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Persecution

Nov 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: We Need Not Be Afraid

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
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Homily #141125n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the apocalyptic prophesies in today’s Gospel passage, telling us that if we are ready to meet Christ now, whether it be the end of the world or at our death, we have nothing to fear. St. Catherine, today’s saint, lived this readiness, and was willing to give all for Christ when she was asked. We do not know when the end or our end will come, Our Lord is purposefully vague in response to his disciples’ curiosity, but we need not be afraid, but go forward, boldly reaching out to all and proclaiming the Good News.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Catherine of Alexandria – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 14:14-19
Resp: psa 96:10, 11-12, 13
Gsp: luk 21:5-11

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Sep 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Michael and the Popes

Monday, September 29th, 2014
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Homily #140929n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias shows us the importance of having recourse to St. Michael by pulling from the words and actions of the modern Popes. Let us call upon St. Michael to defend us from sin and evil, from that which is outside of us and especially that which is inside of us. We cannot overcome evil with evil, but only with good!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (alt Reading) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:7-12
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: joh 1:47-51

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Video – A Day With Mary #118: Our Lady Help of Christians

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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A Day With Mary #118 – Our Lady Help of Christians ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Joseph Michael speaks on Our Lady during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Cecilia Parish in Floreat, Western Australia on 6 September 2014.

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Aug 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Example of the Martyrs

Friday, August 29th, 2014
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Homily #140829n ( 15min) Play – Father Matthias comments that today’s liturgy calls martyrdom a “privilege.” He comments on the continuing horrors in the Middle East, its potential to spread to the West, and the place of violence in Islamic theology and history. We must look to the example of constancy that our brothers in the Middle East are giving, and strive to spiritual prepare for the possibility of being asked to do the same. Finally, let us have recourse to the Rosary, for “Rosary Crusades” have proved themselves as a decisive weapon in the fight against the forces of darkness.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 1:17-25
Resp: psa 33:1-2, 4-5, 10, 11
Gsp: mat 25:1-13

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Video – Variety #248: Situation in Iraq with Chaldean Christians

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo Geiger makes a special guest appearance on Radio Gate of Heaven, a weekly program run by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Perth, Australia. He speaks about the current situation in Iraq with the Chaldean Christians. The program concludes with a telephone interview with an Iraqi Catholic living in Sydney, Australia.

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A Franciscan Tertiary Martyr: Bl.Franz Jagerstatter

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

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In February 1943 Franz was called up again for military service. He presented himself at the induction centre on 1 March 1943 and announced his refusal to fight, offering to carry out non-violent services: this was denied him.

He was held in custody at Linz in March and April, transferred to Berlin-Tegel in May and subject to trial on 6 July 1943 when he was condemned to death for sedition. The prison chaplain was struck by the man’s tranquil character. On being offered the New Testament, he replied: “I am completely bound in inner union with the Lord, and any reading would only interrupt my communication with my God”.

On 9 August, before being executed, Franz wrote: “If I must write… with my hands in chains, I find that much better than if my will were in chains. Neither prison nor chains nor sentence of death can rob a man of the Faith and his free will. God gives so much strength that it is possible to bear any suffering…. People worry about the obligations of conscience as they concern my wife and children.

But I cannot believe that, just because one has a wife and children, a man is free to offend God”.

Franz Jägerstätter, who would not bow his head to Hitler, bowed his head to God, and the guillotine took care of the rest. He was obviously called up to serve a higher order.

The rest of this short biography can be found at the Vatican website at www.vatican.va

Aug 09 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Faith in God and His Ways

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Homily #140809n ( 10min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian speaks of the first reading, and comments that we often are dissatisfied with when we see unjustice, but God does not act. We must learn to see with the eyes of God, and seek His understanding, even if that differs from our own. And before we seek justice in the world, we must first seek it in our hearts. Justice ultimately comes from God, both in the external world, and more importantly, justice comes into our hearts from the atoning sacrifice of the Cross, from Jesus, and not from ourselves. We must have faith in God and in His ways, He will act in His way and at the time He chooses. If we are disturbed at what seems to be His inaction, we are lacking in faith. Let us turn to “She who believed” and ask for this grace of a unshakeable faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: hab 1:12-2:4
Resp: psa 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 17:14-20

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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) +++