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All Things Marian

Video – Visitations of Mary Pilgrimage – Variety 241

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Video highlights of the “Visitations of Mary” Pilgrimage with Fr. Joseph Michael McShane, FI.

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Apr 09 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Faith vs Fury

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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Homily #140409n ( 14min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the three young men thrown into into fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, and highlights their faith as examples for us. When we open ourselves up to and embrace the truth, it will set us free and change us, but those who resist the truth and remain in bondage to error and sin will react to us with fury. We see this fury rising against us today because of our fidelity to the truth about abortion, contraception, and marriage. Father encourages us to seek refuge in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as she asked us to do at Fatima, and to have faith in the face of the fury of the modern Nebuchadnezzars.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: joh 8:31-42

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Apr 05 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Suffering? Look to Jesus.

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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Homily #140405n ( 12min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the evil of suffering, and advises us that, in order to see the good which may come about from our sufferings, we need to look to Jesus, for He is the one who draws good, the greatest good, out of suffering, whether it was His sufferings or ours. Father also points out that this good passes through the Heart of Mary, who acceptance and embracing of the sufferings which befell Her and Jesus expanded Her heart and enabled it to embrace all humanity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 11:18-20
Resp: psa 7:2-3, 9-10, 11-12
Gsp: joh 7:40-53

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Safe in Our Mother’s Arms

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Facing the Storms of Life in the Arms of Our Mother: 

May Jesus fill you with his holy love and grant you all those graces your beautiful soul desires, and I incessantly ask for you from our heavenly Father!. . . May the Lord continue to possess your heart always, rendering it holy to the degree established with eternal designs….

Do not fear the storm that roars about you, because in proportion to the rigidity of the winter, the spring will be more beautiful and richer in flowers, and the fruits more abundant. No matter what the tempter may say or do,  God is working out in you his admirable purpose, which is your sanctification. Don’t believe the murmurings and promptings of the enemy….

To be afraid of being lost while you are in the arms of divine goodness is stranger than fear on the part of a child in its mother’s arms. Banish all doubt and anxiety which are, however, allowed by infinite love for the purpose already mentioned. Be patient and don’t become discouraged if you see yourself still full of imperfections. Remember what I said to you in this regard, and make every effort to put it into practice.

When you are unable to take big steps on the path that leads to God, be content with little steps, patiently waiting until you have the legs to run.

+St. Padre Pio

Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Fourth Sorrow of Mary

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
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Homily #140329n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias encourages us to seek after true humility, which is manifested by the acceptance of the crosses and loving God in the midst of trials. For our model, he presents the Blessed Virgin in Her Fourth Sorrow, when She met Jesus carrying the Cross, and reminds us that those who persevered in following Jesus to end persevered because they went there with Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 3rd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: hos 6:1-6
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21
Gsp: luk 18:9-14

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The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. 

The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life. 

Tearful Adam with his sorrowing family begs this of you, O loving Virgin, in their exile from Paradise. Abraham begs it, David begs it. All the other holy patriarchs, your ancestors, ask it of you, as they dwell in the country of the shadow of death. This is what the whole earth waits for, prostrate at your feet. It is right in doing so, for on your word depends comfort for the wretched, ransom for the captive, freedom for the condemned, indeed, salvation for all the sons of Adam, the whole of your race. 

Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.  (more…)

Mar 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Why The God-Man?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Homily #140325n ( 00min) Play – For the Solemnity of the Annuciation, Father Matthias asks the question, “Why the Incarnation?”  He then introduces us to the answer of Bl. John Duns Scotus: the Word became Man to give the greatest glory to God, and only secondarily in order to redeem mankind.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11
2nd: heb 10:4-10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Mar 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Third Sorrow of Mary

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140322n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias presents the Third Sorrow of Mary. He reminds us that in order to experience mercy, we must turn to God and ask for it. The reason we don’t do this is because we don’t realize how good God is, and how He is to be desired above everything else. Let us ask Our Lady to make us understand how much we ought to love God, and to give us the grace to seek Jesus amid our crosses and suffering as She did.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 7:14-15, 18-20
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Gsp: luk 15:1-3, 11-32

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Love of the Heart of Jesus for His Mother

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“Jesus loved His Virgin Mother. At the very beginning of His public life He wished to give proofs of His filial love. It was at Cana in Galilee. Jesus and His holy Mother were present at a wedding feast and, the wine having failed, the servants came and gave the news to Mary. Immediately, the Blessed Virgin turning to her divine Son said to Him: ” They have no wine ” (John II, 3). And Jesus answering His Mother: “Woman,” said He to her, (Woman par excellence, the unique, the only one among all, who is without sin), “What is it to Me and to thee ? My hour is not yet come ” (John II,4).

I have not yet commenced to work the great miracles which I am to accomplish. But by addressing yourself to Me in this circumstance, you wish, doubtless, to recall to Me what is common between us; you wish to remind Me of the sweet bonds which unite us, the community of life, of blood, of thought, of desire and of love which exists between us. Could I resist your prayer and not anticipate the hour which I had fixed ? And the Mother of Jesus understanding His thoughts, sure of His filial Heart, turned towards the servants and said, “Whatever He shall say to you, do ye.” (more…)

Mar 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Second Sorrow of Mary

Saturday, March 15th, 2014
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Homily #140315n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that the first step to a real spiritual life is to turn our back on sin. He meditates on the Second Sorrow of Mary, the Exile in Egypt, and encourages us to live as pilgrims in this life, viewing all from the view of eternity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 26:16-19
Resp: psa 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Gsp: mat 5:43-48

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A Prayer to the Mother of God

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations 

O Immaculate and all-pure Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the Universe, our own good Lady, you surpass all the saints; you are the only hope of the patriarchs, the joy of the saints. Through you we have been reconciled with our God. You are the only advocate of sinners, the safe port of the shipwrecked. You are the consolation of the world, the ransom of captives, the joy of the sick, the comfort of the afflicted, the refuge and salvation of the whole world.

O great Princess, Mother of God, cover us with your wings of mercy and have pity on us. No other hope is given us but you, O most pure Virgin. We have given ourselves to you, and have consecrated ourselves to your service. We are your servants. Do not then, permit Lucifer to drag us into hell.

O Immaculate Virgin, we are under your protection, and therefore we have recourse to you. We beseech you to prevent your beloved Son from being angry at our sins and abandoning us to the power of the devil.

O you who are full of grace, enlighten my understanding, loosen my tongue that it may sing your praises, and especially the angelic salutation, which is so worthy of you. I salute you, O peace and joy, O salvation and consolation of the world. I salute you, O greatest of miracles, O paradise of delights, O safe haven for those in danger, fountain of graces, mediatrix between God and men. 

+ St. Ephrem the Syrian

Feb 11 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Marian Age

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
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Homily #140211n (11min) Play – On the anniversary of the first apparition at Lourdes, Fr. Louis Maximilian shows how the apparitions during the 19th century started the “Marian Age” we are now living in. In this “Marian Age” Our Lady is striving to draw our attention back to God, to repent of our sins, and to follow Him, but many are ignoring or even pushing Her away. And we who have answered, what have we done up till now? Let us all turn from our selfishness and tepidity and allow this Marian Age to bear great fruits in our hearts.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Lourdes – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 66:10-14
Resp: jth 13:22-23
Gsp: joh 2:1-11

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Feb 01 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: God Doesn’t Do Damage Control

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Homily #140201n ( 13min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian shows that King David’s repentance after the adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah is an example of the need for repentance, and also that sin incurs punishment, even when it is forgiven. Father ties this in with the message of Fatima and the Five First Saturdays and highlights the need for us to repent from all of our sins, venial and mortal. One of the results of sin is spiritual blindness, and the First Saturdays are a lifeline to bring us to acknowledge our sins, and then to do penance for them. Finally, he reminds us that God doesn’t do “damage control”, but heals. Let us ask Our Lady for the strength to bear , crying out with David, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 12:1-7, 10-17
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: mar 4:35-41

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Mary, Coredeptrix

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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Homily #140118n ( 09min) Play – Fr. Matthias proclaims the wondrous nature of our Faith–God had become Man and died for the sins of Mankind! And, just as Eve initiated cooperated in the fall of Mankind, Mary is, by the explicit will of God, associated in our redemption as the Coredemptrix! She was spiritual crucified with Jesus out of love for us and God’s will. Let us always firmly entrust ourselves to Her power and mercy, and she will make us saints.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 1st Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 9:1-4, 17-19, 10:1
Resp: psa 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mar 2:13-17

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Jan 11 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Mary’s Spiritual Maternity

Saturday, January 11th, 2014
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Homily #140111n ( 09min) Play – Father Matthias preaches on Our Lady’s spiritual maternity and shows that natural motherhood is but a dim reflection of Our Lady’s motherhood over Her Son, Head of the Mystical Body of Christ, and over us, members of the spiritual body. This life is the womb of Mary, where she forms and rears us into the image of Her Divine Son. Let us always collaborate with Her action in our lives, for as Scripture says of Mary “he who lives by me will do no wrong.” (Sirach 24:30)
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sat post Epiphany or Jan 12 – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 5:14-21
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6a and 9b
Gsp: joh 3:22-30

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