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Apr 18 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Sharing in the Passion

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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Homily #140418n ( 12min) Play Father Matthias shows us that Jesus truly reigned from the Cross. Far from defeat, it is the crowning moment of Truth and Love which does not rule with force or empty promises like the World, but with the testimony of Suffering. God became obedient in order to restore our freedom. We are called to chose Christ, and this means to imitate Him in His obedience and suffering–we cannot be spectators to the Pascal Mystery. Let us run to the Mother of Jesus who became our Mother this very day, and place all our hope in Her, for only those who were with Her persevered to the Cross.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Good Friday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:13-53:12
Resp: psa 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
2nd: heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9
Gsp: joh 18:1-19:42

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Apr 18 – Homily – Fr Dominic: Enter Into His Passion

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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Homily #140418 ( 07min) Play – We are all a part of the cause of suffering and crucifixion of Jesus. Let us enter more deeply into His Passion, imitating His charity and with increased gratitude.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Good Friday – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 52:13-53:12
Resp: psa 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25
2nd: heb 4:14-16, 5:7-9
Gsp: joh 18:1-19:42

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No Greater Love

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (Jn. 15:13)   

I dare say that God in His omnipotence could not give more; in His wisdom, He knew not how to give more; in His riches He had not more to give(than Himself).–St. Augustine

Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven to earth come down; Fix in us thy humble dwelling; All thy faithful mercies crown! Jesus, Thou art all compassion, Pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation; Enter every trembling heart.

The Heart of Christ is the clearest image of the fullness of God embracing all things. By this we mean the fullness of mercy which is the special characteristic of the New Testament.  (Pope Pius XII

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is the most excellent form of religion. (Pope Leo XIII)

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe in You as my God and Savior. Make me more faithful to Your Gospel by sharing in the Eucharist often. May I come to live more fully the life of grace You have given me. Keep Your love alive in my heart that I may become worthy of You. Teach me to value Your gifts and ever be grateful for them. Help me to strive for eternal life.+

The font of life which spills over the whole world flows from the wounded Heart of Christ.(Latern Baptistry) (more…)

Apr 17 – Homily – Fr Elias: Jesus the Passover Lamb

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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Homily #140417b ( 22min) Play – Fr. Elias on the Lord’s Supper and how this starts the Easter Triduum the three days before Easter with the death and resurrection of Our Lord when He redeemed us by His sufferings. This is the fulfillment of the Jewish Passover instituted in Egypt by God through Moses where Jesus is the perfect lamb to take away our sins once and for all. Father also reads for the Popes homily on this day.

Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Thursday Lords Supper – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 12:1-8, 11-14
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: 1co 11:23-26
Gsp: joh 13:1-15

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Apr 17 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Vine and Branches

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Homily #140417n ( 18min) Play – At the opening celebration of the Triduum, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Father Angelo highlights the importance of not acting like Jesus, but having Jesus living in us. He told the disciples, “I am the Vine, you are the Branches,” and if we are not united to Jesus, we are like branches cut off from the vine. We need to be united to Him in the sacraments and by the mediation of the Mediatrix of Grace. Finally, Father reflects on a comment from the Holy Father’s sermon this morning reminding us that the priest without Christ is the poorest of all men, and asks us to especially pray for priests this Easter.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Holy Thursday Lords Supper – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 12:1-8, 11-14
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: 1co 11:23-26
Gsp: joh 13:1-15

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Apr 17 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: The Ultimate Gift of Love

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
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Homily #140417 ( 17min) Play – By washing His disciples’ feet, Jesus gave us an example of how to humbly offer ourselves in charity to our neighbor, especially to our enemies. By giving us the Holy Eucharist, Jesus gives all of Himself – the ultimate gift of His love – the source and summit of the Christian life. Ave Maria!

Mass: Holy Thursday Lords Supper – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: exo 12:1-8, 11-14
Resp: psa 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
2nd: 1co 11:23-26
Gsp: joh 13:1-15

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Apr 16 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Following or Falling Away?

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
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Homily #140416n ( 03min) Play – Today, Spy Wednesday, the liturgy remembers the treachery of Judas, and Father asks us whether we are betraying Jesus like Judas did. We are either following or falling away, and if we realize we are falling away from Our Lord, let us ask for the grace to turn back to Him and fulfill the Will of God in our daily lives.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Wednesday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-9
Resp: psa 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34
Gsp: mat 26:14-25

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Passion and Compassion

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Apr 13 – Homily – Fr Tito: The Church is Always Victorious

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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Homily #140413t ( 05min) Play – Christianity will always win out.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mat 26:14-27:66

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Apr 15 – Homily – Fr Elias: Holy Week Motivations

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
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Homily #140415b ( 09min) Play – Fr. Elias on the prophesies of the events in Holy Week in the book of Isaiah and how they were fulfilled in the Gospel and how this should motivate us to evangelize.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
Gsp: joh 13:21-33, 36-38

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Apr 14 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Suffering Servant Songs

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Homily #140414n ( 03min) Play – Father Joachim reminds us that Jesus did not come as an earthly king, but as the Suffering Servant. However, He is also the King of Kings, let us ask Our Lady for the grace to always be His faithful followers.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-7
Resp: psa 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
Gsp: joh 12:1-11

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Apr 14 – Homily – Fr Benedict: The Perfect Righteousness of Jesus

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Homily #140414 ( 07:44 min) Play Mary Magdalene used perfumed oil to anoint the head and feet Jesus. The fragrance of the oil represents faith. The act of anointing Christ’s head and feet represents the acknowledgment of the Perfect Righteousness of Jesus. Conversely the objection of Judas is a negation of the perfect righteousness of Christ and an objection to Christ’s divine mercy.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday Holy Week – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-7
Resp: psa 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14
Gsp: joh 12:1-11

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Video – Fr. Cassian Sama – Lenten Reflections on the Rosary – Suffering – CONF 251

Monday, April 14th, 2014
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Ave Maria!

Fr. Cassian Sama, O.P. gives the first of three talks on the Rosary at our day of Lenten Reflections on the Rosary at the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, IN.  This talk is called “Redemptive Suffering and the Rosary” which is based on Our Lord’s words, “If you want to be my disciple, you must take up your cross and follow me.” These are hard words and in order to accept them we need to have a good prayer life, meditating on the life of Christ which is what the Rosary is about.

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Apr 13 – Homily – Fr Elias: Jesus’ Full Sacrifice

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Homily #140413b ( 13min) Play – Fr. Elias tells us how Jesus fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament by the fullness of His sacrifice in his Passion which we commemorate today. We must follow in His footsteps and learn to thank God for the crosses we are given.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mat 26:14-27:66

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Apr 13 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Cup of Suffering

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
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Homily #140413n ( 15min) Play – Having read the Passion according to Matthew, Fr. Maximilian asks us what caused Jesus to suffer so much in the Garden? He tells us that it was because He saw the sins and rejection mankind would respond to His love with. This started at the Last Supper with the rejection by Judas, and continues today in our sins. However, Jesus didn’t falter under this heavy load, but turned what seemed like defeat into victory. Father encourages us to never stop reflecting on this, even doing so every day. Will we only acknowledge Jesus as “Rabbi” like Judas did, or will we call Him “Lord” and accept Him into our lives, allowing His victory over sin on the Cross to be repeated again in us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mat 26:14-27:66

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