though we were ignorant of it ” (more…)

Aug 27 – St. Maximilian Daily

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Ave Maria!

Introducing a new daily series of excerpts from the writings of St. Maximilian Kolbe translated from the Italian translation by Fr. Ignatius Mary Manfredonia.

“Dear brothers, know and take into account the fact that in the missions you will not only come across difficulties due to the surrounding environment, but God will permit, for His greater glory, that you experience discouragement, doubts, home sickness and other such things. However, don’t ever get discouraged, because we have a most loving Mother to whom we may always have recourse: during life, at the moment of death, and for all eternity.” (SK #744)

Ave Maria!

Aug 21 Fr Ignatius Manfredonia, F.I. – Disordered Self Love

Monday, August 27th, 2007
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Homilies #141 – Our gifts are from God(8min) >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Fr. Ignatius explains when wealth is an impediment to obtain salvation and sanctification.

He describes how disordered self love enters into the soul. Those who are rich attribute their gifts to themselves and not from God.

Ave Maria!

Aug.22 – Fr. Bonaventure: The Historical Gospel of St. Luke

Monday, August 27th, 2007
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Homilies #142 – The Gospel of St Luke(10min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Bonaventure reflects on the Gospel of St Luke in the historical perspective of the life and surroundings of the Holy Family

Ave Maria!

Aug 25 – Fr Ignatius Manfredonia, F.I. – 6th Anv. of FFI Chapel

Saturday, August 25th, 2007
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Homilies #145 – Fr. Ignatius on the Anniversary of the Dedication of Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel (7min) >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Today is the 6th anniversary of the dedication of Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel here in Griswold, CT. As such we celebrate today’s Mass as a solemnity. Listen to Fr. Ignatius’ informative homily as he explains the importance of a place dedicated to God and the presence of the Holy Eucharist.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #22: Colossians 1:15a

Saturday, August 25th, 2007
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The Cornerstone #22 – Jesus Christ, the icon of the invisible God (6min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

“He is the image of the invisible God.” St. Paul speaks of Christ as the visible image of the invisible Godhead. The Greek word, translated as “image”, is eikon. Watch this episode as Fr. Maximilian Mary shows the implications of this revelation about “Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4) and who alone reveals God to us (cf. Jn 1:18).

Ave Maria!