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Priesthood

May 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Miracles Through Mary

Friday, May 29th, 2015
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Homily #150529n ( 08min) Play – Father Matthias tells us God works miracles and prodigies in order to strengthen our faith, and He especially delights in working them through the Virgin Mary. In particular, he relates a miraculous healing involving the Miraculous Medal from Servant of God John Hardon.

To read the original account from Fr. Hardon: http://www.therealpresence.org/archives/Miracles/Miracles_002.htm .
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 8th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 9-13
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: mar 11:11-26

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May 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Evangelize by Your Life

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527n ( 06min) Play – Father reflects on the themes of today’s liturgy, and speaks of today’s saint, a missionary bishop and the father of the Church in England, telling us that we too are called to be missionaries, evangelizing by the holiness of our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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The Blessed Sacrament

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The time for the institution of the august Sacrament had come. What a moment! The hour of love had struck. The mosaic Pasch was about to be consummated, the true Lamb to take the place of its figure in the old law, and the Bread of Life, the Bread from heaven, to be substituted to the manna of the wilderness. Jesus sat down at table with grave simplicity. They had to eat the new Pasch sitting down, in the repose of God. A deep silence came over them all; the apostles looked on very attentively.

Jesus became meditative. He took some bread it His holy and venerable hands, raised His eyes to heaven, gave thanks to His Father for this hour He had so desired, stretched out His hand, blessed the bread…

And while the apostles, filled with respect, dared not ask the meeting of symbols so mysterious, Jesus pronounced these beautiful words, as powerful as the creative word of God: Take ye and eat. This is my Body… drink ye all of this. This is my Blood.

The mystery of love was consummated. Jesus had fulfilled his promise. He had nothing more to give but His mortal life upon the cross. He would give it and would rise again to be our perpetual Host of propitiation, the Host of our communion, the Host of our adoration.

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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

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/

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!