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Archive for November, 2007

November 30th – Happy Feast Day St. Andrew

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

November 30th, is the feast of St. Andrew.

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

(It is piously believed that whoever recites the above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (30th November) until Christmas will obtain what is asked.)
Imprimatur, +MICHAEL AUGUSTINE, Archbishop of New York, February 6, 1897

Nov 29 – Fr. Michael Gauvreau: Feast of All the Saints of the Seraphic Order

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
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Homilies #212 – Fr. Michael on the need to be saints (15min) >>> Play
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Michael Gauvreau gives the homily in the evening Mass for the Feast of All Saints of the?Franciscan Orders. Fr. Michael explains the importance of striving to be a saint as the primary goal of all Franciscans. Listen to his homily as he exhorts us to hold on to our original zeal and carry it to new heights.

Ave Maria!

Nov 30 – Begin this Very Day to Serve God

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Ave Maria!

“Follow the daily schedule very faithfully and you will be saved. Begin this very day to serve God: perhaps this will be the last day of your life. Therefore, live as if this were the last day. Tomorrow is uncertain, yesterday no longer belongs to you, only the present is yours. Always remember that there is an ear that listens to everything, an eye that notices the most secret sentiments of the heart, a hand that takes note of all things.” (SK #969)

The Golden Compass

Thursday, November 29th, 2007
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Ave Maria!

Wow! Sometimes you think a persecution sounds far fetched. Then something like this comes around the corner to wake us up, a major high budget film using all the best computer generated imagery about a battle with a sinister, tyrannical, organized religion called … “the Magisterium”!

A fine “Merry Christmas” from New Line Cinemas, the very ones who gave us the spectacular Lord of the Rings trilogy!!! This is Narnia in reverse.

A viewer submitted:?

THE GOLDEN COMPASS, a new movie targeted at children, will be released December 7, 2007. This movie is based on a the first book of a trilogy by atheist Philip Pullman. In the final book a boy and girl kill God so they can do as they please. Pullman left little doubt about his intentions when he said in a 2003 interview that “My books are about killing God.

The movie is a watered down version of the first book and is designed to be very attractive in the hope unsuspecting parents will take their children to see the the movie and that the children will want the books for Christmas.

The movie has a well known cast, including Nicole Kidman, Kevin Bacon, and Sam Elliott. It will probably be advertised extensively, so it is crucial that we get the word out to warn parents to avoid this movie.

You can research this for yourself. Start with this article on Snopes.com, then go to Google.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/compass.asp

More links:

Bill Donohue has condemned the movie?and is waging a battle against its distribution.? See his Video.

To see what we are up against here’s the trailer.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Face of Pro-Life#14: Witness, Healing from Abortion Part 2

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
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Face of Pro-Life #14 – Lisa Martin finishes her testimony with host Corinn Dahm. (29min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Lisa Martin continues her moving testimony of her conversion from being a pro-choice practitioner of New Age Paganism who had three abortions to being a pro-life Catholic. Find out how the mercy of God and the unexpected compassion she experienced from pro-life Catholics gave her the ability to get past the pain of abortion when nothing else could. She also shares her thoughts on abortion in cases of rape, having gone through it herself. Thank you, Lisa, for your courageous witness!

Ave Maria!

Nov 29 ?? God Alone will Satisfy

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Ave Maria!

“The heart of man is too great to be filled by money, sensuality, or by the smoke of worldly glory, which is deceitful, though mesmerizing. It desires a more lofty good, without limits and which lasts for eternity. But this good is God alone and we will possess Him entirely only in Heaven.” (SK #995)

Nov 28 – No Homily

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Nov 28 ?? The Vanity of Fame

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Ave Maria!

“Maybe it’s worldly glory that can fulfill man? Let’s take a glance at the ranks of distinguished people, who occupy lofty positions and enjoy great fame. Perhaps they possess the coveted pearl of happiness? Let’s ask them to see if maybe they wouldn’t want their glory to embrace wider horizons, to shine forth in other fields??Undoubtedly they would all accept this possibility, without considering, though, that human glory is a crystal which is very fragile. And at the conclusion of everything, they too will be visited by death??and after that??? What good will be all of the human praise and monuments, if their eternity is unhappy?” (SK #995)

Nov 27 – Fr. Michael Gauvreau: The Miraculous Medal

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
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Homilies #211 – Fr. Michael Gauvreau on the Miraculous Medal (13min) >>> Play
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Ave Maria!

At the Franciscans of the Immaculate we celebrate the memorial of the Miraculous Medal as a Feast. This is because the Miraculous Medal was originally called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. This is the medal we were on our?capuches as an official part of our habit and is?a sure way to identify us as an FI. So, have a happy feast day and listen to Fr. Michael’s Homily as he describes?the medal’s?origins and just two out of the vast multitude of miracles associated with it.

Ave Maria!

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That Wondrous Miraculous Medal of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

From Ave Maria Meditations
by JosephMary

OLMM

Daily Miraculous Medal Prayer of St. Maximilian Kolbe:

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you, and for all who do not have recourse to you, especially the enemies of the Church and those recommended to you.

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Explanation of the Miraculous Medal:

On the one side, Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. (more…)

Nov 26 – No Homily at the Chapel

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Nov 27 ?? Avarice is a Waste

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Ave Maria!

“Man has preset for himself the motive for accumulating material goods, money. He has not yet reached the goal of his desires, so he continues to busy himself. But will he ever get there?…He desires more, always more; he yearns to acquire things ever more quickly and to possess them ever longer. How much fatigue, how many worries and sacrifices, how much good health it has cost him to possess what he has, and how much drudgery still awaits him! And if he happens to get sick? If good fortune turns its back on him? If a thief were to rob him? And then, in the end, death too will come. And then?…He will have to leave everything and go all by himself into eternity.” (SK #995)

Video – St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
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Medal of Miracles #1 – St. Catherine kneeling in front of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, 4 min >>> Play

Ave Maria!

On this Feast of the Miraculous Medal we are reposting the video we made on the apparition of Our Lady to St. Catherine Laboure which lead to the Miraculous Medal devotion.

This vignette of the apparition of Our Lady to St. Catherine Laboure on the occasion of her request for the Medal was produced by the Franciscans of the Immaculate in conjunction with Susan Mackewich of Gizmo Productions and Dave Wroe.

Ave Maria!

Video – Coredemption Conference: Dr. Mark Miravalle

Monday, November 26th, 2007
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Short Video Series #10 – Dr. Mark Miravalle at his best (59min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Oops! Somehow this post slipped off the front page. It was originally posted on Wednesday the 21st but we did not notice until now that it was not on the main page. So we are reposting it today to make up for the missed publicity. – The Webmaster

He’s seen often on EWTN, he’s the Spiritual Theology Professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, he’s also the president of an international Catholic effort called Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici (the Voice of the People for Mary Mediatrix) besides being one of the most respected Mariologists in the world, he’s an accomplished author, he’s a prolific writer of numerous articles, he’s a sought after lecturer, and he’s an ordained permanent Deacon in his diocese, and most importantly of all, he’s a devoted husband and a father of 8 beautiful children – please welcome Dr. Mark Miravalle

Here Dr. Miravalle gives a long litany of all the saints, mystics, magisterial statements, and fathers and doctors of the Church, who refer to Mary as Coredemptrix. He puts this in a nutshell by asking, Where’s the controversy? Where’s the confusion? Come listen to Dr. Miravalle’s impassioned plea for the dogmatic proclamation of the Marian Titles, Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. Thank you, Dr. Mark!

The next segment from the conference will be Dr. Scott Hahn’s talk and will be posted on Wednesday.

Ave Maria!

Nov 25 – Fr. Ignatius: Christ the King

Monday, November 26th, 2007
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Homilies #210 -?Fr. Ignatius preaches on the Feast of Christ the King?(14min) >>> Play
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Ave Maria!

Sunday’s Homily, sorry for the delay.

From Sunday’s readings Fr. Ignatius preaches on the Feast of Christ the King. He points out how only few people are willing to?accept Christ as our King.? Many consider Him to be our Saviour or Brother but not King. Listen as Fr. Ignatius explains the great majesty and dignity of Christ’s Kingship and how we must accept him as the King of Light in order to prevent the king of darkness?from ruling us.

Ave Maria!