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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis on the Synod

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217n ( 013min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on Pope Francis’ catechism of December 17th, which was dedicated to the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Dec 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: No Knot She Cannot Unknot

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Homily #141212n ( 06min) Play – Pope Francis has been highlighting Our Lady as the “Untier of Knots,” for it is by Her obedience that the knot tied by Eve’s disobedience is undone, and Our Lady can also untie the knots of sin and its consequences in our lives as well. We see this extraordinarily in Her visit to Mexico in 1531, after which the natives began to, through Mary, come to Christ, and within eight years, a torrent of nine million people were baptized by the missionaries. If we turn to Her, She will untie the knots we have tied in our own lives, and especially in our souls. And then, after this, She will be able to also untie the knots in our families, in the Church, our nation, and the entire world.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 2:14-17
Resp: jth 13:22-23
2nd: rev 11:19, 12:1-6a,10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness for the Unborn

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Dearest Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe: to you we offer our efforts to protect the unborn.  You who are our life, our sweetness and our hope:  we do believe with St. Juan Diego that you are with us as our spiritual Mother. 

We seek your powerful intercession as we stand witness to the dignity of unborn persons and all persons who are made in the image and likeness of God.  We are in need of grace and strength to shine a light into the dark Culture of Death.  Help us to know that we must fight evil with good and to love even those who persecute us as we are to love our enemies and pray for salvation for them. 

Please obtain the grace for us not to grow weary or discouraged when do not see many results from our efforts. Help us to know that no prayer is ever wasted and we are heard in heaven and that there are many conversions that we will not know of until that day when we hope to see God face to face in eternity.  We thank you and love you, O dearest Lady of Guadalupe!

 

 

Dec 07 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Humility of John the Baptist

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Homily #141207 ( 07min) Play – On the Second Sunday of Advent, we begin to turn our attention from the Final Coming of Our Lord to His First Coming. In particular, we focus on John the Baptist who pointed out Our Lord to his own disciples. He shows us the humility of a true apostle who point to the Lord and not to himself. How do we point to Our Lord? Father tells us that we point to Our Lord by living the Gospel and showing an unconditional love to all we meet.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 40:1-5, 9-11
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: 2pe 3:8-14
Gsp: mar 1:1-8

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Dec 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: (S)he Will Chrush Your Head?

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Homily #141208n ( 12min) Play – In recent times, there has been a departure from the tradition of translating the protogospel as “She Will Crush Your Head” to “He Will Crush Your Head.” Leaving this controversy aside, Father tells us that both are valid, and the ambiguous language in the Hebrew underscores the indissoluble union between Jesus and Mary in the work of redemption. Quoting from the Fathers and the Magisterium, Father proves that this prophecy is indeed a reference to the eternal enmity between the Blessed Virgin and Satan. But not just between Her and the Serpent, but also between Her offspring and his. In the end, mankind will be divided between to sides, the offspring of the Woman, and the offspring of the Serpent, and we must choose our side right now.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 3:9-15, 20
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2nd: eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 03 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Xavier, Missionary to the World

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141203b ( 06min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Francis Xavier whose is a patron saint of the diocese of Indianapolis. Father outlines the great apostolic ministry of this Jesuit missionary and how he exemplifies the virtues of suffering and sacrifice to spread the Gospel.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Francis Xavier – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1co 9:16-19, 22-23
Resp: psa 117:1, 2
Gsp: mar 16:15-20

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Dec 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Waves Coming For the Barque of Peter

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Homily #141201n ( 20min) Play – Father reminds us that what Christ assumed, He redeemed. He assumed a human nature from the Blessed Virgin, and redeemed human nature, and he also, in a way, assumed a human family by being born into one, and thereby also redeemed the family. As of late, the Christian family has been the subject of confusion and is under attack by both the world and, sadly, even by Church leaders influenced and blinded by the world. We can expect waves to assault the Church, but we can also know that the Church will survive and continue. We can expect what happened in 1968 to happen again, and to bring that back to mind, Father quotes from an address by James Francis Cardinal Stafford where he reflects on the events surrounding the release of the encylcical Humanae Vitae and the ensuing dissent and violence which entered the ranks of the priesthood. Father ends by reminding us that even if we are alone as we stand in defense of the teachings of the Church, the Church will survive, and we will to, but only if we stay aboard.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 2:1-5
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mat 8:5-11

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On the Twofold Coming of Christ

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations encore

 

We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.

In general, what relates to our Lord Jesus Christ has two aspects. There is a birth from God before the ages, and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time. There is a hidden coming, like that of rain on fleece, and a coming before all eyes, still in the future.

At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling cloths in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels. We look then beyond the first coming and await the second. At the first coming we said: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. At the second we shall say it again; we shall go out with the angels to meet the Lord and cry out in adoration: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  (more…)

St. Leonard of Port Maurice: Feast Day is Nov.26

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Saint Leonard of Port Maurice was a most holy Franciscan friar who lived at the monastery of Saint Bonaventure in Rome. He was one of the greatest missioners in the history of the Church. He used to preach to thousands in the open square of every city and town where the churches could not hold his listeners. So brilliant and holy was his eloquence that once when he gave a two weeks’ mission in Rome, the Pope and College of Cardinals came to hear him. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin, the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the veneration of the Sacred Heart of Jesus were his crusades.

He was in no small way responsible for the definition of the Immaculate Conception made a little more than a hundred years after his death. He also gave us the Divine Praises, which are said at the end of Benediction. But Saint Leonard’s most famous work was his devotion to the Stations of the Cross. He died a most holy death in his seventy-fifth year, after twenty-four years of uninterrupted preaching.

One of Saint Leonard of Port Maurice’s most famous sermons was “The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved.” It was the one he relied on for the conversion of great sinners. This sermon, like his other writings, was submitted to canonical examination during the process of canonization. In it he reviews the various states of life of Christians and concludes with the little number of those who are saved, in relation to the totality of men. The reader who meditates on this remarkable text will grasp the soundness of its argumentation, which has earned it the approbation of the Church.

(We can wonder how well such a preaching would go over in our day!)

Nov 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: We Need Not Be Afraid

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Homily #141125n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the apocalyptic prophesies in today’s Gospel passage, telling us that if we are ready to meet Christ now, whether it be the end of the world or at our death, we have nothing to fear. St. Catherine, today’s saint, lived this readiness, and was willing to give all for Christ when she was asked. We do not know when the end or our end will come, Our Lord is purposefully vague in response to his disciples’ curiosity, but we need not be afraid, but go forward, boldly reaching out to all and proclaiming the Good News.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Catherine of Alexandria – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 14:14-19
Resp: psa 96:10, 11-12, 13
Gsp: luk 21:5-11

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Nov 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Subjecting the World to Christ the King

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Homily #141123n ( 10min) Play – Father Maximilian tells us that we see in the Gospel that Christ will come and render judgement over all on the last day, but we see that judgement is rendered on how we treated Christ present in others. Father continues to emphasize that we owe Christ our full fidelity, and that we must subject the world to the Kingship of Christ, but not by politics, violence, or enthusiasm, but by prayer and acts of charity to those in need. And what is the best, quickest, and most perfect way of doing this? By going to our Queen-Mother, and she will take us to the King!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Christ the King – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 34:11-12, 15-17
Resp: psa 23:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
2nd: 1co 15:20-26, 28
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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The Presentation of Our Lady: A Feast of Preparation

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

On the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady in the Temple:

On the feast of the Presentation of Our Lady, we celebrate the fact that Our Lady’s parents brought her to the Temple at the age of three and handed her over to live there for a long period as a consecrated virgin where she might exclusively contemplate God.

There is a special beauty to this feast since it highlights the fact that Our Lady was chosen even before time began. She is called the root of Jesse (Isaiah, 11:1) from which Our Lord Jesus Christ would be born. She is introduced to the synagogue, the institution in charge of keeping this promise. Thus, the synagogue receives Our Lady as a first step. In this act, the hopes of ages would soon be fulfilled. Our Lady, a supremely holy soul, is received in the Temple and entered into the service of God. (more…)

Nov 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: What Makes For Peace

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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Homily #141120n ( 04min) Play – “If this day you only knew what makes for peace” We may ask this question ourselves in our war-torn world. The answer comes at the end of the Gospel today, we do not have peace, because “you did not recognize the time of your visitation.” Do we recognize the greatest sign of Love, the Passion and Death of Our Lord? If we do and embrace the Cross of Christ in our own lives, we will find peace.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday in the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 5:1-10
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: luk 19:41-44

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Nov 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Mission to the Lost

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
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Homily #141118n ( 04min) Play – The goal of the Church is to save those who would otherwise be lost, and we can see this in Our Lord’s eating with Zacchaeus in today’s Gospel. We can also see this in today’s celebration where we remember the Apostle to the Jews and Foundation of the Church, St. Peter, and the Apostle to the Gentiles, St. Paul. The Church’s call is universal, to reach all men with the Gospel. As members of this Church, that means we too are called to spread the Gospel, and especially to those who would otherwise be lost.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Dedication of St. Peters and Pauls Basilicas – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 3:1-6, 14-22
Resp: psa 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
Gsp: luk 19:1-10

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Nov 16 – Homily – Fr Matthias: What Good Have You Done?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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Homily #141116n ( 22min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on today’s gospel, telling us that while we don’t all receive the same amount of grace, we all do have the obligation to use what we have. Father gives us the three conditions to merit: 1) we have to do a good work while in the state of grace, 2) we need to do the works appropriate to our state in life, and 3) it needs to be done out of a supernatural motive, that is, out of love for God. And he gives us one final exhortation: We are responsible for our actions, we were given our free will to use it, and Our Lord will ask us “What good have you done?”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: pro 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
2nd: 1th 5:1-6
Gsp: mat 25:14-30

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