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Aug 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Rosary of the 7 Joys of Mary

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Homily #140826n ( 08min) Play – Father Matthias speaks of the history of the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Mary, also called the Franciscan Crown, focusing on its origin and on its recent developments such as the renewal of the indulgence at the request of the FI and the slightly different form it was given by the Church with the new indulgence. Father tells us that Mary is, as we call her, the Cause of Our Joy, but She wants us to be a cause of joy to Her by imitating Her, sharing in Her Joy, turning from sin, and loving her Son and Lord, Jesus, as She did.

NB: The FI publish a book with information and meditations on the Rosaries of the 7 Joys, 7 Sorrows, and 7 Glories of the Blessed Virgin: http://bit.ly/ThreeCrownsBook

Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Joys of the BVM (Alt) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 2:1-14
Resp: 1sa 2:1-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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Aug 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: First the Soul

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Homily #140825n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian contrasts the Pharisees condemned by Our Lord in today’s reading with today’s Saint, the great King St. Louis IX, who didn’t stop at appearances, but first considered his soul and the souls of his people, allowing the Gospel to transform his entire life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis IX – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 1:1-5, 11-12
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:13-22

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Aug 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Anointed and His Minister

Sunday, August 24th, 2014
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Homily #140824n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian goes over some of the themes present in today’s Gospel reading, focusing particularly on Jesus as the Messiah, the Anointed One, and His appointment of Peter as the “Rock” upon which the Church stands. Let us look to the Holy Father for guidance and keep Him constantly in our prayers.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 22:15, 19-23
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:33-36
Gsp: mat 16:13-20

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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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Our Lady: Throne of Grace

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Our Lady is the throne of grace, in a very profound way. To her we can apply these words from the epistle to the Hebrews: Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The throne is a symbol of the authority which belongs to Christ, Who is the King of the living and the dead. But the throne is a throne of grace and mercy, and we can apply it to Mary according to ancient liturgical texts; through her all graces come to us.

Mary’s protection is like a spiritual river which has been pouring down upon all men for nearly two thousand years.It is a tree that keeps giving fruit, a tree that God willed to plant with so much love. It is the immense treasure of Mary who is constantly caring for her children. What better way to obtain divine mercy than by having recourse to the Mother of God, who is also our Mother?

The plenitude of grace with which God wished to fill her soul is also an immense gift for us. Let us give thanks to God for having given us his Mother as our own, for having made her so exquisitely beautiful in her whole being. And the best way to thank him is to love her very much, to deal with her throughout each day, to learn to imitate her in her love for her Son – and in her complete availability for whatever refers to God. (more…)

Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Queenship in the Annunciation

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140822n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian asks us why most Marian feasts have the Gospel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)? He tells us that it is because those few verses contain a reference to many of the mysteries of Our Lady. Father walks us through this Gospel and points them out, especially dwelling on the role of Mary as Queen-Mother. Father concludes by encouraging us to realize that Mary is not just a Queen, but She is also Our Mother!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 112:1-8
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Aug 21 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Pope Pius X and “The Oath”

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
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Homily #140821n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias preaches on the legacy of the great modern Pope, St. Pius X who was, as the collect of today’s Mass says, “filled … with wisdom and … the strength of an apostle.” One of his greatest legacies is the diagnosis and condemnation of Modernism, which he calls the “sum of all heresies,” and to combat this, he promulgated the “Oath against Modernism.” Father reads from this bracing document, and encourage us to ask for Pope St. Pius X’s intercession in order to stand firm in the confession of our Faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Pius X – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 36:23-28
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Aug 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Is God Unjust?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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Homily #140820n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian asks us whether God is unjust, and then answers, no, He is not, even if He does seem to favor some over others. In reality, He owes us nothing, has already given us all we have, and the very fact we exist is proof of His continual loving concern. Even suffering is a sign of His love, it is not so naturally, but since He became Man and suffered for us, we can find Him in the midst of our own suffering, and by accepting and embracing the cross, manifest our love for Him. He does love us, how much do we love Him in return.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernard of Clairvaux – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 34:1-11
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 20:1-16

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Aug 19 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Christ Became Poor to Make Us Rich

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Homily #140819n ( 12min) Play – Father goes over the readings, psalm, and antiphons of today’s liturgy, and shows how Jesus became poor for us, and by being united to Him, we become shares in the Divine Life of God, which is worth more than all the ephemeral riches of this passing world. And looking at today’s saint, St. Louis of Toulouse, we can see a man who did give up all, became poor, and shared in the self-giving of Christ, being rewarded for his labors by entering into paradise at the young age of twenty-four. Let us choose the last and lowest place, setting all aside for the sake of the Gospel, and become rich in the eyes of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis of Toulouse – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 28:1-10
Resp: deu 32:26-27, 27-28, 30, 35-36
Gsp: mat 19:23-30

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A Call to Love

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Each one is called to fullness of life through the love of Jesus. He came to make all things new, to restore all things in Him, that our humanness, though weak, might be strong in Him. The Father sent His Son to take on a human nature to share with us the power of His Spirit that our inner nature might grow to the full stature in Christ. The only thing that can make us complete and whole is the love of God given to us through the Heart of Jesus.  Only when we are free can we be completely human. We are freed through the love of Jesus and His suffering humanity. 

The freedom gained in the love of Jesus unshackles the mind and empowers the spirit of man to expand to his full stature. Through his strengthening of our our humanness we grow in the love that makes us whole.  We can be completely human only when we give ourselves completely in love.  Only love makes our actions human. Our call to bea new man is essentially dependent on our ability to love with Christ’s love.
 
Humans are able to speak, but if we speak with tongues of angels and men but do not have love, we are nothing. Humans are able to believe, but if we have faith to move mountain but have not love, it is worthless. As humans we can make  sacrifices, even our own bodies; but if we have not love, we are nothing at all. We need love to be completely human. Our call to humanness is a call to love.
 
from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Aug 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prayer: A Sign of Faith

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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Homily #140817n ( 09min) Play – Father speaks of today’s theme, fidelity and perseverance in prayer. He tells why, sometimes, God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers, and emphasizes that God is constantly reaching out to us; the question is: are we reaching out to Him? Do we have faith in him like the Canaanite woman from today’s Gospel reading? In prayer we confess our need for God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. We can see how much the world needs prayer, Our Lady at Lourdes, Fatima, and other places has asked for prayer and penance. God is asking us, “Turn to me in persevering prayer, show Me your faith.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 56:1, 6-7
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:13-15, 29-32
Gsp: mat 15:21-28

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In the Midst of War: Still Loving Jesus

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Jesus is the most loving of lovable friends there never was a friend like Him before, there never can be one to equal Him, because there is only one Jesus in the whole wide world and the vast expanse of Heaven; and that sweet and loving friend, that true lover of the holiest and purest love is my Jesus, mine alone and all mine.
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Every fibre of His divine nature is thrilling with love for me, every beat of His gentle Heart is a throb of intense affection for me, His sacred arms are round me, He draws me to His breast, He bends down with infinite tenderness over me, His child, for He knows I am all His and He is all mine.
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O Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! who would not love You, who would not give their heart’s blood for You, if only once they realised the depth and the breadth and the realness of Your burning love? Why not then make every human heart a burning furnace of love for You, so that sin would become an impossibility, sacrifice a pleasure and a joy, virtue the longing of every soul, so that we should live for love, dream of love, breathe Your love, and at last die of a broken heart of love, pierced through and through with the shaft of love, the sweetest gift of God to man.
 
+Fr. Willie Doyle, SJ
WWI chaplain killed in the war on August 16, 1917
http://fatherdoyle.com/

Aug 16 – Homily – Fr Matthias: To Be Like Jesus–Be a Child of Mary

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Homily #140816n ( 04min) Play – On this Saturday morning, Fr. Matthias tells us that, while it is not absolutely necessary to have a devotion to Mary in order to be saved, it is practically necessary, because in for the life of grace to fully bloom in our hearts, we need to imitate the God-man, the source of this life, and that means imitating His filial devotion to Mary. Let us strive for this, and ask for the grace to be better Children of Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Stephen of Hungary – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 18:1-10, 13, 30-32
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gsp: mat 19:13-15

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Aug 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Assumption and the End of Man

Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Homily #140815n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian explains the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, and tells us that it points to our own destiny. Unlike Her, we are sinners, and we need to turn to Her for Her maternal prayers on our behalf. Let us offer Her everything we have, let Her ask anything from us, and then everything we have and do will be directed towards God, our final end.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 11:19, 12 1-6, 10
Resp: psa 45:10, 11, 12, 16
2nd: 1co 15:20-26
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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Video – Variety #248: Situation in Iraq with Chaldean Christians

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Variety #248 – Situation in Iraq with Chaldean Christians ( 40min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo Geiger makes a special guest appearance on Radio Gate of Heaven, a weekly program run by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Perth, Australia. He speaks about the current situation in Iraq with the Chaldean Christians. The program concludes with a telephone interview with an Iraqi Catholic living in Sydney, Australia.

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