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Vocations

Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Penance or Hell

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Homily #150727n ( 04min) Play – Blessed Mary Magdalene of Martinengo was a noble woman who became a Poor Clare at seventeen. However, even as a child she delighted in penance and austerity out of love for Jesus. Jesus tells us that we cannot expect to save our souls unless we do penance in this life (Luke 13:3). As it said above the front door of the friary where Padre Pio did his novitiate: Penance or Hell.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 32:15-24, 30-34
Resp: psa 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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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 23 – Homily – Fr Joachim: The Life of St. Bridget

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150723n ( 04min) Play – Father gives us a short biography of St. Bridget, showing the truth of what today’s Collect prayer tells us, that St. Bridget is an example for the single, married, or consecrated life.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bridget of Sweden – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday 16th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20
Resp: dan 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56
Gsp: mat 13:10-17

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Jul 05 – Homily – Fr Matthias: The Vocation to the Hidden Life

Monday, July 6th, 2015
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Homily #150705n ( 13min) Play – Father first speaks of the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady, showing that the “brothers and sisters” the Gospel passage speaks of were not fellow children of Mary, but that “brothers and sisters” is a Hebrewism used for describing relatives. Once he has clarified that, he comments on the humility of the hidden life of Our Lord, and how it scandalized the people from His hometown when He manifested who He was. They were expecting a mighty Messiah, a victor that would subject the Gentiles, but instead they got the carpenter, the Son of Mary. Father tells us that many of us are called to imitate Our Lord not in His public ministry, but in His hidden life. Let us embrace this vocation.

Ave Maria!
Mass: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: eze 2:2-5
Resp: psa 123:1-2, 2, 3-4
2nd: 2co 12:7-10
Gsp: mar 6:1-6

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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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Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Obedience is Essential

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
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Homily #150416n ( 05min) Play – Father tells us that we were redeemed by the obedience of Jesus to God the Father, and that our obedience to God’s will is essential for us to to experience that redemption. We must deny ourselves daily, let go of what we want, and make an act of the will to trust that what God wants for us is the best we could possibly hope for.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 2nd Week of Easter – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: act 5:27-33
Resp: psa 34:2, 9, 17-18, 19-20
Gsp: joh 3:31-36

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Mar 04 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Humility and Martyrdom

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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Homily #150304n ( 05min) Play – Father Maximilian reflects on two of the themes in today’s gospel, humility and martyrdom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday 2nd Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 18:18-20
Resp: psa 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Gsp: mat 20:17-28

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Feb 17 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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Homily #150217n ( 07min) Play – Father speaks of the 7 men we remember today, the 7 Holy Founders of the Servite order. They received a mandate from the Mother of God herself to spread devotion to her sorrows. Father tells us that the word of redemption has two parts, the objective redemption, which is the work of Christ on the cross whereby he won for us our redemption, and the subjective redemption, which is the application of those merits to us. We need to be devoted to the Passion of Our Lord, since it is by this we can be saved, but the complement of Our Lord’s Passion is Our Lady’s Compassion, and it was these two united which won salvation for us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 7 Founders of Servite Order – Opt Mem – Form: OF

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Video – Variety #260: Fr. Joseph Michael interviews James Cadman

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Joseph Michael interviews James Cadman on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Shrine in Fatima, Portugal on 13 May 2014.

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Called to Follow

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
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Homily #150118n ( 11min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the readings, telling us that they all contain a call from God to live lives of holiness and avoiding all that could impede loving God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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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 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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Dec 02 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: A Year for Consecrated Life

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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Homily #141202n ( 09min) Play – Father reminds us that we are in the first days of the Year for Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis, comments on the great good that consecrated life brings for the life of the Church, and encourages us all to support consecrated life by our prayers and by promoting vocations to the consecrated life. May we all, consecrated and lay, ask  Our Lady to lead us and show us how to live our lives for Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday in the 1st Week in Advent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 11:1-10
Resp: psa 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Gsp: luk 10:21-24

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Nov 29 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: How the Franciscans Have So Many Saints

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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Homily #141129n ( 11min) Play – As we remember all the saints of the Franciscan Order, Father particularly draws our attention to the great many who have been canonized. But what is it that makes this charism so rich in saints? Father Louis lists three things. First, we have the same calling that St. Francis received, “Go rebuild my Church.” Second, we have the example of St. Francis in answering this call, and we can say to ourselves, “If St. Francis did all these things, why can’t I.” When we know what we are to do, we must do it, and we are not stuck wandering in the abstract. Let us live the example of St. Francis. But how do we persevere in this? Again, we look to St. Francis, it was at the church dedicated to Our Lady that he was given the full understanding of his vocation, and where he named Mary as the Advocate and Queen of the Seraphic Order. The Franciscan saints too called upon Mary as their advocate. In the past decade, there has been at least one Franciscan canonized every year, let us also go to Mary so that we may some day be within that same number.
Ave Maria!
Mass: All Saints of the Franciscan Ord. – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 34th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: rev 22:1-7
Resp: psa 95:1-2, 3-5, 6-7
Gsp: luk 21:34-36

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Sep 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Vocation to Sacrifice

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Homily #140916n ( 05 min) Play – Our Lord shows His compassion for His people in today’s Gospel by driving out demons and ordering His followers to implore God for more ministers to labor in the harvest — that is, in the care of souls.  Fr. Maximilian notes the divinity of Christ as shown by his power over evil spirits, and then reflects on how necessary are vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  This is a difficult calling, entailing great self-sacrifice.  Today’s martyrs, Cornelius and Cyprian, martyrs of the early Church, show us how to answer this call of Christ in a radical way, even to the point of giving up their lives.  Let us imitate their spirit of sacrifice, and pray for more faithful souls who will do the same.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sts Cornelius and Cyprian – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 24th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 12:12-14, 27-31
Resp: psa 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5
Gsp: luk 7:11-17

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