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The Slaughter of the Innocents: Then and Now

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The jealously of a king brought about the murder of innocents even as the death of the One sought was evaded.  In this day, there is still many innocents killed,  often by force, but even sadder by the decision of parents as they find the unborn child inconvenient…

We remember today, O God, the slaughter of the holy innocents Of Bethlehem by King Herod. Receive, we pray, into the arms of your mercy all innocent victims; and by your great might frustrate the designs of evil tyrants and establish your rule of justice, love, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Prayer to end abortion, the present day slaughter of Innocents:

O Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth and all things, You create today millions of human beings who are never permitted to see the light of day because of the sin of abortion. Grant to mankind the wisdom to respect human life at every stage of development.

You infuse souls into innocent babies even while still in their mothers’ wombs, their temporary homes. Grant that no one deprives your most innocent ones the privilege of your holy Baptism whereby they may be born again to Your supernatural life by grace. One soul in Your eyes, Almighty God, is of more value than the whole created universe.

Accept the precious blood of Your Son Jesus Christ, present on our altars and in our tabernacles, throughout the world in reparation for the sins of abortive murder. Even before Your Divine Son was born of Mary, dear God, when Your holy Mother greeted Elizabeth shortly after the conception of the Divine Child. Elizabeth asked, “How am I worthy that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” Long before the birth of the Divine Child the Holy Spirit inspired Elizabeth to call Mary “Mother” and the unborn Child, her “Lord.”

Almighty God, remove the scourge of abortion from the face of the earth. Amen. (more…)

Dec 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Which He Himself Formed…

Monday, December 28th, 2015
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Homily #151227n ( 16min) Play – When God came into the world, he came “in a family which he himself had formed” as Pope Francis recently said. This shows how important the family–mother, father, and children–is in God’s eyes. Our Lady of Fatima warned us against the “errors of Russia”, and the fundamental error is the abolition of the family. And how can we best combat this error? By faithfully praying the Rosary as a family!
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 2:41-52

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Marital Imagery

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

In the beginning, in Genesis, we are told that God made man in His image, “in the image and likeness of God”, and that He made us male and female. For most of us, it is clear to us that our spiritual souls are in the image of God but we forget that so also are our bodies. In creating man, male and female in His likeness, the image of God is also in our sexuality. For God said, “Let us make man in our image. Let us make them male and female.”

God is Trinity, and it has been revealed to us that in God, there is paternity. There is one who begets and there is, Jesus Christ, the One who is begotten. And the love of the One who begets, for the One who is begotten, is the third Person of the holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit. When the Word took flesh; when God, in the person of Jesus Christ, took on our human nature from the blessed virgin Mary, He gave to that human nature His own existence. Christ and His Person brought together the union of the human and the divine. This union in His Person we call the Hypostatic Union.

God came into our midst, not simply to proclaim who He is; not simply to communicate truth to us; but the ultimate purpose why Jesus came, was that He wanted to enter into a mystical union of life and of love with God’s people. Through all the Scriptures this mystical union is expressed in marital terminology, namely, God being called the Groom and Israel being the bride. In the new covenant, this union of life and love of Christ with the people of God, we called the Mystical Body of Christ. The marital couple makes present in a very special way the Church, namely the union of Christ with the bride.

Msgr. Philip Reilly

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
Readings: 
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
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 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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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
Readings: 
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
Readings: 
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
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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