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Archive for August, 2011

Thoughts on Confession, The Sacrament of Penance

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

Confession and the holy fear of God 

When we go to the Sacrament of Penance it will help us very much if we foster the holy fear of God in our souls. To receive the sacrament, attrition (a supernatural but imperfect sorrow, arising from fear of punishment, or ­revulsion from the ugliness of the sin … ) is sufficient. But we will receive much more grace if we impel our soul to a sense of filial fear for having offended an Almighty God who is also Our Father. It will be much easier to pass from this filial attitude to one of genuine contrition, a repentance springing from love, to an attitude of sorrow based on love. Then confession becomes an immense source of grace, a place where love grows constantly stronger. 

Interior life grows in sensitivity and depth if we keep continually before us those truths that reveal to us the foundations of this gift of the Holy Spirit: God’s holiness and our wretchedness, our daily failures, the absolute dependence of the creature on his Creator, the enormity of a single venial sin in the sight of the divine holiness, the ingratitude implied by our lack of generosity in living up to the demands of our vocation . We shall understand better the mystery of sin if above all we develop the habit of considering frequently the Passion of Our Lord. We shall learn to love, and thereby dread committing a single venial sin. When we contemplate the suffering that Christ endured for our sins, the countless sins of all the world, our hope will be strengthened and our contrition intensified, and we shall have a firmer resolve to avoid every deliberate fault.  

The holy fear of God joined to love gives a special strength to the Christian’s life. With it, nothing can make him tremble, for nothing can then separate him from the love of God.The soul is consolidated in the virtue of hope and set free from a false and careless security by maintaining a watchful love against the treacherous lures of temptation.  

Let us ask our Mother Mary, the Refuge of Sinners, to make us understand just how much we lose every time we step aside from the path that leads to her son Jesus, even if our faults are only slight ones.  

Fr. Francis Fernandez

Living Holiness in the World

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

The universal call to holiness 

All Sacred Scripture is a calling to holiness, to the fullness of charity, but Jesus makes it quite explicit in the Gospel: You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.  And Christ is not addressing his words to the Apostles or to just a few of his followers, but to everyone. Saint Matthew makes the point at the conclusion of these discourses that the crowds were astonished at his teaching.  Jesus does not demand sanctity of an exclusive coterie of disciples who accompany him everywhere, but of all who approach him: the multitudes, among whom were mothers of families, laborers, and skilled craftsmen who would stop to hear him after work, children, tax-collectors, beggars and cripples … The Lord calls people to follow him without distinction of state, race or condition.  

Christ speaks to us, to each one in particular, to our neighbors, coworkers or friends in the office or in the Faculty and to those who pass us and each other in the street: Be perfect … he says, and grants us the means and the appropriate graces that will make perfection possible. This is not just advice from the master, but an imperative command. All in the Church, whether they belong to the Hierarchy or are cared for by it, are called to holiness, according to the Apostle’s saying: ‘For this is the will of God, your sanctification’ (l Thes 4:3).   (more…)

FiNews – Air Maria Laid Low by Irene

Monday, August 29th, 2011

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Ave Maria!

We are out of power here at Air Maria after hurricane Irene came through and knocked out power to about half the residents in the state of Connecticut. Our town of Griswold and the surrounding towns have 100% power loss and it could be a full week before it is restored. No definitive estimate has been given.

In the meantime, we are trying to find power whenever we can, using inverters to get power from our cars. We may get tomorrows homily up but there will be none from today and yesterday. All other posting will be reduced as well.

We do have good sized generator and even got it running the night before in a fevered, pitch battle against time, but in the morning when the power went out, the generator started up but the switch gear failed to hook into the generator. So now we are waiting to get an electrician but these, of course, are hard to find when they are so busy restoring power. Our friary only has two days of stored water so hopefully we will back on line soon. Keep us in your prayers.  You will be in ours.

Ave Maria!

 

Video – Variety #155: World Youth Day Moments: Some of the Crowd for Via Crucis

Saturday, August 27th, 2011
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Ave Maria!

These people are gathered in front of the Stations of the Cross. This is only one side of one street, there are more packed streets including the street the Holy Father will pass in his Pope-mobile.

Ave Maria!

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Aug 27 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St Monica Evangelizer

Saturday, August 27th, 2011
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Homily #110827 ( 07min) Play – Fr. Dominic preaches on the life of St. Monica and how she strived to convert her son, St. Augustine, and how we should also strive to convert others.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Monica – Mem – Form: OF

1st: Sirach 26:1-4, 13-16
Gsp: Lk 7:11-17

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Aug 10 – Homily – Rev. John Coughlin, OFM – St. Lawrence, Spiritually Fruitful

Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Homily #110810l ( 11min) Play – On August 10 Rev. John J. Coughlin, OFM preaches at the Guadalupe Shrine at La Crosse on the occasion of the Canon Law Conference on how to be spiritually fruitful. We do this by hating that part of ourselves which is selfish and loving that part that is the image of the Triune God which is self-sacrificing. This is exemplified by none other than Jesus Christ, God the Son and imitated by the martyr St Lawrence, on who’s feast day this homily was given.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence – Feast – Form: OF
Readings:

1st: 2co 9:6-10
Resp: psa 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9
Gsp: joh 12:24-26

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Video – Roving Reporter #123: World Youth Day Moments: Metro Sardines

Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Ave Maria!

Friar Roderic saying hello from the crowded metro in Madrid, Spain during World Youth Day 2011.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Variety #154: World Youth Day Moments: Spanish Girls Singing

Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Variety #154 – Outside the Nunciature ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Today on the 3rd Day of World Youth day, Pope Benedict enters Madrid. This was shot shortly after the Pope reached the Nunciature; the place of where he will stay during his visit to Spain. This stage was across the street from entrance gate where the Holy Father passed.

Ave Maria!

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Aug 26 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Our Lady, Cause of Our Joy

Friday, August 26th, 2011
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Homily #110826 ( 05min) Play – Fr Angelo preaches on the history of this devotion and how it fits with Franciscan Spirituality where we find the cause of our joy in Mary the Mother of God
Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Joys of the BVM – Feast – Form: OF
Readings:

1st: son 2:1-14
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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FI News: AirMaria Crew Member on Flicker

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Photo by Madrid JMJ 2011

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/madrid011/6064499261/sizes/z/in/photostream/

 

Living your Faith in the Public Square

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

Today is the Feast of the Patron of the Third Order of St. Francis, St. Louis the King.  He lived his faith with conviction and publicly.  Here is a meditation on this topic  from a modern Franciscan who is presently the Archbishop of Denver and soon to be the Archbishop of Philadelphia:

“Speak in the light”

Cardinal Henri de Lubac: once wrote that “It is not true … that man cannot organize the world without God. What is true is that, without God, [man] can ultimately only organize it against man. Exclusive humanism is inhuman humanism … ”

Living within the truth means (more…)

Aug 25 – Homily – Computer Malfunction

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
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Fr. Angelo gave the homily today but the computer did not work. It was the Anniversary of the Dedication of Chapel here at Griswold and so was celebrated as a solemnity. In fact it was the tenth anniversary. Hopefully we will get the computer working correctly for tomorrow.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Common of the Dedication of a Church – Form: EF, Terribilis
Readings:

1st: rev 21:2-5
Gsp: luk 19:1-10

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Video – Fi News #116: Catholic Radio in Bloomington Indiana

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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Ave Maria!

Our newest radio station, With Our Mother Blest, in Bloomington, IN – WOMB 89.9 FM Ellettsville (the community of license) – is now on the air at full power! In fact, it was cranked up to full power a few weeks ago, but we have been so busy with three AirMaria road trips for conferences and then to World Youth Day in Madrid, that we have not been able to get this post up until now.

This is the 3rd radio station on the air belonging to our AirMaria Radio Network, the first being Holy Virgin Mary Radio, 91.9 FM Owego, NY, and the second being CorMariae, WPMW 88.5 FM Bayview, MA.

We are still fighting to find a tower location for Holy Name of Mary Radio, WHNM 89.5 FM Pawcatuck, CT.

With Our Mother Blest, WOMB 89.9 FM, is a very strategically located radio station because it reaches the 42, 000 college students and 3,000 professors that are at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. Simply put, for the first time Catholic radio content will be delivered via this station to one of the major intellectual centers of the United States and of the world.

We are currently an EWTN repeater, rebroadcasting the EWTN Radio satellite feed 24/7 with our own top of the hour ID’s chiming in every hour to comply with FCC regulations, but we plan to build our own studio at the new friary in the winter and to begin to add more of our own content as we become more capable.

Ave Maria!

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Aug 24 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Apostolicity

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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Homily #110824 ( 07min) Play – Apostolic succession through our Bishops going all the way back to St Peter – our guarantee that the teachings of the Church are the teachings of Christ Himself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bartholomew, Apostle – 2nd Cl – Extraordinary Form: Mihi Autem
Readings:

Epistle: 1Cor 12:27-31
Gospel: Luke 6:12-19

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St Rose of Lima: the importance of the cross in our lives

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

This is found in the Divine Office but is worthy of posting. St. Rose’s feast day is August 23rd

Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven…

Our Lord and Savior lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: “Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. (more…)