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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
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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Jul 11 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prayer and Work

Friday, July 11th, 2014
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Homily #140711n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian introduces us to St. Benedict, the father of monasticism. The motto given to the Benedictines is “Prayer and Work” and Father shows that by founding our daily lives with time set aside for prayer,  that lifting of the heart to God will extend throughout the whole day.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Benedict – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 46:1-7, 28-30
Resp: psa 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40
Gsp: mat 10:16-23

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Jul 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Conformed to Mary, Conformed to Jesus

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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Homily #140710n ( 10min) Play – Fr. Matthias introduces to a little known saint, but one of the greatest mystics of the Church, St. Veronica Guiliani. First we hear a short biography, and then Father shows how her deep union with Our Lady, becoming a “True Image” of Mary, led her to be a “True Image” of Jesus Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Veronica Giuliani – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: hos 11:1, 3-4, 8-9
Resp: psa 80:2, 3, 15-16
Gsp: mat 10:7-15

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Jul 09 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Kingdom is at Hand

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
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Homily #140709n ( 03min) Play - Father Maximilian comments on the phrase “the kingdom of God is at hand” and shows that today’s martyrs, St. Nicholas Pick and Companions, realized the immediacy of the kingdom, and remained firm in the faith unto death. May we too remain firm in our profession of faith, always remembering that the Kingdom of God is at hand.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Nicholas Pick and companions – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 14th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: hos 10:1-3, 7-8, 12
Resp: psa 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: mat 10:1-7

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Bl. Junipero Serra

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Lord Jesus Christ, reward the apostolic zeal of Your Seraphic son, Blessed Junípero Serra, who leaving home and fatherland, labored for the salvation of souls in Spain, Mexico and California. By Your Most Holy Name may he be raised to the full honors of the altar. Through the intercession of Blessed Serra, look with favor on our special prayers which have no earthly answer (mention request). This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Junipero Serra


A priest in the Franciscan order of the Catholic Church, Junipero Serra was a driving force in the Spanish conquest and colonization of what is now the state of California. (more…)

Jun 30 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: He Gave All to Preach the Gospel

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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Homily #140630n ( 04min) Play -Father comments on today’s Gospel reading, pointing out that Our Lord isn’t telling us to neglect our duties; rather, we must put Him first in everything. Today’s blessed gives us an example of one who heard the call, and did leave everything to follow God. Bl. Ramondon Lull left his high position at court, founded a college for the training of missionaries, and, after many years of promoting the missions, went to Northern Africa himself at the age of 79, preached the Gospel, and there was stoned. He died of his injuries after be rescued, but before reaching home. He gave all to bring the Faith to others, what have we done?
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Raymond Lull – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 13th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: amo 2:6-10, 13-16
Resp: psa 50:16-17, 18-19, 20-21, 22-23
Gsp: mat 8:18-22

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Corpus Christi

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer to St. Anthony, Franciscan Doctor of the Church

Friday, June 13th, 2014

One Minute Meditation

“Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints”
O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me ( my request).
O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
St. Anthony’s Feast Day is June 13th

Our Duties to our Blessed Mother

Saturday, June 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

On this First Saturday in June let us consider that “After having fulfilled our obligations toward the Son of God, we have three duties to his holy Mother: The first is to prostrate ourselves in heart and in spirit at her feet asking her pardon for the cruel death of her Son, and for the most bitter sufferings of her pure heart which we have caused.

In reparation, we must offer her all the honor, glory, and praise which have been, are, and will be forever rendered to her in heaven as well as on earth by the Most Holy Trinity, by the sacred humanity of her Son, by all the angels, and all the saints. We must also give ourselves to our Lady as her slaves, promising that we wish to serve and honor her all our lives in every way possible to us. 

The second thing we must do for the Blessed Virgin is to remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ, dying on the cross, gave her to us as our Mother, and gave us to her as her children, when, addressing her, He said: “Behold your son”; and speaking to each of us in the person of Saint John: “Behold your mother:’ We ought to thank Our Lord with our whole heart for having given us His Mother to be our Mother; we ought to give thanks to the most holy Virgin for hav­ing received us as her children, and to beg our Savior that inasmuch as He has associated us with Him as the Beloved Son of Mary, He also makes us share His per­fect filial devotion to His admirable Mother.
Our third debt to the Mother of Jesus is to acknowledge and salute her as our Mother, declaring that we desire to serve, love, and honor her as our Mother, obey her as a Mother and study to make ourselves like unto her as children should resemble their mother; and, consequently, to imitate her humility, her patience, her obedience, her purity, her mildness and docility, her charity, and all her other virtues. We must beseech our Lady to look upon us, her unworthy children, to protect and to guide us in all things and to be a mother to us both in life and in death.”
St. John Eudes

Jun 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Martyrs of Uganda

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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Homily #140603n ( 12min) Play – Father Matthias relates the lives, sufferings, and deaths of today’s Ugandan saints, who choose to die rather than give into the homosexual desires of the king. May their example encourage us, their prayers give us strength, and their sacrifice pour out many graces upon this world.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Charles Lwanga and Companions – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 20:17-27
Resp: psa 68:10-11, 20-21
Gsp: joh 17:1-11

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Jun 02 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Courage of Martyrs

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140602n ( 04min) Play – Father gives us an overview of the lives and deaths of the martyrs we remember today, and encourages us to pray for the same courage they had, for it is a gift of God. Finally he reminds us that it is one thing to extol suffering and martyrdom from a distance, it is another to remain steady when it comes to us, so let us prepare now for we will all have something to suffer for Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts. Marcellinus and Peter – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 19:1-8
Resp: psa 68:2-3, 4-5, 6-7
Gsp: joh 16:29-33

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Month of Mary 31 – Consecration Day

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

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Month of Mary #31 ( 15min) Play - On the final day of our “Month of Mary” we want to sum everything up. We have looked through the eyes of four Marian Giants, and we can sum up their perspectives with a few words: St. Louis de Montfort–Passion, Baptism, Gift; St. Maximilian Kolbe–Mystery, Militia, Love; Bl. Mother Teresa–Thirst, Heart, Covenant, St. John Paul II–Mother, Entrust-acration, Mercy. Finally, he encourages us to LIVE this consecration and give God the maximum amount of glory possible. Ad Maximum Dei Gloriam!

Today’s Consecration Prayer:

O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you. I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property. Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and, “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world.” Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls, and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For wherever you enter you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O Sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Ave Maria!

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