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Liturgy

Dec 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Immediate Preparation for Christmas

Saturday, December 20th, 2014
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Homily #141220n ( 06min) Play – In the immediate preparation for Christmas, the liturgy presents us with the prophecy of the Virginal Birth of the Messiah as well as its fulfillment at the Annunciation. Father walks us through the Gospel passage, and encourages us to reflect on this passage and imitate Our Lady’s faith and obedience to the will of God. By doing this, we will successfully prepare for the Lord’s coming at Christmas and at the end of time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 20 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: On the Gospel for December 18th

Friday, December 19th, 2014
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Homily #141218n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that the Gospel passage for December 18th emphasizes Our Lady’s Virginity, which testifies to the Divinity of Her Son, and he shows how this Gospel speaks of the two virtues of humility and purity. By the former we rely completely on Him and not on ourselves, and by the latter, we are enabled to give ourselves entirely to God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 18 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 23:5-8
Resp: psa 72:1, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Dec 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A Christmas Gift for Jesus

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141216n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the themes of today’s liturgy, which speaks of the purification needed before we can make a gift of ourselves when Our Lord comes. Our Lord tells us who it is that makes this gift of themselves, it is not the ones who say they will and have, but those who actually do turn around, purify themselves (especially through the Sacrament of Penance), and do it. Let us turn around, walk the new way of life in Christ, and actually make ourselves the Christmas gift for Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 3rd Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Dec 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Blindness of Sin

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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Homily #141213n ( 03min) Play –  Father comments on the Gospel, telling us that John the Baptist came to prepare Israel for the coming of Christ, but some stayed in the darkness of sin and so were blind to who it was they crucified. Let us ask for St. Lucy to pray for us that we may overcome the blindness of sin.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lucy of Syracuse – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 2nd Week in Advent
1st: sir 48:1-4, 9-11
Resp: psa 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Gsp: mat 17:10-13

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Dec 07 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Humility of John the Baptist

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Homily #141207 ( 07min) Play – On the Second Sunday of Advent, we begin to turn our attention from the Final Coming of Our Lord to His First Coming. In particular, we focus on John the Baptist who pointed out Our Lord to his own disciples. He shows us the humility of a true apostle who point to the Lord and not to himself. How do we point to Our Lord? Father tells us that we point to Our Lord by living the Gospel and showing an unconditional love to all we meet.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 40:1-5, 9-11
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: 2pe 3:8-14
Gsp: mar 1:1-8

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Nov 30 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: When God Turns Away From Us

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
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Homily #141130n ( 13min) Play – When we turn away from the Lord, we sin, Father tells us. But the Lord can also turn away from us too. He does this by letting us have our own way; he abandons us to our own designs and desires, and we go from bad to worse. He does this to wake us up to our need for Him and His grace, and that recognizing our pitiful state, we may turn back to Him. Let us pray to Our Lady that She may acquire for us the grace to be watchful for the indications of God’s will and that this Advent may be a time to prepare for His coming at Christmas, and to be ready for when He comes to meet us at the end of our time in this world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 1st Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 63:16-17, 19
Resp: psa 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
2nd: 1co 1:3-9
Gsp: mar 13:33-37

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Oct 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: May We Not Waver

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Homily #141010n ( 05min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the collect for today and on the first reading. He observes that faith has a life, and this life is charity, and good works must flow from this living, loving faith, or they are useless. He offers a further observation about the distinction between “tradition” and “traditionalism.” One is the “living faith of those who are dead” and the other, defined as a zeal for the faith and its traditional expression but without charity or zeal for personal spiritual progress, is the “dead faith of those who are alive.” May we always have this living faith, asking God for support that our faith may not waver through a lack of charity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Daniel and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 27th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 3:7-14
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 11:15-26

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Sep 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Humility of Christ

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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Homily #140914n ( 10min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the theme of humility as it is present in today’s liturgy. Jesus, who is God, was humble enough to become a man and die on the cross for the sins of humanity, we too must be humble. An example of this comes from the historical event behind today’s feast. The Persians captured Jerusalem in 614 and took the relics of the Cross with them, and in 628 Emperor Heraclius recaptured it and restored it to Jerusalem. As he processed with it up to Calvary, it became so heavy he couldn’t keep going. The bishop of Jerusalem told him to strip himself of royal regalia and carry the Cross dressed in poor and humble clothing, for it was in humility and poverty that Our Lord ascended Calvary. After having of done this, he proceeded to the top of the hill with ease. This shows us that by humbling ourselves before the Cross, and only through the Cross, do we share in the victory of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Triumph of the Holy Cross – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 21:4-9
Resp: psa 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: joh 3:13-17

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Jul 13 – Homily – Fr Giles: “A sower went out to sow…”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140713a (13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:10-11
Resp: psa 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
2nd: rom 8:18-23
Gsp: mat 13:1-23

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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Apr 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Disposing Our Minds With Deeds

Friday, April 25th, 2014
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Homily #140425n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias comments on a phrase from today’s collect: “So dispose our minds, we pray, that what we celebrate by professing the faith we may express in deeds.” Father reminds us that one such deed is how we act before the Blessed Sacrament, and that by bodily postures and gestures, we may either help or hinder our spiritual life. He concludes by presenting seven points from Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book Dominus Est (the title of which is taken from today’s Gospel) in regards to the method of receiving Holy Communion.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:1-12
Resp: psa 118:1-2, 4, 22-24, 25-27
Gsp: joh 21:1-14

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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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