Monthly Archives: March 2019

Daily Mass: a rich man and Lazarus. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus offer insights into how we live.  By putting our trust in God and using the ordinary tools of faith, we find the grace we need to journey through this life until we reach Heaven.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Service and suffering out of love for Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers us a profound insight into the path of discipleship: through suffering and service we conform our lives to Christ as we pour out our lives in love for one another.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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St. Joseph, the Husband of Mary. Catholic Inspiration

We know very little about St. Joseph: he makes no speeches; indeed, he says nothing at all.  Yet this hard working, faithful man carried out the task appointed for him by God…showing us that in the last analysis our actions are crucial as we follow Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – St. Joseph, the Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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3rd Sunday of Lent: The Lord calls us to repentance

Desert sunset

Study:  Reflect on a time when you were forgiven.  What steps took place to make it happen?

Pray:  Is there something in your life that’s prompting you to repent?  Ask the Lord for the strength to do it!

Serve:  Is there a situation in your life that you can help bring healing and reconciliation?  How might you be an instrument of God’s grace?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Here’s a quick recap of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading: Moses encounters God in the Burning Bush
  • Psalm: The Lord is kind and merciful
  • 2nd Reading: Paul reminds the Corinthians not to grumble, like the people did with Moses
  • Gospel: Jesus calls us to repent

On the one hand we hear how God takes pity on our plight, has great mercy, and longs to heal and love us.  On the other hand, we also hear the crucial need to repent – to turn away from our sins and draw near to the Lord.

Remember this: God requires our repentance so that we can freely receive his mercy and forgiveness.  Reconciliation means nothing if we aren’t sorry for what we have said and done.  What’s more, without repentance we cannot begin to comprehend the unconditional love of Jesus on the Cross.

So what is our path to repentance?  Consider these basic steps:

  1. Take time to review a good Examination of Conscience.  If you haven’t looked at one for a long time, click here to see several versions from the US Bishops.
  2. After you have reflected on the Examination, what speaks to your heart?  What sins is your conscience bringing up in your life?
  3. If the sin is against another, sometimes the easiest thing is simply to go to the person and say “I’m sorry” or “I forgive you.”
  4. If the sin is bigger, make the effort to go to Confession – one of the greatest gifts we possess in the Church.

The Lord is calling us – out of his awesome grace, mercy, and forgiveness – to repent.  Make this Lent extra special, and may all of us take the time to review our hearts and be about the business of God’s healing love.

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If you are looking for more material to help you this Lent, you might consider this list of presentations I have offered over the last couple of years.  Feel free to check it out and share if you find it helpful:

Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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Note: This post was first published on February 22, 2016.


2nd Sunday of Lent: Consoled and challenged by the Transfiguration. Catholic Inspiration

The Transfiguration of Jesus reveals the Lord’s divine glory and majesty in the presence of Peter, James and John.  This glory offers us the consolation of hope in eternal life, while at the same time challenging us to carry our crosses as we follow the example of Christ.

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Lent

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Daily Mass: Love (and pray for) your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

The command to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” is perhaps one of the most challenging lines in the Bible.  Yet when we strive to carry this out we begin to conform our lives to Jesus, allowing his grace in us to make it possible.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 1st Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Be reconciled with one another. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord exhorts the disciples to seek a higher standard of holiness.  How?  By making reconciliation an essential ingredient for following Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of Lent

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