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Theology

Apr 10 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Fulfillment of the Old Covenant

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
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Homily #140410n ( 12min) Play – Father Matthias comments on the Old and New Covenant, asking whether we must accept Christ in order to be saved. He answers, yes, we must, for Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant, not replacing, but fulfilling, and therefore the Old Covenant is no longer able to save. Finally, he presents two versions of the Good Friday prayer for the Jews, comments on them, and encourages us to join our prayers to those of the Church for the conversion of the Jews.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 5th Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 17:3-9
Resp: psa 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Gsp: joh 8:51-59

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Mar 25 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Why The God-Man?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
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Homily #140325n ( 00min) Play – For the Solemnity of the Annuciation, Father Matthias asks the question, “Why the Incarnation?”  He then introduces us to the answer of Bl. John Duns Scotus: the Word became Man to give the greatest glory to God, and only secondarily in order to redeem mankind.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Annunciation of the Lord – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 7:10-14
Resp: psa 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11
2nd: heb 10:4-10
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

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Feb 23 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Love your enemies”

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
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Homily #140223a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: lev 19:1-2, 17-18
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2nd: 1co 3:16-23
Gsp: mat 5:38-48

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Feb 22 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Dogmas on the Papacy

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
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Homily #140222n ( 14min) Play – Many Catholics and non-Catholics have been confused by some of the things Pope Francis has said about the future of the papacy. Fr. Matthias reminds us that, as the Holy Father knows and says, the essence of the papacy is not subject to change. In particular, Father goes through the three dogmas proclaimed by the First Vatican Council, and reminds us that the papacy is under the mantle of our Lady, and that the Church is Marian before it is Petrine. Finally, he share a prayer with us from Servant of God Father John Hardon SJ.

Lord Jesus, You gave us the papal primacy as a continuation of the exercise of Your own authority on earth until the end of time. But we know, Dear Savior, how this papal authority has many enemies. Give us, we beg, the courage to defend the authority of the Bishop of Rome. But above all, give us the humility to obey the teachings of Your Vicar on earth, Pope Francis, being sure that by obeying him, we are obeying You and by obeying You, we are loving You here on earth as a prelude to our everlasting love of You and by You in Heaven. Amen

Ave Maria!

Mass: Chair of St. Peter – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 5:1-4
Resp: psa 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gsp: mat 16:13-19

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Jan 28 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Scholastic Theology–Here to Stay

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
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Homily #140128n ( 10min) Play – Father Matthias reminds us that our understanding of God’s revelation is growing, and a particular step in that understanding was the development of Scholastic Theology, to which St. Thomas Aquinas greatly contributed. He then, quoting from Pope Sixtus V, shows why Scholastic Theology is necessary for us today and why there is so much opposition to it. Finally, he concludes that the final purpose of speculation is to lead us to repeat with Mary, “Be it done to me according to thy word”.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Thomas Aquinas – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 3rd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 2sa 6:12-15, 17-19
Resp: psa 24:7, 8, 9, 10
Gsp: mar 3:31-35

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Come My Lovely One, Come!

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

One Minute Meditation

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY, BODY AND SOUL INTO HEAVEN

“My Love lifts up His voice, He says to me, ‘Come then, my beloved, my lovely one, come’.” (Songs 2:10)

The Voice and The Word

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Ave Maria Meditations

John is the voice, but the Lord is the Word who was in the beginning. John is the voice that lasts for a time; from the beginning Christ is the Word who lives forever. Take away the word, the meaning, and what is the voice? Where there is no understanding, there is only a meaningless sound. The voice without the word strikes the ear but does not build up the heart.

However, let us observe what happens when we first seek to build up our hearts. When I think about what I am going to say, the word or message is already in my heart. When I want to speak to you, I look for a way to share with your heart what is already in mine.

In my search for a way to let this message reach you, so that the word already in my heart may find place also in yours, I use my voice to speak to you. The sound of my voice brings the meaning of the word to you and then passes away. The word which the sound has brought to you is now in your heart, and yet it is still also in mine.

When the word has been conveyed to you, does not the sound seem to say: The word ought to grow, and I should diminish? The sound of the voice has made itself heard in the service of the word, and has gone away, as though it were saying: My joy is complete. Let us hold on to the word; we must not lose the word conceived inwardly in our hearts.

Do you need proof that the voice passes away but the divine Word remains? Where is John’s baptism today? It served its purpose, and it went away. Now it is Christ’s baptism that we celebrate. It is in Christ that we all believe; we hope for salvation in him. This is the message the voice cried out. (more…)

Video – Conferences #196: Pope Benedict and Mary’s “Yes”, Part 5

Saturday, December 1st, 2012
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Conferences #196 – ( 54min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

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Fr. Louis Maximilian gives the fourth talk of his retreat “The woman of the Yes” on the words of Benedict XVI on Mary. Part five is Mary’s Yes to the Mediation of Grace.

Other parts of this conference:

Ave Maria!

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Our Eucharistic Lord

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

Jesus makes himself truly present in the Eucharistic Mystery, which is renewed on every altar. His is a dynamic presence that takes hold of us to make us his, to liken us to him. He attracts us with the force of his love, bringing us out of ourselves to be united with him, making us one with him. 

The Real Presence of Christ makes each one of us his “house” and all together we form his Church, the spiritual building of which Saint Peter speaks. (more…)

On Blessed John Duns Scotus

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Ave Maria Meditations

The theology of John Duns Scotus (Feast day is November 8th) is that of defense of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. His eloquence, reason, and rational thought on the subject—joined with a faithful heart to the doctrine of the Church– led the Franciscan Pope Sixtus IV to approve the liturgical office of this Marian feast in 1480. In 1854, Blessed Pope Pius IX officially declared a dogma of faith the doctrine on the Immaculate Conception.

One of the outstanding figures in the Franciscan Order during the 19th century, the venerable servant of God Gabriele Maria Allegra OFM wrote of John Duns: “I see Scotus as the Doctor of the Immaculate Conception, of Christ as king of the universe, of the Church as the bride of Christ, as a defender of Christ’s vicar on earth, as a theologian of the mystery of the Eucharist.”

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed John Duns Scotus:
O Most High, Almightily and gracious Lord, Who exalts the humble and confounds the proud of heart, grant us the great joy of seeing Blessed John Duns Scotus canonized. He honored Your Son with the most sublime praises; he was the first to successfully defend the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary; he lived in heroic obedience to the Holy Father, to the Church and to the Seraphic Order. O most holy Father, God of infinite love, hear, we beseech You, our humble prayer, thorough the merits of Your Only-Begotten Son and His Mother, the Gate of Heaven and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.

Franciscan Doctor of the Church: St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

One Minute Meditation

(1569-1619) Feast Day is July 21st

On the Primacy of Christ:

God is love, and all his operations proceed from love. Once he wills to manifest that goodness by sharing his love outside himself, then the Incarnation becomes the supreme manifestation of his goodness and love and glory. So, Christ was intended before all other creatures and for his own sake. For him all things were created and to him all things must be subject, and God loves all creatures in and because of Christ. Christ is the first-born of every creature, and the whole of humanity as well as the created world finds its foundation and meaning in him. Moreover, this would have been the case even if Adam had not sinned.

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Marian Symposium – La Crosse, WI, Oct 15, 2011

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici
present

Marian Symposium – La Crosse, WI.

Main celebrant for the Mass:

His Excellency

Most Rev. David L. Ricken

Bishop of Green Bay

Talks by:

Dr. Mark I. Miravalle

Franciscan University of Steubenville

President, Vox Populi Mariae Mediatrici

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Fr. Angelo M. Geiger

Superior Delegate for the USA and Australia,

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

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Fr. Dwight Campbell

Apostles of Jesus Christ, Priest & Victim

Mariologist

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Sr. Rosalind Moss

Daughters of Mary, Mother of Our Hope

Apologist

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And featuring the music of:

Randy Albright

 

Singer-songwriter

Attending the Symposium

If you’re ready to register, click here. If you’re unsure, you may want to see pictures from last year’s symposium or the one held in 2009. You can also watch some of the presentations from last year’s symposium on video.

Air Maria will be there!

Video – Variety #107: In Defense of Vatican II, part 1

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
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Variety #107 – In Defense of Vatican II ( 09min) >>> Play

Ave Maria

In Defense of Vatican II – Part 1

In this short four part series Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner outlines many of the blessings brought to the Church through the Second Vatican Council. He also explains the need to interpret its documents in light of Tradition with a “view to reform” avoiding both extremes of Modernism and Traditionalism.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Fr. Johannes Schneider: The Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus

Monday, December 6th, 2010
Click to Play Video Short Series #26 – The Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus and its Implications for Mariology ( 40min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In this repost for our Scotus Month (ending on the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8th) we delve into the radical Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus that provides the theological basis for the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and this puts the lie to the idea that giving honor to Mary is synonymous with downplaying Christ.

In the second presentation at our International Centenary Symposium on the Mariology of Bl. John Duns Scotus held in Durham, England, Fr. Johannes Schneider, OFM, discusses the Christocentrism of Bl. John Duns Scotus and its implications for Mariology. Fr. Johannes’ presentation is read by Fr. Peter D. Felhner, F.I.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Conferences #96: Fr P. Fehlner Scotus and Newman in Dialogue Pt 1of2

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
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Conferences #96 – Fr. Peter Fehlner at Washington Theological Union ( 57min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In this 3rd talk of the Newman-Scotus Symposium presented by the Conventual Franciscans at the Washington Theological Union on Oct 22-24, 2010, Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner gives a talk titled “Scotus and Newman in Dialogue – Scotus Metaphysician – Newman Phenomenologist.” He  points out that Newman agreed and even specifically refers to Scotus’ opinion of the motive for the incarnation, that is, the Franciscan Thesis, the Absolute Primacy of Christ, that Christ would have come even if Adam had not sinned. And in regard to the Immaculate Conception, which Scotus was so prominent in giving a theological basis, is key to understanding the difference between Protestants and Catholics and why Catholics are orthodox. Also, both Scotus and Newman have been accused by Harold Weatherby of being the seeds (more…)