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All you Saints in Heaven: Pray for us!

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Study: Consider the people who inspire you.  What qualities do they possess that speak to your mind and heart?

Pray: Invoke your favorite saint(s) in you daily prayers.  Remember that they are cheering you on the journey of faith!

Serve: How can you be an example and witness to others?  How can your life draw others closer to the Lord?

Solemnity of All Saints Readings

When you think of saints, what comes to mind?

  • Angel wings?
  • Halos and extra holiness?
  • Serene, smiling faces in clean white robes?

How about this: survivors!

Saints come in all shapes and forms – men & women, young & old, rich & poor, with a variety of abilities, challenges, and opportunities.  Yet all of them share some common traits:

  1. They had their share of struggles.  Life brought them obstacles and difficulties.
  2. They had their share of blessings.  They experienced beauty and grace.
  3. They made mistakes.  Sometimes their sins were epic…with horrible consequences.
  4. They returned to Christ.  Over, and over, and over again!

We celebrate the saints this Sunday, recognizing in their lives the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  The Lord makes the path to heaven possible, and the saints have walked on the way before us.  They made it!  Not because they were perfect, but because they turned (and returned) to the Lord.

They are our inspiration.  In our struggles, in our blessings, in our mistakes…we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ.  We have hope that the one who bridged the gap between heaven and earth will continue to support and guide us on our journey to eternal life.

Do you have favorite saints?  Call upon them for help!  Are you unfamiliar with the saints?  Check out any of the links below and get started learning some more about the supernatural heroes who cheer us on to eternal victory.

Mary and all the Saints…PRAY FOR US!

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Note: This post was first published October 27, 2015.


Daily Mass: What will it be like in the resurrection? Catholic Inspiration

Jesus tells us that we will be like the angels in the resurrection. While the magnitude and beauty of eternal life is beyond our wildest imagination, we get a glimpse in some of the sweetest moments of our earthly experiences.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 33rd Week of the Year

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The Solemnity of All Saints. Catholic Inspiration

Do you want to be a saint? Saints are not passive persons parked on a cloud with a harp; saints are redeemed sinners who have hearts filled with the love of Christ who share that love with joy in Heaven. This is what God calls us to…this is what we are made for! Do you want to be a saint?

Mass Readings – Solemnity of All Saints

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Monday Conversation: Angels & Demons. Catholic Inspiration

Fr. Andrew offered this one hour presentation on Angels and Demons at the Cathedral of Christ the King on October 4, 2018.

For a copy of the handout, click here: Angels & Demons

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Daily Mass: How will we use what we’ve been given? Catholic Inspiration

The well known parable of the rich man and Lazarus offers a powerful reminder that we have been given what we need to know the Lord. May we draw up these great gifts: Church teaching, Scripture, Sacraments, Prayer, Fellowship, and the example of the Saints!

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


Daily Mass: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls). Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) 

(Note: there are many choices for today; this link offers a few options.)

Today we pray for all who have died, sometimes still grieving their loss, and sometimes smiling as their memory warms our hearts.  What’s more, our prayers are part of the communion we share in Jesus Christ, and we offer them for those who have gone before us…that they might meet us one day in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.  And let the perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

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School Mass: The Solemnity of All Saints. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of All Saints

When athletes compete in a stadium, the cheering crowd inspires and encourages them to do their best.  In a similar way the saints inspire us with their example – they cheer us on from Heaven – and at the same time remind us that we can join them as we embrace the challenges of this life with our eyes fixed on Jesus…our coach, trainer, medic, and greatest fan.

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Archive of Fr. Andrew’s Podcasts


The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Catholic Inspiration

Gospel Reading – The Queenship of Mary – Luke 1:26-38

Mary’s “fiat” to the angel Gabriel cooperates with God’s plan of salvation.  Mary serves as our example, Mother, intercessor and guide.  She’s also the Queen of Heaven, and through her witness we are inspired to draw near to her Son.

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32nd Sunday of the Year: Our eyes fixed on Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – 32nd Sunday of the Year

Our conviction that there is a Heaven both consoles and challenges us as we face our struggles here on earth.  May we drawn near to the Lord’s Divine Fire of Love as we journey through this life with our eyes fixed on Heaven.


The Solemnity of All Saints. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Feast of All Saints Homily Podcast – with the kids from Cathedral School

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of All Saints

Young and old, rich and poor, male and female…they faced their challenges in life as they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and now they pray for us with the choirs of angels in heaven.  May the examples of the saints inspire us to lives – in the midst of the messiness and imperfection of life – with hope they we will one day join them!

And here are some Cathedral School 3rd Grade saints in the making…!

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