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Mt. St. Francis

Mar 02 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Dominion of God

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140302m ( 18min) Play – Pulling both from today’s Mass readings and from today’s Office of Readings (Job 1:1-22), Fr. John Joseph calls to mind that we are stewards in this world, and we need to use the things of this world for the greatest glory of God. Just like Job, we need to be detached from all things, and recognize that God has dominion over all things. With the approach of the Lenten Season, are we sufficiently prepared to detach ourselves from the world, and attach ourselves to the providence of God?
Ave Maria!
Mass: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:14-15
Resp: psa 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1co 4:1-5
Gsp: mat 6:24-34

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Feb 23 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Revenge – A Dish Best Not Served

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140223m ( 15min) Play – Fr. John Joseph talks about the difficult message in today’s Gospel, calling for us to respond to our enemies with charity, not with revenge. He reminds us that we will be rewarded in heaven for the amount of charity we give, and punished for the vengeance we’ve exacted. With this crucial response to those who hurt us, let us follow Our Lord’s final command in this Gospel message: “Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 19:1-2, 17-18
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2nd: 1co 3:16-23
Gsp: mat 5:38-48

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Feb 22 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Unity with the Chair of St. Peter

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140222m ( 17min) Play – Fr. John Joseph dives into Scripture to explain the great commission given to St. Peter as the “rock” of the Church, and reveals the history of this feast which we celebrate today. He goes on to tell of the great importance of the Papacy, and how the faithful should understand the role of the Vicar of Christ. Finally, he calls for all of us to be unified under the vital governance of our Holy Father.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Chair of St. Peter – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 5:1-4
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 16:13-19

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Jan 28 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Presence of the Lord

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Homily #140128m ( 14min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian reflects on today’s reading from the Second Book of Samuel, mentioning three points of consideration: First, the true Christian will acknowledge the presence of Our Lord, dwelling Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity in the tabernacle, as their life. Second, the Christian will rejoice in this presence of God in the Eucharist, for God intends for it to strengthen us. Lastly, we must unite our sacrifices to the ultimate sacrifice of Our Lord on the Cross. All of these things will not only bring us true joy, but will lead to many eternal blessings. Let us look to Our Lady, who exemplified these reflections so perfectly, and imitate her.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Thomas Aquinas – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 2sa 6:12-15, 17-19
Resp: psa 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Gsp: mar 3:31-35

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Jan 26 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Christ the Light

Sunday, January 26th, 2014
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Homily #140126m ( 24min) Play – Drawing from today’s readings and the Old Testament, Fr. Louis Maximilian helps us to remember that we are a people in darkness, and Christ is our Great Light. This Light that is Christ has three distinct characteristics: It calls us to repentance, It asks for an immediate response, and It heals us both physically and spiritually. Expounding on these themes, he ends by reminding us that we must turn to the Mother of Light, Mary, who takes special watch over the most miserable and indigent souls – the souls most in need of the Light of Her Son.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 8:23-9:3
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
2nd: 1co 1:10-13, 17
Gsp: mat 4:12-23

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Drawing Souls to Christ 2

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Homily #140118m ( 11min) Play – Building on his homily from yesterday, Fr. John Joseph brings Our Lady, Queen of Peace into the mix. He shows that true understanding of our faith requires us to put it into demonstration. We will cause division if we are too critical of others and do not examine ourselves. If there is division, there is no peace, and without peace, there is no unity of all souls under the headship of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 1st Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1
Resp: psa 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mar 2:13-17

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Jan 17 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Drawing Souls to Christ

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Homily #140117m ( 11min) Play – Fr. John Joseph talks about today’s Gospel passage, and calls each of us to reflect on the different people within this miracle narrative. We must learn humility from the paralytic man himself by accepting in charity the help of others. We must have great faith like the friends of the paralytic, who, by the strength of their faith, brought another to Christ. Looking at these examples, as well as that of St. Anthony of the Desert, let us have great faith and draw others, through the Immaculate, to life in Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony of Egypt – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 1st Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 1sa 8:4-7, 10-22
Resp: psa 89:16-17, 18-19
Gsp: mar 2:1-12

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Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Johannes: Four Traits of the Immaculate Heart

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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Homily #120822m ( 12min) Play – Fr. Johannes elaborates the four main traits of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Purity, Humility, Burning with Love, and Pierced by a Sword.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Immaculate Heart of Mary – 2nd Cl – Form: EF, Adeamus Cum Fiducia
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:23-31
Gsp: joh 19:25-27

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Aug 10 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: He That Hates His Life in This World

Friday, August 10th, 2012
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“He that loves his life shall lose it and he that hates his life in this world keeps it unto life eternal. If any man minister to me, let him follow me … If any man minister to me, him will my Father honor.”
John 12:25-26

Fr. Ignatius preaches over this Gospel from today’s feast, and tells us how to “gain our life” for life everlasting.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence, Martyr – 2nd Cl – Form: EF, Confessio Et Pulchritudo
Readings: 
1st: 2co 9:6-10
Gsp: joh 12:24-26

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Aug 09 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: What does is profit a man?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
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Homily #120809m ( 07min) Play – Fr. Ignatius shows that today’s Gospel is a remedy for the desire for all the things of the world which militate against the soul.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Vigil of St. Lawrence, Martyr – 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Dispersit
Readings: 
1st: sir 51:1-8,12
Gsp: mat 16:24-27

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Aug 08 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. John Vianney, Patron and Model of All Priests

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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Homily #120808m ( 08min) Play – Fr. Ignatius identifies three traits of St. John Vianney from the collect of today’s Mass that should be characteristic of all priests.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Mary Vianney, Confessor – 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Os Iusti
Readings: 
1st: sir 31:8-11
Gsp: luk 12:35-40

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Aug 07 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Be Not Anxious

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
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Homily #120807m ( 06min) Play – Drawing from the text of today’s Gospel, Fr. Ignatius comments on the ubiquity of anxiety in our age and suggests the primary reason for it is that many today do not “seek first the kingdom of God and his justice,” that is, the salvation and sanctification of their souls.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cajetan, Confessor – 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Os Iusti
Readings: 
1st: sir 31:8-11
Gsp: mat 6:24-33

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Jul 30 – Homily – Fr Benedict: Lectio Divina and the Magnificat

Monday, July 30th, 2012
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Homily #120730m ( 18min) Play – Fr. Benedict draws from the readings for the day, showing that leaven that was mixed in with three measures of flour may be likened to Sacred Scripture. Mary shows how She had thoroughly interiorized the word of God in the Magnificat, which was the preparation for Her to conceive the Word of God made flesh. Through the practice of Lectio Divina, we may follow after Her lead in absorbing the word so that we may conceive the Word of God in our souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Peter Chrysologus – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 13:1-11
Resp: deu 32:18-19, 20, 21
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 25 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: St. James and Spain

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012
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Homily #120725m ( 16min) Play - Ave Maria!

Fr. John Joseph reflects on Dom Prosper Gueranger’s commentary on today’s feast. In the battle for Spain, we see that the Spanish were all but eliminated from Spain as the Islamic Moors tried to establish a foothold from which to move into the rest of Europe. From the small remnant that survived, the Spanish slowly pushed the Moors out of Spain over the course of 700 years.

Likewise, Catholics are again being reduced to a remnant by hostile and powerful forces such as Islam and secularism. Unless Catholics are generous in their faith, their family size, and in offering their children to the service of God, there will not be future generations to keep the churches open, to populate the ranks of clergy and religious, and to continue to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.

Above all, we must pray and make sacrifices. And, as the Spanish did, let us have recourse to St. James, Son of Thunder, that he may aid us with his prayers and deliver us from our foes.

Mass: St. James the Greater, Apostle – 2nd Cl – Form: EF, Mihi Autem
Readings: 
1st: 1co 4:9-15
Gsp: mat 20:20-23

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Mar 30 – Homily – Fr John Joseph: Your Mother Suffered For You

Friday, March 30th, 2012
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Homily #120330m ( 14min) 

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Fr. John Joseph reflects over the compassion of Our Lady and how great love is wrapped up with great suffering and sacrifice. It was with great love and sacrifice that Mary brought forth Our Lord at Bethlehem, and it is with great love and sacrifice that She, cooperating with Her Son, brings us forth on Calvary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Commemoration of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Ferial – Form: EF, Stabant Iuxta
Readings: 
1st: jth 13:22,23-25
Gsp: joh 19:25-27

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