Tag Archives: Mercy

Daily Mass: Give thanks to the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response echoes the grace revealed in the Gospel of Luke. When we count our blessings we open our hearts in faith to the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 24th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Love, mercy and forgiveness. Catholic Inspiration

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The Gospel of Luke offers us a powerful teaching from Jesus regarding how we interact with one another.

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

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Daily Mass: God cleanses our hearts. Catholic Inspiration

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The prophet Ezekiel and the Psalmist offer us beautiful words of comfort: the Lord washes away the impurities of our souls and gives us clean hearts.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: God’s mercy extends throughout our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Jesus offers a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven that offers us hope in God’s abundant mercy throughout our lives. Even to our last breath, the Lord extends to us compassion and grace. May we accept it today!

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 20th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Lord show us your mercy and love. Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm Response today reveals our deep longing for God’s gentle touch upon our hearts as we carry out His commands.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 16th Week of the Year

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16th Sunday of the Year: Weeding the garden of our hearts.

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Study:  Consider your life right now.  What is flourishing in your heart, and what needs to be pulled out?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for wisdom to know how to grow in grace.

Serve:  How might you be an example for another person?  How might your work to root out sin inspire someone else to grow closer to the Lord?

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

Several powerful themes surface in the readings this week.

  • 1st Reading – The Lord is the source of justice
  • Psalm – “Lord, you are good and forgiving.”
  • 2nd Reading – The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness
  • Gospel – Jesus offers several parables; two of them are about weeds and seeds

A common pattern emerges from these themes as we discover that in the midst of injustice, sin, weakness and evil the Lord comes with justice, forgiveness, strength and power.  Simply put, God gives us grace to confront the weeds in our lives.

So that begs the question: Where are the weeds in our hearts today?  What struggle are we facing that requires the Lord’s mercy and love?  Perhaps we might step back and pause this week to reflect on the state of our soul, so that we can honestly assess what is growing and what needs to go.

Jesus Christ knows our hearts and loves us unconditionally.  As we look at the garden of our hearts may we trust that the one who knows us completely will help us root out what does not belong and help us grow as Sons and Daughters of God.

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


Daily Mass: Healing, forgiveness and Christ. Catholic Inspiration

At Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, where the miracle in today’s Gospel takes place.

Jesus responds in different ways to the people as he heals the paralytic, inviting us to draw near to Him for the renewal of body and soul.

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

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Daily Mass: Justice and Mercy. Catholic Inspiration

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The Book of Daniel and the Gospel of John offer us examples of Justice and Mercy, crucial concepts that require our careful thought and attention as disciples of the Lord. May we strive for Justice in all our actions as we we recognize our ongoing need for God’s Mercy when we sin.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 5th Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: O God, be merciful to me a sinner. Catholic Inspiration

The prophet Hosea and Jesus offer words encouraging us to acknowledge humbly our sins and turn to the Lord for mercy and compassion.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 3rd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: The overwhelming mercy of God. Catholic Inspiration

The first reading from Micah, Psalm Response and the Gospel of Luke offer beautiful insights into the mercy and compassion of God.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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