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Bloomington, IN

Oct 31 – Homily – Fr Alan: Becoming Hallowed

Friday, October 31st, 2014
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Homily #141031b ( 10min) Play – On All Hallows Eve, that is Halloween or the Eve of the Solemnity of All Saints Day, Fr. Alan points out all the pointers toward becoming saints contained in today’s readings. We must focus primarily on the need to ask for God’s grace and then to cooperate with that grace.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 1:1-11
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 14:1-6

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Oct 30 – Homily – Fr Joachim: We are the Household of God

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Homily #141030b ( 04min) Play – Fr. Joachim on how we are merely travelers in this world. Our true home is God’s Household in heaven in which we are called to dwell for all eternity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday in the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 6:10-20
Resp: psa 144:1, 2, 9-10
Gsp: luk 13:31-35

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Oct 29 – Homily – Fr Alan: Possibility not Probability

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
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Homily #141029b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Alan on the Gospel message that only a few will be saved and that we must strive to enter the narrow gate. He says we must not focus so much on probability, as if it is a blind  lottery with a slim chance of winning, but rather on the need to strive to enter, knowing that is is difficult and thus needs effort, but is nevertheless possible. This effort should be focused on becoming humble and childlike in the eyes of God, asking for His grace which was won on the Cross, and this requires the greatest effort all.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday in the 30th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 6:1-9
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 13-14
Gsp: luk 13:22-30

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Oct 28 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Apostles of Christ

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Homily #141028b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim preaches on the life of the apostles Simon and Jude and the role of Apostles in proclaiming the Gospel of Christ, giving witness to Truth.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts Simon and Jude – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 2:19-22
Resp: psa 19:2-3, 4-5
Gsp: luk 6:12-16

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Oct 26 – Homily – Fr Alan: The Old and the New

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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Homily #141026b ( 17min) Play – New remains hidden in the old. And the old is revealed in the new. Fr. Alan explains this in the context of today readings where Jesus responds to the Pharisees with, You shall love your God as … and your neighbor as yourself. These are all related by the analogy of faith where the Old Testament is related to the New and the justice of God is related to the love and mercy of God and the Love we should have for God is related to what we should have for our neighbor.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 22:20-26
Resp: psa 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
2nd: 1th 1:5-10
Gsp: mat 22:34-40

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Oct 25 – Homily – Fr Elias: Saturday Devotion to Mary

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Homily #141025b ( 17min) Play – Fr. Elias explains why we have special devotion to Mary on Saturdays. Mary waited with faith on the Saturday between Her Son’s death on Good Friday and His rising on Easter Sunday even when the apostles had lost faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 4:7-16
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: luk 13:1-9

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Oct 24 – Homily – Fr Elias: The Great Sacrifice of Mass

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Homily #141024b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Elias on the large number of Catholics who do not go to Church and how this is a result of people not appreciating the importance of Mass as the unbloody re-presentation of Calvary, the great sacrifice of the Son of God for the removal of our sins, which enables us to live with Him for all eternity in heaven. He also explains the ad orientum position relative to the altar that he uses during Mass.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony Mary Claret – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 4:1-6
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:54-59

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Oct 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. John Paul II and Marian Consecration

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141022b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias for the feast day for St. John Paul II, gives an account of the influence of his life especially regarding Marian devotion which was inspired by his fellow country man and contemporary St. Maximilian Kolbe. Father specifically focuses on consecration to the Mary and even as a fourth vow in religious life, first approved by him when he erected the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a pontifical institute.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Paul II – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 3:2-12
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:39-48

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Oct 21 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Fighting Hate with Grace

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
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Homily #141021b ( 05min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of Bl. Josephine Leroux, virgin and martyr during the French Revolution. She was condemned to death for the horrible crime of being a Poor Claire nun. Listen how in contrast to the radical hate of the atheists, she returned kindness and graciousness.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Josephine Leroux – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 2:12-22
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: luk 12:35-38

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Oct 20 – Homily – Fr Alan: How does one Possess?

Monday, October 20th, 2014
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Homily #141020b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Alan Bernardino Wharton gives his first homily at Bloomington after having arrived from our mission in Brazil. He reflects on the need to be detached from things that we possess based on the account in the Gospel of the man who asked Jesus if He could tell his brother to give him a share in the inheritance. Father points out that it is not so much of how much we possess or how little, but that we don’t cling to what we have in our abundance nor crave for more in our poverty.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Paul of the Cross – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 2:1-10
Resp: psa 100:2, 3, 4, 5
Gsp: luk 12:13-21

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Oct 19 – Homily – Fr Elias: God’s will be Done

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
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Homily #141019b ( 25min) Play – Fr. Elias on how God is so omnipotent that he can work His will through the most unlikely people, including Cyrus the King of Persia, who was the pagan ruler over the Israelites and unexpectedly allowed them to go back to Jerusalem from which they were exiled. This also applied to Caesar in the day of Jesus and any ruler even today. Father ties this together to delineate how government and religion are separate but related and complimentary and how both should be respected. He gives a final exhortation regarding the spiritual practicality of sacramentals.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 45:1, 4-6
Resp: psa 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
2nd: 1th 1:1-5
Gsp: mat 22:15-21

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Oct 18 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Luke, Marian Evangelist

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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Homily #141018b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Elias  on the Gospel according to St. Luke whose feast day it is today. He focuses on the Marian dimension of the Good News of which Luke focuses on more than the other Evangelists that God has become man through a woman, one of our own, the one foretold in Genesis, the first book of the Bible in the Proto-Gospel, “And I will establish a feud between thee and the woman, between thy offspring and hers; she is to crush thy head, while thou dost lie in ambush at her heels.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Luke the Evangelist – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ti 4:9-17
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
Gsp: luk 10:1-9

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Oct 17 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Ignatius, Witness of Faith

Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Homily #141017b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Joachim gives an account of the life and martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr, and how he taught his congregation to sing just as St. John, his direct mentor, had heard the heavenly choirs sing during his visions which he recorded in the book of the Apocalypse. Father recounts how he stood up to the emperor Trajan even at the cost of being thrown to the wild beasts in Rome.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Antioch – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 1:11-14
Resp: psa 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Gsp: luk 12:1-7

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Oct 15 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Reform Starts with Self

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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Homily #141015b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Theresa of Avila, who carried out a vigorous reform of the Carmelite Order and how it started with a reform of her own life, embracing a penitential life. Her spiritual writings earned her the title of Doctor of the Church, first woman to do so.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa of Jesus – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:18-25
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 11:42-46

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Oct 14 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Faith and Love v. Law

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Homily #141014b ( 05min) Play – Based on the first reading from Paul, Fr. Joachim preaches on the need to be justified by faith and love rather than follow the minutia of the law whether it be the Jewish Law or even the Catholic Law. Without love of God and neighbor and faith, we will not be saved.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Callistus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:1-6
Resp: psa 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
Gsp: luk 11:37-41

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