Tag Archives: Guidance

Daily Mass: The Lord is the source of all our blessings. Catholic Inspiration

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Isaiah the prophet reveals how God takes the initiative as creator and redeemer, inviting us to turn to the Lord in our need and count our blessings every day.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 3rd Week of Advent

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32nd Sunday of the Year: God’s wisdom as our guide. Catholic Inspiration

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Study: Consider a moment when you saw someone act in a wise manner.  What did you notice?

Pray: Wisdom is a precious gift; pray for it every day!

Serve: How can you help someone facing a tough challenge today?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom to guide you.

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

With just a couple of weeks left of Ordinary Time, we hear about the wisdom of God repeatedly in the readings today.

  • 1st Reading – “Resplendent and unfading is wisdom.”
  • Psalm – “My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – We have hope that Christ will raise us up from death to life.
  • Gospel – Jesus offers a contrast between wisdom and foolishness.

When we talk about the concept of wisdom we often refer to the ability to see the big picture.  Wisdom gives us the ability to “see around corners” and anticipate circumstances; this particular virtue allows us to step back and take in events, seeing how they relate and connect with other situations.

And God offers it to us!  This is a precious spiritual gift, one that comes through the power of the Holy Spirit, and it helps us live each day in a vibrant manner.  Without wisdom we can speak and act in ways that might have disastrous results, especially if we would have considered the ramifications and consequences that followed if we’d have only thought about other factors.

In order to apply wisdom to our lives we begin first with a strong foundation of prayer.  The closer we draw to Jesus, the closer we connect with the source of all wisdom and understanding.  As we thirst for the Lord we are nourished and sustained with God’s grace as we see with the eyes of Christ.

Wisdom then requires our action.  Once we have insight we can then proceed to act in a manner that is guided by the nuances and sensitivities that confront us.  We can act decisively and deliberately, aware of the situation and able to adjust and respond as needed.

This precious spiritual gift is for the asking…so ask!  May we all call upon the Lord for this grace as we live our faith each day.

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Note: This post was first published on November 17, 2017.


Daily Mass: Responding to the signs of the times. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus reminds us that just as we read the weather to determine our action the next day, so we also read the signs of life to determine how our faith will guide us…especially in a storm.

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

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29th Sunday of the Year: Guided on earth by God’s grace.

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Study:  Name a role model who lives a principled life.  What is it that they say or do that inspires you?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the strength to make the right choice, especially over a difficult or challenging situation.

Serve:  Is there someone in your life who looks to you for guidance and example?  How can you help them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

The first reading, psalm, and gospel readings today touch upon the notions of earthly and heavenly governance. Part of our human condition requires that we recognize our need for others; by working with people we unite in strength, and by serving the Lord we understand our values and priorities in life.

Let’s start first with human governance. In the first reading from Isaiah we hear how God has anointed Cyrus – the pagan king – as the instrument for Israel’s redemption. While the king does not know the Law or the Prophets, he gives the people of Israel a new opportunity by conquering their enemy, Babylon.

This distinction between the pagan King and the people’s faith is a helpful guide for us today. While Christianity has made countless contributions to Western Civilization, we find ourselves living in a culture that has many non-Christian influences. Some are good, some neutral, and others are just plain bad. Yet Isaiah teaches us today to look for what is good and useful, recognizing that God can work through a variety of instruments.

Since we live in this world filled with all these different elements, we are constantly challenged to discern and choose those options which are good, holy, and true. It is not always easy! Indeed, we can find ourselves confronted by issues that push and stretch us in a variety of ways.

So how do we decide? The gospel today offers a gem from the Lord:

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
And to God what belongs to God.”
Matthew 22:21

We have duties and obligations as members of both heaven and earth. In the world we have our responsibilities – voting and jury duty, abiding civil laws, serving in local organizations, and actively living as good citizens. And as a people of faith, we are bound to follow the teaching and commandments of Jesus Christ.

So what do we do in a conflict? In the end we remember that all creation is the Lord’s. When pushed to extreme, we follow Christ. God made this world, and one day we will be called out of it. May our example show to others our desire to be good citizens – both on earth, and in heaven.

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Note: This blog was originally published on October 13, 2014. 


Daily Mass: Lead me Lord, in your justice. Catholic Inspiration

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Amidst the temptations and deceits that come before us in the messy moments of life, we echo the vigilant cry of the Psalmist: “Lead me Lord, in your justice.”

Mass Readings – Monday of the 23rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Facing change with the gift of faith. Catholic Inspiration

St. Matthias was chosen by the Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot. This transition offers us an example of how our faith can help us navigate the ever-present effects of change and transition in our lives.

Mass Readings – The Feast of St. Matthias

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Daily Mass: The Lord is my shepherd. Catholic Inspiration

The 23rd Psalm holds a special place in the hearts of many, and for good reason; these words have brought comfort and guidance for thousands of years…and may they do so in ours today.

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

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Daily Mass: God’s power works through us. Catholic Inspiration

The disciples return to Jesus with joy as they acknowledge his power at work in their ministry.  This power continues today whenever we open our hearts to the grace of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 26th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Guide me, Lord! Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm response invites us to accept God’s guidance as we carry out the Lord’s commands.  It’s not enough to know our faith; the real test is when we put it into practice each and every day.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 25th Week of the Year

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Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord’s disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

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