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Aug 01 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St. Alphonsus, Bishop and Doctor

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Homily #150801 ( 05min) Play – Earning his doctorate at 16 and practicing law at 19, St. Alphonsus vowed never to waste any time. As bishop he led his flock with diligent care, founded the Redemptorists, and wrote a multitude of outstanding books on faith and morals, thus leading him to be declared a Doctor of the Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: lev 25:1, 8-17
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
Gsp: mat 14:1-12

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Aug 02 – Homily – Fr Andre: Our Lady Queen of the Angels

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Homily #150802a ( 09min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Andre M. Feain on the readings for the Franciscan Solemnity of Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula, August 2nd 2015.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:1-4, 16, 22-24
Resp: psa 34:5, 7, 9-10, 18-19
2nd: gal 4:3-7
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Video – A Day With Mary #138: Why are we indifferent to Communion with God?

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
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A Day With Mary #138 – Why are we indifferent to Communion with God? ( 11min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Giles speaks on the Eucharist during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Columba Parish in South Perth, Western Australia on 1 August 2015.

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A Priest Meditates about the Holy Mass

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The month of July has traditionally been consecrated and devoted to the Precious Blood of Jesus. To learn the telos (the ends) of the Mass would be a great resolution for this month.  To reveal those goals, I want to show the prayer that every priest (before Vatican II) would pray before the Mass.   It’s in Latin, traditionally, but with the English there, too.  I give here my translation a bit more word-for-word:   I will to celebrate Mass and to confect the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the rite of the Holy Roman Church, unto the praise of the omnipotent God and all the Triumphant Church, for my good and the good of the entire Church Militant, for all who have commended themselves to my prayers—in general and specifically, and for the happy state of the Holy Roman Church.  May the omnipotent and merciful Lord grant us joy with peace, amendment of life, space for true repentance, consolation of the Holy Spirit and perseverance in good works.

Jesus offers Himself in the re-presented sacrifice of Calvary in the Mass. The prayer tells us, in order of importance, the telos of the Mass, taking the italics below from the prayer above.

Here’s the top seven goals of the Mass according to that prayer:

1) The Blessed Trinity: Unto the praise of the omnipotent God.

2) The priest: For my good.

3.) All the Saints: All of the Triumphant Church.

4) All the Catholics on earth: The good of the entire Church Militant.

5) Those who have generally given themselves to the prayers of the priest:  For all who have commended themselves to my prayers—in general.

6) Those who have commended themselves specifically to that priest’s prayers at Mass:  For all who have commended themselves to my prayers…specifically.

7) For the happy state of the Holy Roman Church.

In the last part of the prayer before Mass, I ask God to “grant us joy with peace, amendment of life, space for true repentance, consolation of the Holy Spirit and perseverance in good works.” (more…)

Jul 30 – Homily – Fr Dominic: God Lives in the Church

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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Homily #150730 ( 03min) Play – The Church is where God actually dwells, like when He was with the Israelites in the desert. It is where Jesus lives in the tabernacle and waits to dwell in our hearts.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Peter Chrysologus – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 40:16-21, 34-38
Resp: psa 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11
Gsp: mat 13:47-53

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Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: It is Worth Everything

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Homily #150729n ( 04min) Play – The Kingdom of Heaven is worth every work, sacrifice and suffering we are called to. It takes everything, this one thing only is necessary. And is it through this sacrifice, being “violent” to our self-centeredness and passions, that we grow closer to God, preparing for the day we will be called to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martha, 2nd Option – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 34:29-35
Resp: psa 99:5, 6, 7, 9
Gsp: mat 13:44-46

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Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Martha and Diligence

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Homily #150729 ( 05min) Play – Whether in work or prayer, we strive to do it with diligence for the love of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martha, 2nd Option – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 34:29-35
Resp: psa 99:5, 6, 7, 9
Gsp: mat 13:44-46

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Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Alan: Martha and Mary

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015
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Homily #150729b ( 08min) Play – On the feast day of St. Martha, Fr. Alan compares and contrast St. Martha and St. Mary her sister and how sanctity is achieved in different people with their different temperament. Father exhorts us to see Christ in all of us especially those wit whom we are most familiar.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martha, 2nd Option – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
Gsp: luk 10:38-42

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Keeping the Commandments

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Keeping the Commandments

The Decalogue, the “Ten Words” or Ten Commandments, which comes from the Torah of Moses, is a shining star of faith and morals for the people of God, and it also enlightens and guides the path of Christians. It constitutes a beacon and a norm of life in justice and love, a “great ethical code” for all humanity. The Ten Commandments shed light on good and evil. on truth and falsehood, on justice and injustice, and they match the criteria of every human person’s right conscience…

The Ten Commandments require that we recognize the one Lord, against the temptation to construct other idols, to make golden calves. In our world there are many who do not know God or who consider Him superfluous, without relevance for their lives; hence, other new gods have been fabricated to whom man bows down. Reawakening in our society openness to the transcendent dimension, witnessing to the one God is a precious service…

The Ten Commandments call us to respect life and to protect it against every injustice and abuse, recognizing the worth of each human person, created in the image and likeness of God. How often, in every part of the world. near and far, the dignity, the freedom, and the rights of human beings are trampled upon! Bearing witness together to the supreme value of life, against all selfishness, is an important contribution to a new world where justice and peace reign, a world marked by that “shalom” which the lawgivers, the prophets, and the sages of Israel longed to see.

The Ten Commandments call us to preserve and to promote the sanctity of the family, in which there personal and reciprocal, faithful and definitive “Yes” of man and woman makes room for the future, for the authentic humanity of each and makes them open, at the same time, to the gift of new life. To witness that the family continues to be the essential cell of society and the basic environment in which human virtues are learned and practiced is a precious service offered in the construction of a world with a more human face.

 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Jul 28 – Homily – Fr Alan: The Great Gift of Life

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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Homily #150728b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Alan discusses great gift of life and to meditate on this and be grateful for this gift as the most appropriate and needed response to the anti-life forces that are epitomized by Planned Parenthood which was brought into relief by the recent revelations.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 17th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 33:7-11, 34:5-9, 28
Resp: psa 103:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 13:35-43

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Penance or Hell

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Homily #150727n ( 04min) Play – Blessed Mary Magdalene of Martinengo was a noble woman who became a Poor Clare at seventeen. However, even as a child she delighted in penance and austerity out of love for Jesus. Jesus tells us that we cannot expect to save our souls unless we do penance in this life (Luke 13:3). As it said above the front door of the friary where Padre Pio did his novitiate: Penance or Hell.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 32:15-24, 30-34
Resp: psa 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Pray and Love God

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Homily #150727 ( 03min) Play – Through prayer, our love for God grows so that we can better serve Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 32:15-24, 30-34
Resp: psa 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Homily #150727b ( 03min) Play – Fr. Joseph on the life of Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 32:15-24, 30-34
Resp: psa 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Hunger For The Eucharist

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Homily #150726 ( 13min) Play – Almighty God is there to provide for all of our needs, body and soul, in abundance.  We should cultivate within ourselves a hunger for the Eucharist, source of grace for our souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ki 4:42-44
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: eph 4:1-6
Gsp: joh 6:1-15

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Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Eucharist and Practical Comments

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Homily #150726n ( 17min) Play – Today’s Gospel reading is a prefigurement of the Eucharist, Father Matthias tells us. Our Lord taught that He is really present in the Eucharist, and didn’t back down when challenged. Likewise, the Church has never backed down on her teaching of transubstantiation, that after the consecration, only the appearance and physical attributes of the bread and the wine remain. The Eucharist is like spiritual food, it sustains and heals us much like physical food sustains us physically, but much more profoundly. A dead body cannot eat normal food, likewise, someone in a state of separation from God (mortal sin) cannot benefit from receiving the Eucharist, but must first receive the Sacrament of Penance. Two practical conclusions of this consideration is that it is better to receive on the tongue and not to receive communion in the hand. The Church’s preference is for communion on the tongue, and communion on the hand is only a concession to widespread disobedience. Also, we should make a thanksgiving after Holy Communion of, preferably, at least 15 minutes, for until the host dissolves, Jesus is really and truly within us. Let us not invite Him in only to ignore His abiding presence.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ki 4:42-44
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: eph 4:1-6
Gsp: joh 6:1-15

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