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Jun 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Keep Faith and Carry On

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Homily #150627n ( 04min) Play – Father speaks of the faith of the centurion in today’s Gospel, and encourages us to hold on to this faith as the western world is abandoning it (particularly clear in yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay “marriage”). We must pray and sacrifice for the Church as she prepares for the Synod on the Family this fall, and remember that in the end, God wins, or, as Mary said at Fatima, “My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cyril of Alexandria – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 18:1-15
Resp: luk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50, 53, 54-55
Gsp: mat 8:5-17

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

An icon is not simply an artistic representation. Once it is blessed, it becomes a window to heaven, a point of contact, “so that in praying before it, one is in the spiritual presence of the person represented. Reverently kissing the icon, one kisses the personage; bowing before it, one bows before the personage”   June 27th is the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

 Our Lady’s Golden Crown was placed on the icon by order of the Vatican in 1867; it is a symbol of the many miracles performed by Our Lady while invoked under the title of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”.  The child Jesus’ crown was also placed on the original icon by order of the Holy See in 1867. The star in the center of Mary’s Veil is indicative that she is the “Star of the Sea” who bore the light of Christ into our darkened world.  This star leads us to the safe port of Heaven.

The primary initials on either side of Our Lady’s Crown are the Greek initials for “Mother of God” The initials above the angel on the left are the Greek initials of St. Michael the Archangel The angel on the left, St. Michael, is depicted holding the lance and gall-sop, foreshadowing Christ’s Passion and death. Our Lady’s Blue Garment is the color worn by mother’s in Palestine, symbolic that Mary is both Virgin and Mother. Mary’s red tunic underneath is the color worn by Virgins during the time of Jesus.

Both Mary and Jesus’ Clothing are colors of royalty. Our Lady’s face is peaceful, serene, and contemplative of her son Jesus’ future sufferings. Our Lady’s mouth is tiny and silent for prayer, meditation and recollection. Mary’s eyes are large to see our troubles and needs; they are always turned toward us.  They also tenderly plead for us to avoid sin and remain faithful to and love her son, Jesus.  (more…)

Jun 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis and Mercy

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Homily #150626n ( 07min) Play – Several weeks ago, Pope Francis used the passage of Jesus healing the leper, the Gospel of today’s Mass, to speak of the mercy of God. He said that God meets us where we are at, in our sin and selfishness, but does not leave us there. Accepting God’s mercy also means moving towards Him, and God gives us the strength as we step out to follow Him. Jesus is not cruel, and to leave a sinner in their sin is cruel. If we don’t see this, it is because we don’t understand what sin is. Let us all walk that path that leads from the Bad to the Good, from the Good to the Better, and from the Better to the Best, that is, to loving union with God Himself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 8:1-4

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Jun 25 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Lay the Foundation NOW

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Homily #150625n ( 03min) Play – Today Gospel reading is a wake-up call, Fr. Joachim tells us, that we must not replace God with doing things for God, but continue in relationship with Him, and make Him the foundation of our lives through prayer, scripture reading, the sacraments, penance, and works of mercy. We must lay this foundation now, for when the storms of life come, it will be too late.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 16:1-12, 15-16
Resp: psa 106:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: mat 7:21-29

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St. Thomas More: Franciscan Martyr

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sir Thomas More would not compromise on two tenets of the Catholic faith: the primacy of the papacy and the dignity of marriage.  When imprisoned before his martyrdom, he would write. The following are just a few quotes from these writings, particularly from a book called “A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation”:

Now those without patience can have no reward for their pain, but when pain is patiently taken for God’s sake, and the sufferer’s will is conformed to God’s pleasure, God regards the sufferer in proportion to the pain. But never have I found any place in Scripture where Our Lord promised a wealthy person, even if that person did thank God for his gifts, any reward in heaven for having taken his ease and pleasure here. (“We do not go to heaven in featherbeds”)…in Scripture much commends tribulation as a more profitable circumstance than wealth and prosperity.

We shall consider tribulation a gracious gift from God, a gift that He specially gives His special friends…if God does not send it, people need to seek out and put upon themselves by penance, a thing that helps purge our past sins; a think that preserves us from sins that we would otherwise commit; a thing that causes us to attach less importance to the world; a thin that incites us to draw closer to God; a thing that greatly diminishes our pains in purgatory; a thing that greatly increases our final reward in Heaven…if we reflect on these things and remember them well, we shall not murmur or complain in a time of tribulation. Instead we shall first of all take our pain patiently and see it as something of worth.  And then we shall realize that God has sent if for our own good and so be moved to thank God for it.  As a consequence, our grace shall increase and God shall give us the comfort of realizing that He is, in the midst of our trouble, always close. (more…)

Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Stop Judging!?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150622n ( 07min) Play – Father speaks on today’s Gospel, and further explains what Jesus did and did not mean when he told us “Judge not.” We can judge actions, we must. But when it comes to the person doing those actions, we do not have the competence to judge, and we ought to give the most lenient interpretation to the sins and faults of others, loving and serving them regardless.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Paulinus of Nola – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 12:1-9
Resp: psa 33:12-13, 18-19, 20, 22
Gsp: mat 7:1-5

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Jun 18 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Church is Guided by God

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Homily #150618n ( 03min) Play – In the first reading St. Paul makes it clear God is guiding him. This should be reprinted in every Catholic newspaper today, for many Catholics embrace a Gospel different from the one St. Paul preached. Father tells us that we tell people uncomfortable things because we love them, and since God has revealed His mind to us through the Church, we are not speaking from our own opinions.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 11th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 11:1-11
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
Gsp: mat 6:7-15

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A Prayer for Priests

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Who has entrusted the whole work of Your redemption and the welfare and salvation of the world to priests as your representatives and through the hands of Your most holy Mother: for the sanctification of your priests and candidates for the priesthood, I offer You this present day wholly and entirely with all its prayers, works, joys, sacrifices, and sorrows. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of Your divine love, seek nothing but Your greater glory and the salvation of our souls. 


And you, Mary, good Mother of priests, protect all priests in the danger of their holy vocation and, with the loving hand of a mother, also lead back to the Good Shepherd those poor priests who have become unfaithful to their exalted vocation and have gone astray. Amen.

Jun 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Take Care of Your Soul First

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150603n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we must not forget our souls, and we must even put the care of our souls over our bodies. Bodily death doesn’t mean the end of the soul, and whatever the soul had merited during its time on Earth, the body will experience for eternity after the general resurrection. Today we remember the martyrs of Uganda who considered their souls more important than even their lives, and refused to give into the impure demands of the king. We too must be strong, but we must find this strength in God, He will help us if only we turn to Him in our need.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 9th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: tob 3:1-11, 16
Resp: psa 25:2-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mar 12:18-27

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May 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Miracles Through Mary

Friday, May 29th, 2015
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Homily #150529n ( 08min) Play – Father Matthias tells us God works miracles and prodigies in order to strengthen our faith, and He especially delights in working them through the Virgin Mary. In particular, he relates a miraculous healing involving the Miraculous Medal from Servant of God John Hardon.

To read the original account from Fr. Hardon: http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Miracles/Miracles_002.htm .
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 8th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 9-13
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: mar 11:11-26

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May 28 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Lily of Quito

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Homily #150528n ( 09min) Play – Father gives us an overview of the life of St. Mariana of Jesus de Paredes, also known as the Lily of Quito. Her life of continual prayer, penance, and self-sacrifice culminated when she offered herself in reparation for the sins of the city, and her offering was accepted. Father also quotes from the Pope Pius XII’s homily at her canonization, telling us of the importance of penance and mortification.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mariana of Jesus de Paredes – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 42:15-25
Resp: psa 33:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mar 10:46-52

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May 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Evangelize by Your Life

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527n ( 06min) Play – Father reflects on the themes of today’s liturgy, and speaks of today’s saint, a missionary bishop and the father of the Church in England, telling us that we too are called to be missionaries, evangelizing by the holiness of our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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May 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Rita and the Greatest Evil

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150522n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias presents the story of St. Rita of Cascia, and focuses on her prayer after her husband was murdered. Her prayer was that God would prevent her sons from sinning by exacting revenge on their father’s killer, even if it meant taking their lives. Her prayer was answered, and both sons soon died from dysentery. St. Rita understood that the greatest evil is sin, that the effects of every sin are eternal, and that death is to be preferred to sin. Father then speaks of that which is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, contrition, and then tells us some traits of that real contrition which we must have for our sins.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rita of Cascia – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 25:13-21
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
Gsp: joh 21:15-19

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May 21 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Strength of the Martyrs

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Homily #150521n ( 06min) Play – Father gives us an overview of today’s saint and the other martyrs from the Mexican persecution under President Calles, and tells us that the martyrs preferred a clear conscience over life, and if we wish to stand strong in the face of opposition, we need to start making the right choices and be faithful even in the small things now.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 22:30, 23:6-11
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Gsp: joh 17:20-26

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Suffering and Union with God

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the themes of the Gospel reading today, focusing on how suffering, particularly in our witness to Christ, is an opportunity to grow in union with God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 7th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
2nd: 1jo 4:11-16
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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