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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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Mary Immaculate, Our Mother and Advocate

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Mary’s look is God’s look on each one of us. She looks at us with the very love of the Father and blesses us. She behaves as our “advocate” — and we invoke her thus in the Salve, Regina: “our advocate.” Even if everyone spoke evil of us, she, the Mother, would say the good, because her immaculate heart is attuned to God’s mercy.

Thus she sees the city:  not as an anonymous agglomeration, but as a constellation where God knows everyone personally by name, one by one, and calls us to shine with his light. And those that in the eyes of the world are the first, for God they are the last; those who are little, are great for God. He recognizes in each one the likeness with his Son Jesus, even if we are so different! But who more than she knows the power of Divine Grace? Who better than she knows that nothing is impossible for God, capable in fact of drawing good from evil?
 
Dear brothers and sisters, the message we receive here, at the feet of Mary Immaculate, is a message of trust for every person of this city and of the whole world. A message of hope not made of words, but of her own history: she is one of us, who gave birth to the Son of God and has shared all her own existence with him! And today she says to us: this is also your destiny, yours, the destiny of all: to be saints as our Father, to be immaculate as our Brother Jesus Christ, to be loved children, all adopted to form a great family, without limits of nationality, color, language, because God is one, Father of every man.
 
Thank you, O Mary Immaculate, for always being with us! Always watch over our city: comfort the sick, encourage young people, sustain families. Infuse the strength to reject evil, in every form, and to choose the good, even when it costs and entails going against the current. Give us the joy of feeling loved by God, blessed by Him, predestined to be his children.
 
Immaculate Virgin, our sweetest Mother, pray for us!

Pope Benedict XVI (December 8, 2010 audience)

May 11 – Homily – Fr Joachim: I Have Told You These Things

Monday, May 11th, 2015
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Homily #150511n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the word of Our Lord to the Apostles in today’s Gospel, and tell us that these words were for us as well. We need to be as convinced of the Truth as the Apostles were, because we too will be persecuted for holding it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Laconi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 16:11-15
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: joh 15:26-16:4

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May 07 – Homily – Fr Joachim: No Truth, No Peace; Know Truth, Know Peace

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Homily #150507n ( 05min) Play – Father speaks today on the relationship between love, truth, and peace, telling us that only when we live in Truth, will our “joy be complete.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:7-21
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 10
Gsp: joh 15:9-11

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May 06 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Pruning of the Vine

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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Homily #150506n ( 05min) Play – The metaphor used by Our Lord in today’s gospel is one that is rooted in the history and consciousness of the Jewish people. The image of the vineyard is one which was applied to the nation of Israel in the writings of the prophets, and now Jesus tells them that HE is the vine, and they have life, not if they observe the laws of the Old Covenant, but only if they are united to Him. We too are branches from this one vine, and in order to be fruitful, we need to prune out of our lives all that is not bearing fruit, let us trust the vinedresser, the Holy Spirit, and allow Him prune us, even when this is painful.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:1-6
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Is There an Easy Way?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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Homily #150505n ( 09min) Play – Father asks two questions: Is it necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God? Is there no easy way? Paradoxically, he tells us, the correct answer for both of these is “Yes.” He highlights for us the “Little Way” of St. Therese, who wanted to be a saint (“want,” not “like”) but saw such a difference between the saints and herself, so she looked and found the “Little Way” of confidence where we step forward and try our best, but ultimately rely on Jesus to bring us to Himself. This is the “easy way” not because we don’t have to undergo hardship, but because we undergo them while being held in the arms of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 14:19-28
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 21
Gsp: joh 14:27-31

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May 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Indwelling of the Trinity

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150503n ( 18min) Play – Father Matthias speaks of the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity in the souls of the baptized, telling us that a realization of this fundamental Christian doctrine is a most powerful motive to strive to turn away from creatures, and towards the Creator. But why don’t we percieve this presence? That is because it manifests itself only to the degree we are receptive of it, and often our hearts and minds are full of worldly, if not sinful, things. Let us examine what we fill our mind with and where we put our hearts, for where our treasure is, there our heart is also
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 5th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 9:26-31
Resp: psa 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
2nd: 1jo 3:18-24
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: An Ecology of Man

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Homily #150501n ( 09min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the purpose of the created world, and why we should take care of it. As Pope Benedict XVI said, we need an “Ecology of Man,” and understanding the purpose of human activity will help us to better understand the whole purpose of life: To become Saints! The comments from Pope Benedict may be found here: http://www.catholic.org/news/international/europe/story.php?id=42957
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph the Worker – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 13:26-33
Resp: psa 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11
Gsp: joh 14:1-6

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Apr 30 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Trials of St. Pius V

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
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Homily #150430n ( 08min) Play – Father Joachim speaks of the difficulties that Pope St. Pius V underwent to realize the reforms called by the Council of Trent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Pius V – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 13:13-25
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27
Gsp: joh 13:16-20

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St. Louis Marie de Montfort and Our Lady

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

“The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.”

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek Jesus, her Son.”

PRAYER OF CONSECRATION:

N. [Name], a faithless sinner-I renew and ratify to-day in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce for ever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.

In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee as Thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past present and future; leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me, and of all that belongs to me, without exception, according to Thy good pleasure to the greatest glory of God, in time and in eternity. (more…)

Faith and Courage

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. (Jn 15:20)

The more a soul loves God, the more courageous it will be in undertaking any work, no matter how laborious, for love of Him. Fear of fatigue, of suffering, and of danger, is the greatest enemy of fortitude; it paralyses the soul and makes it recoil before duty. Courage, on the contrary, is invigorating; it enables us to confront anything in order to be faithful to God. Courage, therefore, incites us to embrace death itself, if necessary, rather than be unfaithful to duty.

Martyrdom is the supreme act of Christian fortitude, an act which is not asked of all, yet one which it is well not to ignore as a possibility. Every Christian is, so to speak, a potential martyr, in the sense that the virtue of fortitude, infused into him at Baptism and Confirmation, makes him capable, if necessity requires it, of sacrificing even his life for the love of God. And if all Christians are not actually called upon to render to the Lord this supreme testimony of love, all should, nevertheless, live like courageous soldiers, accustoming themselves never to desert any duty, little or great, through fear of sacrifice. (more…)

Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Obedience is Essential

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Homily #150416n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we were redeemed by the obedience of Jesus to God the Father, and that our obedience to God’s will is essential for us to to experience that redemption. We must deny ourselves daily, let go of what we want, and make an act of the will to trust that what God wants for us is the best we could possibly hope for.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 5:27-33
Resp: psa 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
Gsp: joh 3:31-36

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Divine Mercy

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

From the Diary of Saint Faustina:

Speak to the world about My mercy…It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. (848). Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near. (965) Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy. (1588) I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. (1160)

While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. (848)…He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (1146)

O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You. (73)