Tag Archives: Rest

Daily Mass: Do you need to rest? Catholic lnspiration

Jesus invites the disciples to rest after they return from their mission.  It’s a good reminder that there is always more work than we can possibly accomplish; our task is to make sure that we balance our lives with the rest we need so that we can keep serving the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 4th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Rest in Jesus Christ. Catholic Inspiration

We all experience moments of feeling burdened, exhausted and worn out.  What’s the answer?  Jesus Christ!  May we draw near to the one who knows us best and draw strength to face the tasks at hand.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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Daily Mass: Standing in the presence of God. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year

Moses stands before God and receives his commission to go to Egypt.  It will be hard, but the Lord will walk with him.  As we face our challenges in life, God will give us what we need as well.

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Monday Conversation: Go play outside!

 

Mom always said, “Go play outside!” Summer is a great time to rethink how we live, and this podcast offers some thoughts about how to engage our lives in the great outdoors.  (17 minutes)

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14th Sunday of the Year: Meek and humble of heart.

Study:  When have you experienced tenderness in your life?  How did it affect you?

Pray:  Is there someone you know who is in pain right now?  Pray for the gentleness of Jesus to touch them.

Serve:  Is there someone you can help?  Perhaps you are uniquely suited to ease their burden and bring them comfort.

Mass Readings – 14th Sunday of the Year

Here’s a quick recap of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – Zechariah offers a prophecy about Jesus
  • Psalm – “I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.”
  • 2nd Reading – Paul teaches that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us
  • Gospel – Christ offers rest to all who labor and are burdened

When you think of all the ways that God could choose to be revealed to humanity, perhaps nothing seems at first more shocking than the tender humility that the Messiah reveals.  God does not overwhelm our senses with awesome power; rather, God gets under our radar and lovingly touches our hearts without force or pretense.

Jesus Christ comes into our world:

  • Meek and riding a donkey (not a stallion at the head of an angelic army)
  • Bringing comfort and healing (as opposed to a war cry and battle plan)
  • Offering his Spirit so that we might be transformed into newness of life

No wonder the Psalmist could offer praises to God!  The Lord is approachable, gentle, accessible and understanding.  Jesus Christ meets us in our most wounded and vulnerable places, for through his Cross he has experienced the full range of human pain…and redeemed it.

So come to the Lord.  Embrace the one who meets us where we are and longs to heal our pain.  May we let go of our worries and fears; may we let the Lord take us by the hand and lead us into newness of life.

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Daily Mass: Christ will give you rest. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Daily Mass Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 15th Week of the Year

In our moments of labor and distraction the Lord invites us to draw near and rest.  May Christ’s peace touch our hearts and renew our lives.


Personal Healing & Renewal – Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Podcast Presentation

This 45 minute retreat was given to the Northern Waters Parish Nurse Group on October 9, 2015.  The presentation explores a four step process of personal healing and renewal:

  • Acknowledgement
  • Diagnosis
  • Prescription
  • Follow through

By examining four quadrants of human life (physical, intellectual, relational, spiritual) this presentation guides the listener toward personal growth in practical ways .