Monthly Archives: May 2019

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mary’s offers a proclamation of praise in her Magnificat, as she glorifies God and offers thanks for the blessings she has received.  May we echo her words as we call to mind in our prayer and daily practice how the Lord has touched our hearts and fostered our faith.

Mass Readings – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Daily Mass: Living our faith 24/7. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul’s example in Corinth reminds us that every moment of our day offers opportunities to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  People are always watching and listening; what is the message they receive from us today?

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: We follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will guide us through this life.  May we call upon the Spirit each day and follow with confidence as we journey toward Heaven.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of 6th Easter

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Daily Mass: The Holy Spirit helps in times of trial. Catholic Inspiration

The challenges that Paul and Silas encountered in Philippi reveal the pattern that all Christians face throughout life.  Yet the strength we need to meet these trials comes not from our efforts alone; we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to face what comes our way.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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The Feast of the Ascension

Study:  Reflect on a moment of profound change in your life.  What lessons did you learn?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for guidance to proclaim the Good News in your current situation.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is experiencing great change right now?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – Feast of the Ascension of the Lord

About this time of year students experience transition.  The academic year is coming to a close, classes are wrapping up, papers are written and exams taken.  It is a time where one can clearly see change: teachers and classmates conclude their studies and look to new opportunities and experiences in the summer.

For some it might be work; others might attend summer school; still others might experience a move to a new location.  Change takes many forms, but through it all some key points emerge:

  • New People
  • New Locations
  • Opportunity to apply learning to life

The Feast of the Ascension is one such moment of profound change in the early Church.  Rejoicing with one another over the Resurrection, the apostles were flying high – the Lord is risen!  In this moment of enthusiasm and hope, the Lord (truly in the role of Teacher) shares with them a new lesson – it’s time to change and grow.

Now they are the ones who must teach; they are the ones chosen to proclaim the Good News; through their efforts the Holy Spirit will empower them to heal and drive out demons.  Simply put, the Ascension of Jesus clears the way for the disciples to apply the Lord’s teaching in their own lives as they continue Christ’s mission in the world.

We are part of that mission.  We received our faith from those who came before us, and today we have an opportunity to proclaim the Good News to those in our lives.  Here are some thoughts:

  • Family – who often see us in unguarded moments
  • Friends – sustained and strengthened by our efforts
  • Coworkers – witness our character and conviction
  • Classmates – supported and encouraged in learning
  • Neighbors – perceive our actions and effort
  • Strangers – 1st impressions that point to Christ
  • Enemies – encounter justice and mercy with forgiveness

The Good News takes many forms, and in our moments of transition we are given new opportunities to act.  May the Ascension of our Lord inspire us to look for change in our own lives and seek ways where we can live joyful lives as disciples of Jesus Christ!

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Note: This post was first published on May 12, 2015.


Monday Conversation: A Summer Challenge! Catholic Inspiration

A 2018 Nielsen report shows that Americans now spend over 11 hours a day looking at a screen.  Eleven hours!  Fr. Andrew’s parishioners are familiar with his annual “Summer Challenge,” and he offers some thoughts here about what we can to ditch the screen time and embrace hundreds of alternative activities that are good for body, mind, heart, and soul.

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6th Sunday of Easter: God’s peace calms our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will be sent to bring peace to our hearts.  Where do we see the need for peace in our lives today?  May we turn to the Lord who longs to offer this grace to face whatever we find in the world today.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter

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