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Popes

Jan 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Catechism on the Church

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
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Homily #150125n ( 22min) Play – Father takes the time to comment on the Church, pulling from Scripture, the Catechism, and recent comments from Pope Francis. He tells us that the world was created for the Church, that one cannot be fully Christian outside of the Catholic Church, that God desires all Christians to live in unity of faith, sacraments, and governance under the maternal care of the Catholic Church, which finds its principle, as St. Therese teaches us, in Charity. Finally, he stressed that the Church is made visible not in buildings but in our lives, and we must testify to it by living the Love of Christ, even our enemies. And the best way to do this is to place ourselves fully under the care of the Immaculate Virgin and allow her to form us into true children of the Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jon 3:1-5, 10
Resp: psa 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1co 7:29-31
Gsp: mar 1:14-20

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From Evangelium Vitae

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus’ message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as “good news” to the people of every age and culture.

At the dawn of salvation, it is the Birth of a Child which is proclaimed as joyful news: “I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Lk 2:10-11). The source of this “great joy” is the Birth of the Savior; but Christmas also reveals the full meaning of every human birth, and the joy which accompanies the Birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world (cf. Jn 16:21).

When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). In truth, he is referring to that “new” and “eternal” life which consists in communion with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the Sanctifying Spirit. It is precisely in this “life” that all the aspects and stages of human life achieve their full significance.

+St. John Paul II

“Playing with life is a sin against God”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Meeting with Catholic doctors Pope Francis called on them to defend the sanctity of life:

“Fidelity to the Gospel of life and respect for life as a gift from God sometimes require choices that are courageous and go against the current, which in particular circumstances, may become points of conscientious objection,” Francis said in an address to the Italian Catholic Doctors’ Association in November. “The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a “false compassion”, that which retains that it is: helpful to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to obtain euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to produce a child and to consider it to be a right rather than a gift to welcome; or to use human lives as guinea pigs presumably to save others,” the Pope said in his speech.

Instead, the Pope pointed out, “The compassion of the Gospel is that which accompanies in times of need, that is, the compassion of the Good Samaritan, who sees, has compassion, approaches and provides concrete help.”

“Human life is always sacred and always of quality. There is no human life that is more sacred than another, as there is no human life qualitatively more significant than another, only by virtue of resources, rights, great social and economic opportunities.” Francis underlined that human life “is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable.”

“Be careful, experimenting and playing with life is a sin against God the Creator,” the pope said speaking off the cuff. “This happens when people consider it to be [their] right to produce children rather than [see it] a gift. The same goes for euthanasia.”

“Attention to human life, especially that in greatest difficulty, that is, to the sick, the elderly, children, deeply involves the mission of the Church. The Church also feels called to participate in the debate that relates to human life, presenting its proposal based on the Gospel,” Francis recalled.

“This is also my hope. May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Salus Infirmorum, support the intentions with which you intend to continue your action,” Francis said.

Dec 28 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Order of the Family

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
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Homily #141228n ( 20min) Play – Father Matthias quotes and comments on statements from Pope Francis and other pontiffs about the right ordering of the family, emphasizing that love, sacrifice, and obedience are fundamental to the nature of the family, and that if we disrupt this proper order, which we see exemplified in the Holy Family, the family and society will collapse. Fidelity to the truths about the family is essential, and Father warns us that any ideas which contradict the nature and dignity of marriage (as the life-long, faithful, and fruitful union between one man and one woman) and the family are not from God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Family – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 3:2-6, 12-14
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
2nd: col 3:12-21
Gsp: luk 2:22-40

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Dec 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis on the Synod

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
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Homily #141217n ( 013min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on Pope Francis’ catechism of December 17th, which was dedicated to the recent Extraordinary Synod on the Family.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 17 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 49:2, 8-10
Resp: psa 72:3-4, 7-8, 17
Gsp: mat 1:1-17

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Preparing for the Coming of the Holy One of God

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 “Mary wrapped the child in swaddling cloths. Without yielding to sentimentality, we may imagine with what great love Mary approached her hour and prepared for the birth of her child. Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim (…). The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.

Augustine drew out the meaning of the manger using an idea that at first seems almost shocking, but on closer examination contains a profound truth. The manger is the place where animals find their food. But now, lying in the manger, is he who called himself the true bread come down from heaven, the true nourishment that we need in order to be fully ourselves. This is the food that gives us true life, eternal life. Thus the manger becomes a reference to the table of God, to which we are invited so as to receive the bread of God. From the poverty of Jesus’ birth emerges the miracle in which man’s redemption is mysteriously accomplished.”
(Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, p. 68.)

The Son of God was lovingly carried by His holy virgin Mother for nine months as an unborn child.  When He came into this world a tender and helpless baby, He was laid in a manger of straw–prickly straw.  The One who was to redeem mankind began immediately and the life He was to live was not one filled with comforts or luxury.  But He would know the love of a mother and father, a family.  Mary and Joseph prepared as best they could within their means for the coming child, both spiritually and materially.  Often we prepare materially but spiritually is more difficult for busy-ness and obligation seem to choke out the time we need for quiet, to prepare our hearts and souls for a new dawn in our spiritual lives.  May we find time these remaining days of Advent for extra Masses, for confession, for times given to adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Our faith tells us that He, the Lord, is truly present in the Holy Eucharist; it was faith that brought souls to believe that the Baby, the Boy, the Man Jesus was the Son of God.  Marantha!

Dec 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: No Knot She Cannot Unknot

Friday, December 12th, 2014
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Homily #141212n ( 06min) Play – Pope Francis has been highlighting Our Lady as the “Untier of Knots,” for it is by Her obedience that the knot tied by Eve’s disobedience is undone, and Our Lady can also untie the knots of sin and its consequences in our lives as well. We see this extraordinarily in Her visit to Mexico in 1531, after which the natives began to, through Mary, come to Christ, and within eight years, a torrent of nine million people were baptized by the missionaries. If we turn to Her, She will untie the knots we have tied in our own lives, and especially in our souls. And then, after this, She will be able to also untie the knots in our families, in the Church, our nation, and the entire world.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Guadalupe – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zec 2:14-17
Resp: jth 13:22-23
2nd: rev 11:19, 12:1-6a,10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Dec 02 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: A Year for Consecrated Life

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Homily #141202n ( 09min) Play – Father reminds us that we are in the first days of the Year for Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis, comments on the great good that consecrated life brings for the life of the Church, and encourages us all to support consecrated life by our prayers and by promoting vocations to the consecrated life. May we all, consecrated and lay, ask  Our Lady to lead us and show us how to live our lives for Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 11:1-10
Resp: psa 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Gsp: luk 10:21-24

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Dec 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Waves Coming For the Barque of Peter

Monday, December 1st, 2014
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Homily #141201n ( 20min) Play – Father reminds us that what Christ assumed, He redeemed. He assumed a human nature from the Blessed Virgin, and redeemed human nature, and he also, in a way, assumed a human family by being born into one, and thereby also redeemed the family. As of late, the Christian family has been the subject of confusion and is under attack by both the world and, sadly, even by Church leaders influenced and blinded by the world. We can expect waves to assault the Church, but we can also know that the Church will survive and continue. We can expect what happened in 1968 to happen again, and to bring that back to mind, Father quotes from an address by James Francis Cardinal Stafford where he reflects on the events surrounding the release of the encylcical Humanae Vitae and the ensuing dissent and violence which entered the ranks of the priesthood. Father ends by reminding us that even if we are alone as we stand in defense of the teachings of the Church, the Church will survive, and we will to, but only if we stay aboard.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 2:1-5
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: mat 8:5-11

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Nov 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Sacred Army of Jesus Christ

Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Homily #141117n ( 10min) Play – St.  Elizabeth of Hungary is a most illustrious member of the Third Order of St. Francis, and Father Matthias gives us a short overview of her short life. Father Matthias quotes from Auspicato Concessum by Pope Leo XIII where he talks about the Third Order of St. Francis. The pontiff calls it the “Sacred Army of Jesus Christ” and tells us that the Third Order is the solution for the many ills of our days. The Holy Father tells all of us that those of us who are children of St. Francis must imitate his true example of how to follow Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Elizabeth of Hungary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 18:35-43

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Nov 09 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Sacred Temple

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
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Homily #141109n ( 10min) Play – Today we celebrate the dedication of the Pope’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of the entire Catholic Church. Father gives a short history of the Lateran Basilica, and then comments on some of the themes in today’s liturgy, and encourages us to the realize that we are the temple of God, and by God’s help, we can live in a way worthy of our supernatural calling.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (alt) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 41:1-2, 8-9, 12
Resp: psa 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-11
2nd: 1co 3:9-11, 16-17
Gsp: joh 2:13-22

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Pope Francis: Church is both hierarchical and maternal

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Here is Pope Francis on how the Church is both hierarchical (priesthood, bishops, etc thus fatherly) and motherly (unified and nurturing).

This points out the Marian aspect of the Church where Mary is both exemplar of the Church and Mother of all Christians and leads us to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis explained that bishops, priests and deacons are called to guide and protect the Church, especially through the celebration of the Sacraments.

SUMMARY OF POPE’S CATECHESIS:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our catechesis on the Church, we have seen that the Holy Spirit constantly bestows his gifts for the upbuilding of the Body of Christ. Among these gifts are the ordained ministries. Through the sacrament of Holy Orders, bishops, priests and deacons are called to guide and protect Christ’s flock, above all though the celebration of the sacraments which give us new life in Christ.

The Church is thus both hierarchical and maternal: her ordained ministries are at the service of her spiritual motherhood.

via Pope Francis explains why the Church is both hierarchical and maternal.

Nov 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Reach Out With St. Charles

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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Homily #141104n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the readings of the day and relates them to today’s saint, St. Charles Borromeo.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Charles Borromeo – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 22:26-27, 28-30, 31-32
Gsp: luk 14:15-24

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Mary Is the Center of the Communion of Saints, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

VATICAN CITY — In his Angelus address for the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis said that it is a joy to have a spiritual family living in eternity and stressed that Mary is the first of the saints who guides us to her Son.

“In the great assembly of saints, God has wanted to reserve the first place for the Mother of Jesus,” the Holy Father said before his Nov. 1 weekly recitation of the traditional Marian prayer.

Mary, he said, “is the center of the communion of saints, as the singular guardian of the bond of the universal Church with Christ.”

Whoever wants to follow Jesus on the path of the Gospel can find a secure guide in Mary, the Pope explained, saying that she is an attentive and caring mother with whom we can entrust every desire or difficulty.

via Mary Is the Center of the Communion of Saints, Pope Francis Says | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Video – Unity with Mary under Pope Francis – Dr. Miravalle: Mcasts230

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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MaryCast Specials #230 ( 06min) Play – In the wake of the extraordinary Synod of the Family that resulted in some contentious reactions, Dr. Mark Miravalle points out that with Mary and the Pope the Church will be sure to be united in truth and will be able to proclaim it in the most attractive way possible to our modern world.

To ask questions regarding Mary, email Dr Mark Miravalle: mary@motherofallpeoples.com. For more reading go to Motherofallpeoples.com.

Ave Maria!

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