Tag Archives: Challenges

21st Sunday of the Year: Facing hard times with faith. Catholic Inspiration

The passage from John’s Gospel marks a low point in the active ministry of Jesus.  The people have seen healing miracles and the multiplication of the fishes and loaves, but when they hear the Lord’s teaching about the Eucharist they turn away.  It is in this rock-bottom moment that Peter reminds us that we face hard times with the power of our faith in Christ.

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

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5th Sunday of Easter: Christ is the vine that sustains us in times of struggle. Catholic Inspiration

The accident at the oil refinery in Superior last week was a stark reminder how we rely on and support one another in times of danger.  Where do we find the strength to work together?  United in our faith in Jesus Christ we are nourished with God’s grace so that we can offer our lives for one another.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Easter

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Daily Mass: Freed from fear to live in faith. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 34th Week of the Year (The feast of St. Cecilia)

The Lord reminds us not to be afraid of the uncertainty of life; rather, we embrace our faith and live with God’s grace and power…making the most of each and every day.


Daily Mass: a Message of Hope. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 13th Week of the Year

Amos proclaims a message of hope to the people of Israel.  On this celebration of our nation’s independence, may our faith inspire us to face our challenges with the hope that the Lord will give us what we need.


33rd Sunday of the Year – No One Knows the Hour – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Life offers difficulties and multiple uncertainties.  What’s more, no one knows the hour when we will be called by God out of this world.  So how do we live?

Answer:  Fully alive in the present moment!

How?

  • What’s your “bucket list” of unfinished business?  Get ‘er done.
  • Perform a daily diagnostic.  It’s called an Examination of Conscience.
  • Dare to share your heart.  Say “I love you” to the people in your life!

25th Sunday of the Year – Tested in Troubled Times – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s 25th Sunday of the Year Homily Podcast

All of us face moments of difficult, trial, and temptation.  In these moments we are tested, and as we face our challenges we discover meaning and purpose for our lives as we call upon the help of heaven and earth for the help we need.


25th Sunday of the Year – Troubled Times

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Study:  Recall a time when you were overwhelmed by difficulty.  What got you through it?

Pray:  Call upon the Lord for the courage and strength to face your challenges.

Serve:  Is there someone you know who is struggling?  How can you offer your support?

25th Sunday of the Year Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Don’t you wish life would always be easy?  Wouldn’t it be great if challenges and obstacles disappeared with a simple thought?  What’s more, how about if evil, darkness, fear, and violence would vanish from the face of the earth?

I know: I will now wake up from my pleasant dream.  Since the dawn of creation evil and sin have been part of our world, and for this very reason Jesus Christ died and rose.  The death and resurrection of the Lord confronts the darkness  and shines with the light of faith.

As Christians we can thus recognize two fundamental principles:

  • Evil and sin are part of the fabric of life
  • Jesus Christ offers us salvation through his victory on the Cross

Simply put, this means that we have hope in the face of difficulty.  God continues to give grace and strength, empowering us to face our fears and engage life with the faith to continue in the presence of adversity.  We know that life is hard; we know that with the Lord’s help we can carry on.

Where do you find darkness and evil in your life right now?  Where do the difficulties and obstacles present themselves?  Perhaps it’s time to acknowledge these pitfalls and recognize how they tempt and distract us.

For the minute we understand our struggles, we are equipped with the knowledge to petition the Lord for the help we need.  What’s more, as we understand the struggles of those around us, we can reach out with love of Christ to support one another with sincerity and genuine assistance.

May we honestly confront the challenges of life, trusting in the Lord for the grace we need.