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Video – Fr. Koterski – Meaning of Human Sexuality – CONF 260

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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For the 2014 Courage Conference in Philadelphia at Villanova University, Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J., talks on “The Christian Meaning of Human Sexuality” where he gives a comprehensive view of human sexuality, its purpose and how it fits in with morality and the human person.

For more on the Courage apostolate go to couragerc.org

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Sep 16 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Support Each Other by Prayer

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Homily #140916 ( 05min) Play - As members of the One Body, the Church, we are called to support each other for its proper functioning, especially by prayer.
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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Sep 16 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Compassion in the Passion

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Homily #140916b ( 07min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the Gospel account of Jesus raising the dead man at Naim and how much compassion Jesus felt for those who have died and those who morn for them. He relates this to sin and how much compassion Jesus had for sinners when he sacrificed himself on the Cross to cleanse our sins and conquer death.
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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2014 Professions – FINEWS 150

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Fi News #150 – ( 18min) >>> Play
On September 8th, 2014, Fr. Louis Maximilian received the first profession of vows and the renewal of temporary vows. In this homily, Father speaks of the “reaction” we all owe to God’s “action,” and which is made possible by the “reaction” of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady’s faith and fidelity to God’s will. He asks us, if we don’t love, who will? We must all live out our call to sanctity, and the practice of Marian Consecration is the “quickest, surest, easiest way” of “reacting” to the love of God and becoming saints; IF WE LIVE IT OUT!

Here are some images of the professions, more may be found here.

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Ave Maria!

 

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

BVM_OL_sorrowsThe martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy, is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: ‘This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted’; and to Mary: ‘A sword will pierce your soul.’

Blessed Mother, a sword did pierce your soul. For no sword could penetrate your Son’s flesh without piercing your soul. After your own son Jesus gave up his life – he was yours in a special sense though he belongs to all – the cruel lance opened his side and would not spare him in death though it could do him no injury and could not touch his soul. But it pierced your soul. His soul was no longer there, but yours could not be set free, and it was pierced by a sword of sorrow. We rightly speak of you as more than a martyr, for the anguish of mind you suffered exceeded all bodily pain.

“Mother, behold your son”. These words were more painful than a sword thrust for they pierced your soul and touched the quick where soul is divided from spirit. What an exchange! John was given to you in place of Jesus, a disciple in place of the Master, a son of Zebedee in place of the Son of God, a mere man in place of the true God. These words must have pierced your loving soul, since just to recall them breaks our hearts, hard and stony though they be. Do not marvel, brethren, that Mary is said to have endured martyrdom in her soul. Only he will marvel who forgets what Paul said of the Gentiles, that among their worst vices was that they were without compassion. Not so with Mary! May it never be so with those who venerate her.

Someone may say: “Did she not know in advance that her Son would die?” Without a doubt. “Did she not have sure hope in his immediate resurrection?” Full confidence indeed. “Did she then grieve when he was crucified?” Intensely. Who are you, brother, and what sort of judgment is yours that you marvel at the grief of Mary any more than that the Son of Mary should suffer? Could he die bodily and she not share his death in her heart? Charity it was that moved him to suffer death, charity greater than that of any man before or since: charity too moved Mary, the like of which no mother has ever known.

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Sep 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: “Allergic to the Coredemptrix?”

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Homily #140915n ( 17 min) Play – Today, many Catholics suffer from a spiritual “allergy”:  they fear to give Mary the title of “Coredemptrix”.  Fr. Matthias comments on how this may stem from an over-exposure to Protestant viewpoints and from a simple lack of humility in approaching the mystery of Mary.  What is the “antihistamine”, if you will?  We must seek to acquire a healthy Marian Maximalism, basing our convictions on the teachings of the Popes, the doctrine of Sacred Scripture, and the testimony of the saints.  Then, we should put what we have learned into practical use, imploring the grace to suffer with Christ and Mary, to become “co-redeemers” with them, for the good of the whole Church.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows (Alt Gspl) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 5:7-9
Resp: psa 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
Gsp: luk 2:33-35

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Video – Dr. Helen Alvare – Taking Pope Francis at His Word – CONF 259

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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For the 2014 Courage Conference in Philadelphia at Villanova University Dr. Helen Alvare answers the question, “What If We Took Pope Francis at His Word? She focuses on an overall understanding of the moral sea that we swim in, especially the legal aspects that tie into cultural and psychological considerations and then how to address the situation based on the words of Francis.

For more on the Courage apostolate go to couragerc.org

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Sep 15 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Our Lady of Sorrows

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Homily #140915 ( 07min) Play - The Second Vatican Council contains a wonderful explanation of Our Lady’s role in the redemption in #55-59 of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows (Alt Gspl) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 5:7-9
Resp: psa 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
Gsp: luk 2:33-35

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Sep 15 – Homily – Fr Elias: Mary Suffering with Jesus

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Homily #140915b ( 10min) Play - Fr. Elias explains today’s feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and how her sufferings were a result of Christ her Son’s redemptive suffering and that she united hers with His. This explains how Mary is the Coredeemer, having a subordinate role with Our Lord in the Redemption. Father explains that this is why our friary celebrates this day as a solemnity since our house is named the Friary of Mary Cordemptrix.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows (Alt Gspl) – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 5:7-9
Resp: psa 31:2-3, 3-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20
Gsp: luk 2:33-35

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Sep 14 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: The Cross & Bl. Jacinta

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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Homily #140914 ( 13min) Play - Let us learn to love the Cross and live the Cross in our daily lives in the school of Bl. Jacinta Marto of Fatima.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Triumph of the Holy Cross – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 21:4-9
Resp: psa 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: joh 3:13-17

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Sep 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Humility of Christ

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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Homily #140914n ( 10min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the theme of humility as it is present in today’s liturgy. Jesus, who is God, was humble enough to become a man and die on the cross for the sins of humanity, we too must be humble. An example of this comes from the historical event behind today’s feast. The Persians captured Jerusalem in 614 and took the relics of the Cross with them, and in 628 Emperor Heraclius recaptured it and restored it to Jerusalem. As he processed with it up to Calvary, it became so heavy he couldn’t keep going. The bishop of Jerusalem told him to strip himself of royal regalia and carry the Cross dressed in poor and humble clothing, for it was in humility and poverty that Our Lord ascended Calvary. After having of done this, he proceeded to the top of the hill with ease. This shows us that by humbling ourselves before the Cross, and only through the Cross, do we share in the victory of Christ.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Triumph of the Holy Cross – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 21:4-9
Resp: psa 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: joh 3:13-17

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Sep 14 – Homily – Fr Elias: Sign of Shame and Triumph

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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Homily #140914b ( 12min) Play - On this feast of the Triumph of the Cross, Fr. Elias highlights the paradox of the Cross where the ultimate instrument of torture, defeat and death has become the ultimate triumph of life itself over death. We must ever strive and pray for the grace to give God proper thanks for what He has done for us with His precious sacrifice.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Triumph of the Holy Cross – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 21:4-9
Resp: psa 78:1-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: joh 3:13-17

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Video – Immaculee – Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness – CONF 258

Sunday, September 14th, 2014
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For the 2014 Courage Conference in Philadelphia at Villanova University, Immaculee Ilibagiza, “Immaculee’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness” relates her amazing story of great suffering inflicted on her and her family and entire people during the Rwandan Genocide and her road to forgive the perpetrators of these horrors and the central role of her faith and the Rosary played in this. Please listen to her incredible story.

For more on the Courage apostolate go to couragerc.org

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Sep 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Much Prayer and Profound Suffering

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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Homily #140913n ( 07min) Play – Father comments on the foundation of a spiritual life: faith, much prayer, and profound suffering. In order to be saints, we must be in an intimate relationship with God and self-sacrifice, giving all to God and for God. With this foundation, we are constructed into a spiritual temple, the New Jerusalem.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. John Chrysostom – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Saturday in the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
1st: 1co 10:14-22
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 17-18
Gsp: luk 6:43-49

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Video – Fr. Check – When I am Weak – CONF 257

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
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For the 2014 Courage Conference in Philadelphia at Villanova University Fr. Paul Check, Exec. Dir. of Courage gives the opening keynote address titled, “For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong”. First a video is played which is the trailer for Courage’s new series of videos. Then Fr. Paul describes the many new initiatives that Courage is undertaking and finally give his talk on how we are strong even when we feel weak, based on the encouraging words of Our Lord in the Bible.

For more on the Courage apostolate go to couragerc.org

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