Monthly Archives: September 2018

25th Sunday of the Year: Life is a battle; keep fighting with faith. Catholic Inspiration

The readings state plainly the hostility and difficulty we often find in lives.  Sometimes the battle is outside ourselves, and sometimes it is within.  Yet as we fight our battles, we constantly use our most powerful weapon: the grace we receive through our faith in Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Show your work. Catholic Inspiration

Remember when you had to “show your work” in math class?  You had the answer in the back of the book, but you still needed to do demonstrate that you understood the concepts and complete the hard work.  Same is true for the life of faith!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The call of St. Matthew. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord invites Matthew with a simple invitation, “Follow me.”  May his example inspire us to listen to the Lord’s call in our lives and respond with joy.

Mass Readings – St. Matthew, Apostle

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Daily Mass: Approaching Jesus, receiving grace. Catholic Inspiration

The woman who approaches Jesus meets no barriers or obstacles; instead she encounters the grace and mercy of the Messiah.  May we look to the Lord in our need and trust in the power of his love.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Blue Mass: Calling all you angels! Catholic Inspiration

The kids at Cathedral School honor veterans, emergency service personnel, firefighters and law enforcement at a Blue Mass that calls upon our Guardian Angels for guidance and help in times of trial.

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Daily Mass: The power of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s power over life and death in the Gospel of Luke reminds us that Jesus is the Christ and Messiah.  May we let his grace transform our hearts.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 24th Week of the Year

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25th Sunday of the Year: Grace to face the challenges in life

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Study:  Recall a time when you were overwhelmed by difficulty.  What got you through it?

Pray:  Call upon the Lord for the courage and strength to face your challenges.

Serve:  Is there someone you know who is struggling?  How can you offer your support?

Mass Readings – 25th Sunday of the Year

Don’t you wish life would always be easy?  Wouldn’t it be great if challenges and obstacles disappeared with a simple thought?  What’s more, how about if evil, darkness, fear, and violence would vanish from the face of the earth?

I know: I will now wake up from my pleasant dream.  Since the dawn of creation evil and sin have been part of our world, and for this very reason Jesus Christ died and rose.  The death and resurrection of the Lord confronts the darkness  and shines with the light of faith.

As Christians we can thus recognize two fundamental principles:

  • Evil and sin are part of the fabric of life
  • Jesus Christ offers us salvation through his victory on the Cross

Simply put, this means that we have hope in the face of difficulty.  God continues to give grace and strength, empowering us to face our fears and engage life with the faith to continue in the presence of adversity.  We know that life is hard; we know that with the Lord’s help we can carry on.

Where do you find darkness and evil in your life right now?  Where do the difficulties and obstacles present themselves?  Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge these pitfalls and recognize how they tempt and distract us.

For the minute we understand our struggles, we are equipped with the knowledge to petition the Lord for the help we need.  What’s more, as we understand the struggles of those around us, we can reach out with love of Christ to support one another with sincerity and genuine assistance.

May we honestly confront the challenges of life, trusting in the Lord for the grace we need.

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Note: This post was first published on September 15, 2015.