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All Things Marian

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 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

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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 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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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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Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

It is possible for a priest to penetrate His Heart (The Sacred Heart of Jesus) even more deeply if he also enters the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. From the moment of her Immaculate Conception, her response to God, who gave her existence in this pure state, was the total gift of herself to the Creator for whatever He should ask of her. At the moment of the Incarnation, this gift became priestly.
 
She knew the doleful mission of the Messiah from having read of the Prophet Isaiah. She understood that in becoming the Mother of the Man of Sorrows, she would become the Mother of Sorrow. Her response was simply, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word (Lk 1: 38). From then on, her life was one of indescribable suffering because of her union with the Christ-Priest. Apart from Jesus, she might enjoy a serene existence, but she would have no existence apart from Jesus.   (more…)

Jun 28 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Marianize Everything

Saturday, June 28th, 2014
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Homily #140628n ( 17min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian shows how the Love of God was poured into the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and tells us the way to return to God is through this same Immaculate Heart. We do this by Marianizing everything (for God did so first), and especially by exaulting Her and by Consecration of ourselves to Her so that She, who is all about God, will make us all about God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Immaculate Heart of Mary – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 61:9-11
Resp: 1sa 2:1, 4-8
Gsp: luk 2:41-51

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Our Duties to our Blessed Mother

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

On this First Saturday in June let us consider that “After having fulfilled our obligations toward the Son of God, we have three duties to his holy Mother: The first is to prostrate ourselves in heart and in spirit at her feet asking her pardon for the cruel death of her Son, and for the most bitter sufferings of her pure heart which we have caused.

In reparation, we must offer her all the honor, glory, and praise which have been, are, and will be forever rendered to her in heaven as well as on earth by the Most Holy Trinity, by the sacred humanity of her Son, by all the angels, and all the saints. We must also give ourselves to our Lady as her slaves, promising that we wish to serve and honor her all our lives in every way possible to us. 

The second thing we must do for the Blessed Virgin is to remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ, dying on the cross, gave her to us as our Mother, and gave us to her as her children, when, addressing her, He said: “Behold your son”; and speaking to each of us in the person of Saint John: “Behold your mother:’ We ought to thank Our Lord with our whole heart for having given us His Mother to be our Mother; we ought to give thanks to the most holy Virgin for hav­ing received us as her children, and to beg our Savior that inasmuch as He has associated us with Him as the Beloved Son of Mary, He also makes us share His per­fect filial devotion to His admirable Mother.
 
Our third debt to the Mother of Jesus is to acknowledge and salute her as our Mother, declaring that we desire to serve, love, and honor her as our Mother, obey her as a Mother and study to make ourselves like unto her as children should resemble their mother; and, consequently, to imitate her humility, her patience, her obedience, her purity, her mildness and docility, her charity, and all her other virtues. We must beseech our Lady to look upon us, her unworthy children, to protect and to guide us in all things and to be a mother to us both in life and in death.”
 
St. John Eudes

Month of Mary 31 – Consecration Day

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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Month of Mary #31 ( 15min) Play - On the final day of our “Month of Mary” we want to sum everything up. We have looked through the eyes of four Marian Giants, and we can sum up their perspectives with a few words: St. Louis de Montfort–Passion, Baptism, Gift; St. Maximilian Kolbe–Mystery, Militia, Love; Bl. Mother Teresa–Thirst, Heart, Covenant, St. John Paul II–Mother, Entrust-acration, Mercy. Finally, he encourages us to LIVE this consecration and give God the maximum amount of glory possible. Ad Maximum Dei Gloriam!

Today’s Consecration Prayer:

O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and, “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.” Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Ave Maria!

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May 31 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Visitation and the Magnificat

Saturday, May 31st, 2014
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Homily #140531n ( 07min) Play – Father goes through the gospel of today’s feast, and gives a commentary on the Magnificat of Our Lady.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Visitation of Our Lady (Opt 1) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:14-18
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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The Visitation of the Blessed Mother to St. Elizabeth

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Portal of the world’s Salvation, lo a virgin pure and mild,

Humble-hearted a high in station, form of beauty undefiled,

Crown of the earth’s anticipation, comes the mother-maid with Child.

See in, in flesh so great a wonder by the power of God ordained, –Him,

Whose feet all worlds lay under, In a virgin’s womb contained;

So on earth her bonds to sunder, righteousness from heaven hath rained.

Virgin Sweet, with love o’er flowing, To the Hills in haste she fares;

On a kindred heart bestowing blessing from the joy she bears;

Waiting while with mystic showing time the sacred birth prepares.

What fair joy o’ershone that dwelling, called so great a guest to greet;

What her joy whose love, compelling, found a rest for Mary’s feet,

When, the bliss of time foretelling, lo, the voice and Word did meet!

God most high, the heaven’s foundation, Ruler of eternity;

Jesu, Who for man’s salvation, came in flesh to make us free;

Spirit, moving all creation, evermore be praise to Thee!

 

Month of Mary 30 – Marian Devotion and Predestination

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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Month of Mary #30 ( 13min) Play – Father Matthias presents the examples of the saints and the teachings of the doctors of the Church that a True Devotion to Mary is a sign of salvation and predestination. But this is not the “absolute assurance” some Protestants teach, we must draw the correct conclusions from these teachings. We must practice and persevere in True Devotion to Mary: interior, trusting, holy, constant, and not self-seeking. But what practical steps can we take? Father tells us to listen to Our Lady and the Saints–PRAY THE ROSARY EVERY DAY!!! Let us make and persevere in this resolution, and so live this life with one foot already in heaven.

Our Lady of the Rosary, Pray for us.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 29 – Marian Entrustment and Divine Mercy

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Month of Mary #29 ( 07min) Play – Today we look at the homily St. John Paul II gave at Fatima, Portugal, on May 13th, 1982, exactly 65 years after the first apparition of Mary at that spot, and exactly one year after he was shot in an assassination attempt which, according to him, was foiled by Our Lady. In this important homily, the newly canonized Holy Father reflects on the link between Divine Mercy and Marian Entrustment. It is Mary who brings us to the cross, which is the source of Divine Mercy, and by entrusting ourselves to her, we abandon ourselves to her and by her maternal mediation She helps us offer ourselves more fully to Christ in His own self-offering to the Father for our own redemption.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Draw me in, with, and through Mary to the Fountain of Love and Mercy.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 28 – And He Took Her Into His Home

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Month of Mary #28 ( 07min) Play – Having looked as St. John Paul II’s teachings on the preparation Mary was lead through, we now look at what he says about Marian Consecration, or as he phrases it, Marian Entrustment. We return to the Foot of the Cross, and hear the words, “Behold, your Mother”. What does it mean, how should we respond to this gift? The Holy Father tells us to look at the next phrase, “And … he took her unto his own home”. Father unpacks what this means, and shows how by entrusting ourselves to Her, She will lead us to Jesus. And that’s the point!

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Prepare me to entrust myself completely to Mary so she can bring me closer to Christ.

Ave Maria!

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