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Prayer

Aug 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prayer: A Sign of Faith

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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Homily #140817n ( 09min) Play – Father speaks of today’s theme, fidelity and perseverance in prayer. He tells why, sometimes, God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers, and emphasizes that God is constantly reaching out to us; the question is: are we reaching out to Him? Do we have faith in him like the Canaanite woman from today’s Gospel reading? In prayer we confess our need for God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. We can see how much the world needs prayer, Our Lady at Lourdes, Fatima, and other places has asked for prayer and penance. God is asking us, “Turn to me in persevering prayer, show Me your faith.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 56:1, 6-7
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:13-15, 29-32
Gsp: mat 15:21-28

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In the Midst of War: Still Loving Jesus

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Jesus is the most loving of lovable friends there never was a friend like Him before, there never can be one to equal Him, because there is only one Jesus in the whole wide world and the vast expanse of Heaven; and that sweet and loving friend, that true lover of the holiest and purest love is my Jesus, mine alone and all mine.
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Every fibre of His divine nature is thrilling with love for me, every beat of His gentle Heart is a throb of intense affection for me, His sacred arms are round me, He draws me to His breast, He bends down with infinite tenderness over me, His child, for He knows I am all His and He is all mine.
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O Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! who would not love You, who would not give their heart’s blood for You, if only once they realised the depth and the breadth and the realness of Your burning love? Why not then make every human heart a burning furnace of love for You, so that sin would become an impossibility, sacrifice a pleasure and a joy, virtue the longing of every soul, so that we should live for love, dream of love, breathe Your love, and at last die of a broken heart of love, pierced through and through with the shaft of love, the sweetest gift of God to man.
 
+Fr. Willie Doyle, SJ
WWI chaplain killed in the war on August 16, 1917
http://fatherdoyle.com/

Aug 10 – Homily – Fr Giles: To Know God Is To Love God

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Homily #140810a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 19:9, 11-13
Resp: psa 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: rom 9:1-5
Gsp: mat 14:22-33

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Aug 03 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Hunger and Thirst for God alone

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140803a ( 09min) Play -  This is a reflection given by Fr. Angelo M. Geiger on the readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:1-3
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: rom 8:35, 37-39
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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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

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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.