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Marian Things

Jan 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Catechism on the Church

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
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Homily #150125n ( 22min) Play – Father takes the time to comment on the Church, pulling from Scripture, the Catechism, and recent comments from Pope Francis. He tells us that the world was created for the Church, that one cannot be fully Christian outside of the Catholic Church, that God desires all Christians to live in unity of faith, sacraments, and governance under the maternal care of the Catholic Church, which finds its principle, as St. Therese teaches us, in Charity. Finally, he stressed that the Church is made visible not in buildings but in our lives, and we must testify to it by living the Love of Christ, even our enemies. And the best way to do this is to place ourselves fully under the care of the Immaculate Virgin and allow her to form us into true children of the Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jon 3:1-5, 10
Resp: psa 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1co 7:29-31
Gsp: mar 1:14-20

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Jan 11 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Catechism on Baptism

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Homily #150111n ( 22min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the effects of Baptism, the three types of baptism, and the necessity of Baptism. He comments on the Baltimore Catechism (Volume three) and final gives us a spiritual aspect of Baptism and the best way to live out our baptism.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Baptism of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
2nd: act 10:34-38
Gsp: mar 1:7-11

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Mother of the Eucharist

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The simplest way to express what Christ asks us to believe about the Real Presence is that the Eucharist is really He.  The Real Presence is the real Jesus! We are to believe that the Eucharist began in the womb of the Virgin Mary, that the flesh which the Son of God received from His Mother at the incarnation is the same flesh into which He changed bread at the Last Supper; that the blood He received from His Mother is the same blood into which He changed wine at the Last Supper. Had she not given Him His flesh and blood there could not be a Eucharist.
 
+Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon

Jan 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Born of a Woman

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Homily #150101n ( 13min) Play – Father comments on the “mode of the Incarnation,” telling us that the second reading today, which contains the only reference to Our Lady in the writings of St. Paul, contains more food for meditation than it may at first seem. In particular, we can see three distinct truths in this short reading: that Mary is truly the Mother of God (while the Divine Word exists in eternity, it is truly God who is born of her, for She isn’t the mother of the human nature of Jesus, but of Jesus Himself), that Mary’s Motherhood is Virginal (Before, After, and During the birth of Jesus), and that She is the spiritual mother of us all (for She bore and birthed the “Whole Christ,” head and members). Let us be aware that Jesus comes to us through Mary, it is thanks to Her we can be united to God through Christ. Our Lady is not an obstacle which gets in the way, rather, She is the way God comes to us, and the way which we return to Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 6:22-27
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 2:16-21

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Holy Mary, Mother of God

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.

God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed

  
St. Anselm

 

 

Dec 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Wonderful Things of God

Friday, December 26th, 2014
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Homily #141225n ( 15min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel for the Christmas Mass during the day, and tells us that if we accept God into our lives and submit to His will for us, He will do amazing and wonderful things in us. We can see this in the person of Mary who most perfectly gave Herself to God, and thereby became His very Mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Nativity of the Lord (Day) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:7-10
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: heb 1:1-6
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

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Looking to Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

O gentle Queen, the Spirit’s chaste abode: help us prepare for Him a worthy throne.  The way is dark and life a weary road; our will is weak, ‘neath sorrow’s sting we groan.  To thee we turn in exile and alone, to see His presence singing in thy heart.  Our consecration to His love we own; as thou thyself His tabernacle art:  His temples we shall be, and ne’er from Him depart.

God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of Your Word made flesh.  Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to Your Word, that we may bring Your life to the waiting world. Grand this through Christ Our Lord.

taken from The Complete Marian Prayerbook

Dec 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Contemplate It Again and Again

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141221n ( 12min) Play – Father Maximilian comment on the re-occurrence of the Gospel reading of the Annunciation within a few days, and tells us it is the Church’s invitation to contemplate the Annunciation again and again. Father then walks us through the account and encourages us to say the Angelus everyday at morning, noon, and evening, so that this mystery is brought to our minds time and time again throughout the day, every day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday of Advent – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:1-5, 8-11, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 16:25-27
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christmas and Your Predominant Fault

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141222n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the entrance antiphon: “O Gates, lift high your heads.” He tells us these “gates” can symbolize two very different things. The first is our predominant fault, that which keeps out Our Lord, and although He wants to enter into our lives and very selves, we have the key to this gate. However, if we but turn the key (be willing to open up to Him) then He will open the gates which are rusted shut (that is, beyond our power to overcome) by the outpouring of His Grace. Secondly, these gates refer to the Virginal Conception and Birth of Our Lord. Let us turn to Our Lady, who is the “aqueduct” of grace, She is not in the way, but is the way, and will “Prepare the way of the Lord” in our own hearts.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 22 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 1:24-28
Resp: 1sa 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
Gsp: luk 1:46-56

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Dec 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Immediate Preparation for Christmas

Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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Homily #141220n ( 06min) Play – In the immediate preparation for Christmas, the liturgy presents us with the prophecy of the Virginal Birth of the Messiah as well as its fulfillment at the Annunciation. Father walks us through the Gospel passage, and encourages us to reflect on this passage and imitate Our Lady’s faith and obedience to the will of God. By doing this, we will successfully prepare for the Lord’s coming at Christmas and at the end of time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 20 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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The Reed of God

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“It is in emptiness like the hollow in the reed, the narrow riftless emptiness which can have only one destiny: to receive the Piper’s breath and to utter the song that is in His Heart”

It is in Our Lady that God fell in love with Humanity. It is upon her that the Dove descended, and the love of God for Humanity culminated in the conception of Christ in the human race.  When she surrendered herself to God, there was indeed a miraculous New Heaven and New Earth. The Spirit entered the world – light and wisdom and love, patience, fortitude and joy entered the human heart and mind, and in the sight of God a springtime of loveliness woke in the world. In the virginal emptiness of the girl, Mary of Nazareth, Christ was conceived; it was the wedding of God to a human child, and the wonder of it filled the earth for all time.

This proved that God knew Our Lady’s trust in Him was absolutely without limit. Everything that He did to her in the future emphasized the same thing. His trust in her trust in Him.  The one thing that He did ask of her was the gift of her humanity. She was to give Him her body and soul unconditionally, and – what in this new light would have seemed absurdly trivial to anyone but the Child Bride of Wisdom – she was to give Him her daily life…

He asked for her ordinary life shared with Joseph. She was not to neglect her simple human tenderness, her love for an earthly man, because God was her unborn child. On the contrary, the hands and feet, the heart, the waking, sleeping, and eating that were forming Christ were to form Him in service to Joseph.

Yes, it certainly seemed that God wanted to give the world the impression that it is ordinary for Him to be born of a human creature. Well, that is a fact! God did mean it to be the ordinary thing, for it is His will that Christ shall be born in every human being’s life and not, as a rule, through extraordinary things, but through the ordinary daily life and the human love that people give to one another. (more…)

Dec 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: On the Gospel for December 18th

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Homily #141218n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that the Gospel passage for December 18th emphasizes Our Lady’s Virginity, which testifies to the Divinity of Her Son, and he shows how this Gospel speaks of the two virtues of humility and purity. By the former we rely completely on Him and not on ourselves, and by the latter, we are enabled to give ourselves entirely to God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 18 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 23:5-8
Resp: psa 72:1, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Franciscan Poverty Realized

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Homily #141215n ( 04min) Play – Today at Our Lady’s Chapel, we celebrate the patronal solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of the Seraphic Order. Father comments on the link between the Seraphic Order and Our Lady, telling us that by Franciscan poverty is fully realized by consecrating ourselves to Our Lady as Her Possession and Property, so that all we have may become, through her, the Property and Possession of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queen of the Seraphic Order – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:7-8, 10-14
Resp: psa 45:10, 13-18
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Dec 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: No Knot She Cannot Unknot

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Homily #141212n ( 06min) Play – Pope Francis has been highlighting Our Lady as the “Untier of Knots,” for it is by Her obedience that the knot tied by Eve’s disobedience is undone, and Our Lady can also untie the knots of sin and its consequences in our lives as well. We see this extraordinarily in Her visit to Mexico in 1531, after which the natives began to, through Mary, come to Christ, and within eight years, a torrent of nine million people were baptized by the missionaries. If we turn to Her, She will untie the knots we have tied in our own lives, and especially in our souls. And then, after this, She will be able to also untie the knots in our families, in the Church, our nation, and the entire world.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 2:14-17
Resp: jth 13:22-23
2nd: rev 11:19, 12:1-6a,10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness for the Unborn

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Dearest Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe: to you we offer our efforts to protect the unborn.  You who are our life, our sweetness and our hope:  we do believe with St. Juan Diego that you are with us as our spiritual Mother. 

We seek your powerful intercession as we stand witness to the dignity of unborn persons and all persons who are made in the image and likeness of God.  We are in need of grace and strength to shine a light into the dark Culture of Death.  Help us to know that we must fight evil with good and to love even those who persecute us as we are to love our enemies and pray for salvation for them. 

Please obtain the grace for us not to grow weary or discouraged when do not see many results from our efforts. Help us to know that no prayer is ever wasted and we are heard in heaven and that there are many conversions that we will not know of until that day when we hope to see God face to face in eternity.  We thank you and love you, O dearest Lady of Guadalupe!