Monthly Archives: February 2022

Daily Mass: Times of trial and testing can foster our faith. Catholic Inspiration

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The First Letter of Peter reminds us that in times of difficulty our faith in Christ can flourish. May we face the challenges of today with trust that the Lord supports us with his grace.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 8th Week of the Year


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Study, Pray, Serve: 1st Sunday of Lent

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Here are some of the central themes that surface in the readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 26:4-10

  • This passage recaps the oppression and subsequent liberation of the people of Israel.
  • This recollection inspires the people to give thanks to God for the blessings that they have received.

Psalm – 91:1-2,10-15

  • “Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble.”
  • We trust in God for the strength we need in difficult and challenging times.

2nd Reading – Romans 10:8-13

  • Our salvation is anchored in the conviction that Jesus is Lord.
  • This hope has no distinction between race or ethnicity; all who call upon the Lord will be saved.

Gospel – Luke 4:1-13

  • Every year the 1st Sunday of Lent features the temptation of Christ by the devil.
  • Jesus responds to each of the three temptations with words of Scripture.

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8th Sunday of the Year: What’s growing in our hearts? Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus teaches the disciples that we will know a tree by its fruit, and this insight can be applied to the state of our spiritual lives and our relationships with one another.

Mass Readings – 8th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: We seek healing in body and soul. Catholic Inspiration

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We all seek healing in body, heart, mind and soul. May the Letter of James inspire us to call upon the Lord for healing both on the inside and the outside as we strive to be agents of healing for one another.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 7th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Stop complaining and start creating solutions. Catholic Inspiration

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How often do we catch ourselves whining and complaining? (Be honest!) The fact is that it seldom helps, whereas the practice of patience and perseverance can strengthen our souls.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Using wealth wisely. Catholic Inspiration

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How we spend our money says a lot about our values and priorities. The Letter of James weighs in on the topic, warning us of the consequences if we fail to use wealth wisely.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: May we live in the present moment. Catholic Inspiration

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How do we spend our time? Are we trapped in the past or always worried about the future? The Letter of James reminds us to live in the current moment, mindful that it is a precious treasure from the Lord.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 7th Week of the Year


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St. Polycarp, pray for us!

Daily Mass: What do we say about Jesus? Catholic Inspiration

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When asked by the Lord, the disciples offered many answers about the identity of Jesus. Peter, however, gets it right: he is the Christ! May our lives proclaim this truth each and every day.

Mass Readings – Feast of the Chair of St. Peter


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Daily Mass: How fruitful is my life? Catholic Inspiration

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The first reading offers practical advice to help us evaluate the spiritual state of our souls. Do we find bitterness, jealousy, or self-ambition? Instead, may we cultivate the fruits of the Spirit, a true harvest that comes from Heaven.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 7th Week of the Year


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St. Peter Damian, pray for us!

Study, Pray, Serve: 8th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at the themes in the readings for the 8th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Sirach 27:4-7

  • The quality of something (be it grain, pottery or fruit) is revealed when it is tested.
  • When people speak, their speech offers a fitting test of what they think and believe.

Psalm 92:2-3,13-16

  • “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
  • Those who are close to the Lord flourish and are fruitful.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 15:54-58

  • The sting of death is sin, which has been conquered through the victory of Jesus Christ.
  • We remain steadfast and devoted to the Lord, knowing that our hard word is not in vain.

Gospel – Luke 6:39-45

  • Through humble adherence to Christ we “remove the splinter from our eye” as we acknowledge our sins and seek to help others.
  • We can discern the content of a person’s heart by the fruit of their words and actions.

Mass Readings – 8th Sunday of the Year


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