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Daily Mass: We proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary’s Magnificat becomes a model for our prayer and praise to God. May these words inspire us to keep our focus upon the Lord as we draw strength from the one who saves us.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 4th Week of Advent

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Study, Pray, Serve: 28th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 28th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – 2nd Kings 5:14-17

  • Naaman, a foreigner from Syria, is cured of his leprosy after he carries out the command of Elisha to bathe seven times in the Jordan river.
  • Elisha will take no gift for this miracle, and Naaman now worships only the Lord.

Psalm – 98:1-4

  • “The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power.”
  • Rejoice, for all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of God.

2nd Reading – 2nd Timothy 2:8-13

  • Paul contrasts the chains he wears with the power of the word of God, which is not chained.
  • We persevere in faith, trusting in the eternal glory and power of Christ, who remains faithful.

Gospel – Luke 17:11-19

  • Jesus cures ten lepers, one of whom is a foreigner…a Samaritan.
  • The foreigner alone gives praise to God and returns to thank Jesus.

Mass Readings – 28th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: We make known the splendor of God. Catholic Inspiration

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Psalm 145 proclaims the marvels of God’s might, and the response reminds us to echo this Good News to all the world.

Mass Readings – Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

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St. Bartholomew, pray for us!


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

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Mary proclaims her great Magnificat in Luke’s Gospel, giving praise to God who does mighty things through our lowly lives. May her words inspire us to offer our lives to the Lord!

Mass Readings – Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!


Daily Mass: How will we give praise to God today? Catholic Inspiration

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The response today (taken from the Book of Daniel) reveals all creation giving praise to God. How will we echo this refrain in our lives today?

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro, St. Clement I and St. Columban…pray for us!


Daily Mass: Sing for joy to God our help! Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm Response offers a beautiful proclamation in the context of the two feeding miracles from the first reading and the Gospel. May our hearts give joyful praise to God as we count our blessings this day!

Mass Readings – Monday of the 18th Week of Year

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Daily Mass: Let all the nations praise the Lord! Catholic Inspiration

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The Psalm response reminds us to take a moment each day for praise and thanksgiving to God for all that we have received. May all the nations praise the Lord!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 17th Week of the Year

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2nd Sunday of Easter: The Church proclaims the resurrection!

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Study: Consider a time when you experienced joy in the presence of others.  What caused it?

Pray: Draw near to the Risen Lord and ask for His grace in your heart to face whatever is before you today.

Serve: How can your life strengthen your family and friendships right now?

Mass Readings – 2nd Sunday of Easter

The readings today give us a snapshot of some key points that surfaced shortly after the Lord’s resurrection:

  • 1st Reading – Thankful praise and sharing in community life
  • Psalm – “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, His love is everlasting.”
  • 2nd Reading – Christ’s resurrection lets us rejoice in the midst of trials
  • Gospel – Doubting Thomas

What do we see?  Praise, gratitude, thankfulness, sharing, community life, overcoming doubt, facing trials, and rejoicing!  In other words, this is what happens to a group of people who have been transformed by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And I want to live like this.

Frankly, I want all of us to live like this.  Filled with God’s grace, empowered by the Holy Spirit, engaging life at full throttle, dealing with difficulty through the power of faith….is there any other way to live?

So…in the light of these concepts that emerged from the fledgling Church…what’s keeping us from this?  Has the resurrection of the Lord “sunk in” and touched our hearts?  Do we understand what it means to say “The Lord is risen!  He is risen, indeed!” as followers of Jesus Christ?

Do we get it?

We all have obstacles, challenges, and the reality of temptation and sin in our lives.  That was true for the Early Church as well.  But note this: they changed.  In the light of the Risen Lord their lives were forever altered: praising God, facing hardship, working together, filled with joy.

This is our invitation today, and it works in three simple steps:

  1. Accept the resurrection of Jesus Christ
  2. Bring the Lord’s power into your heart
  3. Change whatever is not worthy of Heaven and live in his Light

There is no better way to journey through this life!

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


Daily Mass: Giving praise to God. Catholic Inspiration

The Psalm Response invites us to praise God each day. Through our prayer, service and personal enrichment we acknowledge what the Lord has done for us as we share our lives with one another.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 33rd Week of the Year (St. Cecilia)

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Daily Mass: Seeing the face of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

As Simeon sees the Christ Child he recognizes the Messiah and gives praise to God.  As the Kingdom of Heaven continues to unfold here on earth, we have daily opportunities to seek out the face of Jesus in our lives and respond with joy and gratitude.

Mass Readings – 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

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