Tag Archives: Spiritual Life

Daily Mass: The Lord offers practical spiritual advice. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers three key insights that profoundly impact our spiritual lives in practical ways. The hard part? Putting them into practice every day.

Mass Readings – Wed. of the 19th Week of the Year (St. Maximillian Kolbe)

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Monday Conversation: A Summer Challenge! Catholic Inspiration

A 2018 Nielsen report shows that Americans now spend over 11 hours a day looking at a screen.  Eleven hours!  Fr. Andrew’s parishioners are familiar with his annual “Summer Challenge,” and he offers some thoughts here about what we can to ditch the screen time and embrace hundreds of alternative activities that are good for body, mind, heart, and soul.

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Daily Mass: Almsgiving and the spiritual life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a rebuke in the Gospel today with the insight that almsgiving is powerful way we can foster our spiritual life.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 28th Week of the Year

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22nd Sunday of the Year: The spiritual battle is within our hearts.

Study:  Reflect on a time when you struggled with something in the privacy of your heart.  What helped you?

Pray:  Ask the Lord for the grace and healing you need to fight the challenges within you.

Serve:  Perhaps you know someone who is facing a difficult time alone.  How might you reach out?

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

Listen to the Lord’s words to the people in this Sunday’s Gospel:

He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
“Hear me, all of you, and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.

“From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile.”  Mark 7: 14-15,21-23

We see the effects of sin on the outside in the words and actions that are evident through observation and experience.  Yet the Lord reminds us that the origin of our sin begins within the human heart, and it is there that the battle rages.

We can cloak our lives, guarding our speech and hiding our actions, yet eventually the pattern of our soul emerges through our interactions with one another.  Only God clearly sees our hearts, and it is to the Lord that we turn to:

  • Recognize the role of sin in our hearts
  • Call upon God for the grace we need to be made whole
  • Live our lives in freedom from sin, guided by the Holy Spirit
  • Renew our strength through Sacraments, Scripture, Fellowship, and Prayer

Because our hearts are hidden from view, it is crucial that we take time for reflection and prayer to review the state of our souls.  Some powerful tools to help us:

  1. A good Examination of Conscience
  2. A visit to the Confessional
  3. Frequent attendance at Mass and reception of Holy Communion
  4. Personal Prayer
  5. Someone to whom we are accountable for our thoughts, words, and actions

May we pause to look honestly at our hearts, and call upon Jesus Christ for the grace we need to fight the battle within!

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Note: this post was first published on August 25, 2018.


Daily Mass: By their fruits you will know them. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers practical insight into how we deal with others.  By looking at the fruitfulness of one’s life we can get a good sense of what is going on down deep in the heart.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 12th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Strengthening our faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 18th Week of the Year

Jesus heals a child that could not be helped by this disciples.  Why?  Their faith was not strong enough.  As the disciples sought to strengthen their faith we can learn from them, training our “spiritual muscles” to become strong as we turn to the Lord for wisdom, strength and guidance.

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18th Sunday of the Year: An antidote against greed. Catholic Inspiration

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Fr. Andrew’s Homily Podcast

Mass Readings – 18th Sunday of the Year

An antidote that guards against greed contains Gratitude, Contentment, Stewardship, Generosity, and Prayer.  May we take a daily dose and live our lives with the grace of our faith in Christ.