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Liturgy

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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Dec 26 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Sacrificial Nature of Christmas

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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Homily #131226n ( 08min) Play – Fr. Angelo comments on the seeming paradox of how the  liturgical celebration of Christmas is extended through an entire week, the  Octave of Christmas, but the individual days are dedicated to martyrs. It seems strange that the day following Christmas, today, is dedicated to the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. However, as Father shows us, sacrifice and Christmas are intimately linked, Christ came into this world to sacrifice Himself for our salvation, and the liturgy is showing us we are to imitate His example of self-sacrifice as the 37 Christians killed yesterday in Iraq did. (story here)
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Stephen – The Protomartyr – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 6:8-10, 7, 54-59
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: mat 10:17-22

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Dec 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Son of God, Son of Mary

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
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Homily #131225n ( 08min) Play – Fr. Maximilian shows that, while the Midnight and Dawn Masses focus on the humanity of Our Lord, the Daytime Mass focuses on the Divinity of Our Lord, and then he gives a commentary over the Prologue of St. John (John 1:1-18).

Ave Maria!
Mass: Nativity of the Lord (Day) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:7-10
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: heb 1:1-6
Gsp: joh 1:1-18

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Dec 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Time Of Fulfillment

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
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Homily #131224n ( 04min) Play – On the eve of Christmas, Fr. Matthias encourages us to reflect that we are living in the time of the fulfillment of God’s action in history. What many could only long for before Christ, we are prone to take for granted. Let us ask Our Lady to help us this Christmas to keep our minds and our hearts on Jesus Christ.

The Latin verse quoted by Fr. Matthias is “Sic nos amantem quis non redamaret?” “So true a lover shall we not requite Him?” from the hymn Adeste Fideles
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 24 Morning – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:1-5, 8-11, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
Gsp: luk 1:67-79

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Dec 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013
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Homily #131222n ( 15min) Play – At the climax of Advent, the Forth Sunday, Fr. Maximilian ties together the readings and comments on them for our meditation as we make the final spiritual preparation for Christmas.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: rom 1:1-7
Gsp: mat 1:18-24

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Dec 21 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Responding to Christmas

Saturday, December 21st, 2013
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Homily #131221n ( 08min) Play – Fr. Angelo preaches over today’s gospel and shows us that immediately after the Annunciation, Mary went “with haste” to her cousin Elizabeth to assist her during the final months of pregnancy and to bring to her to the “Good News.” Reflecting on this, Father shows we need to respond to the good news of Christmas with faith and joy, and then put it into action by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  May we do this in union with Mary, for She is our model in faith and charity, and may She bring Jesus to us as She did to Elizabeth.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 21 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 2:8-14
Resp: psa 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Gsp: luk 1:39-45

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Dec 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis–Jesus is God-with-us

Friday, December 20th, 2013
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Homily #131220n ( 06min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on Pope Francis’ address from Wednesday, during which the Holy Father reminded us “Jesus is God-With-Us” and asked, “Do you in believe this?” This was no rhetorical questions, as today there is a crisis of faith among many Catholics. Father suggests that the root of this disbelief is a an attempt to avoid the consequences of Jesus being “God-with-us”. Finally, Father stresses that the proof we have of His Divinity is that He was born of a virgin, and then Father invites us to entrust this Christmas to that same Virgin, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
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: Ever Ancient, Ever New

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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Homily #131218n ( 10min) Play – As we approach Christmas, the liturgy begins its proximate preparation for Christmas. Fr. Maximilian comments on today’s collect for us, comparing it to St. Augustine’s phrase “Ever Ancient, Ever New,” and then shows what is happening “between the lines” in today’s readings.

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 19 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Advent—Penance For Our Lack of Faith

Thursday, December 19th, 2013
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Homily #131219n ( 13min) Play – Today’s readings present us with two miraculous conceptions- that of Samson and of John the Baptist. Father Angelo describes how these are prefigurements to  the Annunciation, then he compares and contrasts the visit of the Angel to Zechariah and later to Mary, and shows that while seemingly similar, the response given is profoundly different. Mary responded with questions to discern the will of God, but Zechariah’s question was one of doubt. Finally, Father exhorts us to examine our own faith and response to God’s graces, and encourages us to use the last few days of Advent to do penance for our lack of faith and to implore the Blessed Virgin to share in the faith with which She awaited the birth of Her Son.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 19 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jdg 13:2-7, 24-25
Resp: psa 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17
Gsp: luk 1:5-25

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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: O Come, O Wisdom From On High

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
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Homily #131217n ( 07min) Play – Commenting on the first of the Great O Antiphons, O Sapientia, Fr. Matthias reflects on mankind’s need for the Wisdom of God, Jesus Christ, in order to know our end and purpose, namely, Union with God in this life and the next. However, we also need God’s revelation in order for us all, not just philosophers and theologians, to know with ease and security the means, that is, how we are to live in order to obtain this goal and be truly free, happy, and human.
Ave Maria
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Preparing For Christmas … And Everything Else

Sunday, December 15th, 2013
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Homily #131215n ( 13min) Play – Fr. Angelo urges us to prepare for Christmas by taking John the Baptist as a model and refusing to compromise. That is, refusing to compromise with ourselves and persevering in the good intentions of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving that we began Advent with. As we pass the mid-point of Advent, let us resolve to spend the rest of it in union with Our Lady as she prepared for the birth of her Son, and, in order to receive Jesus with a pure heart, go to confession.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 35:1-6, 10
Resp: psa 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
2nd: jam 5:7-10
Gsp: mat 11:2-11

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Dec 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian: Come to the Lord, He will Strengthen You

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
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Homily #131211n ( 05min) Play – Today’s readings present a different focus than the general theme of Advent. Instead of the Lord’s coming, says Fr. Maximilian, we are encouraged to come to the Lord. We will have many difficulties in this life, but when we bring them to the Crucified Lord, He will console us and give us the strength to continue on. We can see this in the Martyrs who never lost track of eternity amid their sufferings and offer them the veneration that Pope St. Damasus I encourages us to.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Damasus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 2nd Week in Advent
1st: isa 40:25-31
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10
Gsp: mat 11:28-30

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