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Short daily Gospel reflections and prayers from My Catholic Life! My Catholic Life! presents the beauty and splendor of our Catholic faith in a down to earth and practical way. These daily audio reflections come from the "Catholic Daily Reflections Series" which is available in online format from our website. They are also available in e eBook or paperback format. May these reflections assist you on your journey of personal conversion!

Short daily Gospel reflections and prayers from My Catholic Life! My Catholic Life! presents the beauty and splendor of our Catholic faith in a down to earth and practical way. These daily audio reflections come from the "Catholic Daily Reflections Series" which is available in online format from our website. They are also available in e eBook or paperback format. May these reflections assist you on your journey of personal conversion!
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Short daily Gospel reflections and prayers from My Catholic Life! My Catholic Life! presents the beauty and splendor of our Catholic faith in a down to earth and practical way. These daily audio reflections come from the "Catholic Daily Reflections Series" which is available in online format from our website. They are also available in e eBook or paperback format. May these reflections assist you on your journey of personal conversion!

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Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent - God Never Gives Up on You

12/10/2018
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“In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.” Matthew 18:14 Jesus makes this statement after telling the parable of the one lost sheep. The shepherd leaves the ninety-nine and goes searching diligently for that little one. The parable goes on to state that, “If he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray” (Matthew 18:13). We are all “one of these little ones.” At first, it...

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Monday of the Second Week of Advent - Astonishment at the Mercy of God

12/9/2018
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Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, “We have seen incredible things today.” Luke 5:26 They were “astonished” because Jesus cured the paralytic after he was lowered through the roof of a house in which Jesus was teaching. Jesus cured him and they were amazed. But this was not what amazed and astonished people the most. What was most astonishing was that Jesus also said to the paralytic, “As for you, your sins are forgiven” (Luke 5:20)....

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Second Sunday of Advent - Humility Prepares the Way for Christ

12/8/2018
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“A voice of one crying out in the desert. ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.’” Luke 3:4 On this, the Second Sunday of Advent, we are given the person of St. John the Baptist to ponder. What a gift he is! Jesus Himself stated that “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11). What a compliment! What is it that made John so great? We can point to two things in particular. The first has to do with his calling and the second...

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December 8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

12/7/2018
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Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38a Happy Solemnity! This is a day to celebrate! Today, we honor the glorious and miraculous Immaculate Conception of our Blessed Mother, an act of God’s most profound mercy. It is fitting that we see the Immaculate Conception as an act of profound mercy. Why is that so? What is it about this solemnity that is so closely linked to mercy? Mercy is a gratuitous gift of God. By “gratuitous”...

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Friday of the First Week of Advent - I Want to See

12/6/2018
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“Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. Matthew 9:29b-31 This statement from Jesus is directed to two blind men who come to Him, beg for mercy and healing, believe in faith that Jesus will heal, and then are healed. But what’s quite fascinating is that Jesus tells them not to speak about their healing to others. Why would He say...

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Thursday of the First Week of Advent - Listen, Understand, Act

12/5/2018
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“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 Perhaps one of the hardest things to do in life is to listen. Are you a good listener? Do you know how to listen? Most likely this is a struggle for you since it is a struggle for most people. Listening is more than hearing....

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Wednesday of the First Week of Advent - Jesus Cares About the Details

12/4/2018
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Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” Matthew 15:32 The first thing this passage reveals could easily be missed. It reveals Jesus’ deep concern for the crowds of people. He not only cared for their souls, He also cared for their bodies in that He did not want them to go away hungry. This reveals...

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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent - Humility Before the Mystery of Faith

12/3/2018
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“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” Luke 10:21b So are you “wise and learned” or “childlike?” Which better describes your life? At first, that question may be hard to answer. If we didn’t know that Jesus elevated the quality of being childlike, we may be drawn to call ourselves wise and learned. Of course there is nothing wrong with being wise or learned. The...

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Monday of the First Week of Advent - Faith in the Most Holy Eucharist

12/2/2018
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“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.” Mt. 8:8 This familiar line is taken from the faith of a Roman centurion. He asked Jesus to heal his servant, Jesus agrees to come cure him, and the centurion exclaims this profound faith in Jesus stating two things: 1) He’s not worthy of Jesus’ presence in his home and, 2) His confidence that Jesus can heal his servant simply by saying the word. Jesus, of course, is quite impressed with...

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First Sunday of Advent - Advent Begins!

12/1/2018
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“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42 (Year A) “Be watchful! Be alert!” Mark 13:33a (Year B) “Be vigilant at all times and pray.” Luke 21:36a (Year C) Advent begins with a call to vigilance as reflected in the passages above. There are numerous Scripture passages that call us to this vigilance and anticipation of the Lord’s coming; these are only a few. Being vigilant means, also, that we are prepared. We are not caught off guard....

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Saturday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time - Stay Awake!

11/30/2018
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“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.” Luke 21:34-35a This is the last day of our liturgical year! And on this day, the Gospel reminds us of how easy it is to become lazy in our life of faith. It reminds us that our hearts can become drowsy from “carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life.” Let’s look at these temptations. First, we are warned against...

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November 30 - Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle - Preparation for Advent

11/29/2018
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As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 What a wonderful feast we celebrate today as we prepare to begin our Advent season. We honor St. Andrew the Apostle who gives us a perfect example of how to begin our coming Advent celebration. This...

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Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time - The Return of Christ

11/28/2018
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“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.” Luke 21:27-28 Only three days left in this current liturgical year. Sunday begins Advent and a new liturgical year! Therefore, as we move closer to the end of this current liturgical year, we continue to turn our eyes to the last and glorious things to come. Specifically, today we are presented with...

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Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time - The Coming Persecution

11/27/2018
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Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony.” Luke 21:12-13 This is a sobering thought. And as this passage continues, it becomes even more challenging. It goes on to say, “You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by...

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Tuesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time - The Chaos to Come

11/26/2018
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“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.” Luke 21:10-11 This prophecy of Jesus will most certainly unfold. How will it unfold, practically speaking? That’s still to be seen. True, some people may say that this prophecy is already being fulfilled in our world. Some will try to associate this and other prophetic passages of Scripture...

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Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time - Doing “Great” Things!

11/25/2018
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When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.” Luke 21:1-4 Did she really give more than all the rest? According to Jesus, she did! So how can that be? This Gospel passage reveals to us how...

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Thirty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A, B, C - The Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

11/24/2018
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Happy Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe! This is the last Sunday of the Church year which means we focus on the final and glorious things to come! It also means that next Sunday is already the First Sunday of Advent. When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things. First, He is our Shepherd. As our Shepherd He desires to lead us personally as a loving father would. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering...

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Saturday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time - The Truth Wins!

11/23/2018
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Some Sadducees, those who deny that there is a resurrection, came forward and put this question to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us, If someone’s brother dies leaving a wife but no child, his brother must take the wife and raise up descendants for his brother. Now there were seven brothers…” Luke 20:27-29a And the Sadducees go on to present Jesus with a difficult scenario in order to trap Him. They present the story of seven brothers who each die without having any children. After...

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Friday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time - Purification

11/22/2018
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Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” Luke 19:45-46 This passage reveals not only something that Jesus did long ago, it also reveals something that He desires to do today. Additionally, He desires to do this in two ways: He desires to root out all evil within the temple of our world, and He desires to root out all evil in the temple of...

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Thanksgiving Day, United States - A Grateful Heart

11/21/2018
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Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Luke 17:17-18 Happy Thanksgiving! Though Thanksgiving Day is not specifically a Catholic holy day, it certainly goes hand in hand with our life of faith. Spiritually speaking, we all know that gratitude is central to the Gospel message. Thanksgiving Day presents us with the perfect opportunity to look at this particular aspect of our faith. We are...

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