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Fr. Joachim

Feb 26 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Why Don’t We Get What We Pray For?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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Homily #150226n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the reading in today’s gospel, telling us that while we may not receive what we want from God, we always receive what is best for us. Let us then first pray that we may desire what God wants to give us, and then ask Him to send what He knows we need.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: est 14:1ff
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8
Gsp: mat 7:7-12

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Feb 23 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Jesus and “Faith Alone”

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150223n ( 05min) Play – Father comments on the gospel, telling us that we will be judged by our actions. He tells us that this is contrary to the Protestant idea of salvation by “Faith Alone.” While we do have to have faith, we have to act on that faith too. We will be judged on how we treat others, for as Our Lord says, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Let us act on our faith in Jesus, and seek to see and love Him in others, especially those who are the least lovable.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 19:1-2, 11-18
Resp: psa 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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Feb 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Choose Life!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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Homily #150219n ( 03min) Play – Father comments on the readings, and shows how the words of Our Lord in the Gospel complete those in the first reading. We are told that “Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.” Then Our Lord tells us, “whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” That is, to have real live, eternal life, we have to be willing to die to the things of this world, “take up his cross daily,” and live to God. This is and this alone is the way to true life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 30:15-20
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 9:22-25

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Feb 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Sign is Himself

Monday, February 16th, 2015
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Homily #150216n ( 04min) Play – In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees come asking for signs and wonders to back up the claim of Jesus, but He, knowing they were motivated by curiosity and not a desire for the truth, refused to work any signs. Do we demand signs from God, or do we recognize that He is present to us in His Church, in the Sacraments, in the circumstances of our lives, and in our very hearts? The sign He gives us is Himself, let us ask for the grace to recognize Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 6th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 4:1-15, 25
Resp: psa 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
Gsp: mar 8:11-13

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Feb 15 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Jesus Reaching Out

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
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Homily #150215n ( 08min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that as Jesus reached out and healed the leper, He also reaches out and heals us of our leprosy, sin, through the Sacraments and teachings of the Church. And now it is our role to, by our good example, be the hand that Jesus reaches out through and touches others, testifying that we know very little about Jesus, but we do know what He has done for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 13:1-2, 44-46
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 11
2nd: 1co 10:31-11:1
Gsp: mar 1:40-45

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Feb 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Order Out of Chaos

Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Homily #150209n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the creation account, showing that in God’s creation, He brings order out of chaos. Father then tells us that we, by sin, disrupt that creation and bring chaos back into our world, our lives, and our souls. However, when we submit to the action of grace, seeking in particularly in Confession and the Eucharist, God continues this action of bringing order from chaos first in our souls, second in our lives, and finally into our world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 1:1-19
Resp: psa 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Gsp: mar 6:53-56

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Feb 04 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Joseph of Leonessa

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Homily #150204n ( 07min) Play – Father Joachim comments on the life and example of St. Joseph of Leonessa, and encourages us to ask his intersession that we may follow after his path of zeal and mortification.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph of Leonessa – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 4th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 12:4-7, 11-15
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: mar 6:1-6

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Feb 02 – Homily – Fr Joachim: They Prayed

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Homily #150202n ( 08min) Play – Father points out that only Simeon and Anna recognized Our Lord when he was presented into the temple, and the reason is because they led lives of deep prayer which made them sensitive to the presence of God. And Our Lady was so united to God, that God united himself to her, and her joy is not diminished by all her sufferings. Let us enter into prayer, put our trust in Jesus, rely on the mediation of Mary, and recognize that at every Mass Our Lord comes into the temples of his churches, and at every communion into the temple of our bodies.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Presentation of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mal 3:1-4
Resp: psa 24:7, 8, 9, 10
2nd: heb 2:14-18
Gsp: luk 2:22-40

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Jan 20 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Neighbor over Ritual

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
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Homily #150120b ( 03min) Play – Referring to the Gospel reading where Jesus harvests grain on the Sabbath, Fr. Joachim explains how love of neighbor takes precedence over ritual law.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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Jan 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Promised Rest

Friday, January 16th, 2015
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Homily #150116b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the rest from our labors that scripture promises both in the New and the Old Testaments. Entering into this rest requires faith in His word and to act upon it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Berard and companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 1st Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 4:1-5, 11
Resp: psa 78:3, 4, 6-7, 8
Gsp: mar 2:1-12

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Jan 14 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Life with no Fear of Death

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
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Homily #150114b ( 04min) Play – Fr. Joachim on how Christ destroyed death with His death so that we can live without fear of death and look forward to eternal life with Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Odoric of Pordenone – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 1st Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 2:14-18
Resp: psa 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mar 1:29-39

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Jan 12 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Penance for Sins

Monday, January 12th, 2015
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Homily #150112b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Bernard of Corleone who led a disorderly, violent life and then had a conversion when his wayward ways lead to dire straights. He entered the Franciscans as a lay brother to do penance for his sins which he did with the same zeal in which he formerly practiced vice.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernard of Corleone – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 1st Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 1:1-6
Resp: psa 97:1-2, 6-7, 9
Gsp: mar 1:14-20

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Jan 08 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Loving our Brothers

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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Homily #150108b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on how we must love our brothers and that this includes forgiving their sins against us. This is a necessary part of loving God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thur post Epiphany or Jan 10 – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 4:19-5:4
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17
Gsp: luk 4:14-22

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Jan 07 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Angelo of Foligno, Repenter and Penitent

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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Homily #150107b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Angela of Foligno who led a sinful life and then had a conversion and entered the Third Order of St. Francis where she did great penance for her sins and for the salvation of other souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Angela of Foligno – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wed post Epiphany or Jan 9
1st: 1jo 4:11-18
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Gsp: mar 6:45-52

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Jan 01 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Meaning of the Feast of the Mother of God

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Homily #150101b ( 14min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the need to be grateful of the fact that Mary is the Mother of God even though we pray this with every Hail Mary. Father explains the basis of this feast in the early Church when this title was emphasized with a dogmatic declaration in order to refute the Nestorian heresy. By declaring Mary to be Mother of God, it made clear that her Child was a divine person and therefore that Jesus was truly God who became man.
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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