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Fr. Elias Mills

May 29 – Homily – Fr Elias: Love the Essence of the Law

Friday, May 29th, 2015
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Homily #150529b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias preaches on the essence of religious law, that it is to foster our love of God and neighbor and to wean ourselves away from inordinate self-love. This explains Jesus’ constant opposition to the Pharisees, exemplified in today’s Gospel with the expelling of the money changers from the temple, who turned the religious law into a means of dishonest self-enrichment.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 8th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 9-13
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: mar 11:11-26

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May 27 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Augustine, Missionary to England

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Augustine of Canterbury a Benedictine Monk sent by St. Pope Gregory the Great to reconvert the English to Christianity as it had become pagan after the fall of the Roman Empire and the barbarian invasions. We look forward to yet another return to Christianity of Britain.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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May 21 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Christopher and the Mexican Martyrs

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Homily #150521b ( 00min) Play – Fr. Elias on the martyrs of Mexico during the persecutions there in the 1920’s.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 22:30, 23:6-11
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Gsp: joh 17:20-26

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May 18 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Felix, Simple and Holy

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Homily #150518b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias preaches on the life of St Felix who was humble and holy Franciscan friar who lead a simple life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Felix of Cantalice – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:44-47
Resp: psa 131:1-3
2nd: col 3:12-17
Gsp: luk 12:22-31

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May 16 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sts. Margaret and Simon

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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Homily #150516b ( 15min) Play – Fr. Elias on the lives of two very different saints Margaret of Cortona and Simon Stock whose feasts are celebrated today. St. Margaret lived a life of sin until she converted and then lived a life of great penance in the Third Order of St. Francis and St. Simon Stock who lived a life of great holiness from early in his life and who founded the Carmelite Order and introduced the devotion to the scapular.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Margaret of Cortona – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 18:23-28
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 8-9, 10
Gsp: joh 16:23-28

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May 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Matthias one of the Twelve

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
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Homily #150514b ( 00min) Play – Fr. Elias on St. Matthias who replaced Judas the betrayer and how the number of apostles, twelve, is significant in pointing to the Church as the new Israel which had twelve patriarchs and that we are all chosen by God to be part of the Church and to fulfill specific roles.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Matthias the Apostle – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: joh 15:9-17

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May 12 – Homily – Fr Elias: Leopold Mandic and Confession

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
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Homily #150512b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Leopold Mandic and the sacrament that he was famous for ministering, Confession. Father covers many misconceptions of Confession commonly held in Protestant circles but also by Catholics and what we need to do to make our Confessions more fruitful.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Leopold Mandic – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 6th Week of Easter (Opt 2)
1st: rom 12:9-16
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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May 07 – Homily – Fr Elias: Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Homily #150507b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Elias on the origins of the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge (R.F.R.) who help staff our retreat center here in Bloomington, Indiana. They were founded in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico by Venerable Maria Librada of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1897 on this date.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:7-21
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 10
Gsp: joh 15:9-11

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May 06 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sticking to the Essentials

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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Homily #150506b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Elias on how our readings today on the Judaizers point to how we need to stick to the essentials, to discern what is the vine that does not change and what are the branches that need occasional pruning. Discerning these maters is the role of the Magisterium.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:1-6
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 03 – Homily – Fr Elias: Confirmation, Conversion, Holy Spirit

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150503b ( 18min) Play – Fr. Elias gives the homily to those who are preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. He starts with the conversion of St. Paul as accounted in the first reading for today. He then relates this to Confirmation in that we receive the Holy Spirit in this sacrament for our conversion and we are to strive for even further conversion through our life, to grow in holiness and happiness. This is done by conforming our will to God’s will and this is done by loving and obeying Him and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. This is all to be done and made fruitful by establishing a devout prayer life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 5th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 9:26-31
Resp: psa 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
2nd: 1jo 3:18-24
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 02 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Athanasius and the Family

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150502b ( 24min) Play – Fr. Elias gives the homily for the Marian Day at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center on May 2nd, 2015. He covers the life of St. Athanasius whose memorial is today. The stalwart defense of truth that Athanasius led against the onslaught of the government backed Arian Heresy of the late Roman Empire is analogous to modern push to relativize all morality.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Athanasius – Mem – Form: OF
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Apr 30 – Homily – Fr Elias: Pius V and the Rosary

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
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Homily #150430b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of Pope St. Pius V and how we must turn to Our Lady in our difficulties by praying the rosary and not relying on politics.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Pius V – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 13:13-25
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27
Gsp: joh 13:16-20

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Apr 28 – Homily – Fr Elias: Holy Missionaries of Mary

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
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Homily #150428b ( 16min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of two French saints St. Louis Marie de Montfort and St. Peter Chanel (also a martyr) who were priests and missionaries for Mary and had great effect in spreading the faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis Marie de Montfort – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 11:19-26
Resp: psa 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 10:22-30

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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 20 – Homily – Fr Elias: Worship God First

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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Homily #150420b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias explains the meaning of today’s readings on St. Steven, that our first duty is to serve and worship God and then all else in our lives will be placed in the proper order.
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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