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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.

Mass Readings – Our Lady of Sorrows

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Our Lady of Sorrows…pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Here are some of the themes from the readings on this feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

1st Reading – Revelation 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab

  • The Church interprets the woman in this passage as Mary.
  • The dragon is the enemy who attempts to destroy the woman and child.
  • The voice of heaven proclaims God’s authority and kingdom have come through the son, born of the woman, who will rule all nations.

Psalm – 45:10-12,16

  • “The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.”
  • This psalm, when applied to Mary, reveals her majesty among all created things as queen.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 15:20-27

  • The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ overturns the first sin of Adam.
  • Christ will reign over all things, finally destroying death forever.

Gospel – Luke 1:39-56

  • The first part of the passage describes the interaction between Mary and Elizabeth as their babies (from within the womb) leap for joy.
  • The second part of the passage offers Mary’s great Magnificat of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(Mass during the day)

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Our Lady, Queen of Heaven…pray for us!


Mary, the Mother of the Church. Catholic Inspiration

This feast highlights the unique role that the Blessed Virgin Mary holds in the life of the Church. May we ask her for continued help and guidance as we draw near to her Son.

Mass Readings – Memorial of the BVM, Mother of the Church

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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

My photo from the Lateran Basilica in Rome.

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to Mary, and the world was forever changed. May this solemnity help us to recognize God’s call for our lives as we offer each day for the Lord.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

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4th Sunday of Advent: Mary’s response to the Angel Gabriel. Catholic Inspiration

The exchange between Mary and the Angel Gabriel inspires us to respond to God with a full and open heart. May it be done! Fiat!

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent


The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

God makes possible miracles that astound our imagination in multiple ways in the readings we hear today. May we take to heart the angel Gabriel’s insight that “nothing will be impossible for God!”

Mass Readings – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Daily Mass: Mary, our Lady of Sorrows. Catholic Inspiration

Cappella del Crocefisso, painted by Scipione Pulzone, Chiesa Nuova, Rome.

The anguish of Mary at the foot of the Cross of Christ touches our human pain and loss in moments of suffering. Yet Mary’s faithfulness inspires us to endure these times of trial as we place our hope in her Son.

Mass Readings – Our Lady of Sorrows


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary offers hope for all Christian disciples. Not only does the Blessed Mother show us our final destination in Heaven with her Son, but she also intercedes for us as we journey along the way.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

We read in the Gospel of Luke that “Mary kept all these things in her heart.” May her example inspire us to reflect on our faith in her Son as we put it into daily practice.

Mass Readings – Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Annunciation of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The angel Gabriel was sent from God…and the world was forever changed with Mary’s response! May this Good News strengthen our hearts as we speak words of hope to one another today.

Mass Readings – The Annunciation of the Lord

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