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Daily Mass: St. Stephen is filled with the Holy Spirit. Catholic Inspiration

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St. Stephen – the first martyr of the Early Church – is filled with the Holy Spirit and speaks with bold eloquence as he is brought before the Sanhedrin.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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St. Athanasius, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Staying strong in times of trial. Catholic Inspiration

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As the persecution of the Sanhedrin continues, Peter and John remain steadfast in their faith.

Mass Readings – Saturday in the Octave of Easter

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St. George, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Peter’s response to persecution. Catholic Inspiration

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Arrested and persecuted, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit and preaches the Good News in front of the Sanhedrin.

Mass Readings – Friday in the Octave of Easter

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Daily Mass: In our distress we call upon the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Jeremiah affirms that God is his mighty champion, a source of protection in times of trial. May we echo his sentiment as we proclaim the psalm response, “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice!”

Mass Readings – Friday of the 5th Week of Lent

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

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

1st Reading – Ezekiel 2:2-5

  • Ezekiel is sent by God as a prophet to a people who have rebelled in the past.
  • Whether they heed or resist, they will know that a prophet has been sent among them.

Psalm – 123: 1-4

  • “Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.”
  • The Psalmist cries out to God on behalf of the people who have experienced mockery and contempt.

2nd Reading – 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10

  • Paul acknowledges his weaknesses as an opportunity to rely on Christ.
  • In Christ we have the strength we need to face the hardships and persecutions of this world.

Gospel – Mark 6:1-6

  • Jesus is rejected in Nazareth as the people take offense at him.
  • Christ is amazed at their lack of faith, and does no mighty deeds there.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: The preaching of St. Stephen. Catholic Inspiration

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Stephen, filled with the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, boldly speaks about Jesus Christ in the context of great persecution.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 3rd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Living the Lord’s love in the face of persecution. Catholic Inspiration

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The disciples face persecution with Easter joy and the power of the Holy Spirit. May their example inspire us to live the love of Jesus Christ, even as we face obstacles and hostility in the world today.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Daily Mass: Our task will not be easy, but God will give us strength! Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord speaks with great clarity that persecution and hardship will accompany us as disciples, even as we trust in the Lord for the grace and strength to overcome them.

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


Daily Mass: When the going gets tough, get going…with God! Catholic Inspiration

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In the Second Letter to Timothy we hear the call to remain steadfast in the face of persecution and hardship.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 9th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: St. Peter responds to opposition. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter’s bold response in faith to the opposition reveals an example we can follow as we face the challenges before us today.

Mass Readings – Friday in the Octave of Easter

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