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16th Sunday of the Year: Christ calms our anxieties and fears. Catholic Inspiration

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As Jesus speaks to Martha, he reveals how anxiety and worry are calmed by pausing to be still and listen to him.

Mass Readings – 16th Sunday of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do not worry! Catholic Inspiration

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It is so easy to give in to worry! How often do we feed our fears and yield to anxiety? Jesus speaks to this common human condition and offers us a powerful way forward.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Don’t worry! Catholic Inspiration

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The Lord repeatedly reminds his disciples not to worry and give in to the stressful distractions of the world. Perhaps it’s easier said than done, yet when we let go of useless worry we are free to extend our hands to Jesus.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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4th Sunday of the Year: Be free of anxiety. Catholic Inspiration

St. Paul speaks to the people of Corinth, desiring that they be free from anxiety. As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19 may we discern what is in our control to change and pray for the Lord’s grace to face what comes our way.

Mass Readings – 4th Sunday of the Year


Daily Mass: Letting go of useless worry. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s insight about useless worry addresses a common human condition.  We can easily waste the gift of life being anxious over things that give us nothing in return!  Instead, may we focus on the Kingdom of God for the grace and strength we need.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: When anxious or worried, we focus on Christ. Catholic Inspiration

We all know the story of Mary and Martha, but sometimes we forget that the Lord gently chides Martha because she is “anxious and worried about many things.”  When we fall into useless worry, our best prescription is to focus on Christ for the strength and wisdom we need.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 27th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do not worry! Catholic Inspiration

Perhaps it’s human nature to worry, yet all too often we spend ridiculous amounts of time and effort worrying about things over which we have no control.  In those moments when we are tempted to let worry enslave us we gratefully count our blessings and direct our hearts to the Lord.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Do not let your hearts be troubled. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Friday of the 4th Week of Easter

How often do we let worry and anxiety bring trouble to our hearts?  Yet the words of Jesus in the Gospel today remind us (once again!) that the Lord’s grace is greater than the stresses of our lives.

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8th Sunday of the Year: Do not worry! Catholic Inspiration

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Mass Readings – 8th Sunday of the Year

When worry overtakes us we lose our focus on the Lord and run the risk of wasting the gift of our lives.  Jesus knows this, and his teaching in the Gospel today reminds us that as we follow Christ we will receive what we need to encounter each day when we think, pray and share over the worry that confronts us.

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8th Sunday of the Year: Do not worry!

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Study: Reflect on a time when worry and anxiety overwhelmed you.  What broke the cycle and restored your perspective?

Pray: Is there something that you are worried about right now?  Bring it to prayer and ask the Lord for guidance and peace in your heart.

Serve: Do you know someone who is overly anxious?  How can you help comfort, calm and support them?

Mass Readings – 8th Sunday of the Year

Worry, worry, worry!  How often are we caught up in the anxieties, cares, stresses, and distractions of life!  How easy it is to get spun up by things (often far outside our control) and waste time and energy that could be spent in a much more fruitful manner.

Here’s a quick overview of the readings:

  • 1st Reading – The Lord says, “I will never forget you.”
  • Psalm – “Rest in God alone, my soul.”
  • 2nd Reading – We are servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries
  • Gospel – “Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow can take care of itself!”

Of course, just saying “Do not worry!” is not enough.  It’s a simple sentence yet often difficult to put into practice.  Why?  Because there are many things in life we care about, and that natural concern – if left unattended – can take on a life of its own.  When we let our natural cares run out of control we lose our perspective, and in turn we start to focus on the wrong priorities.

Yes, there are things that we need to worry about: making sure that our basic needs are met, attending to the natural cares of ourselves and our loved ones, doing the necessary planning and preparation so that life flows smoothly.  This is part of our daily work, and as such we make the effort to do our best.

Here’s a simple question that I find often helps determine if I should worry about something: “Do I have any power to change or influence this situation?”  If the issue in question is within my influence and control, then perhaps it is something that I need to attend to.  But if the issue is outside my influence, then perhaps I need to let it go…worrying about it will only waste my life!

Easier said than done.  That’s why I believe Jesus took the time to talk about this “useless worry” with his disciples.  The Lord knows our hearts and understands how worry can overtake our lives.

So today, if we discover that worry is wasting our time and attention, may we call upon the grace of God to let it go and trust that the Lord will give us what we need to face the cares of life.


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