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Spiritual Life

Our Lady: Throne of Grace

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Our Lady is the throne of grace, in a very profound way. To her we can apply these words from the epistle to the Hebrews: Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. The throne is a symbol of the authority which belongs to Christ, Who is the King of the living and the dead. But the throne is a throne of grace and mercy, and we can apply it to Mary according to ancient liturgical texts; through her all graces come to us.

Mary’s protection is like a spiritual river which has been pouring down upon all men for nearly two thousand years.It is a tree that keeps giving fruit, a tree that God willed to plant with so much love. It is the immense treasure of Mary who is constantly caring for her children. What better way to obtain divine mercy than by having recourse to the Mother of God, who is also our Mother?

The plenitude of grace with which God wished to fill her soul is also an immense gift for us. Let us give thanks to God for having given us his Mother as our own, for having made her so exquisitely beautiful in her whole being. And the best way to thank him is to love her very much, to deal with her throughout each day, to learn to imitate her in her love for her Son – and in her complete availability for whatever refers to God. (more…)

A Call to Love

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Each one is called to fullness of life through the love of Jesus. He came to make all things new, to restore all things in Him, that our humanness, though weak, might be strong in Him. The Father sent His Son to take on a human nature to share with us the power of His Spirit that our inner nature might grow to the full stature in Christ. The only thing that can make us complete and whole is the love of God given to us through the Heart of Jesus.  Only when we are free can we be completely human. We are freed through the love of Jesus and His suffering humanity. 

The freedom gained in the love of Jesus unshackles the mind and empowers the spirit of man to expand to his full stature. Through his strengthening of our our humanness we grow in the love that makes us whole.  We can be completely human only when we give ourselves completely in love.  Only love makes our actions human. Our call to bea new man is essentially dependent on our ability to love with Christ’s love.
 
Humans are able to speak, but if we speak with tongues of angels and men but do not have love, we are nothing. Humans are able to believe, but if we have faith to move mountain but have not love, it is worthless. As humans we can make  sacrifices, even our own bodies; but if we have not love, we are nothing at all. We need love to be completely human. Our call to humanness is a call to love.
 
from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Aug 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Prayer: A Sign of Faith

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
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Homily #140817n ( 09min) Play – Father speaks of today’s theme, fidelity and perseverance in prayer. He tells why, sometimes, God doesn’t seem to answer our prayers, and emphasizes that God is constantly reaching out to us; the question is: are we reaching out to Him? Do we have faith in him like the Canaanite woman from today’s Gospel reading? In prayer we confess our need for God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. We can see how much the world needs prayer, Our Lady at Lourdes, Fatima, and other places has asked for prayer and penance. God is asking us, “Turn to me in persevering prayer, show Me your faith.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 56:1, 6-7
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: rom 11:13-15, 29-32
Gsp: mat 15:21-28

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Aug 16 – Homily – Fr Matthias: To Be Like Jesus–Be a Child of Mary

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
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Homily #140816n ( 04min) Play – On this Saturday morning, Fr. Matthias tells us that, while it is not absolutely necessary to have a devotion to Mary in order to be saved, it is practically necessary, because in for the life of grace to fully bloom in our hearts, we need to imitate the God-man, the source of this life, and that means imitating His filial devotion to Mary. Let us strive for this, and ask for the grace to be better Children of Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Stephen of Hungary – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 18:1-10, 13, 30-32
Resp: psa 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19
Gsp: mat 19:13-15

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St. Maximilian: a Short Guide to a Holy Life

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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In any case, those who on this earth have had a chance to taste in advance a little bit of heaven can get some idea of what it will be like. Now everyone can have this experience. All he needs to do is:
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1) Go to confession with sincerity, diligence, a deep sorrow for his sins and a firm resolve to amend his life. He will suddenly feel a peace and happiness compared with which all the fleeting, unworthy pleasures of this world are really an odious torment.
2) Let everyone seek to come and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist with proper preparation.
3) Let him never permit his soul to remain in sin, but let him purify it immediately.
4) Let him do his duty manfully.
5) Let him address humble and frequent prayers to God’s throne, especially through the hands of the Immaculate Virgin.
6) Let him welcome his brethren with a charitable heart, bearing for God’s sake the sufferings and difficulties of life.
7) Let him do good to all, even his enemies, solely for the love of God and not in order to be praised or even thanked by men.
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Then he will come to understand what it means to have a foretaste of paradise; and perhaps more than once he will find peace and joy even in poverty, suffering, disgrace, or illness.
 
+ St. Maximilian Kolbe

Aug 12 – Homily – Fr Matthias: From the Good to the Better

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
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Homily #140812n ( 03min) Play – Father Mattias comments on the Collect prayer for St. Jane Francis de Chantal, and points out that she moved from vocations of less perfection to higher perfection, for it is a teaching of the Church that the religious life is objectively more perfect than married life, for it is an anticipation of heaven while still on earth. We must always seek out the most perfect thing we can, and we cannot turn back nor stay as we are in the spiritual life. Let us learn from St. Jane Francis, and move from what is good to what is better, and what is better to what is best.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Jane Frances de Chantal – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 19th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 2:8-3:4
Resp: psa 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131
Gsp: mat 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

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Aug 10 – Homily – Fr Giles: To Know God Is To Love God

Sunday, August 10th, 2014
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Homily #140810a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 19:9, 11-13
Resp: psa 85:9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: rom 9:1-5
Gsp: mat 14:22-33

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Aug 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Respond To Love With Love

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
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Homily #140803n ( 10min) Play – Father comments on the theme of today’s liturgy, which is the great love God has for all of us and that we need to open ourselves to God through prayer to experience the love and mercy of God. The Gospel reading in an anticipation of the Eucharist, where we encounter the love and closeness of God more than anywhere else! Let us respond to His love with love!
Ave Maria!
Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:1-3
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: rom 8:35, 37-39
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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Aug 03 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Hunger and Thirst for God alone

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
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Homily #140803a ( 09min) Play -  This is a reflection given by Fr. Angelo M. Geiger on the readings for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 55:1-3
Resp: psa 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: rom 8:35, 37-39
Gsp: mat 14:13-21

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Our Lord’s Love for Us through the Holy Eucharist

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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“WE BELIEVE in the love of God for us.” That is a profound saying. Belief in the truth of the words of God is required of every Christian; but there is another belief, which is more perfect and is the crown of the first: belief in Divine love. Belief in the Divine truths will be vain if it does not lead to belief in Divine love.

What is this love in which we must believe? It is the love of Jesus Christ; the love which He manifests to us in the Eucharist, a love that is Himself, a living and infinite love. But what proofs of His love does our Lord give us in the Eucharist? FIRST of all we have His word, His veracity. Jesus tells us that He loves us, that He instituted His Sacrament only out of love for us. Therefore, it is true. We believe an honest man on his word. Why should we not trust our Lord as much? When someone wants to give his friend a proof of his love, he tells him personally that he loves him and he gives him an affectionate handshake. Well, our Lord sends neither Angels nor ministers to assure us of His love; He comes in person. Love will have no go-between. And so He perpetuates Himself only to tell us over and over again: “I love you. You see that I love you!” (more…)

Jul 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Active Life and Contemplation

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
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Homily #140729n ( 07min) Play – Father points out that today’s saint, Martha, is seen as an image of the active life, and as the Gospel shows us, the contemplative life, exemplified in her sister Mary, is higher than the active life, and even in the active life, contemplation is necessary. To conclude, Father reads a commentary on this verse (the Navarre Bible) which shows how we may infuse the spirit of prayer into all our daily actions, especially the most mundane.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Martha, 2nd Option – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
Gsp: luk 10:38-42

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Our Will/ God’s Divine Will

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

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Try to grasp the fact – a very hard thing to do – that in the spiritual life ‘feelings’ count for nothing, that they are no indication of our real state; generally speaking they are just the opposite. . . You are perfectly right when you say that the first thing to do is ‘to give up your own will.

Why not aim at making God’s will alone yours in every detail of life, so that you would never desire or wish for anything except what He willed, and look on every detail as coming from His hand, as it does? Such a one is never ‘put out’ by anything — bad weather, unpleasant work, annoying incidents, they are all His doing and His sweet will. Try it, though it means high perfection.

+Fr. Willie Doyle

 

 

 

Jul 28 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Nurturing Grace

Monday, July 28th, 2014
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Homily #140728n ( 06min) Play – Father compares the Gospel parable of the leaven kneaded into the dough with the spiritual life, and how we have to constantly nurture the life of grace in us, or else we may loose everything. Finally, he introduces us to today’s Franciscan blessed, and shows how she nurtured the grace implanted into the soul at baptism until it filled the whole of her life. Let us to never neglect to nurture the life of grace in us, and strive to begin living heaven, which is union with God, while we are still in this life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mattia Nazarei – Form: OF
Readings: Monday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 13:1-11
Resp: deu 32:18-19, 20, 21
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Giles: Treasure hidden in a field

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
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Homily #140727a ( 12min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 17 Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1ki 3:5, 7-12
Resp: psa 119:57, 72, 76-77, 127-128, 129-130
2nd: rom 8:28-30
Gsp: mat 13:44-52

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Desire to be a Saint

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

holiness1-3[1]On the Desire to be a Saint:

“When I spoke of you as a “chosen soul”, or words to that effect, I did not mean to imply that you were a saint–you have a long way to go yet. What I intended to imply was that I thought God had special designs on your soul and very great graces in store for you if only you will co-operate with Him in the work of your sanctification.
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With the record of much want of courage and generosity there is running through your life an undercurrent of earnest desire to be a saint. Not that desires alone will do the work: barren desires are most dangerous to a soul, making one content with intentions only; yet without a big ardent desire nothing will be done.
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“If thou wilt be perfect,” Our Lord once said, implying that sanctification is largely a question of good will. This, then, is the first grace you must pray for: the desire to be a saint.”
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Fr. Willie Doyle (1917)