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Daily Mass: Faith, Forgiveness and Healing. Catholic Inspiration

Our pilgrimage group in Capernaum, listening to our guide, Johnny.

The healing of the paralytic in Capernaum reveals the connections between faith, forgiveness and healing. May our faith grow each day as we draw closer to the Lord and one another.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of the Year (St. Anthony, Abbot)

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Daily Mass: Confronting our doubts and embracing our faith. Catholic Inspiration

As Zechariah hears the message of hope from the Angel Gabriel, he expresses his doubts. May his example help us to honestly confront our own struggles of faith as we turn toward the Lord.

Mass Readings – December 19th

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Daily Mass: Faith that leads to sight. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus heals the two blind men, we see how the Lord recognizes and responds to their faith. May their example inspire our trust in Christ!

Mass Readings – Friday of the 1st Week of Advent

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33rd Sunday of the Year: Persevere in faith to face our fears. Catholic Inspiration

What are we afraid of? As we embrace our faith in Jesus Christ we have the power to confront our fears and engage our life for service in the world. Fear points out our weak spots so that we can call upon the Lord for the grace we need to live for God.

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Sin is the problem; Jesus Christ is the solution. Catholic Inspiration

Paul’s Letter to the Romans outlines the problem of sin in our world and how God offers a solution through the death and resurrection of Christ. May we put our faith in the Lord today, and embrace this precious gift of eternal life!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 28th Week of the Year (St. Ignatius)

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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.


27th Sunday of the Year: Stir into flame the gift of faith. Catholic Inspiration

The Second Letter to Timothy inspires us to take the gift of faith and stir it into flame, realizing that this task requires daily attention and effort.

Mass Readings – 27th Sunday of the Year

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