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Prayer

Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer: (Recite one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be after each number)

  1. St. JOSEPH, Chaste Spouse of the Holy Mother of God, by the SORROW with which thy heart was pierced at the thought of a cruel separation from Mary, and by the deep JOY that thou didst feel when the angel revealed to thee the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation, obtain for us from Jesus and Mary, the grace of surmounting all anxiety. Win for us from the Adorable Heart of Jesus the unspeakable peace of which He is the Eternal Source.
  2. St. JOSEPH, Foster-Father of Jesus, by the bitter SORROW which thy heart experienced in seeing the Child Jesus lying in a manger, and by the JOY which thou didst feel in seeing the Wise men recognize and adore Him as their God, obtain by thy prayers that our heart, purified by thy protection, may become a living crib, where the Savior of the world may receive and bless our homage.
  3. St. JOSEPH, by the SORROW with which thy heart was pierced at the sight of the Blood which flowed from the Infant Jesus in the Circumcision, and by the JOY that inundated thy soul at thy privilege of imposing the sacred and mysterious Name of Jesus, obtain for us that the merits of this Precious Blood may be applied to our souls, and that the Divine Name of Jesus may be engraved forever in our hearts.
  4. St. JOSEPH, by the SORROW when the Lord declared that the soul of Mary would be pierced with a sword of sorrow, and by thy JOY when holy Simeon added that the Divine Infant was to be the resurrection of many, obtain for us the grace to have compassion on the sorrows of Mary, and share in the salvation which Jesus brought to the earth.
  5. St. JOSEPH, by thy SORROW when told to fly into Egypt, and by thy JOY in seeing the idols overthrown at the arrival of the living God, grant that no idol of earthly affection may any longer occupy our hearts, but being like thee entirely devoted to the service of Jesus and Mary, we may live and happily die for them alone.
  6. St. JOSEPH, by the SORROW of thy heart caused by the fear of the tyrant Archelaus and by the JOY in sharing the company of Jesus and Mary at Nazareth, obtain for us, that disengaged from all fear, we may enjoy the peace of a good conscience and may live in security, in union with Jesus and Mary, experiencing the effect of thy salutary assistance at the hour of our death.
  7. St. JOSEPH, by the bitter SORROW with which the loss of the Child Jesus crushed thy heart, and by the holy JOY which inundated thy soul in recovering thy Treasure on entering the Temple, we supplicate thee not to permit us to lose our Savior Jesus by sin. Yet, should this misfortune befall us, grant that we may share thy eagerness in seeking Him, and obtain for us the grace to find Him again, ready to show us His great mercy, especially at the hour of death; so that we may pass from this life to enjoy His presence in heaven, there to sing with thee His divine mercies forever.

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Mar 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Joseph and the Testimony of the Saints

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Homily #150319n ( 07min) Play – Father Joachim speaks of St. Joseph’s greatness, and presents the testimony of the Saints about the power of his intercession for all our needs. Let us make a special request to him on his feast day, especially that we may remain faithful to Christ
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gsp: mat 1:16, 18-21, 24

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Prayer of a Penitent

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

My Lord Jesus behold me defiled by sin. Again I have stained the holy garment of grace in my soul that Your Blood has cleansed so often. O, Father of mercy, hear my prayer. Give me a true spirit of penance that through the humble supplication of a contrite heart I may again receive pardon.

Since my last confession I have fallen more frequently than usual. My Jesus, I have gone back. But do not for sake me, though I richly deserve to be rejected as obstinate and incorrigible. Behold me prostrate before You, O my God. My sinfulness weighs me down. Alas, Jesus my God and Savior, I do not raise my eyes to you. How can I who have so often violated my past resolves presume to ask pardon again?

O my soul, crushed by the load of sin, take courage: your Redeemer will console you in your desolation. Reject me not, though I have miserably broken my promise of amendment. Cast not off Your wretched child or I shall be forever lost. From my heart I grieve for having offended you.

O holy Mother of God, my guardian angel, my holy patrons: intercede for me with my Judge and obtain for me the pardon of my sins. O Jesus, grant me a true spirit of penance. My Jesus, have mercy on me.

+St. John Neumann

Video – A Day With Mary #131: Our Lady’s Annunciation and Suffering is Co-redeeming

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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A Day With Mary #131 – Our Lady’s Annunciation and Suffering is Co-redeeming ( 20min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre speaks on Our Lady during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Peppermint Grove, Western Australia on 7 March 2015.

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Humbling Ourselves

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Humbling Ourselves:   Only the truly humble shall! be exalted, says the Blessed Virgin. The haughty, proud, and presumptuous shall be brought low and sunk to the lowest deep. Let us then humble ourselves, not serving God negligently, but striving to employ vigorously all our strength to acquire true humility of heart and submission. Let us examine ourselves continually before God if we can say with truth that we arc submissive to all that is wished of us, receiving all as coming from the hand of God Most High, who sees the depths of our hearts. To put on a fair exterior and not to be submissive within is not to have humility. Though it seem to creatures who see only the outside that such souls are humble it is not so and God, who sees all, takes no account of that. We must submit the understanding and the will if we are to be humble. 

Let us humble ourselves greatly before this great God, because he looks only to the humble takes account only of the humble. Upon whom shall my spirit rest, he says by the prophet, but upon the humble and contrite of heart, who fears my words? The prayer of the humble shall be heard. These are the words of Holy Scripture which ought to excite us strongly to become little and to love our littleness.
 
+Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Feb 26 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Why Don’t We Get What We Pray For?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015
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Homily #150226n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the reading in today’s gospel, telling us that while we may not receive what we want from God, we always receive what is best for us. Let us then first pray that we may desire what God wants to give us, and then ask Him to send what He knows we need.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: est 14:1ff
Resp: psa 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8
Gsp: mat 7:7-12

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Feb 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: This Lent, Give Up Yourself

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Homily #150218n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the practice of giving something up for Lent, and encourages us to do more than that. We should also do something positive, such as giving alms, picking a specific virtue to work on, or helping other grow closer to God. We ourselves also need to seek to grow closer to God through a more intense prayer life. The ashes we receive today are a sign of the penance and conversion of Lent, if we are not going to do penance, to “Repent and believe in the Gospel,” we should not receive ashes, they are there to remind us that without God, we’re nothing. Let us give ourselves to God more intensely this Lent!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Ash Wednesday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: joe 2:12-18
Resp: psa 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14, 17
2nd: 2co 5:20-6:2
Gsp: mat 6:1-6, 16-18

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Lenten 40 Days for Life begins

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

To find the nearest 40 Days for Life campaign go to www.40daysforlife.com to check for locations.  Through the efforts of many prayer campaigns throughout the world, about 10,000 babies’ lives have been saved that are known of.  Information is given and healing is found through the efforts of the prayer warriors.  Pray to see how you can be a part of this largest pro-life effort in the world.

Acting on Inspirations

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

One Minute Meditation

No human being can be as close to us as the Son of God in the Spirit that dwells in our souls. All we have to do, therefore, is act on our belief and open our minds in prayer. The moment we begin to pray our minds are open. And as long as we remain in the posture of prayer, whether we are conscious of it or not, whether we realize it or not, the Spirit of Christ is speaking to our spirit, we make ourselves aware of God and He pours in His divine wisdom.

 
Once thus enlightened, we must act on what we believe is God’s way of teaching us. Do not let these divinely inspired ideas remains sterile on the mind. They are there to be fructified in action: to be put into practice. Those who believe this and act on their belief achieve great things for the extension of the kingdom of Christ, as witness those great men and women who never doubted they were following Christ when they follow the illuminations He inspired in their minds during prayer.
 
+The Servant oF God, Fr. John Hardon SJ

Feb 13 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Countering the Devil’s Tactics

Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Homily #150213n ( 10min) Play – Father Mattias comments on the first reading, and tells us it demonstrates the way the devil attacks us. But, knowing this, we are able to construct a counter-tactic, and Father instructs on the fail-safe way to fight the devil’s attack.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 5th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 3:1-8
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7
Gsp: mar 7:31-37

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Feb 05 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: She was Good, Be Good Too

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
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Homily #150205n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the readings and the life of today’s saint, telling us that she was good (Agatha means “good”), and that she was good because she prayed. We too need to spend time in intimate prayer with God, and then we too will be able to carry out His will in our lives and be good.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Agatha – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 4th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: heb 12:18-19, 21-24
Resp: psa 48:2-3, 3-4, 9, 10-11
Gsp: mar 6:7-13

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Feb 02 – Homily – Fr Joachim: They Prayed

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Homily #150202n ( 08min) Play – Father points out that only Simeon and Anna recognized Our Lord when he was presented into the temple, and the reason is because they led lives of deep prayer which made them sensitive to the presence of God. And Our Lady was so united to God, that God united himself to her, and her joy is not diminished by all her sufferings. Let us enter into prayer, put our trust in Jesus, rely on the mediation of Mary, and recognize that at every Mass Our Lord comes into the temples of his churches, and at every communion into the temple of our bodies.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Presentation of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mal 3:1-4
Resp: psa 24:7, 8, 9, 10
2nd: heb 2:14-18
Gsp: luk 2:22-40

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Sanguis Christi, Inebria Me!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!

Blood of Christ, inebriate me!

It is the spilled Blood of Christ that through the ages has inebriated souls to the point of martyrdom. One has to be enlivened and beyond one’s own possibilities to be a martyr. One has to be, in the mystical and profoundly spiritual sense, quite “drunk” with God. The martyrs were the outstanding inebriates, enlivened and exhilarated beyond their nature, their potential.

Nature claims fiercely to life. The spiritual inebriate runs singing to martyrdom. All the saints of God were inebriated by the Blood of Christ. And if we are to excel our own meager possibilities, we must also be made drunk with that most Precious Blood. It is the Blood of Christ alone that can enliven us to respond with service beyond ourselves, that can achieve the overextension of ourselves without harm and, in fact, with glory…we are enabled to do the impossible when we are inebriated with the blood of Christ.

+Sr. Mary Frances PCC

A Prayer After Communion

Monday, January 26th, 2015

One Minute Meditations

 

 

 

Silence leads to Prayer

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditation

“O my God, teach me the secret of the silence which reaches unto interior silence.” 

“I have often had this experience: when I pour myself out on creatures and waste my time in long, useless conversations, my spirit becomes dry, dissipated and empty; and then, if I want to be recollected in prayer, I am unable to silence that little world of impressions, talk, imaginings, and idle thoughts which continually brings me back to creatures.” 

“O Lord, I know that You want greater fidelity to silence and more care to avoid spending myself on creatures. Yes, O God, I will be silent with creatures so that I can hear Your voice which speaks in silence.” 

“But whenever I dally with my ‘self’, preoccupied with my sensitiveness; when I pursue useless trains of thought or any sort of useless desire, I am wasting my strength, and my soul is not perfectly ordered toward You, O Lord. My lyre is not in tune, and when You, my divine Master, strike it, You cannot bring forth the divine harmonies. It is still to human and there is discord.” 

+Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity OCD

Help me, O Lord, to attain this beautiful interior unity which unites all my faculties in silence in order to concentrate them on You, which makes my soul attentive to every one of Your words, capable of perceiving the slightest inspiration and motion of the Holy Spirit. 

+Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene OCD