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Marian Consecration

Aug 20 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Man of the 12th Century

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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Homily #150820n ( 04min) Play – St. Bernard stands out as the “man of the 12th century”. Father gives us a short biography of his vocation and the effect he had in the Cistercian order and also in the knowledge of and devotion to Mary. Father shares with us the admonition of St. Bernard: “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernard of Clairvaux – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 20th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: jdg 11:29-39
Resp: psa 40:5, 7-8, 8-9, 10
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Aug 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Mary, Scripture, and Spiritual Warfare

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
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Homily #150815n ( 10min) Play – Father asks if the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is scriptural, is it found in the Bible? Is it explicitly in there? No, but neither is the Trinity, the Hypostatic Union, nor the inerrancy of Scripture. This are all inferred from Scripture. Father points out where we find this scriptural backing for the Assumption in Luke and Revelations. He focuses on chapter 12 of Revelations which speaks of the battle between the Blessed Virgin Mary and Satan, and tells us that this spiritual warfare is still going on today, in fact, it is particularly intense today. If we are with Mary, we will triumph over the dragon, but if we are not, we will be consumed.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 11:19, 12 1-6, 10
Resp: psa 45:10, 11, 12, 16
2nd: 1co 15:20-26
Gsp: luk 1:39-56

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Aug 14 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Maximilian’s Greatest Work

Friday, August 14th, 2015
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Homily #150814n ( 06min) Play – Saint Maximilian Kolbe did many great things, but all of them were means to his driving goal: to become more and more the Immaculate’s. Father quotes from a letter of St. Maximilian to prove this, and asks if we are to take this as mere empty spiritual rhetoric? No, he says, this really is the truth, “All good things come to us with Her”. We must never forget this, and become more and more Her’s every day. This is the greatest thing St. Maximilian did, let us seek to do the same.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Maximilian Kolbe – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 19th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: jos 24:1-13
Resp: psa 136:1-3, 16-18, 21-22, 24
Gsp: mat 19:3-12

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St. Maximilian writes about The Immaculate

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

“My dear little children, when it comes to the Immaculate, we do not think about ‘small parts’ or ‘fractions’ but we rather run a race all together and, by doing so, every increase in love for her in one of us will produce an even greater increase of love in the others. Our heart is so small, so weak: we never offer her the love with which she is worthy, the loves with which she loves us…
 
An unlimited love for the Immaculate, what does that mean? The Immaculate is so united to God through love that she rises not only above all saints, but also above the angels, the cherubim and seraphim. Therefore an unlimited love towards the Immaculate raises us up to her and joins us to her through love…
What is the Immaculate’s unlimited love? Since she is very close to God, and we are very close to her, consequently, we are very close to God Himself through her. God has give us this white stairway and He wants us to reach Him by climbing it, or rather that she, after having clasped us to her maternal heart, may lead us to Him.

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Video – Marian Shrines of the World #21: Our Lady of China

Friday, August 7th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Join Fr. Andre in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World” as he relates the story of Our Lady of China and the resulting Marian devotion – proving that Our Lady is not Underground in China.

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Jul 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: History of the Carmelites and the Scapular

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
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Homily #150716n ( 07min) Play – Father tells us of the tradition that there was a company of hermits which gathered on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land after Elijah destroyed the priests of Baal and prayed for rain to come down after three years of complete drought. These hermits were devoted to praying for the coming Messiah and the woman who would become his mother. When Joseph, Mary, and Jesus returned to Nazareth after their exile in Egypt, they stopped and revealed the Messiah to the monks, who were there after devoted to Jesus and His Mother Mary, and are know known as the Carmelite Order. Today we also remember the giving of the Brown Scapular to the Carmerite Order, and Father encourages us all to wear it faithfully, for it reminds us that we are Children of Mary, and that we wear the “yoke of Christ”.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 15th Week of Ordinary Time

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May 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Miracles Through Mary

Friday, May 29th, 2015
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Homily #150529n ( 08min) Play – Father Matthias tells us God works miracles and prodigies in order to strengthen our faith, and He especially delights in working them through the Virgin Mary. In particular, he relates a miraculous healing involving the Miraculous Medal from Servant of God John Hardon.

To read the original account from Fr. Hardon: http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Miracles/Miracles_002.htm .
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 8th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 9-13
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: mar 11:11-26

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May 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Is There an Easy Way?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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Homily #150505n ( 09min) Play – Father asks two questions: Is it necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God? Is there no easy way? Paradoxically, he tells us, the correct answer for both of these is “Yes.” He highlights for us the “Little Way” of St. Therese, who wanted to be a saint (“want,” not “like”) but saw such a difference between the saints and herself, so she looked and found the “Little Way” of confidence where we step forward and try our best, but ultimately rely on Jesus to bring us to Himself. This is the “easy way” not because we don’t have to undergo hardship, but because we undergo them while being held in the arms of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 14:19-28
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 21
Gsp: joh 14:27-31

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Apr 28 – Homily – Fr Matthias: A Review on True Devotion To Mary

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
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Homily #150428n ( 14min) Play – Father Matthias gives us a brief biography of St. Louis de Montfort, and then gives us a refresher on the saints “True Devotion to Mary,” touching on some key points of this Marian spirituality and the characteristics of it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis Marie de Montfort – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 4th Week of Easter
1st: act 11:19-26
Resp: psa 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 10:22-30

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Jan 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Catechism on the Church

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
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Homily #150125n ( 22min) Play – Father takes the time to comment on the Church, pulling from Scripture, the Catechism, and recent comments from Pope Francis. He tells us that the world was created for the Church, that one cannot be fully Christian outside of the Catholic Church, that God desires all Christians to live in unity of faith, sacraments, and governance under the maternal care of the Catholic Church, which finds its principle, as St. Therese teaches us, in Charity. Finally, he stressed that the Church is made visible not in buildings but in our lives, and we must testify to it by living the Love of Christ, even our enemies. And the best way to do this is to place ourselves fully under the care of the Immaculate Virgin and allow her to form us into true children of the Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jon 3:1-5, 10
Resp: psa 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1co 7:29-31
Gsp: mar 1:14-20

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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 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Born of a Woman

Thursday, January 1st, 2015
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Homily #150101n ( 13min) Play – Father comments on the “mode of the Incarnation,” telling us that the second reading today, which contains the only reference to Our Lady in the writings of St. Paul, contains more food for meditation than it may at first seem. In particular, we can see three distinct truths in this short reading: that Mary is truly the Mother of God (while the Divine Word exists in eternity, it is truly God who is born of her, for She isn’t the mother of the human nature of Jesus, but of Jesus Himself), that Mary’s Motherhood is Virginal (Before, After, and During the birth of Jesus), and that She is the spiritual mother of us all (for She bore and birthed the “Whole Christ,” head and members). Let us be aware that Jesus comes to us through Mary, it is thanks to Her we can be united to God through Christ. Our Lady is not an obstacle which gets in the way, rather, She is the way God comes to us, and the way which we return to Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 6:22-27
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 2:16-21

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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 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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Dec 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: No Knot She Cannot Unknot

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Homily #141212n ( 06min) Play – Pope Francis has been highlighting Our Lady as the “Untier of Knots,” for it is by Her obedience that the knot tied by Eve’s disobedience is undone, and Our Lady can also untie the knots of sin and its consequences in our lives as well. We see this extraordinarily in Her visit to Mexico in 1531, after which the natives began to, through Mary, come to Christ, and within eight years, a torrent of nine million people were baptized by the missionaries. If we turn to Her, She will untie the knots we have tied in our own lives, and especially in our souls. And then, after this, She will be able to also untie the knots in our families, in the Church, our nation, and the entire world.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 2:14-17
Resp: jth 13:22-23
2nd: rev 11:19, 12:1-6a,10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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