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Easter Vigil: United with Christ from death to new life. Catholic Inspiration

We wait in vigil through the night to hear the news of Easter joy: Christ is risen!  At the Easter Vigil we join with the Church around the world, welcoming new members to the faith and recalling the great events of salvation history.

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil

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Easter: God restores us to life!

Study:  Where in my life have I discovered God’s strength and grace?  How have others helped me?

Pray:  Where do I need God’s strength right now?  Call upon the Lord with boldness to face the challenges of life.

Serve:  How can I be an instrument of God’s strength to another?  How can I help someone today?

Mass Readings – Easter Vigil

Mass Readings – Easter Day

I can only imagine the surge of excitement that went through the disciples as the word was shared.  Beyond the agony of the Cross and the sorrow of the Tomb on that first day of the week the message was proclaimed:  He’s Alive!

And everything changes.  This group of disciples – bound by fear and selfishness – are transformed with a new strength and conviction.  Their encounter with the Risen Lord will empower them to face the obstacles of this world with joy and hope.  They have seen the risen Christ…what is there to fear?  They have embraced the one who has conquered sin and death – there is NOTHING that can shake their confidence in the light of Easter morning.

This same strength comes to us.  Like the first disciples, we can turn to Jesus and allow his saving grace to renew us with a strength far beyond our own.  We can claim a hope that sustains us in the midst of our challenges and struggles.  The Easter sunrise brings light to the darkest corners of our hearts.

What in our lives needs to be touched by Jesus Christ?  We are invited to boldly come forward, receive his resurrection strength, and face whatever this world presents with confidence: the victory of Christ enlivens us to travel through life with the conviction that the grace he gave his disciples continues in our hearts today.

May this Easter season be a time of transformation and renewal; a time where we embrace the gift of our lives with a new freedom and conviction.  In the light of this Easter, may we follow the one who leads us from sin and death to the abundance of life…in this world, and the world to come.

Happy Easter!

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Note: This post was originally published on March 29, 2015.


Christmas: The light of Christ gives us hope! Catholic Inspiration

We rely heavily on our sense of sight to understand and navigate through this life.  Light also plays a crucial role in our spiritual lives, and we look to the birth of Jesus Christ – the Light of the World – as the source of our hope that through Christ we will find the grace we need to make our way to Heaven.  Merry Christmas!

Mass Readings For Christmas

Vigil Mass

Mass at Night

Mass at Dawn

Mass during the Day

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3rd Sunday of Advent: God’s power is our Good News. Catholic Inspiration

The readings are filled with examples of God’s power, offering us hope, life and joy as we embrace the Lord’s grace in our lives.  Where do we see Good News in our lives?  How can we bring Good News to others?  May these final days of Advent inspire us to live our faith!

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Advent

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Daily Mass: Your grief will turn to joy. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 6th Week of Easter

The Lord bluntly teaches that grief is part of our journey of faith, but that it is not the final destination. As we face our challenges today we turn to Jesus Christ for the strength and guidance that will bring us to joy in His kingdom.

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Daily Mass: Filled with joy! Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday in the Octave of Easter

Mary Magdalene is transformed from sorrow to joy in the light of the Risen Lord.  She is sent forth by Jesus to proclaim a message of hope to the disciples, reminding us that we are also called to share the Good News of the resurrection through the witness of our lives.

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Easter Homily

Mass Readings – Easter Day

In the light of that first Easter day the disciples were transformed as they began to comprehend the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Freed from the fear of sin and death, they embraced their faith and changed the world.  May we continue to follow their example as we allow Easter joy to fill our hearts and renew our lives.

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