Monthly Archives: May 2020

Daily Mass: Do not be afraid! Catholic Inspiration

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How important it is for us to hear the words “Do not be afraid!” As St. Paul was encouraged to let go of fear, we are also directed to live our faith in the face of every trial.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 6th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: Serving the Lord when the chance presents itself. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul’s time and energy in Corinth reveal the powerful opportunity he had to share the Gospel. When the chance presents itself in our lives, may we respond with the same intensity as we witness our faith in Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 6th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: Living our faith in the face of rejection. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul’s rejection in Athens reminds us that we, too, will encounter mocking and ridicule for our faith in Christ. When it happens may we recall that we are in good company! Just remember: we never know how a single a word we say can lift someone up and lead them to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 6th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: St. Paul participates in the Cross of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul’s suffering in Philippi becomes an opportunity to witness his faith in Jesus. This experience of the Cross of Christ brings life-giving joy, and it shows us the path that we often find in our own lives as well.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: The response of Lydia to the preaching of St. Paul. Catholic Inspiration

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Lydia’s response to the preaching of St. Paul reveals how our faith in Christ is transmitted to the world. May we proclaim the Good News through our words and actions each and every day.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 6th Week of Easter


The Ascension of the Lord

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Study:  Transitions are a time of uncertainty.  Consider a time when you experienced a transition: how did it feel?  How did you face it?

Pray:  When faced with the unknown we come to the Lord for direction.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will send both wisdom (to know what to do), and strength (so you can do it).

Serve:  Who in your life is alone right now.  How might you walk with another in a time of transition and uncertainty?

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

There are moments in life when it is difficult to say good-bye.  Whether it is a relocation through work, the completion of school, or the death of a loved one, we know that these events challenge us to move on with the transitions in life.

The Feast of the Ascension marks one of these transitions in the Church.  This feast demands that we ask the question, “Now what?” as the Lord is taken from our midst.  The disciples must now discover the new ways that God is at work in their lives – especially now that Jesus is no longer with them.

But unlike other transitions, where people pass out of our lives and are separated from us by physical distances or death, Jesus leaves his disciples in a different way.  By ascending into heaven he does not move out of our lives, but rather he comes into contact with all life.  Through his ascension the Holy Spirit comes upon all people, and Jesus touches our lives in a new and mysterious way.

The mystery of the Ascension is closely connected to the Resurrection of Jesus.  The early Church recognized that the saving work which God did through Jesus included both of these events.  We say in the Creed, “…he rose from the dead…(and) ascended into heaven…” in the same breath – for these two events show that the Lord’s work is unlike anything else ever done before.

Through his Resurrection, death and sin no longer have power over Jesus Christ; his sacrifice on the Cross offers hope for the whole world.  Through his Ascension, all people can know Jesus and the Spirit; taken up to heaven, the Lord is now present to all people regardless of time or space.

This feast reminds us that Christ does not abandon his people.  The Lord is near, and we enjoy his presence even though we cannot touch him as the disciples did.  We know that God walks with us, and we trust that the Lord will give us the strength to carry out the mission of the gospel through the transitions we face in this life.



This blog was originally published on May 5, 2013.

6th Sunday of Easter: God’s command to love transforms our lives. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus commands us to love as a demonstration for our love for Him. As we put the Lord’s example into practice, we discover countless opportunities today to help us thrive with the love of Christ.

Mass Readings – 6th Sunday of Easter


Daily Mass: We lean on the Lord in tough times. Catholic Inspiration

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John’s Gospel reveals a no-nonsense approach to the reality of opposition and hostility that we will face as disciples of Jesus Christ. In tough times we draw strength from the Lord, who gives us exactly what we need to thrive.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: Making big decisions with God’s guidance. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Apostles wrestle with a crucial about who can join the Church, we see in their decision making process a path for us to follow today.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Easter


Daily Mass: Facing change with the gift of faith. Catholic Inspiration

St. Matthias was chosen by the Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot. This transition offers us an example of how our faith can help us navigate the ever-present effects of change and transition in our lives.

Mass Readings – The Feast of St. Matthias


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