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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

An icon is not simply an artistic representation. Once it is blessed, it becomes a window to heaven, a point of contact, “so that in praying before it, one is in the spiritual presence of the person represented. Reverently kissing the icon, one kisses the personage; bowing before it, one bows before the personage”   June 27th is the Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

 Our Lady’s Golden Crown was placed on the icon by order of the Vatican in 1867; it is a symbol of the many miracles performed by Our Lady while invoked under the title of “Our Lady of Perpetual Help”.  The child Jesus’ crown was also placed on the original icon by order of the Holy See in 1867. The star in the center of Mary’s Veil is indicative that she is the “Star of the Sea” who bore the light of Christ into our darkened world.  This star leads us to the safe port of Heaven.

The primary initials on either side of Our Lady’s Crown are the Greek initials for “Mother of God” The initials above the angel on the left are the Greek initials of St. Michael the Archangel The angel on the left, St. Michael, is depicted holding the lance and gall-sop, foreshadowing Christ’s Passion and death. Our Lady’s Blue Garment is the color worn by mother’s in Palestine, symbolic that Mary is both Virgin and Mother. Mary’s red tunic underneath is the color worn by Virgins during the time of Jesus.

Both Mary and Jesus’ Clothing are colors of royalty. Our Lady’s face is peaceful, serene, and contemplative of her son Jesus’ future sufferings. Our Lady’s mouth is tiny and silent for prayer, meditation and recollection. Mary’s eyes are large to see our troubles and needs; they are always turned toward us.  They also tenderly plead for us to avoid sin and remain faithful to and love her son, Jesus.  (more…)

Jun 26 – Homily – Fr Joseph M. McShane: The Justice of God

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Homily #150626b (min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Joseph M. McShane on the readings for Friday in the 12th Week of Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 8:1-4

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Jun 26 – Homily – Fr Matthias: Pope Francis and Mercy

Friday, June 26th, 2015
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Homily #150626n ( 07min) Play – Several weeks ago, Pope Francis used the passage of Jesus healing the leper, the Gospel of today’s Mass, to speak of the mercy of God. He said that God meets us where we are at, in our sin and selfishness, but does not leave us there. Accepting God’s mercy also means moving towards Him, and God gives us the strength as we step out to follow Him. Jesus is not cruel, and to leave a sinner in their sin is cruel. If we don’t see this, it is because we don’t understand what sin is. Let us all walk that path that leads from the Bad to the Good, from the Good to the Better, and from the Better to the Best, that is, to loving union with God Himself.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Friday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 17:1, 9-10, 15-22
Resp: psa 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Gsp: mat 8:1-4

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Jun 25 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Lay the Foundation NOW

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Homily #150625n ( 03min) Play – Today Gospel reading is a wake-up call, Fr. Joachim tells us, that we must not replace God with doing things for God, but continue in relationship with Him, and make Him the foundation of our lives through prayer, scripture reading, the sacraments, penance, and works of mercy. We must lay this foundation now, for when the storms of life come, it will be too late.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 16:1-12, 15-16
Resp: psa 106:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: mat 7:21-29

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Jun 25 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Fools Who Will Not Enter the Kingdom

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Homily #150625 ( 05min) Play – In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that non-practicing Catholics are fools who will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Thursday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 16:1-12, 15-16
Resp: psa 106:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Gsp: mat 7:21-29

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Jun 24 – Homily – Fr Angelo: “John, like a two-edged sword”

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Homily #150624b ( 17min) Play – This a reflection given by Fr. Angelo M. Geiger on the readings for the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of St. John the Baptist – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
2nd: act 13:22-26
Gsp: luk 1:57-66, 80

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Jun 24 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: Nativity of John the Baptist

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Homily #150624n ( 07min) Play – Father Maximilian comments on the reading and themes of today’s liturgy, telling us that only in the case of St. John the Baptist, Our Lady, and Our Lord do we celebrate their birthday into this world. St. John has a unique place of being the last prophet of the Old Testament and the first herald of the New.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of St. John the Baptist – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
2nd: act 13:22-26
Gsp: luk 1:57-66, 80

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Jun 24 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: More Than A Prophet

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
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Homily #150624 ( 04min) Play – Today we celebrate the birth of the forerunner of the Christ.  We should strive to follow the piety and innocence of St. John as much as possible, “by retiring from the wicked ways of the world, from the infected air of the world; from the company and conversation of the slaves of the world; from the dangerous pastimes of worldlings, and from all the occasions of sin, so common in the world.” (Bishop Challoner)
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of St. John the Baptist – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 49:1-6
Resp: psa 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15
2nd: act 13:22-26
Gsp: luk 1:57-66, 80

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Jun 23 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Many to Destruction, Few to Life

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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Homily #150623 ( 06min) Play – In order to encourage us to persevere through difficulties and not to be dismayed when it seems we are among the minority, Our Lord teaches, “the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.  And those who find it are few.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: Tuesday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 13:2, 5-18
Resp: psa 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
Gsp: mat 7:6, 12-14

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Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Elias: “Then you will see clearly”

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150622b ( 08min) Play – This homily reflection was given by Fr. Elias on events surrounding the Martyrdom of Saints John Fisher (Bishop) and Thomas More (Chancellor).
Ave Maria!
Mass: Monday 12th Week of Ordinary Time – Wkdy – F rm: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 12:1-9
Resp: psa 33:12-13, 18-19, 20, 22
Gsp: mat 7:1-5

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St. Thomas More: Franciscan Martyr

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sir Thomas More would not compromise on two tenets of the Catholic faith: the primacy of the papacy and the dignity of marriage.  When imprisoned before his martyrdom, he would write. The following are just a few quotes from these writings, particularly from a book called “A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation”:

Now those without patience can have no reward for their pain, but when pain is patiently taken for God’s sake, and the sufferer’s will is conformed to God’s pleasure, God regards the sufferer in proportion to the pain. But never have I found any place in Scripture where Our Lord promised a wealthy person, even if that person did thank God for his gifts, any reward in heaven for having taken his ease and pleasure here. (“We do not go to heaven in featherbeds”)…in Scripture much commends tribulation as a more profitable circumstance than wealth and prosperity.

We shall consider tribulation a gracious gift from God, a gift that He specially gives His special friends…if God does not send it, people need to seek out and put upon themselves by penance, a thing that helps purge our past sins; a think that preserves us from sins that we would otherwise commit; a thing that causes us to attach less importance to the world; a thin that incites us to draw closer to God; a thing that greatly diminishes our pains in purgatory; a thing that greatly increases our final reward in Heaven…if we reflect on these things and remember them well, we shall not murmur or complain in a time of tribulation. Instead we shall first of all take our pain patiently and see it as something of worth.  And then we shall realize that God has sent if for our own good and so be moved to thank God for it.  As a consequence, our grace shall increase and God shall give us the comfort of realizing that He is, in the midst of our trouble, always close. (more…)

Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Stop Judging!?

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150622n ( 07min) Play – Father speaks on today’s Gospel, and further explains what Jesus did and did not mean when he told us “Judge not.” We can judge actions, we must. But when it comes to the person doing those actions, we do not have the competence to judge, and we ought to give the most lenient interpretation to the sins and faults of others, loving and serving them regardless.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Paulinus of Nola – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 12:1-9
Resp: psa 33:12-13, 18-19, 20, 22
Gsp: mat 7:1-5

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Jun 22 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Modesty – the Summertime Virtue

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150622 ( 04min) Play – During the summer, special attention needs to be given to the practice of the virtue of modesty, which the Catecechism decribes as “refusing to unveil what should remain hidden.” (CCC #2521)
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Thomas More – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 12th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: gen 12:1-9
Resp: psa 33:12-13, 18-19, 20, 22
Gsp: mat 7:1-5

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Jun 21 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Quiet, Be Still

Sunday, June 21st, 2015
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Homily #150621b ( 20min) Play – This a reflection given by Fr. Angelo M. Geiger on the readings for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Ave Maria!
Mass: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: job 38:1, 8-11
Resp: psa 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31
2nd: 2co 5:14-17
Gsp: mar 4:35-41

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Jun 21 – Homily – Fr Ignatius: Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

Sunday, June 21st, 2015
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Homily #150621 ( 14min) Play – Three degrees of Faith: 1) that God is in control of everything and can quiet our storms  2) loving acceptance of the storms that God wills to send us  3) desiring that God send more storms to us.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: job 38:1, 8-11
Resp: psa 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31
2nd: 2co 5:14-17
Gsp: mar 4:35-41

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