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Archive for February, 2013

Through the Cross

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Let us do penance and suffer with Christ :

Although the cross especially before Christ’s passion was in itself a horrible thing, it is nevertheless something to be sought after because it is the source of life. All men seek and long for eternal life. There is no one steeped in sin who would not say that he desires and seeks eternal life. Yet these men do not seek it the way they should because they want to have it along with their vices and the defilements of their sins.

Dear Friends, that is not the way to eternal life. The way to eternal life is through Christ, through the cross, through battle and victory over our enemies. Viewed on the surface of things the cross strikes us with terror, but viewed in proper perspective it is desirable. Viewed superficially the cross appears as the tree of death, but to one who views it in depth the mystery of the cross shines forth as the tree of life because of him who hung upon it. Since it is the source of life it gives life by infusing grace. In the epistle to the Romans we read: The wages of sin is death; the gift of God is eternal life. The cross is the tree of life-giving grace which makes us new men in Christ and brings us to repentance.

What kind of wood is it that has the power to bring man from a barren desert to a verdant garden, from death to life? It is the wood of Christ’s cross. Why did the Son of God suffer for men and not for angels? Because man is capable of doing penance, an angel is not. For man it is the wood which bears fruit through the moisture it receives from water, that is, the grace that brings one to do penance. (more…)

Best moments of Benedict XVI’s pontificate

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Ave Maria! Pope Benedict’s Pontificate in less than two minutes.

Feb 28 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Two Kinds of Men, Two Kinds of Hearts

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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Homily #130228 ( 04min) Play – Fr. Ignatius explains there are two kinds of men: those who trust in men, and those who trust in God. Ave Maria!

Mass: Thursday of the Second Week in Lent – Ferial – Form: EF, Deus In Adiutorium
Readings: 
1st: jer 17:5-10
Gsp: luk 16:19-31

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Feb 28 – Homily – Fr Elias: Setting our Sights on Heaven

Thursday, February 28th, 2013
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Homily #130228b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias on the parable of the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus. Father explains how the Lazarus kept his sights on heaven and this is why he got to heaven and the rich man lived for this world and received his reward here but paid for all his uncharitable neglect of others in the next life. He also links this to the miracle of the resurrection of the other man named Lazarus and how great miracles often do not move those hardened in sin.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 17:5-10
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 16:19-31

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Last General Audience of Pope Benedict XVI

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ave Maria! Farewell dear Holy Father Benedict! We will miss you!

Text of English address:

“Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I offer a warm and affectionate greeting to the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors who have joined me for this, my last General Audience. Like Saint Paul, whose words we heard earlier, my heart is filled with thanksgiving to God who ever watches over his Church and her growth in faith and love, and I embrace all of you with joy and gratitude. During this Year of Faith, we have been called to renew our joyful trust in the Lord’s presence in our lives and in the life of the Church. I am personally grateful for his unfailing love and guidance in the eight years since I accepted his call to serve as the Successor of Peter. I am also deeply grateful for the understanding, support and prayers of so many of you, not only here in Rome, but also throughout the world. The decision I have made, after much prayer, is the fruit of a serene trust in God’s will and a deep love of Christ’s Church. I will continue to accompany the Church with my prayers, and I ask each of you to pray for me and for the new Pope. In union with Mary and all the saints, let us entrust ourselves in faith and hope to God, who continues to watch over our lives and to guide the journey of the Church and our world along the paths of history. I commend all of you, with great affection, to his loving care, asking him to strengthen you in the hope which opens our hearts to the fullness of life that he alone can give. To you and your families, I impart my blessing. Thank you!”

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Video – Peacefully Pray for the Conclave – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts194

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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MaryCast Specials #194 ( 06min) Play – Dr. Mark Miravalle calls us to pray to Our Holy Mother Mary in peace and trust and joy for the upcoming conclave to elect a new Holy Father.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: mary@motherofallpeoples.com

Ave Maria!

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Feb 27 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Don’t be Discouraged by Your Faults

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
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Homily #130227 ( 05min) Play

Fr. Ignatius encourages us to never be discouraged when we see our failings, for today’s Gospel shows that even after several years of being with Our Lord, the apostles were still more interested in power and prestige than service and suffering for the Gospel. Also, today’s saint, St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, was so vain and attached to the pleasures of life that his decision to enter the Passionists was met with incredulity. But, in a few short years, by faithful observance of his duties, he became a great Saint.Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday of the Second Week in Lent – Ferial – Form: EF, Ne Derelinquas Me
Commemoration of St Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows

Readings: 
1st: est 13:8,15-17
Gsp: mat 20:17-28

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Feb 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Good Repaid with Evil

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
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Homily #130227b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Joachim on how the goodness of the prophets and Our Lord were repaid with evil. Jesus tells us that he allows this to enable us to grow in holiness, for it is in suffering that we grow in virtue.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 18:18-20
Resp: psa 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Gsp: mat 20:17-28

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Feb 26 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Call No Man Father

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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Homily #130226 ( 05min) Play

Our Lord teaches us in today’s Gospel the difference between legitimate and illegitimate spiritual authority – and the difference may surprise you!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday of the Second Week in Lent – Ferial – Form: EF, Tibi Dixit
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 17:8-16
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Feb 26 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Thinking of Ourselves Less

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013
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Homily #130226b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the need for humility and modesty in religious observance. By not doing this the Pharisees failed to please God and made religion a burden to their fellow man. Humility consists in a true idea of what we are, thinking neither to highly of ourselves not too lowly, and, in general, thinking about ourselves less often, to not be preoccupied with ourselves.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 1:10, 16-20
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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I Give Myself to God

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

I give myself to God. Here is my body. Take it. Here is my blood. Take it. Here is my soul, my will, my energy, my strength, my property, my wealth – all that I have. It is Yours. Take it! Offer it! Offer it with Thyself to the Heavenly Father in order that He, looking down on this Great Sacrifice, may see only Thee, His Beloved Son, in Whom He is well pleased.

Transmute the poor bread of my life into Thy Divine Life; thrill the wine of my wasted life into Thy Divine Spirit; unite my broken heart with Thy Heart; change my cross into a Crucifix.

Let not my abandonment, and my sorrow, and my bereavement go to waste. Gather up the fragments, and as the drop of water is absorbed by the wine at the Offertory of the Mass, let my life be absorbed in Thee; let my little cross be entwined with Thy great Cross, so that I may purchase the joys of everlasting happiness in union with Thee. (more…)

Feb 25 – Homily – Fr Elias: Be Merciful as God is Merciful

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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Homily #130225b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the Mercy of God and how to imitate Him in this, not condemning others. This does not mean that we should not judge, in the sense of discerning that a particular action is morally good or not, for that would mean shutting down our intellects and failing to be concerned for our neighbor. Rather we should not condemn, but out of love, try to  bring people back to the will of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 9:4-10
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: luk 6:36-38

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Feb 25 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: You Shall Die in Your Sins

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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Homily #130225 ( 04min) Play

Fr. Ignatius shows how Holy Mother Church reminds us in today’s readings to keep our eyes and hearts on heaven and not be consumed by the transient things of the world lest we hear the words of Our Lord “You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore … you shall die in your sins.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday of the Second Week in Lent – Ferial – Form: EF, Redime Me
Readings: Dan. 9:15-19, John 8 : 21-29

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Feb 24 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: God Wants You To Become A Saint

Sunday, February 24th, 2013
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Homily #130224 ( 10min) Play – Fr. Ignatius explains how God wills that we become saints by continually climbing the holy mountain. If we’re not striving forward, we’re falling backward because the spiritual life does not have level ground.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Second Sunday in Lent – 1st Cl – Form: EFReminiscere Miserationum
Readings: 
1st: 1th 4:1-7
Gsp: mat 17:1-9

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Feb 24 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Transfigurations Toward Salvation

Sunday, February 24th, 2013
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Homily #130224b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Joachim preaches on the Transfiguration of Our Lord and how this relates to the three transformations of our lives from a natural mode of operation to a supernatural one in the process of being saved. The first is at baptism when we are given sanctifying grace and enter into the mystical body of Christ, the Church. The second is the penances that we undertake during our lives, carrying our cross in the footsteps of Christ, to wean ourselves from concupiscence and the final is at death when we are purged and transfigured into our glorified bodies to share in Christ’s glory.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 2nd Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 15:5-12, 17-18
Resp: psa 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
2nd: phi 3:17-4:1
Gsp: luk 9:28-36

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