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Fr. Louis Maximilian

Jul 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Children of Mary Receive God’s Blessing

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150704m ( 18min) Play – God the Father blesses as His sons (and daughters) only those who, like his Son Jesus, live as children of Mary, their Most Holy Mother. God recognizes them as His sons (and daughters) through the grace of adoption not because of their own merits but because they have been clothed with the merits of Jesus and Mary. The way to win our Father’s Heart is through humble submission and obedience to Mary, His Son’s Mother and ours. However, we must always remember that in accepting Mary as Our Mother and consecrating ourselves entirely to her, we are also accepting the reality that our trials and sufferings are sure to intensify, because Satan has a special hatred for Mary and those who are her children. Although in the eyes of the world the children of Mary seem to be lost and confused amidst their trials and sufferings, in the eyes of God they are most blessed and will be constantly supported by their Mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Immaculate Heart of Mary (Opt 2) – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jth 13:17-20; 15:9
Resp: luk 1:446-48a, 48b-49, 50-51, 52-53, 5455
Gsp: luk 2:46-51

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Jul 01 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150701m ( 20min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Louis Maximilian compares the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross in the New Testament. The spilling of blood of the animals was not efficacious in and of itself in forgiving the sins of the people, but only in view of the Most Precious Blood of Christ shed during his passion and death.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Feast of the Most Precious Blood – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 9:11-15
Gsp: joh 19:30-35

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Apr 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Pope Francis on Mercy

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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Homily #150412n ( 14min) Play – Father Louis reads selections and then comments on Misericordia Vultus (Pope Francis’ Papal Bull of Indiction for the Jubilee Year of Mercy). Read it for yourself here.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Divine Mercy Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:32-35
Resp: psa 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd: 1jo 5:1-6
Gsp: joh 20:19-31

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Video – A Day With Mary #130: The Eucharist and Sacrificial Love

Monday, March 9th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Louis Maximilian speaks on the Eucharist during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Peppermint Grove, Western Australia on 7 March 2015.

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Video – A Day With Mary #129: The Mercy of God

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Louis Maximilian gives the homily during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Peppermint Grove, Western Australia on 7 March 2015.

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Mar 01 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: “The Mirrored Faith of Abraham and Mary”

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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Homily #150301a ( 13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Louis Maximilian M. Smith on the readings for the 2nd Sunday in the liturgical season of Lent
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 2nd Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18
Resp: psa 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19
2nd: rom 8:31-34
Gsp: mar 9:2-10

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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
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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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