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Daily Mass: The doubt (and faith) of St. Thomas. Catholic Inspiration

St. Thomas is known for his doubts about the resurrection of Jesus.  However, once he saw the Risen Lord he boldly proclaimed “My God and my Lord!”  This very real portrait of Thomas inspires us in the midst of our doubts to draw near to Christ and proclaim the Good News in our daily lives.

Mass Readings – St. Thomas, apostle

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Daily Mass: You are Salt and Light! Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers a bold job description for disciples: You are the Salt of the earth and the Light of the world!  As we draw near to Jesus we also become conduits of his grace, touching the hearts and lives of those around us.  May we shine with the Good News of the Gospel!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 10th Week of the Year

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3rd Sunday of Easter: Repentance in the light of the resurrection.

Study: Reflect on a time when you willingly took on a hard task with joy.  What gave you courage to begin?

Pray: Is there something that needs to change in your life?  Pray for the grace to begin again.

Serve:  How can you help someone make a change for the good?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Easter

The season of Easter offers us many opportunities to celebrate and rejoice.  After all, the light of the Risen Lord brings hope, courage and strength to all who call upon the name of Jesus.  Take a look at a quick overview of these readings:

  • 1st Reading – “Repent…and be converted, that your sins may be wiped away.”
  • Psalm – “Lord, let your face shine on us.”
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus Christ is our Advocate with the Father
  • Gospel – Jesus appears to the disciples, explains the Scriptures, and teaches them to proclaim repentance in His name

Why all this talk of repentance?  First and foremost, because we need it.  The Good News of the resurrection of Jesus Christ brings light to the darkness of death and sin.  Easter does not downplay the call to turn away from sin; rather, we have renewed hope that in Christ’s victory on the Cross we are empowered to face our weaknesses with God’s grace.

The light of the resurrection shines in our hearts…and sometimes we need to clean out what’s in there.  We might not like it, might try to avoid it, but in the end we stand before the Lord and acknowledge that all that we have is sustained by His love.

Here’s my point: this holy season offers us a chance to draw near to Christ – who knows us better than we know ourselves – and receive his mercy for our sins.  All that’s required is our acknowledgement for what we’ve done, make a change to live for the Lord and then receive the forgiveness that flows from the Sacred Heart.

Repentance is a lifetime work.  There will be days when we follow the Lord with joy and conviction; then again there will be days when we fail miserably.  What matters most is that we continue to seek Jesus with all our heart and strive to live our lives in the light of his resurrection.

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Monday Conversation: The Disciple’s Path – Proclaim the Gospel! Catholic Inspiration

The Lord commands us to proclaim the Good News through our words and actions as we invite others to encounter God through the Church.  This 40 minute presentation is the second part of the Parish Mission given at St. Anthony Abbot Catholic Church on March 12, 2018.

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For a copy of the handout that accompanied this presentation, click here: Proclaim the Gospel!


Daily Mass: Is your life Good News? Catholic Inspiration

The Lord commands the disciples to “go into the world and tell the Good News.”  Our faith today is built on the witness of those who have gone before us.  But the command of Jesus applies to us as well…prompting us to consider how we will proclaim the Good News to those around us today.

Mass Readings – The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle

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3rd Sunday of the Year: Repent and believe in the Gospel.

Study:  Recall a time when you made a serious mistake.  What steps did you take to make it right?  Do you have any unfinished work that needs to be done?

Pray:  Saying “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” can be very difficult; don’t try it alone!  Ask the Lord for the grace and strength.

Serve:  How can you help another on the path to repentance?  How might you encourage people to seek healing and forgiveness?

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of the Year

Remember back in elementary school when we all learned long division?  Perhaps you remember some of those really long problems that took a whole sheet of paper to write?  I recall the excitement when I found the answers at the end of the book, only to have my hopes crushed when the dreaded words “show your work” were part of the instructions…

To demonstrate the exercise our 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Tempesta, would put a problem on the chalk board and demonstrate line by line, showing the work and how the process repeats until you made your way through the entire problem.  At the end you would have the answer, with all the work to prove it.

I remember asking Mrs. Tempesta what would happen if you made a mistake early on in the process.  She smiled and repeated the problem along side the original – with one tiny mistake.  The wrong answer at the end of the work glared at our class; when we asked what do you do if your answer doesn’t match the solution in the book, she replied, “You have to start at the beginning, find your mistake, and rework a new solution.”

Welcome to repentance.

We all make mistakes: we say things we can’t take back; do things we regret; allow things to happen that we’d give anything to erase.  And while we can’t change the past our faith tells us that we have a process that can bring healing and restore relationships.  Like long division, we find our mistakes, REPENT, and rework a solution that follows a new path of behavior.

The words “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you” are some of the most powerful in any language.  The first reading and the Gospel today are especially adamant that we take them to heart – repenting of our sins and choosing a Godly path that brings healing to our lives.  Remember: God never gives up on us!  The process looks like this:

  • We run through our own personal examination of conscience
  • We admit it – perhaps directly or in the Sacrament of Confession
  • We are sorry for the hurt we have done, acknowledging our sins/mistakes
  • We do our part to make it right – doing what we can to fix and heal
  • We call upon God’s healing grace and strength

Perhaps it’s been awhile since we stepped into a confessional.  Perhaps it’s been awhile since we have honestly looked into our hearts.  Today we can take a moment to look inside, see what doesn’t belong, and make the move to repent of our sins and turn to the Lord.  May we see in the example of Jonah and Jesus today that we have hope; God keeps calling – inviting us to turn away from sin and embrace the Good News.

And if you are looking for some help in checking out your heart, try these options for an Examination of Conscience.

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Note: This post was originally published on January 19, 2015.


Daily Mass: St. John – Apostle & Evangelist

As an apostle, St. John was filled with the Holy Spirit and sent by Jesus; as an evangelist, his writings have inspired generations of Christians with the Good News of the Gospel.  We can look to John for an example: living our faith in the world today as we  testify to the light of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. John, Apostle and evangelist

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