The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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There is a sharp contrast between the Book of Genesis and the Gospel of Matthew. Whereas Adam and Eve experience the devastating consequences of sin, Mary embraces the words of the angel Gabriel and accepts God’s plan for salvation history. May her words inspire us to say “Yes!” to the Lord today.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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St. Mary…pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Lord shepherds us. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew reveal that God cares for us like a zealous shepherd who guards the sheep. May we trust in the Lord to lead and guide us through this life to the next.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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St. Ambrose…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Be the friend that your friends need. Catholic Inspiration

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In the Gospel of Luke a group of men did what was needed to bring a paralytic man to Jesus. Their example of faith, tenacity and hard work inspire us to be the friend that our friends need today!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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St. Nicholas…pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Let’s explore some of the themes we see in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-18a

  • The people shout for joy and exult at the power of God who turns away their enemies.
  • God is in the midst of the people and they are no longer afraid.

Response – Isaiah 12:2-3,4b-6

  • “Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.”
  • We are confident and unafraid for our strength and courage is the Lord.

2nd Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

  • We rejoice in the Lord and have no anxiety; rather we pray with thanksgiving as we make our petitions known to God.
  • The peace of God guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Gospel – Luke 3:10-18

  • John the Baptist gives advice and direction to the people.
  • John’s preaching prepares the people for the coming of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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2nd Sunday of Advent: Repent and prepare for Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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John the Baptist fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah as he preaches repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The Reason? To prepare the people to encounter Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: The Lord sends us out into the world. Catholic Inspiration

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The Gospel of Matthew shows Jesus sending out the Twelve Apostles, empowering them to carry out his work. Their example inspires us to offer our lives for the Lord’s service today.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Advent

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St. John Damascene…pray for us!


Daily Mass: The Lord is my light and my salvation. Catholic Inspiration

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Light is so important to us as we rely on our sense of sight. Yet there is also spiritual sight that guides us always…and so we welcome Christ our light!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of Advent

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St. Francis Xavier…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Listen, act and trust in the Lord! Catholic Inspiration

The first reading from Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew inspire us to trust in the Lord as we listen to Christ and act on his word.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: As disciples of Jesus Christ, we know our destination. Catholic Inspiration

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The readings today all point to a time of fulfillment and hope. The “mountain of the Lord” or the “house of the Lord” or even the healing and restoration made possible by Jesus…it all looks to our final destination where the Lord Jesus Christ reigns supreme!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 1st Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: The call of St. Andrew the Apostle. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus calls Andrew to follow after him, we are reminded that the Lord’s call echoes in every generation…inviting us to draw near to Christ as we invite others to join us along the way.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

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St. Andrew…pray for us!


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