Monthly Archives: July 2019

Daily Mass: How precious is your faith? Catholic Inspiration

Like a hidden treasure or a pearl of great price, our faith is a precious gift that offers the most valuable return of all…eternal life in heaven. (I suggest that we all work for that…)

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 17th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Jesus explains the weeds and the wheat. Catholic Inspiration

As the Lord explains the parable of the weeds and the wheat to the disciples, we are are reminded in a vivid way that our lives are accountable to the God.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 17th Week of the Year

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18th Sunday of the Year: Beware of greed

Study: Are there situations in life where you find greed present?  Ask yourself what is the source of this excessive hunger for more.

Pray: Call upon the Lord for the grace to use your resources wisely.

Serve:  How can you be generous with your life today?

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

The Lord cautions us to “guard against all greed” in the Gospel today, yet another reminder of the timeless power of our faith to speak to the human heart.  Let’s take a moment to break down some common aspects of greed:

  • Self-centered, focusing on “what I want”
  • Excessive, always wanting more
  • Applies to a wide variety of human wants – money, fame, power, food, etc.

Greed disregards the needs of others as the individual focuses entirely on self.  Seeking more and more, it pushes other things aside in a quest to acquire.  And while we often associate greed with money, the Lord’s warning against all forms of greed is apt…we can be greedy about so many things!

So what’s the cure?  How do we combat greed in our lives?  Here are some key ingredients:

  • Gratitude – being thankful for what we have
  • Contentment – seeing the blessings in our lives
  • Stewardship – using wisely the resources in our care
  • Generosity – sharing the gifts of life with those in need
  • Prayer – fostering our relationship with God, the source of all gifts

By weaving these elements into our lives we cultivate a perspective that sees all resources as gifts from God that are to be used wisely and well.  We have been richly blessed by the Lord!  May we live and share our lives in such a way that Christ’s love shines through all that we do.

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Note: This post was first published on July 25, 2016.


17th Sunday of the Year: Drawing close to the Lord and one another. Catholic Inspiration

Our relationships with the Lord and one another form the foundation for all our interactions and accomplishments. In good times and bad, we build up these connections, recognizing the crucial need to keep them vibrant and strong.

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The weeds and the wheat. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s parable of the weeds and the wheat makes it clear that at the end of time there will be an accountability of good and evil. May we be inspired to be counted among the wheat!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Jesus explains the parable of the sower. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus explains the parable of the sower to his disciples and unlocks for us the insights we need to confront our challenges and engage our faith.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 16th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Can you drink from the cup? Catholic Inspiration

As James and John were striving for places of honor while the other Apostles were indignant, Jesus uses the situation to teach that the call of his disciples comes from offering oneself for service…even to the point of suffering out of love for others.

Mass Readings – Feast of James, Apostle

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