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Dec 18 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Take Her into Your Home

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Homily #141218 ( 02min) Play – Like St. Joseph, Christians must not be afraid to take Mary into their homes and have an intimate spiritual life with Her.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 18 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 23:5-8
Resp: psa 72:1, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Dec 18 – Homily – Fr Alan: O Lord of the House of Israel

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Homily #141218b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Alan relates today’s readings with the Advent Antiphon of the day which calls Jesus the Lord of the House of Israel.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 18 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 23:5-8
Resp: psa 72:1, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis on the Synod

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217n ( 013min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on Pope Francis’ catechism of December 17th, which was dedicated to the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Matthew & Moses

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217 ( 03min) Play – St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church, explains that St. Matthew imitates Moses in writing the first Gospel and giving the geneology of Jesus Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christ Completes Wisdom

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217b ( 11min) Play – Fr Elias and how we need Jesus Christ in our lives to be complete in our humanity especially in our wisdom since Christ is the wisdom of God. Jesus is the longing of all our desires.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Preparing for the Coming of the Holy One of God

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 “Mary wrapped the child in swaddling cloths. Without yielding to sentimentality, we may imagine with what great love Mary approached her hour and prepared for the birth of her child. Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim (…). The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.

Augustine drew out the meaning of the manger using an idea that at first seems almost shocking, but on closer examination contains a profound truth. The manger is the place where animals find their food. But now, lying in the manger, is he who called himself the true bread come down from heaven, the true nourishment that we need in order to be fully ourselves. This is the food that gives us true life, eternal life. Thus the manger becomes a reference to the table of God, to which we are invited so as to receive the bread of God. From the poverty of Jesus’ birth emerges the miracle in which man’s redemption is mysteriously accomplished.”
(Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, p. 68.)

The Son of God was lovingly carried by His holy virgin Mother for nine months as an unborn child.  When He came into this world a tender and helpless baby, He was laid in a manger of straw–prickly straw.  The One who was to redeem mankind began immediately and the life He was to live was not one filled with comforts or luxury.  But He would know the love of a mother and father, a family.  Mary and Joseph prepared as best they could within their means for the coming child, both spiritually and materially.  Often we prepare materially but spiritually is more difficult for busy-ness and obligation seem to choke out the time we need for quiet, to prepare our hearts and souls for a new dawn in our spiritual lives.  May we find time these remaining days of Advent for extra Masses, for confession, for times given to adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Our faith tells us that He, the Lord, is truly present in the Holy Eucharist; it was faith that brought souls to believe that the Baby, the Boy, the Man Jesus was the Son of God.  Marantha!

Dec 07 – Homily – Fr Mahan: Good News of Christ

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141207j ( 07min) Play – Fr. Daniel Mahan on how our Lord wants to comfort His people during times of distress, that we should avoid getting too wrapped up in the bad news of each day and, instead, focus on the Good News of the Gospel of Christ which brings a peace which the world cannot give.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 40:1-5, 9-11
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: 2pe 3:8-14
Gsp: mar 1:1-8

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Dec 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A Christmas Gift for Jesus

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141216n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the themes of today’s liturgy, which speaks of the purification needed before we can make a gift of ourselves when Our Lord comes. Our Lord tells us who it is that makes this gift of themselves, it is not the ones who say they will and have, but those who actually do turn around, purify themselves (especially through the Sacrament of Penance), and do it. Let us turn around, walk the new way of life in Christ, and actually make ourselves the Christmas gift for Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 3rd Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Dec 16 – Homily – Fr Benedict: Mt 21:28-32 The Parable of the Two Sons

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141216 ( 09min) Play – In the season of Advent, awaiting the coming of Our Lord, let us examine ourselves in both our response to follow the Lord, and the fruits of charity that the Lord expects of us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 3rd Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Dec 16 – Homily – Fr Alan: Being Prepared

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141216b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Alan on how during Advent we should be prepared and renewed in Christ for His coming.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 3rd Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Johannes: The Importance of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Homily #141215m ( 13min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Johannes instills into our hearts the vitality of devotion to the Mother of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queen of the Seraphic Order – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:7-8, 10-14
Resp: psa 45:10, 13-18
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Franciscan Poverty Realized

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Homily #141215n ( 04min) Play – Today at Our Lady’s Chapel, we celebrate the patronal solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of the Seraphic Order. Father comments on the link between the Seraphic Order and Our Lady, telling us that by Franciscan poverty is fully realized by consecrating ourselves to Our Lady as Her Possession and Property, so that all we have may become, through her, the Property and Possession of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queen of the Seraphic Order – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:7-8, 10-14
Resp: psa 45:10, 13-18
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Queen of the Seraphic Order

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Homily #141215 ( 02min) Play – Our Lady is Queen of the Franciscan Order, which means that She is in charge.  Let Her be in charge and let yourselves be led.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queen of the Seraphic Order – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:7-8, 10-14
Resp: psa 45:10, 13-18
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Dec 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christian Joy

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Homily #141214b ( 12min) Play – On Gaudete Sunday Fr. Elias exhorts us to be exemplars of joy and hope in the world and this is true even if we are in the middle of penitential season like Advent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 61:1-2, 10-11
Resp: luk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
2nd: 1th 5:16-24
Gsp: joh 1:6-8, 19-28

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Dec 14 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Gaudete!

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Homily #141214 ( 09min) Play – With two solemn professions today in the Third Order, we have cause for rejoicing!
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 61:1-2, 10-11
Resp: luk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
2nd: 1th 5:16-24
Gsp: joh 1:6-8, 19-28

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