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Archive for December, 2009

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate were mentioned on the the Fish Eaters Forum:


Marian Convent of the “Sacred Hearts and St. Anthony”

Sisters in New Bedford with Fr. Stefano and Mother General

History of the House of the Immaculate/Foundation in U.S.
In August of 1993 the Franciscan Sisters started their new mission in the U.S. From that time up until about three years ago, the Sisters lived in a rectory transformed, as best as possible, into a convent, dedicated to the Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary”. Due to the fact that the convent had need of too many repairs, the Sisters had to leave. The holy parish priest of St. Anthony’s in New Bedford, Fr. Roger Landry,  … Read More at Fish Eaters

Dec 31 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: The Light Shines in the Darkness

Thursday, December 31st, 2009
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Homily #091231 ( 06min) Play – The Father’s Love caused Him to send His Only-Begotten Son as a Light to illumine our darkness. Let us welcome this Light!
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: 1 Jn 2:18-21
R: Ps 96:1-2,11-13
G: Jn 1:1-18

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Causa Nostrae Laetitiae

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Ave Maria Meditations

The first fruit of humility is JOY. No creature has ever rejoiced as Mary did. No joy was ever so deep, so holy, so beautiful, as hers. It was the joy of possessing God in a way in which none had possessed him heretofore, a way which was the grandest work of his wisdom and his power, the greatest height of his inexplicable love of creatures. It was the joy of presenting to God what was equal to himself, and so covering his divine majesty with a coextensive worship. It was the joy of being able by that offering to impetrate for her ‘fellow-creatures wonderful graces, which were new both in their abundance, their efficacy, and their excellence. It was the joy of the beauty of Jesus, of the ravishing sweetness of his Countenance, of the glorious mystery of every look and touch of him, of the thrilling privileges of her maternal love, and of the contagion of his unspeakable joy, which passed from his Soul into hers.

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Griswold’s Greccio

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

In Griswold we assemble a rather large nativity scene that I constructed over several years from polystyrene and decorate with trees, live plants and flowers, dried plants and, this year, with branches from a blooming cherry tree that I found in New York City. The whole creche tradition comes from St. Francis and his Christmas in Greccio in 1223, where he reenacted the first Christmas and had the Holy Mass celebrated near the creche.  Click on the images for a larger view.

Posted in Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholicism, Culture, Religion, Spirituality Tagged: Christmas, Creche, Greccio, St. Francis of Assisi

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Dec 30 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Prophecy of Anna

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009
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Homily #091230 ( 05min) Play – Anna the Prophetess calls attention to the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fr. Bonaventure exhorts us to be open to the Messiah and point Him out to others as Anna did.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: 1 Jn 2:12-17
R: Ps 96:7-10
G: Lk 2:36-40

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Video – OL of America – Prayer and Penance – Dr. Miravalle: Mcast107

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

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Marycast #107 ( 10min) Play – Dr. Mark Miravalle relates and explains the message of Our Lady of America to Sister Mildred of October 7, 1957 on the need to do penance and say the Rosary. If we do this, she will give us many graces and peace, including the indwelling of the Most Holy Trinity who will enable us to achieve even greater purity of life. If we don’t, we will experience great chastisements.

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

Ave Maria!

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Dec 29 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Announcing the Redeemer and Coredeemer

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
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Homily #091229 ( 10min) Play – In today’s Gospel Simeon prophecies that the Child Jesus would cause the rise and fall of many but also that a sword will pierce Mary’s heart and this too would be part of the redeeming work.

Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: 1 Jn 2:3-11
R: Ps 96:1-6
G: Lk 2:22-35

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Video – Thanking Mary – Dr. Miravalle: Mcast106

Monday, December 28th, 2009
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Marycast #106 ( 10min) Play – Today Dr Mark Miravalle asks the question, “When was the last time we thanked Mary for the gifts given to us?”

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

Ave Maria!

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A Voice is Heard in Ramah: Weeping for Her Children

Monday, December 28th, 2009

The stone for the tomb of the unborn babies’ bodies

rescued from the Boulder Abortion Clinic–article posted

at the end of the homily

St. Matthew’s Gospel (Mat. 2: 1-18) describes the events that took place in Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth and King Herod’s order that all male infants, two years old and younger, then living in and around Bethlehem be killed. He ordered this in an attempt to kill the new born King who he saw as a threat to his own power. The Book of Micah in the Bible predicted that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem: “But you, Bethlehem out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.” (Micah 5: 2) We call these Holy Innocents martyrs because (more…)

Dec 28 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Innocent and Holy

Monday, December 28th, 2009
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Homily #091228 ( 10min) Play – Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocence who died in the place of Jesus when Herod tried to kill the messiah by killing all the male children under two years of age at Bethlehem. Father relates this to our own times and invokes their intercession for the protection of innocent life.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: 1 Jn 1:5-2:2
R: Ps 124:2-5,7-8
G: Mt 2:13-18

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Dec 27 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: The Holy Family

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
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Homily #091227m ( 20min) Play – Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.  Fr. John Joseph explains how the family is the first society in which we learn all kinds of virtues.  The Catholic home is the domestic church, the little church at home where the faith is taught..
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Video – Face of Pro-Life #79: Fr. Angelo on St Maximilian Kolbe

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Click to Play Video Face of Pro-Life #79 – Fr. Angelo Geiger and Corinn Dahm on St Maximilian Kolbe ( 29min) >>> Play

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Fr. Angelo Geiger of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FI) explains the life of St Maximilian Kolbe who is a patron of the FIs and how it relates to our current battle for the Culture of Life and Religious Freedom.

Ave Maria!

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Dec 27 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: The Holy Family of Love and Life

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
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Homily #091227 ( 24min) Play – Today is the Feast of the The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and Fr. Bonaventure explains that the family is the core to a culture of life and saving the family from the attacks of the author of death, the Devil, is the central battle of our day. Jesus, Mary and Joseph are the exemplars of family life both in their exulted charity to which we should strive and in regard to the assaults that they survived in the form of Herod’s attempt to destroy them. Let us encourage the entire human family to embrace this ideal of love and courage.

Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: Sir 3:2-7,12-14
R: Ps 128:1-5
2: Col 3:12-21
G: Lk 2:22-40

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The Armor of Love

Sunday, December 27th, 2009

From a Sermon by St. Fulgentius of Ruspe:

And so the love that brought Christ from heaven to earth raised Stephen from earth to heaven; shown first in the king, it later shone forth in his soldier. Love was Stephen’s weapon by which he gained every battle, and so won the crown signified by his name. His love of God kept him from yielding to the ferocious mob; his love for his neighbour made him pray for those who were stoning him. Love inspired him to reprove those who erred, to make them amend; love led him to pray for those who stoned him, to save them from punishment. Strengthened by the power of his love, he overcame the raging cruelty of Saul and won his persecutor on earth as his companion in heaven. In his holy and tireless love he longed to gain by prayer those whom he could not convert by admonition.

Armor up.

Merry Christmas, everyone.  Just coming up for air.  Christmas bustle and all.

Posted in Armory, Catholicism, Chivalry, Men, Spirituality Tagged: Christmas, St. Steven

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The Host Life

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

   Ave Maria Meditations

 

It would seem impossible, did we not know it to be true, that God could abide with us always, in littleness and humility even more extreme than infancy. Or that His love should choose to give us the unity of His birth, death, and Resurrection, always taking place at the heart of the world, from sunrise to sunset, and all life and all love always radiating from it.

Yet this is so. Every day, every hour, Christ is born on the altar in the hands of the priest; Christ is lifted up and sacrificed; Christ is buried in the tomb of the human heart; and Christ rises from the tomb to be the life of the world through His Communion with men.

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