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Spiritual Life

May 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Rita and the Greatest Evil

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150522n ( 07min) Play – Father Matthias presents the story of St. Rita of Cascia, and focuses on her prayer after her husband was murdered. Her prayer was that God would prevent her sons from sinning by exacting revenge on their father’s killer, even if it meant taking their lives. Her prayer was answered, and both sons soon died from dysentery. St. Rita understood that the greatest evil is sin, that the effects of every sin are eternal, and that death is to be preferred to sin. Father then speaks of that which is necessary for the forgiveness of sin, contrition, and then tells us some traits of that real contrition which we must have for our sins.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Rita of Cascia – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 25:13-21
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
Gsp: joh 21:15-19

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Redemptoris Mater

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

 Ave Maria Meditations

From the Introduction to the Encyclical Letter of St. John Paul II: Mother of the Redeemer

The Mother of the Redeemer has a precise place in the plan of salvation, for “when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'” (Gal. 4:4-6)

With these words of the Apostle Paul, which the Second Vatican Council takes up at the beginning of its treatment of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I too wish to begin my reflection on the role of Mary in the mystery of Christ and on her active and exemplary presence in the life of the Church. For they are words which celebrate together the love of the Father, the mission of the Son, the gift of the Spirit, the role of the woman from whom the Redeemer was born, and our own divine filiation, in the mystery of the “fullness of time.”

This “fullness” indicates the moment fixed from all eternity when the Father sent his Son “that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16). It denotes the blessed moment when the Word that “was with God…became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:1, 14), and made himself our brother. It marks the moment when the Holy Spirit, who had already infused the fullness of grace into Mary of Nazareth, formed in her virginal womb the human nature of Christ. This “fullness” marks the moment when, with the entrance of the eternal into time, time itself is redeemed, and being filled with the mystery of Christ becomes definitively “salvation time.” (more…)

May 21 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Strength of the Martyrs

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
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Homily #150521n ( 06min) Play – Father gives us an overview of today’s saint and the other martyrs from the Mexican persecution under President Calles, and tells us that the martyrs preferred a clear conscience over life, and if we wish to stand strong in the face of opposition, we need to start making the right choices and be faithful even in the small things now.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Christopher Magallanes and companions – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 22:30, 23:6-11
Resp: psa 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11
Gsp: joh 17:20-26

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May 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: In Jesus’ Name

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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Homily #150520n ( 04min) Play – Father Maximilian tells that today’s liturgy reflects one of St. Bernardine’s favorite topics to preach on: the Holy Name of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernardine of Siena – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 20:28-38
Resp: psa 68:29-30, 33-35, 35-36
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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Meditation on Our Lady from St. Bernardine of Siena

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


Ave Maria Meditations

“From the fact of there being no mention made in the Gospel of the visit wherewith Christ consoled His Mother after His Resurrection, we are not to conclude that this most merciful Jesus, the source of all grace and consolation, Who was so anxious to gladden His disciples by His presence, forgot His Mother, Who He knew had drunk so deeply of the bitterness of His Passion. But it has pleased Divine Providence that the Gospel should be silent on this subject; and this for three reasons.

“In the first place, because of the firmness of Mary’s faith. The confidence which the Virgin-Mother had of Her Son’s rising again had never faltered, not even by the slightest doubt. This we can readily believe, if we reflect on the special grace wherewith She was filled, She the Mother of the Man-God, the Queen of the Angels, and the Mistress of the world. To a truly enlightened mind, the silence of Scripture on this subject says more than any affirmation could have done.

We have learned to know something of Mary by the visit She received from the Angel, when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Her. We met Her again at the foot of the Cross, where She, the Mother of Sorrows, stood nigh Her dying Son. If then the Apostle could say: As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Cor. 1: 7), what share must not the Virgin-Mother have had in the joys of the Resurrection? We should hold it as a certain truth that Her most sweet Jesus, after His Resurrection, consoled Her first of all. (more…)

May 18 – Homily – Fr Joachim: St Felix of Cantalice

Monday, May 18th, 2015
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Homily #150518n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the life of the Franciscan lay-brother St. Felix of Cantalice, and compares his virtues to the first reading, and tells us that, above all, self-less love will bring about all the other virtues.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Felix of Cantalice – Feast – 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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May 17 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Suffering and Union with God

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
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Homily #150517n ( 09min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the themes of the Gospel reading today, focusing on how suffering, particularly in our witness to Christ, is an opportunity to grow in union with God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 7th Week of Easter – Sunday – Form: OF
1st: act 1:15-17, 20-26
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20
2nd: 1jo 4:11-16
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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Mary Immaculate, Our Mother and Advocate

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Mary’s look is God’s look on each one of us. She looks at us with the very love of the Father and blesses us. She behaves as our “advocate” — and we invoke her thus in the Salve, Regina: “our advocate.” Even if everyone spoke evil of us, she, the Mother, would say the good, because her immaculate heart is attuned to God’s mercy.

Thus she sees the city:  not as an anonymous agglomeration, but as a constellation where God knows everyone personally by name, one by one, and calls us to shine with his light. And those that in the eyes of the world are the first, for God they are the last; those who are little, are great for God. He recognizes in each one the likeness with his Son Jesus, even if we are so different! But who more than she knows the power of Divine Grace? Who better than she knows that nothing is impossible for God, capable in fact of drawing good from evil?
Dear brothers and sisters, the message we receive here, at the feet of Mary Immaculate, is a message of trust for every person of this city and of the whole world. A message of hope not made of words, but of her own history: she is one of us, who gave birth to the Son of God and has shared all her own existence with him! And today she says to us: this is also your destiny, yours, the destiny of all: to be saints as our Father, to be immaculate as our Brother Jesus Christ, to be loved children, all adopted to form a great family, without limits of nationality, color, language, because God is one, Father of every man.
Thank you, O Mary Immaculate, for always being with us! Always watch over our city: comfort the sick, encourage young people, sustain families. Infuse the strength to reject evil, in every form, and to choose the good, even when it costs and entails going against the current. Give us the joy of feeling loved by God, blessed by Him, predestined to be his children.
Immaculate Virgin, our sweetest Mother, pray for us!

Pope Benedict XVI (December 8, 2010 audience)

Mother of the Eucharist

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

In addition to May 13th being the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, it is also the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Mother of the Holy Eucharist: The Blessed Virgin is called Our Lady of the Most Blessed-Sacra­ment because she is associated in a special way with the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. She gave us the sacred humanity of Jesus, which is the essence of this sacrament.  

As St. Augustine says: “Him whom the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore. She ruled our Ruler; she carried Him in whom we are; she gave milk to our Bread.” 

for Jesus is the blessed fruit of her womb. It was from her that He assumed the flesh and blood with which He nourishes us. When you see Mary in Bethlehem lovingly pressing to her heart her Child, her God, it is the future Eucharistic Christ. When you see Mary offering Him to the heavenly Father in the temple for our salvation, it is the same Jesus you look upon as a Victim for our altars, whom you receive into your soul as your Guest in Holy Communion, whom you adore as your Friend in the Tabernacle. He is all yours because Mary gave her consent to become His Mother.  


May 11 – Homily – Fr Joachim: I Have Told You These Things

Monday, May 11th, 2015
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Homily #150511n ( 06min) Play – Father comments on the word of Our Lord to the Apostles in today’s Gospel, and tell us that these words were for us as well. We need to be as convinced of the Truth as the Apostles were, because we too will be persecuted for holding it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Laconi – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 6th Week of Easter
1st: act 16:11-15
Resp: psa 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
Gsp: joh 15:26-16:4

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Our Lady’s Simplicity

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The whole of Mary’s life is permeated with a deep simplicity. She always carries out her vocation as Mother of the Redeemer naturally. She (goes to) her cousin Elizabeth’s house to help and look after her…She prepares the swaddling clothes and everything for her Son.

She lives for 30 years with Jesus, never tiring of looking at Him, treating Him with great love with complete simplicity. When she obtained her first miracle from her Son in Cana she does it so naturally that not even the bride and groom realize what a wonderful event is taking place. She never makes a show of her special privileges. Mary, the most holy mother of God, passes unnoticed as just one more among the women of her town. Learn from her how to live with naturalness. 

Our Lady is simplicity and naturalness; her humanity is very specially welcoming and attractive.  Jesus, her Son, during the 30 years of His hidden life is always the model of perfect simplicity. When He began to preach the good news, He does not carry out a noisy spectacular activity. Jesus is simplicity itself in his birth, in the presentation in the temple, or when He manifest His divinity through the miracles which God alone can work. Our Savior shuns all show and vain glory. He makes himself accessible who come to Him trustingly…to the apostles who ask the meaning of the parables and to the little children who embrace Him confidently. 

Simplicity is a sign of humility. It is radically opposed to anything false, artificial or deceitful. It is also a very necessary virtue for our dealings with God, for spiritual guidance, and for our daily life with those around us. Simplicity is a consequence and characteristic of the spiritual childhood to which our Lord calls us. Simplicity and naturalness are extremely attractive. We need to know that these are difficult virtues because pride gives us an exaggerated idea of ourselves. However the simplicity our Lord teaches is not naivety. Remember, he said, I am sending you out to be like sheep among wolves: you must then be prudent as serpents and yet innocent as doves.

 We Christians have to go through the world with these two virtues, simplicity and prudence, which mutually perfect each other. To be simple we have to be careful to have a right intention in our actions which should be directed to God. To learn how to be simple we contemplate Jesus, Mary and Joseph, asking them to make us like children before God, that we may talk to Him personally without anonymity and without fear .

Fr. Francis Fernandez

Video – Variety #265: Procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima

Friday, May 8th, 2015
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Variety #265 – Procession in honour of Our Lady of Fatima ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

An evening procession through the streets in honour of Our Lady of Fatima beginning and ending at the Basilica of St. Patrick in Fremantle, Western Australia.

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May 06 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Pruning of the Vine

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
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Homily #150506n ( 05min) Play – The metaphor used by Our Lord in today’s gospel is one that is rooted in the history and consciousness of the Jewish people. The image of the vineyard is one which was applied to the nation of Israel in the writings of the prophets, and now Jesus tells them that HE is the vine, and they have life, not if they observe the laws of the Old Covenant, but only if they are united to Him. We too are branches from this one vine, and in order to be fruitful, we need to prune out of our lives all that is not bearing fruit, let us trust the vinedresser, the Holy Spirit, and allow Him prune us, even when this is painful.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: act 15:1-6
Resp: psa 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: joh 15:1-8

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May 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Is There an Easy Way?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
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Homily #150505n ( 09min) Play – Father asks two questions: Is it necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God? Is there no easy way? Paradoxically, he tells us, the correct answer for both of these is “Yes.” He highlights for us the “Little Way” of St. Therese, who wanted to be a saint (“want,” not “like”) but saw such a difference between the saints and herself, so she looked and found the “Little Way” of confidence where we step forward and try our best, but ultimately rely on Jesus to bring us to Himself. This is the “easy way” not because we don’t have to undergo hardship, but because we undergo them while being held in the arms of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 5th Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
1st: act 14:19-28
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 12-13, 21
Gsp: joh 14:27-31

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Our Lady’s Humility

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

True humility is justice to God and to ourselves. It is a deep sense of God’s greatness and of our own nothingness. Hence St. Bernard and speaking of Mary’s cardinal virtues, could find no more triumphant demonstration of her justice than that which is afforded by her humility. The signal token of Mary’s justice is her declaring herself to be the handmade of the Lord. Mary feels that she is nothing before God, who is all in all, and because she is the most humble, she becomes the most highly exalted of all creatures, for the last must be first and the lowly must be raised to high degree.

But the perfection of humility does not consist in merely acknowledging one’s own nothingness and vileness in comparison with God. It is more, it is to rejoice in one’s own loneliness that all glory may be rendered to Him who alone is great and worthy of honor.  

Now in the Magnificat we find the most humble Virgin taking an ineffable complacency and her natural weakness and littleness. “He has regarded the humility of his handmade,”she said. The Greek word here, rendered humility, really means loneliness. Mary’s exultation is due to the fact that God has looked with favor upon her loneliness, that He has cast on her that glance of love and almighty power which raises the miserable from the dust and the poor out of the mire to set them among the princes of the people. “He has regarded the humility of his handmade. Behold henceforth all generations should call me blessed.”  (more…)