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Saints

St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Litany of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Protector and Patroness of Third Order Franciscans

Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
O Christ, hear us. O Christ, graciously hear us.
O God the Father, of heaven: have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, Redeemer of the world: have mercy on us.
O God, the Holy Ghost: have mercy on us.
O Holy Trinity, one God: have mercy upon us.
Holy Mary: Pray for us.
Immaculate Virgin: Mother and Mistress of our Order: Pray for us.
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St. Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary:  Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Duchess of Thuringia: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, queen in the Kingdom of God: Pray for us.
 St. Elizabeth, consoler of sinners: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, nurse of lepers: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, devoted wife of Louis the Good: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, famous exemplar of Christian widowhood: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, fervent spouse of the Son of God: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, humble in prosperity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, patient in adversity: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, mighty in penance: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, wondrous in prayer: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, first-born of the Tertiaries: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, Protectress of our Order: Pray for us.
St. Elizabeth, the “dear saint” of Holy Church: Pray for us.
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O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: spare us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: graciously hear us, O Lord.
O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
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V. Pray for us, O blessed Elizabeth. Alleluia.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ. Alleluia.
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Let us pray: Merciful Lord, we pray Thee to pour the bright beams of Thy grace into our hearts: that, by the glorious prayers of Thy Saint Elizabeth, we may learn to despise all worldly prosperity, and ever to rejoice in all Heavenly consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Nov 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Sacred Army of Jesus Christ

Monday, November 17th, 2014
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Homily #141117n ( 10min) Play – St.  Elizabeth of Hungary is a most illustrious member of the Third Order of St. Francis, and Father Matthias gives us a short overview of her short life. Father Matthias quotes from Auspicato Concessum by Pope Leo XIII where he talks about the Third Order of St. Francis. The pontiff calls it the “Sacred Army of Jesus Christ” and tells us that the Third Order is the solution for the many ills of our days. The Holy Father tells all of us that those of us who are children of St. Francis must imitate his true example of how to follow Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Elizabeth of Hungary – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 33rd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 1:1-4; 2:1-5
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 18:35-43

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Nov 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Becoming Truly Great

Saturday, November 15th, 2014
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Homily #141115n ( 05min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel of the day and relates it to St. Albert the Great, a Dominican who possessed encyclopedic knowledge on almost every subject and who taught the great theologian St. Thomas Aquinas. If we to what to be truly great, Father tells us, we must pray incessantly, hold to the faith we have received, and be docile to the grace of God. By these things, simple but not easy, we will become truly great in the eyes of God, which is the only greatness that matters.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Albert the Great – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 3jo 1:5-8
Resp: psa 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 18:1-8

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Nov 14 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Nicholas and the Challenge of Truth

Friday, November 14th, 2014
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Homily #141114n ( 11min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the account of the martyrdom of today’s saints, Ss. Nicholas Tavelic and companions, who preached the Gospel to the Muslims in Jerusalem and sealed their witness with their blood. Against the swords of the Muslims, they brought the Truth of Christ and the words of Sacred Scripture. Father quote the words of Pope Benedict XVI, ““I would say that the Christian can afford to be supremely confident, yes, fundamentally certain that he can venture freely into the open sea of truth, without having to fear for his Christian identity.” We must be confrontational, and challenge others, not with violence, but with a challenge to think about what they believe, to also “venture freely into the open sea of truth” so that by speaking to their intellect and will, we may introduce them to the one who is Truth Himself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Nicholas Tavelic and companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 2jo 1:4-9
Resp: psa 119:1, 2, 10, 11, 17, 18
Gsp: luk 17:26-37

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Nov 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: An Ecumenical Saint

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
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Homily #141112n ( 14min) Play – Father gives us the events leading up to the life of St. Josaphat, his life and work, and finally his death at the hands of belligerent schismatics. He ends by telling us that two things are necessary for lasting Christian union: lives of holiness and a willingness to even lay down one’s life for the unity of the Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Josaphat – Mem – Form: OF
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Nov 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: He Did What He Was Obliged To Do

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
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Homily #141111n ( 03min) Play – Father Maximilian applies the words of today’s Gospel, “we have done what we were obliged to do” to St. Martin of Tours who was faithful to his duties to the end of his life. Let us too be faithful to the duties which convey the will of God to us today.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martin of Tours – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 32nd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: tit 2:1-8, 11-14
Resp: psa 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29
Gsp: luk 17:7-10

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Nov 08 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: He Defended the Mother of God

Saturday, November 8th, 2014
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Homily #141108n ( 04min) Play – Today the friars celebrate Bl. John Duns Scotus, and Father tells us that he lived the detachment that today’s Gospel teaches, always seeking God alone with all his heart and mind, and he did this by defending the Mother of God and Her Immaculate Conception. In fact, it was his explanation of the Immaculate Conception which was later used in the dogmatic definition of the same.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. John Duns Scotus – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 4:10-19
Resp: psa 112:1-2, 5-6, 8, 9
Gsp: luk 16:9-15

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St. Joseph: Patron of the Dying

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

In this month of November let us remember the souls in Purgatory in a special way every day and let us also pray for the great blessing of a happy death in a state of grace for ourselves.  St. Joseph is the Patron of a Blessed Death; let us ask him for this grace.

Petition Prayer to St. Joseph:
 
O glorious Saint Joseph, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, to you we raise our hearts and hands to implore your powerful intercession in obtaining from the benign heart of Jesus all the helps and graces necessary for our spiritual and temporal welfare, particularly for the grace of a happy death and the special favor we now request…
 
(State your request here.)
 
O guardian of the Word Incarnate,
we feel animated with confidence that your prayers
in our behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
 
O glorious St. Joseph,
through the love you bear to Jesus Christ
and for the glory of His name,
hear our prayers and obtain our petitions.
 
Amen.

Nov 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Reach Out With St. Charles

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
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Homily #141104n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the readings of the day and relates them to today’s saint, St. Charles Borromeo.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Charles Borromeo – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 2:5-11
Resp: psa 22:26-27, 28-30, 31-32
Gsp: luk 14:15-24

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Nov 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Great Hope

Monday, November 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141103n ( 04min) Play – As we remember the dead of the Franciscan Order, we also consider our own resurrection in Christ. We in the Church Militant still have to make the life-long choice of our free will to love God and neighbor, and by neighbors we also include the Church Suffering in Purgatory. Be being reminded of them and of the Church Triumphant in heaven, we can better appreciate the great hope which is ours as Catholic Christians.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Commemoration of the Franciscan Deceased – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 31st Week in Ordinary Time
1st: phi 2:1-4
Resp: psa 131:1, 2, 3
Gsp: luk 14:12-14

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Oct 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Apostolos

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
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Homily #141028n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel of today, telling us that the word “Apostle” comes from the greek “apostolos” meaning “sent.” At Our Lord’s Ascension, He sent out the apostles to the world, and made them the 12 pillars on which the Church was founded. Although we know little of today’s apostles, we do know they preached the Gospel to the pagans, and testified to it with their lives. Like them, we must first come to know the Lord intimately, and then spread what we encounter there out to the rest of the world by our voices and our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts Simon and Jude – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 2:19-22
Resp: psa 19:2-3, 4-5
Gsp: luk 6:12-16

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Another Saintly Son of Our Lady

Friday, October 24th, 2014

sainta10[1]Ave Maria Meditations encore

A favorite quote from this Saintly son of Mary:

“What has our Lord not done for the glory of His Father and for the salvation of souls? Ah, I see Him agonizing on the cross, despised, and loaded with suffer­ings. Then am I, for the same reason, and aided by His grace, firmly resolved to suffer, to toil, to be despised, to be laughed at, calumniated and persecuted, and even to suffer death itself. Thanks be to God I am having my share of these crosses in my life.

I live, but my life is that of Christ’s, and in possessing me, my poor Lord possesses a nothing, and I, in possessing Him, posses everything. I pray to Him like this: O Lord, you are my love. You are my honor, my hope, and my refuge, my glory, and my last end.  O my love, my happiness, my conserver, my joy, my reformer and my master! You are my father, the spouse of my life and of my soul!

I do not seek or desire to know anything but your holy will, in order to do it. I love only you, my God, and all other things only for you, in you, and for your sake. You are more than sufficient for me, and I love you, my strength, my refuge, and my consolation. You are my Father, my brother, my spouse, my friend, and my all. Help me to love you as you love me, and as you will that I should love you.

For myself, I say this to you: The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he deserves and works with all this strength to inflame all men with the fire of God’s love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labors strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate Him by his prayers, his labors, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”

from the writings of Saint Anthony Mary Claret, feast day is October 24th 

Oct 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: On the Holy Father’s Address to the Synod

Friday, October 24th, 2014
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Homily #141024n ( 18min) Play – Fr. Mattias comments briefly on the life of St. Anthony Mary Claret who was a demanding and rigorous pastor, but because of his zeal and charity, the faithful were happy to live up to the demands of the Christian life. Moving from this example of episcopal zeal, Father comments on the closing address of Pope Francis to the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. First he looks at three canons the Holy Father alluded to, and then presents Pope Francis’ comments on some of the modern temptations that pastors may fall into. The Holy Father ends by directing the pastors of the Church not just to welcome the lost sheep, but to proactively search for them. Let us too take this advice and ask for the apostolic zeal ad charity of St. Anthony Mary Claret.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Anthony Mary Claret – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 29th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 4:1-6
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 12:54-59

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Catholic Church celebrates feast day of St. John Paul II, for the first time

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

October 22 marks the feast of St. John Paul II, and for the first time, the Church celebrates it.

This same date marks the opening Mass of his pontificate. He presided over it six days before his election on October 16, 1978.

“Don’t be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ!”

The Pontificate of John Paul II  lasted 26 years. It was one the longest in history. His tomb is one of the most venerated by pilgrims who visit Rome.

Pope Francis canonized John Paul II and John XXIII on April 27, 2014. It was one of the most crowded ceremonies at St. Peter’s Square.

via Catholic Church celebrates feast day of St. John Paul II, for the first time.

North American Martyrs – YouTube

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Today is the feast day of the North American Martyrs. Here is an excellent video on St. John De Brebeuf.

HT Fra Charles, FI

North American Martyrs – YouTube.

St. John De Brebeuf and The North American Martyrs, the “Founding Fathers” of Faith in North America show us how to win people for Jesus. It might not require our deaths, but it always costs our lives.