Daily Mass: We offer our lives in service to one another. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches his disciples that the journey to Heaven is along the path of service.

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Daily Mass: An exhortation from Isaiah. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophet Isaiah exhorts the people of Israel to wash themselves clean – seeking God’s goodness and avoiding evil. It’s a message that is just as relevant today.

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Daily Mass: The measure of mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches how the measure of mercy applies to our hearts: “For the measure you measure will be measured out to you.”

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Monday Conversation: Fasting and Abstinence. Catholic Inspiration

Fasting and Abstinence are ancient disciplines that can dramatically enhance our spiritual life. Fr. Andrew offers some practical tips to bring these tools into our own unique circumstances today.


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3rd Sunday of Lent: Cleansing our hearts

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Study:  What needs to be cleaned up in your life?  What “messes” require care and attention?

Pray: Invite the Lord into your heart and ask him for the grace and strength to cast out what does not belong.

Serve:  How can you help someone clean up a part of their life?

Pastoral Note: The 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent provide an option for using the “Year A” readings at Mass for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process, but for those who follow the usual cycle (this year it is “Year B”) the reflection is offered below.

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent (Year B)

About this time of year I start getting the itch to dig and clean out old items around the house. I start in those areas where things usually pile up, namely – CLOSETS! (You know, those places where we throw things that we are not sure if we need…)

I pull them out and ask a simple question, “Have I touched this in the last two years? Have I needed it, used it, thought about it? Or can I get rid of it?”
Sometimes we hold on to items (clothes for example) that we simply do not need. We do not use them, and they occupy and clutter space that takes away from other things. Since I am not generally a pack rat, I find this time of year refreshing; it is a way that I can simplify my life and focus on what I think is important.

In John’s Gospel we see Jesus doing his sort of house cleaning. Entering into the temple with a whip of cords, he systematically drives out those who are treating the temple like a marketplace. It is a rare glimpse of the Lord’s anger, and it reminds us of his passion and zeal for the House of God.

Yet we are reminded that buildings are not the only temples where God resides. St. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” If the Lord was willing to drive out inappropriate behavior from the temple in Jerusalem, what will he drive out when he enters the temple of our hearts?

To help us, God provided the Commandments – that we might avoid the very things that harm us.  The first reading today proclaims these commandments, reminding us that God has provided a path to help us on our journey through life.  What’s more, these commandments reveal with swift clarity what does not belong; they point out the very sins that can keep us from the Lord and one another.

In our moments of honesty we know that there are elements that need to be cast out. Sin is a part of our human condition, and all of us have fallen short of God’s grace in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We know that if the Lord were to come into our hearts he would discover secrets and fears that keep us from God and one another.

The point, however, is that God has come! The Lord Jesus, through his death and resurrection, comes through the Holy Spirit into our world. His victory over sin and death give us hope that we may have eternal life. We need not fear the darkness in our hearts; we can offer it to the light of Christ.

The Scriptures tell us that we are a temple. Experience tells us that within this temple there is sin. Yet faith tells us that not only will Jesus come driving out evil, but he will make a place to dwell there within our hearts. You see, it’s his house, too.


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Note: This post was first published on March 2, 2015.

2nd Sunday of Lent: The hope of the Transfiguration. Catholic Inspiration

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The Transfiguration of Christ offers a glimpse of God’s glory on the way to the Cross. This moment – seeing Jesus as he reigns in Heaven – offers us hope as we carry our crosses, confident in the Lord’s victory.

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

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We find in this selection from the Sermon on the Mount one of the hardest teachings of Jesus: to love our enemies. Yet when we do this we cleanse our hearts of hate and fill them with God’s grace, so that we will be prepared to follow Christ in this life and be with Him in the next.

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Daily Mass: Go first and be reconciled. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus urges his disciples to make reconciliation a priority in their lives, reminding us that forgiveness is a daily discipline as we follow the Lord.

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Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Christ falls 3x. Catholic Inspiration

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The three falls of Jesus on the Way of the Cross express our awareness of the humanity of Jesus through his Incarnation; he becomes like us – taking on our human weakness – to redeem our weakness and restore us to grace.


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Daily Mass: Asking for what we need. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord teaches us to ask, seek and knock as we trust in God who knows the good things that we need.

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