Monthly Archives: November 2016

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

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – The Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

The call of St. Andrew reminds us that the Lord continues to invite us to follow him and proclaim the Good News so that others can experience the saving love of Christ.

Note: these pictures were taken in Amalfi on my recent visit in Italy.  Andrew is the patron saint of the town and the Cathedral.

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Daily Mass: Advent Hope. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent

Isaiah proclaims hope – that from a dead stump there will appear new life and the order of the world will change.  Jesus invites us to look closely at what God is doing, as our hope in the Lord gives strength and meaning to how we live today.


2nd Sunday of Advent – Baptized in Spirit and Fire

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Study:  Is there anything keeping you from God or another person right now?  What steps do you need to take to make it right?

Pray:  Call upon the Lord for the strength to repent and seek forgiveness.  Remember – the harder it is the more powerful the healing!

Serve:  Is there some way you can be an agent of forgiveness?  How can you bring people closer to God and one another?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Advent 

John the Baptist comes on the scene blazing like a torch as he exhorts the people to repent of their sins.  He minces no words with the Pharisees and Sadduccees; rather, he makes it clear that the path to God leads through the good fruit of our actions.

John is blunt and direct.  There is no spin in his message, no soft touch.  He comes to us as a verbal bulldozer, seeking to carve out a direct route that leads to the Lord.  I can only imagine what it was like to be in his presence, eager to hear his words yet feeling the sting of his speech.  After all, repentance is a great thing to talk about…but often painful to put into practice.

And yet nothing brings about healing faster than forgiveness.  When relationships are wounded and we find ourselves in a broken and fragile place, repentance clears the ground and allows us to rebuild our lives in an honest and direct fashion.

Repentance has some key components:

  • Knowing good from bad
  • Taking ownership for when our actions have been bad
  • Seeking to turn away from the bad and strive to embrace the good
  • Claiming the mercy and grace of God to renew our lives
  • Asking for forgiveness and putting it into practice

As we prepare in this Advent season for the birth of the Messiah, we have the opportunity to examine our hearts and consider what is not worthy of the Lord.  Using a good examination of conscience or just the common sense in our souls we have the chance today to repent of our sins, seek forgiveness from God and one another, and live each day in the light and power of Christ.

John tells us that while he baptizes for repentance, the Lord will baptize us in Spirit and fire – allowing us to draw into the very heart of God’s love.  Only through repentance will we be able to encounter the burning intensity of divine charity; for when we stand before the Lord whatever is not fitting will burn away.  May we cast out whatever is not worthy, and prepare to welcome His holy fire with open hearts.

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St. John the Baptist Preaching, Luca Giordano, 1695.


1st Sunday of Advent – Be prepared! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

All of the Scripture readings evoke a call to action; we are invited to get ready, be prepared, and attentive to the Lord and one another.  May this Advent season – a gift of the Church – help us all to get our hearts and minds ready for the birth of Jesus Christ!


Daily Mass: Be vigilant and pray for strength! Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 34th Week of the Year

Life is tough at times, and we can be overcome by exhaustion and distraction.  Yet the Lord invites us to remain vigilant, asking for the strength we need to face each day.


Daily Mass: Final Judgment. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Friday of the 34th Week of the Year

We acknowledge that at the end of time there will be a final judgment – where our lives will be examined and we will either be saved or damned in the light of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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The Last Judgment, Michelangelo, 1536-1541, Sistine Chapel, Vatican.


Daily Mass: Thankful Hearts, Grateful Lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Thanksgiving Day

Today as a country we practice what our faith in Christ commands: to be thankful for all that God has given us.  Let’s count our blessings and be grateful for what we have.  May we all thank the Lord for the gift of life and the chance to let the love of Jesus flow through our hearts.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Note: This picture of Msgr. Ed Meulemans and I was taken in July 2015.  He is a great friend and mentor…and I am thankful for his presence in my life!