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Daily Mass: The Holy Innocents. Catholic Inspiration

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Herod’s murder of the baby boys in Bethlehem reveals the senseless violence of our darkened world. This evil, and all the forms it embodies, is overcome by the baby laid in a manger…the Christ who breaks the bonds of sin and death by his victory on the Cross.

Mass Readings – The Feast of the Holy Innocents

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Holy Innocents, pray for us!


Daily Mass: A somber insight about John the Baptist and Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

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In speaking with his disciples, Jesus reveals the suffering that he and John the Baptist must endure.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 2nd Week of Advent

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Our Lady of Loreto, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 33rd Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 33rd Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Malachi 3:19-20a

  • A day comes when evildoers will be like stubble set on fire, and nothing will remain.
  • Those who fear the Lord’s name, however, will be arise in the light of the sun.

Psalm – 98:5-9

  • “The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice.”
  • We praise and sing before the one who rules the earth.

2nd Reading – 2nd Thessalonians 3:7-12

  • Paul offers his own example as a model for the Christian community.
  • “If anyone was unwilling to work, that one should not eat.”

Gospel – Luke 21:5-19

  • Jesus speaks about the destruction of the Temple, as well as signs and plagues among the nations.
  • The Lord also says that his followers will be persecuted, exhorting them to persevere.

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: We fight fire…with faith! Catholic Inspiration

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As the Lord faces hostility, he shows the disciples a way that transcends animosity and violence. May his example inspire us to fight fire with faith!

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 26th Week of the Year

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St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Christ suffers for our sins. Catholic Inspiration

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As the Lord speaks with his disciples, he reveals his suffering, death and resurrection.  May this sacrifice inspire us to recognize our sins and return to Christ, who reveals God’s love through the Cross.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 25th Week of the Year

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St. Padre Pio, pray for us!


Daily Mass: The second Passion prediction. Catholic Inspiration

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Matthew’s Gospel offers the second prediction of the Lord’s Passion, reminding us that all disciples must face the Cross as they journey through this life.

Mass Readings – Monday of the 19th Week of the Year

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St. Dominic, pray for us!


Study, Pray, Serve: 20th Sunday of the Year

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Let’s take a look at the key themes in the Mass readings for the 20th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10

  • Jeremiah’s life hangs in the balance as he is thrown into a cistern for his preaching.

Psalm – 40:2-4,18

  • “Lord, come to my aid!”
  • We call upon the Lord for help in times of affliction.

2nd Reading – Hebrews 12:1-4

  • Surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, we run our race with our eyes fixed on Jesus.
  • Faith gives us strength to endure opposition and sin.

Gospel – Luke 12:49-53

  • The Lord comes to set the earth on fire as he fulfills his mission on earth.
  • The presence of Jesus brings a challenge and division that will touch all people.

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Take up your Cross. Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord exhorts his disciples to take up their Crosses and follow him. Crosses come in all sizes; may the Crosses we carry become a worthy offering to the Lord as we put his example into daily practice.

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

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Daily Mass: Will we carry the Cross of Christ? Catholic Inspiration

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St. Peter gets it right…then he gets it wrong. Yet in the end we know that Peter will not only understand who Jesus is, but he will have the courage to follow the Lord, carrying the Cross from this life to the next. We, too, are works in progress; may we strive to learn from our successes and failures as we journey with the Lord.

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

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St. John Vianney, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Lord in your great love, answer me! Catholic Inspiration

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Today’s psalm both acknowledges our struggles and affirms our faith in God’s grace. May we turn to the Lord in our times of trial and draw strength from the one who died that we might have eternal life.

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

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St. Peter Chrysologus, pray for us!


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