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Archive for October, 2010

Video – Variety #98: Bsp. Bruskewitz on Excommunication 5/5

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
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Variety #98 – Bsp. Bruskewitz of Lincoln Nebraska ( 09min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias Mills of our Bloomington, Indiana friary recently interviewed the renowned Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska on current issues of faith and Church in America. In this last part of five they discuss:

  • Need for clarification on organ transplants
  • Assisted suicide
  • Excommunication of pro-abortion politicians,
  • Salvific purpose of excommunication
  • Two types of excommunication Latae Sententiae and Ferendae Sententiae
  • Absolution of excommunication
  • Relevance of excommunication for today’s Church

Ave Maria!

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Video – Variety #97: Bsp. Bruskewitz More on Transplants 4/5

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
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Variety #97 – Bsp. Bruskewitz of Lincoln Nebraska ( 09min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias Mills of our Bloomington, Indiana friary recently interviewed the renowned Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska on current issues of faith and Church in America. In this fourth part of five they discuss:

  • Principle that if we should err on the side of safety then we need to be certain that a person is dead, not cut into him when he is still breathing.
  • Meaning of the term ex cadavere
  • Mad scientists, Scary advances in science, Head transplants
  • Scientism, Science has become a religion
  • Ability to advance a science is not a justification to do so, regardless of ethical considerations

Ave Maria!

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Cardinal Designate Raymond Burke on Voting Prolife

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Oct 31 – Homily – Fr Dominic: All Hallows Eve

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
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Homily #101031 ( 08min) Play – Fr. Dominic preaches on the importance of honoring the saints who lived heroic lives in their following in the footsteps of Christ. The saints have very different lives that speak of very different aspects of Christ’s life. We must live our lives well, do our daily duty and offer up our sufferings that our station of life tends to bring.
Ave Maria! – Mass: -Readings:
1st: rev 7:2-4, 9-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: 1jo 3:1-3
Gsp: mat 5:1-12

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Video – Variety #96: Bsp. Bruskewitz on Transplanting Organs 3/5

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
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Variety #96 – Bsp. Bruskewitz of Lincoln Nebraska ( 11min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias Mills of our Bloomington, Indiana friary recently interviewed the renowned Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska on current issues of faith and Church in America. In this third part of five they discuss:

  • Ethical issues of  transplant of major organs and whether “brain death” is real and true death.
  • Is the brain the only organ that holds our soul.
  • Pressure to be donors.
  • Pressure to prematurely declare the donor is dead.

Ave Maria!

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For All the Saints

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Ave Maria Meditations

Holiness of Life

Striving for sanctity is about striving for purity of body and soul.  Essentially this is what it means to become a saint. A saint is a person who has fully surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. This is why the greatest desire that anyone can have in this life is to strive passionately after holiness of life. Today many people have given up on leading a holy life, thinking that the world has gone so far astray that holiness is impossible. This, however, is not the case. (more…)

Oct 31 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Jericho Then and Now

Sunday, October 31st, 2010
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Recording Failed - In today’s Gospel Our Lord brings salvation to Zacheus of Jericho. Fr. Bonaventure preaches on how Jericho is a symbol of sinfulness that has been conquered by Christ’s presence. This place was one of the most ancient cities in the world and was the lowest place below sea level that is inhabited by man and so is a symbol of Hell. The citizens were devotees of the lunar deities and practiced the associated vices, ones that would cause people to loose their mind, becoming literally lunatics.  He connects this with the culture of modern decadent cities using Chapter 2 of the Book of Wisdom and how Christ is needed just as before for bringing the Kingdom of God to these bastions of Satan.
Ave Maria! 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Mass: OF, – Readings:
1st: wis 11:22-12:1
Resp: psa 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13, 14
2nd: 2th 1:11-2:2
Gsp: luk 19:1-10

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Oct 30 – No Homily Today

Saturday, October 30th, 2010
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No Homily Today

Ave Maria! Saturday in the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Mass: OF, – Readings:
1st: phi 1:18-26
Resp: psa 42:2, 3, 5
Gsp: luk 14:1, 7-11

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Video – Variety #95: Bsp. Bruskewitz on Voting and Heresy 2/5

Friday, October 29th, 2010
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Variety #95 – Bsp. Bruskewitz of Lincoln Nebraska ( 11min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias Mills of our Bloomington, Indiana friary recently interviewed the renowned Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska on current issues of faith and Church in America. In this second part of five they discuss:

  • Why Catholics vote for pro-abortion politicians.
  • Mass Media role in moral malaise.
  • Advice for Catholic voters to form conscience and how it this does not mean do whatever you want to do.
  • How Voting is a moral act.
  • Voting strictly on party lines.
  • How high are the “flames of heresy” in the Church today.
  • How the fight against heresy has always strengthened the Church.
  • How being a Bishop is like being a fireman who does not dialogue with a fire.

Ave Maria!

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Oct 29 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: The Ass and the Ox

Friday, October 29th, 2010
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Homily #101029 ( 08min) Play – Our Lord uses the example of the Ox and the Ass in today’s Gospel in reference to whether he should heal a man with dropsy on the Sabbath. He asks, who among you has an ox or ass which if stuck in a cistern would not try to rescue it? Fr. Bonaventure associates the Ox with the Jews who were burdened with the Law of Moses and the Ass to the Gentiles who were rendered unintelligent through sin. Jesus is the saving Sabbath who through the sacrifice of his own Body and Blood saves us from the cistern of sin.
Ave Maria! Friday in the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Mass: OF, – Readings:
1st: phi 1:1-11
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 14:1-6

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Oct 28 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: Foundation Stones, Simon and Jude

Thursday, October 28th, 2010
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Homily #101028 ( 10min) Play – Today is the feast of Sts Simon and Jude and Fr. Bonaventure preaches on the foundation that Our Lord builds from the foundation stones of the Apostles. He covers what is know about these more obscure apostles, how they worked together and won the martyr’s crown in Persia and how St Jude is the patron saint of difficult cases, then on the apostolic nature of the true Church as one of its chief marks of authenticity and how the apostles were given the impossible mission and carried it out with miraculous results.
Ave Maria! Sts Simon and Jude – Mass: OF, – Readings:
1st: eph 2:19-22
Resp: psa 19:2-3, 4-5
Gsp: luk 6:12-16

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Video – Immaculate Music #30: A Concert for Mary, part 1

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
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Immaculate Music #30 – Friars sing the praises of Mary ( 08min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

We hope you enjoy this concert that our friars – primarily those who are studying for the priesthood – recently performed in the town of Comacchio, Italy, at the shrine of Our Lady of the Royal Hall, or “Santa Maria in Aula Regia” in Italian.  Included in the choir are Fra Pio Maximilian, Fra Alan Bernardino (recently ordained to the diaconate), Fra Josemaria Mary, and our own Fra Terrance behind the camera (well, seated in the pews, to be exact).

Ave Maria!

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On Christian Optimism

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Ave Maria Meditations

 

To be realistic in a supernatural way is to rely always on the grace of God.

A great multitude follow Jesus into the desert. They follow him without giving a thought to distance, heat or cold, because their needs are great. They sense that they are welcome. They listen attentively to those words which give meaning to their lives, so attentively that they neglect life’s necessities. They have brought no food to eat and there is no place to buy any food out there. This problem does not seem to have bothered them, nor does it seem to bother Jesus. When the disciples become aware of the situation at dusk, however, they go to the Master and say, This is a lonely place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves. This is a statement of fact which is evident to all. But Jesus knows of a higher reality, of possibilities which even his most intimate disciples cannot discern. And so he answers them, They need not go away; you give them something to eat. The disciples, being keenly aware of their lack of provisions, reply, We have only five loaves here and two fishes.

The disciples see objective reality. They know that this small amount of food will not suffice to feed the multitude.

This is what may happen to us when we take stock of our own strengths and possibilities. The difficulties before us may appear larger than life and beyond our power to influence. Mere human objectivity can lead us to discouragement and pessimism. It can cause us to forget the radical optimism which is part and parcel of the Christian vocation. (more…)

Oct 27 – Homily – Fr Bonaventure: The Number of the Elect

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
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Homily #101027 ( 08min) Play – In today’s Gospel Our Lord talks about the number of the elect, of those who will be saved. Fr. Bonaventure explains that we have much to worry about in this regard since he says the number will be few. This is confirmed by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. He stresses the need to have recourse to the mercy of God through the sacraments of the Church and  lead others to Holy Mother Church to devotion to Christ and His Mother.
Ave Maria! Wednesday in the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Mass: OF, – Readings:
1st: eph 6:1-9
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 13-14
Gsp: luk 13:22-30

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Video – Variety #94: Bsp. Bruskewitz on Vatican II 1/5

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
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Variety #94 – Bsp. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias Mills of our Bloomington, Indiana friary recently interviewed the renowned Bishop Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska on current issues of faith and Church in America.  We are posting them here in a five part series. In the first part, in answering Fr. Elias questions, the bishop relates his thoughts about:

  • His 50 years as a priest and bishop in the Church and all the changes and events in the time.
  • His visits to shrines in Europe and Rome.
  • His 19 years as Bishop of Lincoln.
  • The graces that are ever needed for his office
  • His work with John Paul II and Benedict XVI
  • What these two papacies have done for the Church especially the continuity that they reaffirmed between the post and pre-Vatican II Church
  • The Moto Proprio of Pope Benedict and how it is not at all against Vatican II
  • The unlikelihood of a mixture of the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the liturgy
  • New English translation of the Ordinary Form of the Liturgy
  • How well Catechisis has been carried out in the Post Vatican II era
  • balance needed between doctrine and pastoral and social concerns

Listening to Bsp. Bruskewitz’s clear  insights and answers is refreshing indeed.

Ave Maria!

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