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Persecution

Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Islam and Providence

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Homily #140727n ( 18min) Play – Father reminds us that “that all things work for good for those who love God,” and that this presupposes Faith in Providence (a.k.a. God’s loving plan for everything) and Love of God. As an example, Father turns our attention to the tribulation Iraqi Christians are currently undergoing and gives a short commentary on Islam and how we all can defend against it by living lives strongly founded on Christian Faith. For an example of strong and courageous faith, we can take the example of our Iraqi brethren and, in particular, the example of Patriarch Sako in his exhortation to the Christians in Iraq. Father asks us to examine ourselves, if we aren’t ready to practice our faith in peace, how will we be ready when persecution comes to us?

The pastoral address quoted by Father may be found here: http://saint-adday.com/permalink/6326.html .
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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Jun 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Martyrs of Uganda

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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Homily #140603n ( 12min) Play – Father Matthias relates the lives, sufferings, and deaths of today’s Ugandan saints, who choose to die rather than give into the homosexual desires of the king. May their example encourage us, their prayers give us strength, and their sacrifice pour out many graces upon this world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 20:17-27
Resp: psa 68:10-11, 20-21
Gsp: joh 17:1-11

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Jun 02 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Courage of Martyrs

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140602n ( 04min) Play – Father gives us an overview of the lives and deaths of the martyrs we remember today, and encourages us to pray for the same courage they had, for it is a gift of God. Finally he reminds us that it is one thing to extol suffering and martyrdom from a distance, it is another to remain steady when it comes to us, so let us prepare now for we will all have something to suffer for Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Marcellinus and Peter – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 19:1-8
Resp: psa 68:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 16:29-33

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May 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Abundant, Lush, and Juicy Fruit

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Homily #140521n ( 06min) Play – Father expounds on today’s Gospel, emphasizing that in order to bear fruit, we must remain in Christ as branches must be connected to the vine in order to bear fruit. Then Father mentions the importance of pruning grape vines in order to produce abundant, lush, and juicy fruit, then compares it to persecution such as the persecution under today’s saints suffered under in Mexico during the early 1900′s. Finally, he reminds us that we too must remain in Christ, and if we do so, we will have the strength to face the various persecutions we all face.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 5th Week of Easter
1st: act 15:1-6
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 06 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Ecumenism of Blood

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
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Homily #140506n ( 09min) Play – In the first reading, we hear the account of the first Christian martyr. Fr. Matthias takes the opportunity to reflect over martyrdom, emphasizing that we still live in an Age of Martyrdom, and that not only Catholics are being martyrs, but all Christians. Using a phrase from Pope Francis, “Ecumenism of Blood,” he suggests that the growing persecution of Christians will forge paths towards unity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 3rd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 7:51-8:1
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: joh 6:30-35

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Mar 18 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Catechism and Homosexuality

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Homily #140318n ( 13min) Play – Father Matthias undertakes the task of explaining the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and homosexual acts by pulling from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and recent statements by Pope Francis. Finally, he emphasizes that those with homosexual attractions have the same call we all do–be holy.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 1:10, 16-20
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Feb 23 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Love your enemies”

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140223a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 19:1-2, 17-18
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2nd: 1co 3:16-23
Gsp: mat 5:38-48

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Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The UN and Child Abuse

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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Homily #140208n ( 22min) Play – Fr. Matthias tells us today’s homily is not a defense of the Catholic Church’s response to the child abuse crisis nor an intellectual analysis of the subject at hand, but a pastoral sermon, one warning the sheep of the wolves. The subject at hand is the volley of “recommendations” from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Fr. Matthias fires back by first examining the incredible suggestions from the Committee, and then examining what exactly the Committee itself is promoting in the name of “protecting children.” Ave Maria! Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF Readings:  1st: 1ki 3:4-13 Resp: psa 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Gsp: mar 6:30-34 Audio (MP3) +++

Persecution unto Martyrdom: now as in years past

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;  they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7: 14)

As we celebrate some martyrs this week we see that these holy ones can include anyone from a young girl to the Holy Father and all in between.  The 20th century had more martyrs, it is said, that all the centuries before.  All the faithful will know persecution to some extent although mostly of the “white martyrdom” kind and not unto the shedding of blood in the red martyrdom. Here is a meditation on this thought from Fr. Francis Fernandez:

The Church wants to make us realize that the Cross is always very close to Jesus and His followers. As he struggles for perfect righteousness–sanctity–in this world, the Christian will meet difficult situations and attacks from the enemies of God. Our Lord has warned us:  If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you…remember the word that I said to you; a servant is not greater than his master:  if they persecuted Me, they will persecute you. (Jn 15:18-20).  Since the very beginning of the Church this prophecy has been fulfilled.  (more…)

Jan 16 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Despise All for the Love of God

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
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Homily #140116n ( 10min) Play – Today we remember the first Franciscan martyrs, and Father reminds us we can love God or love ourselves, but not both. If we love God, we must be willing to sacrifice even our lives for the His sake. This is folly to the world, but precious in the eyes of God. Father reminds us that violence has no place in the work of God; rather, we must be ready to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. The spread of Christianity has always been at personal cost, but Islam has been, and is today, spread and enforced by violence. Let us beseech Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, for the strength to be faithful in the face of persecution, whatever form it may take.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Berard and companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 1st Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 1sa 4:1-11
Resp: psa 44:10-11, 14-15, 25-26
Gsp: mar 1:40-45

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Jan 09 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Victory That Conquers the World

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
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Homily #140109n ( 09min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the passage “the victory that conquers the world is our faith.” This, he says, is most evident in the lives, and deaths, of the saints who spurned this life for life everlasting. Let us follow their example and beg Our Lady to teach us how to be “more than conquerors”.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thur post Epiphany  - Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1jo 4:19-5:4
Resp: psa 72:1-2, 14 and 15bc, 17
Gsp: luk 4:14-22

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Dec 26 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Sacrificial Nature of Christmas

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
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Homily #131226n ( 08min) Play – Fr. Angelo comments on the seeming paradox of how the  liturgical celebration of Christmas is extended through an entire week, the  Octave of Christmas, but the individual days are dedicated to martyrs. It seems strange that the day following Christmas, today, is dedicated to the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. However, as Father shows us, sacrifice and Christmas are intimately linked, Christ came into this world to sacrifice Himself for our salvation, and the liturgy is showing us we are to imitate His example of self-sacrifice as the 37 Christians killed yesterday in Iraq did. (story here)
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Stephen – The Protomartyr – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 6:8-10, 7, 54-59
Resp: psa 31:3-4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 21
Gsp: mat 10:17-22

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Nov 24 – Homily – Fr Angelo: The “Middle Coming” of Christ

Sunday, November 24th, 2013
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Homily #131124n ( 21min) Play -

The Liturgical Year ends with a reminder of the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time, and begins in Advent, which is preparation for the First Coming of Christ, Christmas. Today, Fr. Angelo reminds us that we are in the “Middle Coming” of Christ when he reigns as King in our hearts, and that we must be willing to risk everything in our fidelity to Him.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Christ the King – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 5:1-3
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
2nd: col 1:12-20
Gsp: luk 23:35-43

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There are Martyrs even Today

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Martyrdom is not something from the past as evidenced by St. Cecilia (Feast Day November 22nd) but is ongoing.

When I hear that so many Christians in the world are suffering, am I indifferent or is it like one of my family is suffering? When I think or hear that so many Christians are persecuted and even give their lives for their faith, does it touch my heart or not at all? … I will ask you a question, but do not answer in a loud voice, but in your hearts: how many of you pray for the Christians who are being persecuted? How many of you? Each one of you answer in your heart. ‘Am I praying for that brother, for that sister, who is facing hardship for professing and defending his faith?’

Franciscus
General Audience
September 25, 2013

Nov 19 – Homily – Fr Matthias M. Sasko: Don’t Deny Your Faith By Silence

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Homily #131119n ( 07min) Play – Ave Maria!

 

Father reminds us that we must all profess our faith; explicitly by prayers traditionally called “Acts of Faith,” and implicitly by the way we live. However, there are also times we must profess our faith when silence would be a denial of it, even it it means we will have to suffer for it.

Mass: St. Agnes of Assisi – Opt Mem – Form: OF

Readings: Tuesday 33rd Week of Ordinary Time 1st: 2ma 6:18-31 Resp: psa 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-8 Gsp: luk 19:1-10

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