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Mar 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: A Glimpse at Heaven

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
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Homily #150301n ( 20min) Play – Father Matthias speaks to us today of heaven, so that seeing the glory like the apostles saw the glory of the Glorified Lord in today’s gospel, we may be strengthened to persevere in our Lenten observances.
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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Feb 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Lenten Double Duty

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Homily #150227n ( 06min) Play – Father tells us that we have a “double duty” during Lent, doing penance for ourselves and for others. He tells us that many souls are damned because there was no one to pray and sacrifice for them, and because nobody corrected them when they were in error, in fact, there is often mutual bad example among Catholics which causes many souls to not even be faithful to the minimal obligations they have towards God and others. Let us this Lent be instruments of grace and conversion for others, and not instruments of perdition and sin.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 18:21-28
Resp: psa 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 5:20-26

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Misery: Mercy

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Francis de Sales tells us that when we have committed some fault or have taken a fall from grace this is what we should do:    

“When your heart sinks, raise it gently, humbling yourself quietly in God’s presence with the knowledge of your misery, without surprise at your fall. For it is no cause for marveling that sickness may make us ill, that weakness tends to diminish our strength, and that misery will cause us to be wretched. But hate with all your heart the offense you have committed against God, and filled with courage and confidence in His mercy, get back on board to resume of the voyage to virtue, which you had abandoned. 

Between misery and mercy there is such a great link that the one cannot exist without the other. Certainly our miseries and our weaknesses, however grievous they may be, must not discourage us; they must, rather, make us humble and lead us to throw ourselves into the arms of divine Mercy. This mercy will be glorified in us in proportion to our miseries, provided we rise out of them. We should hope to be able to do this with the grace of our Lord.”

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 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Will We Repent?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Homily #150225n ( 04min) Play – Today the liturgy presents us with the conversion of Nineveh, and our Lord warns us that if we do not likewise repent, the Ninevites will rise up and condemn us since they heard and saw the “sign of Jonah” but we have heard and seen “One greater than Jonah.” Let us sincerely examine our conscience, have contrite hearts, and turn towards God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jon 3:1-10
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: luk 11:29-32

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Snowboard Tribute

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

 

Via Fra Didacus, Maine New York

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Do It For God

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

God is in the midst of us, or rather we are in the midst of Him; wherever we are He sees us and touches us at prayer, at work, at table, at recreation. We do not think of this; if we did, with what fervor and devotion we should live. Let us often make acts of faith, saying to ourselves: God is looking at me; He is here present.

Keep yourself as much as possible in the presence of God, humbly tasting the sweetness you will find there. Do not fear illusion. Despise troublesome thoughts and bear their importunity with resignation. A soul that fears God is not troubled by her fear of committing faults; she goes to her good Master with great liberty of spirit and with childlike confidence. When we only desire to please Him, we must not fear that He is offended by things that we believe to be well done… The only secret for accomplishing your actions well is to do them only to please God and to avoid anxiety and discouragement at your faults; this comes merely from self-love, because you think more of yourself than of God; yet we should think only of Him.

St. Claude de la Colombiere

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 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: We All Need Conversion

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Homily #150221n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on today’s gospel, telling us that healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do, and we all sick of sin. We need to turn from the darkness of sin and towards the light of Christ, which is what conversion is, but we can only do this by the grace of God and He will give us this grace if only we ask for it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 58:9-14
Resp: psa 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 5:27-32

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A Heart Made for God

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Look at your heart. It tells the story of why you were made. It is not perfect in shape and contour, like a Valentine heart. There seems to be a small piece missing out of the side of every human heart. That may be to symbolize a piece that was torn out of the Heart of Christ which embraced all humanity on the cross. 

But I think the real meaning is that when God made your human heart, He found it so good and so lovable that He kept a small sample of it in heaven. He sent the rest of it into this world to enjoy His gifts, and to use them as stepping stones back to Him, but to be ever mindful that you could never love anything in this world with your whole heart because you have not a whole heart with which to love.
 
In order to love anyone with your whole heart, in order to be really peaceful, in order to be really wholehearted, you must go back again to God to recover the piece He has been keeping for you from all eternity.
 
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Feb 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Practical Notes on Fasting

Friday, February 20th, 2015
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Homily #150220n ( 09min) Play – Father gives us some practical notes on fasting, abstinence, and penance for this Lent and for the whole year. He reminds us that as Christians, we are bound by God’s law to do penance, and that the Church gives us specific days of penance so that we may be formed in an authentic Christian spirit. Father comments on the laws of the Church about days of penance (some of which may surprise you), and gives us St. Francis de Sales teaching on fasting. Finally, Father comments on the obligation the Church imposes on us to do penance, that it binds under pain of sin, and that the reason for it is to form us into authentic Christians who take seriously today’s words: “The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 58:1-9
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
Gsp: mat 9:14-15

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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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Concerning Recent Reports from the Blogosphere on the State of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

The first point to be made is that the sources for recent the “reports,” are not responsible news outlets but bloggers, all of them, except one, are pseudonymous or anonymous. They have provided no evidence, that is, they have made purely hearsay allegations, or otherwise claimed to have “evidence” from which they have quoted excerpts without producing the document or its context. All the sources for these reports are clearly biased against the Commissioner and the Holy See and the bloggers in question are working in concert (Rorate Caeli and Correspondenza Romana, for example, regularly repeat and support each other’s reports).

Again, no reputable news outlet has taken responsibility for such “reports.” As far as I know—at least in the English-speaking world—no responsible news outlet has even repeated these stories emerging from the blogosphere. Please consider that when real journalists publish information from anonymous sources, the reporter takes personal responsibility with his real name, and the organization attempts to confirm the information by evidential reporting of independent sources. Nothing like this has ever been attempted by these bloggers. On the contrary, as already mentioned, there is an incestuous relationship between the various bloggers and their sources, and there has also been the habitual refusal to accept personal accountability for the damaging information that has been released.

Some Examples

During the recent Advent season one such “report” was made by Rorate Caeli about the Commissioner forbidding a novena of Masses and preventing one of our contemplative communities from providing itself financially. (more…)

Feb 17 – Homily – Fr Johannes: Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Homily #150217m ( 14min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Johannes stresses the importance of the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows and the role of the seven founders of the Servite order  on spreading this devotion. He also elaborates on the seven promises made to St. Bridget of Sweden for those whose practice this devotion daily.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7 Founders of Servite Order – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 

1st: gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10

Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 8, 9-10

Gsp: mar 8:14-21

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Feb 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: This Lent, Give Up Yourself

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Homily #150218n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the practice of giving something up for Lent, and encourages us to do more than that. We should also do something positive, such as giving alms, picking a specific virtue to work on, or helping other grow closer to God. We ourselves also need to seek to grow closer to God through a more intense prayer life. The ashes we receive today are a sign of the penance and conversion of Lent, if we are not going to do penance, to “Repent and believe in the Gospel,” we should not receive ashes, they are there to remind us that without God, we’re nothing. Let us give ourselves to God more intensely this Lent!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: joe 2:12-18
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2nd: 2co 5:20-6:2
Gsp: mat 6:1-6, 16-18

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