Category Archives: Easter

Pentecost: The Power of the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Pentecost Day

Like a power tool, our lives come alive with the power of the Holy Spirit when we:

  1. Stay connected to Christ
  2. Live each day with conviction
  3. Recognize the unique contributions of one another

Come Holy Spirit!  Fill our hearts with the fire of your love!


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Daily Mass: Follow me. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 7th Week of Easter (Charles Lwanga & Companions, Martyrs)

The Lord tells Peter to follow him and not focus on what others are doing.  What a good reminder for us!  May we recognize that the Lord has plans for us all; our task: to carry out our work and follow Jesus with all our heart.


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Daily Mass: Do you love the Lord? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 7th Week of Easter

“Do you love me?” This is the question that the Lord puts to Peter three times following the resurrection.  It’s a good reminder, for in the end our lives are measured by the love – shared and received – that’s found in our hearts.


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Daily Mass: That all may be one in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter (Justin Martyr)

The Lord prays for the unity of the disciples, and how pertinent that prayer remains today!  May we work tirelessly to promote our connections and relationships, building up our community at all levels in life.


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Daily Mass: I pray for them. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 7th Week of Easter

Jesus tells his heavenly Father, “I pray for them.” His words offer hope: the Lord prays for us!  Our faith, transmitted through time and space from those first disciples, inspires us to pray for one another with the grace and strength of Christ.


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The Feast of Pentecost


Study: Where in my life have I experienced God’s grace and strength?

Pray:  What particular needs in my life call for the help of the Holy Spirit?

Serve:  Where can I use the gifts God has given me to serve another right now?

Mass Readings – Vigil of Pentecost

Mass Readings – Pentecost Day

The image St. Paul uses in the 2nd reading this weekend is a body.  Composed of different parts which do unique and special functions, the body is united when all the parts come together.  So, too, all of us are united into the Body of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Look at these themes from Pentecost Mass Readings of the Day:

  • The Spirit gives power to communicate across barriers of race and tongue (1st Reading)
  • The Spirit gives life and renews the face of the earth (Psalm response)
  • The Spirit gives different gifts to people for different needs (2nd Reading)
  • The Spirit is breathed on the disciples by Jesus (Gospel)

In other words, the Holy Spirit unites people, renews life, provides unique gifts, and is granted to the Church by Christ.  This is the day that the disciples were empowered to continue the mission of Jesus; filled with the Spirit they will witness the Good News of the Lord through their words and actions.

Their example becomes our model.  The same Spirit that changed their lives comes to us.  The same Spirit that gave them the grace and strength to go forth gives us the power we need to offer our lives for Christ.  God continues to invite us to serve, and the Lord pours forth the Holy Spirit to help us carry out the work of this day.

Are there barriers in our life?  Come Holy Spirit!

Are there parts of life in need of renewal?  Come Holy Spirit!

Are there gifts we have that need to be used and directed?  Come Holy Spirit!

Jesus freely gave the gift of the Spirit to his disciples – may we turn to the Lord with conviction that as we call for the Holy Spirit in our lives we will be given what we need for the work of this day.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.
V. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The Ascension of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord

We say in the creed, “He ascended into Heaven” yet we often do not consider what that means for our lives here on earth:

  • Where are we going?
  • What are we doing?
  • How are we doing it?

With Heaven as our home we can evaluate and review our words and actions in preparation for the day when the Lord calls us to follow Him from this world to the next.

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