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Thanksgiving Day

What are you thankful for today?  What gifts do you recognize right now in your life and how do you share them gratefully with others?  How has God’s grace transformed your life?  Now go, and be a blessing in the world!

Mass Readings – Thanksgiving Day

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Daily Mass: Drawing near to Jesus with a thankful heart. Catholic Inspiration

The healing of the ten lepers reveals the power of God’s grace.  The gratitude of the Samaritan shows a response that can teach us all a great deal about how we drawn near to the Lord with a grateful heart.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year

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32nd Sunday of the Year: Giving generously. Catholic Inspiration

Two widows offer examples of giving generously in the Scriptures today.  Three words – gratitude, sacrifice and expectation – can offer insight into how we can be generous as we follow the example of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do not worry! Catholic Inspiration

Perhaps it’s human nature to worry, yet all too often we spend ridiculous amounts of time and effort worrying about things over which we have no control.  In those moments when we are tempted to let worry enslave us we gratefully count our blessings and direct our hearts to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Monday Conversation: Remembering Memorial Day. Catholic Inspiration

We remember the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have served our country.  May this observance help us to count the blessings we have received and live the gift of freedom with conviction and dedication.

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2nd Sunday of Easter: United in mind and heart

The unity of the disciples through gratitude, love and peace offers us an example of how we draw together today with the people God puts in our lives.  This is is not easy work…but it is worth it!

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

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2nd Sunday of Easter: One in heart and mind

Study: Where have I experienced profound moments of unity with others?

Pray:  Where do I see signs of disunity in my life?  Call upon the Lord for grace and strength.

Serve:  How can I help others grow closer together?  How can I foster unity?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

“The community of believers was of one heart and mind…”  (Acts 4:32)

I marvel at the transformation of the disciples.  Before the resurrection of Jesus they were filled with fear, paralyzed by their own weakness and doubt; after the resurrection they are changed, as evidenced in even the basic ways they lived and worked together.

One heart and mind!

Unity can be challenging in even the best circumstances: we see things differently, hold our own unique values and principles, as well as personal tastes and interests.  Working together is tough, yet it is a common sign of holiness – the practical proof that we are doing our part to build the Lord’s kingdom here on earth.

What supports unity?  Jesus Christ!  Unity with Christ provides the grace for unity with Christ’s brothers and sisters; this clear sign of faith draws others to the Good News and fosters our community with one another.  Take a look at a few of the patterns that emerge in today’s readings:

  • 1st Reading – sharing according to need
  • Psalm – giving thanks to the Lord
  • 2nd Reading – love of God by keeping his commandments
  • Gospel – Christ’s peace that overcomes doubt

Another way to say it: Sharing, Gratitude, Love, Peace – which find their source in Jesus and flow through us to the those we meet.  I would suggest that the disciples used these building blocks to form the first elements of the Church, working together in unity with the grace of Christ to proclaim the Good News.

This work continues today.  We all know firsthand the effects of discord – where lives are broken and fragmented by selfishness, fear, hate, and a hardness of heart – yet we believe in something greater…Christ is triumphant!  Our response can mirror the disciples:

  • We acknowledge the obstacles in our lives
  • We turn to Jesus Christ and call upon his grace
  • We allow the Lord to work through us to unite with one another

May we bring these powerful blessings of the resurrection to our world today:

  • Sharing the gifts God has given us
  • Grateful for the blessings we have received from on high
  • Loving others as Christ loves us
  • Bringing the Lord’s peace to those before us

One heart and mind!

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Note: This post was first published on April 12, 2015.