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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: March, 2017
Mar 31, 2017

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom offers an insight into the life and death of Jesus.  As the Son of God was triumphant over sin and evil, so we can also place our hope in Christ's victory as we call upon His grace and face our challenges today.

March 31, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 30, 2017

We turn to Jesus and follow him with all our hearts, putting our faith and belief in the one who poured out his life on the Cross that we might be restored to a relationship with God.

March 30, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 29, 2017

Jesus will judge us by our deeds and the consequences will be eternal.  Yet this just judge is also our savior who knows our sins and has paid the price with his own blood.  When we stand before him and look upon the face of Compassion, will we accept his mercy as we acknowledge our sins?

March 29, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

 

Mar 28, 2017

A crippled man is healed by Jesus, and some people get hung up on a religious rule.  It's a good reminder for us: to count our blessings and focus on what is precious so that we understand the gift of life in its proper perspective.

March 28, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 27, 2017

How's your Lent going?  This 15 minute conversation can help us make the 2nd half of Lent powerful.

March 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 26, 2017

The readings this weekend help us understand the crucial role that sight plays in our lives.  Whether it's physical or spiritual...what do you see?  The invitation today: to see God at work in our lives as we look for Christ and live in His love.

March 26, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 25, 2017

Mary says "yes" to the Good News announced by the angel Gabriel...showing us how we can say yes to the Lord every day of our lives.

March 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 24, 2017

Jesus - the Master Teacher - condenses the 10 Commandments and frames them in the context of Love.  Our task?  To put them into practice every day!

March 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 23, 2017

The Lord drives out a demon in the Gospel today, reminding us that while evil is present in the world we continue to call upon God for the grace we need to drive out whatever is not fitting in our hearts for the Kingdom of God.

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

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Mar 22, 2017

Jesus comes to fulfill the Law, teaching as the new Moses and inviting us to draw close to God in a new and powerful way.  

March 22, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 21, 2017

We forgive:

  1. Because the Lord commands us
  2. To imitate the Lord's example
  3. To be freed from the bondage of sin

And so...to whom do we have to say "I'm sorry" or "I forgive you" today?

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 19, 2017

Our spiritual thirst helps us understand that there is a need in our hearts that will only be met by Jesus.  May we pay attention to the thirst in our souls and respond - not to the temptations or distractions of the world - so that our we can drink deeply from the Water of Life.

March 18, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 18, 2017

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known and it speaks to some deep forces in our hearts.  Like the two sons, we have the chance each day to "come to our senses" to receive mercy and "celebrate and rejoice" when we can share that mercy with one another.

March 18, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 17, 2017

Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel detail stories of rejection: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver and Jesus explains how the tenants kill the vineyard owner's son.  Yet in both cases the reality of rejection is transformed and redeemed by God's grace.  May we face our moments of rejection with the power of our faith in Christ, that God will work in our lives to bring about good.

March 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 16, 2017

Jesus speaks the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to the pharisees, commenting on issues of Heaven/Hell, life after death, and the fact that we have all the information we need to live our faith.  The point: we trust the Lord in this life to be ready to meet Him in the next.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 15, 2017

Who are the greatest among us?  Those who serve and act as instruments of the grace and power of Christ.  May we all become great!

March 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 14, 2017

One way we can measure our success as disciples: how we help one another.  Whether it is the justice described by Isaiah or the example of Jesus in the Gospel, the Lord accepts our service toward one another as if it were done to Him.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 13, 2017

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the second part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on living the Good News and sharing it with others. (36 Minutes)

March 6, 2017 - St. Pius X Catholic Church - Solon Springs, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 12, 2017

The transfiguration of Jesus gives the apostles strength to continue on their journey to Jerusalem, and it gives them an insight into the glory of Jesus.  May we recognize moments when God blesses us as we continue on our journey of faith.

March 12, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 11, 2017

"Love your enemies" might be one of the toughest lines in the Bible to carry out.  Yet this command - to love as God loves us - is the test of our discipleship.  May we call upon the Lord for the grace we need to follow the example of Jesus, loving one another...even our enemies.

March 11, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

 

Mar 10, 2017

Jesus invites his disciples to seek God above all else, turning away from sin and making a change deep within our hearts.  

March 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 9, 2017

As Queen Esther calls upon the Lord, she is carrying out the teaching that Jesus offers to his disciples: ask, seek and knock...trusting that the Lord (who knows us better than we know ourselves) will respond with what we need to face the challenges of life.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 8, 2017

God calls every generation to repentance as we observe in the book of Jonah and the Gospel of Luke today.  Rather than chase after miracles, wonders and signs, may we respond to this ongoing call to conversion of heart - turning away from sin and turning toward the Lord.

March 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 7, 2017

As Jesus teaches the disciples the Lord's Prayer he also reveals the power of forgiveness to transform and heal our lives.  This commandment - at times difficult to carry out - is crucial for us to receive the Lord's forgiveness as we forgive one another.

March 7, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 6, 2017

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the first part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on repentance and ongoing conversion. (45 Minutes)

March 6, 2017 - St. Pius X Catholic Church - Solon Springs, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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