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Oct 10 – Homily – Card. Burke: Jesus’ Teaching on Marriage

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015
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Homily #151010bs ( 12min) Play – Cardinal Burke at the Day of Reflection for Laity with the theme, “Holy Matrimony: Sacrament of Christ in His Church, (Eph 5:32)” at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN on October 10, 2015, gives the homily where he preaches on the Gospel of St. John where the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus in a doctrinal dispute on divorce. Cardinal Burke underscores Jesus’ use of natural law as well as divine law to uphold the indissolubility of marriage and how God will give couples the grace to live the demands of being faithful to their marriage vows.
Ave Maria!
Reading: Matthew 19:3-12

http://www.usccb.org/bible/matthew/19

To view more on this series of talks by Cardinal Burke:

http://airmaria.com/tag/day-of-reflection-on-marriage/

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Oct 09 – Homily – Card. Burke: The Grace of Priesthood

Friday, October 16th, 2015
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Homily #151009b ( 19min) Play – His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke gives the fifth and last homily or the 2015 Priests’ Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. The theme of the retreat is “Holy Priesthood: Sacrament of Christ’s Pastoral Charity.”  He reflects on the Gospel account of the miracle of the catching of many fish and refers this to the grace of the priesthood where these fisherman would become fishers of men. He relates this to the first reading from St. Paul who says this treasure of grace is held in earthen vessels and to St. John Leonardi who’s feast day it was and who fought for reform of priesthood at the time of the Council of Trent and suffered much as a result. He exhorts all the priests attending this retreat to go forth and be one in heart with Jesus until he comes again to take us home.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Leonardi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 4:1-7
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 10
Gsp: luk 5:1-11

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Oct 08 – Homily – Card Burke: Eucharist and the Priesthood

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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Homily #151008b ( 15min) Play – Card. Burke gives the fourth homily for the the 2015 Priests’ Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. The theme of the retreat is “Holy Priesthood: Sacrament of Christ’s Pastoral Charity.”  Here he covers the importance of the Eucharist for the priesthood. This is related in the readings with references to the manna that was given to Israel. Jesus is the true bread from heaven that alone fulfills us and this is all fulfilled in the Eucharist which is truly the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus, first poured out on Calvary and made present again in an unbloody manner in the Mass. This is the bread that will lead us through the desert of this life and bring us to the eternal rest in heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Eucharistic Lord
Readings:
Deut 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Ps 35: 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8, 9
Lk 9:11b-17

 

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Oct 07 – Homily – Card. Burke: The Priest and the Rosary

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Homily #151007b ( 18min) Play – Cardinal Burke gives the third homily for the 2015 Priests’ Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN, themed, “Holy Priesthood: Sacrament of Christ’s Pastoral Charity.” He speaks on the role of the Rosary in bringing the life of Christ into our lives with all its connection to the human family through His Mother Mary, and how this is especially so for those in the priesthood. He also explains the history of this feast for the Battle of Lepanto and how we should pray today for peace in the world and in the family which is so much threatened today.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Rosary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:12-14
Resp: luk 1:46-55
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Oct 06 – Homily – Card. Burke: St. Bruno and Priestly Vocations

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Homily #151006b ( 17min) Play – Cardinal Burke gives the second Homily on the 2015 Priests Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center. He reflects on the call of all priests to an undivided union with Christ that takes precedence over his natural family and relates this to Jesus’ relationship to Mary and Joseph in the Joyful Mystery of the Finding in the Temple. The priesthood should be a daily pursuit of a permanent state of upward movement toward Christ. Giving the Eucharist to the flock is the first element in the pastoral charity to which the priest is primarily called.  He relates this to St. Bruno, the founder of the contemplative Carthusian Order, whose feast day it is today. Confusion of today that touches even on the priestly life involves the preoccupation to outward works and forgetting the divine love that flows from the union with the Eucharistic. The Church sees the value of the Carthusians in order to receive the graces of this profound connection in order to protect the rest of the Church from the waves of secularism. Let us be united to the Eucharistic Heart of Christ and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bruno – Opt Memorial
Readings: Luke 9:57-62

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Oct 05 – Homily – Card. Burke: The High Priestly Heart of Christ

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
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Homily #151005bs ( 17min) Play –  Cardinal Burke gives the homily for the opening Mass for the 2015 Priests’ Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. The theme of the retreat is “Holy Priesthood: Sacrament of Christ’s Pastoral Charity.” He relates the vocation of priesthood to the mission of Christ in His ministry of salvation. This centers around the Mass which makes present the sacrifice of Calvary. Fulfilling this high calling requires great vigilance and effort, but mostly by asking Our Lord for the grace of ardent pastoral charity which is the measure of a priest’s spiritual life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest
Gospel Reading: Luke 22:14-20

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Oct 04 – Homily – Fr. Bernard Geiger: Francis Rebuild my Church

Monday, October 5th, 2015
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Homily #151004b ( 28min) Play – Fr. Bernard Geiger, OFM Conv. on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi explains the role of St Francis in renewing the Church of his time, having been told by Jesus through the crucifix at San Damiano to rebuild my Church. He then reflects on the response of so many who are called to play an important role in God’s plan, ‘Who am I Lord to do such a lofty goal’. Part of the answer is to ask God who He is, then we can start to be authentic disciples of His with a healthy humility. Listen as Father outlines all this in St. Francis’ life and how we should imitate him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Holy Father Francis – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 50:1, 3-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11
2nd: gal 6:14-18
Gsp: mat 11:25-30

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Oct 03 – Homily – Fr. Bernard Geiger: The Importance of Love

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
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Homily #151003bs ( 20min) Play – Fr. Bernard Geiger, OFM Conv. gives the homily for the noon Mass for the Fall Marian Day at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. With the St. Theodore Guerin (solemnity in the diocese of Indianapolis) as a background, he focuses on the importance of love in the growth of holiness. First recognizing that God loves us and then how we need to love Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Theodore Guerin – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: hos 2:16bc, 17cd, 21-,22
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: mat 19:3-12

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Sep 19 – Homily – Bishop da Cunha: Our Lady of Good Voyage (Portuguese)

Friday, September 25th, 2015
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Homily #150919ns ( 06min) Play – On the feast of Our Lady of Good Voyage, Bishop Edgar da Cunha of the Fall River Diocese celebrates the special annual Mass at Our Lady’s Chapel, New Bedford. The Bishop gives a reflection on the virtues of Our Lady, in particular her humility and obedience to the Will of God, in Portuguese.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 24th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ti 6:13-16
Resp: psa 100:2, 3, 4, 5
Gsp: luk 8:4-15

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Sep 19 – Homily – Bishop da Cunha: Our Lady of Good Voyage

Friday, September 25th, 2015
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Homily #150919n ( 12min) Play – On the feast of Our Lady of Good Voyage, Bishop Edgar da Cunha of the Fall River Diocese celebrates the special annual Mass at Our Lady’s Chapel, New Bedford. The Bishop gives a reflection on the virtues of Our Lady, in particular her humility and obedience to the Will of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 24th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ti 6:13-16
Resp: psa 100:2, 3, 4, 5
Gsp: luk 8:4-15

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Sep 21 – Homily – Card. Burke: Calling of Matthew

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150921l ( 16min) Play – Cardinal Raymond Burke reflects on the Gospel account of the calling of St. Matthew. Jesus feeds those who invited him to feast. But Jesus is not the Messiah who would be a worldly leader but to show mercy and the truth which will set us free and give us happiness. We must grow in faith. Our Lady of Guadalupe helps us in this. St. Matthew was an example of a good response to Christ’s call. He was disposed to conversion and became one of the blessed described in the sermon on the Mount. Holy Mass gives us the Eucharist which is the food that is truth.

Cardinal Burke was here to lead a pilgrimage of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre from Minneapolis to La Crosse and to bid farewell to the FI friars Fr. Peter Fehlner and Fra Joseph Schmitzer who are headed to Griswold, CT.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Matthew the Evangelist – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 4:1-7, 11-13
Resp: psa 19:2-3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 9:9-13

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Aug 02 – Homily – Card. O’Brien: Last Judgement

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Homily #150802r ( 15min) Play – Cardinal Edwin O’Brien gives the closing homily for the 2015 Courage Conference at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Il. He reflects on the painting of the Last Judgement by Michael Angelo in the Sistine Chapel and the need to make use of the teaching, sacraments, good examples and graces we are given in order to prepare for this fearful day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 16:2-4, 12-15
Resp: psa 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54
2nd: eph 4:17, 20-24
Gsp: joh 6:24-35

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Aug 01 – Homily – Bp LeVoir: Moral Theology for our Times

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
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Homily #150801r ( 15min) Play – Bishop John LeVoir gives the third homily for the 2015 Courage Conference at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Il. He reflects on his experience as a chaplain to Courage groups and the need for a good, solid, practical moral theology for our difficult moral times. He gives some examples of teachers of such theology including St. Alphonsus Liguori, whose feast day it was when this homily was given, and also to Fr. John Harvey, the founder of Courage, and to the current head of Courage, Fr. Paul Check.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 17th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 25:1, 8-17
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 7-8
Gsp: mat 14:1-12

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Jul 31 – Homily – Bp Paprocki: Church and State

Monday, August 10th, 2015
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Homily #150731r ( 14min) Play – Bishop Thomas Paprocki gives the second homily for the 2015 Courage Conference at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Il. He gives a history of his Diocese of Springfield and the connection to Chicago, Christianity and the United States in general, the connection between Church and state. He reflects on the need to be persevering in living out our faith and proclaiming it even if we are in a time of moral decline. He further connects the spiritual discernment of St Ignatius of Layola to this effort toward moral rectitude.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 17th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37
Resp: psa 81:3-4, 5-6, 10-11
Gsp: mat 13:54-58

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Jul 30 – Homily – Abp Cupich: God Dwells Amung Us

Sunday, August 9th, 2015
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Homily #150730r ( 14min) Play – Archbishop Blasé Cupich of Chicago gives the opening homily for the 2015 Courage Conference at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Il. He reflects that God dwells with us in order to be close to us and so we should draw close to Him, asking for forgiveness of our own sins and those of others. In doing so we will live a life of union and friendship with Christ in this life, giving a fore taste of the life to come.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 17th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy
Readings: 
1st: exo 40:16-21, 34-38
Resp: psa 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11
Gsp: mat 13:47-53

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