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Air Maria Series

Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Elias: Multiplying Material into Spiritual Food

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Homily #150726b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Elias on the need to trust the Lord to fulfill the task at hand and not worry too much about the events in the future. He bases this on the miracle of the multiplication of loaves in the readings today. He also covers the need to be unified in faith in order to have peace in our hearts and peace in our society.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ki 4:42-44
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: eph 4:1-6
Gsp: joh 6:1-15

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Santiago de Compostela: Feast of St. James

Saturday, July 25th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

A El Camino Prayer of a Pilgrim on the Way to St. James

A Pilgrim’s Prayer to St. James

This is an ancient prayer that comes at the end of the Pilgrim Mass said along the Camino de  Santiago:

O God, who brought your servant Abraham out of the land of the Chaldeans, protecting him in his wanderings, who guided the Hebrew people across the desert, we ask that you watch over us, your servants, as we walk in the love of your name to Santiago de Compostela. 

Be for us our companion on the walk, our guide at the crossroads,  Our breath in our weariness,  Our protection in danger,  Our albergue on the Camino,  Our shade in the heat, Our light in the darkness, Our consolation in our discouragements,  And our strength in our intentions.

 So that with your guidance we may arrive safe and sound at the end of the Road and enriched with grace and virtue we return safely to our homes filled with joy.


In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Apostle Santiago, pray for us.
Santa Maria, pray for us.

 

 

 

 

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

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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Homily #150725n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s Gospel and relates it to the life of St. James the Apostle.
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 Joseph M.: St. James, Apostle to Spain

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
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Homily #150725b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joseph McShane on the life of St. James the Apostle and particularly his efforts of evangelism in Spain and the shrine of St. James at Santiago de Compostela.
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 24 – Homily – Fr Alan: Purity of St. Sharbel

Friday, July 24th, 2015
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Homily #150724b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Alan on the life of St. Sharbel Makhluf of Lebanon who was a Maronite monk living in the 1800’s, who lived a life of extraordinary purity and sincerity. Many miracles associated with him occurred after his death, resulting in vast numbers of people asking for his intercession around the world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Sharbel Makhluf – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 20:1-17
Resp: psa 19:8, 9, 10, 11
Gsp: mat 13:18-23

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Jul 23 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sts. Cunegunda and Bridget

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150723b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Elias preaches on the lives of the two saints Cunegunda (Kinga) of Hungary and Bridget of Sweden, both of whom have their feast day today and who also share many other things in common. Both lived at about the same time. Both where born into royalty and married saintly men. Both entered a convent after being widowed. And both were Franciscans.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cunegunda – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: mat 13:10-17

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Jul 23 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Life of St. Bridget

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150723n ( 04min) Play – Father gives us a short biography of St. Bridget, showing the truth of what today’s Collect prayer tells us, that St. Bridget is an example for the single, married, or consecrated life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bridget of Sweden – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: mat 13:10-17

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Jul 23 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Blessed Eyes & Ears

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150723 ( 040min) Play – Blessed are our eyes that look upon Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar and blessed are our ears that hear His words proclaimed in the Gospel.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bridget of Sweden – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: mat 13:10-17

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Go and Sin No More

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

“No one, Lord.”

“Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again!”

(Chapter 8 of St. John’s Gospel)

In the Sacrament of Penance it is Christ who forgives.

They placed her in the midst, says the Gospel. They have humiliated her and shamed her in the extreme, without the slightest concern for her. They remind Our Lord that the Law imposed the severe penalty of death by stoning for this sin. “What do you say?”, they ask him, disguising their ulterior motives so that they might have some charge to bring against him. But Jesus surprises them all. He does not say anything; He bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

The woman is terrified by them all. The Scribes and Pharisees go on asking questions. Then, Jesus stood up and said to them, “Let he who is without sin throw the first stone”. And once more He bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

They all went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. Not one of them had a clear conscience and they were trying to set a trap for Our Lord. All of them went away. And Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

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Jul 22 – Homily – Fr Alan: Magdalene, Sinner to Saint

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150722b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Alan on how St. Mary Magdalene was transformed from being a notorious sinner to being a great saint.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 3:1-4
Resp: psa 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28
Gsp: joh 20:1-2, 11-18

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Jul 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Mary Magdalene, the Gospel, and Us

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150722n ( 06min) Play – The parable of the sower and the seed is read in today’s Gospel and as we remember Saint Mary Magdalene, Father Maximilian tells us that we may know the Gospel, but do we live it? Or are we withered by the sacrifices it calls for and choked by the distractions of the world. For an example, he presents St. Mary Magdalene who had lived a life of sin, but came out of it and loved Our Lord so much that His first recorded appearance after the Resurrection was to her. If she can go from a life of sin to being a great saint, we also can go from sin and mediocrity to great sanctity. In both her and us, Jesus casts the seed of the Gospel, but it is we who must respond. Let us respond with a love and generosity like Mary Magdalene’s, go to the Cross, search for Jesus at the Tomb, and here Him call us by name.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 16:1-5, 9-15
Resp: psa 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28
Gsp: mat 13:1-9

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Jul 21 – Homily – Fr Joseph M.: St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Holy Preacher

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Homily #150721b ( 05min) Play – Fr. Joseph preaches on St. Lawrence of Brindisi who was, in turn, a great preacher in the Franciscan order and a Doctor of the Church. We need good preaching today both in word and deed.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence of Brindisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 4:1-2, 5-7
Resp: psa 40:2 and 4ab, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
Gsp: mar 4:1-10, 13-20

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

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
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Homily #150721 ( 07min) Play – The Gospel for today’s Feast is the parable of the sower, in which we find the necessity of prayer and mortification, especially prayer, for the word to bear fruit in our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence of Brindisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 14:21-15:1
Resp: exo 15:8-9, 10, 12, 17
Gsp: mat 12:46-50

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The Glory of Jesus’ Humanity

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

When Christ decided to give site to a man blind from birth, He placed mud on the man’s eyes, an action that was much more suited to blinding those who see then to giving sight to the blind who could not see. So, too, the passion and death of Christ was more likely to destroy the faith of those who believed that He was the only begotten son of God, as was clear in the case of the apostles and disciples, then to command faith to nonbelievers. And yet He says: “when I lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” (Jn 12:32) 

…After the cross, after the suffering, after the disgraceful, shameful, repulsive death of the cross, I shall turn the world to faith in Me, so that the world will believe that I am the Son of God, the true Messiah…

We see with other clarity that this is what has happened. Christ came into this world to do battle against satan, to do away with idolatry, and return the world to faith and piety and the worship of the true God. He could have accomplish this by using the weapons of His might and coming as He will come to judge in glory and majesty just as He manifested himself and His Transfiguration. Who would not then had believed in Christ? 

But in order that His victory might be more glorious, He willed to fight satan in our weak flesh. It is as if an unarmed man, right hand bound, where to fight with his left hand alone against a powerful army; if he emerged victorious, his victory would be regarded as all the more glorious. So Christ conquered satan with the right hand of His divinity bound and using against him only the left hand of His weak humanity.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi  (Doctor of the Church, Feast Day is July 21st)

Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Following Jesus is Risky

Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Homily #150720n ( 06min) Play – St. Apollinaris is a martyr from the early Church–he was martyred in 79AD–and Father Joachim tells us about his life and sufferings for Christ. Following Jesus involves risks, even of our lives, but, as Father reminds us, we will all die and appear before the Lord. Remembering the sufferings of the Martyrs will give us the courage and strength to make the small, daily sacrifices of the Christian life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Apollinaris – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 14:5-18
Resp: exo 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: mat 12:38-42

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