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Litany of the Love of God

Audio recording - Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD

Litany of Resignation to the Will of God

Audio recording - Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD

Litany of John of the Cross

Audio recording - Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD
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HOMILY AT EASTER VIGIL 2020

“DO NOT BE AFRAID! GO TELL MY BRETHREN TO GO TO GALILEE, AND THERE THEY WILL SEE ME.”

BY FR. EMMANUEL J. NNADOZIE, OCD

AT THE NATIONAL BASILICA OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. 4/11/2020

HOMILY AT EASTER VIGIL 2020

“DO NOT BE AFRAID! GO TELL MY BRETHREN TO GO TO GALILEE, AND THERE THEY WILL SEE ME.”

BY FR. EMMANUEL J. NNADOZIE, OCD

AT THE NATIONAL BASILICA OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. 4/11/2020

INTRODUCTION: Peace be with you all, especially to those watching this celebration online! Welcome to our Easter Vigil Celebration. We, the members of the Little Flower Basilica Parish in San Antonio, Texas, are gathered tonight to celebrate the Vigil of the Lord’s resurrection and we invite you to join us in this Vigil keeping as we re-live the vigil which Mary, the apostles and Lord’s disciples kept as they awaited his resurrection. Our vigil this year is marked by the special circumstances in which we find ourselves menaced by the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of us are unable to be physically present at this central feast of our faith; some are shaken by the fear of infection; some are mourning the death of their loved ones; some are surrounded by an unprecedented medical emergency of those caught by the virus; many are isolated by social distancing; we all are overwhelmed by the prospects of an unknown future and the uncertainties that lie ahead of us. In these circumstances, we resonate with the sentiments of the first disciples of the Lord at that first Easter vigil characterized by a variety of feelings: the dreadful memories of what had happened on Good Friday – the betrayal and denials; the fearful moments of apprehension for their own lives, in the knowledge of the machinations of the enemies of Christ; the uncertainties about what would happen next; the wondering doubts if indeed Christ would rise as he had said; the struggle to believe, and to form one community of faith in spite of all these circumstances.

“DO NOT BE AFRAID”: “Do not be afraid”, the Risen Lord says to them. He says the same to us tonight: “Do not be afraid!” In situations like these, the Savior of mankind, who understands our fears, our worries, our doubts, and our anxieties, gives us the assurance of faith in Himself as the Risen Lord who has conquered death through his resurrection. And so, to those who are seeking him, and who are calling upon Him, He says: “Do not be afraid.” Jesus often said this to his disciples, and in the N.T., we find Him giving this assurance at least eight times. And in fact, “Do not be afraid” is a most repeated command in the Scriptures, occurring no less than 365 times in the Bible. Jesus does not want us to react to the events in the world with fear, but with a journey and a message:

“GO TELL MY BROTHERS TO GO TO GALILEE, AND THERE THEY WILL SEE ME”: Whoever listens to the Risen Lord in this set of circumstances in which we find ourselves, must embark on a journey of going to Galilee! It is in Galilee that the Risen Lord holds an appointment with us – “they will see me there!” The name “Galilee” means a secluded territory or district. “Going to Galilee” for the first disciples was a physical journey. But for us, “Going to Galilee” is a spiritual journey that takes us to that secluded spiritual space within us, where Jesus lives, operates, and manifests himself – away from the places of hustle and bustle in the world. It is a spiritual journey to that inner sanctuary within which is a place of safety with the Lord. The physical & geographical Galilee was originally referred to as Kadesh – a city of refuge in the hill country of Naphtali. With the highest elevation in Israel, Galilee enjoys the coolest climate with abundant fresh water and springs. It was the place where Jesus did most of his public ministry & numerous recorded miracles including the turning of insipid water into tasteful wine. 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah foresaw Galilee as the gateway of salvation and peace for the nations (Is. 9:1). My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, that Galilee is a metaphor for us for a place of encounter with the Risen Lord. Today, Jesus asks us to make a spiritual journey to a Galilean space to encounter his presence, to know his peace and to experience his love.

THE MESSAGE: Holy Saturday is the most adequate day to begin that journey to the Galilean space to encounter the Risen Lord and to contemplate synthetically the message of the Paschal Mystery of his passion-death and his resurrection. It is a message that encompasses the mystery of the entire Salvation History. Here, the Liturgy invites us and gives us a message of what God has done & keeps doing for us through a series of reflections on scriptural passages which indicate the main stages and the most important moments in that marvelous history of salvation, culminating in the mystery of the Risen Christ – from the moment of creation, to the call of the Patriarchs; from the message of the prophets to the liberating events of God’s people; from the Cross of Calvary to the mystery of our incorporation in Christ through the sacrament of baptism. The message embedded, symbolized, and celebrated in our Sacred Liturgy tonight is that God has a wonderful plan of salvation for us in Christ Jesus the Risen Lord. And no matter what we might be going through at the moment, his plan of salvation is greater than chaos at creation; greater than the fall of Adam and Eve; greater than slavery in Egypt; greater Pharaoh’s army and his charioteers; greater than the mighty waters of the Red Sea; greater than all the exiles that Israel endured; greater than the opposition against Jesus; greater than the plot to kill Him and persecute his followers. His resurrection is God’s evidence for his plan of salvation for us. And when we unite with Him and share in the mystery of His suffering, we also share in the mystery of his glorification.

Through the ceremony of the Light and the Paschal Candle; through the liturgy of the Word; in the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises; through the liturgy of the Eucharist; and in all the signs and symbols that mark these rites of our Easter Vigil Ceremonies, the message is conveyed to us that in the midst of the darkness of this world, the Lord who is the Light of the world has conquered the powers of darkness. He has conquered sin and death, through his death and resurrection. He has already won for us the victory of New Life in Himself. St. Paul invites us to give thanks to the Father, who has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1: 12-14). So, do not be afraid!

When we meet the Risen Lord in the Galilee of our hearts, we realize that his resurrection ushers in a new future life, towards which we are heading. Already, starting from Christ, this new life will continuously permeate this world of ours, & transform it and draw it to Himself & this transforming event reaches us through faith & Baptism. Therefore, the renewal of our baptismal promises, tonight, is more than a mere formality. It is indeed a renewal of our consciousness that God has created us; and elected us; and liberated us, and reconciled us; and saved us, so that we might live new life (the Risen Life) in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a reminder that, in order to live this new life in Christ, we must constantly renounce evil and Satan, and his works and pumps, and the attractions of sin in our lives. It is also a reminder that we are all children of the light and of the day; and we do not belong to darkness and the night (I Thess. 5:5). It is an invitation to live (walk) as children of Light and to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. (Eph. 5: 9-10). It is a promise that if we suffer with the Lord, we shall also reign with Him; if we endure with the Lord, we shall reign with Him; if we die with the Lord, we shall also live with Him.

“I LIVE AND YOU WILL LIVE ALSO” : A MESSAGE OF HOPE: For all our parishioners, & for all our brothers and sisters battling with the pandemic, for all the first responders – men and women of courage throughout the world who are tirelessly laboring to save lives; to all men and women of goodwill throughout the world, – the message of Easter is a message of hope - a hope built on Christ because He lives! "I live and you will live also", says Jesus in Saint John’s Gospel (14:19) to his disciples, & to us. We will live because He lives on! We will live through our existential and spiritual communion with him, through being taken up into him who is life itself. This New Life comes to us from being loved by him who is Life; it comes to us from living-with Him, loving Him, and loving others with him, and in Him.

Finally, my dear brothers and sisters, in Galilee, the Risen Lord gives us joy & peace! In Galilee, Jesus will change the insipid and bitter waters of our present experience into the tasteful wine of His Spirit. When we realize what the Easter message means for us personally, & for the Community of Christ’s faithful, as well as for the whole cosmos, we will sing with exultant joy, together with the Church, in the words of the Exsultet proclaimed tonight: "Sing, choirs of angels . . . rejoice, O earth!" In the words of the Exsultet once again, we sing to You, O Heavenly Father, of "Christ . . . who came back from the dead and shed his peaceful light on all mankind, Your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever". Amen! Peace be with you, once again!
INTRODUCTION: Peace be with you all, especially to those watching this celebration online! Welcome to our Easter Vigil Celebration. We, the members of the Little Flower Basilica Parish in San Antonio, Texas, are gathered tonight to celebrate the Vigil of the Lord’s resurrection and we invite you to join us in this Vigil keeping as we re-live the vigil which Mary, the apostles and Lord’s disciples kept as they awaited his resurrection. Our vigil this year is marked by the special circumstances in which we find ourselves menaced by the Coronavirus pandemic. Some of us are unable to be physically present at this central feast of our faith; some are shaken by the fear of infection; some are mourning the death of their loved ones; some are surrounded by an unprecedented medical emergency of those caught by the virus; many are isolated by social distancing; we all are overwhelmed by the prospects of an unknown future and the uncertainties that lie ahead of us. In these circumstances, we resonate with the sentiments of the first disciples of the Lord at that first Easter vigil characterized by a variety of feelings: the dreadful memories of what had happened on Good Friday – the betrayal and denials; the fearful moments of apprehension for their own lives, in the knowledge of the machinations of the enemies of Christ; the uncertainties about what would happen next; the wondering doubts if indeed Christ would rise as he had said; the struggle to believe, and to form one community of faith in spite of all these circumstances.

“DO NOT BE AFRAID”: “Do not be afraid”, the Risen Lord says to them. He says the same to us tonight: “Do not be afraid!” In situations like these, the Savior of mankind, who understands our fears, our worries, our doubts, and our anxieties, gives us the assurance of faith in Himself as the Risen Lord who has conquered death through his resurrection. And so, to those who are seeking him, and who are calling upon Him, He says: “Do not be afraid.” Jesus often said this to his disciples, and in the N.T., we find Him giving this assurance at least eight times. And in fact, “Do not be afraid” is a most repeated command in the Scriptures, occurring no less than 365 times in the Bible. Jesus does not want us to react to the events in the world with fear, but with a journey and a message:

“GO TELL MY BROTHERS TO GO TO GALILEE, AND THERE THEY WILL SEE ME”: Whoever listens to the Risen Lord in this set of circumstances in which we find ourselves, must embark on a journey of going to Galilee! It is in Galilee that the Risen Lord holds an appointment with us – “they will see me there!” The name “Galilee” means a secluded territory or district. “Going to Galilee” for the first disciples was a physical journey. But for us, “Going to Galilee” is a spiritual journey that takes us to that secluded spiritual space within us, where Jesus lives, operates, and manifests himself – away from the places of hustle and bustle in the world. It is a spiritual journey to that inner sanctuary within which is a place of safety with the Lord. The physical & geographical Galilee was originally referred to as Kadesh – a city of refuge in the hill country of Naphtali. With the highest elevation in Israel, Galilee enjoys the coolest climate with abundant fresh water and springs. It was the place where Jesus did most of his public ministry & numerous recorded miracles including the turning of insipid water into tasteful wine. 700 years before Christ, the prophet Isaiah foresaw Galilee as the gateway of salvation and peace for the nations (Is. 9:1). My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, that Galilee is a metaphor for us for a place of encounter with the Risen Lord. Today, Jesus asks us to make a spiritual journey to a Galilean space to encounter his presence, to know his peace and to experience his love.

THE MESSAGE: Holy Saturday is the most adequate day to begin that journey to the Galilean space to encounter the Risen Lord and to contemplate synthetically the message of the Paschal Mystery of his passion-death and his resurrection. It is a message that encompasses the mystery of the entire Salvation History. Here, the Liturgy invites us and gives us a message of what God has done & keeps doing for us through a series of reflections on scriptural passages which indicate the main stages and the most important moments in that marvelous history of salvation, culminating in the mystery of the Risen Christ – from the moment of creation, to the call of the Patriarchs; from the message of the prophets to the liberating events of God’s people; from the Cross of Calvary to the mystery of our incorporation in Christ through the sacrament of baptism. The message embedded, symbolized, and celebrated in our Sacred Liturgy tonight is that God has a wonderful plan of salvation for us in Christ Jesus the Risen Lord. And no matter what we might be going through at the moment, his plan of salvation is greater than chaos at creation; greater than the fall of Adam and Eve; greater than slavery in Egypt; greater Pharaoh’s army and his charioteers; greater than the mighty waters of the Red Sea; greater than all the exiles that Israel endured; greater than the opposition against Jesus; greater than the plot to kill Him and persecute his followers. His resurrection is God’s evidence for his plan of salvation for us. And when we unite with Him and share in the mystery of His suffering, we also share in the mystery of his glorification.

Through the ceremony of the Light and the Paschal Candle; through the liturgy of the Word; in the Renewal of our Baptismal Promises; through the liturgy of the Eucharist; and in all the signs and symbols that mark these rites of our Easter Vigil Ceremonies, the message is conveyed to us that in the midst of the darkness of this world, the Lord who is the Light of the world has conquered the powers of darkness. He has conquered sin and death, through his death and resurrection. He has already won for us the victory of New Life in Himself. St. Paul invites us to give thanks to the Father, who has rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Col. 1: 12-14). So, do not be afraid!

When we meet the Risen Lord in the Galilee of our hearts, we realize that his resurrection ushers in a new future life, towards which we are heading. Already, starting from Christ, this new life will continuously permeate this world of ours, & transform it and draw it to Himself & this transforming event reaches us through faith & Baptism. Therefore, the renewal of our baptismal promises, tonight, is more than a mere formality. It is indeed a renewal of our consciousness that God has created us; and elected us; and liberated us, and reconciled us; and saved us, so that we might live new life (the Risen Life) in His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a reminder that, in order to live this new life in Christ, we must constantly renounce evil and Satan, and his works and pumps, and the attractions of sin in our lives. It is also a reminder that we are all children of the light and of the day; and we do not belong to darkness and the night (I Thess. 5:5). It is an invitation to live (walk) as children of Light and to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. (Eph. 5: 9-10). It is a promise that if we suffer with the Lord, we shall also reign with Him; if we endure with the Lord, we shall reign with Him; if we die with the Lord, we shall also live with Him.

“I LIVE AND YOU WILL LIVE ALSO” : A MESSAGE OF HOPE: For all our parishioners, & for all our brothers and sisters battling with the pandemic, for all the first responders – men and women of courage throughout the world who are tirelessly laboring to save lives; to all men and women of goodwill throughout the world, – the message of Easter is a message of hope - a hope built on Christ because He lives! "I live and you will live also", says Jesus in Saint John’s Gospel (14:19) to his disciples, & to us. We will live because He lives on! We will live through our existential and spiritual communion with him, through being taken up into him who is life itself. This New Life comes to us from being loved by him who is Life; it comes to us from living-with Him, loving Him, and loving others with him, and in Him.

Finally, my dear brothers and sisters, in Galilee, the Risen Lord gives us joy & peace! In Galilee, Jesus will change the insipid and bitter waters of our present experience into the tasteful wine of His Spirit. When we realize what the Easter message means for us personally, & for the Community of Christ’s faithful, as well as for the whole cosmos, we will sing with exultant joy, together with the Church, in the words of the Exsultet proclaimed tonight: "Sing, choirs of angels . . . rejoice, O earth!" In the words of the Exsultet once again, we sing to You, O Heavenly Father, of "Christ . . . who came back from the dead and shed his peaceful light on all mankind, Your Son who lives and reigns for ever and ever". Amen! Peace be with you, once again!

Litany for Peacemakers - April 2020

Audio recording - Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD

Litany for Peace - April 2020

Audio recording - Fr. Bonaventure Sauer, OCD
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