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The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed…All Souls. Catholic Inspiration

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Today we remember all our beloved dead and we entrust them to the tender care of Christ’s divine mercy. Living and deceased, we are all held in the hands of God, and we pray for the repose of the souls of those who have passed from this life…that they will be united in love with the Lord in Heaven.

Mass Readings – All Souls

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Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. Let Perpetual Light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful Departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


Daily Mass: A contrast between Adam and Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Paul offers a contrast between the sin of Adam and the redemption we have in Jesus Christ, thus providing us with a view of the world that is both realistic and hopeful.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 29th Week of the Year

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St. John de Bréfeuf and St. Isaac Jogues…pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 13th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the major themes in the readings for the 13th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23-24

  • God creates a world filled with good and wholesome things, including humanity.
  • Through the envy of the devil, death enters the world.

Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13

  • “I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.”
  • We rejoice over the saving power of God in our times of distress.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 8:7,9,13-15

  • Chapter 8 in this letter pertains to a special collection Paul is taking for the Church in Jerusalem.
  • Out of our abundance we supply the needs of those less fortunate.

Gospel – Mark 5:21-43 (long version)

  • There are two miracles here: 1. Jairus’ daughter and 2. the woman with the hemorrhage.
  • Christ’s healing power is connected to the faith of those present.

Mass Readings – 13th Sunday of the Year

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Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Jesus dies. Catholic Inspiration

This sixth and final installment of the Lent Retreat focuses on the reality of death in the last three Stations: Jesus dies, Jesus is taken down from the Cross and Jesus is laid in the tomb. As the Lord triumphed over death through his resurrection, we recognize that death is our doorway that leads to eternal life with Christ.

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Daily Mass: The natural consequences of sin. Catholic Inspiration

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Following their disobedience, Adam and Eve confront the consequences of their sin, even as their behaviors reveal how it has begun to affect them.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 5th Week of the Year

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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The Cross of Christ reveals justice, humility and love as Christ triumphs over sin and death for the salvation of the world. We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you! For by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

Mass Readings – The Exaltation of the Holy Cross


Daily Mass: The Passion of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

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John the Baptist came to point others to Jesus, and his death inspires us to face our sufferings with fervent hope in Christ through His victory on the Cross.

Mass Readings – The Passion of St. John the Baptist


Daily Mass: Facing our temptations. Catholic Inspiration

The Letter of James gives crucial insight into the nature of temptation. As we encounter our own temptations, may we never tire of calling upon God for the grace we need to face them.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of the Year

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33rd Sunday of the Year: Facing the tough times.

Study: Consider a time when you felt paralyzed by fear.  What helped you to act in a healthy way?

Pray: Do you have a situation where you are struggling for the right words to day?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom to speak.

Serve:  Is someone struggling in your life right now?  How can you help them persevere?

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel Jesus responds to the questions of those who are wondering when the destruction of the Temple will happen.  Through the course of his dialogue three key points surface:

  1. Do not fear.
  2. Trust in the Lord for the wisdom to speak.
  3. Persevere!

These points are crucial – they touch so much of our daily lives!  How often have we experienced moments of fear, or searched for just the right words to say, or looked for strength when we felt weak?  This advice is solid, practical, and helpful.

And yet while we may very well find ourselves nodding in agreement, we also know that this is often hard to do.  Fear can suffocate us and manipulate how we speak and act; sometimes we speak and live to regret what we said or how we said it; and there are days when we wonder why are we doing what we do.

The Lord understands.  Christ faced his fears in the Garden of Gethsemane; he spoke to the hearts of those who persecuted him, even as he persevered on the way to Calvary.

Today we examine our lives for vulnerable spots where we are weak and prone to temptation.  It is here that we call upon the Lord – to face our fears, trust in God’s wisdom, and keep going with a strength that is greater than our own.

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Note: This post was first published on November 7, 2016.


32nd Sunday of the Year: Matters of life and death.

Study: What comes to mind when you think of Heaven?  Have you or someone you know ever had a near-death experience?  How does thinking of Heaven shape how you live your life?

Pray: Is there something that is keeping you away from God?  Take time to pray and consider receiving the Sacrament of Confession.

Serve:  Are there any tasks that you have neglected that would cause hardship to others if you died suddenly?  What steps can you take to make sure that you are ready when the Lord calls you home?

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel point to the resurrection of the dead.  In the Second Book of Maccabees we hear how those who are tortured for their faith find hope in the resurrection to eternal life, and in the Gospel of Luke Jesus teaches the Sadducees that the dead will rise.

To talk about heaven is not some sort of “pie in the sky” thinking.  We look to this world – where we experience birth, life and death – as a pilgrim progress.  We are travelers passing through, confident that there is more to the journey when death comes our way.

This understanding of the resurrection of the dead is thus both a consolation and a challenge.  As a consolation we have hope!  We seek to love and know the Lord in this life so that we are prepared to be with him forever in heaven.  Life on earth leads to the eternal; we find that our longings in this world point toward a fulfillment that comes in the next chapter of our story.

Yet the challenge is also real.  Will we be prepared at the hour of our death?  Will we look upon the face of Jesus with love, or will shame, fear, sin and vice drive us away?  For in the end all will be fully known: either we will run to the Lord to seek his mercy for our sins, or we will run away because we see our sins as insurmountable obstacles.

The Church Fathers used the image of Holy Fire as a fitting example.  When we are called from this life we will stand before the burning fire of God’s love.  The elect will draw near to this fire for warmth (and very possibly) a cleansing that burns away all impurities.  The damned will simply burn up…unable to receive the mercy and grace.  Why?  Because they did not acknowledge their sins and accept God’s mercy and forgiveness during their journey on earth.

As we head toward the end of the Liturgical Year and the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, I invite all of us to ponder life, death and resurrection – seeking the Lord’s saving grace in this life so that we are prepared to meet Jesus Christ in the eternal life to come.

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Note: This post was first published on October 31, 2016.

The Last Judgment, Michelangelo, 1536-1541, Sistine Chapel, Rome.  Photo credit: Dennis Jarvis.


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