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Daily Mass: We follow the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus interacts with three people on his way to Jerusalem, revealing to us what it means to follow the Lord with all our mind and heart.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 26th Week of the Year

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St. Wenceslaus and St. Lawrence Ruiz and Companions, pray for us!


Daily Mass: We rely on the power of God. Catholic Inspiration

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On this Memorial of the Passion of John the Baptist we hear about the terrible events that lead to his death. As we confront the forces of evil in our lives, we draw strength from the insight of St. Paul, who reminds us that in our weakness we rely on the power of God.

Mass Readings – Memorial of the Passion of St. John the Baptist

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St. John the Baptist, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 23rd Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at some of the themes in the readings for the 23rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 9:13-18b

  • Our limitations often prevent us from knowing what the Lord intends.
  • God does, however, give us wisdom and the holy spirit to instruct us.

Psalm – 90:3-6,12-17

  • “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.”
  • We recognize our limitations and we call upon the Lord for help.

2nd Reading – Philemon 1:9-10,12-17

  • Paul, now an old man, urges the proper care of Onesimus, a runaway slave.

Gospel – Luke 14:25-33

  • Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Jesus cannot be his disciple.
  • We renounce the power of possessions in our lives as we follow the Lord.

Mass Readings – 23rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: We boast in the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul shows how God calls the weak, the lowly and those deemed foolish in the eyes of the world to stand with might before the powerful. Where do these humble people find their strength? In Jesus Christ!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 21st Week of the Year

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St. Monica, pray for us!


Daily Mass: We proclaim Christ crucified. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul proclaims the power of the Cross of Christ as the source of power and wisdom that comes to us from God.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 21st Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: The second Passion prediction. Catholic Inspiration

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Matthew’s Gospel offers the second prediction of the Lord’s Passion, reminding us that all disciples must face the Cross as they journey through this life.

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

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St. Dominic, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Take up your Cross. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord exhorts his disciples to take up their Crosses and follow him. Crosses come in all sizes; may the Crosses we carry become a worthy offering to the Lord as we put his example into daily practice.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 18th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Will we carry the Cross of Christ? Catholic Inspiration

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St. Peter gets it right…then he gets it wrong. Yet in the end we know that Peter will not only understand who Jesus is, but he will have the courage to follow the Lord, carrying the Cross from this life to the next. We, too, are works in progress; may we strive to learn from our successes and failures as we journey with the Lord.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 18th Week of the Year

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St. John Vianney, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 17th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s look at some of the main themes in the readings for the 17th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Genesis 18:20-32

  • The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are filled with grave sin, causing God to consider their destruction.
  • Abraham “bargains” with God, securing the Lord’s promise that if only 10 innocent people are still living in the city of Sodom it will not be destroyed.

Psalm – 138:1-3,6-8

  • “Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.”
  • God’s mercy protects the humble who seek God in prayer and daily practice.

2nd Reading – Colossians 2:12-14

  • Through baptism Christians die and rise with Jesus.
  • It is the Cross of Christ that frees us from our sins.

Gospel – Luke 11:1-13

  • Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer to the disciples (slightly shorter than the one found in Matthew 6:9-13.)
  • The Lord’s Prayer is followed by a reflection on petitionary prayer, where the disciple asks and receives good things from God. (Note, this is different from the Gospel of Matthew which follows up with a reflection on forgiveness.)

Mass Readings – 17th Sunday of the Year

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Good Friday

We recall the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross so that we never take for granted the Lord’s saving gift as we are inspired to grow in faith, hope and love.

Readings – Good Friday

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