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Liturgy

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

Jan 27 – Homily – Fr Johannes: Authentic Christian Charity

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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Homily #150127m ( 12min) Play – In today’s homily Father Johannes talks about the characteristics that make up authentic charity; taken from the examples of the writings and lives of St. Angela Merici, Ven. Mary of Agreda and the teachings of Bl. John Duns Scotus on charity.
Mass: St. Angela Merici – Opt Mem – Form: OF
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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 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Bringing Your Own Gifts

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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Homily #150104n ( 13min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the events commemorated on Epiphany, and tells us that we can bring the gold of our obedience, the incense of our adoration to God, and the myrrh of our sacrifices, and the wedding of Cana shows us the best way to do this, by entrusting ourselves to Our Lady, and listening to Her when She: “Do whatever He tells you.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Epiphany of the Lord – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 60:1-6
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13
2nd: eph 3:2-3, 5-6
Gsp: mat 2:1-12

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Midnight Mass – Homily – Fr Matthias: Is There Room in Your Inn?

Thursday, December 25th, 2014
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Homily #141224n ( 10min) Play – Father asks us whether we believe what we are celebrating, or is Christmas becoming a fairy-tale to us like it is to many, even many professing Christians. If we believe, that faith should move us towards love, but we see many who live as if Christ had not come. He comes to seek our hearts, but many hearts are closed to Him since, like the inns of Bethlehem, they are too full. Are we hoping He skips our door? Will we prefer our attachments to created things to Him? When we celebrate Christmas, will we be telling Our Lord that, though we appreciate Him, there is no room in the inn of our hearts? Or will we be willing to let go of the things which fill our hearts, and have a truly Merry Christmas this year?
Ave Maria!
Mass: Nativity of the Lord (Midnight) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
2nd: tit 2:11-14
Gsp: luk 2:1-14

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Dec 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Contemplate It Again and Again

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141221n ( 12min) Play – Father Maximilian comment on the re-occurrence of the Gospel reading of the Annunciation within a few days, and tells us it is the Church’s invitation to contemplate the Annunciation again and again. Father then walks us through the account and encourages us to say the Angelus everyday at morning, noon, and evening, so that this mystery is brought to our minds time and time again throughout the day, every day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday of Advent – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:1-5, 8-11, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 16:25-27
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christmas and Your Predominant Fault

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141222n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the entrance antiphon: “O Gates, lift high your heads.” He tells us these “gates” can symbolize two very different things. The first is our predominant fault, that which keeps out Our Lord, and although He wants to enter into our lives and very selves, we have the key to this gate. However, if we but turn the key (be willing to open up to Him) then He will open the gates which are rusted shut (that is, beyond our power to overcome) by the outpouring of His Grace. Secondly, these gates refer to the Virginal Conception and Birth of Our Lord. Let us turn to Our Lady, who is the “aqueduct” of grace, She is not in the way, but is the way, and will “Prepare the way of the Lord” in our own hearts.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 22 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 1:24-28
Resp: 1sa 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
Gsp: luk 1:46-56

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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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