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The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary and Elizabeth – pregnant with Jesus and John the Baptist – meet and rejoice at the goodness of the Lord.  Both women knew hardship, yet their faith inspires us to see God at work…in good times and in bad.

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Photo Credit: The Nativity Story, 2006.


The Octave of Christmas: Mary, the Mother of God. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – The Octave of Christmas: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Our knowledge of Mary flows from our knowledge of her Son, and her example teaches us how to be living witnesses in the face of adversity as we continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.

Happy New Year!


Holy Day: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Fr. Andrew’s Holy Day Mass Homily

Mass Readings – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary’s “yes” to God offers us an example, for as she participated in God’s plan of salvation so we, too, have a daily opportunity to let the Lord’s work be done through our words and actions.

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Madonna and Child with Sts. Mary Magdalene, John the Baptist, Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Alexandria, Cosmas and Damien; Botticelli; 1470; Uffizi; Florence, Italy.


Daily Mass: The Immaculate Heart of the BVM. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily

Readings for the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Before they left for summer vacation, these 5th graders shared some thoughts about the Gospel reading.

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Holy Day Mass: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast – Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah, inspires us to follow her example and say “May it be done” to what the Lord asks of us today.

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The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

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Study: Recall a time in your life when another person made a profound difference in your life.  How did they show you support?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the wisdom and insight to be a human agent for divine love.  Pray for an open heart to be guided by Christ!

Serve:  Who in your life would benefit from your service and kindness right now?  Is it family, a friend, a co-worker, or an acquaintance?

Mary, Mother of God Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

There are many ways to say, “I love you.”  Some people do it easily with words, others use gestures, physical closeness, empathy, or service.  Sometimes it happens when we respond to the unspoken questions or needs of another – anticipating the situation without even having to be asked.  Other times it is merely our presence, when we sit or walk with another beyond the necessity of words; at times like these it is simply the awareness that we are not alone that gives us strength.

Within the Holy Family we can talk about the practical ways that Mary and Joseph cared for and loved Jesus.  Providing for the Lord’s basic needs, showing affection, teaching, offering safety, and guiding with earthly wisdom are just a few of the examples that reveal how they provided a home for their son.

On this feast we can enter more fully into the gift of Mary’s life – as a mother.  The intimacy and connection between mother and child is profound.  There is a closeness – something physical, relational, and spiritual – that often uniquely touches our lives.  While it’s true that there are times when we are closer/farther from our moms, we can recognize that this bond has the power to connect with something deep within our souls.

Mary shared this connection with her Son.  Jesus, whose titles range from “Savior,” “Messiah,” “Lord of Life,” “Prince of Peace,” and “Son of God” could also claim another:

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The Feast of Mary, the Mother of God is a celebration where we can comprehend a bond that we share with the Lord.  Like us, he possessed this earthly connection with his mom – a connection that underscores how Christ comes to us and bridges the gap between Heaven and Earth so that we might know God.  The Lord became like us (in all things but sin) so that we could draw near to the Almighty – there is no obstacle, no boundary, no barrier that prevents us from encountering God.

Within the context of this mother/son relationship Mary had countless opportunities to say, “I love you” to her boy.  She said it with words, conveyed it with caring and comforting actions, and demonstrated it with subtle expressions of affection.  Since Jesus became like us, then he also received the blessings and joys that come from being loved in this very human, very powerful way.

As we enter into this New Year, how will we say, “I love you” to the Lord?  How will we reveal our love for Christ in the faces of our brothers and sisters?  Perhaps it’s with a word of encouragement, a random act of kindness, anticipating a need, or responding to a situation.  May we eagerly look about for ways to show our love – to the people in our lives and the Lord who put them there.


The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Study: When have I said “yes” to something important in my life?  What blessings came with this yes?  What challenges came as well?

Pray: Ask the Lord for the wisdom and guidance to say “yes” following the example of Mary.

Serve: How can I help support someone who is preparing to say “yes” to an important decision?  How can I help someone follow through with their choice?

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily

There are times in life when we say “yes” to important decisions.  These are moments when we formally embrace a commitment, a responsibility, and an obligation to live in a certain manner.  At times like these we define ourselves and reveal to others what we value.

Mary’s “yes” to the angel Gabriel professes an acceptance of the Lord’s call at a level of profound power.  Her words testify her openness to allow the Almighty to work through her – becoming the human agent through which the Son of God would come into our world.  The child born in Bethlehem would change human history forever.

Yet this “yes” comes with a poignant cost.  She will face hardship, violence, displacement, and the agony of watching her son suffer upon the Cross.  The cost reveals that our most important decisions are rooted in the reality that parts of life are painfully difficult – we recognize that our choices will place heavy demands upon us.

And yet, Mary’s example can inspire us to know that just as God supported her, God supports us.  Our “yes” is strengthened and sustained by the Lord’s grace.   Jesus suffered, died, and rose that we might have the consolation of his grace to help us.  Our “yes” is not made in isolation; we walk with the Lord who guides us.  May Mary’s intercession direct our words as we follow her example and say YES to her Son – the Lord Jesus Christ!