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Fr. Elias Mills

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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Oct 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. John Paul II and Marian Consecration

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141022b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias for the feast day for St. John Paul II, gives an account of the influence of his life especially regarding Marian devotion which was inspired by his fellow country man and contemporary St. Maximilian Kolbe. Father specifically focuses on consecration to the Mary and even as a fourth vow in religious life, first approved by him when he erected the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a pontifical institute.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Paul II – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 3:2-12
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:39-48

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Oct 19 – Homily – Fr Elias: God’s will be Done

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
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Homily #141019b ( 25min) Play – Fr. Elias on how God is so omnipotent that he can work His will through the most unlikely people, including Cyrus the King of Persia, who was the pagan ruler over the Israelites and unexpectedly allowed them to go back to Jerusalem from which they were exiled. This also applied to Caesar in the day of Jesus and any ruler even today. Father ties this together to delineate how government and religion are separate but related and complimentary and how both should be respected. He gives a final exhortation regarding the spiritual practicality of sacramentals.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 45:1, 4-6
Resp: psa 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
2nd: 1th 1:1-5
Gsp: mat 22:15-21

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Oct 18 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Luke, Marian Evangelist

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
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Homily #141018b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Elias  on the Gospel according to St. Luke whose feast day it is today. He focuses on the Marian dimension of the Good News of which Luke focuses on more than the other Evangelists that God has become man through a woman, one of our own, the one foretold in Genesis, the first book of the Bible in the Proto-Gospel, “And I will establish a feud between thee and the woman, between thy offspring and hers; she is to crush thy head, while thou dost lie in ambush at her heels.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Luke the Evangelist – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ti 4:9-17
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18
Gsp: luk 10:1-9

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Oct 13 – Homily – Fr Elias: When the Sun Dances

Monday, October 13th, 2014
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Homily #141013b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias on the 97th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal where the Sun literally danced in the sky in plane sight of 70,000 people who gathered for the pre-announced event makes the private revelations of Our Lady of Fatima to the Children rather public, adding an extra need to take her message to heart.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 11:29-32

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Oct 10 – Homily – Fr Elias: The Difficult Preaching

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Homily #141010b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the lives of St. Daniel and Companions who gave their lives in order to evangelize others. Father underlines the need to preach what we believe which is different from others not just those things with which we agree.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Daniel and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 3:7-14
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 11:15-26

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