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Penance

Feb 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Lenten Double Duty

Friday, February 27th, 2015
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Homily #150227n ( 06min) Play – Father tells us that we have a “double duty” during Lent, doing penance for ourselves and for others. He tells us that many souls are damned because there was no one to pray and sacrifice for them, and because nobody corrected them when they were in error, in fact, there is often mutual bad example among Catholics which causes many souls to not even be faithful to the minimal obligations they have towards God and others. Let us this Lent be instruments of grace and conversion for others, and not instruments of perdition and sin.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 18:21-28
Resp: psa 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 5:20-26

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Feb 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Will We Repent?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
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Homily #150225n ( 04min) Play – Today the liturgy presents us with the conversion of Nineveh, and our Lord warns us that if we do not likewise repent, the Ninevites will rise up and condemn us since they heard and saw the “sign of Jonah” but we have heard and seen “One greater than Jonah.” Let us sincerely examine our conscience, have contrite hearts, and turn towards God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jon 3:1-10
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
Gsp: luk 11:29-32

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Feb 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: We All Need Conversion

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
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Homily #150221n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on today’s gospel, telling us that healthy people don’t need a doctor, but sick people do, and we all sick of sin. We need to turn from the darkness of sin and towards the light of Christ, which is what conversion is, but we can only do this by the grace of God and He will give us this grace if only we ask for it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 58:9-14
Resp: psa 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 5:27-32

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Feb 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Practical Notes on Fasting

Friday, February 20th, 2015
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Homily #150220n ( 09min) Play – Father gives us some practical notes on fasting, abstinence, and penance for this Lent and for the whole year. He reminds us that as Christians, we are bound by God’s law to do penance, and that the Church gives us specific days of penance so that we may be formed in an authentic Christian spirit. Father comments on the laws of the Church about days of penance (some of which may surprise you), and gives us St. Francis de Sales teaching on fasting. Finally, Father comments on the obligation the Church imposes on us to do penance, that it binds under pain of sin, and that the reason for it is to form us into authentic Christians who take seriously today’s words: “The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday after Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 58:1-9
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
Gsp: mat 9:14-15

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Feb 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Choose Life!

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
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Homily #150219n ( 03min) Play – Father comments on the readings, and shows how the words of Our Lord in the Gospel complete those in the first reading. We are told that “Today I have set before you
life and prosperity, death and doom.” Then Our Lord tells us, “whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” That is, to have real live, eternal life, we have to be willing to die to the things of this world, “take up his cross daily,” and live to God. This is and this alone is the way to true life.
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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Feb 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: This Lent, Give Up Yourself

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Homily #150218n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the practice of giving something up for Lent, and encourages us to do more than that. We should also do something positive, such as giving alms, picking a specific virtue to work on, or helping other grow closer to God. We ourselves also need to seek to grow closer to God through a more intense prayer life. The ashes we receive today are a sign of the penance and conversion of Lent, if we are not going to do penance, to “Repent and believe in the Gospel,” we should not receive ashes, they are there to remind us that without God, we’re nothing. Let us give ourselves to God more intensely this Lent!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: joe 2:12-18
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2nd: 2co 5:20-6:2
Gsp: mat 6:1-6, 16-18

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Lenten 40 Days for Life begins

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

To find the nearest 40 Days for Life campaign go to www.40daysforlife.com to check for locations.  Through the efforts of many prayer campaigns throughout the world, about 10,000 babies’ lives have been saved that are known of.  Information is given and healing is found through the efforts of the prayer warriors.  Pray to see how you can be a part of this largest pro-life effort in the world.

Feb 15 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Jesus Reaching Out

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
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Homily #150215n ( 08min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that as Jesus reached out and healed the leper, He also reaches out and heals us of our leprosy, sin, through the Sacraments and teachings of the Church. And now it is our role to, by our good example, be the hand that Jesus reaches out through and touches others, testifying that we know very little about Jesus, but we do know what He has done for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 13:1-2, 44-46
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 11
2nd: 1co 10:31-11:1
Gsp: mar 1:40-45

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Feb 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Order Out of Chaos

Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Homily #150209n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the creation account, showing that in God’s creation, He brings order out of chaos. Father then tells us that we, by sin, disrupt that creation and bring chaos back into our world, our lives, and our souls. However, when we submit to the action of grace, seeking in particularly in Confession and the Eucharist, God continues this action of bringing order from chaos first in our souls, second in our lives, and finally into our world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 1:1-19
Resp: psa 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Gsp: mar 6:53-56

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Feb 04 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Joseph of Leonessa

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
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Homily #150204n ( 07min) Play – Father Joachim comments on the life and example of St. Joseph of Leonessa, and encourages us to ask his intersession that we may follow after his path of zeal and mortification.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph of Leonessa – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 4th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 12:4-7, 11-15
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: mar 6:1-6

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Feb 01 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Do We Need to be Delivered?

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
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Homily #150201n ( 13min) Play – In today’s Gospel, we see our Lord casting out a demon, and the people wondering, “Who is this?” Do we realize who our Lord is? Do we forget at times? And do we forget that we too have something we need to be delivered from? That is, sin. Father speaks about what sin is, the kinds of sin, and urges us all to continue to turn away from sin in all its forms, and to turn to God who alone can deliver us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 18:15-20
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9
2nd: 1co 7:32-35
Gsp: mar 1:21-28

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Dec 30 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Turning Towards the Light

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
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Homily #141230n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on today’s Collect prayer, which tells us that Our Lord dispels the darkness of sin and evil. The first reading tells us that by faith we conquer the world and its attempt to plunge us into the darkness of sin, and that Christ is the light which dispels the darkness. Let us seek Him with loving devotion, and stay away from the darkness by the grace of God. Turn from the darkness and towards the light.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 6th Day in Octave of Christmas – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 2:12-17
Resp: psa 96:7-8a, 8b-9, 10
Gsp: luk 2:36-40

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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 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 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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