Monthly Archives: November 2018

Daily Mass: The feast of St. Andrew. Catholic Inspiration

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, and we hear how he and his brother responded to the Lord’s call.  Indeed, the Lord continues to call all of us…will we follow?

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

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Daily Mass: The sobering reality of final judgment. Catholic Inspiration

Our faith clearly acknowledges that there will be a final judgment, and while this reality can bring a grim awareness of our sins, it can also serve as an inspiration to take hold of the gift of today and live our faith with conviction.

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

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School Mass: Growing the seeds of love in our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew speaks to the kids at Cathedral School about how the seed of God’s love can grow in our hearts.

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Daily Mass: Facing deception and fear. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord urges the people to not be led by deception and fear.  Instead, we face these obstacles with the grace that comes God.

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

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1st Sunday of Advent: Take the message to heart

Marley's Ghost

Study:  When have I been swift to respond to the needs of others?  When have I been slow?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the clarity of sight to perceive the real needs within my reach.

Serve:  Don’t wait…do!

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Advent

A Christmas Carol

Part I: Marley’s Warning

Every year I enjoy rereading the holiday story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  I watch as many different movie and drama adaptations as I can, and I find in this simple tale much wisdom and insight.

The story recounts the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable old man who is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley.  Marley informs Scrooge that he will be visited by three ghosts who will show him the error of his ways.  During the visits we discover the story of Scrooge’s life, feeling both pity and anger at the circumstances and choices that have shaped him.  As Scrooge slowly changes, he finally discovers the joy and spirit of Christmas – just in time for Christmas Day.

The ghost of Marley begins this amazing process.  Marley is a wretched creature, wrapped in bandages and shackled by chains and heavy money boxes.  His words to Scrooge are direct and without comfort:  he must change his ways or suffer a fate worse than Marley’s.

Marley reminds Scrooge that the business of life is far greater than the work in their money counting house:
   “Mankind was my business.
   The common welfare was my business;
   charity, mercy, forbearance and benevolence
   were all my business.
   The dealings of my trade
   were but a drop of water
   in the comprehensive ocean of my business!”

This warning speaks to us as well.  Every day we pass through life amid opportunities to serve and love others.  Yet preoccupation can take us away from the deeper issues of life, separating us from the very people and events that can lead us into blessed happiness.

As we prepare our hearts during this Advent season, may we take Marley’s warning to heart.  We, too, must journey through this life, reaching out to those placed on our path.  May we be vigilant, waiting for the day when Jesus will return.  May we share the gift of our lives, anticipating the Christmas joy that awaits us.

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Note: This post was first published on November 25, 2014.


Christ the King

We are servants and stewards of Christ, our King.  This means that our faith is not some hazy, vague experience; rather, it is dynamic and life-giving as we conform our lives to the commands of the one who claims our obedience.

Mass Readings – Christ the King of the Universe

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Daily Mass: Getting ready for eternal life. Catholic Inspiration

As the Lord teaches about eternal life, we are reminded that our lives here on earth are a preparation for our encounter with the angels and saints gathered around God in Heaven.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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