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Faith

Life in Abundance

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

As we end the month dedicated to the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, here is a Eucharistic Meditation from Ven. Conception Cabrera de Armida (Conchita):

Jesus speaks: “I am the Life”: supernatural, Divine, celestial life, the life of grace, true life as compared to earthly life that is but a shadow. I have remained in the Eucharist to give you this Life, that is, to give you Myself, Who am Life, because I want to live in you, in your facul­ties, your soul, the senses of your body, in each drop of your blood. 

Stroke by stroke I want to imprint in your being my humility, zeal, obedience, abnegation, simplicity, patience, and love of the cross. “I have come that they might have life and have it to the full.” And what better way to communicate it than through Holy Communion? Therefore, drink, fill yourself with him who is life.  (more…)

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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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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Jun 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Nativity of John the Baptist

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Homily #150624n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the reading and themes of today’s liturgy, telling us that only in the case of St. John the Baptist, Our Lady, and Our Lord do we celebrate their birthday into this world. St. John has a unique place of being the last prophet of the Old Testament and the first herald of the New.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of St. John the Baptist – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
2nd: act 13:22-26
Gsp: luk 1:57-66, 80

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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 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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The Blessed Sacrament/ the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

“Most loving Jesus, kneeling before You in the Blessed Sacrament, I solemnly consecrate myself to Your Sacred Heart by vow. I vow always to be Your faithful lover and to strive every day to grow in Your love.

In imitation of the oblation which Blessed Margaret Mary made of herself, I now wish to give myself up absolutely and entirely, without any reserve whatever, to Your most Sacred Heart, that You may be free to do with me, to treat me, as You wish, to send me whatever suffering or humiliation You wish. I desire to put no obstacle to the action of grace upon my soul, to be a perfect instrument in Your divine hands, to be Your victim should You so desire.

I want to make this oblation and immolation of myself to Your Sacred Heart as completely as possible, and in the manner which You wish me to make it, O my Jesus. Therefore, again, by this vow, I make a complete surrender of myself and all I have to You. Do with me as You will, for from this hour I am wholly Yours”.  Amen.

 +Fr. Willie Doyle

O Sacrament Most Holy!

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Is it any wonder the Church calls the Eucharist, Myterium Fidei, the mystery of faith? Those who accept the Real Presence accept by implication all the cardinal mysteries of Christianity. They believe in the Trinity, in the Father who sent the Son and in the (proceeding) of the Holy Spirit. They believe in the incarnation, that the Son of God became man like one of us. They believe in Christ’s divinity since no one but God could change bread and wine into His own Body and Blood. They believe in the holy Catholic Church which Christ founded and in which through successive generations is communicated to bishops and priests the incredible power of making Christ continually present among us in the Blessed Sacrament.
+Fr. John Hardon SJ

LITANY OF REPARATION FOR SACRILEGES AGAINST JESUS IN THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT:

Lord, have mercy on us;
Christ, have mercy on us;
Lord, have mercy on us;
God the Father of Mercy, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Mediator between God and man,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, the Enlightener of hearts,
Have mercy on us.
Holy and undivided Trinity, Have mercy on us.

O Sacred Host! Victim of reparation for the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Annihilated on the altar for us and by us, Have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Despised and neglected, Have mercy on us.
O Sacred Host! Neglected and abandoned in Your temples, Have mercy on us.
Be merciful unto us: Spare us, O Lord.
Be merciful unto us: Hear us, O Lord. (more…)

On the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, part three

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

consecration
The Holy Mass, center of the life of the Church and of every Christian.
As it is essentially identical with the Sacrifice of the Cross, the Sacrifice of the Mass has an infinite value. In each Mass there is offered to the Father an infinite act of adoration, thanksgiving and reparation, quite independent of the specific dispositions of the people attending, or of the celebrant. This is because Christ is at once the principal Offerer and the Victim who offers Himself.
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Thus there is no more perfect way of adoring God than by offering the Mass, in which his Son, Jesus Christ, is offered as the Victim, and at the same time acts as High Priest. There is no more perfect way of thanking God for everything that He is and for his continual mercy towards us: there is nothing on earth that is more pleasing to God than the Sacrifice of the altar.
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Each time Holy Mass is celebrated, reparation is made for all the sins of the world, because of the infinite dignity of the Priest and of the Victim. The Holy Mass is really the heart and center of the Christian world. We have here the only perfect and adequate reparation, to which we must unite our acts of sorrow.
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It is the only adequate sacrifice that we men can offer, and through it our daily occupations; our sorrows and our joys can take on in it an infinite value. It is in this way that man’s life becomes inserted, by means of the Eucharist, into the mystery of the living God. The fruits of each Mass are infinite, but in us they are conditioned by our personal dispositions, and thus limited. Our union with Christ at the moment of the Consecration will be the more complete the greater our identification with God’s will; the greater our dispositions of self-giving.
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In unity with the Son we offer the Holy Mass to the Father, and at the same time, we offer ourselves through Him, with Him, and in Him. This act of union must be so profound and true that it permeates the whole of our day and has a decisive influence on our work, on our relations with others, on our joys and failures: in fact, on everything we do.
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From “In Conversation with God”
Lenten book by Fr. Francis Fernandez

About the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, part 1

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

HOLY SACRIFICE
The Holy Mass and Personal Surrender
On Calvary, Our Lord, Priest and Victim, offered himself to his heavenly Father, shedding his Blood, which became separated from his Body. This is how he carried out his Father’s will to the very end. It was the Father’s will that the Redemption should be carried out in this way. Jesus accepts it lovingly and with perfect submission. This internal offering of himself is the essence of his Sacrifice. It is his loving submission, without limits, to his Father’s will.
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In every true sacrifice there are four essential elements: and all of them are present in the sacrifice of the Cross: priest, victim, internal offering and external manifestation of the sacrifice. The external manifestation must be an expression of one’s interior attitude. Jesus dies on the Cross, externally manifesting (through his words and his deeds) his loving internal surrender. “Father, into thy hands I commend my Spirit.” Jesus is both Priest and Victim. “Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning.”
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The Sacrifice of the Cross is a single sacrifice. Priest and Victim are one and the same divine person: the Son of God made man. Jesus was not offered up to the Father by Pilate or by Caiphas, or by the crowds surging at his feet. He surrendered himself. At every moment of his life on earth Jesus lived a perfect identification with his Father’s will, but it is on Calvary that the Son’s self surrender reaches its supreme expression.
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We, who want to imitate Jesus, who want only that our life should be a reflection of his, must ask ourselves to-day in our prayer: do we know how to unite ourselves to Jesus’ offering to the Father and accept God’s will at every moment? (We can ask Our Lady) : My Mother and Lady, teach me how to pronounce a yes which, like yours, will identify with the cry Jesus made before his Father: “Not, my will but God’s be done.”

To be continued…

 

 

 

Most Holy Trinity prayer

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Come, Holy Spirit, live in us

With God the Father and the Son,

And grant us Your abundant grace

To sanctify and make us one.

May mind and tongue made strong in love

Your praise throughout the world proclaim,

And may that love within our hearts

Set fire to others with its flame.

Most blessed Trinity of love,

For whom the heart of man was made,

To You be praise in timeless song,

And everlasting homage paid.

May 31 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
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Homily #150531n ( 14min) Play – On the feast of the Holy Trinity, Father speaks on this most foundational part of our faith. We are called to live in an intimate relationship with the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity, and the very best example of doing so is the Blessed Virgin: Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Trinity Sunday – Cath Encycl – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 4:32-34, 39-40
Resp: psa 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
2nd: rom 8:14-17
Gsp: mat 28:16-20

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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 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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Homily #150524n ( 16min) Play – Father gives us a catechesis on the Holy Spirit, who He is, where He comes from, and His role in our lives. Father ends by explaining (pulling from the teachings of St. Maximilian Kolbe) why we don’t see the Holy Spirit working in the lives of many Christians, including us, and how we can become more open to His action.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:1-11
Resp: psa 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd: 1co 12:3-7, 12-13
Gsp: joh 20:19-23

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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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