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Prayer

Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Giles: Treasure hidden in a field

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140727a ( 12min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 17 Sunday in Ordinary Time.
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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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Art of Prayer

Sunday, July 20th, 2014
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Homily #140720n ( 14min) Play – St. Paul speaks to us in the second reading about our weakness in prayer, and the Holy Spirit’s role in it. Father Matthias takes this theme up and gives an overview of the “Art of Christian Prayer”, pulling from the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the teachings of St. Alphonsus Ligouri. Firstly he speaks of prayer as a battle, secondly, of why some prayers are granted but others are not, thirdly, the necessity for true Christian meditation and what we should meditate upon (meanwhile differentiating between true Christian prayer and faddish forms of Eastern Meditation). He emphasizes with St. Alphonsus Ligouri, Doctor of the Church on Moral Theology, who teaches: “Those who pray will be saved and those who do not will be damned!”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Giles: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140720a ( 15min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Prayer to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

olc[1]Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this my necessity. There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us that have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands.(3 times)

Jul 13 – Homily – Fr Giles: “A sower went out to sow…”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140713a (13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:10-11
Resp: psa 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
2nd: rom 8:18-23
Gsp: mat 13:1-23

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Bl. Junipero Serra

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Lord Jesus Christ, reward the apostolic zeal of Your Seraphic son, Blessed Junípero Serra, who leaving home and fatherland, labored for the salvation of souls in Spain, Mexico and California. By Your Most Holy Name may he be raised to the full honors of the altar. Through the intercession of Blessed Serra, look with favor on our special prayers which have no earthly answer (mention request). This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Junipero Serra

(1713-1784)

A priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church, Junipero Serra was a driving force in the Spanish conquest and colonization of what is now the state of California. (more…)

PHOTOS: Corpus Christi Bloomington, Indiana

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Corpus Christi at “Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center” and friary of “Our Lady Coredemptrix” 2014

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Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Giles: The Real Presence

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140622a ( 14min) Play

Ave Maria!

This homily was given by Fr. Giles during the Sunday Mass of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi during which he explained the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. John and what is meant by the Real Presence.
Mass: Corpus Christi – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 8:2-3, 14-16
Resp: psa 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
2nd: 1co 10:16-17
Gsp: joh 6:51-58

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On Prayer

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“Teach me, O Lord, how to meditate; teach me to pray, for I can do neither the one nor the other as I should, and You alone can teach me. Give me ears to hear You in the reading and in the meditation; give me a tongue to speak with You in prayer. Inspire me with your divine Spirit, so that He may enable me to know the subject on which I should reflect, what I should say and ask, and how I should ask in order to obtain it.
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Let the Holy Spirit teach me to groan in Your presence; or rather, may He Himself form in me those holy groanings which You always hear and never reject. Inspire me, O Lord, with a great love for Your divine truths and doctrines, so that when I read of them, I shall understand and relish them. Open my mind and my heart; make me faithfully believe what You teach and practice what You command.”
(an ancient author)

Reading the Gospel Fruitfully

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life (cf Jn14:6) for each person…in knowing Him, we know the purpose of life and of all things; our life is an ongoing journey towards Him.  It is in the gospel we must learn the supreme knowledge of Jesus Christ, how to imitate Him and follow in His footsteps. And to learn from Him, you must try to know His life –reading the Gospel and meditating on the scenes of the New Testament– in order to understand the divine meaning of His life on earth.  In our own life we must reproduce Christ’s life. We need to come to know Him by reading and meditating on Scripture.

 
We want to identify ourselves with Our Lord, our daily living to be a reflection of Him. But to be Christ Himself, we must ‘see ourselves in Him’.  It’s not enough to have a general idea of the spirit of Jesus’ life; we have to learn the details of His life and through them, his attitudes.  Especially we must contemplate His life, and from it derive strength, light, serenity and peace.  When you love someone, you want to know all about him, his life, and his personality, so as to become like him. That is why we have to meditate on the life of Jesus, from His birth in a stable right through to His death and resurrection.
 
We should read the Gospel with a longing to know Him so as to love Him. We can’t read Scripture as though it were just another book. In the sacred books the Father who is in Heaven comes lovingly to meet His children, and talks with them.  Prayer has to accompany our reading… (more…)

Litany to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Litany of the Sacred Heart
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.  
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
 
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Formed by the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mother, Have mercy on us.

Prayer from Lourdes for May

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

As we come near the close of Our Lady’s month, here is the prayer of the month of May from Lourdes:

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day.

I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou has bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly forever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also.

I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ.

Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope.  Amen.

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

 

To Our Lady: Help of Christians

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help.

If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children, how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?

Grant then to me, I implore you, your perpetual help in all my necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.

I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.  Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.

Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life. Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

+St. John Bosco

(Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians is May 24th)

An Appeal to Our Lady to Help Us Love Our Eucharistic Lord More

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

from St. Alphonsus, an Act of Desire:
 
Come, Lord Jesus, come unto the heart which is ardently longing to receive Thee.  Thou art my only, my supreme good, my love, my life, my all in all.  I desire to receive Thee this day with the love of those Saints who were most inflamed with love for Thee; I desire to receive Thee as Thy blessed Mother received Thee; I desire to unite my communions with Her communions.
O Mary, ever Blessed Virgin, my dearest Mother, do Thou give Thy Son to me.  Let me receive Him from thy hand. Tell Him that I am thy faithful servant, and then, when He vouchsafes to come to me, He will embrace me with grater tenderness and affection.
 
Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
 
May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto life everlasting. Amen.

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Success

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Soul of Mary, sanctify me,
Body of Mary, purify me,
Heart of Mary, inflame me,
Sorrow of Mary, comfort me,
Tears of Mary, console me,
O Sweet Mary, hear me.
With thy benign eyes, look on me,
Through thy holy steps, guide me,
To thy Divine Son, pray for me,
Pardon for my sins, achieve for me,
Devotion to your holy Rosary, infuse in me,
Love for God and my fellow man, grant me,
Permit me not to ever be separated from thee.
In the hour of my death, comfort me,
From my enemies, defend me,
With the shield of thy holy name, protect me,
With thy mantle, cover me,
In the fatal instant of my agony, assist me,
From dying in sin, free me,
Into the arms of Jesus, deliver me,
To the eternal mansion, bring me,
So that, with the angels and saints
I can praise thee forever and ever, Amen.
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From a holy card distributed by the Convent of the Conceptionist Sisters in Quito. [With ecclesiastical approval]