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Spiritual Life

Dec 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Christmas and Your Predominant Fault

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Homily #141222n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the entrance antiphon: “O Gates, lift high your heads.” He tells us these “gates” can symbolize two very different things. The first is our predominant fault, that which keeps out Our Lord, and although He wants to enter into our lives and very selves, we have the key to this gate. However, if we but turn the key (be willing to open up to Him) then He will open the gates which are rusted shut (that is, beyond our power to overcome) by the outpouring of His Grace. Secondly, these gates refer to the Virginal Conception and Birth of Our Lord. Let us turn to Our Lady, who is the “aqueduct” of grace, She is not in the way, but is the way, and will “Prepare the way of the Lord” in our own hearts.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Weekdays of Advent – Dec 22 – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 1:24-28
Resp: 1sa 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8
Gsp: luk 1:46-56

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The Reed of God

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

“It is in emptiness like the hollow in the reed, the narrow riftless emptiness which can have only one destiny: to receive the Piper’s breath and to utter the song that is in His Heart”

It is in Our Lady that God fell in love with Humanity. It is upon her that the Dove descended, and the love of God for Humanity culminated in the conception of Christ in the human race.  When she surrendered herself to God, there was indeed a miraculous New Heaven and New Earth. The Spirit entered the world – light and wisdom and love, patience, fortitude and joy entered the human heart and mind, and in the sight of God a springtime of loveliness woke in the world. In the virginal emptiness of the girl, Mary of Nazareth, Christ was conceived; it was the wedding of God to a human child, and the wonder of it filled the earth for all time.

This proved that God knew Our Lady’s trust in Him was absolutely without limit. Everything that He did to her in the future emphasized the same thing. His trust in her trust in Him.  The one thing that He did ask of her was the gift of her humanity. She was to give Him her body and soul unconditionally, and – what in this new light would have seemed absurdly trivial to anyone but the Child Bride of Wisdom – she was to give Him her daily life…

He asked for her ordinary life shared with Joseph. She was not to neglect her simple human tenderness, her love for an earthly man, because God was her unborn child. On the contrary, the hands and feet, the heart, the waking, sleeping, and eating that were forming Christ were to form Him in service to Joseph.

Yes, it certainly seemed that God wanted to give the world the impression that it is ordinary for Him to be born of a human creature. Well, that is a fact! God did mean it to be the ordinary thing, for it is His will that Christ shall be born in every human being’s life and not, as a rule, through extraordinary things, but through the ordinary daily life and the human love that people give to one another. (more…)

Preparing for the Coming of the Holy One of God

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

 “Mary wrapped the child in swaddling cloths. Without yielding to sentimentality, we may imagine with what great love Mary approached her hour and prepared for the birth of her child. Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim (…). The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.

Augustine drew out the meaning of the manger using an idea that at first seems almost shocking, but on closer examination contains a profound truth. The manger is the place where animals find their food. But now, lying in the manger, is he who called himself the true bread come down from heaven, the true nourishment that we need in order to be fully ourselves. This is the food that gives us true life, eternal life. Thus the manger becomes a reference to the table of God, to which we are invited so as to receive the bread of God. From the poverty of Jesus’ birth emerges the miracle in which man’s redemption is mysteriously accomplished.”
(Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives, p. 68.)

The Son of God was lovingly carried by His holy virgin Mother for nine months as an unborn child.  When He came into this world a tender and helpless baby, He was laid in a manger of straw–prickly straw.  The One who was to redeem mankind began immediately and the life He was to live was not one filled with comforts or luxury.  But He would know the love of a mother and father, a family.  Mary and Joseph prepared as best they could within their means for the coming child, both spiritually and materially.  Often we prepare materially but spiritually is more difficult for busy-ness and obligation seem to choke out the time we need for quiet, to prepare our hearts and souls for a new dawn in our spiritual lives.  May we find time these remaining days of Advent for extra Masses, for confession, for times given to adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Our faith tells us that He, the Lord, is truly present in the Holy Eucharist; it was faith that brought souls to believe that the Baby, the Boy, the Man Jesus was the Son of God.  Marantha!

Dec 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: A Christmas Gift for Jesus

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
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Homily #141216n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on the themes of today’s liturgy, which speaks of the purification needed before we can make a gift of ourselves when Our Lord comes. Our Lord tells us who it is that makes this gift of themselves, it is not the ones who say they will and have, but those who actually do turn around, purify themselves (especially through the Sacrament of Penance), and do it. Let us turn around, walk the new way of life in Christ, and actually make ourselves the Christmas gift for Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 3rd Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: zep 3:1-2, 9-13
Resp: psa 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-18, 19, 23
Gsp: mat 21:28-32

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Dec 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Franciscan Poverty Realized

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Homily #141215n ( 04min) Play – Today at Our Lady’s Chapel, we celebrate the patronal solemnity of Our Lady, Queen of the Seraphic Order. Father comments on the link between the Seraphic Order and Our Lady, telling us that by Franciscan poverty is fully realized by consecrating ourselves to Our Lady as Her Possession and Property, so that all we have may become, through her, the Property and Possession of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Queen of the Seraphic Order – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:7-8, 10-14
Resp: psa 45:10, 13-18
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Dec 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Blindness of Sin

Saturday, December 13th, 2014
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Homily #141213n ( 03min) Play –  Father comments on the Gospel, telling us that John the Baptist came to prepare Israel for the coming of Christ, but some stayed in the darkness of sin and so were blind to who it was they crucified. Let us ask for St. Lucy to pray for us that we may overcome the blindness of sin.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Lucy of Syracuse – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 2nd Week in Advent
1st: sir 48:1-4, 9-11
Resp: psa 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Gsp: mat 17:10-13

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Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness for the Unborn

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Dearest Virgin, Our Lady of Guadalupe: to you we offer our efforts to protect the unborn.  You who are our life, our sweetness and our hope:  we do believe with St. Juan Diego that you are with us as our spiritual Mother. 

We seek your powerful intercession as we stand witness to the dignity of unborn persons and all persons who are made in the image and likeness of God.  We are in need of grace and strength to shine a light into the dark Culture of Death.  Help us to know that we must fight evil with good and to love even those who persecute us as we are to love our enemies and pray for salvation for them. 

Please obtain the grace for us not to grow weary or discouraged when do not see many results from our efforts. Help us to know that no prayer is ever wasted and we are heard in heaven and that there are many conversions that we will not know of until that day when we hope to see God face to face in eternity.  We thank you and love you, O dearest Lady of Guadalupe!

 

 

Dec 07 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Humility of John the Baptist

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Homily #141207 ( 07min) Play – On the Second Sunday of Advent, we begin to turn our attention from the Final Coming of Our Lord to His First Coming. In particular, we focus on John the Baptist who pointed out Our Lord to his own disciples. He shows us the humility of a true apostle who point to the Lord and not to himself. How do we point to Our Lord? Father tells us that we point to Our Lord by living the Gospel and showing an unconditional love to all we meet.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 40:1-5, 9-11
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: 2pe 3:8-14
Gsp: mar 1:1-8

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Dec 08 – Homily – Fr Matthias: (S)he Will Chrush Your Head?

Monday, December 8th, 2014
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Homily #141208n ( 12min) Play – In recent times, there has been a departure from the tradition of translating the protogospel as “She Will Crush Your Head” to “He Will Crush Your Head.” Leaving this controversy aside, Father tells us that both are valid, and the ambiguous language in the Hebrew underscores the indissoluble union between Jesus and Mary in the work of redemption. Quoting from the Fathers and the Magisterium, Father proves that this prophecy is indeed a reference to the eternal enmity between the Blessed Virgin and Satan. But not just between Her and the Serpent, but also between Her offspring and his. In the end, mankind will be divided between to sides, the offspring of the Woman, and the offspring of the Serpent, and we must choose our side right now.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 3:9-15, 20
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4
2nd: eph 1:3-6, 11-12
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Who are you, Immaculate Conception?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: These words fell from the lips of the Immaculata herself. Hence, they must tell us, in the most precise and essential manner, who she really is. Since human words are incapable of expressing Divine realities, it follows that these words, “Immaculate” and “Conception”, must be understood in a much more profound, much more beautiful and sublime meaning than usual: a meaning beyond that which human reason at its most penetrating commonly gives to them…

Who then are you, O Immaculate Conception? Not God, of course, because He has no beginning. Not an angel, created directly out of nothing. Not Adam, formed out of the dust of the earth. Not Eve, molded from Adam’s rib. Not the Incarnate Word, Who exists before all ages, and of Whom we should use the word “conceived” rather than “conception.” Humans do not exist before their conception, so we might call them created “conceptions.”

But you, O Mary, are different from all other children of Eve. They are conceptions stained by Original Sin; whereas you are the unique, Immaculate, Conception. Everything which exists, outside of God Himself, since it is from God and depends on Him in every way, bears within itself some semblance to its Creator; there is nothing in any creature which does not betray this resemblance, because every created thing is an effect of the Primal Cause… (more…)

Dec 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Fullness of Time

Friday, December 5th, 2014
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Homily #141205n ( 03min) Play – Father tells us that we are in the “Fullness of Time,” that we hear and see what the prophets wanted to hear and see, but did not. We, who know the fullness of God’s love, must return love, it is the best way to make reparation for sin, and it is what God desires the most from us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 29:17-24
Resp: psa 27:1, 4, 13-14
Gsp: mat 9:27-31

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Dec 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: Confidence in the Lord

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Homily #141204n ( 04min) Play – Father Louis Maximilian comments on being confident in God, and stresses that such confidence requires that we be open to God’s will. We all know that we fail to perfectly align ourselves to the will of God, and because of that a key point in our prayer needs to be humility. Let us call upon the most perfect disciple, the Blessed Virgin, and ask that we may have to humility to rely on God’s strength and, with the help of grace, fulfill His will.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Damascene – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 26:1-6
Resp: psa 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Gsp: mat 7:21, 24-27

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A Little Treatise on Mary

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

A Little Treatise on Mary by St. John Damascene, Doctor of the Church (Feast is December 4th)

But we, who consider God the object of adoration—–a God not made out of anything, but existing from all eternity, beyond every cause, word, or concept of time and nature —–we honor and venerate the mother of God. The cult of Mary, even though inferior to that owed to God, is superior to the honor paid to the other Saints and to the Angels in Heaven.

Because she is queen and mistress of all things, she merits the veneration suited to her greatness and unique dignity: If the memory of all the Saints is celebrated with panegyrics, who will refuse to praise the font of justice and the treasury of holiness? This is not done to glorify her but so that God might be glorified with an eternal glory.  

O daughter of Joachim and Anna, O Lady, receive the word of a sinful servant, who nevertheless burns with love and places in you his only hope of joy; in you he finds the guardian of his life, not only a Mediatrix in your Son’s presence, but also a sure pledge of salvation. We today also remain near you, O Lady. Yes, I repeat, O Lady, Mother of God and Virgin. We bind our souls to your hope, as to a most firm and totally unbreakable anchor, consecrating to you mind, soul, body, and all our being and honoring you, as much as we can, with psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles.

Video – Marian Shrines of the World #20: Our Lady of Andacollo

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Join Fr. Andre as he relates the story of Our Lady of Andacollo, Chile in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World”.

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Dec 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Satiated Souls

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
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Homily #141203n ( 03min) Play – Father comments on the joys of Heaven, telling us that our body’s hunger for food is a dim reflection of the hunger of our souls for God. We can satisfy that hunger here by receiving Communion with faith, and in Heaven God will satiate our thirst for Him directly, and nothing will be able to take that joy from us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Francis Xavier – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 1st Week in Advent
1st: isa 25:6-10
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 15:29-37

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