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Anti-Catholicism

May 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Abundant, Lush, and Juicy Fruit

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Homily #140521n ( 06min) Play – Father expounds on today’s Gospel, emphasizing that in order to bear fruit, we must remain in Christ as branches must be connected to the vine in order to bear fruit. Then Father mentions the importance of pruning grape vines in order to produce abundant, lush, and juicy fruit, then compares it to persecution such as the persecution under today’s saints suffered under in Mexico during the early 1900′s. Finally, he reminds us that we too must remain in Christ, and if we do so, we will have the strength to face the various persecutions we all face.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 5th Week of Easter
1st: act 15:1-6
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 06 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Ecumenism of Blood

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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Homily #140506n ( 09min) Play – In the first reading, we hear the account of the first Christian martyr. Fr. Matthias takes the opportunity to reflect over martyrdom, emphasizing that we still live in an Age of Martyrdom, and that not only Catholics are being martyrs, but all Christians. Using a phrase from Pope Francis, “Ecumenism of Blood,” he suggests that the growing persecution of Christians will forge paths towards unity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 7:51-8:1
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: joh 6:30-35

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Apr 24 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Only Through Jesus

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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Homily #140424n ( 00min) Play – Father Joachim comments on today’s Gospel, showing how the disciples, even though they knew of the Resurrection, were still afraid and confused. Likewise, many Christians are afraid of showing their faith as our society becomes more and more hostile to Christ. Father encourages us to put our faith in practice, for Jesus is risen from the dead, and if we don’t live the faith, how will it spread to the many who are still in darkness?
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 3:11-26
Resp: psa 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: luk 24:35-48

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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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Feb 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Mary and Women’s Ordination

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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Homily #140215n ( 10min) Play – Fr. Matthias draws a comparison between Jeroboam’s sin in today’s first reading and the controversy of women’s ordination. Father repeats the statements from soon-to-be saint Bl. John Paul II on woman’s ordination and then presents the Holy Father’s teaching that women find their Christian dignity, not in “masculization”, but in imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary’s relationship with Her Priestly Son by “spiritual maternity”.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 5th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 12:26-32, 13:33-34
Resp: psa 106:6-7, 19-20, 21-22
Gsp: mar 8:1-10

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Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The UN and Child Abuse

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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Homily #140208n ( 22min) Play – Fr. Matthias tells us today’s homily is not a defense of the Catholic Church’s response to the child abuse crisis nor an intellectual analysis of the subject at hand, but a pastoral sermon, one warning the sheep of the wolves. The subject at hand is the volley of “recommendations” from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Fr. Matthias fires back by first examining the incredible suggestions from the Committee, and then examining what exactly the Committee itself is promoting in the name of “protecting children.” Ave Maria! Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF Readings:  1st: 1ki 3:4-13 Resp: psa 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Gsp: mar 6:30-34 Audio (MP3) +++

I die for the love of my Lord Jesu

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Margaret Clitherow, martyr.  Feast Day is March 26th.

Despite the risk of discovery, Margaret had a “priest hole” built in her home, where visiting clergy could hide if a raid should occur. She further built a hidden cupboard to hide vestments, missals, Eucharist and blessed wine. In Margaret’s attic, still preserved for the visiting faithful to see, a hole was cut between her home and the neighbor’s home, to allow an escape route for priests, should it come to that. Margaret stated, in defiance of the laws of the time, “by God’s grace all priests shall be more welcome to me than ever they were, and I will do what I can to set forward God’s Catholic service.” She organized celebrations of Mass, and hired a Catholic tutor for neighborhood children of the faith. It was through this tutor that she came to be discovered.

One afternoon, while the tutor was instructing the children, the police raided the house. The tutor escaped, and the authorities found children studying, but convinced of treason, they questioned the children until one broke down in tears, revealing the cupboard of hidden items. Margaret was immediately arrested, and the children were removed from their homes, placed with devout Protestant families. Margaret would never see her children again. Moved by her life, however, her younger son became a priest, and her daughter, a nun. (more…)

To be Condemned to Death

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

On this memorial of the Martyr Saints Perpetua and Felicity, here are thoughts from a more recent martyr:

“Condemned to death…” Priest Memoir from Nazi Camp 

Condemned to death. The thought refuses to penetrate; it almost needs force to drive it home. The thing that makes this kind of death so singular is that one feels so vibrantly alive with the will to live unbroken and every nerve tingling with life. A malevolent external force is the only thing that can end it…

Up to now the Lord has helped me wonderfully. I am not yet scared and not yet beaten. The hour of human weakness will no doubt come, and sometimes I am depressed when I think of all the things I hoped to do. But I am now a man internally free and far more genuine and realized that I was before. Only now have I sufficient insight to see the thing as a whole…

All these long months of misfortune fit into some special pattern. From the first I was so sure everything would turn out well. God always strengthened me in that conviction. These last few days I have doubted and wondered whether my will to live has been sublimated into religious delusions or something like that. Yet all these unmistakable moments of exaltation in the midst of misery; my confidence and unshakable faith even when I was being beaten up, the certain “in spite of it all” that kept my spirits up and made me so sure that they would not succeed in destroying me; those consolations in prayer and in the Blessed Sacrament, the moments of grace; the signs I prayed for that were vouchsafed again and again–must I put them all away from me now?…

But one thing is gradually becoming clear–I must surrender myself completely. (more…)

A Prayer for America

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.  We thank you for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically and of knowing that political loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to you. (more…)

Christians in the World

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

“Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries inspired by the curiosity of men. Unlike some other people, they champion no purely human doctrine. With regard to dress, food and manner of life in general, they follow the customs of whatever city they happen to be living in, whether it is Greek or foreign.

And yet there is something extraordinary about their lives. They live in their own countries as though they were only passing through. They play their full role as citizens, but labor under all the disabilities of aliens. Any country can be their homeland, but for them their homeland, wherever it may be, is a foreign country. Like others, they marry and have children, but they do not expose them. They share their meals, but not their wives.

They live in the flesh, but they are not governed by the desires of the flesh. They pass their days upon earth, but they are citizens of heaven. Obedient to the laws, they yet live on a level that transcends the law. Christians love all men, but all men persecute them. Condemned because they are not understood, they are put to death, but raised to life again. (more…)

July 4th: Independence Day with Liberty and Justice for ALL, born and unborn

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

 

O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” 

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception and Patroness of the United States: pray for us! 

Amen.

 

from the USCCB

Gloria.tv: For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristeros

Thursday, June 7th, 2012


via Gloria.tv: For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristeros.

Ave Maria!

This is the story (26 minutes) of the Cristeros rebellion against the anti-catholic government of President Calles in Mexico less than 100 years ago and the making of the movie For Greater Glory in theaters now.

An inside look at the new motion picture “For Greater Glory.” This special chronicles the history of the Cristero War with interviews from leading historians, several cast members, and Catholic leaders.

Movies in the News

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Ave Maria!

The movie For Greater Glory, The True Story of the Cristiada will come out on June 1st. It is based on the true the story of the Cristeros War (1926-1929) where the Mexican Catholic people rebelled against the anti-Catholic government who made the celebration of Mass a capital offense. They had the motto “Viva Cristo Rey!” Long Live Christ the King! The movie has an impressive cast with the Academy Award Nominees, Andy Garcia, Peter O’Toole,  and Catalino Sandino Moreno. It seems to be a well made movie by an up-and-coming production company, New Land Films, who are unafraid to tell the untold story of the persecution of Catholics in our modern times.

Hat tip to Bob Fox.

Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

March 7: Saints Perpetua and Felicity

With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as “The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity,” was so popular in the early centuries that (more…)

Contracepting Religious Freedom

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Thank God the bishops are using their clout against the attempt of the Obama administration to force Catholic institutions to pay for contraception. Although I do not agree with Paul Moses entirely, I believe he has a point in suggesting that the effort could backfire.  But that is a risk we have to take. Unfortunately, politics today is largely part of our sound bite culture.  So many people are more interested in the outcome of the Twitter war than they are about having an in-depth and clear understanding of the problem at hand.  Political persuasion is to a great extent about perception. Winning a debate  seems more important than dealing with the fundamental issues. Clarifying first principles often clouds the particular agenda and appeals more to the intellect than it does to the emotions. Emotional arguments work better. (more…)