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Jul 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A True Son of St. Francis

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Homily #140721n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian speaks on today’s Franciscan saint, showing that St. Lawrence of Brindisi was a true son of Saint Francis. Let us imitate, if not his particular call, his generosity in answering God’s Call.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence of Brindisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: mic 6:1-4, 6-8
Resp: psa 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 12:38-42

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Art of Prayer

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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Homily #140720n ( 14min) Play – St. Paul speaks to us in the second reading about our weakness in prayer, and the Holy Spirit’s role in it. Father Matthias takes this theme up and gives an overview of the “Art of Christian Prayer”, pulling from the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teachings of St. Alphonsus Ligouri. Firstly he speaks of prayer as a battle, secondly, of why some prayers are granted but others are not, thirdly, the necessity for true Christian meditation and what we should meditate upon (meanwhile differentiating between true Christian prayer and faddish forms of Eastern Meditation). He emphasizes with St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Doctor of the Church on Moral Theology, who teaches: “Those who pray will be saved and those who do not will be damned!”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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The Rosary and Adoration with Our Lady

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis: “This evening I am united to all of you in praying the Holy Rosary and in Eucharistic adoration under the gaze of the Virgin Mary. s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look!
Affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say.
 
At whom is the Virgin Mary looking? She is looking at each and every one of us. And how does she look at us? She looks at us as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy and love. That was how she gazed at her Son Jesus at all the moments of his life – joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious – as we contemplate in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, simply and lovingly.

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Giles: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140720a ( 15min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 19 – Homily – Fr Matthias: They That Work By Me, Shall Not Sin

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140719n ( 05min) Play – Father Matthias quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, showing that while in today’s Gospel, we see the Pharisees seeking to kill Jesus, the real blame for His death falls not on the Jews, but upon you and me, and He did it out of love for us. However, a True Devotion to Mary is opposed to sin, so let us cultivate a devotion to Her so that She may expunge sin from our lives, for as the liturgy quotes the book of Sirach in relation to Our Lady, “They that work by me, shall not sin.”

Quoted text from CCC 598:
We must regard as guilty all those who continue to relapse into their sins. Since our sins made the Lord Christ suffer the torment of the cross, those who plunge themselves into disorders and crimes crucify the Son of God anew in their hearts (for he is in them) and hold him up to contempt. And it can be seen that our crime in this case is greater in us than in the Jews. As for them, according to the witness of the Apostle, “None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” We, however, profess to know him. And when we deny him by our deeds, we in some way seem to lay violent hands on him. (Roman Catechism I, 5, 11; cf. Heb 6:6; 1 Cor 2:8)

Ave Maria!

Mass: Saturday in the 15th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 2:1-5
Resp: psa 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14
Gsp: mat 12:14-21

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Jul 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Mother Help Us!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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Homily #140716n ( 04min) Play – On this Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Father Maximilian comments on the numerous aids to our salvation which Our Lady has acquired for us out of Her Maternal solicitude.  Let us gratefully take up the Rosary, wear the Brown Scapular, and gratefully incorporate all these helps towards our salvation that Mary, our Mother and Advocate, has given us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 15th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: isa 10:5-7, 13-16
Resp: psa 94:5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 14-15
Gsp: mat 11:25-27

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Prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

olc[1]Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.(3 times)

Jul 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Sixth Wing of the Seraph

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140715n ( 09min) Play – Today the Franciscans celebrate the Feast of St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor. To illumine today’s Gospel, Fr. Mattias quotes St. Bonaventure that the savor of the salt is contemplation and devotion. These the Seraphic Doctor calls the sixth and most important “Wing of the Seraph.” Father finishes by looking at more detail to St. Bonaventure’s teaching on this most important part of the spiritual life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bonaventure – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 8:2-7, 16-18
Resp: psa 16:5-5, 7-8, 9, 11
2nd: 1co 2:6-13
Gsp: mat 5:13-19

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Jul 13 – Homily – Fr Giles: “A sower went out to sow…”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140713a (13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:10-11
Resp: psa 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
2nd: rom 8:18-23
Gsp: mat 13:1-23

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Jul 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Homily #140714n ( 00min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s readings, and ties them into the life of the Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 

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Jul 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: SIN–A Bad Fashion

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
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Homily #140712n ( 05min) Play – Father comment on the only thing which can kill both soul and body, and shows by citing Popes and Saints that a True Devotion to Mary is completely incompatible with sin, big or small. Let us ask Our Lady today for a hatred of sin, all sin. Sin has always been fashionable, but it is a bad fashion, and one truly worth saying “I wouldn’t be caught dead in it.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. John Jones and John Wall – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: isa 6:1-8
Resp: psa 93:1, 1-2, 5
Gsp: mat 10:24-33

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This is My Blood…

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Conduct yourselves reverently during your sojourn…Realize that you were delivered not by any diminishable sum of silver or gold, but by Christ’s Blood beyond all price: the Blood of a spotless unblemished Lamb.” (1 Pet 1:17b-19)

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And the Monastery of the Precious Blood notes that Jesus spoke dynamic words at the Last Supper: “This is My Blood of the new and eternal covenant which shall be shed for you and for many so that sins may be forgiven…”

Jesus Himself has told us that it is through His Blood that we are reconciled to His Father. The Church, realizing that Jesus meant what He said has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem. It is a devotion of life and joy! Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we know of no possible means of reconciliation with God when we have sinned.

That is why the Blood of Jesus is a cause of joy to the whole world…we are redeemed by His Blood! Because Jesus shed His own life-giving Blood for me on Calvary, I am saved, I can find peace with God.  At any moment of the day or night, I have the merits of this redeeming Blood at my disposal. It is so easy and meritorious to say: “Blood of Jesus, help me!”

When I give honor to His Blood, I am in fact honoring the Person of Our Lord. His Precious Blood is the pledge, the sign, the symbol of what He has done for me. Daily I can renew my personal acceptance of salvation by attending Mass and by receiving the Blood of Jesus in Communion. The world today is so much in need of hope and peace and joy…what better time to spread devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus…our Hope, our Peace, and all our Joy!

from the Monastery of the Precious Blood, Watertown, NY

 

 

 

 

Jul 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prayer and Work

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Homily #140711n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian introduces us to St. Benedict, the father of monasticism. The motto given to the Benedictines is “Prayer and Work” and Father shows that by founding our daily lives with time set aside for prayer,  that lifting of the heart to God will extend throughout the whole day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Benedict – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 46:1-7, 28-30
Resp: psa 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
Gsp: mat 10:16-23

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Jul 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Conformed to Mary, Conformed to Jesus

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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Homily #140710n ( 10min) Play – Fr. Matthias introduces to a little known saint, but one of the greatest mystics of the Church, St. Veronica Guiliani. First we hear a short biography, and then Father shows how her deep union with Our Lady, becoming a “True Image” of Mary, led her to be a “True Image” of Jesus Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Veronica Giuliani – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: hos 11:1, 3-4, 8-9
Resp: psa 80:2, 3, 15-16
Gsp: mat 10:7-15

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Jul 09 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Kingdom is at Hand

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
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Homily #140709n ( 03min) Play - Father Maximilian comments on the phrase “the kingdom of God is at hand” and shows that today’s martyrs, St. Nicholas Pick and Companions, realized the immediacy of the kingdom, and remained firm in the faith unto death. May we too remain firm in our profession of faith, always remembering that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Nicholas Pick and companions – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 10:1-7

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