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Fr. Louis Maximilian

Dec 08 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Son of the Immaculate Conception

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Homily #141208 ( 15min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian, on the occasion of receiving the first profession of vows from fra Charbel, explains how being a son of Mary is first and foremost, laying the foundation for the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 3:9-15, 20
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2nd: eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Confidence in the Lord

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Homily #141204n ( 04min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on being confident in God, and stresses that such confidence requires that we be open to God’s will. We all know that we fail to perfectly align ourselves to the will of God, and because of that a key point in our prayer needs to be humility. Let us call upon the most perfect disciple, the Blessed Virgin, and ask that we may have to humility to rely on God’s strength and, with the help of grace, fulfill His will.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Damascene – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 26:1-6
Resp: psa 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Gsp: mat 7:21, 24-27

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Dec 02 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: A Year for Consecrated Life

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Homily #141202n ( 09min) Play – Father reminds us that we are in the first days of the Year for Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis, comments on the great good that consecrated life brings for the life of the Church, and encourages us all to support consecrated life by our prayers and by promoting vocations to the consecrated life. May we all, consecrated and lay, ask  Our Lady to lead us and show us how to live our lives for Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 11:1-10
Resp: psa 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Gsp: luk 10:21-24

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Nov 30 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: When God Turns Away From Us

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Homily #141130n ( 13min) Play – When we turn away from the Lord, we sin, Father tells us. But the Lord can also turn away from us too. He does this by letting us have our own way; he abandons us to our own designs and desires, and we go from bad to worse. He does this to wake us up to our need for Him and His grace, and that recognizing our pitiful state, we may turn back to Him. Let us pray to Our Lady that She may acquire for us the grace to be watchful for the indications of God’s will and that this Advent may be a time to prepare for His coming at Christmas, and to be ready for when He comes to meet us at the end of our time in this world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 1st Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 63:16-17, 19
Resp: psa 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
2nd: 1co 1:3-9
Gsp: mar 13:33-37

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Nov 29 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: How the Franciscans Have So Many Saints

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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Homily #141129n ( 11min) Play – As we remember all the saints of the Franciscan Order, Father particularly draws our attention to the great many who have been canonized. But what is it that makes this charism so rich in saints? Father Louis lists three things. First, we have the same calling that St. Francis received, “Go rebuild my Church.” Second, we have the example of St. Francis in answering this call, and we can say to ourselves, “If St. Francis did all these things, why can’t I.” When we know what we are to do, we must do it, and we are not stuck wandering in the abstract. Let us live the example of St. Francis. But how do we persevere in this? Again, we look to St. Francis, it was at the church dedicated to Our Lady that he was given the full understanding of his vocation, and where he named Mary as the Advocate and Queen of the Seraphic Order. The Franciscan saints too called upon Mary as their advocate. In the past decade, there has been at least one Franciscan canonized every year, let us also go to Mary so that we may some day be within that same number.
Ave Maria!
Mass: All Saints of the Franciscan Ord. – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 22:1-7
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 21:34-36

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Nov 27 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Do the Simple Things

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Homily #141127n ( 18min) Play – Father highlights the three elements of Mary’s Mediation: in the acquisition of graces as Coredemptrix, in interceding for us as Advocate, and in distributing these graces as Distributrix. Since she is, by God’s will, the Mediatrix, we need to draw close to her to receive the graces we are in desperate need of. Also, Father points out, the Immaculate Conception forms the bedrock for her other roles, and demonstrates the perfection of the Redemption. These two doctrines, Mediatrix and Immaculate Conception, are harmoniously united in the Miraculous Medal. While she doesn’t need a medal to distribute the graces entrusted to her by God, it is the will of God to use simple things (like the sacramentals) as instruments to bestow graces. And we are also involved in this as well, we need to make use of these simple things God has given us, the Miraculous Medal, Rosary, Scapular, Five First Saturdays, Divine Mercy Chaplet, ect., to receive the graces He desires to distribute through them. God makes Himself very available, but we need to go to Him according to His will and not ours. The sacramentals and sacraments may seem too simple, too available, but how many graces do we waste by not doing the easy things God wants us to. Let us do the simple things like the servants at the wedding of Cana did, and God will work powerfully in our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:11, 5-6, 14-17
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: joh 2:1-11

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Nov 21 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Why We Wear a Blue-Grey Habit

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141121m ( 16min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian gives a homily on the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Temple, before the investiture of the Aspirants as Postulants, which ococcurred during a simple para-liturgical ceremony conducted at the conclusion of the Mass. The four new Postulants who received the blue-grey habit of our order are Matthew Geffen, Nathan Michalak, José Hernandez, and Andrew Kellogg.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: Zec 2:14-17
Resp: Luk 1:46-55
Gsp: Mat 12:46-50

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Oct 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Seeking the Lord in Mary

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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Homily #141012n ( 00min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the readings of today, and tells us that our appraisal of sin is not the same as God’s. Indifference to sin, which characterizes our age, is punished severely to God. We must seek God in order to be saved, and if we seek Him through Mary, she will we to our salvation. Seeking the Lord in Mary is the recipe for rejoicing!
Ave Maria!
Mass: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 25:6-10
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
2nd: phi 4:12-14, 19-20
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Sep 28 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Power Through Mercy

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
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Homily #140928b ( 19min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian explains that God displays His power through His mercy. This is in counter-distinction to our human notion of power where greatness is shown by exerting raw power and enforcing strict justice. Yet, God’s mercy does not countermand justice but rather effects true renewal, a true justification of those who need mercy.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 18:25-28
Resp: psa 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: phi 2:1-11
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Sep 24 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Word of God

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Homily #140924b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian on how the Word of God is the lamp for the world and how we need the Church to pass it along, including the interpretation.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday in the 25th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: pro 30:5-9
Resp: psa 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Gsp: luk 9:1-6

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Sep 23 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: St. Pio, Reparation and Mercy

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140923b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Louis gives the homily for the feast day of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. He explains how St. Pio gave a great example of generosity to others, willing to suffer in reparation for other’s sins in union with Christ who suffered and died for us. In so doing he became a lighting rod of God’s mercy.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Pio of Pietrelcina 2 – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 7:22-23
Resp: psa 15:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
2nd: gal 6:14-18
Gsp: mat 11:25-30

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Sep 20 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Death is a Passage

Saturday, September 20th, 2014
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Homily #140920b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian explains that death is not an end. It is, rather, a beginning, a passage into eternity. We must live life to be prepared and store up for eternity by striving to grow closer to God each day, working with the grace we receive.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Comp. – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 15:35-37, 42-49
Resp: psa 56:10-12, 13-14
Gsp: luk 8:4-15

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Sep 19 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Resurrection of the Body

Friday, September 19th, 2014
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Homily #140919b ( 06min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian explains how the belief that our bodies will be resurrected is a great incentive to treat ourselves and each other with dignity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Januarius – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 15:12-20
Resp: psa 17:1, 6-7, 8, 15
Gsp: luk 8:1-3

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2014 Professions – FINEWS 150

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Fi News #150 – ( 18min) >>> Play
On September 8th, 2014, Fr. Louis Maximilian received the first profession of vows and the renewal of temporary vows. In this homily, Father speaks of the “reaction” we all owe to God’s “action,” and which is made possible by the “reaction” of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady’s faith and fidelity to God’s will. He asks us, if we don’t love, who will? We must all live out our call to sanctity, and the practice of Marian Consecration is the “quickest, surest, easiest way” of “reacting” to the love of God and becoming saints; IF WE LIVE IT OUT!

Here are some images of the professions, more may be found here.

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Ave Maria!

 

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Aug 23 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Good and Bad Example

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140823n ( 12min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian takes two points from today’s Gospel. First is the need for good example, both to ourselves (i.e. a sincere and consistent life) and to others. If we don’t have this, not only will we not sweeten the message of the Gospel with our deeds, but we will embitter it. Second is how to react to bad example, especially by those in authority over us.  We are not excused from living the faith, rather we can look to the teaching of the Holy Father as a dependable guide even in murky times. We also must not be quick to condemn, but seek first the Kingdom of God, even if it feels like we are alone. Let us imitate the Blessed Virgin, ponder the Word of God, and be docile to the inspirations of the Spirit.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rose of Lima – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 43:1-7
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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