Ember Wednesday of Lent – Feb 25th

Please click the link below for the 03:13 homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on Ember Wednesday of Lent  – Feb 25th.

https://archive.org/details/EmberWednesdayInLentFeb25th

St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  

“A most excellent means of learning how to pray, is to acknowledge ourselves unworthy of such a benefit, and to put ourselves entirely into the hands of the Lord.”

Elias fed by an Angel

Elias is fed by an Angel before his fast of forty days.

The Seven Holy Founders of The Servite Order – Feb 12th

Please click the link below for the 03:20 homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast The Seven Holy Founders of The Servite Order – Feb 12th

https://archive.org/details/The7HolyFoundersOfTheServiteOrderFeb12th

Excerpts from the homily:  In the thirteenth century, a group of 7 Florentine merchants consecrated themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary and formed a Confraternity.  In 1233, they became a community where they devoted their life to prayer and meditation on the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin.  They were given the title “Servants of Mary” or “Servites”.  In 1255, the Pope confirmed the rule for the Servites.

This group continues to this day and it is one of the many examples of a radical response to the dilemma of Christians living in the world.  This underlines the fact that as Catholics we HAVE to respond to being in the world.  It doesn’t have to involve forming a community but it must include a response to this dilemma by responding with Prayer and Penance.  The times we currently live in require such a response.

What will be your response to the dilemma of being in the world?  Do not forget that not only are we responsible for getting ourselves into heaven but those around us.  The truth that we have discovered is for everybody’s salvation.  We have a responsibility to share this truth with others.

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St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  “There is nothing more to the purpose for exciting a spirit of prayer, than the reading of spiritual books.”

Homily from Msgr Wadsworth on Our Lady of Lourdes

Please click the link below for the power-packed 6 minute homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes – Feb 11th

St. Bernadette once said:  “After seeing the Blessed Mother nothing else in this world is beautiful.”

https://archive.org/details/OurLadyOfLourdesFeb11th

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St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  

 “Every one ought to give in readily to the opinion of another, and to argue in favour of another and against himself, and take things in good part.”

The Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria – Feb 9th

Please click the link below for the 2 minute and 34 second homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria  – Feb 9th

He is one of the greatest doctors of the Church.

https://archive.org/details/St.CyrilOfAlexandriaFeb9th

St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  

 “We must accept the adversities which God sends us without reasoning too much upon them, and we must take for granted that it is the best thing which could happen to us.”

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St. Titus – February 6th – First Friday

Please click the link below for the 2 minute 24 second homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast of St. Titus – Feb 6th

https://archive.org/details/St.TitusFeb6th

St. Titus is a witness of a good conscience to God.  He was a virgin his entire life and he displayed a long lifetime of fidelity and perseverance.

On this first Friday, let us offer to the Sacred Heart a love of obedience to God’s law and generosity in the service of our brethren.

There also exists a great letter from St. Paul to Titus that talks about the qualities of a good Bishop:  Here is the language:

1          He must not please himself. A selfish man pleases himself. He takes no notice of what other people need. Jesus showed that a leader should serve other people (John 13:1-17).

2          He must not have a bad temper (James 1:19-20). A man who gets angry quickly often insults people. He argues and does not listen to people. Instead, a leader should be patient as he helps people.

3          He must not drink too much alcohol. Instead, he should control himself properly.

4          He must not fight. A leader should help to unite people. He should be gentle.

5          He must not be greedy to get more money. He must not try to get money in ways that are not honest. People who love money may turn away from God. Instead, a leader should be content and generous (1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19). He must not be like the people in Crete, who were greedy for money (verse 11).

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Sts. Paul & Titus at Crete

St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  

“Tears are no sign that a man is in the grace of God, neither must we infer that one who weeps when he speaks of holy and devout things necessarily leads a holy life.”

The Spirituality of Gregorian Chant – Talk by Msgr Andrew Wadsworth

Please click the link below for the morning recollection by Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Spirituality of Gregorian Chant – Jan 26th.

The talk last about 23 minutes.

https://archive.org/details/GregorianChantsJan24th

St. Andrew Corsini – February 4th

Please click the link below for the 2:21 minute homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast St. Andrew Corsini  – Feb 4th

https://archive.org/details/St.AndrewCorsiniFeb4th

St. Andrew was a handful as a child and a teenager.  After his mamma had a dream he decided to enter the Carmelite order and accepted their severity of penance.  He was strongly dedicated to prayer and fasting.  Then he was named Bishop where he dedicated his own personal ministry to the poor.  He was also a great reconciler of persons that were at loggerheads with each other.

St. Andrew Corsini, Ora Pro Nobis.

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St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:

“He who always acts under obedience, may rest assured that he will not have to give an account of his actions to God.”

St. Blaise – February 3

Please click the link below for the four minute homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast of St. Blaise – Feb 3rd

https://archive.org/details/St.BlaiseFeb3rd

St. Blaise started out as a medical doctor and after his death many healings occurred with his intercession.  The blessing of throats happens on this day, the day of this martyrdom, for this reason.  Sacramentals (such as the candles that were blessed yesterday at candlemas and the wearing of the Brown Scapular, etc…), which the Church gives us, are those special blessings, when we faithfully exercise the faith, help us obtain grace.  These are ways in which God’s grace comes to us and the treasures the Church makes available to us.

St. Blaise Ora Pro Nobis.

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St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  

“A man should force himself to be obedient, even in little things which appear of no moment; because he will thus render the practice of obedience in great matters easy to himself.”

Purification of Blessed Virgin Mary – Candlemas – Feb 2nd

Please click the link below for the four minute homily of Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Superior/Moderator of the Oratory in-Formation at Saint Thomas Apostle Church in Washington, DC on the Feast of the Purification of Blessed Virgin Mary – Candlemas  – Feb 2nd

“The lord of the temple comes to his temple . . . as the first fulfillment of the salvation which he will fulfill on the cross.”

Today is also the day to take down your Christmas lights as the feast of Christmas is concluded and your last opportunity to visit the crib!

https://archive.org/details/CandlemasFeb2nd

St. Philip Neri’s Maxim of the Day:  

“Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is actually necessary, because there is no better means of obtaining God’s graces than through His most holy mother.”

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