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Daily Mass: Mary and Gabriel. Catholic Inspiration

While the story of the angel Gabriel and Mary is well known, its familiarity can blind us to the fact that just as God worked through Mary’s life, God works in ours.  The question is, will we use the blessings we have been given for the Lord’s glory?  Will we say yes to Jesus Christ today?

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4th Sunday of Advent: Be not afraid. Catholic Inspiration

The angel Gabriel tells Mary to “be not afraid” as she hears the news of her role in salvation history.  In our moments of doubt and fear may we follow Mary’s example and turn to the Lord with renewed faith, asking for the grace and strength we need to face our challenges with God’s guidance.

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Daily Mass: We are part of the Christmas story. Catholic Inspiration

The Gospel of Luke recounts today the exchange between Gabriel and Mary.  We know the details, and as we hear the specific names and particular locations we recall that God continues to touch our lives through this great account of salvation through our lives today.

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Adoration of the Child, Honthorst, 1619-1620, Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

4th Sunday of Advent: The angel Gabriel and Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Study: Recall a time when you had to make an important choice.  What helped you?

Pray: Do you have a critical decision to make right now?  Ask the Lord for guidance.

Serve: How can you assist someone who is facing a crucial situation?  How can you offer support?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent

We often think of angels as something out of a Precious Moments collection: cute, sweet and gentle.  Yet the image we see in the Scriptures is often startling and overwhelming…after all, angels are always saying “Be not afraid!” when they show up.

Gabriel greets Mary and reveals the astonishing news of God’s plan for our salvation: Mary will be the mother of God as the Holy Spirit conceives a child in her womb.  This is how the savior of humanity will enter into the world, taking on our likeness in all things but sin.

But note this: Mary had to respond.  Although she was specifically chosen by God and prepared to become the mother of the messiah, she still had to give her consent.  Her freedom to choose was essential in the plan of salvation.  Why?  Because the Almighty has not created us to be robotic slaves but free souls, souls that seek to grow in wisdom, courage and love.

God initiates the action, but he does not force us to act.  Rather, the Lord invites us to respond so that we will grow, becoming more and more the persons we were meant to be.

This Christmas consider what the Lord is inviting you to do.  Reflect on how God is working in your life and how you are being prompted to develop your life in new and powerful ways.  Say yes to Jesus Christ, and see how the Lord will change your heart to become like his.


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Annunciation, Bottecelli, 1481, Uffizzi, Florence, Italy.

The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Annunciation

Mary says “yes” to the Good News announced by the angel Gabriel…showing us how we can say yes to the Lord every day of our lives.


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Annunciation, Botticelli, 1481, Fresco, Florence, Italy.

4th Sunday of Advent: Emmanuel, God is with us! Catholic Inspiration


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Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent

We call upon the Lord as Emmanuel which means “God is with us” when we are alone, exhausted, searching and sinful.  May we turn to the Lord in our need and rejoice in the saving power of God!


The Virgin in Adoration of the Child, Correggio, 1518-1520, Ufizzi, Florence, Italy.

Daily Mass: With the strength of the Archangels. Catholic Inspiration


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Mass Readings – The feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

We celebrate the strength of the archangels today, calling upon them for assistance in our moments of need.


Archangel Michael, Guido Reni, 1636, Santa Maria de Concezioni, Roma.