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Archive for February, 2009

March is the Month dedicated to St. Joseph

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

 Ave Maria Meditations

A Novena


The man nearest to Christ Jesus was His foster father, Joseph the carpenter. John the Baptist saw Christ briefly near the Jordan and knew that his work as Precursor was over. The Apostles lived and worked with Christ during the brief days of His public life.

FIRST DAY:
But Joseph presided over the events of Christ’s Infancy, provided for Him the house that sheltered Him from birth to baptism, and was of all the men of earth the one at whose hands Jesus received most in service and love and unselfish devotion.
Born of a royal line, Joseph was a carpenter. That trade he passed on to his foster Son. Joseph was destined to immortal honors of the Church, yet no spoken word of his is recorded in the Scriptures. 
Still the Church with good reason cries out, “Go to Joseph.” 
This injunction we confidently obey as we pray:

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Feb 28 – No Homily Today

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Sorry, more technical difficulties. We will try to get them fixed.

Since we know so little even about ourselves it is pointless to make judgments about others. During lent let us concentrate on bringing ourselves to repentance first even before doing penance.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
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Feb 28 – St. Pio Daily – Constancy and Courage

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Ave Maria!February’s Theme: The Will of God

“Ready your lips, as the Divine Redeemer did, and still drink with Him the black water of the Cedron, accepting with pious resignation the tribulations and the penance. Cross with Jesus this torrent, suffering the contempt of the world for love of Jesus, with constancy and with courage.”

Video – The Mediatrix of Scripture – Dr Miravalle: MCast 51

Saturday, February 28th, 2009
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Marycast #51 ( 10min) Play – In the Bible, who is it that assists Jesus in His life and in His public ministry like no one else?  When one searches the scriptures, it becomes clear that Mary as both a mother and a disciple of Christ, assists Him and intercedes for us like no one else did or could.  In this episode, Dr. Miravalle continues to discuss this topic of Mary’s role as Mediatrix in the Church.
Ave Maria!

Good news for timid pastors

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Good News: Ninth Circuit Upholds Church’s Constitutional Rights
You CAN take a stand on a political issue in church, if even the notoriously liberal Ninth Circuit upholds it.
from Focus on the Family
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a ruling Wednesday that held a Montana church in violation of the law for speaking about the state’s marriage amendment. (more…)

Feb 27 – Sorry no Homily Today

Friday, February 27th, 2009

- Ave Maria! Sorry the homily did not get captured. Fr. Ignatius described the various types of fasting and their effectiveness.

Ave Maria! Mass Readings TLM

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Feb 27 – St. Pio Daily – His Obedience

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Ave Maria!February’s Theme: The Will of God

“The summit of the humiliation of the Lord was in His passion and in His death, in which – submitting Himself with the human will to the Will of His Father – He bore so many torments, until the point of tolerating the most infamous death, the death of the cross. […]. His obedience (and for the nobility of Him Who was obeying, and for the arduousness of the command, and for the spontaneity in giving Himself to such obedience to the Heavenly Father) was so pleasing to the Eternal Father that He exalted Him, ‘giving him a name’ says the apostle ‘which is above all names’”.

Even in our economic crisis Dems find money to force abortions on the Chinese

Friday, February 27th, 2009

from the Family Research Council
Yesterday, we praised representatives from both parties who signed a letter to the Democratic leadership sponsored by Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) urging them to protect the pro-life provisions in each appropriations bill–or, at the very least, grant members the chance to vote on amendments to restore them. Although the letter had an impressive number of signatories (181) from both parties, the Democratic leadership pushed forward with a bloated omnibus bill worth $410 billion. The legislation included $50 million for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) even though UNFPA violates the Kemp-Kasten provision by supporting China’s forced abortion and sterilization programs. (more…)

Words of our Holy Father

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
Ave Maria Meditations
 

Doctrine of Original Sin is the alternative to a ‘vision of despair’.

Original Sin should always be understood in the context of the salvation brought by Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict XVI told one of his regular Wednesday weekday audiences.

Speaking to about 7,000 people in the Paul VI auditorium, the Holy Father acknowledged that the doctrine of Original Sin is unpopular today. “Many people think that, in the light of the history of evolution, there is no place” for such a belief, he said. But if there is no sin that stains mankind, there is no necessity for salvation. (more…)

Feb 26 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Prayer of the Centurion

Thursday, February 26th, 2009
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Homily #090226 ( 07min) Play – Prayer is powerful because it is the key to becoming humble. It recognizes the truth of how great God is and how small and needy we are, especial for mercy for our sins.
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Feb 26 – St. Pio Daily – Bless the Lord in Humiliations

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Ave Maria!February’s Theme: The Will of God

“That which God wants from you is always just and good. […]. Let us get to work; in Heaven we will have no other job than to fulfill the Will of God. Let us try to bless the Lord in the humiliations and in the contempt/scorns of which we have been the target. Let us bless Him in the tribulations of our spirit and in the torments of our heart because everything is ordained by God with high counsel, and this in a most singular way and for a special predilection of the Heavenly Father.”

Feb 25 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
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Homily #090225 ( 06min) Play – “Remember Man, you are dust and to dust you will return.” Ashes are a sign of humility for this season of Lent, a season of penance. This outward sign must be received on our hearts and so radiate in our actions.
Ave Maria!
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Feb 25 – St. Pio Daily – What is Worthwhile to do Under the Sun

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Ave Maria!February’s Theme: The Will of God

“The Divine Master left us in writing to acknowledge as brothers only those who do the Will of His Father. Well then, do you not perhaps desire and do you not strive with all your strength to unite yourself to the Divine Will? Would you not give your life a thousand times before determining to go against the Will of God? Of this you are certain and you fell it in your heart. Well then, may this be as a rock of comparison to know and to convince yourself that your life is well spent.”

Video – Mediatrix with the One Mediator – Dr Miravalle: MCast 50

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
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Marycast #50 ( 10min) Play – In this episode, Dr. Miravalle discusses Mary as the subordinate Mediatrix to Christ, who is the “one Mediator between God and man” (1 Timothy 2:5).  In reflecting on this passage of scripture, Dr. Miravalle asks and answers this crucial question: “Do the words of St. Paul quoted above rule out any other mode of mediation?”  Part of the answer lies in the original Greek wording used by St. Paul himself.
Ave Maria!

A Hospital Chaplain’s thoughts on an Ash Wednesday

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Ave Maria Meditations

ash wednesday

 

I had just placed ashes on his head. I was looking at him – with his dirty forehead lying there on the white sheets of the hospital bed – when he said, ‘Father can I ask you a question?’

‘Yes’, I replied, realizing full well there was an ashen cross on this sinner’s forehead too.

Then he asked: ‘Why do I need Lent?’ (more…)