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Vocations

Aug 14 – Homily – Fr Matthias: St. Maximilian & Manly Marian Consecration

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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Homily #140814n ( 10min) Play – On the Patronal Solemnity of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Father comments on the Marian Consecration taught and lived by St. Maximilian Kolbe. He reminds us of two things: firstly, Mary takes our consecration to Her seriously, and, secondly, once we make our consecration we will be expected to fulfill it, especially when it goes against our own will and self-love.  We don’t live poetry or sentimentality, to desire to “Live, work, suffer, and die for the Immaculate” is an illusion without daily application, virile commitment, heroic fidelity, and total self-sacrifice. Quoting from the “Book of Sanctification” of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Father reads: “In the Marian Vow is found the most complete and radical offer of self to the Immaculate: She may demand “everything” from Her consecrated, ask any sacrifice and heroism, even that of being consumed as a victim of sacrifice and of immolating one’s life with the violent death of a martyr, after the example of the death of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Maximilian Kolbe – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: wis 3:1-9
Resp: psa 116:10-17
2nd: 1jo 3:13-18
Gsp: joh 15:12-17

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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 01 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri

Friday, August 1st, 2014
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Homily #140801n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian touches on the gospel reading, and then gives us an introduction to the life, vocation, and work of the great Saint Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri. Finally, he mentions that today at noon until tomorrow midnight the Porziuncola indulgence is available and he goes over the works needed to get the indulgence.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 17th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: jer 26:1-9
Resp: psa 69:6, 8-10, 14
Gsp: mat 13:54-58

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Jul 31 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Homily #140731n ( 10min) Play – Father Mattias introduces us to St. Ignatius, his conversion, and his vocation. Father reflects that there are two different things our will can choose, to reject evil and choose good, or to chose what is better and sacrifice what is merely good. A primary example of this is the religious life. Finally, Father remarks on a passage from the Spiritual Exercises where St. Ignatius describes three types of men. Let us all strive to the the third type, and seek only “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” (For the Greater Glory of God).
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Loyola – Mem – Form: OF

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Jul 25 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Are You Ready to be a Martyr?

Friday, July 25th, 2014
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Homily #140725n ( 08min) Play -The first of the Apostles to be martyred was St. James the Greater whom we celebrate today. Fr. Maximilian reflects on a question his mother asked him as he was preparing to enter religious life: Are you ready to be a martyr? While St. James won the crown of a red (a.k.a. bloody) martyrdom, all Christians are called to be martyrs, which means witnesses, and can take the form of the daily “white martyrdom.” A primary way this martyrdom is lived, and which the Holy Father  lives it and is calling us to live it, is selfless service to those around us, especially those under us, for when we lower ourselves, we draw close to Jesus who came to serve and not to be served.
P.S. Let us keep in prayer our brothers in the Middle East as they face the red martyrdom as well.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. James – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2co 4:7-15
Resp: psa 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Gsp: mat 20:20-28

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Mar 03 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Will We Turn Away Sad?

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
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Homily #140303n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on today’s Gospel, and counsels us to remember first three commandments, that is, our relationship with God. It takes sacrifice to follow these, and many “turn away sad” when faced with the requirements. Let us take as our example today’s saint, St. Katharinie Drexel, who sacrificed her wealth ($80 million by today’s standards) and eventually her whole life to the evangelization and betterment of the Native Americans.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Katharine Drexel – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 8th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 1pe 1:3-9
Resp: psa 111:1-2, 5-6, 9, 10
Gsp: mar 10:17-27

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Jan 21 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Virgin Martyrs, A Reproach To Our Age

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
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Homily #140121n ( 06min) Play – St. Agnes vowed her virginity to Christ, spurning other suitors, and joyfully paid for that choice with her life. She reminds us that the soul is the “Spouse of God,” and that in heaven we will be “like the Angels” completely absorbed in God alone. But the state of consecrated virginity allows us to live “like the Angels” even in this life, and as such is objectively superior to the married life. Finally, she also is a reproach to the impurity of our age, may her example and prayers inspire us repent and do penance for our sins, so we too may live only for God in this life and the next.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Agnes – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday 2nd Week of Ordinary Time
1st: 1sa 16:1-13
Resp: psa 89:20, 21-22, 27-28
Gsp: mar 2:23-28

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Fi News: Australian Postulant Invested as Novice

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Ave Maria!

On December 7th, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Griswold, CT, our postulant from Australia joined the current class of novices by officially becoming a Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate! Along with the caperone (small mantle) and cord, he received his new religious name…

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Nov 29 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Franciscan Succession

Friday, November 29th, 2013
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Homily #131129n ( 10min) Play – Fr. Matthias introduces us to two modern saintly Franciscans, Bl. Gabriel Allegra and St. Padre Pio, and holds them us as examples to imitate and rebukes to our tepidity. He also shows that the Franciscan Saints form a “chain” which links us to St. Francis and assures our fidelity to the Franciscan vocation. Finally, he challenges us to surpass in sanctity the Franciscan saints, even St. Francis himself, a task only possible by totally dedicating ourselves to the Immaculate.

Ave Maria!
Mass: All Saints of the Franciscan Ord. – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 44:1, 10-15
Resp: psa 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: mar 10:17-21

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Jul 10 – Homily – Fr Benedict: The Priesthood is a Call to be a Victim

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013
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Homily #130710 ( 04min) Play –  Fr. Benedict preaches over the martyrdom of Bl. Emmanuel Ruiz and how he powerfully shows us that the priestly vocation is a vocation to victimhood. Let us pray for many holy and generous vocations to the priesthood.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Emmanuel and Comp. – 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Propter te
Readings: 
1st: 1pe 4:13-19
Gsp: luk 12:1and 4-9

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Video – Conferences #185: Families and the Catholic Faith

Sunday, October 14th, 2012
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Conferences #185 – Fr. Elias on  (65min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Elias gives a talk to local homeschool families here in Indiana on Friday morning,  October 12th  on the role of families in maintaining and spreading the Catholic faith. He discusses the importance of faith, that it is a great gift that needs to be treasured and maintained. He links this to the Year of Faith that the Holy Father has started a few days ago on the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Second Vatican Council. He emphasizes the continuity of the Council with Tradition and how we are to continue with this great Tradition in our lives and pass them on to our children. Accepting this faith will make us happy now and in eternity. So we should hold on to it, nourish it and help others receive it as well. He also covers:

  • Sanctity will make us happy
  • Following what God is calling us to do will make us happy, vocations
  • Importance of the family for faith
  • Payer in the family, Rosary
  • Protection against falsehoods
  • Family is a Domestic Church
  • Discerning good from evil
  • Exercising our faith
  • Surviving bad times and temptations
  • Consecration to Our Lady
  • Importance of Mary for Faith in Jesus
  • Miracle of the sun on the 13th of Oct is the 95th Anniversary.

Ave Maria!

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Fi News: Two Friars Make First Profession of Vows, and Renewal of Vows

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Ave Maria!

On Saturday, September 8th, 2012, on the birthday of Our Blessed Mother, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Griswold, CT, two novices: Friar John Paul Marie and Friar Alphonsus Mary, make their first profession of vows. Giving their lives with the  evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, they profess a fourth public vow: the Marian vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate – a first in the history of the Church – a gift for God and for the Church – a gift from Mary, a gift for Mary.

“You have called me Lord, here I am.”

“In your desire to follow Christ perfectly, are you resolved to love the Immaculate unlimitedly, to live in chastity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven, to embrace voluntary poverty, and to offer the sacrifice of obedience?”

“I am.

“In the presence of my brothers, I, Friar John Paul Marie of Our Lady of Grace, desiring to give praise to God, with the firm will to observe more perfectly the Gospel of Christ, and perceiving that the Lord has given me this grace, vow in your hands, Father Ignatius Mary of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, for one year, to observe the Rule of St. Francis of Assisi confirmed by Pope Honorius, the Traccia, A Marian Plan of Franciscan Life, and the Constitutions of the Institute of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, living in total consecration to the Immaculate, in obedience, without anything of my own, and in chastity…

Therefore, I entrust myself with all my heart to this fraternity, to put into effect my total consecration to the service of God and neighbor, through the enabling action of the Holy Spirit, the intercession of the Blessed and Immaculate Virgin Mary, our Father St. Francis, St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, and all the saints, and with your fraternal help.” (more…)

Fi News: Five Postulants Invested as Novices

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Ave Maria!

On September 7th, 2012, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel in Griswold, CT, five postulants were invested as novices and officially became Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate! Along with the caperone (small mantle) and cord, each young man received their new religious name…

 

 

Introducing (left to right) Friar Felix Mary of the Holy Face, Friar Eugenio Maria of the Five Wounds, Friar Thomas Mary of the Holy Cross, Friar Gabriel Mary of the Sorrowful Mother and St. Gemma, and Friar Charles Anthony Mary of the Holy Rosary.

 

Congratulations to our new brothers and may the Immaculate live and breathe through them for the salvation of their souls and those of the whole world!

Ave Maria!

Aug 09 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: What does is profit a man?

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
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Homily #120809m ( 07min) Play – Fr. Ignatius shows that today’s Gospel is a remedy for the desire for all the things of the world which militate against the soul.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Vigil of St. Lawrence, Martyr – 3rd Cl – Form: EF, Dispersit
Readings: 
1st: sir 51:1-8,12
Gsp: mat 16:24-27

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Video – FI News #124: Six New Postulants Receive the Franciscan Habit

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
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Fi News #124 – The community at Mt St Francis with Fr. Gabriele ( 02min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

On December 15th, Feast of Our Lady Queen of the Seraphic Order, six young men were clothed (or “invested”) in the habit of St. Francis at our friary in New York. The rough, cruciform tunic is an outward expression of the form of life they desire to follow: that of Jesus Christ, poor, humble and crucified. The color grey (unbeknownst to many) is the original color worn by the sons of St. Francis. The blue tint of the fabric expresses their desire to live as the possession and property of Our Lady, battling for the salvation of souls beneath her Blue Mantle.
The investiture in the “habit of probation” marks one of the first steps in their vocational journey. God willing, this journey will take them to novitiate, then to their first profession of vows, and finally to perpetual profession.
Please remember these young men in your prayers, that Our Lord and Lady may bring to completion the good work begun in their souls.

Ave Maria!

Fr. Gabriele’s homily from the Mass immediately preceding this video is available here.

 

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