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Prayer

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

More On Prayer

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer is the secret of nurturing the Christian life. Do not believe in someone who performs a miracle but does not pray. Are you surprised that there are many people who have lost the grace of God, lost their faith, or have turned against the church? There are many reasons for this, but there will always be one main reason: lack of prayer.

Do not neglect vocal prayer. When the apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, He replied, “Pray like this: our Father who art in heaven” (Mt 6:9); Jesus taught them vocal prayer. You are taught to recite prayers in order to help you to pray, but prayer itself is the encounter and conversation between Father and child. “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door; pray to your Father who is hidden, and your Father who sees what is hidden will reward you” (Mt 6:6).

There is no need to be formal; simply pray from the heart as a child speaks to his or her father. A seemingly holy person who does not pray is not a saint. Wait and see, the mask will crumble before long. You can judge the effectiveness of a person’s ministry by looking at his or her prayer life. If you are not a person of prayer, no one will believe that you work for God alone.

+Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

Jan 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Reverence for the Name of Jesus

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150103n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that there is no name more powerful than the name of “Jesus,” and that we need to treat that name with reverence and respect. A name signifies something of the essence of the child, and the name of Our Lord was preannounced, and therefore is even more particular and prophetic than any other. Jesus is the One Who Saves, and He is Emmanuel, God-with-us. Let us invoke this name with love and reverence for all our needs, and we will be heard by the Father.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Name of Jesus – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
Gsp: mat 1:18-23

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Looking to Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

O gentle Queen, the Spirit’s chaste abode: help us prepare for Him a worthy throne.  The way is dark and life a weary road; our will is weak, ‘neath sorrow’s sting we groan.  To thee we turn in exile and alone, to see His presence singing in thy heart.  Our consecration to His love we own; as thou thyself His tabernacle art:  His temples we shall be, and ne’er from Him depart.

God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of Your Word made flesh.  Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to Your Word, that we may bring Your life to the waiting world. Grand this through Christ Our Lord.

taken from The Complete Marian Prayerbook

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness for the Unborn

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Dearest Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe: to you we offer our efforts to protect the unborn.  You who are our life, our sweetness and our hope:  we do believe with St. Juan Diego that you are with us as our spiritual Mother. 

We seek your powerful intercession as we stand witness to the dignity of unborn persons and all persons who are made in the image and likeness of God.  We are in need of grace and strength to shine a light into the dark Culture of Death.  Help us to know that we must fight evil with good and to love even those who persecute us as we are to love our enemies and pray for salvation for them. 

Please obtain the grace for us not to grow weary or discouraged when do not see many results from our efforts. Help us to know that no prayer is ever wasted and we are heard in heaven and that there are many conversions that we will not know of until that day when we hope to see God face to face in eternity.  We thank you and love you, O dearest Lady of Guadalupe!

 

 

Dec 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Confidence in the Lord

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Homily #141204n ( 04min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on being confident in God, and stresses that such confidence requires that we be open to God’s will. We all know that we fail to perfectly align ourselves to the will of God, and because of that a key point in our prayer needs to be humility. Let us call upon the most perfect disciple, the Blessed Virgin, and ask that we may have to humility to rely on God’s strength and, with the help of grace, fulfill His will.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Damascene – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 26:1-6
Resp: psa 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Gsp: mat 7:21, 24-27

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