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Sep 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Vocation to Sacrifice

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Homily #140916n ( 05 min) Play – Our Lord shows His compassion for His people in today’s Gospel by driving out demons and ordering His followers to implore God for more ministers to labor in the harvest — that is, in the care of souls.  Fr. Maximilian notes the divinity of Christ as shown by his power over evil spirits, and then reflects on how necessary are vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  This is a difficult calling, entailing great self-sacrifice.  Today’s martyrs, Cornelius and Cyprian, martyrs of the early Church, show us how to answer this call of Christ in a radical way, even to the point of giving up their lives.  Let us imitate their spirit of sacrifice, and pray for more faithful souls who will do the same.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts Cornelius and Cyprian – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 12:12-14, 27-31
Resp: psa 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5
Gsp: luk 7:11-17

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2014 Professions – FINEWS 150

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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On September 8th, 2014, Fr. Louis Maximilian received the first profession of vows and the renewal of temporary vows. In this homily, Father speaks of the “reaction” we all owe to God’s “action,” and which is made possible by the “reaction” of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady’s faith and fidelity to God’s will. He asks us, if we don’t love, who will? We must all live out our call to sanctity, and the practice of Marian Consecration is the “quickest, surest, easiest way” of “reacting” to the love of God and becoming saints; IF WE LIVE IT OUT!

Here are some images of the professions, more may be found here.

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Ave Maria!

 

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

BVM_OL_sorrowsThe martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy, is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: ‘This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted’; and to Mary: ‘A sword will pierce your soul.’

Blessed Mother, a sword did pierce your soul. For no sword could penetrate your Son’s flesh without piercing your soul. After your own son Jesus gave up his life – he was yours in a special sense though he belongs to all – the cruel lance opened his side and would not spare him in death though it could do him no injury and could not touch his soul. But it pierced your soul. His soul was no longer there, but yours could not be set free, and it was pierced by a sword of sorrow. We rightly speak of you as more than a martyr, for the anguish of mind you suffered exceeded all bodily pain.

“Mother, behold your son”. These words were more painful than a sword thrust for they pierced your soul and touched the quick where soul is divided from spirit. What an exchange! John was given to you in place of Jesus, a disciple in place of the Master, a son of Zebedee in place of the Son of God, a mere man in place of the true God. These words must have pierced your loving soul, since just to recall them breaks our hearts, hard and stony though they be. Do not marvel, brethren, that Mary is said to have endured martyrdom in her soul. Only he will marvel who forgets what Paul said of the Gentiles, that among their worst vices was that they were without compassion. Not so with Mary! May it never be so with those who venerate her.

Someone may say: “Did she not know in advance that her Son would die?” Without a doubt. “Did she not have sure hope in his immediate resurrection?” Full confidence indeed. “Did she then grieve when he was crucified?” Intensely. Who are you, brother, and what sort of judgment is yours that you marvel at the grief of Mary any more than that the Son of Mary should suffer? Could he die bodily and she not share his death in her heart? Charity it was that moved him to suffer death, charity greater than that of any man before or since: charity too moved Mary, the like of which no mother has ever known.

St. Bernard

Sep 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: “Allergic to the Coredemptrix?”

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Homily #140915n ( 17 min) Play – Today, many Catholics suffer from a spiritual “allergy”:  they fear to give Mary the title of “Coredemptrix”.  Fr. Matthias comments on how this may stem from an over-exposure to Protestant viewpoints and from a simple lack of humility in approaching the mystery of Mary.  What is the “antihistamine”, if you will?  We must seek to acquire a healthy Marian Maximalism, basing our convictions on the teachings of the Popes, the doctrine of Sacred Scripture, and the testimony of the saints.  Then, we should put what we have learned into practical use, imploring the grace to suffer with Christ and Mary, to become “co-redeemers” with them, for the good of the whole Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows (Alt Gspl) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 5:7-9
Resp: psa 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
Gsp: luk 2:33-35

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Sep 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Humility of Christ

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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Homily #140914n ( 10min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the theme of humility as it is present in today’s liturgy. Jesus, who is God, was humble enough to become a man and die on the cross for the sins of humanity, we too must be humble. An example of this comes from the historical event behind today’s feast. The Persians captured Jerusalem in 614 and took the relics of the Cross with them, and in 628 Emperor Heraclius recaptured it and restored it to Jerusalem. As he processed with it up to Calvary, it became so heavy he couldn’t keep going. The bishop of Jerusalem told him to strip himself of royal regalia and carry the Cross dressed in poor and humble clothing, for it was in humility and poverty that Our Lord ascended Calvary. After having of done this, he proceeded to the top of the hill with ease. This shows us that by humbling ourselves before the Cross, and only through the Cross, do we share in the victory of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Triumph of the Holy Cross – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 21:4-9
Resp: psa 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: joh 3:13-17

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Sep 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Much Prayer and Profound Suffering

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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Homily #140913n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the foundation of a spiritual life: faith, much prayer, and profound suffering. In order to be saints, we must be in an intimate relationship with God and self-sacrifice, giving all to God and for God. With this foundation, we are constructed into a spiritual temple, the New Jerusalem.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Chrysostom – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 10:14-22
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 17-18
Gsp: luk 6:43-49

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The Holy Name of Mary

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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THE NAME OF MARY

“Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising,  fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?”

Mary, our sweet loving other, Can my tongue her beauty tell?  All the splendor of her glory, raised on high with God to dwell. There is naught on earth to mirror our great Queen so chaste and fair,  Yet, the silent voice of nature whispers sweetly everywhere

THE NAME OF MARY.

She, Judea’s fairest lily, purer than the mountain’s snow, Brighter than the rays of sunshine,  than the diamond’s lustrous glow. Hence I love earth’s fragrant lilies, emblems of her purity, For their rare translucent whiteness, breathes so sweetly unto me.                             

THE NAME OF MARY.

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Sep 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Name Day Wishes

Friday, September 12th, 2014
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Homily #140912n ( 06min) Play – Father Matthias comments on a short writing of St. Maximilian where the saint muses over what we can wish she who is “Full of Grace.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Most Holy Name of Mary – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 1:39-47

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Sep 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A Plan of Life

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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Homily #140911n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that our recent Gospel readings give us a plan of life for living a union of love with God and neighbor. He focuses on the Christian call to be generous with all and love even our enemies, a love which demonstrates to others the love of God for humanity. It is not an easy path, but possible with grace, and the only path which leads to eternal life and true fulfillment.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday in the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1co 8:1-7, 11-13
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 23-24
Gsp: luk 6:27-38

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Video – A Day With Mary #118: Our Lady Help of Christians

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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A Day With Mary #118 – Our Lady Help of Christians ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Joseph Michael speaks on Our Lady during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Cecilia Parish in Floreat, Western Australia on 6 September 2014.

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Pope Francis speaks about Our Lady

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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On (a) Saturday evening, in the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis with a group of young people from the Diocese of Rome who are involved in vocational discernment.
 
He then proceeded to speak about the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives. “I thank you for this visit, this visit to the Madonna who is so important in our lives. And she accompanies even in the definitive choice, the vocational choice, because she accompanied her Son in his vocational path, which was so hard, so sorrowful. She accompanies us always.”

Pope Francis said he feels said when he hears Christians say they do not seek the Mary or pray to Mary. He recalled a conversation with two young catechists in the seventies, a couple with young children, who spoke beautifully about Jesus:

“At one point I said, ‘And devotion to the Madonna?’ ‘But we have passed that stage. We know Jesus Christ so well, that we have no need of the Madonna.’ And what came into my heart and my mind was ‘Oh… poor orphans!’ … because a Christian without the Madonna is an orphan. And a Christian without the Church is an orphan. A Christian needs these two women, these two women who are mothers, two women who are virgins: the Church and the Madonna.
And to make a ‘test’ of a good Christian vocation, you need to ask yourself: ‘How is my relationship with these two mothers going?’ with mother Church and with mother Mary. This is not a question of ‘piety,’ no, it’s pure theology. This is theology. How is my relationship with the Church going, with my mother the Church, with the holy mother the hierarchic Church? And how is my relationship going with the Madonna, who is my Mamma, my Mother?”
 
Finally, Pope Francis led the young people in singing the “Salve Regina” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, before leaving them with a blessing and the request that they pray for him. 

Sep 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Holiest of All

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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Homily #140908n ( 00min) Play – Father Matthias preaches on today’s Marian Feast, the Nativity of Mary, and tells us that She was holier at birth than all the Saints and Angels combined. This is not hyperbole, he tells us, for we are all children of God, but Mary alone has God for Her child! When you consider that Her Child was also Her creator, it is easy to understand Her grandeur.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 5:1-4
Resp: psa 13:6, 6
Gsp: mat 1:1-16, 18-23

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Sep 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Second Plank of Salvation

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Homily #140907n ( 20min) Play – Pulling from a plethora of sources, Father Matthias goes over the essential characteristics of the Sacrament of Penance, the five necessary things on the part of the penitent, and the two necessary traits of a good confessor. Father encourages us to pray for our confessors, and to heed their directions, for “He who hears you, hears me.” (Luke 10:16)
Ave Maria!
Mass: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 33:7-9
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: rom 13:8-10
Gsp: mat 18:15-20

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Video – A Day With Mary #117: Eucharistic Adoration compliments the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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A Day With Mary #117 - Eucharistic Adoration compliments the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre speaks on the Eucharist during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Cecilia Parish in Floreat, Western Australia on 6 September 2014.

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Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The Church, he said, “is a true mother who gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us into a common life with our brothers and sisters.”

Pointing to the mother of Jesus, the Roman Pontiff explained that “The model of maternity for the Church is the Virgin Mary” who “in the fullness of time conceived through the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Son of God.”

“Her motherhood continues through the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through baptism, whom she nourishes through the Word of God,” he said.

“The birth of Jesus in the womb of Mary as firstborn of many brothers is a prelude of the new life that Christians receive in baptism.”

via Pope Francis: the Church is a mother who guides her children :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).