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Fr. Maximilian Dean

Feb 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Great Graces of God

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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Homily #140203n ( 07min) Play – Father asks us what we would do if Jesus was here today and cured a demoniac like He does in today’s Gospel reading. Would we desire to follow after him like the man who was delivered did, or would we ask him to leave us alone like the Gerasenes did? However, in fact, we do have Him among us and God seeks to give us His love through sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession. Do we accept it? Do we share it?
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Blase – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 4th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 2sa 15:13-14, 30, 16:5-13
Resp: psa 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mar 5:1-20

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For the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” (Our Lady of Fatima)

Offering as a Little Victim of Love for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

O Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and my Mother Mary, I consecrate myself entirely to you with a filial love that knows no limits. For the greatest possible glory of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and for the salvation and sanctification of souls, I offer myself as a little victim of love for the triumph of your Most Pure and Immaculate Heart.

Deign, oh my Mother, to accept this humble offering and give me the grace to do everything through, with and in Your Heart. May you use me as You wish. Transform me completely within your Immaculate Heart so that I may disappear and you alone remain. Amen.

Ave Maria!

In fact, what we will discover is that in order for us to be instruments in bringing about the triumph and reign of Our Lady in the world, she must first and foremost triumph and reign in us. The glorious, universal triumph of Mary’s Heart starts in our hearts. The triumph must be realized one heart at a time. That said, the spiritual program of this little victimhood of love starts at home. It begins with our consecration to her maternal heart, the imitation of her virtues, the awareness and correspondence to her ongoing spiritual presence, the death to the world and to ourselves and the mystical transformation in the Most Holy Trinity in the depth of the divine sanctuary of her Immaculate Heart. In a word, we must experience and live her motherly presence first hand and then we will be able to bring that presence to others by our lives, words, prayers, and actions.  

(the prayer above) can serve as a model for offering oneself as a little victim of love for the triumph of Mary’s most pure and Immaculate Heart.

reprinted with permission from Fr. Maximilian Mary Dean, FI

Sep 09 – Homily – Fr Maximilian Dean: Absolute Primacy of Christ and Gift of Suffering

Monday, September 9th, 2013
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Homily #130909 ( 06min) Play – Making a special visit from the Ritiro Mariano (contemplative house) in Italy, Fr. Maximilian reflects on the readings and the absolute primacy of Christ, reminding us of the gift of suffering which Christ gives us to participate in union with Him for the salvation of souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Peter Claver – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 23rd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: col 1:24-2:3
Resp: psa 62:6-7, 9
Gsp: luk 6:6-11

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Video – Fr. Maximilian Dean: Immaculate Music – #11: Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Ave Maria!
This is a repost of one of our old videos for the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary which is today.

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Immaculate Music #11 – Immaculate Heart of Mary (5min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Maximilian Dean and Michael Grogan sing O Immaculate Heart of Mary. Come listen to this inspirational performance which is preceded by a meditation on how Our Lady helps us draw nearer to the Trinity.

Ave Maria!

Fi – News: A Novena of Latin Masses

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The Franciscans of the Immaculate, inspired by the example of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, are seeking to conquer the world for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the maternal mediation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The primary role of the contemplative branch is to sustain the Church, and more specifically the missions of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, by their hidden life of prayer and penance. Each Friary of the contemplative friars is called a Ritiro Mariano, which in Italian has the sense of a “Marian Hermitage” where the contemplatives retreat and pray. Recently the contemplative friars have undertaken the sacred and prayerful work of restoring altars. Your donations will aid the contemplative friars and their restoration work for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.  – http://www.novenamasses.org/

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #33: Love for Love

Monday, November 15th, 2010
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The Cornerstone #33 – Fr. Maximilian Dean on the principle of action and reaction (7min) >>> Play

A repost of past video for the AirMaria Scotus Month Nov 8th-Dec 8th

Ave Maria!

St. Therese of the Child Jesus has said, “Love is repaid by love alone.” Elsewhere it is said in simpler form: “Love for love,” meaning God first offers us His love in the hope that we will respond by giving Him ours.

This principle of action and reaction is the heart of Bl. John Duns Scotus’ teaching. God first acts by willing Christ, the God-man, and the God-man responds with His Heart aflame for the love and glory of the Father. We also see God’s principle of action and reaction in the predestination of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Listen now as Father explains this eye-opening principle of “Love for love,” “action and reaction,” and how it plays out in all of creation, and in our lives.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #27: Absolute Primacy of Christ

Saturday, November 13th, 2010
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The Cornerstone #27 – Sin or no sin, Bl. John Duns Scotus believes that the Incarnation was God’s plan from the beginning. (6min) >>> Play

Repost of Previous video for Scotus Month on AirMaria

Ave Maria!

“Click in” as Fr. Maximilian Mary recapitulates all that he has said thus far about the absolute primacy of Jesus Christ and prepares to launch into the subject of the mediation of grace and glory through the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Having established the absolute primacy of Jesus Christ, the Cornerstone will show where Our Lady fits into God’s plan and what that means for our spiritual life.

Ave Maria!

This video series is based on the book A Primer on the Absolute Primacy of Christ by the host Fr. Maximilian M. Dean, FI

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #42: Absolute Primacy of Christ *Final Episode*

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
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The Cornerstone #42 – Final Episode of The Cornerstone ( 7min) Play

Ave Maria!

In the previous episode, Fr. Maximilian spoke of the “Alpha” and the “Omega” of the spiritual life which is: Jesus Christ. And in this episode, Father recapitulates all he has spoken of ever since the – “Alpha” – first episode, because we have now reached the “Omega” of this series, the final episode. It has been a captivating experience as Father led us to a deeper understanding of the Absolute Primacy of Christ, the subordinate primacy of Our Lady and the importance this has on our spiritual lives. Especially the role of Our Lady on mediating the graces which conform us to Christ. We hope you enjoyed this series, and we thank you for joining us!
Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #41: Transforming Union with the Beloved

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

The Cornerstone #41 – Conformity to Christ Crucified through the mediation of the Immaculate ( 7min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

After looking at the spiritual life at different angles based on the different persons found in the drama at Calvary. Father Maximilian speaks of the Alpha and the Omega of the spiritual life: Christ – who has the Absolute Primacy. The peak of the spiritual life, through the mediation of the Immaculate is: Transforming Union with the Beloved. This mystery of Christ the King on Calvary redeeming the world, summing all things under his Headship and uniting it to God the Father is made present in the Holy Eucharist in Holy Communion. Listen to Father Maximilian speak of souls becoming conformed to Christ through the Heart of the Immaculate.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #40: Mary at the Foot of the Cross

Saturday, February 9th, 2008
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The Cornerstone #40 – Fr. Maximilian focuses on Our Lady at the Crucifixion ( 7min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Father Maximilian continues to look at the characters of the Passion and how they reflect different aspects of the spiritual life. Now he shifts his focus to Our Blessed Mother, the woman who suffered and yet still rejoiced in God her Savior. Mary is THE model of the Church; she is the “Virgin made Church” as St. Francis called her. Father Stefano Manelli, founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, outlines 3 points on our Marian journey towards perfect union with Christ, and Father Maximilian discusses these 3 points in this episode.

[Again, we apologize for the glitch at the end of the recording. We suggest that you just close your eyes and listen to Father's wonderful words. It's not worth missing!]

Video – Roving Reporter #22 – Fr. Maximilian Dean: Entering the Contemplative Life

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
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Roving Reporter #22 – Fr. Maximilian on his adventure in to Silence ( 9min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

We caught-up to Fr. Maximilian Dean in Carmel, IN at his last concert just prior to his entry into our new contemplative community in Tuscany, Italy near Florence last Fall. Father talks about his active ministry in music, producing Cornerstone videos and being Superior of Mt. St. Francis Hermitage. He then explains the importance of the contemplative life which our Lord calls the greater part and which has called him away from this activity into silence. Farewell, Father, and keep us in your prayers.

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #39: St. John the Apostle

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
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The Cornerstone #39 – Fr. Maximilian on Mary and St. John at Calvary and their relation to our spiritual life. ( 8min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In this episode, Fr. Maximilian continues to reflect on the role of Mary in our spiritual lives. Who is the model of contemplation at Calvary? It is the beloved disciple, John the Apostle. St. John contemplated the Word made flesh; he laid his head against the breast of Christ at the institution of the Holy Eucharist; and he witnessed the lance piece the heart of the same Christ on Mt. Calvary.

Fr. Maximilian uses St. John as a model to discuss the two forms of contemplative prayer: acquired contemplation and infused contemplation. Acquired contemplation, or “the prayer of quiet,” involves a simple, silent union with God, and Father uses St. Theresa of Avila to illustrate this phase. Infused contemplation is prayer that is totally given from above and engages all of our faculties: memory, intellect, and will.

[Again, we apologize for the glitch at the end of the recording. We suggest that you just close your eyes and listen to Father's wonderful words. It's not worth missing!]

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #38: St. Mary Magdalen

Friday, January 25th, 2008
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The Cornerstone #38 – Fr. Maximilian Dean: Primacy of Christ and Mary Magdalene (8min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In this episode, Fr. continues his examination of the scene at Calvary and Mary’s role in our spiritual life. The process of “purification” is essential if we are to grow in our Christian life, and we see this process embodied in the person of St. Mary Magdalen. In the Gospels, Mary Magdalen is always depicted as being at the feet of Jesus. She lay at His feet when the Pharisees & scribes attempted to have her stoned; she washed His feet with costly perfume at the house of Simon the Pharisee; at Calvary, she knelt weeping at the foot of the cross; and after the resurrection, she is seen clinging to Christ whom she mistook as a gardener. It was at Calvary that Mary Magdalen was cleansed all the more of her sins by the blood of the Lamb and the tears of His Mother.

St. John Chrysostom said: “In the Magdalen, Christ found a harlot, but He made her purer than a virgin.” When we are purified, we become more and more holy and pleasing to God, and Father Maximilian discusses 2 aspects of this purification, as described by St. John of the Cross. These 2 aspects are known as “the dark night of the senses” and “the dark night of the soul”.

[Again, we apologize for the glitch at the end of the recording. We suggest that you just close your eyes and listen to Father's wonderful words. It's not worth missing!]

Ave Maria!

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #37: Mary and St Longinus

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
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The Cornerstone #37 – Fr Maximilian Dean on Mary and St Longinus in the light of the Primacy of Christ (7min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In this episode, we return to blood-stained Calvary and the tears of Our Lady, which co-mingled with the blood of Jesus for our salvation. Now Father Maximilian points his spotlight on the centurion, St. Longinus, a Roman executioner by trade and then a child of God by grace. He participated in and witnessed the most excruciating death in the history of the world. St. Longinus is the one who thrust the lance into the side of Christ. Christ had already expired and so did not feel the pain of that blow, but His mother, standing but a short distance away, felt that wound acutely.

[note: We apologize for the technical glitch toward the end of this vlog. We aren't able to re-record the show with Father Maximilian, being that he's in a contemplative house in Italy praying for all of us!]

Video – Fr Maximilian – The Cornerstone #36: The Good Thief

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
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The Cornerstone #36 – Fr. Maximilian and the Good Thief (6min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!
This episode Fr. Maximilian discusses St. Dismas, the Good Thief, who died with Christ, but confessed his sins and asked Him for forgiveness. Listen as Fr. Maximilian explains how Mary has a role in his conversion. He also covers the conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne who converted with the help of Mary.
Ave Maria!

This video series is based on the book A Primer on the Absolute Primacy of Christ by the host Fr. Maximilian M. Dean, FI