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Coredemption

Apr 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Pope Francis on Mercy

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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Homily #150412n ( 14min) Play – Father Louis reads selections and then comments on Misericordia Vultus (Pope Francis’ Papal Bull of Indiction for the Jubilee Year of Mercy). Read it for yourself here.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Divine Mercy Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:32-35
Resp: psa 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd: 1jo 5:1-6
Gsp: joh 20:19-31

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Our Lady Coredemptrix

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus and Mary: these are the two dear names with which the entire plan of our salvation is entwined. This was the will of God, that as a man and the woman were the authors of our ruin, so a man and a woman should bring the salvation. As Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of mankind, Mary was destined to be that co-redemptress, for to use the phrase of Albertus Magnus, Adjutorium redemptionis.

Jesus Christ is verily the Redeemer of mankind, but He has been given to us by Mary. She is therefore of necessity our Co-redemptress. When we speak of redemption, we picture to ourselves the Divine Victim on the cross. And yet the mystery of the cross is not to be separated from the mysteries of the crib, for the evening Sacrifice of Calvary was but the completion of the morning Sacrifice of the Incarnation.

The priceless Victim offered on the cross had been prepared and fashioned in Mary’s womb. The heroines of Israel, Abigail who saved her husband, Judith who saved a city, Esther who saved her people, we’re but faint images of her who brought into the world the Savior not of a man, not of a city, not of a nation, but of the whole race: Adjutorium redemptionis.   

+Fr. Luigi Lanzoni

Mar 27 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary Redeeming with Our Lord

Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Homily #150327b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Elias on the feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary Coredemptrix explains the origin of this title of Mary, that it means she works with her Son in His redemptive work and that we too must participate by taking up our cross and walking in the foot steps of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Sorrows of Mary Coredemptrix – FI Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jth 13:22,23-25
Gsp: joh 19:25-27

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Feb 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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Homily #150217n ( 07min) Play – Father speaks of the 7 men we remember today, the 7 Holy Founders of the Servite order. They received a mandate from the Mother of God herself to spread devotion to her sorrows. Father tells us that the word of redemption has two parts, the objective redemption, which is the work of Christ on the cross whereby he won for us our redemption, and the subjective redemption, which is the application of those merits to us. We need to be devoted to the Passion of Our Lord, since it is by this we can be saved, but the complement of Our Lord’s Passion is Our Lady’s Compassion, and it was these two united which won salvation for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7 Founders of Servite Order – Opt Mem – Form: OF

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Video – Marian Day – 3 Mary Our Advocate – CONF 268

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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Conferences #268 – ( 44min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias gives the third talk at the Fall 2014 Marian Day of Reflection held on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The overall theme for the day is the Immaculate Conception and its meaning. In this third talk Father focuses on our response to God once we know the doctrine. He first emphasizes again the importance of the Immaculate Conception and how this relates to Mary’s role as our Advocate.

For all three of the talks: http://airmaria.com/tag/marian-day-dec-2014/

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Video – Marian Day – 1 Immaculate for Us- CONF 266

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Conferences #266 – ( 32min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias gives the first talk on this Marian Day of Reflection on Saturday December 6, 2014. The overall theme for the day is the Immaculate Conception and what it means. In this first talk Father focuses on what the Immaculate Conception means for us, the graces that we receive from it. Specifically he connects this to the fifth Marian Dogma of Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate for us, all of which is summed up in her role as spiritual mother for all Christians, which, in turn, is based on her Divine Motherhood.

For all three talks: http://airmaria.com/tag/marian-day-dec-2014/

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Jan 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Born of a Woman

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Homily #150101n ( 13min) Play – Father comments on the “mode of the Incarnation,” telling us that the second reading today, which contains the only reference to Our Lady in the writings of St. Paul, contains more food for meditation than it may at first seem. In particular, we can see three distinct truths in this short reading: that Mary is truly the Mother of God (while the Divine Word exists in eternity, it is truly God who is born of her, for She isn’t the mother of the human nature of Jesus, but of Jesus Himself), that Mary’s Motherhood is Virginal (Before, After, and During the birth of Jesus), and that She is the spiritual mother of us all (for She bore and birthed the “Whole Christ,” head and members). Let us be aware that Jesus comes to us through Mary, it is thanks to Her we can be united to God through Christ. Our Lady is not an obstacle which gets in the way, rather, She is the way God comes to us, and the way which we return to Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 6:22-27
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 2:16-21

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Nov 27 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Do the Simple Things

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Homily #141127n ( 18min) Play – Father highlights the three elements of Mary’s Mediation: in the acquisition of graces as Coredemptrix, in interceding for us as Advocate, and in distributing these graces as Distributrix. Since she is, by God’s will, the Mediatrix, we need to draw close to her to receive the graces we are in desperate need of. Also, Father points out, the Immaculate Conception forms the bedrock for her other roles, and demonstrates the perfection of the Redemption. These two doctrines, Mediatrix and Immaculate Conception, are harmoniously united in the Miraculous Medal. While she doesn’t need a medal to distribute the graces entrusted to her by God, it is the will of God to use simple things (like the sacramentals) as instruments to bestow graces. And we are also involved in this as well, we need to make use of these simple things God has given us, the Miraculous Medal, Rosary, Scapular, Five First Saturdays, Divine Mercy Chaplet, ect., to receive the graces He desires to distribute through them. God makes Himself very available, but we need to go to Him according to His will and not ours. The sacramentals and sacraments may seem too simple, too available, but how many graces do we waste by not doing the easy things God wants us to. Let us do the simple things like the servants at the wedding of Cana did, and God will work powerfully in our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:11, 5-6, 14-17
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: joh 2:1-11

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Sep 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Our Lady of Ransom

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
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Homily #140924n ( 04min) Play – Today, Fr. Maximilian celebrated the votive Mass in honor of Our Lady of Ransom, and he reflected on this title of Mary.  The Blessed Virgin is the one creature through whom Christ chose to come to us, and She is the one through whom He has ordained that we should return to Him.  While our Lord is the one Mediator between God and man, He chooses to save us through the creature He perfectly redeemed, and who participated in His work of Redemption in a totally unique way as Coredemptrix.  It is only by joining ourselves to Mary that we can help change the world for the better, even in today’s dire situation; but apart from Her, we will accomplish nothing.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday in the 25th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: pro 30:5-9
Resp: psa 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163
Gsp: luk 9:1-6

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

BVM_OL_sorrowsThe martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy, is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: ‘This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted'; and to Mary: ‘A sword will pierce your soul.’

Blessed Mother, a sword did pierce your soul. For no sword could penetrate your Son’s flesh without piercing your soul. After your own son Jesus gave up his life – he was yours in a special sense though he belongs to all – the cruel lance opened his side and would not spare him in death though it could do him no injury and could not touch his soul. But it pierced your soul. His soul was no longer there, but yours could not be set free, and it was pierced by a sword of sorrow. We rightly speak of you as more than a martyr, for the anguish of mind you suffered exceeded all bodily pain.

“Mother, behold your son”. These words were more painful than a sword thrust for they pierced your soul and touched the quick where soul is divided from spirit. What an exchange! John was given to you in place of Jesus, a disciple in place of the Master, a son of Zebedee in place of the Son of God, a mere man in place of the true God. These words must have pierced your loving soul, since just to recall them breaks our hearts, hard and stony though they be. Do not marvel, brethren, that Mary is said to have endured martyrdom in her soul. Only he will marvel who forgets what Paul said of the Gentiles, that among their worst vices was that they were without compassion. Not so with Mary! May it never be so with those who venerate her.

Someone may say: “Did she not know in advance that her Son would die?” Without a doubt. “Did she not have sure hope in his immediate resurrection?” Full confidence indeed. “Did she then grieve when he was crucified?” Intensely. Who are you, brother, and what sort of judgment is yours that you marvel at the grief of Mary any more than that the Son of Mary should suffer? Could he die bodily and she not share his death in her heart? Charity it was that moved him to suffer death, charity greater than that of any man before or since: charity too moved Mary, the like of which no mother has ever known.

St. Bernard

Sep 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: “Allergic to the Coredemptrix?”

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Homily #140915n ( 17 min) Play – Today, many Catholics suffer from a spiritual “allergy”:  they fear to give Mary the title of “Coredemptrix”.  Fr. Matthias comments on how this may stem from an over-exposure to Protestant viewpoints and from a simple lack of humility in approaching the mystery of Mary.  What is the “antihistamine”, if you will?  We must seek to acquire a healthy Marian Maximalism, basing our convictions on the teachings of the Popes, the doctrine of Sacred Scripture, and the testimony of the saints.  Then, we should put what we have learned into practical use, imploring the grace to suffer with Christ and Mary, to become “co-redeemers” with them, for the good of the whole Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows (Alt Gspl) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 5:7-9
Resp: psa 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
Gsp: luk 2:33-35

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Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

It is possible for a priest to penetrate His Heart (The Sacred Heart of Jesus) even more deeply if he also enters the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. From the moment of her Immaculate Conception, her response to God, who gave her existence in this pure state, was the total gift of herself to the Creator for whatever He should ask of her. At the moment of the Incarnation, this gift became priestly.
 
She knew the doleful mission of the Messiah from having read of the Prophet Isaiah. She understood that in becoming the Mother of the Man of Sorrows, she would become the Mother of Sorrow. Her response was simply, Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word (Lk 1: 38). From then on, her life was one of indescribable suffering because of her union with the Christ-Priest. Apart from Jesus, she might enjoy a serene existence, but she would have no existence apart from Jesus.   (more…)

Month of Mary 29 – Marian Entrustment and Divine Mercy

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Month of Mary #29 ( 07min) Play – Today we look at the homily St. John Paul II gave at Fatima, Portugal, on May 13th, 1982, exactly 65 years after the first apparition of Mary at that spot, and exactly one year after he was shot in an assassination attempt which, according to him, was foiled by Our Lady. In this important homily, the newly canonized Holy Father reflects on the link between Divine Mercy and Marian Entrustment. It is Mary who brings us to the cross, which is the source of Divine Mercy, and by entrusting ourselves to her, we abandon ourselves to her and by her maternal mediation She helps us offer ourselves more fully to Christ in His own self-offering to the Father for our own redemption.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Draw me in, with, and through Mary to the Fountain of Love and Mercy.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 28 – And He Took Her Into His Home

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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Month of Mary #28 ( 07min) Play – Having looked as St. John Paul II’s teachings on the preparation Mary was lead through, we now look at what he says about Marian Consecration, or as he phrases it, Marian Entrustment. We return to the Foot of the Cross, and hear the words, “Behold, your Mother”. What does it mean, how should we respond to this gift? The Holy Father tells us to look at the next phrase, “And … he took her unto his own home”. Father unpacks what this means, and shows how by entrusting ourselves to Her, She will lead us to Jesus. And that’s the point!

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Prepare me to entrust myself completely to Mary so she can bring me closer to Christ.

Ave Maria!

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Month of Mary 27 – God’s Mother, Your Mother, My Mother

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Month of Mary #27 ( 08min) Play – For a third day, we continue to look at the God’s preparation of Mary. Today, we look at the final preparation and actualization of Mary’s Spiritual Maternity: the Crucifixion. Let us reflect that as She, the Coredemptrix, stood beside the Cross, Her love for us was intensified, She heard the same “I Thirst” Mother Teresa did, and also the words “Behold your son”. Notice the concreteness of this, we are given Mary as our Mother individually, and She receives us not as a vague crowd, but, as any mother receives her children, as individuals with a unique relationship with Her. She is God’s Mother, She is Your Mother, and She is My Mother; uniquely, particularly, and personally.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Thank you for the gift of my loving Mother, Mary.

Ave Maria!

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