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Theology

Jul 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Eucharist and Practical Comments

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
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Homily #150726n ( 17min) Play – Today’s Gospel reading is a prefigurement of the Eucharist, Father Matthias tells us. Our Lord taught that He is really present in the Eucharist, and didn’t back down when challenged. Likewise, the Church has never backed down on her teaching of transubstantiation, that after the consecration, only the appearance and physical attributes of the bread and the wine remain. The Eucharist is like spiritual food, it sustains and heals us much like physical food sustains us physically, but much more profoundly. A dead body cannot eat normal food, likewise, someone in a state of separation from God (mortal sin) cannot benefit from receiving the Eucharist, but must first receive the Sacrament of Penance. Two practical conclusions of this consideration is that it is better to receive on the tongue and not to receive communion in the hand. The Church’s preference is for communion on the tongue, and communion on the hand is only a concession to widespread disobedience. Also, we should make a thanksgiving after Holy Communion of, preferably, at least 15 minutes, for until the host dissolves, Jesus is really and truly within us. Let us not invite Him in only to ignore His abiding presence.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2ki 4:42-44
Resp: psa 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: eph 4:1-6
Gsp: joh 6:1-15

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Jul 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Mass, Sacrifice of the Cross

Friday, July 17th, 2015
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Homily #150717n ( 06min) Play – In the first reading, we see the institution of the Passover sacrifice. This was a rite which was to be repeated by the Israelites as a symbol of the past Passover event and as a prefigurement of Christ’s sacrifice. However, when Jesus came, He fulfilled this rite on the Cross, and instituted it as an enduring sacrifice. When we celebrate Mass, the sacrifice of the Cross is made present again, and we are at the foot of the Cross with the same exact reality as Mary and John were. Let us remember this, and live it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 15th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 11:10-12:14
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
Gsp: mat 12:1-8

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Jul 12 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Being a Prophet is Tough

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
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Homily #150712n ( 05min) Play – Father reflects on the prophetic calling of the Church, and tells us that while many want the message to change, the Truth brought by Christ will not, can not, change. Many within worldly authority, society, and even within the ranks of the Church what the Church to “update” to the times. A favorite tactic is to twist and spin the words of Pope Francis. However, let us rest secure in this, that if we stay with the Truth in the face of adversity, we stay with God, and God is with us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: amo 7:12-15
Resp: psa 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
2nd: eph 1:3-14
Gsp: mar 6:7-13

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Jul 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Analogy of the Bridegroom

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150704n ( 04min) Play – Father Maximilian speaks on the analogy Our Lord uses in today’s Gospel reading, the analogy of the Bridegroom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Elizabeth of Portugal – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 13th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 27:1-5, 15-29
Resp: psa 135:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: mat 9:14-17

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Jul 03 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Believe, Understand, and Practice

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

 

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Homily #150703n ( 06min) Play – Father gives us some insights from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI about St. Thomas, who moved from doubting Thomas to believing Thomas. Let us listen to these words, and be willing to be wounded for Him who was wounded for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Thomas the Apostle – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eph 2:19-22
Resp: psa 117:1, 2
Gsp: joh 20:24-29

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Video – 8 – Mary in the Early Church – Mariology for Everyone

Monday, June 29th, 2015
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Mariology for Everyone #8 ( 26min) Play – In this session of Dr. Mark Miravalle’s complete Marialogical course he debunks the idea that devotion to Mary is a mere invention of the medieval Church by outlining the beginnings of the Marian devotion in the first few centuries of Christianity as follows:

– Images of Mary in the Catacombs by the earliest Christians
– Intercessory prayers to other saints
– Theology of early fathers of the Church 2nd Cent.,
– – Mary as New Eve
– – – Mary as secondary cause of salvation behind Jesus
– – – Purity of Mary, Immaculate
– – – St. Jerome “Death from Eve, life from Mary”
– – – Mother of in order of Grace
– Prayer to Mary
– – during early persecutions
– – Sub Tuum early prayer to Mary
– – Distinction between prayer to Mary and adoration of her
– 431 AD Ephesus – Mary declared Mother of God
– Churches named after Mary

This series is a complete 50 part introductory course on Mary presented by Dr. Miravalle, a theology professor specializing in Mariology, who has been teaching at the Franciscan University of Steubenville for over 25 years. General topics are as follows:

– Mary as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures, taught and explained by the Church Fathers, the Saints, and the Church’s documents
– the proper ways to show childlike love and devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus;
– Church’s official teaching on Marian apparitions over the centuries.

Also on:

http://www.mariantimes.com/category/mariology-for-everyone/

https://vimeo.com/user9740938

Ave Maria!

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Video – 7 – Gospel of John and New Testament – Mariology for Everyone

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
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Mariology for Everyone #7 ( 25min) Play – Ave Maria!

Dr. Miravalle gives a quick survey of the Biblical references to Mary in the New Testament from the Gospel of John to the Book of Revelation, including:
– Wedding Feast of Cana – John 2:1-12
– – Jesus does what Mary asks
– – Link to the start of his public ministry
– John 19:26 – Woman Behold your Son
– – Mary is given to humanity as mother
– Acts 2:41 – Pentecost
– – Mary’s role, second time he descends to her,
– – Spouse of the Holy Spirit
– Galatians 4:4 – St. Paul – Jesus born of a woman
– Rev 11:19-12:17 – Woman clothed with sun
– – Mary Mediatrix
– – Arc of the Covenant
– – Woman is Mary and Church, Mary Mother of Church
– – Battle in heaven centering on Our Lady
– Rev 22:17 – Bride comes to the Wedding Feast in Heaven

This series is a complete 50 part introductory course on Mary presented by Dr. Miravalle, a theology professor specializing in Mariology, who has been teaching at the Franciscan University of Steubenville for over 25 years. General topics are as follows:

– Mary as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures, taught and explained by the Church Fathers, the Saints, and the Church’s documents
-the proper ways to show childlike love and devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus;
-Church’s official teaching on Marian apparitions over the centuries.

It is time for Christians, those who believe and entrust their lives to Jesus Christ, to have a better knowledge, a better love as well as to allow himself/herself to be loved by the Mother of Jesus, who is also his/her Mother as was given to us by Jesus (Jn 19.26).
Thanks to the generosity and the great love Dr. Miravalle has been tirelessly shown to our Blessed Virgin Mother, the theology of Mary as should be properly taught are now available to us.

Also on:

http://www.mariantimes.com/category/mariology-for-everyone/

https://vimeo.com/user9740938

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Jun 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Keep Faith and Carry On

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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Homily #150627n ( 04min) Play – Father speaks of the faith of the centurion in today’s Gospel, and encourages us to hold on to this faith as the western world is abandoning it (particularly clear in yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on gay “marriage”). We must pray and sacrifice for the Church as she prepares for the Synod on the Family this fall, and remember that in the end, God wins, or, as Mary said at Fatima, “My Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Cyril of Alexandria – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 18:1-15
Resp: luk 1:46-47, 48-49, 50, 53, 54-55
Gsp: mat 8:5-17

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Jun 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Nativity of John the Baptist

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Homily #150624n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the reading and themes of today’s liturgy, telling us that only in the case of St. John the Baptist, Our Lady, and Our Lord do we celebrate their birthday into this world. St. John has a unique place of being the last prophet of the Old Testament and the first herald of the New.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of St. John the Baptist – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
2nd: act 13:22-26
Gsp: luk 1:57-66, 80

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May 31 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
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Homily #150531n ( 14min) Play – On the feast of the Holy Trinity, Father speaks on this most foundational part of our faith. We are called to live in an intimate relationship with the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity, and the very best example of doing so is the Blessed Virgin: Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Trinity Sunday – Cath Encycl – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 4:32-34, 39-40
Resp: psa 33:4-5, 6, 9, 18-19, 20, 22
2nd: rom 8:14-17
Gsp: mat 28:16-20

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May 27 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Evangelize by Your Life

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
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Homily #150527n ( 06min) Play – Father reflects on the themes of today’s liturgy, and speaks of today’s saint, a missionary bishop and the father of the Church in England, telling us that we too are called to be missionaries, evangelizing by the holiness of our lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Augustine of Canterbury – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: sir 36:5-6, 10-17
Resp: psa 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Gsp: mar 10:32-45

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Video – 6 – Infancy Narrative, St. Matthew – Mariology for Everyone

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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Mariology for Everyone #6 ( 17min) Play – Dr. Miravalle gives a quick survey of the Biblical references to Mary and the infancy of Jesus in the first few Chapters of the Gospel of Matthew, including:
– Betrothal to Joseph
– Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth
– Unexplained pregnancy of Mary
– The options presented to Joseph in response
– Clarification by the angel
– Joseph as the “just man”
– Joseph, Icon of God the Father
– Joseph, true virginal father of Jesus
– Adoration of the Magi, precursor to Eucharistic Adoration
– Flight into Egypt
– Sorrows of Mary
– Angel calls them back through Joseph
– Family as Domestic Church
– Joseph Father and protector of the Church
– – Greatest saint after Mary
– – Practical man like OT Joseph. Go to him.

Ave Maria!

This series is a complete 50 part introductory course on Mary presented by Dr. Miravalle, a theology professor specializing in Mariology, who has been teaching at the Franciscan University of Steubenville for over 25 years. General topics are as follows:

– Mary as revealed in the Sacred Scriptures, taught and explained by the Church Fathers, the Saints, and the Church’s documents
-the proper ways to show childlike love and devotion to the Blessed Mother of Jesus;
-Church’s official teaching on Marian apparitions over the centuries.

It is time for Christians, those who believe and entrust their lives to Jesus Christ, to have a better knowledge, a better love as well as to allow himself/herself to be loved by the Mother of Jesus, who is also his/her Mother as was given to us by Jesus (Jn 19.26).
Thanks to the generosity and the great love Dr. Miravalle has been tirelessly shown to our Blessed Virgin Mother, the theology of Mary as should be properly taught are now available to us.

Also on:

http://www.mariantimes.com/category/mariology-for-everyone/

https://vimeo.com/user9740938

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May 24 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Who Is the Holy Spirit?

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
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Homily #150524n ( 16min) Play – Father gives us a catechesis on the Holy Spirit, who He is, where He comes from, and His role in our lives. Father ends by explaining (pulling from the teachings of St. Maximilian Kolbe) why we don’t see the Holy Spirit working in the lives of many Christians, including us, and how we can become more open to His action.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Pentecost Sunday – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 2:1-11
Resp: psa 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34
2nd: 1co 12:3-7, 12-13
Gsp: joh 20:19-23

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May 23 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Follow Me

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150523n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the Gospel passage of today, telling us that regardless whether we’re the Pope or any other of the faithful, we all have the same vocation to follow Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 7th Week of Easter (Opt 1) – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: acts 28: 16-20, 30-31
Resp: psa 11: 4,5, and 7
Gsp: joh 21:20-25

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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
Readings: 
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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