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Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Joseph is the strong, silent saint who we are told is righteous and steadfast in carrying out God’s will. May his example inspire us to live our faith with vibrant actions that proclaim that the Lord is the center of our lives.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of Mary


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St. Joseph, pray for us!

Mary, the Mother of God. Catholic Inspiration

She was chosen to be the Mother of God, and as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary this day we draw near to her Son, the Savior of the World.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God


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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

Daily Mass: Mary’s song of praise. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary’s song of praise – often called the Magnificat – encourages us to echo her words through the example of our lives. May our voices join with hers as we magnify the Lord by what we say and do.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Advent


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Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of Advent

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Here are some of the key themes that we see in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Micah 5:2-5a

  • Bethlehem is prophesied as the birthplace of the Messiah.
  • The one to be born will stand firm and shepherd the flock, drawing strength from God and bringing peace to the ends of the earth.

Psalm – 80:2-3,15-16,18-19

  • “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.”
  • We call upon God for help, protection and salvation.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 10:5-10

  • Christ offers the sacrifice of his body for our sins.
  • In carrying out the Father’s will he consecrates us to God.

Gospel – Luke 1:39-45

  • Mary travels to meet Elizabeth, who is filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • Elizabeth then proclaims that Mary is blessed to be the mother of the Lord.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent


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Daily Mass: Our Lady of the Rosary. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, may we find strength in this powerful prayer as we follow the counsel of Christ to “ask, seek and knock” for the needs before us.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 27th Week of the Year


Our Lady of the Rosary…pray for us!

Our Lady of Sorrows. Catholic Inspiration

The sorrow of Mary as she stood faithfully before the Cross of Christ helps us to engage our grief. When we acknowledge our sorrows, we call upon the saving strength of Jesus to pass through our pain into healing joy.

Mass Readings – Our Lady of Sorrows


Our Lady of Sorrows…pray for us!

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary’s Magnificat inspires us to acknowledge the blessings of our lives and put them into practice.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Study, Pray, Serve: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Here are some of the themes from the readings on this feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

1st Reading – Revelation 11:19a, 12:1-6a, 10ab

  • The Church interprets the woman in this passage as Mary.
  • The dragon is the enemy who attempts to destroy the woman and child.
  • The voice of heaven proclaims God’s authority and kingdom have come through the son, born of the woman, who will rule all nations.

Psalm – 45:10-12,16

  • “The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.”
  • This psalm, when applied to Mary, reveals her majesty among all created things as queen.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 15:20-27

  • The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ overturns the first sin of Adam.
  • Christ will reign over all things, finally destroying death forever.

Gospel – Luke 1:39-56

  • The first part of the passage describes the interaction between Mary and Elizabeth as their babies (from within the womb) leap for joy.
  • The second part of the passage offers Mary’s great Magnificat of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Mass Readings – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Our Lady, Queen of Heaven…pray for us!

Mary, the Mother of the Church. Catholic Inspiration

This feast highlights the unique role that the Blessed Virgin Mary holds in the life of the Church. May we ask her for continued help and guidance as we draw near to her Son.

Mass Readings – Memorial of the BVM, Mother of the Church


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Mary, Mother of God. Catholic Inspiration

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“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Mary inspires us to follow her example as we reflect on all that has happened in the last year and study these insights in the light of our faith in Christ as we embark on the New Year. Holy Mary, Mother of God…pray for us!

Mass Readings – Mary, Mother of God

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