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Archbishop Chaput - Homily on the 102nd Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13th, 2019

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Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM - Homily on the 102nd Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

Lent with Jacinta Week 2: The “sins of War”, presented by Patrick Sabat

March 17th, 2019

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"War is a punishment for sins."

Lent with Jacinta Week 2: The "Sins of War", presented by Patrick Sabat

The question came up from Our Lord, “Are you also going to leave me?”

March 15th, 2019

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The question came up from Our Lord, "Are you also going to leave me?" by Father James Walling, CPM.

 

An explanation of the First Saturday Devotion by Deacon Bob Ellis

March 13th, 2019

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An explanation of the First Saturday Devotion by Deacon Bob Ellis.

Lenten Reflection with Saint Jacinta - Week 1 presented by Pia Lopez

March 6th, 2019

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Lenten Reflection with Saint Jacinta - Week 1 presented by Pia Lopez in collaboration with the Couples for Christ - Youth or Life Indiana.

The question came up: Mary without sin?

January 5th, 2019

The question came up: Mary without sin? by Fr. James Walling, CPM

The question came up: How can Mary be the Mother of God?

January 1st, 2019

The Question came up by Father James Walling: How can Mary be the Mother of God?

The question came up: Why pray to Mary who magnifies the Lord?

December 20th, 2018

The question came up: Why pray to Mary who magnifies the Lord? A reflection by Fr. James Walling, CPM

3rd Week of Advent: The Candle of Joy - the fire of God’s Love

December 16th, 2018

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“We were on fire in that light which is God, and yet we were not burnt. What is God?  We could never put it into words.” (St. Francisco Marto)

The third week of Advent focuses on JOY and that is why the candle we light is pink, the liturgical color for joy. It is also called the “Shepherd’s Candle” because of the joy of the shepherds in the field who were told by the angel, “Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Lk 2:11).

St. Luke refers to Jesus as Savior, Messiah, Lord. This savior was born for ALL the people – Jew and Gentile alike. Rather than a political figure who would deliver just the Israelites from an oppressive government system, this Messiah would rescue all of humanity from sin and the condition of alienation from God. After finding the baby lying in the manger, just as the angel had said, the shepherds went away glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen (cf Lk 2:20).

St. Francisco Marto, after having experienced the light of God at Fatima, could not explain in human terms what is God. He could only rejoice in the fire of His love that he felt inside. What is God for us?  Are we looking for a Messiah who can only deliver us from an earthly suffering?  How we limit God – making finite what is infinite.  The great saints who lived through some of the worse of situations kept their focus on the infinite glory of God and experienced great joy. He can do ALL things and nothing is impossible for Him.

What gives you joy? When you light the pink candle of Advent, ask the Messiah, the Savior, the Lord to give you that joy which cannot be put into words.

 

2nd Week of Advent: The Betlehem Candle

December 8th, 2018

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Second week of Advent: FAITH in the Journey to Bethlehem

“I feel myself in a mystery of Light—this mystery that comes from Faith in God, God in me and I am nothing, lost in the Light as a small drop thrown in the flame, and I was in the flame, where I found strength, grace, life, peace and love.” Sister Lucia of Fatima

How fitting that we celebrate the great feast of the Immaculate Conception during the Advent season. Mary conceived without sin was the start of our salvation and the fulfillment of the promise of a Messiah. It was the prophet Micah who foretold that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. The second candle we light this Sunday is called the “Bethlehem Candle”; it represents FAITH, recalling the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. 

Let us make the journey with them during this Advent season.  As we do, we can go forward with the certainty that God has a plan for us, a destination where we will encounter Him.  Like Mary and Joseph, we may not know the challenges and disappointments we will face along the way.  But, our Faith tells us to trust that God has everything in His most capable hands.

The journey to Bethlehem is one we must undertake if we are to live and grow in FAITH. The darkest path there will lead us to a great Light.

“He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, his God” (Mc 5:3).