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Spirit, Faith and Family

Jan 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Fasting, Mortification, and Joy

Monday, January 20th, 2014
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Homily #140120n ( 05min) Play – Fr. Maximilian preaches over today’s Gospel, and encourages us to fast and mortify ourselves with joy, because by it we preserve and strengthen our union with Jesus, our Bridegroom.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Fabian – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 1sa 15:16-23
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mar 2:18-22

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Jan 19 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Behold the Lamb of God

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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Homily #140119n ( 07min) Play – Fr. Maximilian expounds on today’s Gospel, focusing on St. John the Baptist’s words “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world,” and shows how this phrase alludes to the Most Holy Eucharist and Confession.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:3, 5-6
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 1:1-3
Gsp: joh 1:29-34

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Jan 12 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Baptism of Jesus

Sunday, January 12th, 2014
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Homily #140112n ( 09min) Play – The Sunday after Epiphany is dedicated to the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river, and Fr. Maximilian explains that Our Lord instituted the Sacrament of Baptism at this time. He also explains the wonderful effects of the Sacrament, and encourages us to always live like Our Lady did so that our souls may be a fitting dwelling for the Holy Trinity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Baptism of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
2nd: act 10:34-38
Gsp: mat 3:13-17

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Jan 10 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: I Will It, Be Made Clean

Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Homily #140110n ( 06min) Play – The spiritual life is a double movement, away from sin and towards God. Fr. Maximilian comments on today’s Gospel and reminds us that we are spiritual lepers, and that it is in Confession that we hear Our Lord say, like He did to the leper, “I Will It, Be Made Clean.” But that is not enough, we also need to follow the Lord’s example, withdraw, and pray. After all, the cleansing of sin is only the prelude to the deep, loving union with God we are all called to.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Fri post Epiphany or Jan 11 – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 5:5-13
Resp: psa 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Gsp: luk 5:12-16

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Jan 06 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Repent and Be Cured

Monday, January 6th, 2014
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Homily #140106n ( 05min) Play – Fr. Maximilian expounds on the Gospel passage day, reminding us that, even after Christmas, we still need to repent from our sins, no matter how “slight” and turn towards God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Andre Bessette – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Mon post Epiphany or Jan 7
1st: 1jo 3:22-4:6
Resp: psa 2:7bc-8, 10-12a
Gsp: mat 4:12-17, 23-25

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Jan 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: You are to Name Him Jesus

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
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Homily #140103n ( 05min) Play – Fr. Maximilian proclaims the power of the Holy Name of Jesus, and shows that, especially in the Bible, names have meaning, and that Jesus means “He-Saves.” We can see the importance of name by the fact that it is revealed to both Mary and Joseph independently. Let us call upon this Holy Name by saying devoutly both when in need or to praise God and to honor it, for “For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Name of Jesus – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 1:18-23

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Dec 30 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Here is the One to Save Us

Monday, December 30th, 2013
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Homily #131230n ( 04min) Play – Fr. Maximilian warns us to beware of the influence of this passing world and to keep our eyes on Jesus, for He is the One who will save us. Finally, he exhorts families in particular to cultivate a spirit of prayer throughout the day to day activities.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 6th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:12-17
Resp: psa 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Gsp: luk 2:36-40

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Dec 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Son of God, Son of Mary

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
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Homily #131225n ( 08min) Play – Fr. Maximilian shows that, while the Midnight and Dawn Masses focus on the humanity of Our Lord, the Daytime Mass focuses on the Divinity of Our Lord, and then he gives a commentary over the Prologue of St. John (John 1:1-18).

Ave Maria!
Mass: Nativity of the Lord (Day) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:7-10
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: heb 1:1-6
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

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Dec 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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Homily #131222n ( 15min) Play – At the climax of Advent, the Forth Sunday, Fr. Maximilian ties together the readings and comments on them for our meditation as we make the final spiritual preparation for Christmas.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: rom 1:1-7
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Instruction “Dignitas personæ”

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Instruction Dignitas personæ

on some bioethical questions

 

Introduction

 

1. The dignity of a person must be recognized in every human being from conception to natural death. This fundamental principle expresses a great “yes” to human life and must be at the center of ethical reflection on biomedical research, which has an ever greater importance in today’s world. The Church’s Magisterium has frequently intervened to clarify and resolve moral questions in this area. The Instruction Donum vitae was particularly significant. And now, twenty years after its publication, it is appropriate to bring it up to date.


The teaching of Donum vitae remains completely valid, both with regard to the principles on which it is based and the moral evaluations which it expresses. However, new biomedical technologies which have been introduced in the critical area of human life and the family have given rise to further questions, in particular in the field of research on human embryos, the use of stem cells for therapeutic purposes, as well as in other areas of experimental medicine. These new questions require answers.

http://www.usccb.org/comm/Dignitaspersonae/Dignitas_Personae.pdf

Video – Raymond de Souza: Christ’s Uniqueness and Western Contraception

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
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Spirit, Faith and Family #16 – Host John Primeau with guest Raymond de Souza (27min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Is it true that one religion is no better than the other? How is Christ unique?

All founders of religion claim that they teach the truth about God. In this episode, Raymond de Souza discusses the unique claims Christ made as the founder of Christianity. Has any other founder of a world religion claimed to be one with God? Was the birth of any other religious founder pre-announced hundreds of years beforehand by various men living in different ages? Has any other founder of (more…)

Video – Raymond de Souza: Catechism on the Eucharist

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007
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Spirit, Faith and Family #14 – Raymond deSouza on the Bread of Angels (26min) >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

When the priest says to us at the altar, “The Body of Christ,?? do we really know what (Who) we’re receiving? In this episode, guest Raymond deSouza gives a powerful catechism on the Eucharist in the hopes of reevanglizing baptized Catholics. During His earthly ministry, Christ performed many miracles, then asked for one act of faith: “Believe in the Eucharist because I ask you to.?? Unlike a lot of priests & even bishops today, Christ was not afraid of losing the entire congregation when He taught on the Eucharist. Raymond also gives a fascinating explanation & answer to a question posed by host John Primeau: “Why is the body of the dead incensed during a funeral mass??? Hint: it’s also tied into the reality of the Eucharist.

Ave Maria!

Video – Raymond de Souza: Catechism on Good & Evil & the Rise of Satanism

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007
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Spirit, Faith and Family #15 – Guest Raymond deSouza talks with host John Primeau (26min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

When we reject Christ, does it mean that we simply stop attending church services? What are the consequences of making ourselves gods? In this episode of Spirit, Faith, & Family, guest Raymond deSouza discusses the nature of good and evil, the rise of Satanism in our modern times, & the need for Catholics to put on the “armor of God?? as described by the apostle Paul. Raymond expounds on the fact that evil is not the product of a lack of education or merely the absence of good: evil is a spirit who is perverted & who perverts, & whos proper name is Satan. As the Devil knows, “The best way to crush an enemy is not to beat him on the battlefield, but to remove from him the will to fight.?? Listen now to Raymond as he explains to us the nature of our battle & the tools we must use to fight.

Ave Maria!

Video – Raymond de Souza: Calling the Laity to the Front Lines

Friday, April 13th, 2007
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Spirit, Faith and Family #13 – John Primeau hosts layman & apologist Raymond de Souza (26min) >>> Play
 

Ave Maria!

Our vision of reality is what makes the difference in our lives: we are either mediocre, somewhat average, or Catholic. On this episode, John talks with wonderful apologist and layman Raymond de Souza on the proper and powerful role of “the people in the pews??. Born in Brazil and now living in France, Raymond shares the story of his calling and gives many pearls of wisdom and encouragement to his listeners. One of the great graces he received was recognizing the power of the sacrament of Confirmation & it’s mission to move him (and us) from the rank of citizen to the rank of soldier in the kingdom of Christ. [Visit Rayomnd's website: saintgabriel.com.au/ ]

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr. Peter – Mary at the Foot of the Cross

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007
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Spirit, Faith and Family #12 – Fr. Peter gives an excellent talk on Mary and Her role on Good Friday >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Starting with the Last Seven words of Christ on the Cross that refer to Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me??? and later in verse 9, “You have drawn me out of the womb. You entrusted me to my mother’s breast and placed me on her lap.?? Fr. Peter Fehlner makes the connection between Christ’s crucifixion and the incarnation and thus Mary. His cry is not one of despair but, as the rest of the Psalm indicates, He willed the Crucifixion as well as the Incarnation that made it possible. Mary who cooperated with God in bringing Christ into the world, cooperates with God in the Redemption as she stands at the foot of the cross.

He covers the thinking of the Fathers of the Church on this matter, Moses the Law and Elias the prophet, the Transfiguration of the Lord on Mt. Tabor, the Virgin Birth and much more. Come listen to this most important video as we approach the crucifixion…

Ave Maria!