Tag Archives: Virtue

Daily Mass: Building up the Church in the face on an attack. Catholic Inspiration

Poor St. Peter!  One minute he is named by Jesus as the rock upon which the Church will be built, and the next minute he is chastised by the Lord for falling prey to temptation.  Welcome to the spiritual life!  Yet this spiritual battle of building up and tearing down is part of our journey of faith, inviting us to always keep our focus on Christ.

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

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22nd Sunday of the Year: How does your faith give you strength? Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 22nd Sunday of the Year

Both Jeremiah and Jesus acknowledge that they must experience suffering, and learning from them we recognize that suffering is part of our world.  When we face suffering with the gift of faith, we grow strong in virtue as we strive to do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time, in the right way.

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21st Sunday of the Year: Three keys to Heaven. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 21st Sunday of the Year

Entrusting the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter, Jesus establishes the Church upon a rock that hell itself cannot prevail against.  Christ is the key; through prayer, sacraments and virtue we grow in grace through this life so that we can enter into the Lord’s Kingdom in the next.

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20th Sunday of the Year: A fierce faith. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 20th Sunday of the Year

The woman in the Gospel of Matthew is tenancious!  She trusts that Jesus can offer help for her daughter, and she will not be denied.  Her example inspires us to foster a fierce faith – one that receives the gift of God and strengthens it through prayer, Sacraments, and a conviction to offer one’s life in love.

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Monday Conversation: The Heart of a Disciple, Part I

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the first part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on repentance and ongoing conversion. (45 Minutes)

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4th Sunday of the Year: Practicing humility

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Study:  How do you recognize a humble person?  What qualities do you look for in others?

Pray:  Do you struggle with pride (the opposite of humility) in some aspect of your life?  Ask the Lord to soften your heart.

Serve:  Is there a way you can help someone without calling attention to yourself?  How might you do a random act of kindness today, without any desire for personal acknowledgement?

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year

Let’s take a quick overview of the readings this week:

  • 1st Reading – Seek the Lord…seek justice, seek humility
  • Psalm – “Blessed the poor in spirit, the kingdom of heaven is theirs!”
  • 2nd Reading – God chooses the foolish, the weak and the lowly
  • Gospel – The Sermon on the Mount

Throughout these readings the notion of humility surfaces, and this virtue often serves as a foundation for our life of faith.  Here are some reasons why…

First, humility sets us in right relation with God.  About the time we get caught up in ourselves, something happens that derails our plans and reminds us that we are not the center of the universe.  When we see our lives in a larger context (the country, the world, the solar system…you get the idea) we suddenly discover that we are in fact very, very small.  As the creator of all we look to the Lord with a deeper understanding and consideration that our lives – a bit of dust for a blink of an eye – are nothing compared to the glory and grandeur of God.

Second, humility sets us in right relation with others.  Every person we meet is created in the image and likeness of God, and our lives are sustained by the Father’s will alone.  The same grace that forgives us our sins also extends to our sisters and brothers…and if the Lord lavishes mercy upon all in their moment of need, then perhaps we might want to cut them a little slack in their shortcomings as well.  Simply put, we can be kind, patient and forgiving with others as God has been with us.

Third, humility helps us honestly assess our human hearts.  Seeing ourselves in proper relationship with the Lord and one another, we can embrace our lives (with their blessings & burdens) and live our faith in a genuine and engaging way.  We see our sins with greater clarity, comprehend God’s mercy more fully, and live with gratitude the gifts we’ve been given with joy as we bring aid and assistance to one another.  In other words, humility helps us to be authentic: we know ourselves better so we can share our lives more fully with one another.

Through humility we place God first as we sincerely and honestly reach out to those around us.  A humble person is open, honest, easy to get along with and helpful in a moment of need.  May our faith in Christ teach us humility, and help us to humbly respond to those the Lord sets before us today.


Daily Mass: Seeking humility in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – Saturday of the 30th Week of the Year

The Lord makes an observation at a banquet to help his disciples cultivate humility in their lives.