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Pro-Life

Apr 09 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Faith vs Fury

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
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Homily #140409n ( 14min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the three young men thrown into into fiery furnace by Nebuchadnezzar, and highlights their faith as examples for us. When we open ourselves up to and embrace the truth, it will set us free and change us, but those who resist the truth and remain in bondage to error and sin will react to us with fury. We see this fury rising against us today because of our fidelity to the truth about abortion, contraception, and marriage. Father encourages us to seek refuge in the Immaculate Heart of Mary, as she asked us to do at Fatima, and to have faith in the face of the fury of the modern Nebuchadnezzars.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 3:14-20, 91-92, 95
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: joh 8:31-42

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Video – A Day With Mary #106: Fr Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the 40 Days For Life

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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A Day With Mary #106 – Fr Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the 40 Days For Life ( 11 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre speaks on the Eucharist and the upcoming 40 Days for Life during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Helena of the Holy Cross Church in Ellenbrook, Western Australia on 1 March 2014.

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A Pro-Life Prayer to St. Gerard

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Against the Forces of Anti-Life:

O great wonder-worker of our day, St. Gerard, powerful protector of a mother and her unborn child:  beg God, we beseech thee, to crush the mounting forces of anti-life and to enlighten those who work in this deadly way, that they may see the enormity of their sin and return to the  generous observance of the divine law.  Pray, too, for mothers that they may prize the great privilege of motherhood and that they may bring up their children in the holy love and fear of God, so saving their own immortal souls and furthering the honor and glory of their Maker: through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

 

Jan 22 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Respect Life Always

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140122n ( 05min) Play – Fr. Maximilian reminds us that God is the author of life, and that He alone has the right to end it, but we have arrogated this right to ourselves for our own convenience, whether that life be the unborn, elderly, sick, or even our own life. We must pray and do penance for ourselves and our world that we may trust the providence of God and that the respect for human life may return.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 17:32-33, 37, 40-51
Resp: psa 144:1, 2, 9-10
Gsp: mar 3:1-6

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There are Modern Holy Innocents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Franciscus (Evangelii Gaudium)

Thanking the Creator of Life

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“Creator of Life–Thank You!”

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”
That is an assurance of God’s love solid and true
We are the beloved and precious in His sight
How did our society get to this current plight

Children are viewed as a burden to be discarded
Planned Parenthood is abundantly rewarded
The liberal media calls it “women’s health care”
The reality is a truth too heart-wrenching to bear

“Pro-choice” sounds liberating, sensible, and kind
The deception it promotes is the tie that will bind
“Pro-abortion” is not appealing to the one who hears
Accurate terminology could instill worry and fears

Language matters, and progressives know the drill
Don’t let anyone know that abortion really does kill
“A woman’s right to choose” is now firmly entrenched
Pro-lifers are seen as the radicals who should be benched

“Follow the money” has been an accurate trail in the past
Cut off tax dollars and watch Planned Parenthood move fast
Litigation or legislation—it’s all about abortion on demand
Roe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton—the law of the land

There have been over 40 years of tragedy since that fateful time
Millions have died—and a civilized society doesn’t see a crime
Is it apathy and complacency—or is it something much deeper
What has caused us to fail in being our brother and sister’s keeper

To the many women (and men) who are experiencing pain
It is not necessary to be isolated and suffering in vain
All of the wounds and painful memories you can freely bring
There is healing and forgiveness from Jesus Christ our King 

For the gift of life, we give thanks and praise to our God! 

used with permission from Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

Pope Francis speaks for the Unborn and Aged

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

As the 40 Days for Life–in more than 300 cities–comes to a close, we give thanks for the many people that prayed and sacrificed and kept public vigil during these past weeks and ask God’s abundant blessings on them.  And we consider once again the Holy Father’s words just before the 40 Days began:

Pope Francis: strong words against abortion

Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations, or in the developed societies. Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person and – I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point! And each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!

Franciscus

September 20, 2013

Video – Timelapse – Variety 236: Star Timelapse Above Our Lady of Guadalupe

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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Variety #236 – ( 01min) >>> Play

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At Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, Wisconsin there is an outdoor pro-life shrine and this is the fountain statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe holding infant children.

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40 Days for Life (September 25th-November 3rd)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Heavenly Father, thank You for this opportunity to join my prayers, fasting, and community outreach with those throughout our country for the end of legalized abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research in America. I pray for our legislatures that they will pass laws against these intrinsic evils and our judges that they will decide in favor of life.

Dear Jesus, I pray for those who are in vigil outside abortion clinics in all the locations during this 40 Days for Life Campaign. Give them the right words and the right presentation to change the hearts of the pregnant girls and women so they will not go through with their planned abortion. Give the moms being coerced into having an abortion the courage and support to say, “No.”

Come Holy Spirit; renew our nation through this 40 days for life. Instill in us all, an awe for the sanctity of life.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been purchased at a price…(1 Cor 6:19-20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 13 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Abortion – What are We Doing About It?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
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Homily #130813 ( 06min) Play –  The liturgy today reminds us of the evil of abortion and the just punishments of God, and Fr. Ignatius ask us all – “What are you doing about abortion?”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pontian and Hippolytus – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 19th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: deu 31:1-8
Resp: deu 32:3-4, 7, 8, 9, 12
Gsp: mat 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

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Apr 30 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Thou Hast Loved Justice and Hated Iniquity

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
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Homily #130430 ( 07min) Play - Father shows how St. Catherine lived the opening words of today’s Intriot, Dilexísti iustítiam et odísti iniquitátem – Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity, in bringing the Papacy back to Rome from France. Can we say the same about Christians in America? When the iniquity of abortion is all around us, and most Christians are passive spectators? Shame and woe to those Christians who are passive in the face of iniquity. Too many of us live like unbelievers searching for pleasure and comfort, but if we embrace lives of rigor and mortification, like St. Catharine, we too will love justice and hate iniquity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Catharine of Sienna, Virgin –  - 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Dilexisti

Readings: 
1st: 2co 10:17-11:2
Gsp: mat 25:1-13

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40 Days for Life: 40 Days of Lent

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

For information on your nearest 40 Days for Life prayer campaign please see www.40daysforlife.com

Forty Days of New Life: This article covers why Lent has forty days, the meaning of the number 40 in the Old and New Testament, and the meaning of the fasting and temptation of Jesus Christ in the Desert. It was originally written as a commentary on the scripture readings for the first Sunday in Lent. 

In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.” The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring. But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days.

OK, we do penance for forty days because Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness. But did you ever wonder why he was out there for forty days rather than seven or ten or fifty?  Think back to the Old Testament. Noah and company in the Ark watched rain fall for 40 days and forty nights. Moses was up on Sinai receiving the 10 commandments for 40 days. The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.

So why all these forties? Probably because it is forty weeks that a woman carries her developing baby before a new life can come forth from the womb. (more…)

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Unborn

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of unborn children, we implore your intercession for every child at risk of abortion. Help expectant parents to welcome from God the priceless gift of their child’s life.

Console parents who have lost that gift through abortion, and lead them to forgiveness and healing through the Divine Mercy of your Son.

Teach us to cherish and to care for family and friends until God calls them home. Help us never to see others as burdens.

Guide our public officials to defend each and every human life through just laws. Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life, to speak for those who have no voice.

We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.

— 2010 Respect Life Liturgy Guide, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Jan 22 – Homily – Fr George: Fight Abortion With The Mass

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Homily #130122 ( 14min) Play -

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision which legally enshrined abortion in our Land.

Only prayer will conquer this present darkness, only by God’s grace will enlighten all those involved in abortion, the women, politicians, judges, and, especially, the abortionists. The best way to obtain these graces from God is the Mass; going to Mass, daily if possible, and having Masses said for the conversion of abortionists, in reparation for abortion, for the souls of the aborted children, and for the reconciliation of post-abortive women with God. And, in conjunction with the Holy Mass, we must pray the Rosary for the conversion of the world and for true peace and justice.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Mass For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life
Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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Jan 21 – Homily – Fr George: Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Monday, January 21st, 2013
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Homily #130121 ( 12min) Play – Yesterday, we saw that the miraculous New Wine from the wedding of Cana stands for the New Wine of Charity which only Christ brings. Today’s Saint is an example of that Charity which conquered the rage and impurity of pagan Rome, and St. Agnes gives us an example to live purity unto martyrdom in our own day. Ave Maria! Mass: St. Agnes – Mem – Form: OF Readings: Monday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time 1st: heb 5:1-10 Resp: psa 110:1, 2, 3, 4 Gsp: mar 2:18-22 Audio (MP3) +++