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Religious Liberty

A Prayer for Freedom

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

O God, our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God, and your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation, so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome—for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us—this great land will always be “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”  We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

from the USCCB Website

Jun 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Keep Faith and Carry On

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Homily #150627n ( 04min) Play – Father speaks of the faith of the centurion in today’s Gospel, and encourages us to hold on to this faith as the western world is abandoning it (particularly clear in yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay “marriage”). We must pray and sacrifice for the Church as she prepares for the Synod on the Family this fall, and remember that in the end, God wins, or, as Mary said at Fatima, “My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cyril of Alexandria – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 18:1-15
Resp: luk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50, 53, 54-55
Gsp: mat 8:5-17

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Jun 25 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Lay the Foundation NOW

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Homily #150625n ( 03min) Play – Today Gospel reading is a wake-up call, Fr. Joachim tells us, that we must not replace God with doing things for God, but continue in relationship with Him, and make Him the foundation of our lives through prayer, scripture reading, the sacraments, penance, and works of mercy. We must lay this foundation now, for when the storms of life come, it will be too late.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 16:1-12, 15-16
Resp: psa 106:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: mat 7:21-29

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St. Thomas More: Franciscan Martyr

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sir Thomas More would not compromise on two tenets of the Catholic faith: the primacy of the papacy and the dignity of marriage.  When imprisoned before his martyrdom, he would write. The following are just a few quotes from these writings, particularly from a book called “A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation”:

Now those without patience can have no reward for their pain, but when pain is patiently taken for God’s sake, and the sufferer’s will is conformed to God’s pleasure, God regards the sufferer in proportion to the pain. But never have I found any place in Scripture where Our Lord promised a wealthy person, even if that person did thank God for his gifts, any reward in heaven for having taken his ease and pleasure here. (“We do not go to heaven in featherbeds”)…in Scripture much commends tribulation as a more profitable circumstance than wealth and prosperity.

We shall consider tribulation a gracious gift from God, a gift that He specially gives His special friends…if God does not send it, people need to seek out and put upon themselves by penance, a thing that helps purge our past sins; a think that preserves us from sins that we would otherwise commit; a thing that causes us to attach less importance to the world; a thin that incites us to draw closer to God; a thing that greatly diminishes our pains in purgatory; a thing that greatly increases our final reward in Heaven…if we reflect on these things and remember them well, we shall not murmur or complain in a time of tribulation. Instead we shall first of all take our pain patiently and see it as something of worth.  And then we shall realize that God has sent if for our own good and so be moved to thank God for it.  As a consequence, our grace shall increase and God shall give us the comfort of realizing that He is, in the midst of our trouble, always close. (more…)

Jun 18 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Church is Guided by God

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Homily #150618n ( 03min) Play – In the first reading St. Paul makes it clear God is guiding him. This should be reprinted in every Catholic newspaper today, for many Catholics embrace a Gospel different from the one St. Paul preached. Father tells us that we tell people uncomfortable things because we love them, and since God has revealed His mind to us through the Church, we are not speaking from our own opinions.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 11th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 11:1-11
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
Gsp: mat 6:7-15

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May 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Rita and the Greatest Evil

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150522n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias presents the story of St. Rita of Cascia, and focuses on her prayer after her husband was murdered. Her prayer was that God would prevent her sons from sinning by exacting revenge on their father’s killer, even if it meant taking their lives. Her prayer was answered, and both sons soon died from dysentery. St. Rita understood that the greatest evil is sin, that the effects of every sin are eternal, and that death is to be preferred to sin. Father then speaks of that which is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, contrition, and then tells us some traits of that real contrition which we must have for our sins.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rita of Cascia – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 25:13-21
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
Gsp: joh 21:15-19

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May 21 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Strength of the Martyrs

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Homily #150521n ( 06min) Play – Father gives us an overview of today’s saint and the other martyrs from the Mexican persecution under President Calles, and tells us that the martyrs preferred a clear conscience over life, and if we wish to stand strong in the face of opposition, we need to start making the right choices and be faithful even in the small things now.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 22:30, 23:6-11
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Gsp: joh 17:20-26

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May 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Suffering and Union with God

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the themes of the Gospel reading today, focusing on how suffering, particularly in our witness to Christ, is an opportunity to grow in union with God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 7th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
2nd: 1jo 4:11-16
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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May 11 – Homily – Fr Joachim: I Have Told You These Things

Monday, May 11th, 2015
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Homily #150511n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the word of Our Lord to the Apostles in today’s Gospel, and tell us that these words were for us as well. We need to be as convinced of the Truth as the Apostles were, because we too will be persecuted for holding it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Laconi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 16:11-15
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: joh 15:26-16:4

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Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Obedience is Essential

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Homily #150416n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we were redeemed by the obedience of Jesus to God the Father, and that our obedience to God’s will is essential for us to to experience that redemption. We must deny ourselves daily, let go of what we want, and make an act of the will to trust that what God wants for us is the best we could possibly hope for.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 5:27-33
Resp: psa 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
Gsp: joh 3:31-36

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Apr 11 – Homily – Fr Alan: Religious Freedom

Saturday, April 11th, 2015
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Homily #150411b ( 10min) Play – Fr. Alan keying off the first reading today in Acts 4:13-21, where the officials try to deter the apostles from preaching the Gospel, discusses the issue of religious freedom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday within the Octave of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:13-21
Resp: psa 118:1, 14-15, 16-18, 19-21
Gsp: mar 16:9-15

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Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ Reigns From the Cross

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Homily #150329n ( 19min) Play – Father compares the gospel from the blessing of the Palms to the Passion read during Mass, and observes that in less than a week, the people went from shouting “Hosanna” to “Crucify.” The scandal of the Cross made them fall away. In this world, Our Lord reigns from the Cross, and if we are to follow Him, we must pick up our own crosses and be crucified with Him. Father presents the example of Bl. Jose Sanchez del Rio, a young boy who gave his life for “Christ the King” in Mexico less than 90 years ago. We must draw near the Cross, and be willing to swim against the current and resist the “Lord of this World.” The only persons to remain faithful to Our Lord, are those who went with Our Lady, let us go to Her so as not to wimp out when we encounter the Cross.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mar 14:1-15:47

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Mar 05 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Even If One Should Rise From the Dead

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
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Homily #150305n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the words of Our Lord today, “If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.” He tells us that this was fulfilled in those who refused to believe from after the Resurrection even to our day. Of these, many respond to the teachings of Christ with hatred and scorn, and we now see various laws being put into place to criminalize the teachings of Christ and His Church. We must stand for the Truth, regardless of what it may cost us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 17:5-10
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 16:19-31

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Nov 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Subjecting the World to Christ the King

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
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Homily #141123n ( 10min) Play – Father Maximilian tells us that we see in the Gospel that Christ will come and render judgement over all on the last day, but we see that judgement is rendered on how we treated Christ present in others. Father continues to emphasize that we owe Christ our full fidelity, and that we must subject the world to the Kingship of Christ, but not by politics, violence, or enthusiasm, but by prayer and acts of charity to those in need. And what is the best, quickest, and most perfect way of doing this? By going to our Queen-Mother, and she will take us to the King!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Christ the King – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 34:11-12, 15-17
Resp: psa 23:1-2, 2-3, 5, 6
2nd: 1co 15:20-26, 28
Gsp: mat 25:31-46

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Oct 19 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: What is God’s?

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
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Homily #141019n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s Gospel, and tells us that Our Lord’s response is deeper than it first appears, for everything belongs to God, we have our civic duties, yes, but even those are ultimately rendered to God. All things come to us from the Love of God, and we must return everything back to God with love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 45:1, 4-6
Resp: psa 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
2nd: 1th 1:1-5
Gsp: mat 22:15-21

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