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17th Sunday of the Year

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 07/27/2014

Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Two examples of service show art Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Two examples of service

Catholic Inspiration

This third installment of the Lenten Retreat focuses on two people who serve Jesus along the Way of the Cross: Simon of Cyrene and Veronica. May their example inspire us to discover how we might serve the face of Jesus today.

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Daily Mass: Lazarus and the rich man show art Daily Mass: Lazarus and the rich man

Catholic Inspiration

The parable of Lazarus and the rich man pokes at our consciences. Do we see the poverty around us and respond with compassion? We know the teaching of Jesus...may we ask the Lord for the grace to put His words into practice.

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Daily Mass: We offer our lives in service to one another show art Daily Mass: We offer our lives in service to one another

Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches his disciples that the journey to Heaven is along the path of service.

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Daily Mass: An exhortation from Isaiah show art Daily Mass: An exhortation from Isaiah

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The prophet Isaiah exhorts the people of Israel to wash themselves clean - seeking God's goodness and avoiding evil. It's a message that is just as relevant today.

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Daily Mass: The measure of mercy show art Daily Mass: The measure of mercy

Catholic Inspiration

Jesus teaches how the measure of mercy applies to our hearts: "For the measure you measure will be measured out to you."

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Monday Conversation: Fasting and Abstinence show art Monday Conversation: Fasting and Abstinence

Catholic Inspiration

Fasting and Abstinence are ancient disciplines that can dramatically enhance our spiritual life. Fr. Andrew offers some practical tips to bring these tools into our own unique circumstances today.

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2nd Sunday of Lent: The hope of the Transfiguration show art 2nd Sunday of Lent: The hope of the Transfiguration

Catholic Inspiration

The Transfiguration of Christ offers a glimpse of God's glory on the way to the Cross. This moment - seeing Jesus as he reigns in Heaven - offers us hope as we carry our crosses, confident in the Lord's victory.

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies show art Daily Mass: Love your enemies

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We find in this selection from the Sermon on the Mount one of the hardest teachings of Jesus: to love our enemies. Yet when we do this we cleanse our hearts of hate and fill them with God's grace, so that we will be prepared to follow Christ in this life and be with Him in the next.

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Daily Mass: Go first and be reconciled show art Daily Mass: Go first and be reconciled

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Jesus urges his disciples to make reconciliation a priority in their lives, reminding us that forgiveness is a daily discipline as we follow the Lord.

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Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Jesus falls 3x show art Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Jesus falls 3x

Catholic Inspiration

The three falls of Jesus on the Way of the Cross express our awareness of the humanity of Jesus through his Incarnation; he becomes like us - taking on our human weakness - to redeem our weakness and restore us to grace.

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How do we make decisions?  What aspects of our Christian faith can help and guide us to choose wisely?  Here are three points to keep in mind:

  • Inward - the wisdom that already exists in our hearts/minds
  • Outward - the people in my life who offer wise counsel and support
  • Upward - the way we engage our faith to call down wisdom from Heaven

Choices confront us all the time.  When we look in, out, and up we make the best decisions possible - drawing on all the resources that God provides.

July 27, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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