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The Reed of God

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“It is in emptiness like the hollow in the reed, the narrow riftless emptiness which can have only one destiny: to receive the Piper’s breath and to utter the song that is in His Heart”

It is in Our Lady that God fell in love with Humanity. It is upon her that the Dove descended, and the love of God for Humanity culminated in the conception of Christ in the human race.  When she surrendered herself to God, there was indeed a miraculous New Heaven and New Earth. The Spirit entered the world – light and wisdom and love, patience, fortitude and joy entered the human heart and mind, and in the sight of God a springtime of loveliness woke in the world. In the virginal emptiness of the girl, Mary of Nazareth, Christ was conceived; it was the wedding of God to a human child, and the wonder of it filled the earth for all time.

This proved that God knew Our Lady’s trust in Him was absolutely without limit. Everything that He did to her in the future emphasized the same thing. His trust in her trust in Him.  The one thing that He did ask of her was the gift of her humanity. She was to give Him her body and soul unconditionally, and – what in this new light would have seemed absurdly trivial to anyone but the Child Bride of Wisdom – she was to give Him her daily life…

He asked for her ordinary life shared with Joseph. She was not to neglect her simple human tenderness, her love for an earthly man, because God was her unborn child. On the contrary, the hands and feet, the heart, the waking, sleeping, and eating that were forming Christ were to form Him in service to Joseph.

Yes, it certainly seemed that God wanted to give the world the impression that it is ordinary for Him to be born of a human creature. Well, that is a fact! God did mean it to be the ordinary thing, for it is His will that Christ shall be born in every human being’s life and not, as a rule, through extraordinary things, but through the ordinary daily life and the human love that people give to one another. (more…)

Dec 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Fullness of Time

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Homily #141205n ( 03min) Play – Father tells us that we are in the “Fullness of Time,” that we hear and see what the prophets wanted to hear and see, but did not. We, who know the fullness of God’s love, must return love, it is the best way to make reparation for sin, and it is what God desires the most from us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: isa 29:17-24
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gsp: mat 9:27-31

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Dec 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Waves Coming For the Barque of Peter

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Homily #141201n ( 20min) Play – Father reminds us that what Christ assumed, He redeemed. He assumed a human nature from the Blessed Virgin, and redeemed human nature, and he also, in a way, assumed a human family by being born into one, and thereby also redeemed the family. As of late, the Christian family has been the subject of confusion and is under attack by both the world and, sadly, even by Church leaders influenced and blinded by the world. We can expect waves to assault the Church, but we can also know that the Church will survive and continue. We can expect what happened in 1968 to happen again, and to bring that back to mind, Father quotes from an address by James Francis Cardinal Stafford where he reflects on the events surrounding the release of the encylcical Humanae Vitae and the ensuing dissent and violence which entered the ranks of the priesthood. Father ends by reminding us that even if we are alone as we stand in defense of the teachings of the Church, the Church will survive, and we will to, but only if we stay aboard.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: isa 2:1-5
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mat 8:5-11

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Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold:
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as you choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store;
Take myself, and I will be,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

+Frances R. Havergal 1874




Oct 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: May We Not Waver

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Homily #141010n ( 05min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the collect for today and on the first reading. He observes that faith has a life, and this life is charity, and good works must flow from this living, loving faith, or they are useless. He offers a further observation about the distinction between “tradition” and “traditionalism.” One is the “living faith of those who are dead” and the other, defined as a zeal for the faith and its traditional expression but without charity or zeal for personal spiritual progress, is the “dead faith of those who are alive.” May we always have this living faith, asking God for support that our faith may not waver through a lack of charity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Daniel and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 3:7-14
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 11:15-26

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Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Giles: Bearing Spiritual Fruit

Saturday, October 4th, 2014
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Homily #141005a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Mass of 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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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
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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Sep 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A Plan of Life

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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Homily #140911n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that our recent Gospel readings give us a plan of life for living a union of love with God and neighbor. He focuses on the Christian call to be generous with all and love even our enemies, a love which demonstrates to others the love of God for humanity. It is not an easy path, but possible with grace, and the only path which leads to eternal life and true fulfillment.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday in the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: 1co 8:1-7, 11-13
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 23-24
Gsp: luk 6:27-38

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Aug 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prayer: A Sign of Faith

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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Homily #140817n ( 09min) Play – Father speaks of today’s theme, fidelity and perseverance in prayer. He tells why, sometimes, God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers, and emphasizes that God is constantly reaching out to us; the question is: are we reaching out to Him? Do we have faith in him like the Canaanite woman from today’s Gospel reading? In prayer we confess our need for God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. We can see how much the world needs prayer, Our Lady at Lourdes, Fatima, and other places has asked for prayer and penance. God is asking us, “Turn to me in persevering prayer, show Me your faith.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: isa 56:1, 6-7
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:13-15, 29-32
Gsp: mat 15:21-28

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Aug 10 – Homily – Fr Giles: To Know God Is To Love God

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Homily #140810a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: 1ki 19:9, 11-13
Resp: psa 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: rom 9:1-5
Gsp: mat 14:22-33

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A Franciscan Tertiary Martyr: Bl.Franz Jagerstatter

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

In February 1943 Franz was called up again for military service. He presented himself at the induction centre on 1 March 1943 and announced his refusal to fight, offering to carry out non-violent services: this was denied him.

He was held in custody at Linz in March and April, transferred to Berlin-Tegel in May and subject to trial on 6 July 1943 when he was condemned to death for sedition. The prison chaplain was struck by the man’s tranquil character. On being offered the New Testament, he replied: “I am completely bound in inner union with the Lord, and any reading would only interrupt my communication with my God”.

On 9 August, before being executed, Franz wrote: “If I must write… with my hands in chains, I find that much better than if my will were in chains. Neither prison nor chains nor sentence of death can rob a man of the Faith and his free will. God gives so much strength that it is possible to bear any suffering…. People worry about the obligations of conscience as they concern my wife and children.

But I cannot believe that, just because one has a wife and children, a man is free to offend God”.

Franz Jägerstätter, who would not bow his head to Hitler, bowed his head to God, and the guillotine took care of the rest. He was obviously called up to serve a higher order.

The rest of this short biography can be found at the Vatican website at www.vatican.va

Aug 09 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Faith in God and His Ways

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Homily #140809n ( 10min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian speaks of the first reading, and comments that we often are dissatisfied with when we see unjustice, but God does not act. We must learn to see with the eyes of God, and seek His understanding, even if that differs from our own. And before we seek justice in the world, we must first seek it in our hearts. Justice ultimately comes from God, both in the external world, and more importantly, justice comes into our hearts from the atoning sacrifice of the Cross, from Jesus, and not from ourselves. We must have faith in God and in His ways, He will act in His way and at the time He chooses. If we are disturbed at what seems to be His inaction, we are lacking in faith. Let us turn to “She who believed” and ask for this grace of a unshakeable faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: hab 1:12-2:4
Resp: psa 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 17:14-20

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Aug 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Faith and the Turbulent World

Monday, August 4th, 2014
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Homily #140804n ( 08min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel, showing how faith is needed in the turbulence of the world, especially in  our age, but with a strong faith, we can go forward to Our Lord even over the stormy waters of this life. St. Jean Vianney is a shining example of this faith, which is found in deep prayer and penance, and shows how we can engage our own turbulent world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Jean Vianney (the Cure of Ars) – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 28:1-17
Resp: psa 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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Our Lord’s Love for Us through the Holy Eucharist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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“WE BELIEVE in the love of God for us.” That is a profound saying. Belief in the truth of the words of God is required of every Christian; but there is another belief, which is more perfect and is the crown of the first: belief in Divine love. Belief in the Divine truths will be vain if it does not lead to belief in Divine love.

What is this love in which we must believe? It is the love of Jesus Christ; the love which He manifests to us in the Eucharist, a love that is Himself, a living and infinite love. But what proofs of His love does our Lord give us in the Eucharist? FIRST of all we have His word, His veracity. Jesus tells us that He loves us, that He instituted His Sacrament only out of love for us. Therefore, it is true. We believe an honest man on his word. Why should we not trust our Lord as much? When someone wants to give his friend a proof of his love, he tells him personally that he loves him and he gives him an affectionate handshake. Well, our Lord sends neither Angels nor ministers to assure us of His love; He comes in person. Love will have no go-between. And so He perpetuates Himself only to tell us over and over again: “I love you. You see that I love you!” (more…)

Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Islam and Providence

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Homily #140727n ( 18min) Play – Father reminds us that “that all things work for good for those who love God,” and that this presupposes Faith in Providence (a.k.a. God’s loving plan for everything) and Love of God. As an example, Father turns our attention to the tribulation Iraqi Christians are currently undergoing and gives a short commentary on Islam and how we all can defend against it by living lives strongly founded on Christian Faith. For an example of strong and courageous faith, we can take the example of our Iraqi brethren and, in particular, the example of Patriarch Sako in his exhortation to the Christians in Iraq. Father asks us to examine ourselves, if we aren’t ready to practice our faith in peace, how will we be ready when persecution comes to us?

The pastoral address quoted by Father may be found here: http://saint-adday.com/permalink/6326.html .
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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