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Podcasts of homilies and talks given by Fr. Andrew Ricci to help people grow in faith. These reflections are part of his meditations at Three Great Things where we grow as disciples of the Lord through Study, Prayer, and Service.
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Now displaying: February, 2017
Feb 28, 2017

Peter's words to Jesus, "Lord we have given up everything and followed you" remind us of the true cost of discipleship; for when we put the Lord first and at the center of our lives, everything else falls into its proper place.

February 28, 2017 - Cathedral or Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 26, 2017

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.

February 25, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 25, 2017

As Jesus welcomes and blesses the children in the Gospel of Mark, we are reminded to foster a world where our children are safe and protected as we recall that we, too, seek the Lord with the tender trust of a child.

 

February 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 24, 2017

The book of Sirach speaks about the great gift of friendship.  As we build up our friendships on earth, may we also foster our life with Jesus Christ - the best friend of all.

February 24, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 23, 2017

Our conversion of heart never stops; we are either drawing closer to Christ or farther away.  As we follow the Lord we recognize our actions have consequences that affect our lives...both in this life and the life to come.

February 23, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 22, 2017

The presider's chair in any Catholic Church is a place of authority, overseen by a bishop who is a successor to the apostles...of which St. Peter is the rock upon which Jesus builds His Church.  May we draw strength from the Lord, our Great Shepherd, and offer our lives to care for those entrusted to us.

February 22, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 21, 2017

As the Lord attempts to teach the disciples he catches them arguing about who is the greatest.  His response: to set before them a child...that as they welcome the innocent and vulnerable into their midst, they welcome Him.

February 21, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2017

Lent provides a wonderful opportunity to implement new actions that draw us closer to the Lord and one another.  As we reflect on our current situation, consider ways that speak to our interests, and integrate the sacraments of the Church, we find ourselves poised to make this the best Lent ever.  (25 Minutes)

February 20, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 19, 2017

Jesus says "Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you."  This command to love one another as God loves us will challenge our attitudes, actions and prayer as we strive to follow the Lord's example of love.

February 18, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 18, 2017

On the mountain Jesus is transfigured, appearing to three disciples as he stands in Heaven.  His transfiguration offers us hope, that as we carry our crosses and face the challenges of life we will have the strength and guidance we need.

February 18, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 17, 2017

Jesus invites us to "take up our Cross" and follow him.  While God does not will suffering, the Lord permits it for the sake of a far greater commandment: Love one another.  As we carry our crosses today, we do so out of love for one another, as the Lord - who shows his love on the Cross - loves us.

February 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2017

When Jesus asks the disciples "Who do you say that I am?" Peter gets it right...and then he gets it wrong.  The Lord reminds us that we are called to think as God does...and not as human beings do!

February 16, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 15, 2017

As Jesus heals the blind man in the Gospel today, he shows how healing is often an intimate process that leads back to our relationships at home.  May we set before the Lord whatever is wounded in our lives, trust in his process of healing, and renew the relationships within our families and friendships.

February 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 14, 2017

Jesus recalls how a little yeast can transform dough - making it grow larger and into something new.  In our spiritual lives this process can work for both good or evil, and we are invited today to embrace God's grace into our hearts, changing us into daughters and sons of God.

February, 14, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 13, 2017

"What are you giving up for Lent?" is a question that all too often finds us without an adequate answer.  Take time now in these next few days to reflect  on how we want to make a sacrifice - Body, Mind or Heart - that speaks to our Soul!

February 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 12, 2017

The Book of Sirach, the Psalm response, and the Gospel of Matthew all highlight the crucial power we have to make choices in our lives.  May we put Christ at the center of our hearts, so that everything we say and do will be touched by his grace.

February 12, 2017 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Feb 11, 2017

Adam and Eve experience the natural consequences of sin as they face new challenges in their lives and leave the Garden of Eden; Jesus looks on the crowd with pity and responds to the natural consequences of their needs with compassion - inspiring us to face the consequences of our own sins with the compassion of Christ.

February 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 10, 2017

The temptation of Adam & Eve illustrates for us how sin can erode our relationships with God and one another.  As we come to understand their temptation, we seek the Lord in our moments of trial, asking for the grace (and when necessary, forgiveness) of Jesus Christ.

February 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 9, 2017

A Greek woman who is Syrophoenician by birth expresses a mother's love through her simple and direct faith in the healing power of Christ.  Her one line response to Jesus inspires us to embrace our faith with conviction and power as we face the challenges in our lives.

February 9, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 8, 2017

Jesus points out that it is within our hearts that destruction and defilement take place.  The solution?  Turn away from sin, making a change of heart so that the grace of Christ can make us whole.

February 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 7, 2017

Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Mark that we are called to keep our focus fixed on God, so that all our actions - big or small - do not take on a life of their own but always point back to the Lord.

Feb 5, 2017

Jesus proclaims to his disciples that they are the light of the world, an uplifting testament to the opportunity we have to make a difference in our world as we offer the gift of our lives to God.

February 5, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 4, 2017

Christ, the Great Shepherd, looks upon our weakness with compassion and reaches out to guide and strengthen us for the journey through this life and into the next.

February 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 3, 2017

The death of John the Baptist recalls the fact that doing the right thing at the right time for the right reason does NOT mean that life will always be easy.  In fact, our faith in Jesus Christ will sometimes put us squarely in the face of opposition...and we recognize that we might suffer even as we serve the Lord with all our heart.

February 3, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2017

As Mary and Joseph presented their infant son in the Temple, they encounter Simeon and Anna who give praise to God for the fulfillment of the Lord's promises - the Messiah has come bringing light into the world!  As his disciples may we continue to share this light as we present ourselves for service to God and one another.

February 2, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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