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Faith

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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Feb 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Sign is Himself

Monday, February 16th, 2015
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Homily #150216n ( 04min) Play – In today’s Gospel, the Pharisees come asking for signs and wonders to back up the claim of Jesus, but He, knowing they were motivated by curiosity and not a desire for the truth, refused to work any signs. Do we demand signs from God, or do we recognize that He is present to us in His Church, in the Sacraments, in the circumstances of our lives, and in our very hearts? The sign He gives us is Himself, let us ask for the grace to recognize Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 6th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 4:1-15, 25
Resp: psa 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21
Gsp: mar 8:11-13

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Feb 01 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Do We Need to be Delivered?

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Homily #150201n ( 13min) Play – In today’s Gospel, we see our Lord casting out a demon, and the people wondering, “Who is this?” Do we realize who our Lord is? Do we forget at times? And do we forget that we too have something we need to be delivered from? That is, sin. Father speaks about what sin is, the kinds of sin, and urges us all to continue to turn away from sin in all its forms, and to turn to God who alone can deliver us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 18:15-20
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
2nd: 1co 7:32-35
Gsp: mar 1:21-28

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Jan 31 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Faith of St. John Bosco

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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Homily #150131n ( 08min) Play – Father comments on the reading and asks if we have a strong faith, or whether we are more like the disciples. As an example, Father lifts up for us today’s saint, St. John Bosco, who lived his life in total dependance on God, and God did incredible things through him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Bosco – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Resp: luk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
Gsp: mar 4:35-41

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Jan 08 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Jesus Christ – Teacher

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
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Homily #150108n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian tells us that today’s liturgy presents Jesus Christ to us as a teacher, and not any teacher, but one who comes from God and is God. Let us put all our faith in this Teacher, for He is Truth itself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thur post Epiphany or Jan 10 – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 4:19-5:4
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17
Gsp: luk 4:14-22

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Dec 31 – Homily – Fr Matthias: What is the World

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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Homily #141231n ( 07min) Play – During Christmas we remember the coming of God into our midst, and we should also reflect that he was rejected by that same world. What is the “world” and why are we warned against it. Father explains the difference between the world as the enemy of the soul and the world as created and declared “good” by God. Also, he gives us four characteristics of the “world” and four ways to fight back against its deleterious influence.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:18-21
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 11-12, 13
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

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Dec 28 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Order of the Family

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
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Homily #141228n ( 20min) Play – Father Matthias quotes and comments on statements from Pope Francis and other pontiffs about the right ordering of the family, emphasizing that love, sacrifice, and obedience are fundamental to the nature of the family, and that if we disrupt this proper order, which we see exemplified in the Holy Family, the family and society will collapse. Fidelity to the truths about the family is essential, and Father warns us that any ideas which contradict the nature and dignity of marriage (as the life-long, faithful, and fruitful union between one man and one woman) and the family are not from God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Family – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 3:2-6, 12-14
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
2nd: col 3:12-21
Gsp: luk 2:22-40

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Dec 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Wonderful Things of God

Friday, December 26th, 2014
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Homily #141225n ( 15min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel for the Christmas Mass during the day, and tells us that if we accept God into our lives and submit to His will for us, He will do amazing and wonderful things in us. We can see this in the person of Mary who most perfectly gave Herself to God, and thereby became His very Mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Nativity of the Lord (Day) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:7-10
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: heb 1:1-6
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

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