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Franciscan Things

St. Joseph Cupertino

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

joseph_cupertino[1]“Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.”

St. Joseph of Cupertino, from the reading for his feast in the Franciscan breviary.

Patron Saint of:  Air travelers, Astronauts, Pilots, students, exam takers.  Feast Day: September 18

2014 Professions – FINEWS 150

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Fi News #150 – ( 18min) >>> Play
On September 8th, 2014, Fr. Louis Maximilian received the first profession of vows and the renewal of temporary vows. In this homily, Father speaks of the “reaction” we all owe to God’s “action,” and which is made possible by the “reaction” of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady’s faith and fidelity to God’s will. He asks us, if we don’t love, who will? We must all live out our call to sanctity, and the practice of Marian Consecration is the “quickest, surest, easiest way” of “reacting” to the love of God and becoming saints; IF WE LIVE IT OUT!

Here are some images of the professions, more may be found here.

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Ave Maria!

 

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Aug 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Rosary of the 7 Joys of Mary

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
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Homily #140826n ( 08min) Play – Father Matthias speaks of the history of the Rosary of the Seven Joys of Mary, also called the Franciscan Crown, focusing on its origin and on its recent developments such as the renewal of the indulgence at the request of the FI and the slightly different form it was given by the Church with the new indulgence. Father tells us that Mary is, as we call her, the Cause of Our Joy, but She wants us to be a cause of joy to Her by imitating Her, sharing in Her Joy, turning from sin, and loving her Son and Lord, Jesus, as She did.

NB: The FI publish a book with information and meditations on the Rosaries of the 7 Joys, 7 Sorrows, and 7 Glories of the Blessed Virgin: http://bit.ly/ThreeCrownsBook

Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Joys of the BVM (Alt) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 2:1-14
Resp: 1sa 2:1-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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Aug 19 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Christ Became Poor to Make Us Rich

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Homily #140819n ( 12min) Play – Father goes over the readings, psalm, and antiphons of today’s liturgy, and shows how Jesus became poor for us, and by being united to Him, we become shares in the Divine Life of God, which is worth more than all the ephemeral riches of this passing world. And looking at today’s saint, St. Louis of Toulouse, we can see a man who did give up all, became poor, and shared in the self-giving of Christ, being rewarded for his labors by entering into paradise at the young age of twenty-four. Let us choose the last and lowest place, setting all aside for the sake of the Gospel, and become rich in the eyes of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis of Toulouse – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 28:1-10
Resp: deu 32:26-27, 27-28, 30, 35-36
Gsp: mat 19:23-30

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Aug 14 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Maximilian & Manly Marian Consecration

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Homily #140814n ( 10min) Play – On the Patronal Solemnity of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Father comments on the Marian Consecration taught and lived by St. Maximilian Kolbe. He reminds us of two things: firstly, Mary takes our consecration to Her seriously, and, secondly, once we make our consecration we will be expected to fulfill it, especially when it goes against our own will and self-love.  We don’t live poetry or sentimentality, to desire to “Live, work, suffer, and die for the Immaculate” is an illusion without daily application, virile commitment, heroic fidelity, and total self-sacrifice. Quoting from the “Book of Sanctification” of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Father reads: “In the Marian Vow is found the most complete and radical offer of self to the Immaculate: She may demand “everything” from Her consecrated, ask any sacrifice and heroism, even that of being consumed as a victim of sacrifice and of immolating one’s life with the violent death of a martyr, after the example of the death of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Maximilian Kolbe – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 3:1-9
Resp: psa 116:10-17
2nd: 1jo 3:13-18
Gsp: joh 15:12-17

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St. Maximilian: a Short Guide to a Holy Life

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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In any case, those who on this earth have had a chance to taste in advance a little bit of heaven can get some idea of what it will be like. Now everyone can have this experience. All he needs to do is:
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1) Go to confession with sincerity, diligence, a deep sorrow for his sins and a firm resolve to amend his life. He will suddenly feel a peace and happiness compared with which all the fleeting, unworthy pleasures of this world are really an odious torment.
2) Let everyone seek to come and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist with proper preparation.
3) Let him never permit his soul to remain in sin, but let him purify it immediately.
4) Let him do his duty manfully.
5) Let him address humble and frequent prayers to God’s throne, especially through the hands of the Immaculate Virgin.
6) Let him welcome his brethren with a charitable heart, bearing for God’s sake the sufferings and difficulties of life.
7) Let him do good to all, even his enemies, solely for the love of God and not in order to be praised or even thanked by men.
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Then he will come to understand what it means to have a foretaste of paradise; and perhaps more than once he will find peace and joy even in poverty, suffering, disgrace, or illness.
 
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Aug 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Commanded to Bear Fruit

Monday, August 11th, 2014
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Homily #140811n ( 08min) Play – Father Maximilian preaches on the Gospel for St. Clare, emphasizing that we are expected to bear fruit, but we can only bear fruit by the life of grace which comes with being united to Jesus Christ. We can see this in the life of St. Clare, who bore abundant fruit. After giving a short biography of St. Clare, Father asks us again, are we ready to bear fruit, not from us, but from Christ living in us?
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Clare of Assisi – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: hos 2:16, 17, 21-22
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-16
2nd: 2co 4:6-10, 16-18
Gsp: joh 15:4-10

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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

Video – A Day With Mary #114: Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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A Day With Mary #114 – Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula ( 15min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo gives the homily during the “Day With Mary” held at Sacred Heart Church in Thornlie, Western Australia on 2 August 2014.

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Aug 02 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Pardon of Assisi

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140802n ( 11min) Play – Today Franciscans celebrate the birth of the Franciscan order at the Portiuncula, and the FI in particular celebrate today as the anniversary of the foundation of the Casa Mariana, the prot0-community that grew into the new institute of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. Father Matthias reads from a pastoral letter of Bishop Theobald dated 1310 in which the history of the Portiuncula indulgence is recounted. Finally, Father explains the theology of indulgences and the conditions needed to acquire today’s indulgence. Let us break from all sin and take advantage of the “Pardon of Assisi” to fulfill the desire of St. Francis: “I want to send all of you to paradise.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time (Alt Reading)
1st: 1co 10:31-11:1
Resp: psa 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34
Gsp: mat 9:35-10:1

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Jul 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Sixth Wing of the Seraph

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140715n ( 09min) Play – Today the Franciscans celebrate the Feast of St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor. To illumine today’s Gospel, Fr. Mattias quotes St. Bonaventure that the savor of the salt is contemplation and devotion. These the Seraphic Doctor calls the sixth and most important “Wing of the Seraph.” Father finishes by looking at more detail to St. Bonaventure’s teaching on this most important part of the spiritual life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bonaventure – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 8:2-7, 16-18
Resp: psa 16:5-5, 7-8, 9, 11
2nd: 1co 2:6-13
Gsp: mat 5:13-19

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Bl. Junipero Serra

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Lord Jesus Christ, reward the apostolic zeal of Your Seraphic son, Blessed Junípero Serra, who leaving home and fatherland, labored for the salvation of souls in Spain, Mexico and California. By Your Most Holy Name may he be raised to the full honors of the altar. Through the intercession of Blessed Serra, look with favor on our special prayers which have no earthly answer (mention request). This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Junipero Serra

(1713-1784)

A priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church, Junipero Serra was a driving force in the Spanish conquest and colonization of what is now the state of California. (more…)

Prayer to St. Anthony, Franciscan Doctor of the Church

Friday, June 13th, 2014

One Minute Meditation

“Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints”
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O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me ( my request).
 
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
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St. Anthony’s Feast Day is June 13th

May 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: See, I Make All Things New

Saturday, May 24th, 2014
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Homily #140524n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s readings for the anniversary of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis. He tells us that God is building a new temple – and we are the stones. Jesus is the Good Shepard, and when He calls, the sheep hear and follow Him. And the Way of Jesus is the Way of the Cross, but we must follow if we are to be His sheep, and if we are faithful, He will fashion us into the stones of the New Jerusalem.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Dedication of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 21:1-5
Resp: psa 95:1-7
Gsp: joh 10:22-30

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On the Nobility of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Bernardine of Siena (feast day is May 20th) wrote:  On the Exceedingly Wonderful Grace and Glory of the Mother of God

That the Blessed Virgin is the noblest Woman in the whole world according to the flesh.

The first star, or grace, is called nobility. For the Blessed Virgin was the noblest individual and noblest creature of all the individuals or creatures which have been, could be, or could have been begotten with human nature. Indeed, Matthew (1,17), in  outlining the three groups of fourteen generations from Abraham to Christ,  describes Her as born of fourteen patriarchs, of fourteen kings, of fourteen  leaders. 

The first group from Abraham to David inclusive, fourteen patriarchs; the second from David to the Babylonian Exile, fourteen kings; the third, from the Babylonian Exile to Christ inclusive, fourteen leaders. Luke also (3,23-38), describing the nobility of Her origin beginning with Adam and Eve, extends his genealogy to God the Christ. Here it is demonstrated that the Lord Jesus Christ, who in heaven was without mother and on earth without father, received His entire humanity from  the Virgin; and the dignities attached to this humanity—namely, familial so as to be called a son of David, and consanguinal so as to have brethren of a noble line—all these He received from His Blessed Mother. And whence came it that He is the final Leader, the final King, the final Patriarch of the  entire people of Israel, if not from the glorious Virgin? (more…)