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Homily

Jul 25 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St. James the Apostle

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Homily #140725 ( 07min) Play - Father preaches on St. James the Apostle and how Our Lord used him to teach us humility.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. James – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 4:7-15
Resp: psa 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Gsp: mat 20:20-28

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Jul 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Are You Ready to be a Martyr?

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Homily #140725n ( 08min) Play -The first of the Apostles to be martyred was St. James the Greater whom we celebrate today. Fr. Maximilian reflects on a question his mother asked him as he was preparing to enter religious life: Are you ready to be a martyr? While St. James won the crown of a red (a.k.a. bloody) martyrdom, all Christians are called to be martyrs, which means witnesses, and can take the form of the daily “white martyrdom.” A primary way this martyrdom is lived, and which the Holy Father  lives it and is calling us to live it, is selfless service to those around us, especially those under us, for when we lower ourselves, we draw close to Jesus who came to serve and not to be served.
P.S. Let us keep in prayer our brothers in the Middle East as they face the red martyrdom as well.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. James – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 4:7-15
Resp: psa 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Gsp: mat 20:20-28

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Jul 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Greatest Sign of Love

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140723n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the life of St. Bridget of Sweden, and focuses on her intense meditations on the passion of Jesus. He asks why we give so much focus on what looks like a altogether unfortunate event? The answer is that the Sufferings of Jesus are the greatest sign of Love offered to us by God, and that  by meditating on the sorrows of Jesus, we learn how to accept and benefit from our own sufferings which Father compares to the plowing which prepares the soil of our souls for the grace of God. Let us welcome the action of God in our lives as He prepares and purifies us for eternity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Birgitta – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 1:1, 4-10
Resp: psa 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
Gsp: mat 13:1-9

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Jul 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Penitent of the Gospel

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140722n ( 06min) Play – Today is the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, the penitent of the Gospels. Father Matthias goes over with us the meaning of penance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and encourages us to do penance for both our sins and for the sins of others, especially those are depending on us and our penance for the grace to save their souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: mic 7:14-15, 18-20
Resp: psa 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 12:46-50

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Jul 22 – Homily – Fr Benedict: St. Mary Magdalene

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140722 ( 12min) Play - St. Mary Magdalene teaches us by the purity of her perfect contrition and love how we, too, may console the Heart of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: mic 7:14-15, 18-20
Resp: psa 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 12:46-50

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Jul 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A True Son of St. Francis

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Homily #140721n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian speaks on today’s Franciscan saint, showing that St. Lawrence of Brindisi was a true son of Saint Francis. Let us imitate, if not his particular call, his generosity in answering God’s Call.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence of Brindisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: mic 6:1-4, 6-8
Resp: psa 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 12:38-42

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Jul 21 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Homily #140721 ( 08min) Play - On the Franciscan Doctor of the Church whose love of God brought him great success as a preacher and scholar.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence of Brindisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 8:9-16
Resp: psa 67:2, 3, 7-8
2nd: 2co 5:14-21
Gsp: luk 9:1-6

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Mahan: The Wheat and The Weeds

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Homily #140720j ( 21min) Play – A humble person does not think less of himself, but of himself less.

Let us consider the blessings of the Holy Eucharist and how humility triumphs over the sin of pride.

Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Art of Prayer

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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Homily #140720n ( 14min) Play – St. Paul speaks to us in the second reading about our weakness in prayer, and the Holy Spirit’s role in it. Father Matthias takes this theme up and gives an overview of the “Art of Christian Prayer”, pulling from the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teachings of St. Alphonsus Ligouri. Firstly he speaks of prayer as a battle, secondly, of why some prayers are granted but others are not, thirdly, the necessity for true Christian meditation and what we should meditate upon (meanwhile differentiating between true Christian prayer and faddish forms of Eastern Meditation). He emphasizes with St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Doctor of the Church on Moral Theology, who teaches: “Those who pray will be saved and those who do not will be damned!”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Giles: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140720a ( 15min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 19 – Homily – Fr Matthias: They That Work By Me, Shall Not Sin

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140719n ( 05min) Play – Father Matthias quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, showing that while in today’s Gospel, we see the Pharisees seeking to kill Jesus, the real blame for His death falls not on the Jews, but upon you and me, and He did it out of love for us. However, a True Devotion to Mary is opposed to sin, so let us cultivate a devotion to Her so that She may expunge sin from our lives, for as the liturgy quotes the book of Sirach in relation to Our Lady, “They that work by me, shall not sin.”

Quoted text from CCC 598:
We must regard as guilty all those who continue to relapse into their sins. Since our sins made the Lord Christ suffer the torment of the cross, those who plunge themselves into disorders and crimes crucify the Son of God anew in their hearts (for he is in them) and hold him up to contempt. And it can be seen that our crime in this case is greater in us than in the Jews. As for them, according to the witness of the Apostle, “None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” We, however, profess to know him. And when we deny him by our deeds, we in some way seem to lay violent hands on him. (Roman Catechism I, 5, 11; cf. Heb 6:6; 1 Cor 2:8)

Ave Maria!

Mass: Saturday in the 15th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 2:1-5
Resp: psa 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14
Gsp: mat 12:14-21

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Jul 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Charity and Sacrifice

Friday, July 18th, 2014
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Homily #140718n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian demonstrates how today’s saint in his charity for the poor and suffering lived out the words of scripture “I desire mercy and not sacrifice.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Camillus de Lellis – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 15th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: isa 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8
Resp: isa 38:10, 11, 12,16
Gsp: mat 12:1-8

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Jul 06 – Homily – Fr Tito: A View From the Mountain of Humility

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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Homily #140706t ( 07min) Play – Listen here to a homily on humility by Fr. Tito.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 9:9-10
Resp: psa 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
2nd: rom 8:9, 11-13
Gsp: mat 11:25-30

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Jun 29 – Homily – Fr Tito: Sts. Peter and Paul

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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Homily #140629t ( 08min) Play – Listen as Fr. Tito gives a homily on today’s Solemnity, “Sts. Peter and Paul”.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Peter and Paul – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 12:1-11
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 2ti 4:6-8, 17-18
Gsp: mat 16:13-19

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Jul 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Mother Help Us!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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Homily #140716n ( 04min) Play – On this Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Father Maximilian comments on the numerous aids to our salvation which Our Lady has acquired for us out of Her Maternal solicitude.  Let us gratefully take up the Rosary, wear the Brown Scapular, and gratefully incorporate all these helps towards our salvation that Mary, our Mother and Advocate, has given us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 15th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: isa 10:5-7, 13-16
Resp: psa 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15
Gsp: mat 11:25-27

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