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Franciscan Things

Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Penance or Hell

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Homily #150727n ( 04min) Play – Blessed Mary Magdalene of Martinengo was a noble woman who became a Poor Clare at seventeen. However, even as a child she delighted in penance and austerity out of love for Jesus. Jesus tells us that we cannot expect to save our souls unless we do penance in this life (Luke 13:3). As it said above the front door of the friary where Padre Pio did his novitiate: Penance or Hell.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 32:15-24, 30-34
Resp: psa 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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The Glory of Jesus’ Humanity

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

When Christ decided to give site to a man blind from birth, He placed mud on the man’s eyes, an action that was much more suited to blinding those who see then to giving sight to the blind who could not see. So, too, the passion and death of Christ was more likely to destroy the faith of those who believed that He was the only begotten son of God, as was clear in the case of the apostles and disciples, then to command faith to nonbelievers. And yet He says: “when I lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” (Jn 12:32) 

…After the cross, after the suffering, after the disgraceful, shameful, repulsive death of the cross, I shall turn the world to faith in Me, so that the world will believe that I am the Son of God, the true Messiah…

We see with other clarity that this is what has happened. Christ came into this world to do battle against satan, to do away with idolatry, and return the world to faith and piety and the worship of the true God. He could have accomplish this by using the weapons of His might and coming as He will come to judge in glory and majesty just as He manifested himself and His Transfiguration. Who would not then had believed in Christ? 

But in order that His victory might be more glorious, He willed to fight satan in our weak flesh. It is as if an unarmed man, right hand bound, where to fight with his left hand alone against a powerful army; if he emerged victorious, his victory would be regarded as all the more glorious. So Christ conquered satan with the right hand of His divinity bound and using against him only the left hand of His weak humanity.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi  (Doctor of the Church, Feast Day is July 21st)

Jul 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Wisdom of the Saints

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Homily #150715n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian speaks of St. Bonaventure and the “Wisdom of the Saints.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bonaventure – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 15th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 3:1-6, 9-12
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7
Gsp: mat 11:25-27

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A Prayer to Our Lady from St. Bonaventure

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

 I shall call upon you, Mother of God, and you will hear me; your praises will gladden my heart. I have called to you in trouble, and you have heard me at your throne in heaven. Take up my cause, Mother, for I have departed from my innocence; but because I have hoped in you, I shall not lose my soul.

To you, Mother, have I pleaded after having wandered from God, and I was saved by the power of your intercession. In you, Mother, I place all my hope, because of your most loving compassion.  

Into your hands I entrust my souls and body, my whole life and the hour of my death. Intercede for us, Mother of God and Mediatrix, who have brought salvation to mankind.

St. Bonaventure (Franciscan Doctor of the Church, Feast Day July 15th)

St. Thomas More: Franciscan Martyr

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sir Thomas More would not compromise on two tenets of the Catholic faith: the primacy of the papacy and the dignity of marriage.  When imprisoned before his martyrdom, he would write. The following are just a few quotes from these writings, particularly from a book called “A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation”:

Now those without patience can have no reward for their pain, but when pain is patiently taken for God’s sake, and the sufferer’s will is conformed to God’s pleasure, God regards the sufferer in proportion to the pain. But never have I found any place in Scripture where Our Lord promised a wealthy person, even if that person did thank God for his gifts, any reward in heaven for having taken his ease and pleasure here. (“We do not go to heaven in featherbeds”)…in Scripture much commends tribulation as a more profitable circumstance than wealth and prosperity.

We shall consider tribulation a gracious gift from God, a gift that He specially gives His special friends…if God does not send it, people need to seek out and put upon themselves by penance, a thing that helps purge our past sins; a think that preserves us from sins that we would otherwise commit; a thing that causes us to attach less importance to the world; a thin that incites us to draw closer to God; a thing that greatly diminishes our pains in purgatory; a thing that greatly increases our final reward in Heaven…if we reflect on these things and remember them well, we shall not murmur or complain in a time of tribulation. Instead we shall first of all take our pain patiently and see it as something of worth.  And then we shall realize that God has sent if for our own good and so be moved to thank God for it.  As a consequence, our grace shall increase and God shall give us the comfort of realizing that He is, in the midst of our trouble, always close. (more…)

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Pray for Us!

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

(June 13: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua and also the Immaculate Heart of Mary this year)

And as the moon at its full she shines. The blessed Mary is said to be the full moon, because in every way perfect. The moon is imperfect when a half-moon, because it is stained or horned. But the glorious Virgin neither in Her birth had any stain, because sanctified in Her mother’s womb, guarded by angels, nor in Her days had She the horns of pride. Hence, She shone fully and perfectly. She is said to be light because She dispels the darkness.

We beseech You, our Lady, that You who are the morning star, cast out the cloud of diabolical suggestion shrouding the land of our minds; that You who are the full moon fill our emptiness, dispel the darkness of our sins, that we might merit to come to the fullness of eternal life, to the light of unending glory. May He grant this who made You our light… To Him be the glory and honor for ever. Amen.

St. Anthony of Padua

May 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: In Jesus’ Name

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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Homily #150520n ( 04min) Play – Father Maximilian tells that today’s liturgy reflects one of St. Bernardine’s favorite topics to preach on: the Holy Name of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernardine of Siena – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 20:28-38
Resp: psa 68:29-30, 33-35, 35-36
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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Meditation on Our Lady from St. Bernardine of Siena

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

 

Ave Maria Meditations

“From the fact of there being no mention made in the Gospel of the visit wherewith Christ consoled His Mother after His Resurrection, we are not to conclude that this most merciful Jesus, the source of all grace and consolation, Who was so anxious to gladden His disciples by His presence, forgot His Mother, Who He knew had drunk so deeply of the bitterness of His Passion. But it has pleased Divine Providence that the Gospel should be silent on this subject; and this for three reasons.

“In the first place, because of the firmness of Mary’s faith. The confidence which the Virgin-Mother had of Her Son’s rising again had never faltered, not even by the slightest doubt. This we can readily believe, if we reflect on the special grace wherewith She was filled, She the Mother of the Man-God, the Queen of the Angels, and the Mistress of the world. To a truly enlightened mind, the silence of Scripture on this subject says more than any affirmation could have done.

We have learned to know something of Mary by the visit She received from the Angel, when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Her. We met Her again at the foot of the Cross, where She, the Mother of Sorrows, stood nigh Her dying Son. If then the Apostle could say: As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Cor. 1: 7), what share must not the Virgin-Mother have had in the joys of the Resurrection? We should hold it as a certain truth that Her most sweet Jesus, after His Resurrection, consoled Her first of all. (more…)

St. Fidelis (Feast day is April 24th)

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to inflame the heart of blessed Fidelis with seraphic ardor and to adorn him with the palm of martyrdom and with glorious miracles in spreading the true Faith: we beseech Thee, by his merits and intercession, so to strengthen us by the might of Thy grace in faith and in charity, that we may deserve to be found faithful in Thy service even unto death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

For more information on the Saint see: http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/FIDELIS.htm

Humility will Praise

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The Fruit of Praising: 

As love grows stronger, so does the desire to praise increase. It is always a sign of the weakening of love when we have less taste for praising a loved one. This is a good point of spiritual examen. lf our love for God is growing less fervent and ardent, we have an inbuilt barometer to warn us. it registers less concern for praising Him. No, it is definitely not a rather bleak activity for all eternity, simply to praise.
 
For one thing, the more we love a human being, and certainly the more we grow in the love of God, the more do we see to praise. The person who loves very little does not see much to praise in the other: Again, this is a test of our charity. lf we do not observe much to praise in our neighbor; one thing is certain: we do not know him well enough, love him well enough. lf we come to love him more, we shall have our own reward of seeing more and more to praise. The heart that loves little always sees little or perhaps even nothing to praise. The heart that loves much will see something to praise where others may not. But there are qualities and characteristics of praise.
 
Praise is always humble. This is prominently its very first attribute because in praising another we in some way situate ourselves below that person. Praise of its nature exalts the one praised, sets this respected person or this dear God or this loved friend above the one praising. By the mere act of praising, we assume a position of humility. We take a willing stance beneath another person.
 
+ Mother Mary Francis p,c.c.

Sanguis Christi, Inebria Me!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!

Blood of Christ, inebriate me!

It is the spilled Blood of Christ that through the ages has inebriated souls to the point of martyrdom. One has to be enlivened and beyond one’s own possibilities to be a martyr. One has to be, in the mystical and profoundly spiritual sense, quite “drunk” with God. The martyrs were the outstanding inebriates, enlivened and exhilarated beyond their nature, their potential.

Nature claims fiercely to life. The spiritual inebriate runs singing to martyrdom. All the saints of God were inebriated by the Blood of Christ. And if we are to excel our own meager possibilities, we must also be made drunk with that most Precious Blood. It is the Blood of Christ alone that can enliven us to respond with service beyond ourselves, that can achieve the overextension of ourselves without harm and, in fact, with glory…we are enabled to do the impossible when we are inebriated with the blood of Christ.

+Sr. Mary Frances PCC

St. Pio teaches

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

In the Boat with Jesus

Whatever can I say in order to stop the multitude of your thoughts? Don’t try, excessively, to heal your heart, as your efforts would only make it more infirm. Don’t make too great an effort to overcome your temptations, as this violence would only make them stronger. Despise them and don’t dwell on them too much.
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Keep Jesus Crucified present to your imagination; in your arms and on your breast and, kissing his side, say a thousand times: ‘This is my hope, the living source of my happiness; this is the heart of my soul; nothing will ever separate me from his love. I possess him and will not leave him, until he places me in a safe place.”
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Often say to him: “What can I have on earth, or what can I expect in heaven, if not you, oh my Jesus? You are the God of my heart and the inheritance I desire for all eternity.”
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Whom should we fear, therefore? Listen to Our Lord who says to Abraham and to you also: “Do not fear, I am your protection.” Therefore, be steadfast in your resolutions. Stay in the boat in which he has placed you and let the storm come. Long live Jesus! You will not perish. He may sleep, but at the opportune time he will awaken to restore your calm.
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Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Franciscan Poverty Realized

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Homily #141215n ( 04min) Play – Today at Our Lady’s Chapel, we celebrate the patronal solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of the Seraphic Order. Father comments on the link between the Seraphic Order and Our Lady, telling us that by Franciscan poverty is fully realized by consecrating ourselves to Our Lady as Her Possession and Property, so that all we have may become, through her, the Property and Possession of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queen of the Seraphic Order – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:7-8, 10-14
Resp: psa 45:10, 13-18
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Who are you, Immaculate Conception?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: These words fell from the lips of the Immaculata herself. Hence, they must tell us, in the most precise and essential manner, who she really is. Since human words are incapable of expressing Divine realities, it follows that these words, “Immaculate” and “Conception”, must be understood in a much more profound, much more beautiful and sublime meaning than usual: a meaning beyond that which human reason at its most penetrating commonly gives to them…

Who then are you, O Immaculate Conception? Not God, of course, because He has no beginning. Not an angel, created directly out of nothing. Not Adam, formed out of the dust of the earth. Not Eve, molded from Adam’s rib. Not the Incarnate Word, Who exists before all ages, and of Whom we should use the word “conceived” rather than “conception.” Humans do not exist before their conception, so we might call them created “conceptions.”

But you, O Mary, are different from all other children of Eve. They are conceptions stained by Original Sin; whereas you are the unique, Immaculate, Conception. Everything which exists, outside of God Himself, since it is from God and depends on Him in every way, bears within itself some semblance to its Creator; there is nothing in any creature which does not betray this resemblance, because every created thing is an effect of the Primal Cause… (more…)

Nov 29 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: How the Franciscans Have So Many Saints

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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Homily #141129n ( 11min) Play – As we remember all the saints of the Franciscan Order, Father particularly draws our attention to the great many who have been canonized. But what is it that makes this charism so rich in saints? Father Louis lists three things. First, we have the same calling that St. Francis received, “Go rebuild my Church.” Second, we have the example of St. Francis in answering this call, and we can say to ourselves, “If St. Francis did all these things, why can’t I.” When we know what we are to do, we must do it, and we are not stuck wandering in the abstract. Let us live the example of St. Francis. But how do we persevere in this? Again, we look to St. Francis, it was at the church dedicated to Our Lady that he was given the full understanding of his vocation, and where he named Mary as the Advocate and Queen of the Seraphic Order. The Franciscan saints too called upon Mary as their advocate. In the past decade, there has been at least one Franciscan canonized every year, let us also go to Mary so that we may some day be within that same number.
Ave Maria!
Mass: All Saints of the Franciscan Ord. – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 22:1-7
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 21:34-36

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