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Sacraments

The Rosary and Adoration with Our Lady

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis: “This evening I am united to all of you in praying the Holy Rosary and in Eucharistic adoration under the gaze of the Virgin Mary. s gaze! How important this is! How many things can we say with a look!
Affection, encouragement, compassion, love, but also disapproval, envy, pride and even hatred. Often a look says more than words; it says what words do not or dare not say.
 
At whom is the Virgin Mary looking? She is looking at each and every one of us. And how does she look at us? She looks at us as a Mother, with tenderness, mercy and love. That was how she gazed at her Son Jesus at all the moments of his life – joyful, luminous, sorrowful, glorious – as we contemplate in the mysteries of the Holy Rosary, simply and lovingly.

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Jul 20 – Homily – Fr Giles: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of man”

Saturday, July 19th, 2014
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Homily #140720a ( 15min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 12:13, 16-19
Resp: psa 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16
2nd: rom 8:26-27
Gsp: mat 13:24-43

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Jul 13 – Homily – Fr Giles: “A sower went out to sow…”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140713a (13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:10-11
Resp: psa 65:10, 11, 12-13, 14
2nd: rom 8:18-23
Gsp: mat 13:1-23

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Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Giles: The Real Presence

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140622a ( 14min) Play

Ave Maria!

This homily was given by Fr. Giles during the Sunday Mass of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi during which he explained the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St. John and what is meant by the Real Presence.
Mass: Corpus Christi – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 8:2-3, 14-16
Resp: psa 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
2nd: 1co 10:16-17
Gsp: joh 6:51-58

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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

May 10 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Eucharist and St. Damian

Saturday, May 10th, 2014
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Homily #140510n ( 07min) Play – Father comments today on the “Hard Teaching” of the Eucharist, and notes that many disciples went away because they didn’t understand all that Our Lord was saying. He was not just going to offer dead flesh from His body, but His very self, body and soul (and divinity) as food for our souls. St. Damien understood the lesson of the Eucharist well, and gave himself to the lepers on Molokai, even becoming one himself, in order to bring them spiritual healing. Let us learn our lesson from St. Damien and the Eucharist, and, as he brought spiritual healing and opened heaven to the lepers of Molokai, let us offer ourselves to bring the life that comes from Christ to all souls.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Damien of Molokai – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 3rd Week of Easter
1st: act 9:31-42
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: joh 6:60-69

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Apr 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Sacrament of Love

Sunday, April 27th, 2014
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Homily #140427ns ( 11min) Play – Fr. Joachim shows that in today’s gospel, we see the institution of the Sacrament of Love, Confession. God has promised to work through the sacraments, but not necessarily outside of them. In 1675, He complained to St. Margaret Mary, ” Behold this Heart, Which has loved men so much, that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to them Its love; and in return I receive from the greater number nothing but ingratitude.” He desires us to come to Him and receive His Mercy in the sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist, which are the remedy and cure for sin. He knows our weakness, let us ask Saints Pope John Paul II and John XXIII for the strength to persevere in our faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Divine Mercy Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:42-47
Resp: psa 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2nd: 1pe 1:3-9
Gsp: joh 20:19-31

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Apr 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Disposing Our Minds With Deeds

Friday, April 25th, 2014
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Homily #140425n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias comments on a phrase from today’s collect: “So dispose our minds, we pray, that what we celebrate by professing the faith we may express in deeds.” Father reminds us that one such deed is how we act before the Blessed Sacrament, and that by bodily postures and gestures, we may either help or hinder our spiritual life. He concludes by presenting seven points from Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book Dominus Est (the title of which is taken from today’s Gospel) in regards to the method of receiving Holy Communion.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 4:1-12
Resp: psa 118:1-2, 4, 22-24, 25-27
Gsp: joh 21:1-14

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Apr 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Confession and Venial Sins

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140407n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that Our Lord condemns the sins, and not the  sinners who turn to Him and repent. He then gives a short catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance and tells us that only the venial sins we are contrite for can be remitted in Confession. Finally, he encourages us to take the opportunity this Lent to make a good confession with a deep and universal sorrow for all our sins.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Lent (long) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: joh 8:1-11

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Time for Confession!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Courage to “Cut off our sins”
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“I grant forgiveness to the man who weeps over his sins:
Not to the sinner who hopes that I will delay in coming.”
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After sinning I thought of confessing but the Enemy whispered to me,
“Do you dare? How could you bear the penance you would be given for such great offense?’
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“The punishment in this world is light compared to that in the next!”
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Out of shame I remained in this wretched state, arguing that I could not possibly confess such abominable sins to the Priest.
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“Better to feel shame before my priest than suffer it in grief when I shall pass judgment on You, and all your sins will be trumpeted in the presence of a vast multitude.”
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Say no more. I yield. I repent of my transgressions and my utter lack of prudence. Have mercy on me, O Lord.
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“Since you have surrendered to Me, I embrace you. and may this pact endure for all time, for I cannot abide ingratitude.”
+B. Jacapone da Todi OFM

Mar 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Communion to Divorced and Remarried?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
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Homily #140327n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the confusion regarding the possibility of a change in the Church’s teaching on admitting the divorced and remarried to Communion, and clarifies that, despite questions and suggestion from certain Cardinals, the teaching on the indissolubility of marriage cannot and will not change.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 3rd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 7:23-28
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: luk 11:14-23

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Redemption Near At Hand

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

A certain friend of God was once asked what he would do if he had lived for a long time in grievous sins. He replied: “If I had done all prescribed to me by a prudent and wise confessor, and had given up my sins as I ought, I should wish never again to think of them, nor to stain my heart with the remembrance of them; but I would strive from that time to live so piously that God might forget all my sins. For when we neither desire nor commit sin, but turn clean away from it, then God also forgets it.”

“Yes, even if I had lived for the space of forty years in sins, and now the hour of my death had come, if I had sincerely confessed my sins, if I could, with perfect love, from the depth of my heart, even for the space of one “Hail Mary,” turn myself to God and betake myself to him, in order that I might turn utterly away from sin and entirely to God, then I might go from this world as a pure and innocent man. But if, on the other hand, I had committed only one sin, and I went hence in sorrow, contrition, and grief of heart, then, indeed, I should die as a penitent sinner.”

On the other hand, many people who have not the true fear of God are miserably deceived by flattering themselves with the idea of God’s immense mercy, while at the same time they do not correct their evil lives. Such men think little of daily venial offences; yes, even grievous sins do not much trouble them. They say to themselves: “Directly we have sighed and groaned over our iniquities, the inexhaustible mercy of God will forgive them all, and we shall go hence by a happy death.”

But as God is supremely merciful, so also is he supremely just. He is not merciful without justice nor just without mercy… Wherefore he who desires to be saved ought to embrace and to kiss both of our Lord’s feet-that is, the foot of his mercy and the foot of his justice. He ought so to trust in the infinite mercy of God as not to persevere in sin; but, turning to God-with his whole heart, he ought to strive to live a righteous and godly life. Thus living, will he die at last a holy death. 

+Blosius the Venerable

 

Mar 02 – Homily – Fr Giles – “You cannot serve two masters”

Saturday, March 1st, 2014
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Homily #140302a ( 00min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles on the readings for the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:14-15
Resp: psa 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1co 4:1-5
Gsp: mat 6:24-34

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Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

PRAYER OF SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS:

I give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, who have been pleased to nourish me, a sinner and your unworthy servant, with the precious Body and Blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: this through no merits of mine, but due solely to the graciousness of your mercy.

And I pray that this Holy Communion may not be for me an offense to be punished, but a saving plea for forgiveness. May it be for me the armor of faith, and the shield of good will. May it cancel my faults, destroy concupiscence and carnal passion, increase charity and patience, humility and obedience and all the virtues, may it be a firm defense against the snares of all my s course.

And I beseech you to lead me, a sinner, to that banquet beyond all telling, where with your Son and the Holy Spirit you are the true light of your Saints, fullness of satisfied desire, eternal gladness, consummate delight and perfect happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Awaiting our Christmas Holy Communion

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

The Lord has shown his great mercy. Enkindle in your hearts ardent desires and burning wishes for Our Lord to come to you in the virtue of his charity, love of the Father, and of every human being. Say with the Royal Prophet, “I opened my mouth and panted.” And your Savior will respond, “Surely I come quickly; you shall see me very soon.”

Your eyes at the midnight Mass will gaze upon the elevated Host and your lips will utter, “My Lord and my God.” A few minutes more and the little Infant will have come to you. His Immaculate Mother did not hold him more truly in her arms that first Christmas midnight than you will have him, heart to heart. Then all the love of that Infant Redeemer will be poured out upon you. It’s a thirst of the heart of every creature that desires to be loved, and the love which can alone satisfy that craving is the Divine Love.

Let your heart delight in the love your God has for you, personally, individually. No soul ever in ardent fervor desires to unite herself to our Lord in Holy Communion, as our Lord desires to unite him­self to her. So Holy Communion is a delight to your Infant Savior; because he loves you, oh, how immea­surably! He tells you in his heart to heart interview that he has become a little Infant so that you may love him with a human love without fear. He wants you to confide in him, approach to him with a con­viction that his Great Majesty is annihilated that you may no longer see in him but a little Child, with a body and soul just as you have. And the mystery of love is this: that he unites his Body to your body and your soul to his Soul, so that yours may be a member of his very own.

This Christmas Holy Communion will unite you to our Lord, it is my prayer, more intimately than ever before in all your lives so that even the smallest of your actions may by this union be animated with divine Life – and all for the honor of the Father and the salvation of souls. May you participate in his life of charity, and may a divine light illumine you to see the depths and heights of the charity of a God made Man to redeem that which was lost. You participate in the spirit and the immense charity of Christ so as to be born this Christmas to a new life of charity – for “he that abides in charity, abides in God.”

St. Katherine Drexel