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Video – The Joy of the Gospel – 4/4 – Social, Mary – CONF 248

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

The fourth talk for our 2014 Family Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN is given by Fr. Elias. This series of talks is called ”The Joy of the Gospel” based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter. Here he talks on the social teaching of the Church as it reflects on the family and then on how Mary plays a role in how the family should spread the Gospel.

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Video – The Joy of the Gospel – 3/4 – Joy of Mass – CONF 247

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias gives the third talk for our 2014 Family Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. This series of talks is called ”The Joy of the Gospel” based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter. Here he talks on the need to have Christian joy at mass, both the priests and the laity, and how we should prepare for Mass. This is necessary because we have so many distractions in our modern, electronic world that can very much steal all our attention. As we prepare for the homily better (again, both priests and laity) we will get more from them.

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Video – The Joy of the Gospel – 2/4 – Right to Receive – CONF 246

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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Fr. Elias gives the second talk for our 2014 Family Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. This series of talks is called ”The Joy of the Gospel” based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter. Here he talks on how we all have a right to receive the joy that the Gospel can give. We should present the faith in this way, as something joyful that the one who is being evangelized has a right to have and live our lives to show how our devotion brings us joy.

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Video – The Joy of the Gospel – 1/4 – Participate – CONF 245

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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Fr. Elias gives the first talk in our 2014 Family Retreat at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN. This series of talks is called ”The Joy of the Gospel” based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter. Here he talks on the importance for all to participate in evangelization and how we are to do it.

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Feb 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Dogmas on the Papacy

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140222n ( 14min) Play – Many Catholics and non-Catholics have been confused by some of the things Pope Francis has said about the future of the papacy. Fr. Matthias reminds us that, as the Holy Father knows and says, the essence of the papacy is not subject to change. In particular, Father goes through the three dogmas proclaimed by the First Vatican Council, and reminds us that the papacy is under the mantle of our Lady, and that the Church is Marian before it is Petrine. Finally, he share a prayer with us from Servant of God Father John Hardon SJ.

Lord Jesus, You gave us the papal primacy as a continuation of the exercise of Your own authority on earth until the end of time. But we know, Dear Savior, how this papal authority has many enemies. Give us, we beg, the courage to defend the authority of the Bishop of Rome. But above all, give us the humility to obey the teachings of Your Vicar on earth, Pope Francis, being sure that by obeying him, we are obeying You and by obeying You, we are loving You here on earth as a prelude to our everlasting love of You and by You in Heaven. Amen

Ave Maria!

Mass: Chair of St. Peter – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 5:1-4
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 16:13-19

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There are Modern Holy Innocents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Franciscus (Evangelii Gaudium)

Dec 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis–Jesus is God-with-us

Friday, December 20th, 2013
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Homily #131220n ( 06min) Play – Fr. Matthias comments on Pope Francis’ address from Wednesday, during which the Holy Father reminded us “Jesus is God-With-Us” and asked, “Do you in believe this?” This was no rhetorical questions, as today there is a crisis of faith among many Catholics. Father suggests that the root of this disbelief is a an attempt to avoid the consequences of Jesus being “God-with-us”. Finally, Father stresses that the proof we have of His Divinity is that He was born of a virgin, and then Father invites us to entrust this Christmas to that same Virgin, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 20 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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PHOTOS: Pope Francis with FI Superior

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

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TIME’s Person of the Year 2013 Pope Francis, The People’s Pope | TIME.com

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

On the edge of Buenos Aires is a nothing little street called Pasaje C, a shot of dried mud leading into a slum from what passes for a main road, the garbage-strewn Mariano Acosta. There is a church, the Immaculate Virgin, toward the end of the ­pasaje—Spanish for passage—where, on one occasion, the local priest and a number of frightened residents took refuge deep in the sanctuary when rival drug gangs opened fire. Beyond the church, Pasaje C branches into the rest of the parish: more rutted mud and cracked concrete form Pasajes A to K. Brick chips from the hasty construction of squatter housing coagulate along what ought to be sidewalks. The word asesino—­murderer—is scrawled in spray-paint on the sooty wall of a burned-out house, which was torched just days before in retaliation for yet another shooting. Packs of dogs sprawl beneath wrecked cars. Children wander heedless of traffic, because nothing can gather speed on these jagged roads. But even Pasaje C can lead to Rome.

As Cardinal and Archbishop of Buenos Aires, a metropolis of some 13.5 million souls, Jorge Mario Bergoglio made room in his schedule every year for a pastoral visit to this place of squalor and sorrow.­ He would walk to the subway station nearest to the Metropolitan Cathedral, whose pillars and dome fit easily into the center of Argentine power. Traveling alone, he would transfer onto a graffiti-blasted tram to Mariano Acosta, reaching where the subways do not go. He finished the journey on foot, moving heavily in his bulky black orthopedic shoes along Pasaje C. On other days, there were other journeys to barrios throughout the city—so many in need of so much, but none too poor or too filthy for a visit from this itinerant prince of the church. Reza por mí, he asked almost everyone he met. Pray for me.

When, on March 13, Bergoglio inherited the throne of St. Peter—keeper of the keys to the kingdom of heaven—he made the same request of the world. Pray for me.

via TIME’s Person of the Year 2013 Pope Francis, The People’s Pope | TIME.com.

The Holy Father speaks about Our Lady

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Pope: Mary is united to Christ in the ‘martyrdom’ of her heart

“Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Church, we now look to the Virgin Mary who, as the Second Vatican Council reminds us, is ‘the model of the Church in the order of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ,’” the Pope stated, quoting Vatican Council document “Lumen Gentium.”

“As a daughter of Israel,” noted the pontiff, “Mary responded in faith to God’s call and became the Mother of his Son. Because of her response,” he urged, “She teaches us to live a life of faith by her obedience to God’s will and by her unfailing devotion to Jesus and his work.”

Mary obeyed, the Pope recalled, and her yes, already perfect from the beginning, grows until the Cross, in which her maternity embraces everyone. She is a model of charity, the perfect joy that comes from the Spirit and manifests itself in a sacrificial love.” This charity, reflected the pontiff, has been “born of faith,” and “brings the joy and peace of Christ’s presence to others and to our world.”

The Pope then turned his reflections to Mary’s constant spiritual attitude and disposition, urging that she “models the Church’s union with Christ through her constant prayer and participation in the mysteries of his life, death and resurrection.”

He then questioned those present, asking them “How does the figure of Mary challenge us? Do we see her far away from us? Do we go to her during trials? Are we capable, like her, of loving by giving ourselves completely? Do we feel united to Jesus, according to her example, in a steadfast relationship or do we only remember Him in times of need? As Mother of the Church,” stressed the Pope, “may Mary, by her prayers, bring us ever closer to the Lord.”

Pope Francis concluded his reflections by praying that Mary “open our hearts to share his transforming and redeeming love, and inspire us to put our firm faith in God’s word, trusting in his goodness and his gracious plan for us and for our world.”

Pope Francis (October 23, 2013 at a Wednesday general audience)

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

CNS STORY: Pope prescribes daily rosary for what ails you

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

By Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis admitted he wasn’t a pharmacist, but he didn’t hesitate being the spokesman for the heart-healthy benefits of 59 little pills strung together: the rosary.

“I want to recommend some medicine for all of you,” the pope said Nov. 17 at the end of his Sunday Angelus address. “It’s a spiritual medicine.”

Holding up a white medicine box with an anatomical drawing of the human heart on it, Pope Francis told some 80,000 people gathered for the midday prayer that the boxes contained a rosary.

“Don’t forget to take it,” he said. “It’s good for your heart, for your soul, for your whole life.” (more…)

Pope Francis on Marriage and the Consecrated Life

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

The Pope stressed the importance of vocation: both that of marriage and of virginity. The question about the sacrament of marriage was asked him by a young couple, carrying their small baby.

“Two Christians who are married,” said Francis, “have recognized the Lord’s call in their love, the vocation to form from two, male and female , one flesh , one life. And the Sacrament of Marriage envelops this love with the grace of God, rooted in God himself. With this gift, with the certainty of this call, you can start off safe, afraid of nothing, in the knowledge that you can deal with it together.”

The pontiff recalled the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, “were married in conditions much poorer than ours, some in time of war, or post-war, and some emigrated, like my parents . Where did they get their strength from? From the certainty that the Lord was with them , that their family is blessed by God in the sacrament of marriage, and blessed is the mission of giving birth to children and educating them. Based on these assurances they survived even the most severe trials. They were simple, but real certainties, which formed of the pillars that supported their love. Their lives were not easy. There were so many problems, but these certainties helped them to move forward and make a beautiful family.” (more…)

Pope Francis speaks for the Unborn and Aged

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

As the 40 Days for Life–in more than 300 cities–comes to a close, we give thanks for the many people that prayed and sacrificed and kept public vigil during these past weeks and ask God’s abundant blessings on them.  And we consider once again the Holy Father’s words just before the 40 Days began:

Pope Francis: strong words against abortion

Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations, or in the developed societies. Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person and – I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point! And each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!

Franciscus

September 20, 2013

Bl.John Paul: On Marian Consecration

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Blessed Pope John Paul II made the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. In his apostolic letter, “Rosarium Virginis Mariae,” the Pope noted that his personal motto “Totus Tuus” (Totally Yours) was inspired by the Total Consecration.

Further, the Holy Father said that reading St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary” marked a turning point in his life. Blessed John Paul II talked about this in an Oct. 2000 address to the 8th International Mariological Colloquium in Rome. Blessed John Paul II noted that he had read and reread de Montfort’s book. “Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity,” he said, “who willed to begin and fulfill the great mysteries of the history of salvation with the responsible and faithful collaboration of the humble handmaid of Nazareth.”

from myconsecration.org