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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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Oct 19 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: What is God’s?

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
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Homily #141019n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on today’s Gospel, and tells us that Our Lord’s response is deeper than it first appears, for everything belongs to God, we have our civic duties, yes, but even those are ultimately rendered to God. All things come to us from the Love of God, and we must return everything back to God with love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 45:1, 4-6
Resp: psa 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
2nd: 1th 1:1-5
Gsp: mat 22:15-21

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Oct 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christ, the Rock on Which the Family Stands

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
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Homily #141005n (26min) Play – In this hard-hitting homily, Father tells us that at various times, the forces of hell have raged against Christ and His Church with particular ferocity. One such time was the mass rebellion against the Church’s teaching on birth control, and we are in the midst of another when they are raging against the Christian Family. In order to firmly plant our understanding of marriage and the family on the Rock of Jesus Christ, Father comments on the teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on marriage and the family, showing that the love of spouses is the form of human love that–though dimly–reflects the love of Christ for His Church and for each one of us. For marriage to be Christian it must be built on the Rock of Christ, and though this is demanding, God gives the grace to the spouses through His sacramental blessing on their union. Marriage without Christ or His Cross is doomed to fail, since it is only through the grace of the sacrament of marriage that human love can be elevated to faithfully reflect the love that God has for humanity. In this context, we see that the fidelity and self-sacrifice of spouses is intrinsically linked to the faith love of God for humanity. And it is in this context we can see how divorce is alien to a truly Christian understanding of marriage. And for those in difficult situation, whether through their fault or not, peace and joy can only be found by remaining faithful to the teachings of Christ and the requirements of revealed truth and divine love.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 5:1-7
Resp: psa 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
2nd: phi 4:6-9
Gsp: mat 21:33-43

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Oct 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Sacred Heart and Our Nation

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141003n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the 2nd of the Promises connected with devotion to the Sacred Heart: I will establish peace in their homes. Quoting from a dialogue between Napoleon III and a bishop, Father underlines that if a nation is indifferent to the truth, then Truth Himself will be indifferent to that nation, if we refuse to ask the protection of God, we will not get it, and will fall. The Heart of Jesus must reign in our society, He is the antidote to our confused and chaotic condition.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 26th Week in Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 7-8, 9-10, 13-14
Gsp: luk 10:13-16

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40 Days for Life begins internationally

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Pope Francis on the Right to Life:

In April the Holy Father addressed a pro-life group saying, “One of the gravest risks our epoch faces, amid the opportunities offered by a market equipped with every technological innovation, is the divorce between economics and morality, the basic ethical norms of human nature are increasingly neglected. It is therefore necessary to express the strongest possible opposition to every direct attack on life, especially against the innocent and defenseless, and the unborn in a mother’s womb is the example of innocence par excellence. Let us remember the words of the Second Vatican Council: ‘Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes‘ (Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, n. 51). ….

Anyone who is Christian has a duty to bear witness to the Gospel: to protect life courageously and lovingly in all its phases. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that to life, which is not subject to any conditions, neither economic nor qualitative nor ideological.”

 

 

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.

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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
Readings: 
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
Readings: 
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
Readings: 
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
Readings: 
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)