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Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Benedict: St. Martha: The One and the Many

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Homily #140729 ( 09min) Play - It is the “work of the enemy” to divide the human person by many anxieties. But in Marian Consecration we can attain to the “one thing necessary”. Ave Maria! Mass: St. Martha – Mem – Form: OF Readings: Tuesday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time 1st: jer 14:17-22 Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13 Gsp: mat 13:35-43 Audio (MP3) +++

Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Active Life and Contemplation

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Homily #140729n ( 07min) Play – Father points out that today’s saint, Martha, is seen as an image of the active life, and as the Gospel shows us, the contemplative life, exemplified in her sister Mary, is higher than the active life, and even in the active life, contemplation is necessary. To conclude, Father reads a commentary on this verse (the Navarre Bible) which shows how we may infuse the spirit of prayer into all our daily actions, especially the most mundane.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martha, 2nd Option – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
Gsp: luk 10:38-42

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Video – Our Lady’s Scapular – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts228

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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MaryCast Specials #228 ( 08min) Play – Dr. Mark Miravalle on the scapular, how Our Lady gave this devotion to us and its great benefits.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: mary@motherofallpeoples.com. For more reading go to Motherofallpeoples.com.

Ave Maria!

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Jul 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Nurturing Grace

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Homily #140728n ( 06min) Play – Father compares the Gospel parable of the leaven kneaded into the dough with the spiritual life, and how we have to constantly nurture the life of grace in us, or else we may loose everything. Finally, he introduces us to today’s Franciscan blessed, and shows how she nurtured the grace implanted into the soul at baptism until it filled the whole of her life. Let us to never neglect to nurture the life of grace in us, and strive to begin living heaven, which is union with God, while we are still in this life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mattia Nazarei – 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 28 – Homily – Fr Benedict: Mt 13:31-33 The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Homily #140728 ( 08min) Play - We have not loved the Immaculate as she deserves to be loved. The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Leaven teach us how to love our Mother Mary, who gave us birth.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 13:1-11
Resp: deu 32:18-19, 20, 21
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Benedict: The Hidden Treasure : Jesus In Mary

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Homily #140727 ( 12min) Play - We possess the Kingdom of Heaven in possessing Jesus in Mary: first through baptism, then in its perfect renewal, Marian consecration.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Islam and Providence

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Homily #140727n ( 18min) Play – Father reminds us that “that all things work for good for those who love God,” and that this presupposes Faith in Providence (a.k.a. God’s loving plan for everything) and Love of God. As an example, Father turns our attention to the tribulation Iraqi Christians are currently undergoing and gives a short commentary on Islam and how we all can defend against it by living lives strongly founded on Christian Faith. For an example of strong and courageous faith, we can take the example of our Iraqi brethren and, in particular, the example of Patriarch Sako in his exhortation to the Christians in Iraq. Father asks us to examine ourselves, if we aren’t ready to practice our faith in peace, how will we be ready when persecution comes to us?

The pastoral address quoted by Father may be found here: http://saint-adday.com/permalink/6326.html .
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Giles: Treasure hidden in a field

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140727a ( 12min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 17 Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: On the Veneration of Saints

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140726n ( 09min) Play – On the feast of the Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of the Lord, Father Mattias speaks of why Catholics honor and venerate the Saints, and contrasts Catholic devotion to those in whom God is especially glorified with the errors of Martin Luther.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Joachim and Anne – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 10-15
Resp: psa 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: mat 13:16-17

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Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Sts. Joachim and Anne

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140726 ( 05min) Play - The parents of Our Lady, Saints Joachim and Anne, remind us about the importance of purity, chastity, and modesty, especially in our current culture that is so opposed to these essential virtues. Ave Maria! Mass: Joachim and Anne – Mem – Form: OF Readings: Saturday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time 1st: jer 7:1-11 Resp: psa 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11 Gsp: mat 13:24-30 Audio (MP3) +++

Now on SpiritualDirection.com

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Dan Burke from SpiritualDirection.com has invited me to write a series on “Mysticism and Magisterium.”  The first installment is up:  “Thinking with the Church.”

It is currently linked to on New Advent, and has been noted by Mark Shea and Terry Nelson.

I am grateful for this opportunity.  Thanks to Dan and Liz over at SpiritualDirection.com.

I will get back to my own series on the same subject.  I have not forgotten.  No, really.

Filed under: Catholicism, Holy Father, Religion, Spirituality Tagged: Dan Burke, Mysticism and Magisterium, Spiritual Direction
From MaryVictrix.com

Tolkien and Kevin O’brien on Chivalric Love

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Read the whole thing. It is well worth it.

They speak of “shipwrecks” and “guiding stars.”  Men tend to look at women as guiding stars and women tend to think they can turn the men they love into knights in shining armor.  In reality, both men and women are “companions in shipwreck.”  Kevin points out that Tolkien’s view is both brutally realistic and at the same time wholly fair and charitable.

Here is Tolkien and Kevin (in bold):

Its centre was not God, but imaginary Deities, Love and the Lady. It still tends to make the Lady a kind of guiding star or divinity – of the old-fashioned ‘his divinity’ = the woman he loves – the object or reason of noble conduct. This is, of course, false and at best make-believe. The woman is another fallen human-being with a soul in peril. But combined and harmonized with religion (as long ago it was, producing much of that beautiful devotion to Our Lady that has been God’s way of refining so much our gross manly natures and emotions, and also of warming and colouring our hard, bitter, religion) it can be very noble. Then it produces what I suppose is still felt, among those who retain even vestigiary Christianity, to be the highest ideal of love between man and woman. Yet I still think it has dangers. It is not wholly true, and it is not perfectly ‘theocentric’. It takes, or at any rate has in the past taken, the young man’s eye off women as they are, as companions in shipwreck not guiding stars. (One result is for observation of the actual to make the young man turn cynical.) To forget their desires, needs and temptations. It inculcates exaggerated notions of ‘true love’, as a fire from without, a permanent exaltation, unrelated to age, childbearing, and plain life, and unrelated to will and purpose. (One result of that is to make young folk look for a ‘love’ that will keep them always nice and warm in a cold world, without any effort of theirs; and the incurably romantic go on looking even in the squalor of the divorce courts).

This is one of the most stunning and beautiful paragraphs Tolkien ever wrote.  In it, he manages to criticize the romantic notion of “The Lady” in a way that is so fair and comprehensive that one marvels at the wisdom and perspective of this man.  The chivalric tradition of “The Lady” and the romantic quest she moves us to, can both inspire a man to a nobility of love, and also fool him and hurt him (and others) badly.  For we poets tend to forget that women are “companions in shipwreck and not guiding stars“.  This can lead to cynicism on the one hand (there’s nothing more ugly and angry than a disappointed lover, whose ideals have proven to be bubbles that have popped) or to “the squalor of the divorce courts” on the other.  “My wife is not My Lady!  My Lady calls to me from afar!  My Lady is hot and sexy and understands me!  My wife is dumpy and crabby and knows me too well to adore me like her knight in shining armor that I long to be!  But my secretary understands me – or my dental hygenist does – or that young thing over there does!  Oh, stars!  Oh, fate!  Why do I have a wife and not My Lady!” (picks up phone, dials 1-800-DIVORCE).

I should add that what is said here can be applied to priests and their relationship with the Church.  Priest’s imaginations can be preoccupied with ladies other than their real bride, whether these fantasies are of an idealized Church, or a substitute for the Church.  Which reminds me of Pope Francis’ statement to priests:

If you don’t want Mary as a mother, she will become your mother-in-law.

Now that is something to think about.

Filed under: Blessed Virgin Mary, Chivalry, Church, Husbands, Marian Chivalry, Marriage, Tolkien, Wives Tagged: Courtly, Kevin O’brien, Love, Romance
From MaryVictrix.com

Jul 25 – Homily – Fr Dominic: St. James the Apostle

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Homily #140725 ( 07min) Play - Father preaches on St. James the Apostle and how Our Lord used him to teach us humility.
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 Maximilian W: Are You Ready to be a Martyr?

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Homily #140725n ( 08min) Play -The first of the Apostles to be martyred was St. James the Greater whom we celebrate today. Fr. Maximilian reflects on a question his mother asked him as he was preparing to enter religious life: Are you ready to be a martyr? While St. James won the crown of a red (a.k.a. bloody) martyrdom, all Christians are called to be martyrs, which means witnesses, and can take the form of the daily “white martyrdom.” A primary way this martyrdom is lived, and which the Holy Father  lives it and is calling us to live it, is selfless service to those around us, especially those under us, for when we lower ourselves, we draw close to Jesus who came to serve and not to be served.
P.S. Let us keep in prayer our brothers in the Middle East as they face the red martyrdom as well.
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 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Greatest Sign of Love

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140723n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the life of St. Bridget of Sweden, and focuses on her intense meditations on the passion of Jesus. He asks why we give so much focus on what looks like a altogether unfortunate event? The answer is that the Sufferings of Jesus are the greatest sign of Love offered to us by God, and that  by meditating on the sorrows of Jesus, we learn how to accept and benefit from our own sufferings which Father compares to the plowing which prepares the soil of our souls for the grace of God. Let us welcome the action of God in our lives as He prepares and purifies us for eternity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Birgitta – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 1:1, 4-10
Resp: psa 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
Gsp: mat 13:1-9

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