Tag Archives: Compassion

Daily Mass: God desires mercy. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 15th Week of the Year

Speaking with the pharisees, Jesus offers an insight into God’s compassion and mercy when he says, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.”  Today we have the opportunity to offer to Christ the gift of mercy as we lovingly respond to the weaknesses of those around us, as we claim the Lord’s mercy for ourselves.


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Daily Mass: Jesus the Just Judge. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

Jesus will judge us by our deeds and the consequences will be eternal.  Yet this just judge is also our savior who knows our sins and has paid the price with his own blood.  When we stand before him and look upon the face of Compassion, will we accept his mercy as we acknowledge our sins?


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Daily Mass: The compassion of Christ. Catholic Inspiration


Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – St. Elizabeth of Hungary

In the Gospel we find the Lord as he weeps over the city of Jerusalem.  May the compassion of Christ touch our hearts, especially when we have sinned, and draw us back into his merciful love.


Photo Credit: Jesus of Nazareth, 1977.

Daily Mass: Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – The Feast of Mary Magdalene

She is the first person Jesus appears to after his resurrection.  Mary Magdalene, a “sinner” who found in Christ forgiveness and compassion, becomes our model today.  May we, in our own weakness and sin, see Christ and respond with love to his call.


Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdalena, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, 1835, Location currently unknown.

Daily Mass: Loving & Helping Others. Catholic Inspiration

2nd grade kids

Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Daily Mass Readings – Friday of the 8th Week of the Year

Some enthusiastic 2nd graders from Cathedral School help Fr. Andrew with the reading from 1st Peter in the Scriptures today!

Three Great Things

Mercy: We need it, God gives it. Catholic Inspiration

Three Great Things

Fr. Andrew’s presentation on Mercy – 15 Minutes

How do we understand mercy as it applies to our lives?  What does it mean and how can we practice mercy – both receiving and giving – in our interactions with the Lord and one another?  This short talk offers some practical points and an example from Jesus in the Gospel of John.  Given during the “24 Hours with the Lord” at the Cathedral on March 4, 2016.

Mercy - Pope Francis

10th Sunday of the Year – Arise!

Station - Jesus in the Tomb

Study:  Reflect on a time of grief and loss in your life.  Where did you find support and strength?

Pray:  Pause to consider those who are going through grief and hold them up in your daily prayers.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling with grief right now?  Perhaps a visit or an act of kindness could make the day a little brighter.

Last October I was traveling through the Holy Land and I passed through the village where Jesus performed the miracle that is recounted in the Gospel today.  I find it easy to imagine the situation: a group of people walking in procession with a widow as  they carry her dead son out of the city.  There is grief, terrible loss, and the sense that the entire community is mourning with this woman.

Then an encounter with Jesus.  First he has pity, then he offers consolation, then a single word: arise!

In a moment everything changes.  The Lord gives the man back to his mother, the procession is filled with fear and wonder, and God is praised.

We all know that death is a part of life.  Like the seasons of the year, there are times for birth, growth, harvest, and death.  Yet there are also times when death happens outside this cycle – in moments of tragedy, unforeseen illness, and accident – and our lives are turned upside down in a heartbeat.

In these moments when we are filled with questions, doubts, and uncertainty.  And like the widow in today’s Gospel we can invite the Lord to draw near.  The same pity, consolation, and hope is ours – Christ meets us in our weakness and with tender compassion he touches our hearts.

His love is empowered through the victory of his death and resurrection.  His sacrifice on the Cross opens the gates of Heaven for us.  For at the hour of our death we long to look upon Jesus who will say “Arise!” to us and welcome us to eternal life.

Perhaps you are dealing with grief in your life, or perhaps you are walking with someone in the midst of grief.  The Gospel today gives us an opportunity to face death with the conviction of faith – this is not the end, but a new beginning with the Lord.  May the pity, consolation, and mercy of Jesus help us to be tender with others in their grief, and may it help us to face the hour of our own death with trust in the Lord’s love.