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Religious Liberty

Video – A Day With Mary #118: Our Lady Help of Christians

Monday, September 8th, 2014
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A Day With Mary #118 – Our Lady Help of Christians ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Joseph Michael speaks on Our Lady during the “Day With Mary” held at St. Cecilia Parish in Floreat, Western Australia on 6 September 2014.

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Video – Variety #248: Situation in Iraq with Chaldean Christians

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo Geiger makes a special guest appearance on Radio Gate of Heaven, a weekly program run by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Perth, Australia. He speaks about the current situation in Iraq with the Chaldean Christians. The program concludes with a telephone interview with an Iraqi Catholic living in Sydney, Australia.

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A Franciscan Tertiary Martyr: Bl.Franz Jagerstatter

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

In February 1943 Franz was called up again for military service. He presented himself at the induction centre on 1 March 1943 and announced his refusal to fight, offering to carry out non-violent services: this was denied him.

He was held in custody at Linz in March and April, transferred to Berlin-Tegel in May and subject to trial on 6 July 1943 when he was condemned to death for sedition. The prison chaplain was struck by the man’s tranquil character. On being offered the New Testament, he replied: “I am completely bound in inner union with the Lord, and any reading would only interrupt my communication with my God”.

On 9 August, before being executed, Franz wrote: “If I must write… with my hands in chains, I find that much better than if my will were in chains. Neither prison nor chains nor sentence of death can rob a man of the Faith and his free will. God gives so much strength that it is possible to bear any suffering…. People worry about the obligations of conscience as they concern my wife and children.

But I cannot believe that, just because one has a wife and children, a man is free to offend God”.

Franz Jägerstätter, who would not bow his head to Hitler, bowed his head to God, and the guillotine took care of the rest. He was obviously called up to serve a higher order.

The rest of this short biography can be found at the Vatican website at www.vatican.va

Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Islam and Providence

Sunday, July 27th, 2014
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Homily #140727n ( 18min) Play – Father reminds us that “that all things work for good for those who love God,” and that this presupposes Faith in Providence (a.k.a. God’s loving plan for everything) and Love of God. As an example, Father turns our attention to the tribulation Iraqi Christians are currently undergoing and gives a short commentary on Islam and how we all can defend against it by living lives strongly founded on Christian Faith. For an example of strong and courageous faith, we can take the example of our Iraqi brethren and, in particular, the example of Patriarch Sako in his exhortation to the Christians in Iraq. Father asks us to examine ourselves, if we aren’t ready to practice our faith in peace, how will we be ready when persecution comes to us?

The pastoral address quoted by Father may be found here: http://saint-adday.com/permalink/6326.html .
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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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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Apr 24 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Only Through Jesus

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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Homily #140424n ( 00min) Play – Father Joachim comments on today’s Gospel, showing how the disciples, even though they knew of the Resurrection, were still afraid and confused. Likewise, many Christians are afraid of showing their faith as our society becomes more and more hostile to Christ. Father encourages us to put our faith in practice, for Jesus is risen from the dead, and if we don’t live the faith, how will it spread to the many who are still in darkness?
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 3:11-26
Resp: psa 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: luk 24:35-48

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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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Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The UN and Child Abuse

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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Homily #140208n ( 22min) Play – Fr. Matthias tells us today’s homily is not a defense of the Catholic Church’s response to the child abuse crisis nor an intellectual analysis of the subject at hand, but a pastoral sermon, one warning the sheep of the wolves. The subject at hand is the volley of “recommendations” from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Fr. Matthias fires back by first examining the incredible suggestions from the Committee, and then examining what exactly the Committee itself is promoting in the name of “protecting children.” Ave Maria! Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF Readings:  1st: 1ki 3:4-13 Resp: psa 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Gsp: mar 6:30-34 Audio (MP3) +++

Persecution unto Martyrdom: now as in years past

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;  they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev 7: 14)

As we celebrate some martyrs this week we see that these holy ones can include anyone from a young girl to the Holy Father and all in between.  The 20th century had more martyrs, it is said, that all the centuries before.  All the faithful will know persecution to some extent although mostly of the “white martyrdom” kind and not unto the shedding of blood in the red martyrdom. Here is a meditation on this thought from Fr. Francis Fernandez:

The Church wants to make us realize that the Cross is always very close to Jesus and His followers. As he struggles for perfect righteousness–sanctity–in this world, the Christian will meet difficult situations and attacks from the enemies of God. Our Lord has warned us:  If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you…remember the word that I said to you; a servant is not greater than his master:  if they persecuted Me, they will persecute you. (Jn 15:18-20).  Since the very beginning of the Church this prophecy has been fulfilled.  (more…)

There are Martyrs even Today

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Martyrdom is not something from the past as evidenced by St. Cecilia (Feast Day November 22nd) but is ongoing.

When I hear that so many Christians in the world are suffering, am I indifferent or is it like one of my family is suffering? When I think or hear that so many Christians are persecuted and even give their lives for their faith, does it touch my heart or not at all? … I will ask you a question, but do not answer in a loud voice, but in your hearts: how many of you pray for the Christians who are being persecuted? How many of you? Each one of you answer in your heart. ‘Am I praying for that brother, for that sister, who is facing hardship for professing and defending his faith?’

Franciscus
General Audience
September 25, 2013

The Rosary and the Battle of Lepanto

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

From Wikipedia: The Battle of Lepanto took place on 7 October 1571 when a fleet of the Holy League, a coalition of southern European Catholic maritime states, decisively defeated the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire in five hours of fighting on the northern edge of the Gulf of Corinth, off western Greece. The Ottoman forces sailing westwards from their naval station in Lepanto to met the Holy League forces, which had come from Messina.  The victory of the Holy League prevented the Ottoman Empire expanding further along the European side of the Mediterranean. Lepanto was the last major navel battle in the Mediterranean fought entirely between galley and has been assigned great symbolic importance.

The Christian coalition had been promoted by St. Pope Pius V and he had advised all to be praying the rosary to Our Lady for this victory.  The victory was acknowledged to be from her intercession and thus the Feast of the Holy Rosary was assigned the date of October 7th.

For an excellent short history of this battle, please see Harry Crocker’s article at

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=7391

Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: Fisher, More, & Fortnight of Freedom

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013
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Homily #130622b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Elias on the Fortnight for Freedom which began yesterday and how we should ask today’s saints, Bishop John Fisher and Lord Chancellor Thomas More, who made heroic sacrifices for the protection of religious liberty in their day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: John Fisher & Thomas More – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 11th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 2co 12:1-10
Resp: psa 34:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 6:24-34

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Russian faithful allowed Corpus Christi procession after 95 years

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Russian faithful allowed Corpus Christi procession after 95 years – YouTube.

This year, Pope Francis led his first procession through Rome. A few days later, history was being made thousands of miles away, in the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Video – Variety #231: 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger, Perth

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
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Variety #231 – 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger, Perth ( 8 min) >>> Play

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This is a video summary of the 14th Annual Rosary Procession around Lake Monger in Perth, Australia in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Rosary Procession is organized by the local Legion of Mary.

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I die for the love of my Lord Jesu

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Margaret Clitherow, martyr.  Feast Day is March 26th.

Despite the risk of discovery, Margaret had a “priest hole” built in her home, where visiting clergy could hide if a raid should occur. She further built a hidden cupboard to hide vestments, missals, Eucharist and blessed wine. In Margaret’s attic, still preserved for the visiting faithful to see, a hole was cut between her home and the neighbor’s home, to allow an escape route for priests, should it come to that. Margaret stated, in defiance of the laws of the time, “by God’s grace all priests shall be more welcome to me than ever they were, and I will do what I can to set forward God’s Catholic service.” She organized celebrations of Mass, and hired a Catholic tutor for neighborhood children of the faith. It was through this tutor that she came to be discovered.

One afternoon, while the tutor was instructing the children, the police raided the house. The tutor escaped, and the authorities found children studying, but convinced of treason, they questioned the children until one broke down in tears, revealing the cupboard of hidden items. Margaret was immediately arrested, and the children were removed from their homes, placed with devout Protestant families. Margaret would never see her children again. Moved by her life, however, her younger son became a priest, and her daughter, a nun. (more…)