Our Lady of Sorrows. Catholic Inspiration

The sorrow of Mary as she stood faithfully before the Cross of Christ helps us to engage our grief. When we acknowledge our sorrows, we call upon the saving strength of Jesus to pass through our pain into healing joy.

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Our Lady of Sorrows…pray for us!

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Catholic Inspiration

2019 Pilgrimage to Calvary in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

This feast concentrates our attention on the instrument of our salvation, as we thank the Lord who offered himself as the perfect sacrifice that restores us to right relationship with God. May we gaze upon the Cross of Christ with grateful hearts each and every day!

Mass Readings – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross


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We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you…because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!

Daily Mass: An example of great faith in Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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A Roman centurion displays extraordinary faith in the Lord when he approaches Jesus for a healing request.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 24th Week of the Year


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St. John Chrysostom…pray for us!

Study, Pray, Serve: 25th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes that surface in the readings for the 25th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 2:12,17-20

  • The wicked seek to beset the just one, who reproaches them for their transgressions.
  • The wicked will put the just one to the test with revilement and torture.

Psalm – 54:3-8

  • “The Lord upholds my life.”
  • The Psalmist calls upon God for help in times of great distress.

2nd Reading – James 3:16-4:3

  • Wisdom and righteousness come from what is pure and peaceful.
  • Wars and conflicts come from the passions within us.

Gospel Mark 9:30-37

  • Jesus relates his upcoming death and resurrection to the disciples, and they do not understand it.
  • The disciples were arguing on the journey who was the greatest; Jesus teaches that the greatest are those who humbly serve others.

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24th Sunday of the Year: Take up your Cross. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus makes it clear that to follow him means that we will carry a cross. As we confront whatever is hard and difficult in our lives today, may we open our hearts to God’s grace at work within us…trusting that the one who was victorious over his cross will transform our own as well.

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Daily Mass: The Lord is the rock on which we build our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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When our words and actions follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, we find our lives are built on a rock solid foundation that withstands the storms of life.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 23rd Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Removing the splinters from our eyes. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers sound wisdom. Before we can point out the “splinters” in someone’s eye, we need to take care of our own! This is not just about physical sight, but it applies to the spiritual obstacles that prevent us from seeing God’s grace at work in our hearts.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 23rd Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Sound, spiritual advice. Catholic Inspiration

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Sometimes the daily Mass readings are nuggets of wisdom that can guide us in direct and practical ways. The reading from Colossians and the Gospel of Luke are perfect examples today. Enjoy and savor them!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 23rd Week of the Year


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St. Peter Claver…pray for us!

Daily Mass: We are part of a larger story. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary we hear in the Gospel of Matthew the genealogy of Jesus as the context for the birth of the Lord. The reading demonstrates how we are part of the larger story of salvation history; God works in and through countless lives to weave together our journey from this life to the next.

Mass Readings – the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Holy Mary, Mother of God…pray for us!

Daily Mass: God calls us by name for service in the world. Catholic Inspiration

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Luke’s Gospel reveals how Jesus called the Twelve Apostles by name to participate in his earthly ministry. The Lord continues to call forth new disciples who will offer their lives for service in the world. Are we ready?

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 23rd Week of the Year


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