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The Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

A great saint who does not say a single recorded word in the Bible. Yet Joseph’s actions reveal a trust in God and a conviction that puts faith in action.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of St. Joseph

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Daily Mass: The example of St. Joseph. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Joseph speaks no words in the Gospels; all we “hear” are the actions he carries out. May his example inspire us to live out our faith with similar intensity and conviction.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 3rd Week of Advent


Daily Mass: A parable about prudent action. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable in Luke’s Gospel that highlights the need to make course corrections in our life through prudent actions.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 31st Week of the Year


26th Sunday of the Year: A call to action.

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Study:  When in your life have actions “shouted down” the words we hear?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength to be consistent in what we say and do.

Serve:  How do my words encourage others?  How do my actions show my care and support?

Mass Readings – 26th Sunday of the Year

It seems like there are certain phrases that get said throughout our lives.  These words are commands, invitations, and requests to make things happen – and they come in many forms:

“Take out the trash”
“Clean your room”
“Do the dishes”
“Come to my…” (athletic game, concert, etc.)
“Would you volunteer at…” (pick one!)
“Help me with…”

Let’s face it.  We are asked to do many things throughout this life.  From chores and tasks to acts of kindness and civil responsibility, many of these actions are simply part of our existence on this earth.

Yet once we hear these words we are asked to respond.  This happens in two crucial ways:

* What we say  (our WORDS)
* What we do     (our ACTIONS)

When we are confronted with a request or invitation how we respond says a lot about who we are.  If our words and actions are in agreement everything is fine – “yes” means yes and “no” means no.  But if we say one thing and do another, then the weight of our choice is measured in our actions.

This is the message of the Gospel today.  Jesus speaks of two sons who receive a request from their father.  One says yes but does not act, the other says no but changes his mind and acts.  In the end, the one who acted did his father’s will.

We journey through life confronted by countless choices everyday.  Some things we know should be done, others should not.  Some things are options that could be done; we have to weigh the priorities of our time, energy, ability, and need.  Yet what we discover is that we are defined not by what we say, but by what we do.

As people of faith we have other commands to follow:  Love God; Love one another; Repent and forgive; Work for justice; Seek peace.  Indeed our faith is reflected not in our words but our actions; even the Golden Rule “Do to others as you would have them do to you…” (Mt 7:12) is nothing more than a reminder that actions speak louder than words.

Note: This post was originally published on September 23, 2014


Daily Mass: Practical advice from the Letter of James. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of James offers some rich insight into speech, anger and action. May we take a moment to reflect on these areas of our lives as we discern how our faith can guide us.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 6th Week of the Year

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27th Sunday of the Year: Stir into flame the gift of faith. Catholic Inspiration

The Second Letter to Timothy inspires us to take the gift of faith and stir it into flame, realizing that this task requires daily attention and effort.

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Actions built on the rock of faith. Catholic Inspiration

Life challenges us with difficulties and distractions, temptations and turmoil.  How do we find the strength and wisdom to navigate?  Jesus offers the answer when he says that the storms of life are securely faced when we build our lives on the rock of faith.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Guide me, Lord! Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm response invites us to accept God’s guidance as we carry out the Lord’s commands.  It’s not enough to know our faith; the real test is when we put it into practice each and every day.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 25th Week of the Year

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32nd Sunday of the Year: a life of wisdom. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

Wisdom – the ability to see the big picture – is a quality that helps us experience life to the fullest.  Through prayer, reflection and action we can open our hearts to this gift of the Holy Spirit and offer our lives for one another.

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31st Sunday of the Year: Listen, Learn and Live. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 31st Sunday of the Year

Both the prophet Malachi and Jesus exhort the people to take to heart God’s commands.  As we Listen, Learn and Live we grow as disciples; may we draw near to the Lord, the Church and one another…listening for the wisdom that will help us put our faith into practice.

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