Category Archives: Feasts & Solemnities

Our Lady of Guadalupe. Catholic Inspiration

On this feast day it is good to reflect on the history of Mary’s apparition to Juan Diego in 1531.  Through the miracles that followed Mary’s presence transformed a people, offering us a clear reminder that God continues to work through his angels and saints.

Mass Readings – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel reveals her role in God’s plan for our salvation.  Chosen by the Lord, she offers us an example of faithfulness that inspires us every day to say yes to God’s call for our lives.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM

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Daily Mass: The feast of St. Andrew. Catholic Inspiration

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, and we hear how he and his brother responded to the Lord’s call.  Indeed, the Lord continues to call all of us…will we follow?

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

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Christ the King

We are servants and stewards of Christ, our King.  This means that our faith is not some hazy, vague experience; rather, it is dynamic and life-giving as we conform our lives to the commands of the one who claims our obedience.

Mass Readings – Christ the King of the Universe

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The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Pantocrator

Study:  Recall a time when you carried out a difficult command.  What gave you strength?

Pray:  Is there a difficult situation facing you right now?  Draw near to Christ in the Eucharist for wisdom and courage.

Serve:  Actions speak louder than words…so how can your actions today show others that Christ is your King?

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

We conclude the Church’s liturgical calendar with this Feast in honor of our Lord.  The title is one that speaks to a role that appears in history, literature, and culture:  the KING.

Here are some common key points to remember:

  • The King is recognized as ruler
  • The King’s power is acknowledged
  • The King’s decrees are to be obeyed

Sounds simple, right?  So how do we apply these concepts to Jesus?  Consider this:

  • If Christ is the ruler of my life, then all my words and actions must align with Him.
  • I turn to Christ for strength in my moments of powerlessness.
  • I act on Christ’s commands, obeying His teaching and precepts.

Practically, I suggest that we focus this week on three key commandments that Christ gave us:

  1. Forgive one another.  Reread chapter 18 in Matthew’s gospel for a review.
  2. Come to Mass. Check out chapter 6 in John’s gospel, or Mt. 26:26-28.
  3. Love one another.  Try John 15:12-17 for a refresher!

Remember: the King commands us to forgive, receive Him in the Eucharist, and love one another.  These are not suggestions, or helpful hints when we have free time!  These are commands…and as we acknowledge that Jesus is our King we also know that we can draw near to the Lord for the strength and wisdom we need to carry them out.

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This icon of Christ Pantocrator is on loan to the Cathedral of Christ the King from Fr. Andrew Ricci.  “Pantocrator” may be literally translated into “Ruler of All” or “Almighty” and it is an ancient way of depicting Jesus.

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Note: This post was first published on November 16, 2015.


The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Catholic Inspiration

Today the universal Church celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica – the cathedral of the city of Rome – reminding us that every church around the world offers us a direct encounter of the living God when we draw near to the altar to pray.

Mass Readings – The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

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The Commemoration of All Souls. Catholic Inspiration

Yesterday’s celebration of All Saints inspires us today to pray for All Souls.  We remember our faithful departed and commend them to the loving mercy of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  On this sober feast we recall that one day we will all make the journey from this life to the next, and we ask God for the grace to carry on.

Mass Readings – The Commemoration of All Souls

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