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Mary, the Mother of God, reflects on the birth of her Son. Catholic Inspiration

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As the shepherds describe what had been revealed to them by the angel, Mary kept all these things and reflected on them in her heart. May her example lead us into our own reflections on her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as we put our faith into practice.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph offers us an example of family life and inspires us to reach out to our own families with the love of the Lord.

Mass Readings – The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

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Holy Family of God, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

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Here are some of the themes for the readings for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

1st Reading – Number 6:22-27

  • The Lord directs Moses to speak to Aaron and his sons about how they are to bless the Israelites.
  • This “Blessing of Aaron” is still used by the Church today!

Psalm – 67:2-3,5-8

  • “May God bless us in his mercy.”
  • We praise God and ask that the Lord have pity on us and bless us.

2nd Reading – Galatians 4:4-7

  • In the fullness of time God sent his son, born of a woman, to ransom us so that we might have adoption.
  • We call upon the Lord as “Abba, Father!” and are heirs of God.

Gospel – Luke 2:16-21

  • This reading is also proclaimed at the Mass at Dawn on Christmas Day.
  • Mary is at the center of the passage, reflecting in her heart what God has done.

Mass Readings – Mary, the Mother of God

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 4th Sunday of Advent

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Let’s explore the themes in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 7:10-14

  • Ahaz refuses to tempt the Lord and ask for a sign.
  • The Lord, however, responds that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son.”

Psalm – 24:1-6

  • “Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.”
  • The earth is the Lord’s, and those who are sinless shall receive a blessing from God.

2nd Reading – Romans 1:1-7

  • St. Paul opens his great letter to the Romans in honor of Jesus Christ.
  • Faith in God is now extended to the Gentiles as well.

Gospel – Matthew 1:18-24

  • Joseph discovers that Mary is pregnant before they have lived together.
  • The angel of the Lord comes to him in a dream and explains how she has conceived through the Holy Spirit.
  • Joseph follows the angel’s counsel and takes his wife into his home.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of Advent

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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

In the fullness of time, God sent his Son, born of the Virgin Mary, to save and set us free from the original sin of Adam and Eve. May Mary’s “fiat” inspire us to cooperate with divine grace as we offer our lives for the Lord today.

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Mary gives witness to the saving work of her Son. Catholic Inspiration

On this memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, we recall that Mary witnessed the events that St. Paul recaps in his First Letter to the Corinthians. May Mary’s faith inspire us to draw near to her Son!

Mass Readings – Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

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At the Cross her station keeping,

Stood the mournful Mother weeping,

Close to Jesus to the last.


Daily Mass: God works in and through our families. Catholic Inspiration

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On this feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we see how God worked through the Holy Family, and recognizing how the Lord works through our own.

Mass Readings – Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Behold your mother. Catholic Inspiration

From the Cross, Jesus entrusts his mother into the care of his beloved disciple. His words to John are also directed to us as we recognize Mary as our mother and Mother of the Church.

Mass Readings – The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

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Holy Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!


The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary visits Elizabeth and both women experience a revelation about how God is present in their lives.

Mass Readings – Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


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!


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