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Faith

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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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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Apr 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Proclaim the Name

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
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Homily #150409n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that if Peter didn’t have the courage to proclaim the name of Jesus in today’s reading, the man wouldn’t have been healed. Likewise, if we are afraid to boldly proclaim the Name of Jesus, those who need to hear it won’t. Many people today are afraid of Jesus, of Truth, but let us not be among them!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 3:11-26
Resp: psa 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: luk 24:35-48

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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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Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ Reigns From the Cross

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Homily #150329n ( 19min) Play – Father compares the gospel from the blessing of the Palms to the Passion read during Mass, and observes that in less than a week, the people went from shouting “Hosanna” to “Crucify.” The scandal of the Cross made them fall away. In this world, Our Lord reigns from the Cross, and if we are to follow Him, we must pick up our own crosses and be crucified with Him. Father presents the example of Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a young boy who gave his life for “Christ the King” in Mexico less than 90 years ago. We must draw near the Cross, and be willing to swim against the current and resist the “Lord of this World.” The only persons to remain faithful to Our Lord, are those who went with Our Lady, let us go to Her so as not to wimp out when we encounter the Cross.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mar 14:1-15:47

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Mar 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Why Miracles?

Friday, March 27th, 2015
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Homily #150327n ( 11min) Play – Father comments on the nature of faith, and tells us that is it not just believing in a list of prepositions, but an submission to the authority of God and His revelation. He gives us miracles to confirm and strengthen our faith, but He does not force us to believe. However, those who choose not to believe still have to account for the miracles. That is why those who reject Our Lord start with questioning the authenticity of the Gospels. As Catholics in these modern times, we must know these Gospels well and be ready to defend them.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 20:10-13
Resp: psa 18:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 7
Gsp: joh 10:31-42

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Hail, Full of Grace!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Meditation on Luke 1:26-38: The Angel Gabriel was sent….


“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary” (Lk 1:26f.). In the first place, the annunciation of the birth of Jesus is linked chronologically with the story of John the Baptist by the reference to the time that has elapsed since the archangel Gabriel’s message to Zechariah, that is to say “in the sixth month” of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. The two events and the two missions are also linked in this passage by the indication that Mary and Elizabeth, and hence their offspring too, are blood relatives.

 Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, made as a consequence of the dialogue between Gabriel and Mary (cf. Lk 1:36), occasions an encounter in the Holy Spirit between Jesus and John even before they are born, and this encounter at the same time makes visible the relationship between their respective missions: Jesus is the younger of the two, the one who comes later. But he is the one whose proximity causes John to leap in his mother’s womb and fills Elizabeth with the Holy Spirit (cf. Lk 1:41). So in Luke’s annunciation and nativity narratives, what the Baptist was to say in John’s Gospel is already objectively present: “This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me’” (1:30).

Now, though, it is time to look more closely at the story of the annunciation to Mary of the birth of Jesus. First let us consider the angel’s message, then Mary’s answer.

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Mar 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Joseph and the Testimony of the Saints

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Homily #150319n ( 07min) Play – Father Joachim speaks of St. Joseph’s greatness, and presents the testimony of the Saints about the power of his intercession for all our needs. Let us make a special request to him on his feast day, especially that we may remain faithful to Christ
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gsp: mat 1:16, 18-21, 24

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Mar 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Have Faith in Jesus, Not in Miracles

Monday, March 16th, 2015
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Homily #150316n ( 05min) Play -Father comments on the gospel, and asks if it was so unreasonable to demand signs and wonders from Our Lord before believing. However, he points out that the Jewish priests and Pharasees saw the signs and wonders too, but did not believe. Father tells us that what Our Lord is looking for is not belief in signs and wonders, but faith in Jesus Himself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 65:17-21
Resp: psa 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-13
Gsp: joh 4:43-54

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Mar 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Simple and Humble Ways

Monday, March 9th, 2015
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Homily #150309n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the first reading, and tells us that God’s ways simple and humble, but we must not walk away from them because of this, but rather realize it is through the ordinary, simple, and humble things that God desires to sanctify us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 3rd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ki 5:1-15
Resp: psa 42:2, 3, 43:3, 4
Gsp: luk 4:24-30

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Mar 08 – Homily – Fr Joachim: God Purifying Our Temple

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
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Homily #150308n ( 09min) Play – Father comments on the wisdom of God who allows suffering and evil. He tells us that, “if we had the power of God, we would change much, but if we had His wisdom, we wouldn’t change anything.” It is while suffering we begin to see the wisdom of God who allows some evil (never forget all the good He gives us at every moment) to make us grow in virtue and purify the temple of our hearts.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 3rd Week of Lent – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 20:1-17
Resp: psa 19:8, 9, 10, 11
2nd: 1co 1:22-25
Gsp: joh 2:13-25

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Feb 23 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Jesus and “Faith Alone”

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150223n ( 05min) Play – Father comments on the gospel, telling us that we will be judged by our actions. He tells us that this is contrary to the Protestant idea of salvation by “Faith Alone.” While we do have to have faith, we have to act on that faith too. We will be judged on how we treat others, for as Our Lord says, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Let us act on our faith in Jesus, and seek to see and love Him in others, especially those who are the least lovable.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 19:1-2, 11-18
Resp: psa 19:8, 9, 10, 15
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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Feb 17 – Homily – Fr Johannes: Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Homily #150217m ( 14min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Johannes stresses the importance of the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows and the role of the seven founders of the Servite order  on spreading this devotion. He also elaborates on the seven promises made to St. Bridget of Sweden for those whose practice this devotion daily.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7 Founders of Servite Order – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 

1st: gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10

Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 8, 9-10

Gsp: mar 8:14-21

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