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Aug 09 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Faith in God and His Ways

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
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Homily #140809n ( 10min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian speaks of the first reading, and comments that we often are dissatisfied with when we see unjustice, but God does not act. We must learn to see with the eyes of God, and seek His understanding, even if that differs from our own. And before we seek justice in the world, we must first seek it in our hearts. Justice ultimately comes from God, both in the external world, and more importantly, justice comes into our hearts from the atoning sacrifice of the Cross, from Jesus, and not from ourselves. We must have faith in God and in His ways, He will act in His way and at the time He chooses. If we are disturbed at what seems to be His inaction, we are lacking in faith. Let us turn to “She who believed” and ask for this grace of a unshakeable faith.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 18th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: hab 1:12-2:4
Resp: psa 9:8-9, 10-11, 12-13
Gsp: mat 17:14-20

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The Love that is True Friendship

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

What is happening to Friendship?

Once upon a time, there was friendship. Once upon a time, society accepted that the love of friends could be the single most important thing in a person’s life, and they did more than just accept, they celebrated the fact. Throughout history, discourses and sermons have been written in praise of friendship…
      Perhaps the change was the fault of Freud and Oscar Wilde; and then again, perhaps not. But today no love is accepted as valid that is not in some way sexual, and even if we set out to reject the sex-obsessed outlook of today’s society, we think in those terms despite ourselves.  What a waste! What a wicked denial and perversion of love! God has made friendship – did not Christ have his own beloved disciple? – and how dare we corrupt it and deny it!
       Of course, we must not despise sex: sex is holy, divinely ordained as a way of love and procreation – but it is not the only love. Friendship is not “mere” friendship, not a second-best; still less is it a repressed substitute for erotic love. It is a love in its own right, powerful, holy, overwhelming. A world with Eros but without friendship is a world full of isolated, self-obsessed couples, of love unshared – a sad thing indeed. And we are heading that way.


Month of Mary 23 – Be The One–With Mary

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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Month of Mary #23 ( 09min) Play - Revisiting the various themes of Mother Teresa’s example of a soul totally consecrated to Mary, we sum them up as “Be the one–with Mary”. Be the one to satiate the thirst of Jesus and console Him–both Jesus on the Cross and Jesus in our neighbor–and do it with Mary. Let us be the ones to respond to Our Lord’s plea “I looked for one to comfort Me, but I found no one”–but let us go to Mary and She will teach us about Jesus’ thirst for love. Let us console Him with our own love and console Him hidden around us by joyfully loving others and satiate their thirst for love, being, like Mother Teresa, missionaries of charity.

Today’s Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Help me to “be the one” to console Jesus with Mary.

Ave Maria!

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Apr 24 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Only Through Jesus

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
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Homily #140424n ( 00min) Play – Father Joachim comments on today’s Gospel, showing how the disciples, even though they knew of the Resurrection, were still afraid and confused. Likewise, many Christians are afraid of showing their faith as our society becomes more and more hostile to Christ. Father encourages us to put our faith in practice, for Jesus is risen from the dead, and if we don’t live the faith, how will it spread to the many who are still in darkness?
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday of Easter Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: act 3:11-26
Resp: psa 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: luk 24:35-48

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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
1st: jer 7:23-28
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: luk 11:14-23

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Mar 18 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Catechism and Homosexuality

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
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Homily #140318n ( 13min) Play – Father Matthias undertakes the task of explaining the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and homosexual acts by pulling from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and recent statements by Pope Francis. Finally, he emphasizes that those with homosexual attractions have the same call we all do–be holy.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: isa 1:10, 16-20
Resp: psa 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23
Gsp: mat 23:1-12

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Feb 27 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Salt is Good…If It is Salty

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
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Homily #140227n ( 06min) Play – Our Lord asks, “Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor?” Likewise, Christians are good, but only if they maintain their “flavor.” This means the universal Christian apostolate of seeking our salvation as well as our neighbors’, which means we must beware of the corrupting force of the world and actively fighting against it. The Second Vatican Council tells us, “… the member who fails to make his proper contribution to the development of the Church must be said to be useful neither to the Church nor to himself.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 7th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: jam 5:1-6
Resp: psa 49:14-15, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20
Gsp: mar 9:41-50

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Feb 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The UN and Child Abuse

Saturday, February 8th, 2014
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Homily #140208n ( 22min) Play – Fr. Matthias tells us today’s homily is not a defense of the Catholic Church’s response to the child abuse crisis nor an intellectual analysis of the subject at hand, but a pastoral sermon, one warning the sheep of the wolves. The subject at hand is the volley of “recommendations” from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Fr. Matthias fires back by first examining the incredible suggestions from the Committee, and then examining what exactly the Committee itself is promoting in the name of “protecting children.” Ave Maria! Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF Readings:  1st: 1ki 3:4-13 Resp: psa 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 Gsp: mar 6:30-34 Audio (MP3) +++

A Pro-Life Prayer to St. Gerard

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Against the Forces of Anti-Life:

O great wonder-worker of our day, St. Gerard, powerful protector of a mother and her unborn child:  beg God, we beseech thee, to crush the mounting forces of anti-life and to enlighten those who work in this deadly way, that they may see the enormity of their sin and return to the  generous observance of the divine law.  Pray, too, for mothers that they may prize the great privilege of motherhood and that they may bring up their children in the holy love and fear of God, so saving their own immortal souls and furthering the honor and glory of their Maker: through Christ Our Lord, Amen.


There are Modern Holy Innocents

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us.

Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defense of unborn life is closely linked to the defense of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development.

Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defense of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.

Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question. I want to be completely honest in this regard. This is not something subject to alleged reforms or “modernizations”. It is not “progressive” to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life.

Franciscus (Evangelii Gaudium)

Thanking the Creator of Life

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

“Creator of Life–Thank You!”

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you”
That is an assurance of God’s love solid and true
We are the beloved and precious in His sight
How did our society get to this current plight

Children are viewed as a burden to be discarded
Planned Parenthood is abundantly rewarded
The liberal media calls it “women’s health care”
The reality is a truth too heart-wrenching to bear

“Pro-choice” sounds liberating, sensible, and kind
The deception it promotes is the tie that will bind
“Pro-abortion” is not appealing to the one who hears
Accurate terminology could instill worry and fears

Language matters, and progressives know the drill
Don’t let anyone know that abortion really does kill
“A woman’s right to choose” is now firmly entrenched
Pro-lifers are seen as the radicals who should be benched

“Follow the money” has been an accurate trail in the past
Cut off tax dollars and watch Planned Parenthood move fast
Litigation or legislation—it’s all about abortion on demand
Roe versus Wade and Doe versus Bolton—the law of the land

There have been over 40 years of tragedy since that fateful time
Millions have died—and a civilized society doesn’t see a crime
Is it apathy and complacency—or is it something much deeper
What has caused us to fail in being our brother and sister’s keeper

To the many women (and men) who are experiencing pain
It is not necessary to be isolated and suffering in vain
All of the wounds and painful memories you can freely bring
There is healing and forgiveness from Jesus Christ our King 

For the gift of life, we give thanks and praise to our God! 

used with permission from Deacon Vernon Dobelmann

40 Days for Life (September 25th-November 3rd)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Heavenly Father, thank You for this opportunity to join my prayers, fasting, and community outreach with those throughout our country for the end of legalized abortion, euthanasia, and embryonic stem cell research in America. I pray for our legislatures that they will pass laws against these intrinsic evils and our judges that they will decide in favor of life.

Dear Jesus, I pray for those who are in vigil outside abortion clinics in all the locations during this 40 Days for Life Campaign. Give them the right words and the right presentation to change the hearts of the pregnant girls and women so they will not go through with their planned abortion. Give the moms being coerced into having an abortion the courage and support to say, “No.”

Come Holy Spirit; renew our nation through this 40 days for life. Instill in us all, an awe for the sanctity of life.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been purchased at a price…(1 Cor 6:19-20)







40 Days for Life: 40 Days of Lent

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

For information on your nearest 40 Days for Life prayer campaign please see www.40daysforlife.com

Forty Days of New Life: This article covers why Lent has forty days, the meaning of the number 40 in the Old and New Testament, and the meaning of the fasting and temptation of Jesus Christ in the Desert. It was originally written as a commentary on the scripture readings for the first Sunday in Lent. 

In the English language, the special season before Easter is called “Lent.” The word comes from the “lengthening” of daylight hours as we progress from the darkness of winter to the new light of spring. But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days.

OK, we do penance for forty days because Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness. But did you ever wonder why he was out there for forty days rather than seven or ten or fifty?  Think back to the Old Testament. Noah and company in the Ark watched rain fall for 40 days and forty nights. Moses was up on Sinai receiving the 10 commandments for 40 days. The Israelites wandered around the desert for 40 years.

So why all these forties? Probably because it is forty weeks that a woman carries her developing baby before a new life can come forth from the womb. (more…)

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Unborn

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

Virgin of Guadalupe, Patroness of unborn children, we implore your intercession for every child at risk of abortion. Help expectant parents to welcome from God the priceless gift of their child’s life.

Console parents who have lost that gift through abortion, and lead them to forgiveness and healing through the Divine Mercy of your Son.

Teach us to cherish and to care for family and friends until God calls them home. Help us never to see others as burdens.

Guide our public officials to defend each and every human life through just laws. Inspire us all to bring our faith into public life, to speak for those who have no voice.

We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is Love and Mercy itself. Amen.

— 2010 Respect Life Liturgy Guide, USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.

Jan 22 – Homily – Fr George: Fight Abortion With The Mass

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
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Homily #130122 ( 14min) Play -

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the Roe vs Wade decision which legally enshrined abortion in our Land.

Only prayer will conquer this present darkness, only by God’s grace will enlighten all those involved in abortion, the women, politicians, judges, and, especially, the abortionists. The best way to obtain these graces from God is the Mass; going to Mass, daily if possible, and having Masses said for the conversion of abortionists, in reparation for abortion, for the souls of the aborted children, and for the reconciliation of post-abortive women with God. And, in conjunction with the Holy Mass, we must pray the Rosary for the conversion of the world and for true peace and justice.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Mass For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life
Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: heb 6:10-20
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 4-5, 9-10
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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