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St. Fidelis (Feast day is April 24th)

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to inflame the heart of blessed Fidelis with seraphic ardor and to adorn him with the palm of martyrdom and with glorious miracles in spreading the true Faith: we beseech Thee, by his merits and intercession, so to strengthen us by the might of Thy grace in faith and in charity, that we may deserve to be found faithful in Thy service even unto death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

For more information on the Saint see: http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/FIDELIS.htm

Divine Mercy

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

From the Diary of Saint Faustina:

Speak to the world about My mercy…It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. (848). Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near. (965) Before the Day of Justice, I am sending the Day of Mercy. (1588) I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. (1160)

While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy. (848)…He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice. (1146)

O Blood and Water which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You. (73)

Mar 30 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Is Our Love Sincere?

Monday, March 30th, 2015
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Homily #150330n ( 04min) Play – Father contrasts Mary Magadalene with Judas as they appear in today’s Gospel reading. In Mary we see humble, true, and self-less love, but in Judas we see a very different type of love, self-love. Let us reflect on whether in the secret of our hearts we are like Mary Magadalene or Judas.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-7
Resp: psa 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
Gsp: joh 12:1-11

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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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Sorrows and Joys of St. Joseph

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer: (Recite one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be after each number)

  1. St. JOSEPH, Chaste Spouse of the Holy Mother of God, by the SORROW with which thy heart was pierced at the thought of a cruel separation from Mary, and by the deep JOY that thou didst feel when the angel revealed to thee the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation, obtain for us from Jesus and Mary, the grace of surmounting all anxiety. Win for us from the Adorable Heart of Jesus the unspeakable peace of which He is the Eternal Source.
  2. St. JOSEPH, Foster-Father of Jesus, by the bitter SORROW which thy heart experienced in seeing the Child Jesus lying in a manger, and by the JOY which thou didst feel in seeing the Wise men recognize and adore Him as their God, obtain by thy prayers that our heart, purified by thy protection, may become a living crib, where the Savior of the world may receive and bless our homage.
  3. St. JOSEPH, by the SORROW with which thy heart was pierced at the sight of the Blood which flowed from the Infant Jesus in the Circumcision, and by the JOY that inundated thy soul at thy privilege of imposing the sacred and mysterious Name of Jesus, obtain for us that the merits of this Precious Blood may be applied to our souls, and that the Divine Name of Jesus may be engraved forever in our hearts.
  4. St. JOSEPH, by the SORROW when the Lord declared that the soul of Mary would be pierced with a sword of sorrow, and by thy JOY when holy Simeon added that the Divine Infant was to be the resurrection of many, obtain for us the grace to have compassion on the sorrows of Mary, and share in the salvation which Jesus brought to the earth.
  5. St. JOSEPH, by thy SORROW when told to fly into Egypt, and by thy JOY in seeing the idols overthrown at the arrival of the living God, grant that no idol of earthly affection may any longer occupy our hearts, but being like thee entirely devoted to the service of Jesus and Mary, we may live and happily die for them alone.
  6. St. JOSEPH, by the SORROW of thy heart caused by the fear of the tyrant Archelaus and by the JOY in sharing the company of Jesus and Mary at Nazareth, obtain for us, that disengaged from all fear, we may enjoy the peace of a good conscience and may live in security, in union with Jesus and Mary, experiencing the effect of thy salutary assistance at the hour of our death.
  7. St. JOSEPH, by the bitter SORROW with which the loss of the Child Jesus crushed thy heart, and by the holy JOY which inundated thy soul in recovering thy Treasure on entering the Temple, we supplicate thee not to permit us to lose our Savior Jesus by sin. Yet, should this misfortune befall us, grant that we may share thy eagerness in seeking Him, and obtain for us the grace to find Him again, ready to show us His great mercy, especially at the hour of death; so that we may pass from this life to enjoy His presence in heaven, there to sing with thee His divine mercies forever.

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Mar 19 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St. Joseph and the Testimony of the Saints

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Homily #150319n ( 07min) Play – Father Joachim speaks of St. Joseph’s greatness, and presents the testimony of the Saints about the power of his intercession for all our needs. Let us make a special request to him on his feast day, especially that we may remain faithful to Christ
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gsp: mat 1:16, 18-21, 24

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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

Mar 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Rejoicing in Suffering

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
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Homily #150315n ( 14min) Play – Amidst our Lenten suffering, we today hear the Church tell us “Laetare” “Rejoice” for we are suffering now, but Easter is in sight. We can see this mix of intense suffering and intense joy in the lives of the saints, and what brings this joy is that through suffering we are brought closer to Christ Crucified, closer to God. Let us rejoice, and rejoice in the privileged of sharing in the Cross of Christ. Laetare!
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 4th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ch 36:14-17, 19-23
Resp: psa 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6
2nd: eph 2:4-10
Gsp: joh 3:14-21

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Humbling Ourselves

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Humbling Ourselves:   Only the truly humble shall! be exalted, says the Blessed Virgin. The haughty, proud, and presumptuous shall be brought low and sunk to the lowest deep. Let us then humble ourselves, not serving God negligently, but striving to employ vigorously all our strength to acquire true humility of heart and submission. Let us examine ourselves continually before God if we can say with truth that we arc submissive to all that is wished of us, receiving all as coming from the hand of God Most High, who sees the depths of our hearts. To put on a fair exterior and not to be submissive within is not to have humility. Though it seem to creatures who see only the outside that such souls are humble it is not so and God, who sees all, takes no account of that. We must submit the understanding and the will if we are to be humble. 

Let us humble ourselves greatly before this great God, because he looks only to the humble takes account only of the humble. Upon whom shall my spirit rest, he says by the prophet, but upon the humble and contrite of heart, who fears my words? The prayer of the humble shall be heard. These are the words of Holy Scripture which ought to excite us strongly to become little and to love our littleness.
 
+Saint Jane Frances de Chantal

Misery: Mercy

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Francis de Sales tells us that when we have committed some fault or have taken a fall from grace this is what we should do:    

“When your heart sinks, raise it gently, humbling yourself quietly in God’s presence with the knowledge of your misery, without surprise at your fall. For it is no cause for marveling that sickness may make us ill, that weakness tends to diminish our strength, and that misery will cause us to be wretched. But hate with all your heart the offense you have committed against God, and filled with courage and confidence in His mercy, get back on board to resume of the voyage to virtue, which you had abandoned. 

Between misery and mercy there is such a great link that the one cannot exist without the other. Certainly our miseries and our weaknesses, however grievous they may be, must not discourage us; they must, rather, make us humble and lead us to throw ourselves into the arms of divine Mercy. This mercy will be glorified in us in proportion to our miseries, provided we rise out of them. We should hope to be able to do this with the grace of our Lord.”

Do It For God

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

God is in the midst of us, or rather we are in the midst of Him; wherever we are He sees us and touches us at prayer, at work, at table, at recreation. We do not think of this; if we did, with what fervor and devotion we should live. Let us often make acts of faith, saying to ourselves: God is looking at me; He is here present.

Keep yourself as much as possible in the presence of God, humbly tasting the sweetness you will find there. Do not fear illusion. Despise troublesome thoughts and bear their importunity with resignation. A soul that fears God is not troubled by her fear of committing faults; she goes to her good Master with great liberty of spirit and with childlike confidence. When we only desire to please Him, we must not fear that He is offended by things that we believe to be well done… The only secret for accomplishing your actions well is to do them only to please God and to avoid anxiety and discouragement at your faults; this comes merely from self-love, because you think more of yourself than of God; yet we should think only of Him.

St. Claude de la Colombiere

Feb 17 – Homily – Fr Johannes: Devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
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Homily #150217m ( 14min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Johannes stresses the importance of the devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows and the role of the seven founders of the Servite order  on spreading this devotion. He also elaborates on the seven promises made to St. Bridget of Sweden for those whose practice this devotion daily.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7 Founders of Servite Order – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 

1st: gen 6:5-8, 7:1-5, 10

Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 8, 9-10

Gsp: mar 8:14-21

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Feb 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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Homily #150217n ( 07min) Play – Father speaks of the 7 men we remember today, the 7 Holy Founders of the Servite order. They received a mandate from the Mother of God herself to spread devotion to her sorrows. Father tells us that the word of redemption has two parts, the objective redemption, which is the work of Christ on the cross whereby he won for us our redemption, and the subjective redemption, which is the application of those merits to us. We need to be devoted to the Passion of Our Lord, since it is by this we can be saved, but the complement of Our Lord’s Passion is Our Lady’s Compassion, and it was these two united which won salvation for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7 Founders of Servite Order – Opt Mem – Form: OF

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Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Bear One Another’s Burdens

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
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Homily #150208n ( 15min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the 2nd reading, and connects it to the words of St. Paul in Galatians 3, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” How does this fulfill the law of Christ? Because it is the practice of an unconditional love for our neighbor, a love which imitates the love of Christ and one which has Him as its source. Also, if we do this, we become more aware of our own faults and sins. Father gives us the teaching and example of St. Therese and St. Francis de Sales, and gives us a few steps which will enable us to live out this admonition.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: job 7:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
2nd: 1co 9:16-19, 22-23
Gsp: mar 1:29-39

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Revealing Our Lady

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

God wishes therefore to reveal Mary, his masterpiece and make her more known in these latter times:

  • ·       Because she kept herself hidden in this world and in her great humility considered herself lower than dust, having obtained from God, his Apostles, and evangelists the favor of not being made known.
  • ·       Because, as Mary is not only God’s masterpiece of glory in heaven, but also his masterpiece of grace on earth, he wishes to be glorified and praised because of her by those living upon earth.
  • ·       Since she is the dawn which precedes and discloses the Sun of Justice, Jesus Christ, she must be known and acknowledged so that Jesus may be known and acknowledged.
  • ·       As she was the way by which Jesus first came to us, she will again be the way by which he will come to us the second time though not in the same manner.
  • ·       Since she is the sure means, the direct and immaculate way to Jesus and the perfect guide to him, it is through her that souls who are to shine forth in sanctity must find him.
  • ·       He who finds Mary finds life that is, Jesus Christ. 
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort