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Cardinal: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’ – YouTube

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Published on Oct 16, 2014

Cardinal George Pell discusses the ongoing debate inside the synod on the family.

via Cardinal: Synod says no to ‘secular agenda’ – YouTube.

Oct 17 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Be Not Afraid

Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Homily #141017 ( 10min) Play – Our Lord teaches us to see clearly the value of eternal life and that nothing, not even torture and death, should hinder us from attaining it.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Antioch – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 1:11-14
Resp: psa 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Gsp: luk 12:1-7

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Oct 17 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Ignatius, Witness of Faith

Friday, October 17th, 2014
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Homily #141017b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Joachim gives an account of the life and martyrdom of St. Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr, and how he taught his congregation to sing just as St. John, his direct mentor, had heard the heavenly choirs sing during his visions which he recorded in the book of the Apocalypse. Father recounts how he stood up to the emperor Trajan even at the cost of being thrown to the wild beasts in Rome.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Ignatius of Antioch – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Friday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 1:11-14
Resp: psa 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13
Gsp: luk 12:1-7

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Synod’s Midterm Report: Modifications have been made to the wording of document

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


The Synod’s midterm report caused a big stir in and outside the Vatican. Bishops have clarified that the report isn’t final, but a work in progress.  Now the question is, what modifications will be carried out?

CARD. LLUIS MARTINEZ SISTACH

Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain)

“Yes, I would say that as a whole, the document has been recieved. But having said that, without a doubt there have been changes. In virtually every chapter, ammendments have been made.”

The confusion was triggered on Monday, when statements made about homosexuality and co habitating couples were released in the document.

via Synod’s Midterm Report: Modifications have been made to the wording of document.

Oct 16 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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Homily #141016 ( 06min) Play – May she teach us, and obtain for us the grace, to love the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus as we ought, as He deserves, and as He desires.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Thursday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eph 1:3-10
Resp: psa 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6
Gsp: luk 11:47-54

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Jesus, I Love YOU

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Ave Maria Meditations

I love You , Lord Jesus, with my whole heart, my whole soul,  and my whole strength; and if you see that I don’t love You as I ought, I desire at least to love You so; and if I don’t desire it sufficiently, I want at least to desire it in this way.

 
O most Sacred Body torn open by five wounds, put Yourself as a seal upon my heart and impress Your charity upon it!  Seal my feet that I may follow Your steps; seal my hands, that they may always do good works; seal my side that it may ever burn in fervent acts of love for You. O most Precious Blood that washes clean and purifies all men:  Wash my soul and put a sign on my face so that I may never love any one else but Thee.
 
+Cardinal Bona

 

Oct 15 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Authentic Christian Prayer

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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Homily #141015n ( 12min) Play – On the memorial of the Doctor of Prayer, St. Teresa of Avila, Father Matthias comments on some texts from the Magisterium about authentic Christian forms of prayer. He emphasizes that “Christian prayer is always determined by the structure of the Christian faith, in which the very truth of God and creature shines forth (Some Aspects of Christian Meditation, CDF, 1989)” and that we must beware of unknowingly committing ourselves to another religion by using prayer techniques which implicitly deny a transcendent, personal God. Concluding, Father reminds us that the love of and union with God are not acquired by a method and technique, but through the intimate, loving encounter of the soul with its creator.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa of Jesus – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:18-25
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 11:42-46

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Cardinal Turkson: We need food, not birth control

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

“What can you do in this situation? The first thing is conversion. But then it is difficult to ask these men to just leave all their wives… Who is going to provide for their children? Or are they, so to say, ‘second-class’ children? That’s why the pastoral problem with polygamy is so complicated.”

African bishops taking part in the Synod oppose the fact that some NGOs want to impose birth control and abortion in Africa as a way of tackling its widespread hunger and poverty. However, Cardinal Turkson believes Africa has the capacity of providing food for all its people.

via Cardinal Turkson: We need food, not birth control.

Oct 15 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: St. Teresa of Avila

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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Homily #141015 ( 08min) Play – St. Teresa, Doctor of the Church, teaches us to pray and hope.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa of Jesus – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:18-25
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 11:42-46

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Oct 15 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Reform Starts with Self

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
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Homily #141015b ( 08min) Play – Fr. Joachim on the life of St. Theresa of Avila, who carried out a vigorous reform of the Carmelite Order and how it started with a reform of her own life, embracing a penitential life. Her spiritual writings earned her the title of Doctor of the Church, first woman to do so.

Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Teresa of Jesus – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:18-25
Resp: psa 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6
Gsp: luk 11:42-46

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The Synod’s Report and Homosexuality: It’s a work in progress that doesn’t change Church Doctrine

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

For many, the midterm report on the Synod came as a big surprise. Especially the wording used when referring to homosexuality. Some bishops expressed concern, fearing that the language left a lot of room for confusion.

CARD. WILFRID NAPIER

Archbishop of Durban, South Africa

“In some ways, is the misinterpretation reflecting what people would like to see happening rather than what is happening or is going to happen.”

Some bishops claim the description doesn’t fully reflect what’s been discussed in the debates.

via The Synod’s Report and Homosexuality: It’s a work in progress that doesn’t change Church Doctrine.

Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod | Word On Fire

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Ave Maria!

In light of all the hoopla over the midterm report for the synod I thought this would be helpful from Fr. Barron …

The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement “an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors.” Certain  commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the Church’s teaching. One even opined that this report is the “silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church,” and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul II. Meanwhile the New York Times confidently announced that the Church has moved from “condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness, and mercy.” I think everyone should take a deep breath.

via Having Patience for the Sausage-Making Synod | Word On Fire.

Oct 14 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Spiritual Hygiene

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Homily #141014 ( 04min) Play – Priorities, priorities.  First the soul, then the body.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Callistus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:1-6
Resp: psa 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
Gsp: luk 11:37-41

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Oct 14 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: How to Clean Out Your Insides

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Homily #141014n ( 04min) Play – Father comments on today’s saint and on the gospel reading, telling us that in order to avoid merely focusing on the externals, we need to attend to what is inside ourselves, and that the best way to do this is to imitate the selfless love of Our Lord.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Callistus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:1-6
Resp: psa 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
Gsp: luk 11:37-41

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Oct 14 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Faith and Love v. Law

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
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Homily #141014b ( 05min) Play – Based on the first reading from Paul, Fr. Joachim preaches on the need to be justified by faith and love rather than follow the minutia of the law whether it be the Jewish Law or even the Catholic Law. Without love of God and neighbor and faith, we will not be saved.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Callistus I – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 28th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: gal 5:1-6
Resp: psa 119:41, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48
Gsp: luk 11:37-41

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