Monthly Archives: January 2020

Daily Mass: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. Catholic Inspiration

Psalm 51 speaks from the depths of our hearts, reminding us of those times when we have fallen short of our Christian calling, yet inspiring us to drawn near to Christ for the healing of our hearts.

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Daily Mass: We shine with the light of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus inspires us to let the light of faith shine through our lives. May we take courage in the darkness to let God’s light into our hearts and share it with those around us.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: We cultivate the garden of our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

The parable of the sower teaches us of the crucial need to cultivate the garden of our hearts with care and diligence.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the the 3rd Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: The Lord considers us part of the family. Catholic Inspiration

The words of Jesus inspire and humble us: “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” May our lives be worthy of this high calling!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 3rd Week of the Year


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The Presentation of the Lord: Christ understands us; He’s already been through it.

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Study:  Recall a moment when someone really understood you.  You felt safe, relaxed, and at peace knowing that you were loved completely and sincerely.

Pray:  Take a moment to open your heart to Jesus.  You might want to read/pray the readings today (especially the 2nd reading from Hebrews) and gaze at the Cross.

Serve: Is there someone in your life you can reach out to?  Is there someone with whom you might be able to be present without judgment or bias – but simply meet them where they are in kindness, respect, and love?

Mass Readings – Presentation of the Lord

During my study as a seminarian I served as a chaplain at a hospital.  I had the opportunity to work with a rich diversity of people from a variety of skills and backgrounds.  Through this time I learned much about my strengths and weaknesses as a minister.

One day I was assigned to visit a man who had a heart attack.  He was unhappy, sullen, and angry at me (and everyone else who came in).  He kept claiming that he was “as healthy as an ox” and had “never been sick a day,” but we could all see that his life was in a fragile state.

In my visit I tried to speak about some of the topics that the doctors and nurses had been urging:  physical exercise, diet, use of alcohol, stress, and other related issues.  He refused to speak.  He shouted, insulted, complained, and denied the fact that he even needed to be in the hospital!

I (being very inexperienced at the time) thought I could wear him down by simply being more stubborn – sitting there and listening until he just ran out of air.  Suddenly, a middle-aged man walked in the room and asked me if he could visit with the patient alone for a few minutes.

I stepped outside, visited a few patients, and after about an hour I saw the man come out of the room with a big smile.  He went over to the nurse on duty and informed her that the patient was willing to listen to any medical advice and act on it!

When I asked him what happened, he said, “You see, I was once like him – in the hospital bed, denying everything, angry at everyone, and blaming every person – except the only one who could make a change…ME!  I showed him my scars, told him about the procedures, the medications, and the fact that I feel better now then I ever have.”

He then looked at me and continued, “I guess he just needed to hear it from someone who knows what it’s like.  Someone who understands because he’s been through it.”

We see a similar connection in the book of Hebrews today.  Jesus became like us – he suffered, died, and rose from the dead that sin and death might no longer have power.  He knows what it’s like to face the challenges and burdens of life, and because he understands, he is able to help us, guide us, and strengthen us in our moments of need.

Perhaps now is the time to recognize that the Lord knows us.  He knows what it’s like to face the challenges of life, and we can rejoice that the Master of the Universe comprehends our hearts – better then we do!  Maybe today is our chance to stop and turn to the Lord and allow him to love us.  Perhaps all we really have to do is stop “doing” for a moment and “be” present to Jesus.

It’s good to have a friend who knows exactly what we are going through and helps us on the way!


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Note: This post was first published on January 26, 2014.

3rd Sunday of the Year: We seek unity in Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

We don’t have to look very hard in our world today to see division and dischord tearing at the fabric of our relationships. The same dynamics were happening in the letter to the Corinthians, and St. Paul gives us some practical tips for fostering the hard work of unity in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: The Conversion of St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

The conversion of St. Paul reminds us that repentance and change are part of our journey of faith. As Paul moved from persecutor to preacher of the faith, we consider how the Lord calls us to make a change in our hearts.

Mass Readings – The Conversion of St. Paul


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