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Archive for June, 2008

A Franciscan with a Mission(s)

Monday, June 30th, 2008

BLESSED JUNIPERO SERRA

July 1st is the feast day of Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan priest from Mallorca who at the age of 55, with a limp in his gait and afflicted with asthma, walked up and down what is now the State of California evangelizing the indigenous people, teaching them European methods of farming and defending them against those who would have taken advantage of them. He is associated with the establishment of the California Missions, many of which still function as parishes today. The earthly remains of Father Serra are interred in the Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel, California.

At the time of his death, Blessed Serra had baptized 6,000 Indians, a number which comprises approximately 10 per cent of the native population of California at the time. The Serra International website states: Between the years of 1796 and 1784, Father Serra made six voyages by sea totaling 5,400 miles. He traveled by land the distance between Monterey and San Francisco eight times, Monterey and San Antonio 11 times, His longest journey by land was from Monterey to Mexico City. In total, he traveled well over 5,500 miles by land.

His motto was, “Siempre adelante, nunca retredecer,” which in English means, “Always to go forward, never to turn back?.

Blessed Junipero Serra, Apostle of California, pray for usl

What I wish to say first of all is that, thank God, I am in good health, and that the famine which has laid heavily on all this country and been felt by so many poor people has hardly touched any of the Fathers, my companions, or myself…

Those who are the main supporters of our people are the gentiles. Thanks to them, we live because God so wills it; moreover, we must not forget that the milk from the cows and the vegetables from the garden have been very big factors in keeping these foundations going; but these two sources of food are becoming scarce. But, when all is said and done, I do not regret that these missions were founded and your reverence should not regret it either. None of the ministers who live in them have any criticisms on the matter. The complaint has only been with those without missions on account of the difficulty there has been to go ahead with their foundation.

And, above all, in regard to the promise made by God in these modem times to Our Father Saint Francis – as our Seraphic Mother Mary of Jesus declares – that the gentiles, at the mere sight of his sons, will be converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, it is my opinion that we are now seeing it with our eyes and touching it with our hands. Because if, at the present time, they are not as yet all Christians, it is, in my judgment, only for want of a knowledge of their language, a trouble of long standing with me which I have never been granted the grace to overcome, it seems to me, because of my many sins.

Yet, in San Diego, time has overcome the difficulty, and they already have baptized adults and solemnized marriages. And here, too, we are not far from arriving at the same state of improvement, since the children are beginning to express themselves in Castilian … To sum it all up: I put my trust in God that everything will turn out well.

Blessed Junipero SERRA (1713-1784)

Jun 30 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: The Narrow Way

Monday, June 30th, 2008
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Homily #080630 ( 05min) Play – We are called to be divinized by Jesus who is the way, but this way is not easy. It is the narrow and difficult way, full of sacrifices.
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June 30 – St Maximilian Daily – The Immaculate Loves Each of You

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Ave Maria!June’s Theme: Divine Love

“My dearest brothers, during your religious life the thought may come to mind, a sort of sad nostalgia, a supplication, a lament?: ‘Who knows if the Immaculate still loves me?’ Beloved sons! I say to each of you individually and all of you together in Her name, note well, in Her name: She loves each of you, She loves you very much, in every moment and without exception.” (cf. SK #509)

Jun 29 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Sts. Peter and Paul

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

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Homily #080629 ( 22min) Play – Fr. Angelo Geiger, FI preaches the homily on the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul focusing on the primacy of Peter and how he and his successors are the authoritative head of the Church and how Paul as the main preacher to the Gentiles represents the missionary spirit of the Church. Both Peter and Paul were martyred on this day as a sign to us of the need for unity of both authority and evangelical spirit in order to bring conversion to the true faith.

Ave Maria! Mass readings

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The Holy Father’s Words on the beginning of the Year of St. Paul

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

?St Paul

In the letter to the Galatians, [Saint Paul] provided for us a very personal profession of faith, in which he opens his heart to the reader of all times, and reveals the deep driving force of his life. ‘I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me’ (Gal. 2:20).

Everything that Paul does begins from this center. His faith is the experience of being loved by Jesus Christ in a completely personal way; it is the awareness of the fact that Christ has faced death not for some anonymous person, but out of love for him – for Paul – and that, as the Risen One, he still loves him. Christ gave himself up for him. His faith comes from being transfixed by the love of Jesus Christ, a love that shakes him to his core and transforms him. His faith is not a theory, an opinion about God and the world. His faith is the impact of the love of God on his heart. And thus his faith is itself love for Jesus Christ.

This love is now the law of his life, and in this very way it is the freedom of his life. He speaks and acts on the basis of the responsibility of love. Freedom and responsibility are here united in an inseparable way. Because he stands in the responsibility of love, he is free; because he is someone who loves, he lives completely in the responsibility of this love and does not take freedom as a pretext for willfulness and selfishness.

Benedict XVI
Vespers – Saint Paul Outside the Walls
June 28, 2008

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June 29 – St Maximilian Daily – One with the Immaculate

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Ave Maria!June’s Theme: Divine Love

“Have you never thought of what you become when it is no longer you acting, but the Immaculate in you and through you loving God and men? Do you take into account the fact that, in such instances, your actions are measured according to Her dignity? That in Her hands they become pure, without stain, just as She is all pure and immaculate?…Is there something more that you could desire?” (cf. SK #1216)

June 28th – Homily – Fr. Angelo: St. Irenaeus

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
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Homily #080628 ( 08min) Play – St Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. The first reading was incorrectly read and father Angelo makes reference to this reading in this homily. It was from Genesis.

Ave Maria! Mass readings
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June 28 – St Maximilian Daily – Continually Renew Our Love for the Immaculate

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Ave Maria!June’s Theme: Divine Love

“Let us continually renew, every day, every instant, our love for the Immaculate and do all we can to make others love Her as we do and even more than we do.” (cf. SK #1213)

Jun 27 – Homily – Fr Angelo Geiger: Leprosy of the Soul

Friday, June 27th, 2008
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Homily #080627 ( 09min) Play – Making light of our sins causes leprosy of the soul. We must acknowledge our sinfulness and seek God’s forgiveness so we can be in union with God. Ave Maria! Mass readings +++

June 27 – St Maximilian Daily – Religion of Perfect Love

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Ave Maria!June’s Theme: Divine Love

“Hatred divides, separates, destroys, while – on the contrary – love unites, gives peace and edifies. No surprise, then, that only love manages to always make men perfect. Therefore, only that religion which teaches the love of God and neighbor can make men perfect. The religion of Jesus Christ is really this religion of love, and of perfect love.” (cf. SK #1205)

June 26th – Homily – Fr. Angelo Geiger: The House Built on Rock

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
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Homily #080626 ( 00min) Play – What is the “rock” foundation that Our Lord is talking about in today’s Gospel? Is it faith?
Ave Maria! Mass readings
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June 26 – St Maximilian Daily – Maximum Love for the Sacred Heart

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Ave Maria!June’s Theme: Divine Love

“However much more one diffuses veneration and love for the Immaculate, however many more souls he conquers for Her and, through Her, for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who loved us even to the point of dying on the Cross, that much more he demonstrates the maximum love, because it is an operative love, for the Sacred Heart, and he unites himself to Him in the highest degree.” (cf. SK #1094)

June 25th – Homily – Fr. Angelo Geiger: By Their Fruits

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
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Homily #080625 ( 11min) Play – …And so nothing has changed. There are false prophets in our midst even today. The master principle Our Lord lays down in today’s Gospel is; “By their fruits you will know them.” So the question comes up, what is good fruit and what is bad fruit? How do we discern spirits? … Are dead babies, wounded women, and sacrilegious Communions good fruit?
Ave Maria! Mass readings
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Video – Dr Mark Miravalle – MaryCast Specials #16: Our Lady’s Role in the Work of Salvation (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
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Marycast Specials #16 ( 10min) Play -? In Part 1 of Dr Mark Miravalle’s talk from the Marian Conference, Our Lady’s Role in the Work of Salvation (Amsterdam, May 2008), Dr Mark Miravalle begins to discuss why Mary was a necessary part in God’s plan of salvation.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: marycast@airmaria.com

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June 25 – St Maximilian Daily – Love the Immaculate for Love of Jesus

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Ave Maria!June’s Theme: Divine Love

“Love the Immaculate for love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in order to give Him the maximum possible joy; fulfill His will, walk along the way that He has indicated by His teaching and example, to obtain the strength to put into practice His commands.” (cf. SK #1272)