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Apr 25 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Mark, Evangelist

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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Homily #150425 ( 05min) Play – This disciple of St. Peter, after writing his Gospel in Rome around 49 AD, was sent by the Prince of the Apostles to be the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt.  The fruits of his labors, holiness and miracles were later seen in the Egyptian martyrs and the ascetics like St. Paul the Hermit and St. Anthony the Great.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mark the Evangelist – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 5:5-14
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Gsp: mar 16:15-20

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Apr 25 – Homily – Fr Alan: St. Mark, Persevering Evangelist

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
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Homily #150425b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Alan on the life o f St Mark the Evangelist and how he exemplified the virtue of perseverance in difficult times and even in the face of difficulties with other Apostles.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mark the Evangelist – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 5:5-14
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17
Gsp: mar 16:15-20

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Apr 24 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

Friday, April 24th, 2015
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Homily #150424 ( 07min) Play – In order to be saved, we must acknowledge Christ before men, then he will acknowledge us before His Father in Heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 3rd Week of Easter
1st: act 9:1-20
Resp: psa 117:1, 2
Gsp: joh 6:52-59

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Apr 24 – Homily – Fr Elias: Faithful Priest and Martyr

Friday, April 24th, 2015
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Homily #150424b ( 11min) Play – Fr Elias on life of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, a Franciscan priest and Martyr who evangelized the Calvinists in Switzerland. Fidelis means faithful and Father emphasizes this aspect of this priest’s holiness and exhorts all Catholics to follow his examples and spread the faith even in difficult times.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 3:7-8, 10-12
Resp: psa 119:137-144
2nd: 2ti 2:8-13, 3:10-12
Gsp: joh 10:11-16

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Apr 23 – Homily – Fr Alan: Universal Salvation in Christ

Friday, April 24th, 2015
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Homily #150423b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Alan on how God calls all to salvation through Jesus Christ our one unique mediator. He compares this to the popular idea that there are many ways to salvation apart from Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Giles of Assisi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 3rd Week of Easter
1st: act 8:26-40
Resp: psa 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
Gsp: joh 6:44-51

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Dawn Eden in L’Osservatore Romano

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Congratulations, Dawn!

A tremendous honor.

See page 4.

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, News, Religion Tagged: Dawn Eden, My Peace I Give You
From MaryVictrix.com

The Good Shepherd

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

My latest essay for Spiritualdirection.com can be found here. It is fourth in the series: “Mysticism and Magisterium.”

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Holy Father, Religion, Spirituality Tagged: Good Shepherd, Mysticism and Magisterium, Spiritual Direction
From MaryVictrix.com

Apr 23 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Bl. Giles of Assisi

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150423 ( 02min) Play – Bl. Giles considered it a great thing to live in religious life and to persevere in it devoutly and conscientiously till death.  He did just that for the span of 53 yrs.  May we do the same.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Giles of Assisi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 3rd Week of Easter
1st: act 8:26-40
Resp: psa 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
Gsp: joh 6:44-51

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Apr 22 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: More Than Theology & Philosophy

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150422 ( 03min) Play – A young friar once asked Padre Pio what his thoughts were regarding Our Lady and Padre Pio responded, “She is worth more than theology and philosophy.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 8:1-8
Resp: psa 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 6:35-40

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Apr 22 – Homily – Fr Jacinto: Persecution of the Early Church

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150422l ( 05min) Play – Saul persecuted the early Church like a ravenous wolf. It seemed like the Church wouldn’t survive – but of course it did…
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 8:1-8
Resp: psa 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 6:35-40

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Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner: Sanctifying the Intellect

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

On June 8th and 9th of this year, Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, FI, will have his lifetime of theological work honored by a large number of scholars in a symposium, entitled:  Sursum ActioSymposium in Honor of Peter Damian Mary Fehlner, FI.  The event will be conducted at Notre Dame University.  Please click here for more information about the speakers and venue.

Father Peter is a native of Dolgeville, New York. He was ordained in Rome in 1957, and received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Seraphicum in Rome in 1959. For over 40 years he has taught dogmatic theology in various seminaries and university faculties. He has written and lectured extensively, especially on things Marian and Franciscan, in North America and Europe; for five years, he was editor of the magazine Miles Immaculatae founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe and has been featured on EWTN. He was a past member of the general council of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and was the first rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where he continues to reside and work.

Most recently Fr. Peter has been accorded the prestigious Cardinal John J. Wright Award of the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.  Past honorees include, Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M., William G. Most, Edward D. O’Connor, C.S.C., and Luigi Gambero.

At the symposium, I will be reading a minor paper entitled: “‘In the Counsels of the Immaculate': Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner’s Contribution to the Renewal of Franciscan Immaculatism.”

In 1985, when I was investigating the possibility of joining our observance of the Franciscan Conventual tradition (in the light of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Marian consecration), I was given a copy of one of his essays on the contribution of St. Maximilian to the Franciscan tradition and its relation to St. Francis: “Mary in the Franciscan Tradition: ‘The Virgin Made Church.’” That essay and a meeting with him in Rome right before I visited our mother house were determinative for me.  I have always remembered this satement of his:

It is not so much a question of what place Mary has in our lives, as what place we occupy in hers that is the starting point of any discussion. Only when the correct starting point from which to begin any study of the distinctive relations between Mary and our Order has clearly been identified, do we find ourselves in a position to assess the claims and implications of the Militia Movement within the Order.

At the time when our particular observance was in question, Fr. Peter provided the intellectual defense and the Franciscan-Marian metaphysics for St. Maximilian’s establishment of the City of the Immaculate, and the reason why this contribution to the Order was a true and permanently valid gift from the Immaculate.  Fr. Peter’s own personal commitment to this ideal has been an inspiration for many of us.

I can never be grateful enough to Fr. Peter, who through the years has been a source of inspiration, strength and enlightenment to me to persevere in this Franciscan vocation.  I know he has influenced and inspired many other friars, priests, religious and laypeople.  I am very thankful that the importance of his work is being acknowledged in this way.  Hopefully, it will inspire others to learn from this great Marian scholar.

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Religion, Theology Tagged: Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, Mariology, Metaphysics, Notre Dame, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Sursum Corda, Symposium, Theology
From MaryVictrix.com

Apr 22 – Homily – Fr Alan: Belief in the Eucharist

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150422b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Alan on the importance of the Eucharist and how we must believe in His presence in this sacrament in order to be worthy to receive communion and even to be His disciple.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 8:1-8
Resp: psa 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 6:35-40

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Apr 21 – Homily – Fr Jacinto: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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Homily #150421l ( 06min) Play – St. Stephen is a model for us in how to deal with persecution – we must desire the Glory of God and the good of souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anselm of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
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Apr 21 – Homily – Fr Alan: I am the Bread of Life

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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Homily #150421b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Alan on how Our Lord is the bread of life based on His discourse in the Gospel of John.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 7:51-8:1
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: joh 6:30-35

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Apr 20 – Homily – Fr Jacinto: St. Stephen: Protomartyr

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
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Homily #150420l ( 08min) Play – The Wisdom and the Spirit with which he (St. Stephen) spoke won them over to God. Wisdom is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 6:8-15
Resp: psa 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30
Gsp: joh 6:22-29

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