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Penance

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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Nov 06 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Us Straying Sheep

Thursday, November 6th, 2014
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Homily #141106n ( 05min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that there is more joy in heaven over the conversion of one sinner than ninety-nine just. And if we examine our hearts, we will see that we are the sinner, not one of the just. Let us then turn towards the Lord, and allow the Good Shepherd to carry us back to the flock.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 3:3-8
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 15:1-10

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Nov 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Either Forwards or Backwards

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
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Homily #141105n ( 05min) Play – Drawing from today’s reading and the Father of the Church, Fr. Matthias tells us we cannot “coast” in the spiritual life. Either we are advancing or moving backwards, we are either being faithful to the grace of God and to His Will, or we are being unfaithful. Finally, Father suggests we look to the prayers of the Liturgy with their constant supplications for grace, and incorporate that awareness of our need for God’s grace in our own prayers.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 2:12-18
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gsp: luk 14:25-33

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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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Sep 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Second Plank of Salvation

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Homily #140907n ( 20min) Play – Pulling from a plethora of sources, Father Matthias goes over the essential characteristics of the Sacrament of Penance, the five necessary things on the part of the penitent, and the two necessary traits of a good confessor. Father encourages us to pray for our confessors, and to heed their directions, for “He who hears you, hears me.” (Luke 10:16)
Ave Maria!
Mass: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 33:7-9
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: rom 13:8-10
Gsp: mat 18:15-20

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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

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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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