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Persecution

Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Following Jesus is Risky

Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Homily #150720n ( 06min) Play – St. Apollinaris is a martyr from the early Church–he was martyred in 79AD–and Father Joachim tells us about his life and sufferings for Christ. Following Jesus involves risks, even of our lives, but, as Father reminds us, we will all die and appear before the Lord. Remembering the sufferings of the Martyrs will give us the courage and strength to make the small, daily sacrifices of the Christian life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Apollinaris – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 14:5-18
Resp: exo 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: mat 12:38-42

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Jul 12 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Being a Prophet is Tough

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Homily #150712n ( 05min) Play – Father reflects on the prophetic calling of the Church, and tells us that while many want the message to change, the Truth brought by Christ will not, can not, change. Many within worldly authority, society, and even within the ranks of the Church what the Church to “update” to the times. A favorite tactic is to twist and spin the words of Pope Francis. However, let us rest secure in this, that if we stay with the Truth in the face of adversity, we stay with God, and God is with us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: amo 7:12-15
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: eph 1:3-14
Gsp: mar 6:7-13

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Jul 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Never Swerve From the Faith

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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Homily #150709n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that the heretics of the 16th century attacked primarily the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the authority of the Pope and the Magisterium of the Church. Today’s martyrs suffered for these teachings of Christ’s Church, the Catholic Church. Let us take these men as our models and follow the exhortation of St. Peick “Never swerve a hair’s breath from the Catholic Faith.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Nicholas Pieck and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 44:18-21, 23-29, 45:1-5
Resp: psa 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
Gsp: mat 10:7-15

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Jun 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Keep Faith and Carry On

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Homily #150627n ( 04min) Play – Father speaks of the faith of the centurion in today’s Gospel, and encourages us to hold on to this faith as the western world is abandoning it (particularly clear in yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay “marriage”). We must pray and sacrifice for the Church as she prepares for the Synod on the Family this fall, and remember that in the end, God wins, or, as Mary said at Fatima, “My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cyril of Alexandria – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 18:1-15
Resp: luk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50, 53, 54-55
Gsp: mat 8:5-17

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Jun 25 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Lay the Foundation NOW

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Homily #150625n ( 03min) Play – Today Gospel reading is a wake-up call, Fr. Joachim tells us, that we must not replace God with doing things for God, but continue in relationship with Him, and make Him the foundation of our lives through prayer, scripture reading, the sacraments, penance, and works of mercy. We must lay this foundation now, for when the storms of life come, it will be too late.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 16:1-12, 15-16
Resp: psa 106:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: mat 7:21-29

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St. Thomas More: Franciscan Martyr

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sir Thomas More would not compromise on two tenets of the Catholic faith: the primacy of the papacy and the dignity of marriage.  When imprisoned before his martyrdom, he would write. The following are just a few quotes from these writings, particularly from a book called “A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation”:

Now those without patience can have no reward for their pain, but when pain is patiently taken for God’s sake, and the sufferer’s will is conformed to God’s pleasure, God regards the sufferer in proportion to the pain. But never have I found any place in Scripture where Our Lord promised a wealthy person, even if that person did thank God for his gifts, any reward in heaven for having taken his ease and pleasure here. (“We do not go to heaven in featherbeds”)…in Scripture much commends tribulation as a more profitable circumstance than wealth and prosperity.

We shall consider tribulation a gracious gift from God, a gift that He specially gives His special friends…if God does not send it, people need to seek out and put upon themselves by penance, a thing that helps purge our past sins; a think that preserves us from sins that we would otherwise commit; a thing that causes us to attach less importance to the world; a thin that incites us to draw closer to God; a thing that greatly diminishes our pains in purgatory; a thing that greatly increases our final reward in Heaven…if we reflect on these things and remember them well, we shall not murmur or complain in a time of tribulation. Instead we shall first of all take our pain patiently and see it as something of worth.  And then we shall realize that God has sent if for our own good and so be moved to thank God for it.  As a consequence, our grace shall increase and God shall give us the comfort of realizing that He is, in the midst of our trouble, always close. (more…)

Jun 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Take Care of Your Soul First

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150603n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we must not forget our souls, and we must even put the care of our souls over our bodies. Bodily death doesn’t mean the end of the soul, and whatever the soul had merited during its time on Earth, the body will experience for eternity after the general resurrection. Today we remember the martyrs of Uganda who considered their souls more important than even their lives, and refused to give into the impure demands of the king. We too must be strong, but we must find this strength in God, He will help us if only we turn to Him in our need.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 9th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: tob 3:1-11, 16
Resp: psa 25:2-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mar 12:18-27

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May 21 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Strength of the Martyrs

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Homily #150521n ( 06min) Play – Father gives us an overview of today’s saint and the other martyrs from the Mexican persecution under President Calles, and tells us that the martyrs preferred a clear conscience over life, and if we wish to stand strong in the face of opposition, we need to start making the right choices and be faithful even in the small things now.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 22:30, 23:6-11
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Gsp: joh 17:20-26

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Suffering and Union with God

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the themes of the Gospel reading today, focusing on how suffering, particularly in our witness to Christ, is an opportunity to grow in union with God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 7th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
2nd: 1jo 4:11-16
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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May 11 – Homily – Fr Joachim: I Have Told You These Things

Monday, May 11th, 2015
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Homily #150511n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the word of Our Lord to the Apostles in today’s Gospel, and tell us that these words were for us as well. We need to be as convinced of the Truth as the Apostles were, because we too will be persecuted for holding it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Laconi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 16:11-15
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: joh 15:26-16:4

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May 07 – Homily – Fr Joachim: No Truth, No Peace; Know Truth, Know Peace

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
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Homily #150507n ( 05min) Play – Father speaks today on the relationship between love, truth, and peace, telling us that only when we live in Truth, will our “joy be complete.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 15:7-21
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 10
Gsp: joh 15:9-11

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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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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 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ Reigns From the Cross

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Homily #150329n ( 19min) Play – Father compares the gospel from the blessing of the Palms to the Passion read during Mass, and observes that in less than a week, the people went from shouting “Hosanna” to “Crucify.” The scandal of the Cross made them fall away. In this world, Our Lord reigns from the Cross, and if we are to follow Him, we must pick up our own crosses and be crucified with Him. Father presents the example of Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a young boy who gave his life for “Christ the King” in Mexico less than 90 years ago. We must draw near the Cross, and be willing to swim against the current and resist the “Lord of this World.” The only persons to remain faithful to Our Lord, are those who went with Our Lady, let us go to Her so as not to wimp out when we encounter the Cross.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mar 14:1-15:47

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