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Spiritual Life

Apr 17 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Vine and Branches

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Homily #140417n ( 18min) Play – At the opening celebration of the Triduum, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Father Angelo highlights the importance of not acting like Jesus, but having Jesus living in us. He told the disciples, “I am the Vine, you are the Branches,” and if we are not united to Jesus, we are like branches cut off from the vine. We need to be united to Him in the sacraments and by the mediation of the Mediatrix of Grace. Finally, Father reflects on a comment from the Holy Father’s sermon this morning reminding us that the priest without Christ is the poorest of all men, and asks us to especially pray for priests this Easter.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Thursday Lords Supper – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 12:1-8, 11-14
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: 1co 11:23-26
Gsp: joh 13:1-15

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Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Following or Falling Away?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Homily #140416n ( 03min) Play – Today, Spy Wednesday, the liturgy remembers the treachery of Judas, and Father asks us whether we are betraying Jesus like Judas did. We are either following or falling away, and if we realize we are falling away from Our Lord, let us ask for the grace to turn back to Him and fulfill the Will of God in our daily lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-9
Resp: psa 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Gsp: mat 26:14-25

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Apr 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Cup of Suffering

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Homily #140413n ( 15min) Play – Having read the Passion according to Matthew, Fr. Maximilian asks us what caused Jesus to suffer so much in the Garden? He tells us that it was because He saw the sins and rejection mankind would respond to His love with. This started at the Last Supper with the rejection by Judas, and continues today in our sins. However, Jesus didn’t falter under this heavy load, but turned what seemed like defeat into victory. Father encourages us to never stop reflecting on this, even doing so every day. Will we only acknowledge Jesus as “Rabbi” like Judas did, or will we call Him “Lord” and accept Him into our lives, allowing His victory over sin on the Cross to be repeated again in us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mat 26:14-27:66

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The Mercy of God to a Penitent

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

from St. Maximus the Confessor

healingGod’s will is to save us, and nothing pleases him more than our coming back to him with true repen­tance. The heralds of truth and the ministers of divine grace have told us this from the beginning, repeating it in every age. Indeed, God’s desire for our salvation is the primary and preeminent sign of his infinite good­ness. It was precisely in order to show that there is nothing closer to God’s heart that the divine Word of God the Father, with untold condescension, lived among us in the flesh, and did, suffered, and said all that was necessary to reconcile us to God the Father, when we were at enmity with him, and to restore us to the life of blessedness from which we had been exiled.

He healed our physical infirmities by miracles; he freed us from our sins, many and grievous as they were, by suf­fering and dying, taking them upon himself as if he were answerable for them, sinless though he was. He also taught us in many different ways that we should wish to imitate him by our own kindness and genuine love for one another.

So it was that Christ proclaimed that he had come to call sinners to repentance, not the righteous, and that it was not the healthy who required a doctor, but the sick. He declared that he had come to look for the sheep that was lost, and that it was to the lost sheep of the house of Israel that he had been sent. Speaking more obscurely in the parable of the silver coin, he tells us ‘that the purpose of his coming was to reclaim the royal image, which had become coated with the filth of sin. You can be sure that there is joy in heaven, he said, over one sinner who repents. (more…)

Christ in His Humanity

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

We know what the Incarnation means to us, that God the Son, by becoming man, caught up our human nature into His, made each one of us one with Him. He took our human nature for His own and gave us His. He experienced everything that we do, excepting sin, and He even took upon Himself the guilt and punishment of sin.
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He made Himself subject to our limitations: to discomfort, poverty, hunger and thirst, and pain. He knew fear, temptation, and failure. He suffered loneliness, betrayal, unrequited love, utter desolation of spirit, the sense of despair, and death. He suffered all these things, and all the secret, incommunicable things known to each individual, which can never be told; and He overcame them all. He overcame even death, and came back to the world bringing it life and peace and joy.
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Christ seems to have fallen in love with our suffering, so passionately has He laid hold of it and made it His. He is known to the whole world as the Man of Sorrows. Yet He came to give us life full of joy. (more…)

Apr 06 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Healing We Need

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140406n ( 21min) Play – Fr. Louis Maximilian compares the death of Lazarus to the death of the soul in sin. He points out that man is not made to die, but to live. However, this life, because of sin, does end. The healing God brings does not erase the passing from this life, but a spiritual healing which goes to the root of the matter, sin, and brings us to everlasting live in God. Let us place our trust in God and allow Him to heal us, not according to how we think we need healing, but according to how God knows we need it.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 5th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 37:12-14
Resp: psa 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
2nd: rom 8:8-11
Gsp: joh 11:1-45

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Apr 07 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Confession and Venial Sins

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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Homily #140407n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that Our Lord condemns the sins, and not the  sinners who turn to Him and repent. He then gives a short catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance and tells us that only the venial sins we are contrite for can be remitted in Confession. Finally, he encourages us to take the opportunity this Lent to make a good confession with a deep and universal sorrow for all our sins.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 5th Week of Lent (long) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: dan 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: joh 8:1-11

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Apr 05 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Suffering? Look to Jesus.

Saturday, April 5th, 2014
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Homily #140405n ( 12min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on the evil of suffering, and advises us that, in order to see the good which may come about from our sufferings, we need to look to Jesus, for He is the one who draws good, the greatest good, out of suffering, whether it was His sufferings or ours. Father also points out that this good passes through the Heart of Mary, who acceptance and embracing of the sufferings which befell Her and Jesus expanded Her heart and enabled it to embrace all humanity.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 11:18-20
Resp: psa 7:2-3, 9-10, 11-12
Gsp: joh 7:40-53

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Time for Confession!

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

The Courage to “Cut off our sins”
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“I grant forgiveness to the man who weeps over his sins:
Not to the sinner who hopes that I will delay in coming.”
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After sinning I thought of confessing but the Enemy whispered to me,
“Do you dare? How could you bear the penance you would be given for such great offense?’
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“The punishment in this world is light compared to that in the next!”
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Out of shame I remained in this wretched state, arguing that I could not possibly confess such abominable sins to the Priest.
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“Better to feel shame before my priest than suffer it in grief when I shall pass judgment on You, and all your sins will be trumpeted in the presence of a vast multitude.”
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Say no more. I yield. I repent of my transgressions and my utter lack of prudence. Have mercy on me, O Lord.
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“Since you have surrendered to Me, I embrace you. and may this pact endure for all time, for I cannot abide ingratitude.”
+B. Jacapone da Todi OFM

Learning to Suffer Well

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

To suffer gladly when we must for the love of others is indeed not only the closest imitation of Christ, it is the essence of our own “Christhood”; but when Christ is formed in us (as he certainly is when we have learnt that much about suffering) we shall have a desire to adore God. This is bound to be so, because our minds will be like Christ’s mind.

We shall desire to be grateful, to respond for every good thing, every flower or star, every moment spent happily, we shall want to thank someone, we shall want to be conscious of the presence of One whom we can love without measure, in whom we can delight without fear of loss, in whom ultimately our griefs  will be lost as a flame is lost in the light of the sun-in a word, we shall want to adore. This is certain, for Christ’s intellect was concentrated wholly on adoration of his Father; therefore he did not only pray, he made himself a sacrifice, the most complete adoration; the sacrifice of the cross.

This we also can do through our suffering. Adoration-were it widespread on earth-would not only use, as it were, this great burden of grief that is everywhere, it would lift it and put it on the plane of joy, for it would gradually draw every heart to the light of God, making us conscious of him in everything, and in him there is our only lasting joy.

Here, then, are reasons to learn to suffer well natural and supernatural. We increase human happiness by allowing suffering to enrich our natures; we grow in understanding, pity, and natural love; we pay our share for the debt of sin; we grow in “Christhood” and have the power of Christ to move God.  We keep Christ’s Passion ever before God’s eyes, and finally, with the very heart and mind of Christ, we adore God.

+Caryll Houselander

Apr 01 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Venerable Exercises of Holy Devotion

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
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Homily #140401n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias comments on today’s liturgy, and reminds us of the duty to form our conscience, and that if we don’t strive to do this, it will still be formed, but by the negative influences of the world. He recommends what today’s collect calls “Venerable Exercises of Devotion.” Specifically he mentions: (1) prayerful study of Sacred Scripture, (2) prayerful study of Church Teachings, (3) frequent confession, and (4) the imitation of the saints.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 4th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 47:1-9, 12
Resp: psa 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9
Gsp: joh 5:1-3, 5-16

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Mar 30 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: From Blindness To Sight

Sunday, March 30th, 2014
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Homily #140330n ( 14min) Play – This Latare Sunday, Father Maximilian comments on the themes found in today’s liturgies–particularly the movements from darkness to light, from blindness to sight. Let us be among those who were blind, but now see and embrace the light, and not among those who see the light, but reject it and choose to be blind.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 4th Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
2nd: eph 5:8-14
Gsp: joh 9:1-41

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Safe in Our Mother’s Arms

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Facing the Storms of Life in the Arms of Our Mother: 

May Jesus fill you with his holy love and grant you all those graces your beautiful soul desires, and I incessantly ask for you from our heavenly Father!. . . May the Lord continue to possess your heart always, rendering it holy to the degree established with eternal designs….

Do not fear the storm that roars about you, because in proportion to the rigidity of the winter, the spring will be more beautiful and richer in flowers, and the fruits more abundant. No matter what the tempter may say or do,  God is working out in you his admirable purpose, which is your sanctification. Don’t believe the murmurings and promptings of the enemy….

To be afraid of being lost while you are in the arms of divine goodness is stranger than fear on the part of a child in its mother’s arms. Banish all doubt and anxiety which are, however, allowed by infinite love for the purpose already mentioned. Be patient and don’t become discouraged if you see yourself still full of imperfections. Remember what I said to you in this regard, and make every effort to put it into practice.

When you are unable to take big steps on the path that leads to God, be content with little steps, patiently waiting until you have the legs to run.

+St. Padre Pio

Mar 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: God’s Love for Us

Friday, March 28th, 2014
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Homily #140328n ( 05min) Play – Fr. Maximilian reminds us of the evidence of God’s love for us, and ask us what more could God have done to win our love? How can we but love the One who so loves us? Father then shows us how we show our love for God, and answers the question, “If God loves us so much, then why does He turn His back on us when we suffer.” We have been given this life to unite ourselves to God in love, let’s not waste it!

Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 3rd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: hos 14:2-10
Resp: psa 81:6-8, 8-9, 10-11, 14, 17
Gsp: mar 12:28-34

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The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. 

The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life. 

Tearful Adam with his sorrowing family begs this of you, O loving Virgin, in their exile from Paradise. Abraham begs it, David begs it. All the other holy patriarchs, your ancestors, ask it of you, as they dwell in the country of the shadow of death. This is what the whole earth waits for, prostrate at your feet. It is right in doing so, for on your word depends comfort for the wretched, ransom for the captive, freedom for the condemned, indeed, salvation for all the sons of Adam, the whole of your race. 

Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.  (more…)