Tag Archives: Mercy

Daily Mass: The compassion of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

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We glimpse the compassion of Christ as he pities the people who come to him with their suffering and pain. May the Lord’s mercy inspire us to run to him in our needs, as we share his kindness and love.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 14th Week of the Year

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St. Anthony Zaccaria & St. Elizabeth of Portugal, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Our sins are forgiven. Catholic Inspiration

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With a simple phrase Jesus heals both body and soul, revealing not only his power to save but also our need to receive his mercy with an open mind and heart.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 13th Week of the Year

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Holy First Martyrs of Rome, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 14th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the main themes in the readings for the 14th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Isaiah 66:10-14c

  • Rejoice and exult over the prosperity of Jerusalem.
  • The Lord’s power shall be known to his servants in the sight of these blessings.

Psalm 66:1-7,16,20

  • “Let all praise the name of the Lord.”
  • Shout for joy and praise the good works of God.

2nd Reading – Galatians 6:14-18

  • Paul boasts in the cross of Jesus Christ, and now he bears the marks of Jesus on his body.
  • Peace and mercy be to all who follow the Lord.

Gospel – Luke 10:1-12,17-20

  • Jesus sends out 72 disciples in pairs to announce the Kingdom of God.
  • They return, rejoicing at the power of the name of Jesus.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Turn the other cheek. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers guidance when someone causes us harm; we are challenged to repay evil with good – and what a challenge at times it can be!

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

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St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us!

(Or as I was taught when I needed this mighty saint’s help: “Tony! Tony! Look around! Something’s lost that must be found!”)


The power of the Eucharist in the modern world. Catholic Inspiration

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The sixth and final installment about the Eucharist examines the “Road to Emmaus” from the Gospel of Luke as a model for understanding how the Mass can powerfully impact our spiritual lives in the modern world.

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5th Sunday of Lent: Our sins and God’s mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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As the crowd attempts to test Jesus with the woman caught in adultery, the Lord responds with a sharp insight that focuses on the sins of all and reveals God’s awesome mercy.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

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Daily Mass: The Lord is gracious and merciful. Catholic Inspiration

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Both Isaiah and Jesus offer words of hope and consolation regarding the faithful and tender compassion of God. The Psalmist sums it up, “The Lord is gracious and merciful.”

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 4th Week of Lent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 5th Sunday of Lent

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Let’s explore some of the themes for this 5th Sunday of Lent.

1st Reading – Isaiah 43:16-21

  • The prophet invites the people to reflect on God’s mighty deeds in the past.
  • The Lord is now doing something new that will renew all creation.

Psalm – 126:1-6

  • “The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
  • Out of moments of suffering and trial, we recall God’s grace and help.

2nd Reading – Philippians 3:8-14

  • St. Paul contrasts how little he disregards the suffering in this life for the glory we possess in Jesus Christ.
  • With his hope anchored in the Lord, he eagerly looks ahead to the future.

Gospel – John 8:1-11

  • A woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus by an angry crowd.
  • After Jesus gently admonishes the crowd to consider their own sins, he then shows mercy to the woman.

Mass Readings – 5th Sunday of Lent

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Note: These are the readings for “Year C” in the Lectionary for Mass. On the 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of Lent, parishes may use the “Year A” readings at Masses that include members of the RCIA process.


3rd Sunday of Lent: Christ is our master gardener. Catholic Inspiration

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While teaching about the need to repent, Jesus offers a parable that challenges us to cultivate a fruitful life. Where do we get the courage to do this? We recognize that Christ is the master gardener who lovingly tends to the care of our souls!

Mass Readings – 3rd Sunday of Lent (Year C)

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Daily Mass: Jesus offers a path to divine justice. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks directly and to the point about a number of specific actions in this short and powerful selection of Luke’s Gospel.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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