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Faith

Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Eucharist and Practical Comments

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Homily #150726n ( 17min) Play – Today’s Gospel reading is a prefigurement of the Eucharist, Father Matthias tells us. Our Lord taught that He is really present in the Eucharist, and didn’t back down when challenged. Likewise, the Church has never backed down on her teaching of transubstantiation, that after the consecration, only the appearance and physical attributes of the bread and the wine remain. The Eucharist is like spiritual food, it sustains and heals us much like physical food sustains us physically, but much more profoundly. A dead body cannot eat normal food, likewise, someone in a state of separation from God (mortal sin) cannot benefit from receiving the Eucharist, but must first receive the Sacrament of Penance. Two practical conclusions of this consideration is that it is better to receive on the tongue and not to receive communion in the hand. The Church’s preference is for communion on the tongue, and communion on the hand is only a concession to widespread disobedience. Also, we should make a thanksgiving after Holy Communion of, preferably, at least 15 minutes, for until the host dissolves, Jesus is really and truly within us. Let us not invite Him in only to ignore His abiding presence.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ki 4:42-44
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: eph 4:1-6
Gsp: joh 6:1-15

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Jul 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Mary Magdalene, the Gospel, and Us

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150722n ( 06min) Play – The parable of the sower and the seed is read in today’s Gospel and as we remember Saint Mary Magdalene, Father Maximilian tells us that we may know the Gospel, but do we live it? Or are we withered by the sacrifices it calls for and choked by the distractions of the world. For an example, he presents St. Mary Magdalene who had lived a life of sin, but came out of it and loved Our Lord so much that His first recorded appearance after the Resurrection was to her. If she can go from a life of sin to being a great saint, we also can go from sin and mediocrity to great sanctity. In both her and us, Jesus casts the seed of the Gospel, but it is we who must respond. Let us respond with a love and generosity like Mary Magdalene’s, go to the Cross, search for Jesus at the Tomb, and here Him call us by name.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 16:1-5, 9-15
Resp: psa 78:18-19, 23-24, 25-26, 27-28
Gsp: mat 13:1-9

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The Glory of Jesus’ Humanity

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

When Christ decided to give site to a man blind from birth, He placed mud on the man’s eyes, an action that was much more suited to blinding those who see then to giving sight to the blind who could not see. So, too, the passion and death of Christ was more likely to destroy the faith of those who believed that He was the only begotten son of God, as was clear in the case of the apostles and disciples, then to command faith to nonbelievers. And yet He says: “when I lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” (Jn 12:32) 

…After the cross, after the suffering, after the disgraceful, shameful, repulsive death of the cross, I shall turn the world to faith in Me, so that the world will believe that I am the Son of God, the true Messiah…

We see with other clarity that this is what has happened. Christ came into this world to do battle against satan, to do away with idolatry, and return the world to faith and piety and the worship of the true God. He could have accomplish this by using the weapons of His might and coming as He will come to judge in glory and majesty just as He manifested himself and His Transfiguration. Who would not then had believed in Christ? 

But in order that His victory might be more glorious, He willed to fight satan in our weak flesh. It is as if an unarmed man, right hand bound, where to fight with his left hand alone against a powerful army; if he emerged victorious, his victory would be regarded as all the more glorious. So Christ conquered satan with the right hand of His divinity bound and using against him only the left hand of His weak humanity.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi  (Doctor of the Church, Feast Day is July 21st)

Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Following Jesus is Risky

Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Homily #150720n ( 06min) Play – St. Apollinaris is a martyr from the early Church–he was martyred in 79AD–and Father Joachim tells us about his life and sufferings for Christ. Following Jesus involves risks, even of our lives, but, as Father reminds us, we will all die and appear before the Lord. Remembering the sufferings of the Martyrs will give us the courage and strength to make the small, daily sacrifices of the Christian life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Apollinaris – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 14:5-18
Resp: exo 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: mat 12:38-42

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Jul 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Mass, Sacrifice of the Cross

Friday, July 17th, 2015
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Homily #150717n ( 06min) Play – In the first reading, we see the institution of the Passover sacrifice. This was a rite which was to be repeated by the Israelites as a symbol of the past Passover event and as a prefigurement of Christ’s sacrifice. However, when Jesus came, He fulfilled this rite on the Cross, and instituted it as an enduring sacrifice. When we celebrate Mass, the sacrifice of the Cross is made present again, and we are at the foot of the Cross with the same exact reality as Mary and John were. Let us remember this, and live it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 15th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 11:10-12:14
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
Gsp: mat 12:1-8

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On the Love of God

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

François,_Claude_(dit_Frère_Luc)_-_Saint_Bonaventure

“When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard more than the proceedings from the mouth.”
-St. Bonaventure, the “Seraphic Doctor”

1. Let us give our thoughts to what the Seraphic Doctor says on the love of God. He tells us that it should be the aim of our lives, according to the words of our Lord: “This is the greatest and the first commandment: You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind” (Matt 22:387-38). Not as though the love of God were the only virtue and that we need not concern ourselves about any other, but without the love of God the other virtues are not true virtues and cannot lead to salvation. Moreover, the other virtues derive their luster and strength from the love of God, as material things do from the sun. — Unless your industry, temperance, charitable activity, and even your piety are enlivened and filled with the love of God, they are worthless. Have you given this sufficient consideration in the past?

2. Consider that the love of God is of such inestimable value because it excludes all sin. “To love God,” says the Seraphic Doctor, “means to wish God well. But every sin is something evil, an offense against God. Hence, sin cannot co-exist with the true love of God.” The more perfect your love of God is, the more you will abstain from sin. It is, of course, true that the perfect love of God, which implies that all our acts and desires are directed towards God alone, is not possible here upon earth; it will constitute our bliss in eternity. Nevertheless, even here on earth the love of God must exclude everything that is displeasing to God. — If you still fall into many sins, is it due to the fact that you do not love God enough?

3. Consider whence St. Bonaventure derived his ardent love of God. It was from keeping his eyes on the crucifix and meditating on the sufferings of Christ. “The wounds of Jesus,” he said, “are arrows that wound the hardest hearts, and flames that kindle the coldest souls.” Whoever truly contemplates our suffering Savior on the cross can hardly yield to sin. The love of Him who loved us to such great lengths must of necessity fill us with zeal to avoid whatever displeases Him and to make our hearts agreeable to Him. May the powerful intercession of the great Doctor of the Church assist us in following his words and example.

from July 15: St. Bonaventure, The Franciscan Book of Saints, Habig.

Jul 12 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Being a Prophet is Tough

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Homily #150712n ( 05min) Play – Father reflects on the prophetic calling of the Church, and tells us that while many want the message to change, the Truth brought by Christ will not, can not, change. Many within worldly authority, society, and even within the ranks of the Church what the Church to “update” to the times. A favorite tactic is to twist and spin the words of Pope Francis. However, let us rest secure in this, that if we stay with the Truth in the face of adversity, we stay with God, and God is with us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: amo 7:12-15
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: eph 1:3-14
Gsp: mar 6:7-13

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Jul 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Never Swerve From the Faith

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Homily #150709n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that the heretics of the 16th century attacked primarily the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the authority of the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church. Today’s martyrs suffered for these teachings of Christ’s Church, the Catholic Church. Let us take these men as our models and follow the exhortation of St. Peick “Never swerve a hair’s breath from the Catholic Faith.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Nicholas Pieck and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 44:18-21, 23-29, 45:1-5
Resp: psa 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Gsp: mat 10:7-15

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On Martyrdom

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

1. There are times when martyrdom is a sacred duty. Thus the martyrs regarded it. They testified to the words of our Savior: “What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?” (Matt 16:26). In order to save our soul for eternity, we, too, must be ready to sacrifice blood and life rather than separate ourselves from God and our Faith. “If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us” (2 Tim 2:12). — Have you always taken eternity into account?

2. Martyrdom is a great grace. Many of us shudder when we hear an account of the gruesome tortures inflicted on the martyrs, and we ask in fear, “How could they endure it?” But why should we be afraid? On the one hand, God never asks the impossible of us. On the other, when the decisive moment comes, the same good God raises the soul to such heights of love that it cries out with St. Paul: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or persecution, or the sword? But in all these things we overcome because of Him who has loved us” (Rom 8:35-37). — No one, including yourself, has reason to become fainthearted or to despair.

3. Martyrdom brings a superabundant reward. Christ has assured us: “Greater love than this no man has than that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Therefore, making the sacrifice of our life for our best Friend, Jesus, cancels all our sins and all the guilt of sin and takes us at once to heaven. That is why the martyrs said to their torturers, in the words of the Machabees: “You indeed destroy us out of this present life; but the King of the world will raise us up to life” (2 Mac 7:9). — Always keep eternity and the bliss of eternity in mind, and everything will be easy.

from July 8: St. Gregory Grassi and Companions, The Franciscan Book of Saints, Habig.

St. Gregory Grassi friars nunsSt. Gregory Grassi and Companion Martyrs with the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary.  All from the 120 Martyrs of China.

Advice for the Spiritual Life

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Your inconstancy ought not to alarm you, but inspire you to keep very near to him who is all your strength. He loves to see that we are making efforts to be pleasing to him, even when these efforts are not always as happy as we would have them. It is not an illusion to think that one has the desire to belong entirely to Our Lord, even when one has failings at the same time. Even if we happened to fail fifty times a day, we must still each time get back immediately to Our Lord and make acts of love. The desire to love is already an act of love.

To correct yourself of vanity, of the desire to please men, of self-consciousness, the best means is:

– To do everything directly to please God. The more you look at God, the less you will look at your­self; 

– To thank God, he is the source of all good, for all the good you do, for your successes, etc.; 

– Not to be astonished, nor troubled, when you happen to fall into imperfections, but to ask forgive­ness and, immediately, sursum corda, lift up your heart …  (more…)

Jul 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Vocation to the Hidden Life

Monday, July 6th, 2015
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Homily #150705n ( 13min) Play – Father first speaks of the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady, showing that the “brothers and sisters” the Gospel passage speaks of were not fellow children of Mary, but that “brothers and sisters” is a Hebrewism used for describing relatives. Once he has clarified that, he comments on the humility of the hidden life of Our Lord, and how it scandalized the people from His hometown when He manifested who He was. They were expecting a mighty Messiah, a victor that would subject the Gentiles, but instead they got the carpenter, the Son of Mary. Father tells us that many of us are called to imitate Our Lord not in His public ministry, but in His hidden life. Let us embrace this vocation.

Ave Maria!
Mass: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 2:2-5
Resp: psa 123:1-2, 2, 3-4
2nd: 2co 12:7-10
Gsp: mar 6:1-6

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A Litany to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations.

July is the month dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ 

 

Litany to the Most Precious Blood:

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.           

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. Christ, hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.  Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, save us.

Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word or God, save us.

Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.

Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, save us.

Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.

Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.

Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.

Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.

Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.

Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.

Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.

Blood of Christ, VICTOR over demons, save us.

Blood of Christ, COURAGE of Martyrs, save us. (more…)

Jul 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Believe, Understand, and Practice

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

 

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Homily #150703n ( 06min) Play – Father gives us some insights from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI about St. Thomas, who moved from doubting Thomas to believing Thomas. Let us listen to these words, and be willing to be wounded for Him who was wounded for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Thomas the Apostle – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 2:19-22
Resp: psa 117:1, 2
Gsp: joh 20:24-29

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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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