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1st Sunday of Advent: Joyful Preparations

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 12/01/2019

3rd Sunday of the Year: We seek unity in Jesus Christ show art 3rd Sunday of the Year: We seek unity in Jesus Christ

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We don't have to look very hard in our world today to see division and dischord tearing at the fabric of our relationships. The same dynamics were happening in the letter to the Corinthians, and St. Paul gives us some practical tips for fostering the hard work of unity in the name of Jesus Christ.

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Daily Mass: The Conversion of St. Paul show art Daily Mass: The Conversion of St. Paul

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The conversion of St. Paul reminds us that repentance and change are part of our journey of faith. As Paul moved from persecutor to preacher of the faith, we consider how the Lord calls us to make a change in our hearts.

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Daily Mass: Called by name show art Daily Mass: Called by name

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The call of the Twelve Apostles in the Gospel of Mark reminds us that a call by Christ is personal. The Lord knows our hearts and calls us as unique individuals to offer our lives for particular service in the world.

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Daily Mass: Trust in God casts out fear show art Daily Mass: Trust in God casts out fear

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The Psalm Response today offers comfort and practical support as we trust in the Lord and reject the temptation to fear.

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Daily Mass: David and Goliath show art Daily Mass: David and Goliath

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We all know the story of David and Goliath...it's one of the first we learn as kids. Yet this classic underdog situation reminds us that with God's help we can face whatever challenges come our way.

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Daily Mass: God sees the heart show art Daily Mass: God sees the heart

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In the exchange between God and Samuel, we hear an important insight: "Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance, but God looks into the heart." In light of this observation, may we focus on how we look on the inside!

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2nd Sunday of the Year: Here am I Lord, I come to do your will show art 2nd Sunday of the Year: Here am I Lord, I come to do your will

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Isaiah, Paul and John the Baptist all offered their lives in service for the Lord. As we follow their example, may the words of the Psalmist, "Here am I Lord, I come to do your will" echo in our hearts!

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Daily Mass: Jesus calls sinners (thank God!) show art Daily Mass: Jesus calls sinners (thank God!)

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The call of Levi offers us hope. As Jesus calls and reaches outs to sinners, we know that the Lord lovingly calls us - in spite of our sins - to follow him along the path of new life.

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Daily Mass: Faith, Forgiveness and Healing show art Daily Mass: Faith, Forgiveness and Healing

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The healing of the paralytic in Caparnaum reveals the connections between faith, forgiveness and healing. May our faith grow each day as we draw closer to the Lord and one another.

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Daily Mass: Jesus meets us where we are show art Daily Mass: Jesus meets us where we are

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As Jesus heals the leper we comprehend an important truth: the Lord meets us where we are - in our brokenness and frailty - and helps us grow in newness of life. Simply put, we become more when we are touched by Christ.

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We begin the season of Advent with a message that is both joyful and sobering, hopeful and disciplined: The Lord, the just judge is coming into the world...so be prepared, awake and ready!

December 1, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com