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From Evangelium Vitae as the 40 Days for Life begins Nationwide

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The 40 Days for Life runs from September 23rd-November 1st, 2015

1. The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Saviour; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfilment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21).

When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10)…

The incomparable worth of the human person …

The Church knows that this Gospel of life, which she has received from her Lord,  has a profound and persuasive echo in the heart of every person-believer and non-believer alike-because it marvelously fulfills all the heart’s expectations while infinitely surpassing them. Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded.

In a special way, believers in Christ must defend and promote this right, aware as they are of the wonderful truth recalled by the Second Vatican Council: “By his incarnation the Son of God has united himself in some fashion with every human being”. This saving event reveals to humanity not only the boundless love of God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (Jn 3:16), but also the incomparable value of every human person.

St. John Paul II

Aug 23 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Importance of the Eucharist

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150823n ( 10min) Play – The subject for the past few Sundays has been John 6, which is all about the Eucharist and how essential is it in order to have the life of Christ within us. Father covers the whole chapter, and observes that many disciples left after this teaching (Father notes this verse is John 6:66), and many Christians still refuse to accept this teaching and its implications for our moral lives. Let us receive this hard teaching of Jesus with faith, saying with Peter, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: jos 24:1-2, 15-17, 18
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23
2nd: eph 5:21-32
Gsp: joh 6:60-69

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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
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 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
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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May 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Rita and the Greatest Evil

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150522n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias presents the story of St. Rita of Cascia, and focuses on her prayer after her husband was murdered. Her prayer was that God would prevent her sons from sinning by exacting revenge on their father’s killer, even if it meant taking their lives. Her prayer was answered, and both sons soon died from dysentery. St. Rita understood that the greatest evil is sin, that the effects of every sin are eternal, and that death is to be preferred to sin. Father then speaks of that which is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, contrition, and then tells us some traits of that real contrition which we must have for our sins.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rita of Cascia – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 25:13-21
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
Gsp: joh 21:15-19

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May 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: An Ecology of Man

Friday, May 1st, 2015
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Homily #150501n ( 09min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the purpose of the created world, and why we should take care of it. As Pope Benedict XVI said, we need an “Ecology of Man,” and understanding the purpose of human activity will help us to better understand the whole purpose of life: To become Saints! The comments from Pope Benedict may be found here: http://www.catholic.org/news/international/europe/story.php?id=42957
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph the Worker – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 13:26-33
Resp: psa 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11
Gsp: joh 14:1-6

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Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Bear One Another’s Burdens

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
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Homily #150208n ( 15min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the 2nd reading, and connects it to the words of St. Paul in Galatians 3, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” How does this fulfill the law of Christ? Because it is the practice of an unconditional love for our neighbor, a love which imitates the love of Christ and one which has Him as its source. Also, if we do this, we become more aware of our own faults and sins. Father gives us the teaching and example of St. Therese and St. Francis de Sales, and gives us a few steps which will enable us to live out this admonition.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: job 7:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: 1co 9:16-19, 22-23
Gsp: mar 1:29-39

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“Playing with life is a sin against God”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Meeting with Catholic doctors Pope Francis called on them to defend the sanctity of life:

“Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for life as a gift from God sometimes require choices that are courageous and go against the current, which in particular circumstances, may become points of conscientious objection,” Francis said in an address to the Italian Catholic Doctors’ Association in November. “The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a “false compassion”, that which retains that it is: helpful to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to obtain euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to produce a child and to consider it to be a right rather than a gift to welcome; or to use human lives as guinea pigs presumably to save others,” the Pope said in his speech.

Instead, the Pope pointed out, “The compassion of the Gospel is that which accompanies in times of need, that is, the compassion of the Good Samaritan, who sees, has compassion, approaches and provides concrete help.”

“Human life is always sacred and always of quality. There is no human life that is more sacred than another, as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another, only by virtue of resources, rights, great social and economic opportunities.” Francis underlined that human life “is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable.”

“Be careful, experimenting and playing with life is a sin against God the Creator,” the pope said speaking off the cuff. “This happens when people consider it to be [their] right to produce children rather than [see it] a gift. The same goes for euthanasia.”

“Attention to human life, especially that in greatest difficulty, that is, to the sick, the elderly, children, deeply involves the mission of the Church. The Church also feels called to participate in the debate that relates to human life, presenting its proposal based on the Gospel,” Francis recalled.

“This is also my hope. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salus Infirmorum, support the intentions with which you intend to continue your action,” Francis said.

Jan 11 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Catechism on Baptism

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Homily #150111n ( 22min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the effects of Baptism, the three types of baptism, and the necessity of Baptism. He comments on the Baltimore Catechism (Volume three) and final gives us a spiritual aspect of Baptism and the best way to live out our baptism.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Baptism of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
1st: isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
2nd: act 10:34-38
Gsp: mar 1:7-11

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Jan 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Therese on Fraternal Charity

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
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Homily #150107n ( 08min) Play – Father presents three ways that we may interpret the commandment of fraternal charity: (1) Do not do to others what you don’t want them to do to you, (2) Do to others what you want them to do to you, or, the only Christian interpretation, (3) Do to others what Christ did for you. To show a concrete, real-life example, Father quotes from the autobiography of St. Therese, The Story of a Soul, and comments on her teaching on fraternal charity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Raymond of Pennafort – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wed post Epiphany or Jan 9
1st: 1jo 4:11-18
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 10, 12-13
Gsp: mar 6:45-52

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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
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
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 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis on the Synod

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217n ( 013min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on Pope Francis’ catechism of December 17th, which was dedicated to the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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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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Mary Is the Center of the Communion of Saints, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said that it is a joy to have a spiritual family living in eternity and stressed that Mary is the first of the saints who guides us to her Son.

“In the great assembly of saints, God has wanted to reserve the first place for the Mother of Jesus,” the Holy Father said before his Nov. 1 weekly recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.

Mary, he said, “is the center of the communion of saints, as the singular guardian of the bond of the universal Church with Christ.”

Whoever wants to follow Jesus on the path of the Gospel can find a secure guide in Mary, the Pope explained, saying that she is an attentive and caring mother with whom we can entrust every desire or difficulty.

via Mary Is the Center of the Communion of Saints, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com.