Tag Archives: Challenges

29th Sunday of the Year: Don’t give up; keep going!

Study:  Reflect on the last time you encountered a difficult situation.  Where did you find the strength to continue?

Pray:  Are you or someone close to you going through tough times right now?  Ask God for renewed strength!

Serve:  Are there people you know who are struggling right now?  What can you do to support them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

We often tell loved ones to “hang in there” when the going gets tough.  God provides us with strength for the journey, and we see examples of this in the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Aaron and Hur support Moses as he prays during a battle.
  • Psalm – “Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  • 2nd Reading – Timothy is encouraged to “remain faithful to what you have learned and believed.”
  • Gospel – Jesus offers the parable of the persistent widow who confronts the dishonest judge.

Let’s face it: sometimes life is hard!  In these moments we discover strength within us that we never knew before, but we also come to recognize how we need help from the Lord and those around us.

And while no one likes difficulty, it is often through our persistence in the face of obstacles that we grow and mature.  Challenges can become opportunities in which we exercise our will to continue.  Like athletes who train with weights, the resistance we face helps us become strong.

As you ponder these readings and consider the challenges of life, give some thought to these points:

  1. Is there something hard in my life that I need to face?
  2. Are there people in my life who will support me in the midst of challenges?
  3. Are the people I am called to support in their challenges?
  4. Do I pray every day for myself and others to face difficulties with God’s grace?

In the midst of tough times God is present with grace, wisdom and strength.  May we call upon the Lord as we face our challenges today with persistence.

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Note: This post was first published on October 10, 2016.


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.