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Sacraments

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

Pope Francis on Marriage and the Consecrated Life

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

The Pope stressed the importance of vocation: both that of marriage and of virginity. The question about the sacrament of marriage was asked him by a young couple, carrying their small baby.

“Two Christians who are married,” said Francis, “have recognized the Lord’s call in their love, the vocation to form from two, male and female , one flesh , one life. And the Sacrament of Marriage envelops this love with the grace of God, rooted in God himself. With this gift, with the certainty of this call, you can start off safe, afraid of nothing, in the knowledge that you can deal with it together.”

The pontiff recalled the parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, “were married in conditions much poorer than ours, some in time of war, or post-war, and some emigrated, like my parents . Where did they get their strength from? From the certainty that the Lord was with them , that their family is blessed by God in the sacrament of marriage, and blessed is the mission of giving birth to children and educating them. Based on these assurances they survived even the most severe trials. They were simple, but real certainties, which formed of the pillars that supported their love. Their lives were not easy. There were so many problems, but these certainties helped them to move forward and make a beautiful family.” (more…)

O Blessed Host; O Mercy Divine!

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

I adore You, Lord and Creator, hidden in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I adore You for all the works of Your hands, that reveal to me so much wisdom, goodness and mercy, O Lord. You have spread so much beauty over the earth and it tells me about Your beauty, even though these beautiful things are but a faint reflection of You, incomprehensible Beauty. And although You have hidden Yourself and concealed Your beauty, my eye, enlightened by faith, reaches You and my soul recognizes its Creator, its Highest Good, and my heart is completely immersed in prayer of adoration.

My Lord and Creator, Your goodness encourages me to converse with You. Your mercy abolishes the chasm which separates the Creator from the creature. To converse with You, O Lord, is the delight of my heart. In You I find everything that my heart could desire. Here You light illumines my mind, enabling it to know You more and more deeply. Here streams of graces flow down upon my heart. Here my soul draws eternal life. O my Lord and Creator, You alone, beyond all these gifts, give Your own self to me and unite Yourself intimately with Your miserable creature.

O Christ, let my greatest delight be to see You loved and Your praise and glory proclaimed, especially the honor of Your mercy. O Christ, let me glorify Your goodness and mercy to the last moment of my life, with every drop of my blood and every beat of my heart. Would that I be transformed into a hymn of adoration of You. When I find myself on my deathbed, may the last beat of my heart be a loving hymn glorifying Your unfathomable mercy. Amen.

+St. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Eucharistic Humility

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Body of Christ, make me holy. Fill my weak soul with an overflowing of Grace so You and I may be as One. You have created me for Yourself. What an act of ingratitude to keep any part of me for myself.

My weakness and pride make me forget You but Your humble Presence in the Eucharist stirs my soul to repentance. Let us be hidden together in love and union. Accept my wretchedness and wrap it in Your Power and change it all in the fire of Your Love.

Mother M. Angelica  PCPA

Praying for Priests at the Blessed Sacrament

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

In honor of St. Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers whose Feast Day is August 2nd, we present this prayer composed by a priest but one we can all embrace.  On this First Friday of the month, can we spend an hour with Jesus at the Blessed Sacrament or Tabernacle?

You do not yet understand the value and the meaning of what you are doing when you abide in adoration before My Eucharistic Face. You are participating in a divine work, in a work of grace. You are before Me as an empty vessel to be filled with the power and sweetness of the Holy Spirit, that souls might drink of My Love and, drinking, see that My Love is sweeter than any earthly delight.

You are before Me as the intercessor in whose soul the Holy Spirit is sighing with ineffable groanings, and obtaining from My Father, through Me, all that the Father desires to give My priests in this world and in the next.

You are the reparator opening yourself to receive the love that so many others ignore, refuse, or treat with indifference, coldness, and disdain. By offering yourself to Me in an adoration of reparation, you console My Eucharistic Heart, which burns with love and so desires to fill souls with My tender mercy. (more…)

A Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

One Minute Meditation

Prayer of Adoration

I have come My Lord to be with You, to recall the great mystery of faith: Your true presence in the consecrated bread of life.  I come to adore You Jesus by acts of faith, hope, and love; to express sorrow for my sins; to make reparation for the sins of the whole world; to thank You for Your blessings and gifts, so many of which we take for granted and to present to you my needs, my fears, and my desire for You to govern my life.

I pray to the Holy Spirit of light and truth to fill my heart and enkindle the fire of Your divine love.  I also ask our Blessed Mother to be with me as I visit her Divine Son.

Lord, I may not be able to find all the words to express what is really in my heart.  I may be distracted and perhaps feel a weariness. Regardless, I kneel in silence before You, knowing that You know my innermost thoughts and desires. I come to renew my personal love for you and attempt to rededicate my life to You. Please touch my heart and soul with your peace. Amen

Contrition, Mercy and Forgiveness

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“I never reject a contrite heart.” (Diary of St. Faustina #1485)

 (Isaiah 1:18):  “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

 (Luke 7:47): “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

There is no limit to God’s mercy. He never rejects us because of our sins, He never grows weary of our infidelities, never refuses to forgive us. He is always ready to forgive our offenses and to repay our ingratitude with graces. He never reproaches us for our offenses, even when we fall again immediately after being forgiven. He is never angered by our repeated failures or weakness in the practice of virtue, but always stretches out His hand to us, wanting to help us. When men condemn us, God shows mercy to us; He absolves us and sends us away justified, as Jesus did with the woman taken in adultery. “Go, and now sin no more”(Jn.8:11). (more…)

Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

ON THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS

The Sacrifice of the Mass is essentially the same as the Sacrifice of the Cross. It is the most pleasing offering we could make to God during an entire eternity. It is, of all things here below, that which procures most joy to the Church Triumphant—most help to the Church Suffering—most profit to the Church Militant.

The Sacrifice of the Mass is a holocaust most perfect, since we render to God an infinite honor in offering to him our Divine Lord.

It is a sacrifice of propitiation, since it is the same as that offered on the Cross, which has effaced all the sins of men by the Blood of Jesus Christ shed thereon ; which has paid with superabundance, all that was due for them to the Divine Justice. We ought then to use with great care this means of obtaining pardon of our sins, and of averting from us the vengeance of God.

The Sacrifice of the Mass is Eucharistic; by it we offer to God thanksgiving worthy of the benefits he bestows upon us. What shall I render to the Lord for all he has done for me ? asks holy David. What can we render for all his benefits? Alas! we have nothing… But, our dear Lord, touched with compassion at the sight of our poverty, has enriched us with all his treasures, has instituted the Sacrifice of the Mass in which he gives Himself to us, that we may take Him and offer Him to God His Father, in gratitude for all He has given to us.

Finally, the Sacrifice of the Mass is impetratory to obtain all goods of body and soul of which we have need; for our Lord is of infinitely greater value than anything we can ask of God.

Holy Mass has the power of obtaining what we ask:

1. Because Jesus Christ offers to his Father in our favor all the merits of His life and death.

2. Because our Lord actually prays in heaven for those who offer the Mass or for whom it is offered.

3. Because of the prayers of the Church which are made at Mass.

4. Because of our own prayers which are then more efficacious than they are at any other time. (more…)

O Wondrous Exchange!

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“From the rising of the sun even to the going down, my name is great among the Gentiles, and in every place there is Sacrifice, and there is offered to my name a clean oblation: for my name is great among the Gentiles, saith the Lord of hosts.”(Malac. 1:11)

Reflections of a priest on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: “O wondrous exchange: The Creator of the human race taking to Himself a living body, deigned to be born of a virgin, and coming forth a man without the concurrence of man, bestows on us men His divinity.”

That, dear Lord, is love – for it is You! And that, dear Lord, is exactly what everyone should see when he looks at Mass. It is the Holy Trinity’s Second Person whom you meet in Mass. He is divine. He is “God of God, true God of true God,” as we sing in the Credo of the Mass.

But He is not there as Omnipotence, though His omnipotence is truly there. Hence, you need never shrink before His power when Mass is being offered; for Almighty God is not there as The Almighty. Nor need you cringe before His infinite majesty, though that majesty is there in all its infinite­ness. Nor is there any call for that fear which one may feel in the presence of a judge who is to pass a sentence from which there is no appeal,Christ, who is Mass, will one day be our Judge; but He does not come as Judge in Mass; He comes only in one guise ­that of a Lover.

You meet God in Mass. Never forget that. You meet Him in Person, but garbed in that personality, if you will allow the word, of the Good Samaritan, the Good Shepherd, or the Father of the Prodigal. Actually jt is in the personality of the One who, with His dying gaze, looked upon those who had just driven spikes through His hands and feet to affix Him to that awful cross, that gibbet of shame, then lifted His voice in prayerful plea to His Father, asking Him to “forgive them,” saying that “they do not know what they are doing” (Lk 23: 34). That is the personality in which you meet God in Mass. (more…)