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Archive for December, 2008

From Advent and Christmas to Calvary and to the Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Ave Maria Meditations

The Real Presence: From Advent and Christmas

to Calvary and to the Blessed Sacrament

 

Neither Advent nor the tomb is Christ’s final rest in the world. He rests in the midst of the world now, in the Host. He is as silent, as secret and hidden, in the Host as He was in Advent or in the tomb. He trusts Himself to His creatures in the Host as He trusted Himself to our Lady in Advent; only then He gave Himself into the keeping of the one human creature who was sinless and in whom He could have His will, and now He gives Himself into the keeping of sinners.

 

In the Host He is immobile, dependent. He rests in the priest’s hands, on the paten, in the tabernacle. He remains with us, resting in all the cities and all the lonely and unexpected places of the world. Wherever human creatures are, He rests in their midst.

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Dec 31 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: “In the Beginning”

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
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Homily #081231 ( 10min) Play – This homily is a beautiful explanation of the Beginning of the Holy Gospel According to St John.
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Dec 31 – St. Pio Daily – He Lacks Everything

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Ave Maria!December’s Theme: Humility

“The heavenly Child suffers and cries in the crib to suffering amiable, meritorious and sought for by us. He lacks everything so that we may learn from Him the renunciation of earthly goods and comforts; He is pleased with humble and poor adorers to induce us to love poverty and to prefer the company of the little ones and the simple to that of the great ones of the world.”

Dec 30 – St. Pio Daily – Inviting Us to Love

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Ave Maria!December’s Theme: Humility

“Poverty, humility, degradation, contempt surround the Word made flesh. But from the darkness in which this Word made flesh is enveloped we understand one thing, we hear a voice, we catch a glimpse of a sublime truth. All this He has done out of love, and He does nothing but invite us to love, He speaks of nothing else but love, He gives nothing but proofs of love.”

Dec 30 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Anna the Prophetess

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
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Homily #081230 ( 06min) Play – And so we rejoice with Anna this day as we persevere in fasting and prayer – in a life of sacrifice and prayer, asking her to intercede for us.
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Video – No Apologies #69 – Miracles of Faverney and Augsburg

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
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No Apologies #69 – “But miraculously the monstrance was preserved!” ( 04min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Here are two more verified Eucharistic miracles. One from France in 1608, and one from Germany in 1194.

Ave Maria!

Video – Face of Pro-Life #51: Modesty of Dress

Monday, December 29th, 2008
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Face of Pro-Life #51 – Fra Anthony on Modesty ( 30min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fra Anthony Servium, FI relates to host Corinn Dahm about modesty of dress, how it has changed and how it effects our morals.

Faith, Love, Adoration, Reverence and Purity

Monday, December 29th, 2008
 
Ave Maria Meditations
 
Thoughts from Blessed Columba Marmion
 

The contemplation of the mysteries of Jesus will only produce such great fruit in us as we bring thereto certain dispositions which can be summed up into three: faith, reverence and love. Faith is the primordial disposition for placing us in vital contact with Christ. We celebrate mysteries, that is to say human and visible signs of a divine and hidden reality. To comprehend, to touch this reality, faith is needed. Christ appears as both man and God in each of these mysteries; often even, as in the Nativity and in the passion, the divinity is more than ordinarily hidden; in order to grasp it, to pierce the veil and reach to it, to see God in the child lying in the manger, or in the One who was “made a curse for us”, hanging on the gibbet of Calvary, or again in His Eucharistic appearances, faith is needed: Faith, for all defects supplying, where the feeble senses fail…

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Dec 29 – St. Pio Daily – The Humble Grotto

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Ave Maria!December’s Theme: Humility

“Which and how many, O Christians, are the lessons that come from the grotto of Bethlehem! Oh! How must the heart feel itself inflamed with love for Him Who made Himself all tenderness for us! Oh! How we must burn with the desire of leading the whole world to this humble grotto, haven for the King of kings, greater than any human palace because it was the throne and dwelling place of God! Let us ask this divine Child to clothe us with humility, because only with this virtue can we enjoy this mystery filled with divine tenderness.”

Dec 29 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: The Presentation

Monday, December 29th, 2008
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Homily #081229 ( 07min) Play – Christ is the light of the Nations and the Glory of Israel – and outside of Christ there is only darkness.
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Dec 28 – St. Pio Daily – A Quiet Event

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Ave Maria!December’s Theme: Humility

“For forty centuries the Divine Child was expected; with sighs the ancient Fathers invoked the coming; the sacred writers clearly prophesized the place and the event of His birth, and yet all is silence and it seems that no one knows about this great happening. Only a little later He is visited by the shepherds intent on guarding their flocks in the meadow. They were told by heavenly spirits of the sensational event and invited to go to His grotto.”

Mark Miravalle: St. Joseph & the Immaculate Heart, Part III – Mcast S33

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

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Marycast Specials #33 ( 10min) Play – St. Teresa of Avila says, “If you have not asked St. Joseph for something, then I dare you to do so.” In the last of this mini-series, concluding on the Feast of the Holy Family, Dr. Miravalle takes a final look at the Patron of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: marycast@airmaria.com
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Dec 28 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: The Holy Family

Sunday, December 28th, 2008
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Homily #081228 ( 22min) Play – On this Solemnity of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Fr. Bonaventure McGuire preaches on the importance of the Holy Family and its connection to Christmas when the Son of God becomes a member of our human family. Listen as Father explains the true nature of a family and how it is largely distorted today.
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Venite Adoremus

Saturday, December 27th, 2008
 
 

  Venite adoremus!

 

christmas

 

O precious Lord, once born for us

in stable small and poor;

be born again within our hearts,

and there let us adore.

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Dec 27 – St. Pio Daily – The Angels and The Child

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Ave Maria!December’s Theme: Humility

“At the birth of Our Lord, the shepherds heard the divine and angelic singing of the heavenly spirits. Scripture tells us this, but it does not say that the Virgin, His Mother, and St. Joseph, who were closest to the Infant, heard the voices of the angels or saw those miraculous splendors. On the contrary, instead of hearing the angels singing, they heard the Child crying, and saw by the light of a poor lamp, the eyes of this divine Infant all wet with tears and trembling with cold.”