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Fr. Elias Mills

Jan 24 – Homily – Fr Elias: St Francis de Sales, Devout Missionary

Saturday, January 24th, 2015
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Homily #150124b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Francis de Sales and how he promoted the devout life among his flock and in so doing was an effective missionary to the Calvinists in Switzerland.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Francis de Sales – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 9:2-3, 11-14
Resp: psa 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mar 3:20-21

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Jan 23 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary and Joseph Model of Marriage

Friday, January 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150123b ( 12min) Play – On this day the Franciscans of the Immaculate celebrate the espousal of Mary and Joseph. Fr. Elias points out how the marriage of Mary and Joseph was a true marriage even though it involved a vow of virginity. Further, it is the model of all marriages based on the complete, sacrificial giving of themselves to each other in conformity with God’s plans and achieved with His grace.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Espousal of BVM with Joseph (Alt) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: pro 8:22-3
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17, 18
Gsp: mat 1:18-23

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Jan 21 – Homily – Fr Elias: Witness to Virginity and Christianity

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
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Homily #150121b ( 07min) Play – St. Agnes was a young virgin and martyr during the Roman persecutions. Listen as Fr. Elias explains how her martyrdom at such a tender age gave witness both to the value of consecrated virginity and to the truth of the Christian faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Agnes – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 7:1-3, 15-17
Resp: psa 110:1, 2, 3, 4
Gsp: mar 3:1-6

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Jan 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Dedicated for Reverence

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150117b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Elias gives the homily on the fifth anniversary for the consecration of our Sacred Heart Chapel here at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana. Father focuses on the fact that all churches are sacred places and we should have a certain reverence that is conducive to prayer and communion with our all powerful and loving God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Dedication of a Church

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Jan 05 – Homily – Fr Elias: Manifesting Christ

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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Homily #150105b ( 10min) Play – After Epiphany Fr. Elias follows up on yesterday’s homily by preaching on the need to participate in the manifestation of Christ epitomized in the Epiphany by being active evangelizers and so manifest Christ to the world. This is what the Church is calling us to do in the New Evangelization.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Mon post Epiphany or Jan 7 – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 3:22-4:6
Resp: psa 2:7bc-8, 10-12a
Gsp: mat 4:12-17, 23-25

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Jan 04 – Homily – Fr Elias: Faith of the Magi

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
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Homily #150104b ( 26min) Play – On the Solemnity of Epiphany, Fr. Elias exhorts us to keep the Christmas Spirit alive since Christ remains with us in the Eucharist. This is exemplified at the Epiphany which is one of the great miraculous manifestations of Christ’s coming when the three Magi are guided by the star in faith to come to Bethlehem to adore the newborn King and take this good news to their homelands beyond Judea to the gentiles. Father highlights the great faith needed on their part to make this great, difficult and dangerous journey, to adore this humble child laid in a manger and how much we need to embrace that same faith today when there is so much despair regarding God’s presence and His willingness to bless us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Epiphany of the Lord – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 60:1-6
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
2nd: eph 3:2-3, 5-6
Gsp: mat 2:1-12

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Jan 03 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sanctity of the Name of Jesus

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150103b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Elias preaches on the Holy Name of Jesus which is the feast today. He gives the Franciscan history of the devotion and he exhorts us to hold the name of Jesus in great reverence both for His great holiness and all He has done for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Name of Jesus – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 1:18-23

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Jan 01 – Homily – Fr Elias: A New Year with the Mother of God

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Homily #150101bs ( 15min) Play – Fr. Elias on the Solemnity of the Mother of God connects this feast with then New Year,  Christmas and with the Annunciation when the Incarnation took place and Mary truly became Mother of God. He further connects the Marian devotions to devotion to Christ and how they are not only compatible but complementary. Let us all start the New Year by drawing closer to Christ through His Mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 6:22-27
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 2:16-21

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Dec 29 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Thomas Becket, Protector of the Church

Monday, December 29th, 2014
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Homily #141229b ( 15min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Thomas Becket and how as a bishop he fought vigorously for the rights of the Church in England against the political manipulation of King Henry II, even to the loss of his life. The Church in all ages must be free to do its mission of reconciling sinners to God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Thomas Becket – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:3-11
Resp: psa 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 5b-6
Gsp: luk 2:22-35

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Dec 26 – Homily – Fr Elias: Martyrs and Christmas

Friday, December 26th, 2014
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Homily #141226b ( 08min) Play – On the feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, Fr. Elias draws the connection between Christmas and Martyrdom. Martyrs are the purest fruit of the love of God and the salvation that he initiated by coming to us on Christmas day.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Stephen – The Protomartyr – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 6:8-10, 7, 54-59
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: mat 10:17-22

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Dec 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: Christ is Victorius

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141222b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Elias on how Our Lord Jesus Christ is always victorious, even when He seems to be defeated or humbled such as on the Cross or when He becomes a humble child. For this we should be grateful as Hanna was in the Old Testament and Mary was in the New Testament with her Magnificat.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 22 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 1:24-28
Resp: 1sa 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
Gsp: luk 1:46-56

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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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