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Redemptoris Mater

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

 Ave Maria Meditations

From the Introduction to the Encyclical Letter of St. John Paul II: Mother of the Redeemer

The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, for “when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'” (Gal. 4:4-6)

With these words of the Apostle Paul, which the Second Vatican Council takes up at the beginning of its treatment of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I too wish to begin my reflection on the role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and on her active and exemplary presence in the life of the Church. For they are words which celebrate together the love of the Father, the mission of the Son, the gift of the Spirit, the role of the woman from whom the Redeemer was born, and our own divine filiation, in the mystery of the “fullness of time.”

This “fullness” indicates the moment fixed from all eternity when the Father sent his Son “that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). It denotes the blessed moment when the Word that “was with God…became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:1, 14), and made himself our brother. It marks the moment when the Holy Spirit, who had already infused the fullness of grace into Mary of Nazareth, formed in her virginal womb the human nature of Christ. This “fullness” marks the moment when, with the entrance of the eternal into time, time itself is redeemed, and being filled with the mystery of Christ becomes definitively “salvation time.” (more…)

Meditation on Our Lady from St. Bernardine of Siena

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

 

Ave Maria Meditations

“From the fact of there being no mention made in the Gospel of the visit wherewith Christ consoled His Mother after His Resurrection, we are not to conclude that this most merciful Jesus, the source of all grace and consolation, Who was so anxious to gladden His disciples by His presence, forgot His Mother, Who He knew had drunk so deeply of the bitterness of His Passion. But it has pleased Divine Providence that the Gospel should be silent on this subject; and this for three reasons.

“In the first place, because of the firmness of Mary’s faith. The confidence which the Virgin-Mother had of Her Son’s rising again had never faltered, not even by the slightest doubt. This we can readily believe, if we reflect on the special grace wherewith She was filled, She the Mother of the Man-God, the Queen of the Angels, and the Mistress of the world. To a truly enlightened mind, the silence of Scripture on this subject says more than any affirmation could have done.

We have learned to know something of Mary by the visit She received from the Angel, when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Her. We met Her again at the foot of the Cross, where She, the Mother of Sorrows, stood nigh Her dying Son. If then the Apostle could say: As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Cor. 1: 7), what share must not the Virgin-Mother have had in the joys of the Resurrection? We should hold it as a certain truth that Her most sweet Jesus, after His Resurrection, consoled Her first of all. (more…)

Video – Variety #265: Procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

An evening procession through the streets in honour of Our Lady of Fatima beginning and ending at the Basilica of St. Patrick in Fremantle, Western Australia.

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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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Our Lady’s Humility

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

True humility is justice to God and to ourselves. It is a deep sense of God’s greatness and of our own nothingness. Hence St. Bernard and speaking of Mary’s cardinal virtues, could find no more triumphant demonstration of her justice than that which is afforded by her humility. The signal token of Mary’s justice is her declaring herself to be the handmade of the Lord. Mary feels that she is nothing before God, who is all in all, and because she is the most humble, she becomes the most highly exalted of all creatures, for the last must be first and the lowly must be raised to high degree.

But the perfection of humility does not consist in merely acknowledging one’s own nothingness and vileness in comparison with God. It is more, it is to rejoice in one’s own loneliness that all glory may be rendered to Him who alone is great and worthy of honor.  

Now in the Magnificat we find the most humble Virgin taking an ineffable complacency and her natural weakness and littleness. “He has regarded the humility of his handmade,”she said. The Greek word here, rendered humility, really means loneliness. Mary’s exultation is due to the fact that God has looked with favor upon her loneliness, that He has cast on her that glance of love and almighty power which raises the miserable from the dust and the poor out of the mire to set them among the princes of the people. “He has regarded the humility of his handmade. Behold henceforth all generations should call me blessed.”  (more…)

Depending on St. Joseph

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

I took for my advocate and lord the glorious St. Joseph and earnestly recommended myself to him. I saw clearly that as in this need so in other greater ones concerning honor and loss of soul, this father and lord of mine came to my rescue in better ways then I knew how to ask for. I don’t recall up to this day ever having petitioned him for anything that he failed to grant. It is an amazing thing, the great many favors God has granted me through the mediation of this blessed saint; The dangers I was freed from both of body and soul.

For with other saints it seems the Lord has given them grace to be of help in one need, whereas with this glorious seat I have experienced that he helps in all our needs and that the Lord wants us to understand that just as he was subject to St. Joseph on earth–for since bearing the title of father, being the Lord’s tutor, Joseph could give the child command–so in heaven God does whatever he commands.

 This has been observed by other persons, also through experience, whom I have told to recommend themselves to him. And so there are many who in experiencing this truth renew their devotion to him.

St. Teresa of Avila

Apr 28 – Homily – Fr Matthias: A Review on True Devotion To Mary

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Homily #150428n ( 14min) Play – Father Matthias gives us a brief biography of St. Louis de Montfort, and then gives us a refresher on the saints “True Devotion to Mary,” touching on some key points of this Marian spirituality and the characteristics of it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis Marie de Montfort – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 11:19-26
Resp: psa 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 10:22-30

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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…)

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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Apr 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: God First Loves Us

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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Homily #150415n ( 05min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel, and tells us that God loves us before we love Him. It is only fitting then that we return this love first by believing in Jesus, the God-Man, and living that belief out. For if we don’t live out our faith, do we really believe? Let us turn towards the light of Christ, and allow Him to dispel the darkness of sin in our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 5:17-26
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: joh 3:16-21

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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)

Announcement of a Year of Jubilee!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

There will be many special graces available during a Jubilee Year…(Dec. 8, 2015- Nov. 20, 2016)

WHAT IS A HOLY YEAR?

In the Roman Catholic tradition, a Holy Year, or Jubilee is a great religious event. It is a year of forgiveness of sins and also the punishment due to sin, it is a year of reconciliation between adversaries, of conversion and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and consequently of solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters. A Jubilee year is above all the year of Christ, who brings life and grace to humanity.

The origin of the Christian Jubilee goes back to Bible times. The Law of Moses prescribed a special year for the Jewish people: “You shall hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim the liberty throughout the land, to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family. This fiftieth year is to be a jubilee year for you: you will not sow, you will not harvest the un-gathered corn, you will not gather the untrimmed vine. The jubilee is to be a holy thing to you, you will eat what comes from the fields.”(The Book of Leviticus 25, 10-14) The trumpet with which this particular year was announced was a goat’s horn called Yobel in Hebrew, and the origin of the word jubilee. The celebration of this year also included the restitution of land to the original owners, the remission of debts, the liberation of slaves and the land was left fallow. In the New Testament, Jesus presents himself as the One who brings the old Jubilee to completion, because he has come to “preach the year of the Lord’s favor” (Isaiah 61: 1-2). (more…)

Light and Christmas and Easter

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

During the two great holy nights of the church year, Christmas and Easter, the symbolism of light fuses with the symbolism of night. On both locations the church uses the interplay of night and light to show in a symbolic manner what the content of the feast in question is: the encounter of God and the world, the victorious entry of God into a world that refuses him room and yet in the end cannot prevent him from taking it.

This Christ-centered drama of light and darkness, God and the world, as they encounter each other, begins on Christmas when God knocks on the door of a world that rejects Him even though it belongs to Him. (Jn 1:5,11)  But the world cannot prevent His coming.  He Himself becomes “world” in becoming a human being.  His coming seems a defeat of the light, which becomes darkness, but at the same time it is the first hidden victory of the light, since the world has not been able to prevent this coming, however carefully it may have barred the doors of its inns.

No, on Easter, the drama reaches its central act and climax. The darkness has used its ultimate weapon, death…but the Resurrection effects the great reversal. Light has won the victory and now lives on unconquerably…it has made a bit of the world its own and transformed it into itself.  

Of course, this is not the end of the drama.  The end is still awaited; it will arrive with the second coming of the Lord. At present, night continues, but it is a night in which a light has been lit. When the Lord comes again, the day will dawn and last forever.

Pope Benedict XVI from “Benedictus”

 

 

Crux Fidelis: Faithful Cross

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

CRUX fidelis,
inter omnes
arbor una nobilis;
nulla talem silva profert,
flore, fronde, germine.
Dulce lignum, dulci clavo,
dulce pondus sustinens!

 
FAITHFUL Cross!
above all other,
one and only noble Tree!
None in foliage, none in blossom,
none in fruit thy peers may be;
sweetest wood and sweetest iron!
Sweetest Weight is hung on thee!

 
Flecte ramos, arbor alta,
tensa laxa viscera,
et rigor lentescat ille,
quem dedit nativitas,
ut superni membra Regis
miti tendas stipite.

 
Lofty tree, bend down thy branches,
to embrace thy sacred load;
oh, relax the native tension
of that all too rigid wood;
gently, gently bear the members
of thy dying King and God.

 
Sola digna tu fuisti
ferre saeculi pretium,
atque portum praeparare
nauta mundo naufrago,
quem sacer cruor perunxit,
fusus Agni corpore.

 
Tree, which solely wast found worthy
the world’s Victim to sustain.
harbor from the raging tempest!
ark, that saved the world again!
Tree, with sacred blood anointed
of the Lamb for sinners slain.

 

The Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The time for the institution of the august Sacrament had come. What a moment! The hour of love had struck. The mosaic Pasch was about to be consummated, the true Lamb to take the place of its figure in the old law, and the Bread of Life, the Bread from heaven, to be substituted to the manna of the wilderness. Jesus sat down at table with grave simplicity. They had to eat the new Pasch sitting down, in the repose of God. A deep silence came over them all; the apostles looked on very attentively.

Jesus became meditative. He took some bread it His holy and venerable hands, raised His eyes to heaven, gave thanks to His Father for this hour He had so desired, stretched out His hand, blessed the bread…

And while the apostles, filled with respect, dared not ask the meeting of symbols so mysterious, Jesus pronounced these beautiful words, as powerful as the creative word of God: Take ye and eat. This is my Body… drink ye all of this. This is my Blood.

The mystery of love was consummated. Jesus had fulfilled his promise. He had nothing more to give but His mortal life upon the cross. He would give it and would rise again to be our perpetual Host of propitiation, the Host of our communion, the Host of our adoration.

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