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Archive for January, 2010

Jan 31 – Homily – Fr Tito: Faith Hope and Charity in Practice

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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Homily #100131t ( 09min) Play – Faith is not practiced in mind only but with your whole self. Hope is Faith in action, and Charity must precede all virtues.

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Jan 17 – Homily – Fr Tito: She’s Our Model

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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Homily #100117t ( 05min) Play – What is the roll of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Church?

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Video – Face of Pro-Life #83: Fr. Angelo Geiger, Spiritual Direction and Youth

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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Face of Pro-Life #83 – Fr. Angelo on youth ( 29min) >>> Play

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Fr. Angelo discusses the problem of helping the lost generation by directing them spiritually by hands-on involvement with those in need, by witnessing to the faith with acts of charity, sharing with them the road to faith and charity. He discusses these as remedies to the various social problems, drug abuse and bad spirituality that so adversely effects their spiritual development.

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Jan 31 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Kingdom vs Kingdom

Sunday, January 31st, 2010
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Homily #100131 ( 15min) Play – Why is there so much outrage against Christ? To understand this you must recognize the existence of the Kingdom of  Satan and those who are apart of it. Christ, by coming to set people free from sin, has declared war on that kingdom. In his time Jesus prepared His disciples for this battle and so he does today.  We must take courage that He is with us especially in times of peril.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: Jer 1:4-5,17-19
R: Ps 71:1-6,15-17
2: 1 Cor 12:31-13:13
G: Lk 4:21-30

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Video – Miscellanea #50: 300,000 PLUS MARCH FOR LIFE 2010

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
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Miscellanea #50 – Up Capital Hill ( 04min) >>> Play

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Organizer Nellie Gray told the press that the numbers of marchers this year far exceeded last year, which was estimated at well over 300,000.  That sentiment was echoed by many long-time March for Life participants. LifeSiteNews.com

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Video – Miscellanea #52: A Solid and Lasting Pro-Life Group

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
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Miscellanea #52 – Michael J. Barnett ( 38min) >>> Play

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Michael Barnett was one of the speakers at the First Annual Y-LIFE Youth Conference at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Michael speaks about building a solid Pro-Life Group on Campus; going beyond a pizza eating Catholic social group. www.all.org

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The Glories of Mary #13: Mary Our Mediatress

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

The Necessity of the Intercession of Mary for our Salvation.

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The history of Theophilus, written by Eutychian, patriarch of Constantinople, and who was an eye-witness of the fact he relates, is well known.  It is attested by St Peter Damian, St Bernard, St Bonaventure, St Antonine, and by others quoted by Father Crasset.

Theophilus was archdeacon of the church of Adana, a city of Cilicia, and he was held in such veneration by the people that they wished to have him for their bishop, but he, out of humility, refused the dignity.  It happened that evil-disposed persons accused him falsely of some crime, and for this he was deposed from his archdeaconry.  He took this so much to heart, that, blinded by passion, he went to a Jewish magician, who made him consult Satan, that he might help him in his misfortune. (more…)

On the Humility of Our Lady

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Ave Maria Meditations

THE MAGNIFICAT: THE HUMILITY OF MARY


 

The humility of the Blessed Virgin and the meaning of humility.

Wherever she went, the Blessed Virgin was a bringer of joy: For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy, says St Elizabeth, referring to John the Baptist with whom she was then with child. Hearing such praise from her cousin, Our Lady replied with words which have become that most beautiful hymn of jubilation: My soul magni­fies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

 

In the Magnificat is to be found the deepest meaning of true humility. Mary considers that God has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. Thus, He who is mighty has done great things in her. On this scale then, one of grandeur and humility,is passed Our Lady’s entire life. What humility, that of my holy Mother Mary! She is not to be seen amidst the palms of Jerusalem, nor – excepting the first one at Cana – at the hour of the great miracles. But she doesn’t flee from the degradation of Golgotha: there she stands, ‘juxta crucem Jesu’, by the Cross of Jesus – His Mother. She never sought the slightest personal glory.

The virtue of humility, so evident in Our Lady’s life, is truth, the true recognition of what we are and are worth in the eyes of God and of our fellow men. It is also an emptying of ourselves to allow God to work in us with his grace. It is the rejection of appearances and of all superficiality; it is the expression of the depth of the human spirit; it is a condition for its greatness. Humility is founded on the awareness of our position in the eyes of God and on the wise moderation of our always excessive desires for glory. It should never be confused with timidity, faint-heartedness or mediocrity. It is not opposed to our awareness of the talents we have received, nor to the full use of them with rectitude of intention, for humility does not diminish, but broadens one’s outlook.

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Jan 30 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Importance of Chastity

Saturday, January 30th, 2010
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Homily #100130 ( 05min) Play – Fr Ignatius highlights the importance of chastity according to your state in marriage. He points out that it is common sense and when it is not followed it is only because it is difficult.
Ave Maria! St. Martina, Virgin and Martyr – Mass: EF, Loquebar De Testimoniis Readings: 1st: sir 51:1-8,12 – Gsp: mat 25:1-13

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Video – New Years Resolution – Dr. Miravalle: Mcast117

Friday, January 29th, 2010

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Marycast #117 ( 9min) Play – Dr. Miravalle asks us to make a new years resolution to pray at least one prayer daily for the solemn definition of the Fifth Maria Dogma.  Historians say that after the definition of Our Lady as Mother of God at the Council of Ephesus it is beyond documentation to sufficiently record the widespread growth of Marian Devotion in both the East and West.  With solemn definitions of Marian Dogmas comes a great downpour of graces and such graces are so needed in our time.

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

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Jan 29 – Homily – Fr Angelo: St. Francis de Sales against Itchy Ears

Friday, January 29th, 2010
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Homily #100129 ( 13min) Play – St. Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva where through acts of charity and preaching of the truth he brought many Protestants back to the faith whose itchy ears were turning to novel doctrines.
Ave Maria! St. Francis of Sales, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church – Mass: EF, In Medio Ecclesiae Readings: 1st: 2ti 4:1-8 – Gsp: mat 5:13-19

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St. Francis, the Sultan and Pope Benedict

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

The following excerpt is from yesterday’s Wednesday audience of the Holy Father in which he offered a reflection on the life of St. Francis.  This particular passage concerns St. Francis’ meeting with the sultan in Egypt in 1219, (my unofficial translation from the Italian):

Also the successor of Innocent III, Pope Honorius III, with the bull Cum dilecti of 1218 supported the singular development of the first Friars Minor, who went opening missions in various countries of Europe, and in Morocco. In 1219 Francis obtained permission to go and speak, in Egypt, with the Muslim sultan Melek-el-Kâmel, in order to preach the Gospel of Jesus there also.  I wish to underscore that this episode of the life of Saint Francis that has great relevance.  In an age marked by an ongoing conflict between Christianity and Islam, Francis, armed only with the faith and his personal gentleness, effectively followed the path of dialogue. The reports speak about a benevolent acceptance and cordial reception to us from the Muslim sultan.  It is a model that even today must inspire relations between Christian and Muslims: promote dialogue in truth, in reciprocal respect and mutual understanding.  (cfr Nostra Aetate, 3). (more…)

Video – Roving Reporter #96: Michael Voris in DC

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
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Roving Reporter #96 – Real Catholic Tv – Michael Voris in DC ( 08min) >>> Play

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The Friars bumped into Michael Voris from “RealCatholicTV.com” the day before the “March for Life” in Washington DC.

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A Thursday Prayer in the Year of the Priest

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

One Minute Meditation

Prayer to the Eternal High Priest

O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Most Sacred Heart, where none can touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily touch Your Sacred Body. Keep unsullied their lips daily tinged with Your Precious Blood. Keep pure and unworldly their hearts, sealed with the sublime mark of the priesthood. Let Your Holy Love surround and protect them from the world’s contagion. Bless their labors with abundant fruit, and may the souls to whom they minister be their joy and consolation here, and their everlasting crown in the hereafter. Amen.

~ St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Jan 28 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Peter Nolasco

Thursday, January 28th, 2010
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Homily #100128 ( 04min) Play – St. Peter Nolasco was founder of the Mercedarians who worked to gather alms to free the Christian captives of Muslims. He even went so far as to offer his very self as a substitute so that others could be set free. As such he fully lived the message in today’s Gospel :

Sell what you possess and give alms. Make to yourselves bags which grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not: where no thief approacheth, nor moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Ave Maria! St. Peter Nolasco, Confessor – Mass: EF, Iustus Ut Palma Readings: 1st: 1co 4:9-14 – Gsp: luk 12:32-34

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