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Daily Mass: Receive the Bread of Life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the “Bread of Life” that came down from Heaven.  Whoever eats this bread will never hunger again.  May we draw near to the one who feeds us so that strengthened by the Lord we can share His life with one another.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 3rd Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Responding to the needs around us. Catholic Inspiration

As the early Church began to grow new ministries were called for as needs were discerned.  This is how the Church continues to thrive today: we recognize the need, call forth the people and are guided by key principles to direct our effort.  Now get to work!

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Easter

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Holy Thursday: The Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Catholic Inspiration

Holy Thursday gives us the opportunity to reflect upon two powerful themes: Sacrament & Service.  As we receive the Lord’s Body and Blood may we be strengthened by Christ to serve one another.

Mass Readings – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Daily Mass: Greatness through service. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus addresses a dispute among the disciples by teaching them that the journey to greatness is discovered on the path of service.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Daily Mass: Washed clean with a humble heart. Catholic Inspiration

Isaiah exhorts the people to wash themselves clean.  Jesus shows how this cleansing happens when we serve one another with a humble heart.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 2nd Week of Lent

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Monday Conversation: What will you do for Lent? Catholic Inspiration

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The season of Lent offers a powerful opportunity for conversion, spiritual growth, and developing our relationships with the Lord and one another.  However, I also know that this season has a way of sneaking up on us.  Life moves fast, and we can get caught up in any number of tasks – missing the necessary preparation and perspective to get the most out of these 40 Days.

As a guide, I suggest starting with the “Fruits of the Spirit” that St. Paul writes about in his letter to the Galatians (5:22-23).  They are:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-Control

First, do we see these in our lives?  Are there people, situations, interactions, locations (home, work, school, community) where we see consistent evidence of their presence?  If so, then how can we help them flourish and grow?  How can we create more opportunities to allow the Spirit to work in our lives?

Second, are these absent in our lives?  Or worse, are their opposites present?  Is hatred, despair, turmoil, and the like alive in our hearts?  If so, how can we make the necessary changes to allow the Spirit into our lives?

Now here’s how this gets practical.  It is often customary during Lent to “do” something or “give up” something for these 40 days.  How about this…

  1. “Do” something that fosters the Fruits of the Spirit in my life.
  2. “Give up” something that is in conflict with the Fruits of the Spirit.

Where do we look?  Try this for starters…

  1. WHAT we do – the Activity
  2. WHO we do it with – the People
  3. WHERE we do it – the Location

“Doing” can include any number of things:

  • Helping a neighbor, family member or friend – in a spirit of kindness and gentleness
  • Drawing near to people who are spiritually good – who make us more loving and peaceful
  • Spending time on activities that help us use God’s talents in a good and holy way
  • Concentrating our efforts on opportunities where we know that God is present
  • Being in locations and situations that foster a strong and healthy life

“Giving up” can look like this:

  • Is there anything destructive, harmful, unholy, or evil that needs to be removed?
  • Are there people who are leading us to harm or destruction?
  • Are there locations, situations, or circumstances that are unholy for us?

Using the “Fruits of the Spirit” as a measurement, we can quickly reveal the pattern of our lives.  If it is spiritually fruitful, then we can strengthen this.  If it is spiritually destructive, then perhaps this season of Lent gives us an opportunity to give it up and start directing our lives in better ways.

Furthermore, Lent has classic opportunities for Study, Prayer, and Service:

Study: Scripture, the Catechism, a Devotional, Spiritual Reading

Prayer: Mass, Confession, Rosary, Scripture, Devotions, Stations of the Cross

Service: at home, the neighborhood, the community, the Church

God keeps inviting, keeps forgiving, and keeps extending grace and mercy to all who seek it.  Now is the time to get ready for a powerful Lent – where we turn to Jesus and allow His grace to transform our hearts.  Give serious thought to what you can do to make this season special, and open your to heart to Jesus Christ.

What will you do?  What will you give up?  Make it a great Lent!

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Note: This post was originally published on February 26, 2014.


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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