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Lent

PHOTO: The Way of The Cross – Bloomington

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

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Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center – The Way of The Cross – Meditations by Pope Francis

No Greater Love

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (Jn. 15:13)   

I dare say that God in His omnipotence could not give more; in His wisdom, He knew not how to give more; in His riches He had not more to give(than Himself).–St. Augustine

Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart.

The Heart of Christ is the clearest image of the fullness of God embracing all things. By this we mean the fullness of mercy which is the special characteristic of the New Testament.  (Pope Pius XII

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is the most excellent form of religion. (Pope Leo XIII)

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe in You as my God and Savior. Make me more faithful to Your Gospel by sharing in the Eucharist often. May I come to live more fully the life of grace You have given me. Keep Your love alive in my heart that I may become worthy of You. Teach me to value Your gifts and ever be grateful for them. Help me to strive for eternal life.+

The font of life which spills over the whole world flows from the wounded Heart of Christ.(Latern Baptistry) (more…)

Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Following or Falling Away?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Homily #140416n ( 03min) Play – Today, Spy Wednesday, the liturgy remembers the treachery of Judas, and Father asks us whether we are betraying Jesus like Judas did. We are either following or falling away, and if we realize we are falling away from Our Lord, let us ask for the grace to turn back to Him and fulfill the Will of God in our daily lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-9
Resp: psa 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Gsp: mat 26:14-25

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Apr 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Cup of Suffering

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Homily #140413n ( 15min) Play – Having read the Passion according to Matthew, Fr. Maximilian asks us what caused Jesus to suffer so much in the Garden? He tells us that it was because He saw the sins and rejection mankind would respond to His love with. This started at the Last Supper with the rejection by Judas, and continues today in our sins. However, Jesus didn’t falter under this heavy load, but turned what seemed like defeat into victory. Father encourages us to never stop reflecting on this, even doing so every day. Will we only acknowledge Jesus as “Rabbi” like Judas did, or will we call Him “Lord” and accept Him into our lives, allowing His victory over sin on the Cross to be repeated again in us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mat 26:14-27:66

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Apr 12 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Two Nations United

Saturday, April 12th, 2014
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Homily #140412n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s readings, and shows that, when taken together, they show that Jesus’ mission was not just to the Jewish nation, but to all humanity, uniting the Jews and the Gentiles. Let us enter Holy Week seeking to follow Jesus to the Cross, and through the Cross, to Heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 37:21-28
Resp: jer 31:10, 11-12, 13
Gsp: joh 11:45-57

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The Mercy of God to a Penitent

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

from St. Maximus the Confessor

healingGod’s will is to save us, and nothing pleases him more than our coming back to him with true repen­tance. The heralds of truth and the ministers of divine grace have told us this from the beginning, repeating it in every age. Indeed, God’s desire for our salvation is the primary and preeminent sign of his infinite good­ness. It was precisely in order to show that there is nothing closer to God’s heart that the divine Word of God the Father, with untold condescension, lived among us in the flesh, and did, suffered, and said all that was necessary to reconcile us to God the Father, when we were at enmity with him, and to restore us to the life of blessedness from which we had been exiled.

He healed our physical infirmities by miracles; he freed us from our sins, many and grievous as they were, by suf­fering and dying, taking them upon himself as if he were answerable for them, sinless though he was. He also taught us in many different ways that we should wish to imitate him by our own kindness and genuine love for one another.

So it was that Christ proclaimed that he had come to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous, and that it was not the healthy who required a doctor, but the sick. He declared that he had come to look for the sheep that was lost, and that it was to the lost sheep of the house of Israel that he had been sent. Speaking more obscurely in the parable of the silver coin, he tells us ‘that the purpose of his coming was to reclaim the royal image, which had become coated with the filth of sin. You can be sure that there is joy in heaven, he said, over one sinner who repents. (more…)

Apr 06 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Healing We Need

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140406n ( 21min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian compares the death of Lazarus to the death of the soul in sin. He points out that man is not made to die, but to live. However, this life, because of sin, does end. The healing God brings does not erase the passing from this life, but a spiritual healing which goes to the root of the matter, sin, and brings us to everlasting live in God. Let us place our trust in God and allow Him to heal us, not according to how we think we need healing, but according to how God knows we need it.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 5th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 37:12-14
Resp: psa 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2nd: rom 8:8-11
Gsp: joh 11:1-45

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Apr 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Confession and Venial Sins

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140407n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that Our Lord condemns the sins, and not the  sinners who turn to Him and repent. He then gives a short catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance and tells us that only the venial sins we are contrite for can be remitted in Confession. Finally, he encourages us to take the opportunity this Lent to make a good confession with a deep and universal sorrow for all our sins.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Lent (long) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: joh 8:1-11

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Apr 02 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Resurrection of the Living

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140402n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the readings of today’s liturgy, and tells us that as the Son came to do the Father’s will, we should turn to God and seek to to His will. If we do this, we will experience the Resurrection to Eternal Life, but if we do not, we will experience the Resurrection to Eternal Death.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:8-15
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: joh 5:17-30

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Apr 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Venerable Exercises of Holy Devotion

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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Homily #140401n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias comments on today’s liturgy, and reminds us of the duty to form our conscience, and that if we don’t strive to do this, it will still be formed, but by the negative influences of the world. He recommends what today’s collect calls “Venerable Exercises of Devotion.” Specifically he mentions: (1) prayerful study of Sacred Scripture, (2) prayerful study of Church Teachings, (3) frequent confession, and (4) the imitation of the saints.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 47:1-9, 12
Resp: psa 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
Gsp: joh 5:1-3, 5-16

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Mar 30 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: From Blindness To Sight

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
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Homily #140330n ( 14min) Play – This Latare Sunday, Father Maximilian comments on the themes found in today’s liturgies–particularly the movements from darkness to light, from blindness to sight. Let us be among those who were blind, but now see and embrace the light, and not among those who see the light, but reject it and choose to be blind.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 4th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
2nd: eph 5:8-14
Gsp: joh 9:1-41

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Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Fourth Sorrow of Mary

Saturday, March 29th, 2014
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Homily #140329n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias encourages us to seek after true humility, which is manifested by the acceptance of the crosses and loving God in the midst of trials. For our model, he presents the Blessed Virgin in Her Fourth Sorrow, when She met Jesus carrying the Cross, and reminds us that those who persevered in following Jesus to end persevered because they went there with Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 3rd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: hos 6:1-6
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21
Gsp: luk 18:9-14

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Mar 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Third Sorrow of Mary

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140322n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias presents the Third Sorrow of Mary. He reminds us that in order to experience mercy, we must turn to God and ask for it. The reason we don’t do this is because we don’t realize how good God is, and how He is to be desired above everything else. Let us ask Our Lady to make us understand how much we ought to love God, and to give us the grace to seek Jesus amid our crosses and suffering as She did.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 7:14-15, 18-20
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12
Gsp: luk 15:1-3, 11-32

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Mar 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Luke 6:36-38

Monday, March 17th, 2014
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Homily #140317n ( 04min) Play – Father Maximilian reflects on today’s Gospel passage, encouraging us to be merciful,  non-judgmental, generous, and to set our sights on Heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 9:4-10
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: luk 6:36-38

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Mar 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Tranfiguration

Sunday, March 16th, 2014
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Homily #140316n (12min) Play – Fr. Maximilian compares the Passion of our  Lord to the trials and sufferings we all face, and as the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mt. Tabor gave the disciples hope through the Passion, so it also gives us hope today, and shows us that we need grace to carry on. In fact, as soon as we try to “take a rest” in our spiritual life, we start to fall backwards. Finally, as the Father commands us from the cloud, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 2nd Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 12:1-4
Resp: psa 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22
2nd: 2ti 1:8-10
Gsp: mat 17:1-9

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