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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!


Study, Pray, Serve: 16th Sunday of the Year

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Here are some of the key themes that surface in the readings for the 16th Sunday of the Year.

1st Reading – Genesis 18:1-10a

  • Abraham offers hospitality to three strangers with food that Sarah prepares.
  • The strangers foretell that she will have a child within a year.

Psalm – 15:2-5

  • “He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord.”
  • The fear of the Lord guides us to act in a holy and virtuous manner.

2nd Reading – Colossians 1:24-28

  • Our suffering allows us to participate in the afflictions of Christ.
  • When we unite our lives to the Lord, we draw strength from him.

Gospel – Luke 10:38-42

  • Martha, burdened with much suffering, complains to Jesus about her sister, Mary.
  • Jesus addresses Martha’s worries and tells her that Mary has chosen the better part.

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Paul is brought before the Sanhedrin. Catholic Inspiration

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Paul is brought before the Sanhedrin and evokes a fierce debate between the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 7th Week of Easter

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Saints Marcellinus and Peter, pray for us!


Daily Mass: Paul’s suffering and success in Philippi. Catholic Inspiration

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Paul is beaten and imprisoned for preaching the Good News. Yet through an earthquake and a moment of grace he converts an entire household to faith in Christ.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

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