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Daily Mass: The word of Christ is our command. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus tells the disciples that he comes to fulfill the law and the prophets, and as the Lord’s disciples we take to heart his teaching and put it into daily practice.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent


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St. Toribio of Mogrovejo, pray for us!

Study, Pray, Serve: 22nd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the key themes in the readings for the 22nd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-8

  • The Commandments of the Lord are sacred; take care not to add or subtract from them.
  • These commandments are to be carefully observed.

Psalm – 15:2-5

  • “The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”
  • These stanzas exhort the people to live in a virtuous and upright manner.

2nd Reading – James 1:17-18,21b-22,27

  • God’s “word of truth” is planted in our hearts and must be welcomed and strengthened.
  • We are reminded to “be doers of the word and not hearers only” as we care for those less fortunate.

Gospel – Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23

  • Jesus responds to comments from the Pharisees and scribes about specific traditions.
  • The Lord offers a practical insight about what makes us unclean: “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year


Daily Mass: We love and serve the Lord with all our heart and soul. Catholic Inspiration

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Moses offers an exhortation to the people of Israel with words that speak to our hearts today!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 19th Week of the Year


St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross…pray for us!

Daily Mass: Follow the commandments and live! Catholic Inspiration

Moses and Jesus remind us that the teachings and commandments of the Lord bring life…for this world and the next.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Lent


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Daily Mass: Putting aside our doubts and excuses. Catholic Inspiration

We can be pretty good at finding excuses not to do something, yet the Lord – who never gives up on us – continues to invite us to follow him that we might have eternal life.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 2nd Week of Advent


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Daily Mass: Love fulfills the Law. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 31st Week of the Year

Paul reminds us in the Letter to the Romans that the commandment to love our neighbor both sums up and fulfills the law.  Now all we have to do is live it each and every day.


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6th Sunday of Easter – Transformed by Love

Love tasks

Study:  Recall the people in life have loved us unconditionally.  How did their love help you change and grow?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace to recognize the people in our midst we are called to love.

Serve:  Love takes many forms.  What can I do today for another person out of love?

6th Sunday of Easter Readings

Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

For the last few months the eyes of the world have directed to the words and actions of Pope Francis.  It has been a time of extensive media coverage on the Church and its message of hope to a new generation.

During this time many people have experienced the rich treasure of Roman Catholicism.  The history, symbolism, and global significance have helped provide a deeper understanding of the internal structure of the Church.

Many people have responded to the Pope’s teaching and example.  It is an exciting time to participate in the Church, and I personally am renewed and energized in my desire to grow in my  vocation to the priesthood – even in the midst of transition and change.

Change is a part of life.  Through our experiences and encounters we develop and discover new perspectives and resources within our lives.  Change happens when we open our hearts to those around us and put into action our new insights.

In the Gospel Jesus states that to love him means to keep his commandments.  There are two:
1.  Love God
2.  Love one another.

It is important to note that these commands are not just about being busy.  To love means to be in relationship with others; love invites us to grow in our awareness and understanding for one another.  This knowledge leads to greater respect and value for all life.

In the Gospel love is a verb.  It must be acted upon, practiced, and carried out in all parts of life.  To love means to work at a relationship – and thus be open to spend the time and effort necessary.

Yet when we open our hearts to love we are changed.  As we experience love, as we work at it, we discover that our hearts get stretched.  We become challenged to grow, to make room so that we can love more deeply, more completely.

Jesus promises that we will have help.  As we open our lives to the power of love, the Spirit will come to help us and guide us.  Transformed by love, we trust that God will continue to direct us, until the cycle of love and change brings us one day to the Kingdom of Heaven.

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