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Love is Repaid by Love Alone

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The self-giving of Christ constitutes a pressing call for correspondence with that love: love is repaid with love. Man was created in the image and likeness of God. And God is Love. Therefore the heart of mean is made for love and he more he loves, the more he becomes identified with God; only when he loves can he become happy. And God wishes us to be happy, here on earth too. Man cannot live without love.
 
Personal holiness is not centered in the fight against sin but in love for Christ who shows Himself to us as being truly human, fully aware of everything about us. The love of God for me and of men for God is a love of mutual friendship. \And one of the specific characteristics of friendship is relationship. In order to love Our Lord it is necessary to know Him , to speak to Him. We get to know Him by meditation on His life in the Holy Gospels. In them He shows Himself to us as being endearingly human and very close to our life. We meet Him in prayer and in the Sacraments, especially in the Blessed Eucharist.
 
Meditation on the Most Sacred Humanity of Our Lord, especially when we read the Gospel and when we consider the Mysteries of the Rosary, constantly nourishes our love of God and constitutes a living teaching as to how we have to sanctify our day.

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Oct 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Apostolos

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Homily #141028n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel of today, telling us that the word “Apostle” comes from the greek “apostolos” meaning “sent.” At Our Lord’s Ascension, He sent out the apostles to the world, and made them the 12 pillars on which the Church was founded. Although we know little of today’s apostles, we do know they preached the Gospel to the pagans, and testified to it with their lives. Like them, we must first come to know the Lord intimately, and then spread what we encounter there out to the rest of the world by our voices and our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts Simon and Jude – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 2:19-22
Resp: psa 19:2-3, 4-5
Gsp: luk 6:12-16

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Oct 26 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Love Grows From Prayer

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
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Homily #141026n ( 10min) Play – In today’s Gospel, our Lord summarizes the 10 Commandments, which make more explicit how we live out the call to love God and our Neighbor. Father emphasizes that love of neighbor flows out of love of God, and this love grows through prayer. Therefore, to fulfill “all the Law and Prophets,” we need to pray and live that prayer out in love for God and for our neighbor.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 22:20-26
Resp: psa 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
2nd: 1th 1:5-10
Gsp: mat 22:34-40

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Oct 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Penance or Perish, Turn To Mary

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Homily #141025n ( 05min) Play – Father emphasizes Our Lord’s words: we all must recognize our sins, repent of them, and do penance or we will perish. Father also relates the story of Father Steven Scheier who had accident, died, and underwent his judgement and condemnation to hell, but then our Lady intervened and acquired for him time to return, promising that, like the gardener in today’s gospel, to give him special graces to see if then he would bear fruit. Let us turn to the Virgin Mary, and she will cultivate our deeds and sacrifices to bear fruit for eternal life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 4:7-16
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: luk 13:1-9

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The Spirit(s) of the Synod

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

That Pope Francis would have executed the synod in the manner in which he did was predictable from many things he has said over the course of his papacy, including Evangelii Gaudium, esp. 32-39. From what he says there, especially about the “conversion of the papacy,” it seems he is not adverse to critique, as long as there is ultimate unity with Peter and under Peter (cum Petro et sub Petro).

One ought to make a distinction between legitimate but respectful criticism from those who are genuinely concerned about the preservation of the deposit of faith, and the radicalizing tendencies of certain factions who will use anything to promote their own interests. One group uses Francis’ openness to sinners as an excuse to justify the unjustifiable, and the other is bent on using the synod to prove that everything since Vatican II was a mistake.

We must pray for the Holy Father, trusting in Christ, not in man. I presume Pope Francis is inspired and that it will all work out in the end. As we all know and profess, the pope is not infallible in every instance, but neither may we adopt a kind of ecclesial communion that is based only infallible pronouncements.

Ecclesial communion is sometimes difficult because the Church is not only divine, it is also human and in its humanity it is influenced spiritual powers. Pope Benedict has called that power “something in the air,” poisoning the “spiritual climate.” St. Paul called it “the prince of the power of this air” (Eph 2:2). Under its influence, the desire to know, to confirm and be certain overcomes the desire for truth.   The name of truth thus becomes a tag for curiosities and self-justifications.

Archbishop Chaput said:

To get your information from the press is a mistake because they don’t know well enough how to understand it so they can tell people what happened.

But even more dangerous are the purveyors of gossip who travel to Rome on a mission to prove their point. Thus, even Archbishop Chaput’s reference to the diabolical confusion of the media coverage has been used to suggest that problem was at the synod itself.

We need to invoke what Pope Benedict has called “the exorcistic power of Christianity” over the efforts to manipulate men and quicken schisms already resolved upon. Pope Benedict wrote:

God’s dominion, God’s Kingdom, means precisely the disempowerment of these forces by the one God, who is good, who is the Good itself.

We should pray for all the bishops, that the apostolic college, cum Petro et sub Petro, will be open to the Holy Spirit, and receive fruitfully all the necessary graces to guide the Church.

O, Immaculate, deliver us from the spirits of the air . . . and the airwaves.

Amen.

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Culture, Holy Father, Media, News, Retreat, Spiritual Warfare Tagged: Archbishop Chaput, Benedict XVI, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis, Synod
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Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts

Friday, October 24th, 2014

MON DVD Mary of Nazareth    The Visitation    Special

Ave Maria!

So here is the first day of the Rosary Crawl that I am publishing after the fact since the event is over but as advertised I would start at the beginning when it is done since I started in the middle. So here it is from discerninghearts.com on the Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth:

From Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts.

Discerning Hearts is a part of the  MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, of which we are delighted to be a part of, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Here is a clip from the movie which features the “mystery” surrounding the events of the “VISITATION” –

How extraordinary this moment is, especially as seen in this film!  So often in movie depictions of the “Visitation”, we see only the two women coming together in a private encounter.  But in “Mary of Nazareth”, not only does Mary and Elizabeth share a heavenly revelation with each other, but they joyfully share this “good news” with everyone around them.    Elizabeth freely “expresses” what the Holy Spirit has revealed, Mary joyfully “proclaims” the glory of the Lord to the seeking hearts caught witnessing the moment!  This is “Evangelization” at its finest!  This “communication” really becomes a time of “communion” for those who have ears to hear, and eyes to see.   Hope, Faith, and Love, all are captured so beautifully in this scene.   Mary’s “Magnificat” becomes a glorious expression of faith which touches the hearts that surround her.  Oh, and that lovely touch  which gives us Elizabeth and her unborn child as the first in that “communion” line to embrace Christ in the womb of the Mother is truly priceless.

via Mary of Nazareth – “The Visitation” – Special – Discerning Hearts Discerning Hearts.

Schönstatt Movement’s Centenary: Transforming the World with Our Lady’s help

Friday, October 24th, 2014


100 years ago, at the dawn of World War I, German priest Josef Kentenich preached to a group of seminarians in a shrine like this one. He invited them to change the world with the Virgin Mary’s help.

FR. PATRICIO MOORE

Schönstatt Movement’s Centenary

“He gave them a sermon on October 18th in a shrine like this one, in Germany, and that sermon remained as the founding act of Schönstatt. And there he called them to transform the world and themselves through a covenant of love with Mary.”

A hundred years later, the Schönstatt Movement has more than 300,000 followers in 50 countries.

via Schönstatt Movement’s Centenary: Transforming the World with Our Lady’s help.

Another Saintly Son of Our Lady

Friday, October 24th, 2014

sainta10[1]Ave Maria Meditations encore

A favorite quote from this Saintly son of Mary:

“What has our Lord not done for the glory of His Father and for the salvation of souls? Ah, I see Him agonizing on the cross, despised, and loaded with suffer­ings. Then am I, for the same reason, and aided by His grace, firmly resolved to suffer, to toil, to be despised, to be laughed at, calumniated and persecuted, and even to suffer death itself. Thanks be to God I am having my share of these crosses in my life.

I live, but my life is that of Christ’s, and in possessing me, my poor Lord possesses a nothing, and I, in possessing Him, posses everything. I pray to Him like this: O Lord, you are my love. You are my honor, my hope, and my refuge, my glory, and my last end.  O my love, my happiness, my conserver, my joy, my reformer and my master! You are my father, the spouse of my life and of my soul!

I do not seek or desire to know anything but your holy will, in order to do it. I love only you, my God, and all other things only for you, in you, and for your sake. You are more than sufficient for me, and I love you, my strength, my refuge, and my consolation. You are my Father, my brother, my spouse, my friend, and my all. Help me to love you as you love me, and as you will that I should love you.

For myself, I say this to you: The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he deserves and works with all this strength to inflame all men with the fire of God’s love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labors strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate Him by his prayers, his labors, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”

from the writings of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, feast day is October 24th 

Oct 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: On the Holy Father’s Address to the Synod

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Homily #141024n ( 18min) Play – Fr. Mattias comments briefly on the life of St. Anthony Mary Claret who was a demanding and rigorous pastor, but because of his zeal and charity, the faithful were happy to live up to the demands of the Christian life. Moving from this example of episcopal zeal, Father comments on the closing address of Pope Francis to the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. First he looks at three canons the Holy Father alluded to, and then presents Pope Francis’ comments on some of the modern temptations that pastors may fall into. The Holy Father ends by directing the pastors of the Church not just to welcome the lost sheep, but to proactively search for them. Let us too take this advice and ask for the apostolic zeal ad charity of St. Anthony Mary Claret.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony Mary Claret – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 4:1-6
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:54-59

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Catholic Church celebrates feast day of St. John Paul II, for the first time

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

October 22 marks the feast of St. John Paul II, and for the first time, the Church celebrates it.

This same date marks the opening Mass of his pontificate. He presided over it six days before his election on October 16, 1978.

“Don’t be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ!”

The Pontificate of John Paul II  lasted 26 years. It was one the longest in history. His tomb is one of the most venerated by pilgrims who visit Rome.

Pope Francis canonized John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014. It was one of the most crowded ceremonies at St. Peter’s Square.

via Catholic Church celebrates feast day of St. John Paul II, for the first time.

Mary of Nazareth: A Beautiful Reflection of the Blessed Mother | Faith & Family Media Blog

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today is the last day of the Rosary Crawl for the Film Mary of Nazareth. Today it is the Crucifixion of Jesus at Faith & Family Media Blog.

We were asked to be a part of the blog tour/rosary crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers, for the release of Mary of Nazareth on DVD and we were happy to say “yes”!  See the recap of the #RosaryCrawl HERE.

As part of the tour I am excited to share a clip from the film.  This scene is of the Crucifixion and Death of our Lord.“And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’ …It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit!’ And having said this he breathed his last” Lk 23:33-46.

via Mary of Nazareth: A Beautiful Reflection of the Blessed Mother | Faith & Family Media Blog.

View from the Domestic Church: Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today’s installment of the Mary of Nazareth Rosary Crawl

View from the Domestic Church is delighted to be a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

In this visit along the blog crawl we are focusing on the  Second Sorrowful Mystery: The scourging at the pillar.

Watch this newly released clip on the Scourging at the Pillar

“Then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him. And the soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and arrayed him in a purple robe; they came up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and struck him with their hands” (Jn 19:1-3).

“Jesus’ sufferings took their historical, concrete form from the fact that he was ‘rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes’ (Mk 8:31 ), who ‘handed him to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified’ (Mt 20:19)” (CCC, 572).

Our Father, 10 Hail Marys (contemplating the mystery), Glory be to the Father.

via View from the Domestic Church: Mary of Nazareth Blog Crawl: The Scourging at the Pillar.

Pope Francis to Visit the Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014


Pope Francis will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Friday, November 28th at 9:00am. He will arrive at Ankara at 1:00pm and will visit the tomb of Kemal Atatürk, the father of modern day Turkey.

The welcoming ceremony will take place at the Presidential Palace where the Pope will meet with the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. He will also meet with the president of Religious Affairs.

On Saturday he will arrive in Istanbul for the most important part of trip. He will visit the former basilica of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. He will then preside over a Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and attend an ecumenical prayer service with Patriarch Bartholomew I.

On Sunday, he will celebrate a Divine Liturgy at the headquarters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to celebrate the feast of Saint Andrew.

That same day, Pope Francis will depart Istanbul at 5 in the afternoon and will arrive in Rome shortly before 7:00pm.

via Pope Francis to Visit the Istanbul’s Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.

Oct 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. John Paul II and Marian Consecration

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141022b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias for the feast day for St. John Paul II, gives an account of the influence of his life especially regarding Marian devotion which was inspired by his fellow country man and contemporary St. Maximilian Kolbe. Father specifically focuses on consecration to the Mary and even as a fourth vow in religious life, first approved by him when he erected the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a pontifical institute.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Paul II – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 3:2-12
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:39-48

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Catholic Fire: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl:The Miracle at Cana

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today’s installment for the Mary of Nazareth Rosary Crawl is hosted by Catholic Fire with the second Luminous Mystery, the miracle at the wedding at Cana in Galilee. It is a great scene. And a great reminder to always invite Jesus to your wedding for good spiritual reinforcements!

 

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Catholic Fire is a part of the MARY of NAZARETH Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl, of which we are delighted to be a part of, along with many other inspiring bloggers. To learn more, visit the Rosary Crawl Itinerary HERE.

Second Mystery of Light: The wedding feast of Cana.”On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you”‘ Jn 2:1-5.”On the threshold of his public life Jesus performs his first sign ­at his mother’s request – during a wedding feast: The Church attaches great importance to Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana. She sees in it the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and the proclamation that thenceforth marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence” CCC, 1613.Our Father, 10 Hail Marys contemplating the mystery, Glory be to the Father

via Catholic Fire: Mary of Nazareth Blog Tour/Rosary Crawl:The Miracle at Cana.