Monthly Archives: December 2018

Farewell to Fr. Ed. Catholic Inspiration

Msgr. Ed Meulemans was my pastor when I arrived at the Cathedral as a newly ordained priest in 1997.  Over the years he has been a great friend and mentor, teaching me many lessons about discipleship and priesthood.  May he rest in peace!

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A Holy Family Resolution. Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Family faced the blessings and burdens of life with Christ in their lives.  Jesus is present in our hearts, our homes…and our families.  May we do all that we can to build up the relationships we have within our families, in preparation for when God unites us with our family in Heaven.

Mass Readings – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Daily Mass: Seeing the face of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

As Simeon sees the Christ Child he recognizes the Messiah and gives praise to God.  As the Kingdom of Heaven continues to unfold here on earth, we have daily opportunities to seek out the face of Jesus in our lives and respond with joy and gratitude.

Mass Readings – 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

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Daily Mass: The Holy Innocents, martyrs. Catholic Inspiration

The horrific massacre of the baby boys in Bethlehem echoes the heart wrenching evil witnessed throughout human history.  Yet in the face of senseless violence and tragic evil, we hold fast to the hope that God’s justice and mercy will prevail through the power of the savior, Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – The Holy Innocents, martyrs

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Daily Mass: St. John the Apostle and Evangelist

Just as St. John announced the Word of God through his Gospel and Letters, we have a daily opportunity to testify to the Lord whenever we open our hearts to Christ and proclaim the Good News of Jesus.

Mass Readings – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

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Daily Mass: St. Stephen, the first martyr. Catholic Inspiration

St. Stephen’s death serves as a sharp contrast from the glory Christ’s birth.  Yet this contrast helps us engage in the spiritual battle that is part of our earthly life as we face our struggles with the grace of Jesus.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr

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The Holy Family

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Study:  Recall a time when you were particular grateful for the gift of your family.  What made the difference?

Pray:  Reflect on the needs of your family.  Thank the Lord for your blessings and offer your petitions for their needs.

Serve:  How can you help someone in your family right now?

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Big or small, far-flung or close to home…we all come from a family.  Sometimes our families are in better/worse places, depending on emotions, finances, relationships, illness, death, and a multitude of challenges and blessings that life can throw our way.

And while no family is perfect, every family provides opportunities for us to grow.  Whether it is getting along, practicing forgiveness, being patient, working together, or dealing with the idiosyncrasies that are part of every human group…there is no place like family for teaching us lessons that are part of our journey to become the best version of ourselves.

The Holy Family faced plenty of blessings and burdens.  Here are a few of the blessings:

  • Encounters with the angel Gabriel
  • Choirs of angels singing and rejoicing
  • Visits from distant Magi and nearby shepherds
  • The brilliant light of the Star as a sign from God

But, then, there are some real burdens:

  • Explaining Mary’s pregnancy (before marriage to Joseph)
  • Fleeing for their lives from King Herod’s soldiers
  • Refugees in Egypt – far from family
  • And one day…Mary will stand before the Cross of Jesus

Clearly, this family is unlike any other; yet together they faced situations that are similar to many even today.  They knew what it was like to be grateful for what they had, and they knew what it was like to face suffering and pain.

But there’s two points I want us to hold close:

  1. They did it together
  2. God was with them

What’s true for the Holy Family is true for our families!  We have opportunities to work together, cooperating and uniting to strengthen the bonds within our families – and when we face challenges we call upon the Lord to give us the grace and strength we need to put faith into family, hope into our homes, and love into our lives.

May this season give us plenty of opportunities to work together with God’s grace in our families – the place where we have been located by the Lord to practice our “homework for holiness” as we journey through this life.

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