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Penance

Jul 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Penitent of the Gospel

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140722n ( 06min) Play – Today is the Memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, the penitent of the Gospels. Father Matthias goes over with us the meaning of penance with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and encourages us to do penance for both our sins and for the sins of others, especially those are depending on us and our penance for the grace to save their souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: mic 7:14-15, 18-20
Resp: psa 85:2-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 12:46-50

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Reparation

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

jesus-mary-magdalene[1]Ave Maria Meditations

It is easy to understand that we must make reparation for our own sins, but sometimes we do not see as clearly that reparation should also aim at consoling the Heart of Jesus. “But indeed, can acts of expiation console Christ who now reigns happily in heaven?” asks Pius XI. “‘Give me a lover and he will understand what I say’”, replies the great Pope in the words of St Augustine.

In fact, a soul who lovingly penetrates the mystery of Jesus will realize that when, in Gethsamane, He saw all our sins, He also saw the good works we would do in order to comfort Him. What we do today with this intention consoled Him then in reality. This thought spurs us on to further acts of reparation, so that Jesus finds no reason to complain sorrowfully to us: “My Heart hath expected reproach and misery … I looked for one that would comfort Me, and I found none” (Mass of the Sacred Heart).

The idea of reparation brings to mind that of “victim of reparation” well-known to lovers of the Sacred Heart, and officially recognized by the Church in the Encyclical of Pius XI on reparation. (more…)

Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Giles: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140720a ( 15min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Prayer and Penance

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

We have in the Jewist teachings all the necessary preparation for the Christian Gospel, which is a Gospel of Penance.  Penance in the borad sense is a process that reverses the habit of sin in individuals and moves one toward a deeper conversion to God. Penance also reverses the consequence of sin, which is separation from God. Penance  consists ofprayer, sacrifice, and suffering, all done with a amind to Christ
 
Sacrifice refers to substituting God’s will for mine, and suffering consists of accepting all suffferings that come in the course of fulfilling my God-given duty in life. Prayer may be:1) adoration of praise, 2) thanksgiving, 3) repentance, and 4) petition.  Prayer may use words or be the silent prayer of a simple and pure love of God. 
 
All types of prayer reverse the habit of sin.  For example, praising and thankng God are expressions of love for God, precisely the reverse of sin, which is the exclusion of God and God’s will  out of self-love.
 
In this view of penance our eye is on God: I am praying to God, making little sacrifices of my will ot God, and accepting my sufferings with an eye on God without dwelling on those sufferings. More and more, I am forgetting my selfish interests and falling in love with God. Penance yields a deeper and deeper conversion of heart.
 
 Br.  Anthony Josemaria FTI

May 13 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Our Lady Is Waiting

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
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Homily #140513n ( 07min) Play – On the 97th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Father Matthias reminds us that, as Lucia asked “Will I go to Heaven,” we too need to ask this question. If we love Mary, if we love God, we will want to die to be with them, but we must first walk the “narrow path” and, as Our Lord says, “the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” He speaks of Christian penance, accepting the suffering God sends our way in reparation for our sins and those of others. Our Lady wants us to be with Her in Heaven, She is waiting for us, let us do violence to ourselves and not disappoint Her.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Fatima – 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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Apr 06 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Healing We Need

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140406n ( 21min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian compares the death of Lazarus to the death of the soul in sin. He points out that man is not made to die, but to live. However, this life, because of sin, does end. The healing God brings does not erase the passing from this life, but a spiritual healing which goes to the root of the matter, sin, and brings us to everlasting live in God. Let us place our trust in God and allow Him to heal us, not according to how we think we need healing, but according to how God knows we need it.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 5th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 37:12-14
Resp: psa 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2nd: rom 8:8-11
Gsp: joh 11:1-45

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Apr 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Confession and Venial Sins

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140407n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that Our Lord condemns the sins, and not the  sinners who turn to Him and repent. He then gives a short catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance and tells us that only the venial sins we are contrite for can be remitted in Confession. Finally, he encourages us to take the opportunity this Lent to make a good confession with a deep and universal sorrow for all our sins.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Lent (long) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: joh 8:1-11

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Time for Confession!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Courage to “Cut off our sins”
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“I grant forgiveness to the man who weeps over his sins:
Not to the sinner who hopes that I will delay in coming.”
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After sinning I thought of confessing but the Enemy whispered to me,
“Do you dare? How could you bear the penance you would be given for such great offense?’
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“The punishment in this world is light compared to that in the next!”
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Out of shame I remained in this wretched state, arguing that I could not possibly confess such abominable sins to the Priest.
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“Better to feel shame before my priest than suffer it in grief when I shall pass judgment on You, and all your sins will be trumpeted in the presence of a vast multitude.”
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Say no more. I yield. I repent of my transgressions and my utter lack of prudence. Have mercy on me, O Lord.
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“Since you have surrendered to Me, I embrace you. and may this pact endure for all time, for I cannot abide ingratitude.”
+B. Jacapone da Todi OFM

Redemption Near At Hand

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

A certain friend of God was once asked what he would do if he had lived for a long time in grievous sins. He replied: “If I had done all prescribed to me by a prudent and wise confessor, and had given up my sins as I ought, I should wish never again to think of them, nor to stain my heart with the remembrance of them; but I would strive from that time to live so piously that God might forget all my sins. For when we neither desire nor commit sin, but turn clean away from it, then God also forgets it.”

“Yes, even if I had lived for the space of forty years in sins, and now the hour of my death had come, if I had sincerely confessed my sins, if I could, with perfect love, from the depth of my heart, even for the space of one “Hail Mary,” turn myself to God and betake myself to him, in order that I might turn utterly away from sin and entirely to God, then I might go from this world as a pure and innocent man. But if, on the other hand, I had committed only one sin, and I went hence in sorrow, contrition, and grief of heart, then, indeed, I should die as a penitent sinner.”

On the other hand, many people who have not the true fear of God are miserably deceived by flattering themselves with the idea of God’s immense mercy, while at the same time they do not correct their evil lives. Such men think little of daily venial offences; yes, even grievous sins do not much trouble them. They say to themselves: “Directly we have sighed and groaned over our iniquities, the inexhaustible mercy of God will forgive them all, and we shall go hence by a happy death.”

But as God is supremely merciful, so also is he supremely just. He is not merciful without justice nor just without mercy… Wherefore he who desires to be saved ought to embrace and to kiss both of our Lord’s feet-that is, the foot of his mercy and the foot of his justice. He ought so to trust in the infinite mercy of God as not to persevere in sin; but, turning to God-with his whole heart, he ought to strive to live a righteous and godly life. Thus living, will he die at last a holy death. 

+Blosius the Venerable

 

Mar 06 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Change Your Name or Change Your Life

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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Homily #140306n ( 10min) Play – Father repeats from the first reading, “I have set before you life and death,” and shows how the purpose of freedom is to choose the good, and that to sin is to be enslaved and degraded. God gives us the Commandments in order to show us how to use our freedom; we may disobey them, but like disobeying traffic signs, there will be consequences. Finally, Father encourages us to examine our lives this Lent and see which we are choosing, life or death. He quotes an anecdote when Alexander the Great said to a cowardly captain also named Alexander, “Change your life or change your name.” Let us live so to be worthy to be called Christians.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 30:15-20
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 9:22-25

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Father, Why do I Need Lent?

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

I had just placed ashes on his head. I was looking at him – with his dirty forehead lying there on the white sheets of the hospital bed – when he said, “Father can I ask you a question?”

“Yes,”, I replied, realizing full well there was an ashen cross on this sinner’s forehead too.

Then he asked: “Why do I need Lent?”

I thought for a moment and answered: “Lent confronts the horror of my sin before the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who knew no sin (See 2 Cor. 5:21). Without coming to grips with my sin, I can’t see how much I need God’s love. I need to see His love for me in the cross of Christ and the glory of Easter.”

Sins really do matter. We deceive ourselves into thinking we are not really that bad compared to everyone else – God is not really concerned about my little sins. We have an eternal soul and Lent is a mini-purgatory. In purgatory the soul stands before God Almighty, helpless, stripped, naked just like the Lord has always seen us. We can’t dress up our sin to hide it from God. We stand like our Lord Jesus stripped of His garments before He was nailed to the cross. (more…)

Feb 01 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: God Doesn’t Do Damage Control

Saturday, February 1st, 2014
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Homily #140201n ( 13min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian shows that King David’s repentance after the adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah is an example of the need for repentance, and also that sin incurs punishment, even when it is forgiven. Father ties this in with the message of Fatima and the Five First Saturdays and highlights the need for us to repent from all of our sins, venial and mortal. One of the results of sin is spiritual blindness, and the First Saturdays are a lifeline to bring us to acknowledge our sins, and then to do penance for them. Finally, he reminds us that God doesn’t do “damage control”, but heals. Let us ask Our Lady for the strength to bear , crying out with David, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 12:1-7, 10-17
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: mar 4:35-41

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Dec 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian: Union with God-Much Prayer, Much Sacrifice, Much Mortification

Saturday, December 14th, 2013
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Homily #131214n ( 05min) Play – Today’s gospel shows that Elijah was supposed to return before the Messiah, and Our Lord tells us that this prophesy was fulfilled by John the Baptist. This reference to Elijah is providential because today is the memorial of St. John of the Cross, a Carmelite, and the Carmelites claim Elijah as their founder. Elijah, St. John the Baptist, St. John of the Cross, and Our Lord Himself all tell us the same thing—authentic Love of God is always accompanied by much prayer, much sacrifice, and much mortification, but once we have come into the presence of God, we will never desire anything else.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John of the Cross – 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 08 – Homily – Fr Maximilian: Mortify and Discipline Yourself OR How to Be Happy and Have Peace

Sunday, December 8th, 2013
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Homily #131208n ( 17min) Play – Fr. Maximilian joins his voice with St. John the Baptist and call us to repent and make straight the way of the Lord. In order to call us to repentance, God will allow us to suffer various evils in order to wake us up to the sin in our lives. If we want to be happy and have peace of soul, he shows us, we must come before the Lord and ask to be able to see our sins, and once we see them, to mortify, discipline, and correct them. And let us do this now, for “Already the ax has been put to the root of the trees, so that every tree which does not shew good fruit will be hewn down and cast into the fire.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 11:1-10
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
2nd: rom 15:4-9
Gsp: mat 3:1-12

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Video – A Day With Mary #97: Fr Andre speaks on Our Lady

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre speaks on Our Lady during the “Day With Mary” held at Santa Clara Parish in Bentley, Western Australia on 5 October 2013.

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