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Fr. Elias Mills

Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christ Completes Wisdom

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217b ( 11min) Play – Fr Elias and how we need Jesus Christ in our lives to be complete in our humanity especially in our wisdom since Christ is the wisdom of God. Jesus is the longing of all our desires.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Dec 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christian Joy

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Homily #141214b ( 12min) Play – On Gaudete Sunday Fr. Elias exhorts us to be exemplars of joy and hope in the world and this is true even if we are in the middle of penitential season like Advent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 61:1-2, 10-11
Resp: luk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
2nd: 1th 5:16-24
Gsp: joh 1:6-8, 19-28

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Dec 11 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sts. Damasus and John the Baptist

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
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Homily #141211b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of Pope St. Damasus who, although was one of the first popes to not be martyred, went out of his way to promote the veneration of the martyrs.  One of these martyrs is St. John the Baptist who is mentioned today in the readings and is central to this time of Advent that looks forward to the coming of the light of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Damasus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 2nd Week in Advent
1st: isa 41:13-20
Resp: psa 145:1, 9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 11:11-15

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Dec 05 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary and Seeing the Face of God

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Homily #141205b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias ponders on the great desire we have to see God and how Mary was the instrument through which God enabled people to see Him face to face. She now mediates the grace to see God in our lives today.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 29:17-24
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gsp: mat 9:27-31

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Dec 04 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary Pre-Purified

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Homily #141204b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the teachings of St. John Damascene, including that Mary was pre-purified, an early expression of the dogma of Immaculate Conception. Father reflects on this early expression of a recently declared dogma as a sign that the Church is the guarantee of doctrine since it is built by Christ on the rock of Peter.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Damascene – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 26:1-6
Resp: psa 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Gsp: mat 7:21, 24-27

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Nov 26 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Leonard and the Stations of the Cross

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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Homily #141126b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias on how St. Leonard of Port Maurice did so much to promote the devotion of the Stations of the Cross, showing how meditating on the Cross which our Lord carried in love for us makes it easier for us carry our own and so reach heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Leonard of Port Maurice – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 1:3-14
Resp: psa 85:2-4, 7-8, 9, 10-11
Gsp: mat 16:24-27

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Nov 23 – Homily – Fr Elias: King who Bestows Freedom

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Homily #141123b ( 16min) Play – Fr. Elias reflects on the Kinship of Christ and how those who are subject to him are truly free and will find peace. His Kingdom is already established in His Church, but will be fully established when He comes again. This kingdom is based on love and the best way to show love to God is to obey his commandments, including to feed and clothe those in need as outlined today’s Gospel with the sheep and the goats where he says to the sheep, ‘whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
Ave Maria!
Mass: Christ the King – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 34:11-12, 15-17
Resp: psa 23:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
2nd: 1co 15:20-26, 28
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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Nov 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: Purity and Martyrdom, Past and Future

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141122b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias reflects on the book of Revelation which the Church focuses on toward the end of the liturgical season because it talks about the end of time. Father combines this with a reflection on the life of St. Cecilia who was a virgin and martyr in the beginning of the Church in the midst of pagan morals and how her love for purity and music and willingness to die for the faith sends a message to us who live closer to the end times when pagan morals are returning.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cecilia Virgin & Martyr – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 11:4-12
Resp: psa 144:1, 2, 9-10
Gsp: luk 20:27-40

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Nov 07 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Didacus, Holiness in Humility

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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Homily #141107b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Didacus, patron of all Franciscan Brothers and how holiness comes from being humble and having a small opinion of ourselves and not self promotion.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Didacus of Alcala – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 3:17-4:1
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: luk 16:1-8

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Nov 06 – Homily – Fr Elias: Preparing for the Spiritual Life

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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Homily #141106b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias continues on thoughts about the spiritual life and how we must prepare ourselves to fight the good fight. This includes developing a prayer life, receive the sacraments regularly and receive spiritual direction from a competent director.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 3:3-8
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 15:1-10

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Nov 05 – Homily – Fr Elias: Fighting Evil

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Homily #141105b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias and the need to fight evil in order to promote good. This spiritual battle must be undertaken with prudence and prayer.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 2:12-18
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gsp: luk 14:25-33

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Nov 02 – Homily – Fr Elias: Purgatory can be Avoided

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
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Homily #141102b ( 21min) Play – Fr. Elias reads from the writings of the saints to show that, although it truly is possible to avoid purgatory altogether and go straight to heaven, few manage to do so. One of the best ways to avoid it is to trust in the mercy of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: All Souls – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings:
1st: wis 3:1-9
Resp: psa 25:6, 7, 17-18,  20-21
2nd: rom 8:31-35, 37-39
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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Nov 01 – Homily – Fr Elias: Strive to be Saints

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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Homily #141101b ( 13min) Play – On the Solemnity of All Saints, Fr. Elias preaches on how many saints there are in heaven and how we are created to go there and be happy with God and with them. We must strive to imitate them, building virtuous habits with God’s grace, so that we are properly attired for the marriage feast of the Lamb. He explains all the ways in which saints help us on earth by interceding for us with God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: All Saints – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 7:2-4, 9-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: 1jo 3:1-3
Gsp: mat 5:1-12

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Oct 25 – Homily – Fr Elias: Saturday Devotion to Mary

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Homily #141025b ( 17min) Play – Fr. Elias explains why we have special devotion to Mary on Saturdays. Mary waited with faith on the Saturday between Her Son’s death on Good Friday and His rising on Easter Sunday even when the apostles had lost faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 4:7-16
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: luk 13:1-9

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Oct 24 – Homily – Fr Elias: The Great Sacrifice of Mass

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Homily #141024b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Elias on the large number of Catholics who do not go to Church and how this is a result of people not appreciating the importance of Mass as the unbloody re-presentation of Calvary, the great sacrifice of the Son of God for the removal of our sins, which enables us to live with Him for all eternity in heaven. He also explains the ad orientum position relative to the altar that he uses during Mass.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony Mary Claret – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 4:1-6
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:54-59

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