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Archive for March, 2010

Victory Out Of Apparent Defeat

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Ave Maria Meditations

It is strange that the most definitive triumph in man’s history should have appeared to those who witnessed it as an utter defeat. Almost everything on Calvary seemed to spell failure for him who had been put to death so ignominiously. The tortured body of Christ was hanging limply from the cross, his head bowed in death. His enemies were taking a last, satisfied look at his lifeless figure, and were congratulating each other on what appeared to be their complete victory. His Apostles, acting like a small band of defeatists, were hiding behind the barred doors of the Cenacle. (more…)

FiNews – Marian Symposium, La Crosse, Aug 21

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Mark your calendars!!

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the  Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici, present:

A MARIAN SYMPOSIUM
MARY: COREDEMPTRIX, MEDIATRIX, ADVOCATE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
La Crosse, Wisconsin

HIS EMINENCE LUIS CARDINAL APONTE MARTINEZ – Archbishop Emeritus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

HIS EXCELLENCY ARCHBISHOP RAYMOND L. BURKE – Prefect, Apostolic Signatura, Rome

MSGR. ARTHUR B. CALKINS – Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Mariologist

DR. MARK I. MIRAVALLE – Franciscan University of Steubenville, President of Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici

MC: DREW MARIANI – Journalist and Talk Show Host, Relevant Radio

More Information and Registration.

Irena Sendler, a Catholic hero

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Mar 31 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: A Well Trained Tongue

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
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Homily #100331 ( 08min) Play – In Issiah the prophet talks bout the need to have a well trained tongue and this is what Jesus demonstrates in his merciful dealing with Judas in today’s Gospel. Fr. Bonaventure exhorts us to have similar compassion on our fellow men by having compassion on Our Lord and Lady in their passion.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: Isa 50:4-9
R: Ps 69:8-10,21-22,31-34
G: Mt 26:14-25

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Video – Roving Reporter #107: Bosco ai Frati

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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Roving Reporter #107 – Renaissance Art at its best at Bosco ai Frati ( 05 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Recently, Friar Terrance had the privilege of visiting the ancient Franciscan convent of Bosco ai Frati (which literally translates as “the wood(s) of the friars”), located in the central part of Italy. The history of the convent is fascinating and very rich, as are the treasures contained within its walls, and we hope you’ll enjoy this brief but interesting video of a famous convent which the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate currently occupy.

Ave Maria!

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Photos from the Ordinations in Florence

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Ave Maria!

More photos from the Ordinations for the FIs in Florence from Rinascimento Sacro. You can view all 386 the photos here.

The Eight new priests are:

Fr. Gabriele M. Insam
Fr. Gabriel M. Udogu
Fr. Johannes Jeremy M. Salise
Fr. Bernard M. Salter
Fr. Angelomaria Massimiliano Lozzer
Fr. Jean-Francois M. Coudjofio
Fr. Agostino M. Togbe
Fr. Donato M. Donadello

Note: This is a Novus Order Mass!

Carabiniere in formal uniform. Wow!
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The Cardinal surrounded by the ordinands
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Prostration during the singing of the Litany
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Imposition of the hands
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Donning of the sacred vestments
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Anointing of the hands
“Consecrare et sanctificare digneris, Domine, manus istas per istam unctionem
et nostram benedictionem … ut quaecumque benedixerint, benedicantur, et quaecumque
consecraverint, consecrentur et sanctificentur, in nomine Domini nostri Iesu Christi”
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Handing over of the chalice and the patent:
“Accipe potestatem sacrificium Deo offerre…”
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“… Missasque celebrare, tam pro vivis, quam pro defunctis”
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The new preists
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Singing of the Gospel
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The new priests concelebrating their first Mass with the Bishop
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Unfolding of the chasuble
“Accipe Spiritum Sanctum: quorum remiseris peccata, remittuntur eis;
et quorum retinueris, retenta sunt”
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Blessing of the newly ordained at the end of Mass
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The Cardinal returns to the throne to remove the sacred vestments
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Leaving the church
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Group photo in the sacristy
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Please pray for all these new priests. Ave Maria!
Photo credit (C) 2010 FFI for Rinascimento SAcro – all rights reserved.

Mar 30 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: We Crucified Him

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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Homily #100330 ( 04min) Play – As we read the gospel accounts of this week we are saddened because we see our Lord suffering and that it is our own sins which caused this. However, we also have reason to rejoice because by His death we will be made clean and be resurrected to life with Him.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: Isa 49:1-6
R: Ps 71:1-6,15,17
G: Jn 13:21-33,36-38

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Video – No Apologies #122: The Heresy of Pelagianism

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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No Apologies #122 -  ( 05min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Pelagius denied the existence of original sin. All men are born into the world in the exact state that Adam was, and as such are perfectly capable of living a completely sinless life by our own will power. Knowledge of this heresy can be helpful in dealing with those who view infant baptism as unnecessary or un-scriptural.

Ave Maria!

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Mary and the Priestly Ministry

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Ave Maria Meditations

 
 
It is possible for a priest to penetrate His Heart (The Sacred Heart of Jesus) even more deeply if he also enters the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. From the moment of her Immaculate Conception, her response to God, who gave her existence in this pure state, was the total gift of herself to the Creator for whatever He should ask of her. At the moment of the Incarnation, this gift became priestly. She knew the doleful mission of the Messiah from having read of the Prophet Isaiah. She understood that in becoming the Mother of the Man of Sorrows, she would become the Mother of Sorrow. Her response was simply, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word (Lk 1: 38). From then on, her life was one of indescribable suffering because of her union with the Christ-Priest. Apart from Jesus, she might enjoy a serene existence, but she would have no existence apart from Jesus.  

The sufferings occasioned by her maternity included the refusal of the citizens of Bethlehem to receive her at the time of Jesus’ birth, the prophecy of Simeon, the flight into Egypt, the disappearance of Jesus. Then there was the news she received that the Pharisees and the priests threatened Him by their lies and their determination to be rid of Him. Most of all, there was the sight of the tortures inflicted on the Body of her Son and the indescribable agony in Jesus’ soul, an agony she felt within her own soul. Jesus was the cause of them all.

She suffered to the extent that she loved because these sufferings were caused by· her love. The depth of her love was more than we can imagine, and so is the intensity of her martyrdom. She embraced all these sufferings with her whole heart, and in no way would she seek to lessen them because she suffered for Jesus, with Jesus, and for the same intentions of Jesus-for the glory of the Father and the salvation of all men and women, her children.

O Christ, You loved me and You offered Yourself for me! O Mary, you loved me and offered yourself for me! Help me to love you and to offer myself for you and with you, for the Father and for souls!

O thou Mother, fount of love! Touch my spirit from above. Make my heart with thine accord. Make me feel as thou hast felt; Make my soul to glow and melt with love of Christ our Lord

 

Fr. Emile Neubert, SM

(Mary and the Priestly Ministry)

Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Public Witnessing to Christ

Monday, March 29th, 2010
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Homily #100329 ( 08min) Play – Mary Magdalene and the crowds of Jews at Bethany recognized Jesus as the Messiah and gave public witness to this in the Gospel today. Fr Bonaventure focuses on the need to give this public witness of our devotion to the King of Kings especially when he is hated by the powerful of the world.

Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: Isa 42:1-7
R: Ps 27:1-3,13-14
G: Jn 12:1-11

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L’Enfance Du Christ–Meditations on the Hidden Life of Christ (The Holy Family)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Lyrics–The Shepherd’s Farewell (English):

Thou must leave thy lowly dwelling,
The humble crib, the stable bare.
Babe, all mortal babes excelling,
Content our earthly lot to share.
Loving father, Loving mother,
Shelter thee with tender care!

Blessed Jesus, we implore thee
With humble love and holy fear.
In the land that lies before thee,
Forget not us who linger here!
May the shepherd’s lowly calling,
Ever to thy heart be dear!

Blest are ye beyond all measure,
Thou happy father, mother mild!
Guard ye well your heav’nly treasure,
The Prince of Peace, The Holy Child!
God go with you, God protect you,
Guide you safely through the wild!

HOLY FAMILY AND ADORATRION OF THE CHILD

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Collection of masterpieces depicting Holy Family and adoration of the Child by Angels and Saints.

Video – Face of Pro-Life #92: Youth from Holy Family Academy

Sunday, March 28th, 2010
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Face of Pro-Life #92 – Gabriella Velazquez and Sarah Cloutier with Corinn Dahm ( 30min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Gabriella Velazquez and Sarah Cloutier from the Catholic Club at the Holy Family Academy in Baltic, CT. They relate all their pro-life activities which include Pro-Life Coffee Houses which fund Bill Boards, Youth for Life Conferences, 40 Days for Life and their Chastity Club. Most of all, though, they talk about their group trip to the March for Life in DC, all the activities they took part in and the experiences they had there, including the overwhelming size of the crowd that was mostly their age.

Ave Maria!

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Mar 28 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Of Palms and Nails

Sunday, March 28th, 2010
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Homily #100328 ( 27min) Play – Today is Palm Sunday where we start Mass with the Procession of Palms to celebrate the victorious entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem but it ends in recounting the Crucifixion, with Our Blessed Lord being nailed to the Cross. Fr. Bonaventure preaches on the need to persevere in the Love for Our Lord even when others condemn and ridicule Him.
Ave Maria! Mass readings
1: Isa 50:4-7
R: Ps 22:8-9,17-20,23-24
2: Phil 2:6-11
G: Lk 22:14—23:56

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Mar 28 – Homily – Fr Tito: Sin vs Suffering

Sunday, March 28th, 2010
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Homily #100328t ( 01min) Play -Through the Cross Christ opened the gates to the Kingdom of God.
Ave Maria! Mass readings

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