Home
of AirMaria
Homilies
Various Priests
Conferences
Various
Standing Fast
Fr Angelo Geiger
Ave Maria Meditations
JosephMary, FTI
Marycast
Dr Mark Miravalle
Tour of the Catechism
Fr. Dan Mahan
Fatima Reflections
Fr. Joseph Michael McShane
No Apologies
Fra Joseph Mary
Roving Reporter
Fra Roderic and Others
Month of Mary
Our Ladys Chapel
A Day With Mary
Various
Fi News
Various Friars
General News
Various Friars
The Cornerstone
Fr Maximilian Dean
Marian Shrines of the World
Fr. Andre Feain
Variety
Various Other Series
Immaculate Music
Various Musicians
Mission Down Under
Aussie Friars

 





Archive for December, 2012

Dec 31 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Mystery of Christmas in the Eucharist

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121231 ( 04min) Play – Fr. Dominic explains the Christmas mystery in the Eucharist, and encourages us to blossom in virtue and holiness as we receive Our Lord, who deigns to dwell not just with us, but in us. Ave Maria!

Mass: 7th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:18-21
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 11-12, 13
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

Audio (MP3)

+++

Dec 31 – Homily – Fr Elias: Consecrated in the Truth

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121231b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Elias on the last day of 2012 preaches on how Christians are consecrated in the truth because we are following Him who is Truth Incarnate and the Church is the Mystical Body of truth. Anti-Christ is opposed to Truth and so is opposed to the Church. So let us grow into our fulfillment in grace by embracing the Truth and His Church in this coming year and on our entire journey to eternity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:18-21
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 11-12, 13
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

Audio (MP3)

+++

The Child and His Mother

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

“And going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His Mother and they fell down and worshiped Him”  (Mt. 2:11)

Sometimes when I consider how I Have failed God in my life– in ways small and large–and continue to do so now even daily. I fail in love and charity and in my duties and sometimes I can almost feel a discouragement want to creep in. Yet I know that the mercy of God is greater than all my sins. I know Our Lord has repaired for them and makes intercession for me, for me who continues to not correspond with graces given in so many ways.

And knowing that I have indeed deserved chastisement, it would seem logical for punishment to be due and I can almost fear that. But then I can look on a Crucifix and see the extent of love for souls there; the love for my soul there. Yet there is also another way to see Our Lord and it is not a way intimidating or scary. The One who has invited us to come to Him for He is meek and humble of Heart, came to us as a baby. A baby! And how scary is a baby? One wants to hold and cuddle them. They are dependent. Our Precious Lord who comes to us now under the form of Bread, first came to us as a Baby! Such a Christmas thought! It astounds the heart.

Here are some of St. Bernard’s thoughts on this idea:

O Little One desirable to little ones! O Little One truly! But only little in malice, not in wisdom. Let us endeavor to become like this Little One. Let us learn of Him because He is “meek and humble of heart.” Otherwise the great God will have become a Little One in vain, in vain will have died, in vain will have endured the cross. Let us learn His humility, let us imitate His meekness, let us respond to His charity, let us share in His sufferings, let us cleanse ourselves in His Blood. (more…)

Dec 30 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Model for a Happy Family

Sunday, December 30th, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121230 ( 10min) Play – Fr. Dominic explains that at the root of society is the family, and often today the removal of God is leading to its destruction. Thankfully we look to the Holy Family at Nazareth as a model for happiness in the family and of a healthy society. Ave Maria!

Mass: Holy Family – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 3:2-6, 12-14
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
2nd: col 3:12-21
Gsp: luk 2:41-52

Audio (MP3)

+++

Dec 29 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Jesus Did Not Have Faith

Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121229 ( 03min) Play – Fr. Ignatius explains that Jesus did not have the virtue of faith, yet He did provide one perfect model of this virtue.. Ave Maria!

Mass: 5th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:3-11
Resp: psa 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Gsp: luk 2:22-35

Audio (MP3)

+++

Dec 29 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Following the Word

Saturday, December 29th, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121229b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on how we need to keep the word of God, following the Lord’s commandments. This is how we know that He lives in us. Father explains why we often do not follow in the way of Christ due to the high cost but how it most definitely worth it.

Ave Maria!
Mass: 5th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:3-11
Resp: psa 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Gsp: luk 2:22-35

Audio (MP3)

+++

Holy Innocents

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

“A Voice is Heard in Ramah: Rachel Weeping for Her Children.” (cf Mt 2:18)

On Wednesdays in the town where I live the Stericycle truck comes to the abortion facility to gather the bodies of the aborted children.  And on the two abortion days those who are praying there watch the young women go into that place of death having chosen an irreversible decision that will remain with them the rest of their lives. We pray for them. We pray they will change their minds at the last moment. Sometimes that happens. Or we pray that they will come to a place of healing and forgiveness in Christ when the full impact of what has happened dawns on them. And they cry.

+

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 they died in the place of Christ. How many infants there were in Bethlehem and the surrounding area is hard to say. It may have been up to 100. In Jesus’ day human life was cheap. St. Matthew is the only writer to record this event for history.

With the coming of Christ new value is placed on human life. Christ reveals man to himself. In Christ we are made aware that each and every human being is made in the image and likeness of God; that each and every human being is unique, precious and unrepeatable. Each and every human being has an eternal destiny to be with God in Heaven. But a decline in the practice of the Christian faith has led to increasing attacks on human life in our society today. (more…)

A Signal for the New Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Ave Maria! As a rebroadcaster of the EWTN Radio (actually WEWN shortwave) on our three FM radio stations, we would like to honor Mother Angelica for making such rebroadcasting possible on the 20th Anniversary of the start of WEWN in Alabama. Thank you also for all our benefactors who have made the rebroadcasts at our individual stations a reality – Deo Gratias

20 Yrs Ago Mtr. Angelica Starts EWTN Radio

A Signal for the New Evangelization (601)

With 215 stations now broadcasting and further expansion planned, EWTN Radio celebrates its 20th anniversary.

BY TIM DRAKE 12/28/2012 Comment

ON THE AIR. Mother Angelica and the late Piet Derksen, a Dutch businessman, devout Catholic and philanthropist who helped Mother Angelica launch EWTN’s worldwide shortwave operation, WEWN, in 1992. EWTN Radio is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

– EWTN photo

Mother Angelica may be best known for starting a Catholic television network, but her launch of shortwave radio on Dec. 28. 1992  has also held its own in the work of the new evangelization. EWTN Radio has seen tremendous growth, with 215 stations now on air and new projects in the works.

For the 20th anniversary of EWTN Radio, David Vacheresse, general manager of EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the radio network’s past, present and future.

 

What was Mother Angelica’s inspiration for launching EWTN Radio?

via A Signal for the New Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Dec 28 – Homily – Fr Elias: Baby Martyrs

Friday, December 28th, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121228b ( 06min) Play – Fr. Elias on the Holy Innocents who were killed in Bethlehem in the place of Jesus. Father explains how this is similar (and dissimilar) to the modern shedding of innocent blood in abortion.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Innocents – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 1:5-22
Resp: psa 124:2-3, 4-5, 7-8
Gsp: mat 2:13-18

Audio (MP3)

+++

The Road to Greccio, Italy – YouTube

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The Road to Greccio, Italy – YouTube.

Dec 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Insight of the Resurrection

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121227b ( 06min) Play – Fr. Joachim on  the life of St. John the Evangelist and how the resurrection gave John insight into who Jesus was and was the inspiration to love and serve and spread the word of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 1:1-4
Resp: psa 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
Gsp: joh 20:2-8

Audio (MP3)

+++

Let Us All Adore Him

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Joseph likewise draws near to adore. The earthly shadow of the Eternal Father rests softly on the Child. Joseph draws near, that most hidden of all God’s saints. His soul is an abyss nameless graces, of graces deeper than those from which ordinary virtues spring. We can give no name to the character of his sanctity. We cannot compare him with any other of saints of God. As his office was unshared, so was his grace. It followed the peculiarities of his office; it stood alone.

He stood to Jesus visibly in the place of the Eternal Father. The human soul of Jesus must have regarded him not only with the tenderest love but also with deep reverence and an inexplicable submission. Meek and gentle, blameless and loving as St. Joseph was, it is not possible to think of him without extreme awe, because of that identity with the Eternal Father which belongs to him We cannot describe his holiness, because we have no term of comparison. It was not only higher in degree than that of the saints but it was different in kind. But it was eminently hidden in God.

From “Bethlehem” by Father Faber

Dec 26 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: You Will Suffer, But Don’t Worry

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Click to Play

Homily #121226 ( 04min) Play – On this feast of St. Stephen, the First Martyr, Fr. Ignatius explains how Jesus warns his disciples that they will have much to suffer, but that they should not worry. Ave Maria!

Mass: St. Stephen – The Protomartyr – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 6:8-10, 7, 54-59
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: mat 10:17-22

Audio (MP3)

+++

New York. The Art of the Neapoletan Crèche. Nativity in the World – YouTube

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Ave Maria! St. Francis was the first to do a nativity scene at Greccio. In Naples they have raised this to a fine art.  The whole city gets involved in the major cultural event of the year. I had the joy of attending the mayhem back in 2003 when I was in Italy. Watch and see what St. Francis started.

New York. The Art of the Neapoletan Crèche. Nativity in the World – YouTube.

Bayswater. “Silent night”. A Day With Mary – YouTube

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Bayswater. “Silent night”. A Day With Mary – YouTube.