Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Annunciation

Mary says “yes” to the Good News announced by the angel Gabriel…showing us how we can say yes to the Lord every day of our lives.

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Annunciation, Botticelli, 1481, Fresco, Florence, Italy.


Daily Mass: The greatest commandments. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Jesus – the Master Teacher – condenses the 10 Commandments and frames them in the context of Love.  Our task?  To put them into practice every day!

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Daily Mass: Drive out evil. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of Lent

The Lord drives out a demon in the Gospel today, reminding us that while evil is present in the world we continue to call upon God for the grace we need to drive out whatever is not fitting in our hearts for the Kingdom of God.

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Daily Mass: Jesus fulfills the Law. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

Jesus comes to fulfill the Law, teaching as the new Moses and inviting us to draw close to God in a new and powerful way.

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Daily Mass: The command, example and freedom of forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of Lent

We forgive:

  1. Because the Lord commands us
  2. To imitate the Lord’s example
  3. To be freed from the bondage of sin

And so…to whom do we have to say “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you” today?

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4th Sunday of Lent: Seeing God at work in our world.

Study:  Reflect back on a moment when you suddenly “saw” a situation clearly.  What helped you make sense of it?

Pray:  Do you feel like you are in the dark right now?  Ask God for the light of grace to find your way.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling to act in a situation?  How can you help them stay in God’s light?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Lent

Let’s take a quick look at an overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Samuel “sees” David and anoints him with the Spirit
  • Psalm – “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
  • 2nd Reading – We are children who live in the light of Christ
  • Gospel – Jesus heals a man who was blind from birth

Images of sight, light, and darkness appear throughout these readings, reminding us of the crucial role our sight plays in daily life.  As we rely on our eyes, we recognize light and color as it interacts with our senses and guides much of our action.

God helps Samuel to see – not with human but heavenly eyesight – the qualities that will make David king of Israel; Jesus helps the man born blind to see the face of the living God.  Ephesians reminds us that as children of the light we turn away from darkness and live in goodness, while the Psalmist gives us courage to walk in the darkest of valleys…confident that the Lord is at our side.

For we know that the darkness is a part of life; indeed,  many of us have had the experience of darkness – where fear, doubt, and indecision hold us in a grip of paralysis – and we understand all too well our sense of loneliness and loss.

The Good News: God restores our sight – helping us to see the Lord at work in our world – and inspires us to direct our thoughts, words and actions by the light of faith.  May the Light of Christ open our eyes and guide our steps through this life!

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Monday Conversation: Christ renews our lives!

This presentation offers us a practical path to recognize the goodness of life and the reality of sin, so that we can find our way back to God through the gift of Jesus Christ. (31 Minutes)

Note these four points:

  • God made us to be united with Him
  • Sin destroys our relationships with God and one another
  • Christ restores the relationship through his life, death, and resurrection
  • Each of us can choose to accept the gift of Christ and live as his disciple

This talk was given to Confirmation students from the Cathedral and St. Francis Xavier parishes on November 11, 2015.  This message is not just for kids preparing to be confirmed!  May all of us see the beauty of life, confront our struggles, and embrace the gift of Christ’s saving grace.

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