Monthly Archives: February 2020

Daily Mass: Christ calls (us) sinners. Catholic Inspiration

The call of Levi offers us an example of how Christ invites us (wounded, broken and sinful) to follow Him. As Levi accepted this call and invited others to meet Jesus, may we take heart as the Lord calls us today.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Ash Wednesday


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Daily Mass: The power of fasting. Catholic Inspiration

Fasting is an ancient in the Church that has helped countless Christians grow closer to Christ and one another. May we examine how this discipline can empower us today.

Mass Readings – Friday after Ash Wednesday


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Daily Mass: It’s a choice of life and death. Catholic Inspiration

In the first reading Moses makes it clear to the people of Israel that they have to make a choice between life and death. May we choose to live for the Lord, offering all that we have for the path that leads to Eternal Life.

Mass Readings – Thursday after Ash Wednesday


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Ash Wednesday

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.” May the start of this season of Lent transform our hearts as we draw closer to Christ and one another.

Mass Readings – Ash Wednesday


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Lenten Podcast Resources from Catholic Inspiration

Daily Mass: Offering our lives for the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord uses a teachable moment to transform the pettiness of the disciples into an opportunity to conform their lives to his example.

Mass Readings Tuesday of the 7th Week of the Year


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Getting ready for Lent? Here are some podcast resources.

1st Sunday of Lent: Dealing with Temptation


Study:  When in life have you been profoundly tempted?  What patterns do you notice in your life?

Pray:  The temptations we face provide a special place in our prayers; bring them to the Lord!

Serve:  How can you support others who are tempted so that they can face them with grace?

Mass Readings – 1st Sunday of Lent

We enter into the great season of Lent with classic readings about temptation, sin and God’s grace:

  • 1st Reading – The temptation of Adam & Eve
  • Psalm – “Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.”
  • 2nd Reading – The sin of Adam is redeemed by Christ
  • Gospel – The devil tempts Jesus…and fails

First, let me be perfectly clear:  Temptation is a part of the landscape of human life.  From the time of our first parents at the dawn of creation, humanity has experienced temptation.  We can wish all we want, but the fact remains that we are constantly facing great and small temptations throughout the course of our lives.

What’s more, we have all experienced times when temptation has led us to sin.  Being tempted is one thing; falling into sin is another.  For once sin is a part of our lives, our souls are wounded in a way that requires God’s grace to cleanse and heal.

This awareness of temptation and sin can easily lead us to a state of despair.  We can fall into the trap that says “Well, you messed up.  What’s the point now?  You might as well just give up.” Admittedly, the devil would like nothing better than to let us think that there is no hope…that we are lost and without strength to find our way out of the messes of life.

Yet we start our Lent with hope.  Yes, we acknowledge that temptation and sin are real, but we take comfort that this is why Jesus Christ came – to break the bondage of sin, restore our relationships with God and one another, and lead us into eternal life.  The Lord knew about temptation first hand, yet not only did he triumph over Satan’s testing, but he freed us through his death and resurrection.

In our moments of temptation and sin may we run to the Cross of Christ!  As we encounter our own trials may we trust that the Lord stands ready to offer us help and strength – both to face what comes before us this day, and to heal us in our moments of need.


Podcast Resources for a Powerful Lent

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Note: This post was first published on February 27, 2017.

Monday Conversation: A season of Lent that shakes our souls. Catholic Inspiration

Would you like a soul-shaking Lent that touches the core of the heart? With a little reflection and some dedicated attention this holy season can transform our lives, draw us closer to Christ, and empower us as his disciples.

Special Lenten Podcasts from Catholic Inspiration