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Penance

May 28 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Lily of Quinto

Thursday, May 28th, 2015
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Homily #150528n ( 09min) Play – Father gives us an overview of the life of St. Mariana of Jesus de Paredes, also known as the Lily of Quinto. Her life of continual prayer, penance, and self-sacrifice culminated when she offered herself in reparation for the sins of the city, and her offering was accepted. Father also quotes from the Pope Pius XII’s homily at her canonization, telling us of the importance of penance and mortification.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mariana of Jesus de Paredes – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 42:15-25
Resp: psa 33:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mar 10:46-52

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May 25 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Suffering as a Grace

Monday, May 25th, 2015
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Homily #150525n ( 06min) Play – Today we honor St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, a Carmelite saint, and highlights her as an example of the role of suffering in the Christian life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 17:19-27
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Gsp: mar 10:17-27

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May 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Rita and the Greatest Evil

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150522n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias presents the story of St. Rita of Cascia, and focuses on her prayer after her husband was murdered. Her prayer was that God would prevent her sons from sinning by exacting revenge on their father’s killer, even if it meant taking their lives. Her prayer was answered, and both sons soon died from dysentery. St. Rita understood that the greatest evil is sin, that the effects of every sin are eternal, and that death is to be preferred to sin. Father then speaks of that which is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, contrition, and then tells us some traits of that real contrition which we must have for our sins.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rita of Cascia – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 25:13-21
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
Gsp: joh 21:15-19

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May 06 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Pruning of the Vine

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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Homily #150506n ( 05min) Play – The metaphor used by Our Lord in today’s gospel is one that is rooted in the history and consciousness of the Jewish people. The image of the vineyard is one which was applied to the nation of Israel in the writings of the prophets, and now Jesus tells them that HE is the vine, and they have life, not if they observe the laws of the Old Covenant, but only if they are united to Him. We too are branches from this one vine, and in order to be fruitful, we need to prune out of our lives all that is not bearing fruit, let us trust the vinedresser, the Holy Spirit, and allow Him prune us, even when this is painful.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:1-6
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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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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May 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Indwelling of the Trinity

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150503n ( 18min) Play – Father Matthias speaks of the Indwelling of the Holy Trinity in the souls of the baptized, telling us that a realization of this fundamental Christian doctrine is a most powerful motive to strive to turn away from creatures, and towards the Creator. But why don’t we percieve this presence? That is because it manifests itself only to the degree we are receptive of it, and often our hearts and minds are full of worldly, if not sinful, things. Let us examine what we fill our mind with and where we put our hearts, for where our treasure is, there our heart is also
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 5th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 9:26-31
Resp: psa 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32
2nd: 1jo 3:18-24
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Obedience is Essential

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Homily #150416n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we were redeemed by the obedience of Jesus to God the Father, and that our obedience to God’s will is essential for us to to experience that redemption. We must deny ourselves daily, let go of what we want, and make an act of the will to trust that what God wants for us is the best we could possibly hope for.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 5:27-33
Resp: psa 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
Gsp: joh 3:31-36

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Apr 12 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Pope Francis on Mercy

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
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Homily #150412n ( 14min) Play – Father Louis reads selections and then comments on Misericordia Vultus (Pope Francis’ Papal Bull of Indiction for the Jubilee Year of Mercy). Read it for yourself here.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Divine Mercy Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:32-35
Resp: psa 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd: 1jo 5:1-6
Gsp: joh 20:19-31

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Apr 05 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Darkness and Light

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
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Homily #150405n ( 12min) Play – Father comment on Easter’s imagery of the darkness of sin and the light of Christ, and tells us that it is the Resurrection that makes possible our salvation.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Easter Sunday (Opt 1) – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 10:34, 37-43
Resp: psa 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
2nd: col 3:1-4
Gsp: joh 20:1-9

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Apr 03 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Did the Jews Crucify Jesus?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150403n ( 09min) Play – Today we ponder the mysteries of Our Lord’s Passion, and Father tells us that not to keep them at arms length, but to consider that is was not just Judas that betrayed Jesus, but it was also me and you, each individually, and each time we sin.  Our Lord saw all these “kisses” and if we consider how overwhelming this must have been, we are just starting to form an idea of the sufferings of Our Lord. Did the Jews crucify Jesus? No, I did. However, this suffering is not a disgrace for Jesus, but His glory. Let us look at our sins, and then look at His mercy and love. Let us in particular go to meet Jesus in the sacrament of Penance – Confession – and transform our shame into joy and peace.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Good Friday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:13-53:12
Resp: psa 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
2nd: heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9
Gsp: joh 18:1-19:42

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Mar 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Our Lord Himself is the Light

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
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Homily #150318n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the reoccurring theme in Lent of darkness and light. He tells us that sin and disobedience are the darkness spoken of, and the light is Our Lord Himself. It is in Him we are able to walk the path of obedience to the will of the Father as Jesus did before us. And let us remember during these days of purification that God will hold us accountable to which path we choose.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:8-15
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: joh 5:17-30

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Prayer of a Penitent

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

My Lord Jesus behold me defiled by sin. Again I have stained the holy garment of grace in my soul that Your Blood has cleansed so often. O, Father of mercy, hear my prayer. Give me a true spirit of penance that through the humble supplication of a contrite heart I may again receive pardon.

Since my last confession I have fallen more frequently than usual. My Jesus, I have gone back. But do not for sake me, though I richly deserve to be rejected as obstinate and incorrigible. Behold me prostrate before You, O my God. My sinfulness weighs me down. Alas, Jesus my God and Savior, I do not raise my eyes to you. How can I who have so often violated my past resolves presume to ask pardon again?

O my soul, crushed by the load of sin, take courage: your Redeemer will console you in your desolation. Reject me not, though I have miserably broken my promise of amendment. Cast not off Your wretched child or I shall be forever lost. From my heart I grieve for having offended you.

O holy Mother of God, my guardian angel, my holy patrons: intercede for me with my Judge and obtain for me the pardon of my sins. O Jesus, grant me a true spirit of penance. My Jesus, have mercy on me.

+St. John Neumann

Mar 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Rejoicing in Suffering

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Homily #150315n ( 14min) Play – Amidst our Lenten suffering, we today hear the Church tell us “Laetare” “Rejoice” for we are suffering now, but Easter is in sight. We can see this mix of intense suffering and intense joy in the lives of the saints, and what brings this joy is that through suffering we are brought closer to Christ Crucified, closer to God. Let us rejoice, and rejoice in the privileged of sharing in the Cross of Christ. Laetare!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 4th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ch 36:14-17, 19-23
Resp: psa 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
2nd: eph 2:4-10
Gsp: joh 3:14-21

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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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