Monthly Archives: June 2018

Daily Mass: Lord, only say the word… Catholic Inspiration

The faith of the Roman centurion reveals his complete trust in the authority and power of Jesus. His example inspires us to turn to the Lord with open hearts and allow God’s grace to work in and through our lives.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 12th Week of the Year


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St. Peter & St. Paul…pray for us! Catholic Inspiration

These two heavy hitter saints were far from perfect, and yet God worked in and through them to accomplish marvelous deeds.  Their example serves as our inspiration: God patiently works with us!  As we look to Sts. Peter & Paul may we embrace the gifts of life and faith as we follow Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul (Mass of the Day)


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Daily Mass: Building our lives on rock. Catholic Inspiration

More practical advice from Jesus: his words are good, but when they are turned into actions we create a foundation for our lives that no storm can destroy.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 12th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: By their fruits you will know them. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers practical insight into how we deal with others.  By looking at the fruitfulness of one’s life we can get a good sense of what is going on down deep in the heart.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 12th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Living the Golden Rule. Catholic Inspiration

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” is the modern translation of the Golden Rule.  Jesus gives us this rule to help us relate to one another from a common framework of understanding and respect; now we have to act on it!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 12th Week of the Year


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13th Sunday of the Year: Life, Death and the Gift of Faith

Study:  Consider people you know who are suffering right now.  What is the nature of their struggle?

Pray:  Keep a list of those who are sick nearby when you pray.  Remember them often.

Serve:  How can your faith help someone today who suffers?  How can you be an instrument of healing and comfort?

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

Consider for a moment someone you love who is seriously sick.  Perhaps it’s a disease, an upcoming surgery, and undiagnosed circumstance, or the relentless experience of pain...we all know loved ones who suffer – and we would do anything to help.

Now imagine that you have heard about a miracle worker who cures the sick and resuscitates the dead.  I know that if I discovered that Jesus of Nazareth was even remotely in the area I would rent a bus and bundle in everyone I could fit just for the chance that he would lay hands on them.

This is the situation we encounter in the Gospel today.  People are crushing in on Christ; they have heard of his power and they are are desperate for healing.  The double miracles in the reading point out a number of key concepts:

  • Our longing for healing
  • The desperation of those who suffer
  • The depth and breadth of emotions around illness
  • How we all have experience with sickness and death
  • God’s profound gift of healing & life

Simply put, an encounter with Jesus Christ is a healing encounter.  In the face of sickness and disease, the Lord draws near – bringing grace and power – to restore life to those who suffer.

As his disciples, we are part of this healing mission.

  1. Who is suffering in our lives right now?
  2. How can we help through prayer or service?
  3. How do we promote comprehensive healing – in Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul?

Jesus comes to bring life; may our lives – guided in faith – be directed toward healing the wounds we witness.


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Note: This blog post was originally published on June 23, 2015.

The Birth of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

John the Baptist offers a strong and potent example of Christian witness for us today.  John’s life served as a preparation for the messiah; he recognized the Lord from the very beginning and he embraced God’s call with fierce commitment.  Now it’s our turn!

Mass Readings – The Nativity of John the Baptist (Vigil Mass)

Mass Readings – The Nativity of John the Baptist (Mass of the Day)


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