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Fr. Elias Mills

Aug 31 – Homily – Fr Elias: I Allowed Myself to be Duped

Sunday, August 31st, 2014
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Homily #140831b ( 11min) Play - Fr. Joachim reflects on the verse from the first reading in Jeremiah, “I have been duped, and I have let myself be duped.” to understand the difficulties of the spiritual life and how we must unlearn much of what the world has convinced us is so important. We are to change the world by our example not the other way around.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 20:7-9
Resp: psa 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9
2nd: rom 12:1-2
Gsp: mat 16:21-27

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Aug 28 – Homily – Fr Elias: Augustine: Patron Saint of Wayward Souls

Thursday, August 28th, 2014
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Homily #140828b ( 08min) Play - Fr. Elias gives an account of the life of St. Augustine and points out how he lived a very wayward life until his conversion and so is a great sign of hope that even a great sinner can become a great saint.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Hippo – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 1:1-9
Resp: psa 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 24:42-51

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Aug 25 – Homily – Fr Elias: Louis IX, King and Saint

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Homily #140825b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Louis, King of France and patron saint of the Franciscan Third Order. He is a great example of how to combine holiness with worldly authority.
Ave Maria!a
Mass: St. Louis IX – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 1:1-5, 11-12
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:13-22

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Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary, Queen Mother of the King

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140822b ( 11min) Play - Fr. Elias n the feast of the Queenship of Mary explains how Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth because she is Mother of the King of Heaven and Earth. By placing ourselves under her Queenship we will remain securely in the Kingdom of Christ.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 112:1-8
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Aug 20 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Bernard, Dynamic Preacher of Mary

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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Homily #140820b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, his great zeal for the faith and how he promoted devotion to Mary and even preached a Crusade.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernard of Clairvaux – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 34:1-11
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 20:1-16

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Aug 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Of Jews and Gentiles

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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Homily #140817b ( 19min) Play - Fr. Elias on the relationship between Jews and Gentiles and how the disobedience of each leads to the obedience of each other.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 56:1, 6-7
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:13-15, 29-32
Gsp: mat 15:21-28

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Aug 16 – Homily – Fr Elias: Assumed and Crowned Queen

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Homily #140816b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on how this time between the Assumption of Mary and her Queenship is the old octave that was dedicated to Mary and how these two feasts are connected since Mary was assumed into heaven and there crowned queen and this is because she is so closely united to Christ our King as his queen mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Stephen of Hungary – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 18:1-10, 13, 30-32
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gsp: mat 19:13-15

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Aug 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Maximilian of our Difficult Times

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Homily #140814b ( 16min) Play – Fr. Elias explains how St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of our difficult times as he  was labeled by Pope John Paul II. He used all the modern means to spread the faith and he lived a holy life while in Poland during the invasion by Nazi Germany and was even sent to the death camp Auschwitz where he offered his life for another prisoner.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Maximilian Kolbe – Solemnity - Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 12:1-12
Resp: psa 78:56-57, 58-59, 61-62
Gsp: mat 18:21-19:1

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Aug 11 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Clare, Clear Vision of Holiness

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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Homily #140811b ( 16min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St. Clare and the profound change that she caused in her time, moderating worldly materialism. May she do so in out time as well, especially since she is the patron saint of television.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Clare of Assisi – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 3:8-14
R: psa 16:1a-2b, 5, 7-8, 11
Gsp: mat 19:27-29

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Aug 08 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Dominic Brother Mendicant

Friday, August 8th, 2014
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Homily #140808b ( 10min) Play – On the feast of St Dominic Fr. Elias explains the common roots of the Franciscan and Dominican orders and how they started at the same times and addressed some of the same problems of their day by living the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. St. Dominic is also noted for spreading the devotion to the Rosary that is both Marian and Scriptural and enables everyone to include the events of Christ’s life in their prayers,
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Father Dominic – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1co 2:1-10
Resp: psa 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10
Gsp: luk 9:57-62

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Aug 06 – Homily – Fr Elias: Manifest Transfiguration

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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Homily #140806b ( 12min) Play – On the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord Fr. Elias preaches on its history and meaning and its relation to the feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross and Good Friday and other extraordinary manifestations of God’s glory in the Old Testament associated with Elijah the prophet.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Transfiguration of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 7:9-10, 13-14
Resp: psa 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2nd: 2pe 1:16-19
Gsp: luk 9:28-36

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Jul 11 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. Benedict Integrating Prayer and Work

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Homily #140711b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Elias on the life of St Benedict and the influence of his Benedictine order both on Western monasticism and on civilization and culture by integrating sanctity and humanity, Ora et Labora (prayer and work).
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Benedict – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 46:1-7, 28-30
Resp: psa 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
Gsp: mat 10:16-23

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Jul 09 – Homily – Fr Elias: Martyrs of All Types

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
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Homily #140709b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias give and account of St. Augustine Zhao Rong and companions who died for there faith in China. He emphasizes how they came from many walks of life and many different age groups from children to old men and how we must follow their example and make even little sacrifices to spread the faith, first by giving a good example. Father also gives a short account of  St. Nicholas Pick and companions who is also celebrated on the Franciscan calendar today.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine Zhao Rong and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 10:1-7

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Jul 07 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sanctifying Sacramentals

Monday, July 7th, 2014
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Homily #140707b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Elias starts with the story of the woman who is cured merely by touching the tassel of Jesus’ cloak to explain why the Church embraces the use of sacramentals like scapulars, medals and rosaries and how they are so efficacious at transmitting graces from God for healing and sanctification.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 14th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: hos 2:16, 17-18, 21-22
Resp: psa 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mat 9:18-26

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Jul 06 – Homily – Fr Elias: A Yoke the is Easy

Sunday, July 6th, 2014
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Homily #140706b ( 17min) Play - Fr. Elias on how the teachings of Christ’s Church is a yoke that is easy and a burden that is light. This is because they give us the true liberty to be free to be able to not indulge in excessively selfish pursuits. This freedom comes from the strength given as a free gift from our faith in Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 9:9-10
Resp: psa 145:1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14
2nd: rom 8:9, 11-13
Gsp: mat 11:25-30

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