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Marian Consecration

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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Dec 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Confidence in the Lord

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Homily #141204n ( 04min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on being confident in God, and stresses that such confidence requires that we be open to God’s will. We all know that we fail to perfectly align ourselves to the will of God, and because of that a key point in our prayer needs to be humility. Let us call upon the most perfect disciple, the Blessed Virgin, and ask that we may have to humility to rely on God’s strength and, with the help of grace, fulfill His will.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Damascene – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 26:1-6
Resp: psa 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Gsp: mat 7:21, 24-27

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Nov 29 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: How the Franciscans Have So Many Saints

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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Homily #141129n ( 11min) Play – As we remember all the saints of the Franciscan Order, Father particularly draws our attention to the great many who have been canonized. But what is it that makes this charism so rich in saints? Father Louis lists three things. First, we have the same calling that St. Francis received, “Go rebuild my Church.” Second, we have the example of St. Francis in answering this call, and we can say to ourselves, “If St. Francis did all these things, why can’t I.” When we know what we are to do, we must do it, and we are not stuck wandering in the abstract. Let us live the example of St. Francis. But how do we persevere in this? Again, we look to St. Francis, it was at the church dedicated to Our Lady that he was given the full understanding of his vocation, and where he named Mary as the Advocate and Queen of the Seraphic Order. The Franciscan saints too called upon Mary as their advocate. In the past decade, there has been at least one Franciscan canonized every year, let us also go to Mary so that we may some day be within that same number.
Ave Maria!
Mass: All Saints of the Franciscan Ord. – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 22:1-7
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 21:34-36

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Nov 27 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Do the Simple Things

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Homily #141127n ( 18min) Play – Father highlights the three elements of Mary’s Mediation: in the acquisition of graces as Coredemptrix, in interceding for us as Advocate, and in distributing these graces as Distributrix. Since she is, by God’s will, the Mediatrix, we need to draw close to her to receive the graces we are in desperate need of. Also, Father points out, the Immaculate Conception forms the bedrock for her other roles, and demonstrates the perfection of the Redemption. These two doctrines, Mediatrix and Immaculate Conception, are harmoniously united in the Miraculous Medal. While she doesn’t need a medal to distribute the graces entrusted to her by God, it is the will of God to use simple things (like the sacramentals) as instruments to bestow graces. And we are also involved in this as well, we need to make use of these simple things God has given us, the Miraculous Medal, Rosary, Scapular, Five First Saturdays, Divine Mercy Chaplet, ect., to receive the graces He desires to distribute through them. God makes Himself very available, but we need to go to Him according to His will and not ours. The sacramentals and sacraments may seem too simple, too available, but how many graces do we waste by not doing the easy things God wants us to. Let us do the simple things like the servants at the wedding of Cana did, and God will work powerfully in our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:11, 5-6, 14-17
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: joh 2:1-11

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Nov 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Most Important Cause in the World!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
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Homily #141126n ( 11min) Play – Father starts with giving us an overview of the life of today’s Franciscan saint, St. Leonard of Port Maurice. While not well known, his work has left a deep mark on the popular devotions and liturgy of the Church, for example, he spread the devotions of the Way of the Cross and composed the “Divine Praises” used at Benediction in reparation for blasphemy. However, there is one thing he called, “The Most Important Cause in the World;” namely, the defense of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, and in several ways, his work proved instrumental for the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception 102 years after his death. Father tells us that, as St. Maximilian taught, even thought the dogma has be proclaimed, it has yet to be fully incorporated into the life of the Church, and that this task is now “The Most Important Cause in the World!”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Leonard of Port Maurice – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 15:1-4
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 7-8, 9
Gsp: luk 21:12-19

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Oct 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Penance or Perish, Turn To Mary

Saturday, October 25th, 2014
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Homily #141025n ( 05min) Play – Father emphasizes Our Lord’s words: we all must recognize our sins, repent of them, and do penance or we will perish. Father also relates the story of Father Steven Scheier who had accident, died, and underwent his judgement and condemnation to hell, but then our Lady intervened and acquired for him time to return, promising that, like the gardener in today’s gospel, to give him special graces to see if then he would bear fruit. Let us turn to the Virgin Mary, and she will cultivate our deeds and sacrifices to bear fruit for eternal life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 4:7-16
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: luk 13:1-9

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Oct 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: St. John Paul II and Marian Consecration

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141022b ( 11min) Play – Fr. Elias for the feast day for St. John Paul II, gives an account of the influence of his life especially regarding Marian devotion which was inspired by his fellow country man and contemporary St. Maximilian Kolbe. Father specifically focuses on consecration to the Mary and even as a fourth vow in religious life, first approved by him when he erected the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a pontifical institute.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Paul II – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 3:2-12
Resp: isa 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:39-48

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Oct 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Seeking the Lord in Mary

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
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Homily #141012n ( 00min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the readings of today, and tells us that our appraisal of sin is not the same as God’s. Indifference to sin, which characterizes our age, is punished severely to God. We must seek God in order to be saved, and if we seek Him through Mary, she will we to our salvation. Seeking the Lord in Mary is the recipe for rejoicing!
Ave Maria!
Mass: 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 25:6-10
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
2nd: phi 4:12-14, 19-20
Gsp: mat 22:1-14

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Oct 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The One Who Heard

Saturday, October 11th, 2014
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Homily #141011n ( 03min) Play -Commenting on today’s readings, Father emphasizes that, while it may seem Our Lord is repudiating His Mother, we need to remember that Mary is the one who heard and kept the Word of God perfectly, and that this is the true source of Her glory. Being the one most conformed to Jesus, She can help us as we “put on Christ,” let us turn to Her, and share in the blessedness of hearing the Word and following it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday in the 27th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 3:22-29
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 11:27-28

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Sep 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Name Day Wishes

Friday, September 12th, 2014
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Homily #140912n ( 06min) Play – Father Matthias comments on a short writing of St. Maximilian where the saint muses over what we can wish she who is “Full of Grace.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Most Holy Name of Mary – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 1:39-47

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Aug 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Queenship in the Annunciation

Friday, August 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140822n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian asks us why most Marian feasts have the Gospel of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)? He tells us that it is because those few verses contain a reference to many of the mysteries of Our Lady. Father walks us through this Gospel and points them out, especially dwelling on the role of Mary as Queen-Mother. Father concludes by encouraging us to realize that Mary is not just a Queen, but She is also Our Mother!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queenship of Blessed Virgin Mary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 9:1-6
Resp: psa 112:1-8
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Aug 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Assumption and the End of Man

Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Homily #140815n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian explains the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, and tells us that it points to our own destiny. Unlike Her, we are sinners, and we need to turn to Her for Her maternal prayers on our behalf. Let us offer Her everything we have, let Her ask anything from us, and then everything we have and do will be directed towards God, our final end.
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 & Manly Marian Consecration

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Homily #140814n ( 10min) Play – On the Patronal Solemnity of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Father comments on the Marian Consecration taught and lived by St. Maximilian Kolbe. He reminds us of two things: firstly, Mary takes our consecration to Her seriously, and, secondly, once we make our consecration we will be expected to fulfill it, especially when it goes against our own will and self-love.  We don’t live poetry or sentimentality, to desire to “Live, work, suffer, and die for the Immaculate” is an illusion without daily application, virile commitment, heroic fidelity, and total self-sacrifice. Quoting from the “Book of Sanctification” of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Father reads: “In the Marian Vow is found the most complete and radical offer of self to the Immaculate: She may demand “everything” from Her consecrated, ask any sacrifice and heroism, even that of being consumed as a victim of sacrifice and of immolating one’s life with the violent death of a martyr, after the example of the death of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Maximilian Kolbe – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 3:1-9
Resp: psa 116:10-17
2nd: 1jo 3:13-18
Gsp: joh 15:12-17

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Jul 19 – Homily – Fr Matthias: They That Work By Me, Shall Not Sin

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140719n ( 05min) Play – Father Matthias quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, showing that while in today’s Gospel, we see the Pharisees seeking to kill Jesus, the real blame for His death falls not on the Jews, but upon you and me, and He did it out of love for us. However, a True Devotion to Mary is opposed to sin, so let us cultivate a devotion to Her so that She may expunge sin from our lives, for as the liturgy quotes the book of Sirach in relation to Our Lady, “They that work by me, shall not sin.”

Quoted text from CCC 598:
We must regard as guilty all those who continue to relapse into their sins. Since our sins made the Lord Christ suffer the torment of the cross, those who plunge themselves into disorders and crimes crucify the Son of God anew in their hearts (for he is in them) and hold him up to contempt. And it can be seen that our crime in this case is greater in us than in the Jews. As for them, according to the witness of the Apostle, “None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” We, however, profess to know him. And when we deny him by our deeds, we in some way seem to lay violent hands on him. (Roman Catechism I, 5, 11; cf. Heb 6:6; 1 Cor 2:8)

Ave Maria!

Mass: Saturday in the 15th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 2:1-5
Resp: psa 10:1-2, 3-4, 7-8, 14
Gsp: mat 12:14-21

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