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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary was chosen and prepared by God to become the Mother of Jesus, and she accepted this role with a beautiful faith.  We, too, have been chosen by the Lord and endowed with particular blessings to bring the Good News to the world.  Will we accept the Lord’s call in our lives?  May Mary’s example inspire us to say YES!

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Daily Mass: Our Lady of Sorrows. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Our Lady of Sorrows

Following immediately after yesterday’s Feast of the Holy Cross, the readings today focus on Mary as she endured the “sword of sorrow” as she stood at the Cross of her son.  Her sorrow reaches out through time and space to all people who have been overwhelmed by grief.  May her example help us to face our moments of pain with a sure and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

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The Descent from the Cross, Rogier van der Weyden, 1435, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid.

Note: This is one of the most moving paintings I have ever stood before.  


The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Gospel Reading – The Queenship of Mary – Luke 1:26-38

Mary’s “fiat” to the angel Gabriel cooperates with God’s plan of salvation.  Mary serves as our example, Mother, intercessor and guide.  She’s also the Queen of Heaven, and through her witness we are inspired to draw near to her Son.

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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary’s assumption into Heaven reveals her crucial role in the Church.  As the Mother of God her “fiat” to the Angel Gabriel proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and her fidelity to God’s will as she stood at the Cross offers us a profound example as we strive to live our faith in the midst of difficulty.

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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.

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The Octave of Christmas: Mary, the Mother of God

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Study: Consider a time when you had to trust another person.  What helped or hindered you to trust?

Pray: Is there a major decision in your life?  As the Lord for guidance and direction.

Serve: Do you know someone who is searching for God?  How can you help point them to Jesus?

Mass Readings – Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

This great feast of Mary flows from the heart of the Christmas story.  Jesus, like us in all things except sin, had a mother who reflected on the great events that had happened in her life.  She witnessed how God was at work, and she took time to ponder…even as she held baby Jesus in her arms.

Mary’s trust in the Lord inspires us to turn to God in our need and live the gift of our faith.  Like Mary, we can reflect upon the Lord’s goodness in our own lives and express with gratitude what God has done for us.

What’s more, as Mary brought forth Jesus into the world we, too, can continue Christ’s saving work as we proclaim the Good News today.  Our words and actions can point others to Jesus Christ, directing those in our lives to trust in the Lord’s mercy and love.

May Mary’s example strengthen our faith and empower us to live it with joy.  As we reflect on what God has done in our lives, may we express with gratitude the graces we have received as we put them into practice.


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.