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Priesthood

Feb 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Mary and Women’s Ordination

Saturday, February 15th, 2014
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Homily #140215n ( 10min) Play – Fr. Matthias draws a comparison between Jeroboam’s sin in today’s first reading and the controversy of women’s ordination. Father repeats the statements from soon-to-be saint Bl. John Paul II on woman’s ordination and then presents the Holy Father’s teaching that women find their Christian dignity, not in “masculization”, but in imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary’s relationship with Her Priestly Son by “spiritual maternity”.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 5th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 12:26-32, 13:33-34
Resp: psa 106:6-7, 19-20, 21-22
Gsp: mar 8:1-10

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Video – A Day With Mary #96: Fr Giles speaks on the Eucharist

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Giles speaks on the Blessed Sacrament during the “Day With Mary” held at Santa Clara Parish in Bentley, Western Australia on 5 October 2013.

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A Prayer for Priests

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

A Prayer for Priests

Keep them, I pray Thee, dearest Lord, keep them, for they are Thine -Thy priests whose lives burn out before Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them, for they are in the world, though from the world apart; when earthly pleasures tempt, allure – shelter them in Thy heart.

Keep them, and comfort them in hours of loneliness and pain, when all their lives of sacrifice for souls seems but in vain. 

Keep them, and O remember, Lord, they have no one but Thee, yet they have only human hearts, with human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host, that daily they caress; their every thoughts and word and deed, Deign, dearest Lord, to bless.

 

Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…

(Imprimatur: D. Cardinal Dougherty, Philadelphia.)

Praying for Priests at the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

In honor of St. Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers whose Feast Day is August 2nd, we present this prayer composed by a priest but one we can all embrace.  On this First Friday of the month, can we spend an hour with Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament or Tabernacle?

You do not yet understand the value and the meaning of what you are doing when you abide in adoration before My Eucharistic Face. You are participating in a divine work, in a work of grace. You are before Me as an empty vessel to be filled with the power and sweetness of the Holy Spirit, that souls might drink of My Love and, drinking, see that My Love is sweeter than any earthly delight.

You are before Me as the intercessor in whose soul the Holy Spirit is sighing with ineffable groanings, and obtaining from My Father, through Me, all that the Father desires to give My priests in this world and in the next.

You are the reparator opening yourself to receive the love that so many others ignore, refuse, or treat with indifference, coldness, and disdain. By offering yourself to Me in an adoration of reparation, you console My Eucharistic Heart, which burns with love and so desires to fill souls with My tender mercy. (more…)

Jul 10 – Homily – Fr Benedict: The Priesthood is a Call to be a Victim

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
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Homily #130710 ( 04min) Play –  Fr. Benedict preaches over the martyrdom of Bl. Emmanuel Ruiz and how he powerfully shows us that the priestly vocation is a vocation to victimhood. Let us pray for many holy and generous vocations to the priesthood.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Emmanuel and Comp. – 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Propter te
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 4:13-19
Gsp: luk 12:1and 4-9

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Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

The Sacrifice of the Mass is essentially the same as the Sacrifice of the Cross. It is the most pleasing offering we could make to God during an entire eternity. It is, of all things here below, that which procures most joy to the Church Triumphant—most help to the Church Suffering—most profit to the Church Militant.

The Sacrifice of the Mass is a holocaust most perfect, since we render to God an infinite honor in offering to him our Divine Lord.

It is a sacrifice of propitiation, since it is the same as that offered on the Cross, which has effaced all the sins of men by the Blood of Jesus Christ shed thereon ; which has paid with superabundance, all that was due for them to the Divine Justice. We ought then to use with great care this means of obtaining pardon of our sins, and of averting from us the vengeance of God.

The Sacrifice of the Mass is Eucharistic; by it we offer to God thanksgiving worthy of the benefits he bestows upon us. What shall I render to the Lord for all he has done for me ? asks holy David. What can we render for all his benefits? Alas! we have nothing… But, our dear Lord, touched with compassion at the sight of our poverty, has enriched us with all his treasures, has instituted the Sacrifice of the Mass in which he gives Himself to us, that we may take Him and offer Him to God His Father, in gratitude for all He has given to us.

Finally, the Sacrifice of the Mass is impetratory to obtain all goods of body and soul of which we have need; for our Lord is of infinitely greater value than anything we can ask of God.

Holy Mass has the power of obtaining what we ask:

1. Because Jesus Christ offers to his Father in our favor all the merits of His life and death.

2. Because our Lord actually prays in heaven for those who offer the Mass or for whom it is offered.

3. Because of the prayers of the Church which are made at Mass.

4. Because of our own prayers which are then more efficacious than they are at any other time. (more…)

Video – Conferences #203: Priests Retreat 2012 Pt7, Card. Burke, Sacred Heart

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Ave Maria!
For the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus I have reposted this excellent talk by Cardinal Burke from our priests retreat here from last Fall. Enjoy!

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Ave Maria!

Cardinal Burke gives the the 7th talk at the Priest’s Retreat at at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN.

Card. Burke gives his reflection on the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and how it can foster and make fruitful a priestly vocation. He starts with his own experience growing up in his parents house.

  • Helps inspire to embrace a vocation
    • Teaches richness of the faith
    • Children are impressed with the dedication of priests, Sacred Heart helps them to see this.
    • Devotion helps focus on the essence of the Church and so fosters vocations to the priesthood
    • Sacred Heart helps see a priest as an identity rather than a profession (more…)

O Wondrous Exchange!

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“From the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is Sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.”(Malac. 1:11)

Reflections of a priest on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: “O wondrous exchange: The Creator of the human race taking to Himself a living body, deigned to be born of a virgin, and coming forth a man without the concurrence of man, bestows on us men His divinity.”

That, dear Lord, is love – for it is You! And that, dear Lord, is exactly what everyone should see when he looks at Mass. It is the Holy Trinity’s Second Person whom you meet in Mass. He is divine. He is “God of God, true God of true God,” as we sing in the Credo of the Mass.

But He is not there as Omnipotence, though His omnipotence is truly there. Hence, you need never shrink before His power when Mass is being offered; for Almighty God is not there as The Almighty. Nor need you cringe before His infinite majesty, though that majesty is there in all its infinite­ness. Nor is there any call for that fear which one may feel in the presence of a judge who is to pass a sentence from which there is no appeal,Christ, who is Mass, will one day be our Judge; but He does not come as Judge in Mass; He comes only in one guise ­that of a Lover.

You meet God in Mass. Never forget that. You meet Him in Person, but garbed in that personality, if you will allow the word, of the Good Samaritan, the Good Shepherd, or the Father of the Prodigal. Actually jt is in the personality of the One who, with His dying gaze, looked upon those who had just driven spikes through His hands and feet to affix Him to that awful cross, that gibbet of shame, then lifted His voice in prayerful plea to His Father, asking Him to “forgive them,” saying that “they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23: 34). That is the personality in which you meet God in Mass. (more…)

A Prayer for Priests

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

SUGGESTED DAILY PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

Lord Jesus, You have chosen Your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim Your word and act in Your name. For so great a gift to Your Church, we give You praise and thanksgiving. We ask You to fill them with the fire of Your love, that their ministry may reveal Your presence in the Church.

Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that Your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts, never despair; in temptation, never be destroyed; in persecution, never  abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of Your   dying and rising. In times of weakness, send Your Spirit, and help them to praise Your Heavenly Father and pray for the poor sinners.

By the same Holy Spirit put Your word on their lips and Your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted. And may the gift of Mary, Your Mother, to the disciple whom You loved, be Your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed You in her human image, may form them in Your Divine Image, by the power of Your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

 

St. Joseph of Cupertino

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Joseph Cupertino (1603-1663; feast day is September 18th)  This humble friar who miraculously made it to ordination to the holy Priesthood, was known for his ecstasies and elevations.  At Holy Mass he often would levitate above the floor so enamored was he with Our Blessed Lord.  Since he had had such great difficulties with his studies, he is a patron for students and this prayer is often helpful for them:

Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino For Success in Examinations:
O humble St. Joseph of Cupertino, singularly favored by God in overcoming the difficulties of study and the worries of examinations, implore the Holy Spirit to enlighten my mind and strengthen my memory in the search of His truth and wisdom.  Help me especially in the decisive moments of this examination, protecting me from that forgetfulness and disturbing anxiety which often affect me. May I succeed in offering God my finest work and may I grow in knowledge, understanding, humility and charity. May everything that I attempt to learn in life be offered in faithful service to God, from whom flows that wisdom which leads to eternal life.  Amen

St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me; Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me; Holy Spirit enlighten me!

St. John Vianney Loved the Blessed Sacrament

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Quotes from St. John Vianney (Feast Day August 4th), Patron of Priests:

“All the good works in the world are not equal to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men; but the Mass is the work of God. Martyrdom is nothing in comparison for it is but the sacrifice of man to God; but the Mass is the sacrifice of God for man.”

“The many wonders of creation can only fill us with astonishment and admiration. But when we speak of the most holy Eucharist we can say that here is to be found the miracle of divine love for us…. Has there been, or will there ever be, a nobler or more magnanimous love than that which He has shown us in the

“When we go before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other.”

“Jesus Christ, after having given us all he could give, that is to say, the merit of his toils, his sufferings, and bitter death; after having given us his adorable body and blood to be the food of our souls, willed also to give us the most precious thing he had left, which was his holy Mother.”

“What does Jesus Christ do in the Eucharist? It is God who, as our Savior, offers himself each day for us to his Father’s justice. If you are in difficulties and sorrows, he will comfort and relieve you. If you are sick, he will either cure you or give you strength to suffer so as to merit Heaven. If the devil, the world, and the flesh are making war upon you, he will give you the weapons with which to fight, to resist, and to win victory. If you are poor, he will enrich you with all sorts of riches for time and eternity. Let us open the door of his sacred and adorable Heart, and be wrapped about for an instant by the flames of his love, and we shall see what a God who loves us can do. O my God, who shall be able to comprehend?”

“A mortal man, a creature, feeds himself, satiates himself, with his God, taking him for his daily bread, his drink… O miracle of miracles!…O love of loves!… O joy of joys!”

+St. John Vianney, Cure d’Ars

 

An Encore: The North American Martyrs

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!

To the Greater Glory of God!

Prayer: Father, you consecrated the first beginnings of the faith in North America by preaching and martyrdom of Saints John & Isaac and their companions. By the help of their prayers may the Christian faith continue to grow throughout the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

October 19 commemorates the martyrdom of six priests of the Society of Jesus and their two lay companions who worked with them tirelessly.

Jesuit Priests:
* St. Jean de Brebeuf
* St. Noel Chabanel
* St. Anthony Daniel
* St. Charles Garnier
* St. Issac Joques
* St. Gabriel Lalemant

Laymen:
* St. Rene Goupil – (surgeon and lay apostle, first to be martyred, Sept 29. 1642)
* St. Jean de la Lande

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Australian Mission News

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

 

Br. Gabriel, Br. Adam, Br. Kenneth and Br. David

On 2 August, 2011, Solemnity of Our Lady Queen of the Angels, 4 young men  began the journey of their religious vocation as they became aspirants at the Marian Friary of Our Lady Help of Christians, Toodyay, WA, Australia. Pictured from left to right are: Br. Gabriel Pophillat (Singapore),  Br. Adam Waugh (Newcastle, NSW), Br. Kenneth Gan (Brisbane, QLD)  and Br. David Dono (Perth, WA).

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A Franciscan Saint of the Confessional

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Leopoldo is known as an Apostle of the Confessional and also as an Apostle of Unity.  Feast Day is July 30th.

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He was born in Dalmatia (Bosnia-Hercogovina) in 1866. He was small and sickly and even when grown to manhood he was only 4’5″ tall and never enjoyed good health. His voice was weak and so it was decided that he would not make for a good preacher which was a terrible blow to him for he longed with all his heart to do all he could for the reunification of the Eastern Church with Rome and desired (more…)

“They will persecute you…”

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Ave Maria Meditations

No, I was not helpless or worthless or useless in that prison. I was not terribly humiliated because I was rejected as a priest. These men around me were suffering, they needed help. They needed someone to listen to them with sympathy, someone to comfort them, someone to give them courage to carry on. They needed someone who was not feeling sorry for himself but who could truly share in their sorrow. They needed someone who was not looking for consolation but who could console. They needed someone who was not looking for respect and admi­ration because of what he was but someone who could show them love and respect even if spurned and rejected himself.

As Christ had set the example for me, so could I be to them an example of Christian charity and concern. If nothing else, if they insisted upon shunning me, I could at least pray for them and offer up for them to the Father of us all the suffering and anguish that their rejection of me as a priest caused me. Christ had prayed for his persecutors, “Father, forgive them.” If I could do nothing else at this moment in the prison at Perm, I could do that. (more…)