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Saints

Aug 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: First the Soul

Monday, August 25th, 2014
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Homily #140825n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian contrasts the Pharisees condemned by Our Lord in today’s reading with today’s Saint, the great King St. Louis IX, who didn’t stop at appearances, but first considered his soul and the souls of his people, allowing the Gospel to transform his entire life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis IX – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 21st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2th 1:1-5, 11-12
Resp: psa 96:1-2, 2-3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 23:13-22

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Aug 19 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Christ Became Poor to Make Us Rich

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
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Homily #140819n ( 12min) Play – Father goes over the readings, psalm, and antiphons of today’s liturgy, and shows how Jesus became poor for us, and by being united to Him, we become shares in the Divine Life of God, which is worth more than all the ephemeral riches of this passing world. And looking at today’s saint, St. Louis of Toulouse, we can see a man who did give up all, became poor, and shared in the self-giving of Christ, being rewarded for his labors by entering into paradise at the young age of twenty-four. Let us choose the last and lowest place, setting all aside for the sake of the Gospel, and become rich in the eyes of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis of Toulouse – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 28:1-10
Resp: deu 32:26-27, 27-28, 30, 35-36
Gsp: mat 19:23-30

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Aug 14 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Maximilian & Manly Marian Consecration

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Homily #140814n ( 10min) Play – On the Patronal Solemnity of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Father comments on the Marian Consecration taught and lived by St. Maximilian Kolbe. He reminds us of two things: firstly, Mary takes our consecration to Her seriously, and, secondly, once we make our consecration we will be expected to fulfill it, especially when it goes against our own will and self-love.  We don’t live poetry or sentimentality, to desire to “Live, work, suffer, and die for the Immaculate” is an illusion without daily application, virile commitment, heroic fidelity, and total self-sacrifice. Quoting from the “Book of Sanctification” of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Father reads: “In the Marian Vow is found the most complete and radical offer of self to the Immaculate: She may demand “everything” from Her consecrated, ask any sacrifice and heroism, even that of being consumed as a victim of sacrifice and of immolating one’s life with the violent death of a martyr, after the example of the death of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Maximilian Kolbe – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 3:1-9
Resp: psa 116:10-17
2nd: 1jo 3:13-18
Gsp: joh 15:12-17

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St. Maximilian: a Short Guide to a Holy Life

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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In any case, those who on this earth have had a chance to taste in advance a little bit of heaven can get some idea of what it will be like. Now everyone can have this experience. All he needs to do is:
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1) Go to confession with sincerity, diligence, a deep sorrow for his sins and a firm resolve to amend his life. He will suddenly feel a peace and happiness compared with which all the fleeting, unworthy pleasures of this world are really an odious torment.
2) Let everyone seek to come and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist with proper preparation.
3) Let him never permit his soul to remain in sin, but let him purify it immediately.
4) Let him do his duty manfully.
5) Let him address humble and frequent prayers to God’s throne, especially through the hands of the Immaculate Virgin.
6) Let him welcome his brethren with a charitable heart, bearing for God’s sake the sufferings and difficulties of life.
7) Let him do good to all, even his enemies, solely for the love of God and not in order to be praised or even thanked by men.
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Then he will come to understand what it means to have a foretaste of paradise; and perhaps more than once he will find peace and joy even in poverty, suffering, disgrace, or illness.
 
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Aug 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: From the Good to the Better

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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Homily #140812n ( 03min) Play – Father Mattias comments on the Collect prayer for St. Jane Francis de Chantal, and points out that she moved from vocations of less perfection to higher perfection, for it is a teaching of the Church that the religious life is objectively more perfect than married life, for it is an anticipation of heaven while still on earth. We must always seek out the most perfect thing we can, and we cannot turn back nor stay as we are in the spiritual life. Let us learn from St. Jane Francis, and move from what is good to what is better, and what is better to what is best.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Jane Frances de Chantal – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 2:8-3:4
Resp: psa 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
Gsp: mat 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

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Aug 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Faith and the Turbulent World

Monday, August 4th, 2014
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Homily #140804n ( 08min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel, showing how faith is needed in the turbulence of the world, especially in  our age, but with a strong faith, we can go forward to Our Lord even over the stormy waters of this life. St. Jean Vianney is a shining example of this faith, which is found in deep prayer and penance, and shows how we can engage our own turbulent world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Jean Vianney (the Cure of Ars) – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 28:1-17
Resp: psa 119:29, 43, 79, 80, 95, 102
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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Our Lord’s Love for Us through the Holy Eucharist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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“WE BELIEVE in the love of God for us.” That is a profound saying. Belief in the truth of the words of God is required of every Christian; but there is another belief, which is more perfect and is the crown of the first: belief in Divine love. Belief in the Divine truths will be vain if it does not lead to belief in Divine love.

What is this love in which we must believe? It is the love of Jesus Christ; the love which He manifests to us in the Eucharist, a love that is Himself, a living and infinite love. But what proofs of His love does our Lord give us in the Eucharist? FIRST of all we have His word, His veracity. Jesus tells us that He loves us, that He instituted His Sacrament only out of love for us. Therefore, it is true. We believe an honest man on his word. Why should we not trust our Lord as much? When someone wants to give his friend a proof of his love, he tells him personally that he loves him and he gives him an affectionate handshake. Well, our Lord sends neither Angels nor ministers to assure us of His love; He comes in person. Love will have no go-between. And so He perpetuates Himself only to tell us over and over again: “I love you. You see that I love you!” (more…)

Aug 01 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri

Friday, August 1st, 2014
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Homily #140801n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian touches on the gospel reading, and then gives us an introduction to the life, vocation, and work of the great Saint Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri. Finally, he mentions that today at noon until tomorrow midnight the Porziuncola indulgence is available and he goes over the works needed to get the indulgence.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 26:1-9
Resp: psa 69:6, 8-10, 14
Gsp: mat 13:54-58

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Jul 31 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Homily #140731n ( 10min) Play – Father Mattias introduces us to St. Ignatius, his conversion, and his vocation. Father reflects that there are two different things our will can choose, to reject evil and choose good, or to chose what is better and sacrifice what is merely good. A primary example of this is the religious life. Finally, Father remarks on a passage from the Spiritual Exercises where St. Ignatius describes three types of men. Let us all strive to the the third type, and seek only “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” (For the Greater Glory of God).
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Loyola – Mem – Form: OF

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Jul 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Nurturing Grace

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Homily #140728n ( 06min) Play – Father compares the Gospel parable of the leaven kneaded into the dough with the spiritual life, and how we have to constantly nurture the life of grace in us, or else we may loose everything. Finally, he introduces us to today’s Franciscan blessed, and shows how she nurtured the grace implanted into the soul at baptism until it filled the whole of her life. Let us to never neglect to nurture the life of grace in us, and strive to begin living heaven, which is union with God, while we are still in this life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mattia Nazarei – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 13:1-11
Resp: deu 32:18-19, 20, 21
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: On the Veneration of Saints

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140726n ( 09min) Play – On the feast of the Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of the Lord, Father Mattias speaks of why Catholics honor and venerate the Saints, and contrasts Catholic devotion to those in whom God is especially glorified with the errors of Martin Luther.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Joachim and Anne – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 10-15
Resp: psa 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
Gsp: mat 13:16-17

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Jul 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Greatest Sign of Love

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140723n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the life of St. Bridget of Sweden, and focuses on her intense meditations on the passion of Jesus. He asks why we give so much focus on what looks like a altogether unfortunate event? The answer is that the Sufferings of Jesus are the greatest sign of Love offered to us by God, and that  by meditating on the sorrows of Jesus, we learn how to accept and benefit from our own sufferings which Father compares to the plowing which prepares the soil of our souls for the grace of God. Let us welcome the action of God in our lives as He prepares and purifies us for eternity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Birgitta – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 1:1, 4-10
Resp: psa 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
Gsp: mat 13:1-9

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Jul 21 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A True Son of St. Francis

Monday, July 21st, 2014
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Homily #140721n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian speaks on today’s Franciscan saint, showing that St. Lawrence of Brindisi was a true son of Saint Francis. Let us imitate, if not his particular call, his generosity in answering God’s Call.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lawrence of Brindisi – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 16th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: mic 6:1-4, 6-8
Resp: psa 50:5-6, 8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 12:38-42

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Jul 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Sixth Wing of the Seraph

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
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Homily #140715n ( 09min) Play – Today the Franciscans celebrate the Feast of St. Bonaventure, the Seraphic Doctor. To illumine today’s Gospel, Fr. Mattias quotes St. Bonaventure that the savor of the salt is contemplation and devotion. These the Seraphic Doctor calls the sixth and most important “Wing of the Seraph.” Father finishes by looking at more detail to St. Bonaventure’s teaching on this most important part of the spiritual life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bonaventure – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 8:2-7, 16-18
Resp: psa 16:5-5, 7-8, 9, 11
2nd: 1co 2:6-13
Gsp: mat 5:13-19

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Jul 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Monday, July 14th, 2014
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Homily #140714n ( 00min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s readings, and ties them into the life of the Native American Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Mem – Form: OF
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