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Sacraments

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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Apr 03 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Did the Jews Crucify Jesus?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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Homily #150403n ( 09min) Play – Today we ponder the mysteries of Our Lord’s Passion, and Father tells us that not to keep them at arms length, but to consider that is was not just Judas that betrayed Jesus, but it was also me and you, each individually, and each time we sin.  Our Lord saw all these “kisses” and if we consider how overwhelming this must have been, we are just starting to form an idea of the sufferings of Our Lord. Did the Jews crucify Jesus? No, I did. However, this suffering is not a disgrace for Jesus, but His glory. Let us look at our sins, and then look at His mercy and love. Let us in particular go to meet Jesus in the sacrament of Penance – Confession – and transform our shame into joy and peace.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Good Friday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:13-53:12
Resp: psa 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
2nd: heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9
Gsp: joh 18:1-19:42

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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

Feb 15 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Jesus Reaching Out

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
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Homily #150215n ( 08min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, telling us that as Jesus reached out and healed the leper, He also reaches out and heals us of our leprosy, sin, through the Sacraments and teachings of the Church. And now it is our role to, by our good example, be the hand that Jesus reaches out through and touches others, testifying that we know very little about Jesus, but we do know what He has done for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 13:1-2, 44-46
Resp: psa 32:1-2, 5, 11
2nd: 1co 10:31-11:1
Gsp: mar 1:40-45

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Feb 09 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Order Out of Chaos

Monday, February 9th, 2015
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Homily #150209n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the creation account, showing that in God’s creation, He brings order out of chaos. Father then tells us that we, by sin, disrupt that creation and bring chaos back into our world, our lives, and our souls. However, when we submit to the action of grace, seeking in particularly in Confession and the Eucharist, God continues this action of bringing order from chaos first in our souls, second in our lives, and finally into our world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 1:1-19
Resp: psa 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35
Gsp: mar 6:53-56

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Feb 02 – Homily – Fr Joachim: They Prayed

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
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Homily #150202n ( 08min) Play – Father points out that only Simeon and Anna recognized Our Lord when he was presented into the temple, and the reason is because they led lives of deep prayer which made them sensitive to the presence of God. And Our Lady was so united to God, that God united himself to her, and her joy is not diminished by all her sufferings. Let us enter into prayer, put our trust in Jesus, rely on the mediation of Mary, and recognize that at every Mass Our Lord comes into the temples of his churches, and at every communion into the temple of our bodies.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Presentation of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mal 3:1-4
Resp: psa 24:7, 8, 9, 10
2nd: heb 2:14-18
Gsp: luk 2:22-40

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Sanguis Christi, Inebria Me!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sanguis Christi, inebria me!

Blood of Christ, inebriate me!

It is the spilled Blood of Christ that through the ages has inebriated souls to the point of martyrdom. One has to be enlivened and beyond one’s own possibilities to be a martyr. One has to be, in the mystical and profoundly spiritual sense, quite “drunk” with God. The martyrs were the outstanding inebriates, enlivened and exhilarated beyond their nature, their potential.

Nature claims fiercely to life. The spiritual inebriate runs singing to martyrdom. All the saints of God were inebriated by the Blood of Christ. And if we are to excel our own meager possibilities, we must also be made drunk with that most Precious Blood. It is the Blood of Christ alone that can enliven us to respond with service beyond ourselves, that can achieve the overextension of ourselves without harm and, in fact, with glory…we are enabled to do the impossible when we are inebriated with the blood of Christ.

+Sr. Mary Frances PCC

Jan 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Healing for Spiritual Leprosy

Friday, January 16th, 2015
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Homily #150115n ( 04min) Play – Father explains that sin is like a spiritual leprosy, and that it is in the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) that we experience the words of Our Lord, “I will it, be clean!”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 1st Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 3:7-14
Resp: psa 95:6-7, 8-9, 10-11
Gsp: mar 1:40-45

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Jan 11 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Catechism on Baptism

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Homily #150111n ( 22min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the effects of Baptism, the three types of baptism, and the necessity of Baptism. He comments on the Baltimore Catechism (Volume three) and final gives us a spiritual aspect of Baptism and the best way to live out our baptism.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Baptism of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
2nd: act 10:34-38
Gsp: mar 1:7-11

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Mother of the Eucharist

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The simplest way to express what Christ asks us to believe about the Real Presence is that the Eucharist is really He.  The Real Presence is the real Jesus! We are to believe that the Eucharist began in the womb of the Virgin Mary, that the flesh which the Son of God received from His Mother at the incarnation is the same flesh into which He changed bread at the Last Supper; that the blood He received from His Mother is the same blood into which He changed wine at the Last Supper. Had she not given Him His flesh and blood there could not be a Eucharist.
 
+Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon

Dec 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Satiated Souls

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141203n ( 03min) Play – Father comments on the joys of Heaven, telling us that our body’s hunger for food is a dim reflection of the hunger of our souls for God. We can satisfy that hunger here by receiving Communion with faith, and in Heaven God will satiate our thirst for Him directly, and nothing will be able to take that joy from us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Francis Xavier – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 25:6-10
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 15:29-37

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Nov 27 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Do the Simple Things

Thursday, November 27th, 2014
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Homily #141127n ( 18min) Play – Father highlights the three elements of Mary’s Mediation: in the acquisition of graces as Coredemptrix, in interceding for us as Advocate, and in distributing these graces as Distributrix. Since she is, by God’s will, the Mediatrix, we need to draw close to her to receive the graces we are in desperate need of. Also, Father points out, the Immaculate Conception forms the bedrock for her other roles, and demonstrates the perfection of the Redemption. These two doctrines, Mediatrix and Immaculate Conception, are harmoniously united in the Miraculous Medal. While she doesn’t need a medal to distribute the graces entrusted to her by God, it is the will of God to use simple things (like the sacramentals) as instruments to bestow graces. And we are also involved in this as well, we need to make use of these simple things God has given us, the Miraculous Medal, Rosary, Scapular, Five First Saturdays, Divine Mercy Chaplet, ect., to receive the graces He desires to distribute through them. God makes Himself very available, but we need to go to Him according to His will and not ours. The sacramentals and sacraments may seem too simple, too available, but how many graces do we waste by not doing the easy things God wants us to. Let us do the simple things like the servants at the wedding of Cana did, and God will work powerfully in our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: rev 12:11, 5-6, 14-17
Resp: psa 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17
Gsp: joh 2:1-11

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Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ, the Rock on Which the Family Stands

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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Homily #141005n (26min) Play – In this hard-hitting homily, Father tells us that at various times, the forces of hell have raged against Christ and His Church with particular ferocity. One such time was the mass rebellion against the Church’s teaching on birth control, and we are in the midst of another when they are raging against the Christian Family. In order to firmly plant our understanding of marriage and the family on the Rock of Jesus Christ, Father comments on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on marriage and the family, showing that the love of spouses is the form of human love that–though dimly–reflects the love of Christ for His Church and for each one of us. For marriage to be Christian it must be built on the Rock of Christ, and though this is demanding, God gives the grace to the spouses through His sacramental blessing on their union. Marriage without Christ or His Cross is doomed to fail, since it is only through the grace of the sacrament of marriage that human love can be elevated to faithfully reflect the love that God has for humanity. In this context, we see that the fidelity and self-sacrifice of spouses is intrinsically linked to the faith love of God for humanity. And it is in this context we can see how divorce is alien to a truly Christian understanding of marriage. And for those in difficult situation, whether through their fault or not, peace and joy can only be found by remaining faithful to the teachings of Christ and the requirements of revealed truth and divine love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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Sep 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Second Plank of Salvation

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
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Homily #140907n ( 20min) Play – Pulling from a plethora of sources, Father Matthias goes over the essential characteristics of the Sacrament of Penance, the five necessary things on the part of the penitent, and the two necessary traits of a good confessor. Father encourages us to pray for our confessors, and to heed their directions, for “He who hears you, hears me.” (Luke 10:16)
Ave Maria!
Mass: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 33:7-9
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: rom 13:8-10
Gsp: mat 18:15-20

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