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Time for Confession!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Courage to “Cut off our sins”
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“I grant forgiveness to the man who weeps over his sins:
Not to the sinner who hopes that I will delay in coming.”
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After sinning I thought of confessing but the Enemy whispered to me,
“Do you dare? How could you bear the penance you would be given for such great offense?’
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“The punishment in this world is light compared to that in the next!”
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Out of shame I remained in this wretched state, arguing that I could not possibly confess such abominable sins to the Priest.
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“Better to feel shame before my priest than suffer it in grief when I shall pass judgment on You, and all your sins will be trumpeted in the presence of a vast multitude.”
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Say no more. I yield. I repent of my transgressions and my utter lack of prudence. Have mercy on me, O Lord.
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“Since you have surrendered to Me, I embrace you. and may this pact endure for all time, for I cannot abide ingratitude.”
+B. Jacapone da Todi OFM

Mar 18 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Catechism and Homosexuality

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Homily #140318n ( 13min) Play – Father Matthias undertakes the task of explaining the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and homosexual acts by pulling from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and recent statements by Pope Francis. Finally, he emphasizes that those with homosexual attractions have the same call we all do–be holy.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 1:10, 16-20
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Video – A Day With Mary #106: Fr Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the 40 Days For Life

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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A Day With Mary #106 – Fr Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the 40 Days For Life ( 11 min) >>> Play

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Fr. Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the upcoming 40 Days for Life during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Helena of the Holy Cross Church in Ellenbrook, Western Australia on 1 March 2014.

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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) +++

A Pro-Life Prayer to St. Gerard

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Against the Forces of Anti-Life:

O great wonder-worker of our day, St. Gerard, powerful protector of a mother and her unborn child:  beg God, we beseech thee, to crush the mounting forces of anti-life and to enlighten those who work in this deadly way, that they may see the enormity of their sin and return to the  generous observance of the divine law.  Pray, too, for mothers that they may prize the great privilege of motherhood and that they may bring up their children in the holy love and fear of God, so saving their own immortal souls and furthering the honor and glory of their Maker: through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Proclaim the Kingdom!

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient. (2 Tim 4:2)

In spite of sufferings of body and soul, life brings unspeakable joys, fleeting glimpses of the ultimate joy to come. But these loving glimpses cannot be life itself’. Life is effort, firm and persevering action and duty accepted and accomplished, the heroic conquest of the body by the soul, the serenity nothing can disturb, and eyes fixed on God. It is charity taking possession of us little by little, banishing everything that is not love.

Not to accept everything, but to understand everything; not to approve of everything, but to forgive everything; not to adopt everything, but to search for the grain of truth that is contained in everything. To reject no idea and no good intention, however awkward or feeble. To love others as Jesus Christ loved them, including suffering and death.

The first responsibility now for every one of good will is constantly preaching, by word and by example: the divine law of charity. Every Christian should be a voice crying in the desert, “Let us love!” Perhaps some heavenly breeze will carry these words farther than we imagine.

In arid times when duty seems difficult and daily responsibilities have no attraction, when all spiritual consolation is denied us and the beautiful light that illumines life is veiled, in these times humble prayer alone can steady us and give us hour by hour and day by day the determination to act “against our will”.

+Servant of God, Elisabeth Leseur

 

There are Modern Holy Innocents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Franciscus (Evangelii Gaudium)

Thanking the Creator of Life

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“Creator of Life–Thank You!”

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”
That is an assurance of God’s love solid and true
We are the beloved and precious in His sight
How did our society get to this current plight

Children are viewed as a burden to be discarded
Planned Parenthood is abundantly rewarded
The liberal media calls it “women’s health care”
The reality is a truth too heart-wrenching to bear

“Pro-choice” sounds liberating, sensible, and kind
The deception it promotes is the tie that will bind
“Pro-abortion” is not appealing to the one who hears
Accurate terminology could instill worry and fears

Language matters, and progressives know the drill
Don’t let anyone know that abortion really does kill
“A woman’s right to choose” is now firmly entrenched
Pro-lifers are seen as the radicals who should be benched

“Follow the money” has been an accurate trail in the past
Cut off tax dollars and watch Planned Parenthood move fast
Litigation or legislation—it’s all about abortion on demand
Roe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton—the law of the land

There have been over 40 years of tragedy since that fateful time
Millions have died—and a civilized society doesn’t see a crime
Is it apathy and complacency—or is it something much deeper
What has caused us to fail in being our brother and sister’s keeper

To the many women (and men) who are experiencing pain
It is not necessary to be isolated and suffering in vain
All of the wounds and painful memories you can freely bring
There is healing and forgiveness from Jesus Christ our King 

For the gift of life, we give thanks and praise to our God! 

used with permission from Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

The Apostolate to Evangelize

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“And he said to them, Go out all over the world and preach the gospel to the whole of creation.” (Mk 16:15)

All of life’s circumstances are good for apostolate

Every Christian is called to extend the Kingdom of Christ. Every social circumstance is a good opportunity for bringing this about. However God opens a door for the word in order to declare the mystery of Christ, then the living God and He whom He has sent for the salvation of all, Jesus Christ, are confidently and perseveringly proclaimed to all men. In the face of cowardliness, laziness, or excuses, we have to keep in mind that many people depend on our word and example if they are to receive the grace to follow Christ more closely. We can never stop doing apostolate with the people whom God has placed by our side. The means used may differ, but the end is always the same.

There are many, many different ways for people to be drawn to the Lord.  Let us maintain, therefore, our fervor of spirit. Let us preserve the sweet and heartfelt joy of evangelizing even when we have to sow in tears. We cannot give in to thinking that adverse circumstances are an obstacle to the apostolate. Difficulties can serve as a means for extending Christ’s teaching as was shown by the first Christians and by so many others who have suffered for the Faith. St Paul wrote to the Philippians from his prison cell: Most of the brethren have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear. Even though some had been preaching out of envy, with a lack of right intention, the Apostle exclaims: “What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth Christ is proclaimed; and in that I rejoice.” Yes, and I shall rejoice.

Our most important goal is that we draw closer to Christ from day to day. The Lord invites everyone to this work. (more…)

Pope Francis speaks for the Unborn and Aged

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

As the 40 Days for Life–in more than 300 cities–comes to a close, we give thanks for the many people that prayed and sacrificed and kept public vigil during these past weeks and ask God’s abundant blessings on them.  And we consider once again the Holy Father’s words just before the 40 Days began:

Pope Francis: strong words against abortion

Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations, or in the developed societies. Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person and – I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point! And each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!

Franciscus

September 20, 2013

The Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

From Wikipedia: The Battle of Lepanto took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states, decisively defeated the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire in five hours of fighting on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth, off western Greece. The Ottoman forces sailing westwards from their naval station in Lepanto to met the Holy League forces, which had come from Messina.  The victory of the Holy League prevented the Ottoman Empire expanding further along the European side of the Mediterranean. Lepanto was the last major navel battle in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galley and has been assigned great symbolic importance.

The Christian coalition had been promoted by St. Pope Pius V and he had advised all to be praying the rosary to Our Lady for this victory.  The victory was acknowledged to be from her intercession and thus the Feast of the Holy Rosary was assigned the date of October 7th.

For an excellent short history of this battle, please see Harry Crocker’s article at

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=7391

The Holy Father Speaks to Confirmandi

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

And here I come to my last point. It is an invitation which I make to you, young confirmandi, and to all present. Remain steadfast in the journey of faith, with firm hope in the Lord. This is the secret of our journey! He gives us the courage to swim against the tide. Pay attention, my young friends: to go against the current; this is good for the heart, but we need courage to swim against the tide. Jesus gives us this courage!

There are no difficulties, trials or misunderstandings to fear, provided we remain united to God as branches to the vine, provided we do not lose our friendship with him, provided we make ever more room for him in our lives. This is especially so whenever we feel poor, weak and sinful, because God grants strength to our weakness, riches to our poverty, conversion and forgiveness to our sinfulness. The Lord is so rich in mercy: every time, if we go to him, he forgives us. Let us trust in God’s work! With him we can do great things; he will give us the joy of being his disciples, his witnesses. Commit yourselves to great ideals, to the most important things. We Christians were not chosen by the Lord for little things; push onwards toward the highest principles. Stake your lives on noble ideals, my dear young people!
Pope Francis, May 2013

Video – Variety #231: 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger, Perth

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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This is a video summary of the 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger in Perth, Australia in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Rosary Procession is organized by the local Legion of Mary.

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40 Days for Life: 40 Days of Lent

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

For information on your nearest 40 Days for Life prayer campaign please see www.40daysforlife.com

Forty Days of New Life: This article covers why Lent has forty days, the meaning of the number 40 in the Old and New Testament, and the meaning of the fasting and temptation of Jesus Christ in the Desert. It was originally written as a commentary on the scripture readings for the first Sunday in Lent. 

In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.” The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring. But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days.

OK, we do penance for forty days because Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness. But did you ever wonder why he was out there for forty days rather than seven or ten or fifty?  Think back to the Old Testament. Noah and company in the Ark watched rain fall for 40 days and forty nights. Moses was up on Sinai receiving the 10 commandments for 40 days. The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.

So why all these forties? Probably because it is forty weeks that a woman carries her developing baby before a new life can come forth from the womb. (more…)

Jan 22 – Homily – Fr George: Fight Abortion With The Mass

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Homily #130122 ( 14min) Play -

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision which legally enshrined abortion in our Land.

Only prayer will conquer this present darkness, only by God’s grace will enlighten all those involved in abortion, the women, politicians, judges, and, especially, the abortionists. The best way to obtain these graces from God is the Mass; going to Mass, daily if possible, and having Masses said for the conversion of abortionists, in reparation for abortion, for the souls of the aborted children, and for the reconciliation of post-abortive women with God. And, in conjunction with the Holy Mass, we must pray the Rosary for the conversion of the world and for true peace and justice.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Mass For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life
Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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