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Air Maria Series

From Evangelium Vitae

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Savior; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21).

When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). In truth, he is referring to that “new” and “eternal” life which consists in communion with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the Sanctifying Spirit. It is precisely in this “life” that all the aspects and stages of human life achieve their full significance.

+St. John Paul II

Jan 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: St. Sebastian and the Sabbath

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Homily #150120n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on today’s readings and saint, St. Sebastian.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Sebastian – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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Jan 20 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Pass Favorable Judgment

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Homily #150120 ( 04m) Play – If we are to pass judgment, let us, out of a spirit of charity, always try to make it a favorable one.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Fabian – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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Jan 20 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Neighbor over Ritual

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Homily #150120b ( 03min) Play – Referring to the Gospel reading where Jesus harvests grain on the Sabbath, Fr. Joachim explains how love of neighbor takes precedence over ritual law.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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Jan 19 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Fast and Make Sacrifices

Monday, January 19th, 2015
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Homily #150119 ( 05min) Play – God gives us many gifts to use for our own good, but also so that we can freely offer them back to Him in sacrifice, for love of Him, love of our neighbor, and our sanctification.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 5:1-10
Resp: psa 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Gsp: mar 2:18-22

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Called to Follow

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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Homily #150118n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the readings, telling us that they all contain a call from God to live lives of holiness and avoiding all that could impede loving God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr. Ben Luedtke: Go in Peace

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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Homily #150118b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Ben Luedtke gives the final homily for the marriage retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center which is called “Till Death do us Part, the Church and Matrimony.” He basis his homily on the call of Our Lord to go out and give the peace of God to all those we meet. This starts with our family and spouses.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Dominic: What Do You Want Me To Do?

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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Homily #150118 ( 11min) Play – God will create a beautiful masterpiece out of our lives if we only do what God wants for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Listening To God”

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150118a ( 12min) Play – This is a homily by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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Jan 17 – Homily – Fr. Ben Luedtke: Family as Small Church

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150117bs ( 16min) Play – Fr. Ben Luedtke gives the second homily for the marriage retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center which is called “Till Death do us Part, the Church and Matrimony.” He talks about the family as a small Church that reflects love between God and His whole Church and the love between Christians and should be a shining light for the whole of society since the health of society is a direct reflection of the health of the families that make it up. This is especially appropriate for today because it is the 5th Anniversary of the consecration of our chapel here in Bloomington and the readings for the Mass of the Dedication reflect these same themes.
Ave Maria!

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Jan 17 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Word of God, Living and Effective

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150117 ( 04min) Play – The Word of God has the power to change lives, as it did in the case of St. Matthew and St. Anthony the Great.  May we allow the Word to change us, as well, and make us Saints.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony of Egypt – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 1st Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 4:12-16
Resp: psa 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Gsp: mar 2:13-17

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Jan 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Dedicated for Reverence

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150117b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Elias gives the homily on the fifth anniversary for the consecration of our Sacred Heart Chapel here at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Father focuses on the fact that all churches are sacred places and we should have a certain reverence that is conducive to prayer and communion with our all powerful and loving God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Dedication of a Church

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Jan 16 – Homily – Fr. Ben Luedtke: The Meaning of Love

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150116bs ( 17min) Play – Fr. Ben Luedtke gives the opening homily for the marriage retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center which is called “Till Death do us Part, the Church and Matrimony.” He talks about the key element of family life – love. He explains what love is not and then what it is, self-sacrifice.
Ave Maria!

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Silence leads to Prayer

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditation

“O my God, teach me the secret of the silence which reaches unto interior silence.” 

“I have often had this experience: when I pour myself out on creatures and waste my time in long, useless conversations, my spirit becomes dry, dissipated and empty; and then, if I want to be recollected in prayer, I am unable to silence that little world of impressions, talk, imaginings, and idle thoughts which continually brings me back to creatures.” 

“O Lord, I know that You want greater fidelity to silence and more care to avoid spending myself on creatures. Yes, O God, I will be silent with creatures so that I can hear Your voice which speaks in silence.” 

“But whenever I dally with my ‘self’, preoccupied with my sensitiveness; when I pursue useless trains of thought or any sort of useless desire, I am wasting my strength, and my soul is not perfectly ordered toward You, O Lord. My lyre is not in tune, and when You, my divine Master, strike it, You cannot bring forth the divine harmonies. It is still to human and there is discord.” 

+Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity OCD

Help me, O Lord, to attain this beautiful interior unity which unites all my faculties in silence in order to concentrate them on You, which makes my soul attentive to every one of Your words, capable of perceiving the slightest inspiration and motion of the Holy Spirit. 

+Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene OCD

Jan 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Healing for Spiritual Leprosy

Friday, January 16th, 2015
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Homily #150115n ( 04min) Play – Father explains that sin is like a spiritual leprosy, and that it is in the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) that we experience the words of Our Lord, “I will it, be clean!”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 1st Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 3:7-14
Resp: psa 95:6-7, 8-9, 10-11
Gsp: mar 1:40-45

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