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Fr. Andrew Ricci offers inspirational homilies and talks 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: May, 2017
May 31, 2017

Mary and Elizabeth - pregnant with Jesus and John the Baptist - meet and rejoice at the goodness of the Lord.  Both women knew hardship, yet their faith inspires us to see God at work...in good times and in bad.

May 31, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 30, 2017

Jesus tells his heavenly Father, "I pray for them." His words offer hope: the Lord prays for us!  Our faith, transmitted through time and space from those first disciples, inspires us to pray for one another with the grace and strength of Christ.

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

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May 28, 2017

We say in the creed, "He ascended into Heaven" yet we often do not consider what that means for our lives here on earth:

  • Where are we going?
  • What are we doing?
  • How are we doing it?

With Heaven as our home we can evaluate and review our words and actions in preparation for the day when the Lord calls us to follow Him from this world to the next.

May 27, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 27, 2017

"Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you" reminds us that our requests are rooted in our relationship with the Lord.  As we grow closer to Christ we change and grow, not only learning what to ask for, but trusting that the one who knows us best will give us what we need.

May 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 26, 2017

The Lord bluntly teaches that grief is part of our journey of faith, but that it is not the final destination. As we face our challenges today we turn to Jesus Christ for the strength and guidance that will bring us to joy in His kingdom.

May 26, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 25, 2017

The first reading offers specific details of location, people and occupation - reminding us that the Lord works through the particular aspects of every human life...including our own!

May 25, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 24, 2017

The Lord promises us the Holy Spirit, who will guide us in truth.  What challenges are you facing today?  Call upon the Holy Spirit for the guidance you need!

May 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 23, 2017

Paul and Silas - beaten and imprisoned for their faith - bring people to faith in Philippi.  Their example shows us that God can use our weakness to bring about great deeds.

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

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May 21, 2017

With proper diet and exercise our bodies grow stronger.  Over time what seemed difficult becomes easy through discipline and hard work.  The same is true for our spiritual lives: we grow stronger as we draw near to Christ and grow in his love...thus allowing us to love in difficult and challenging times as we carry out the Lord's command to love as he loves us.

May 20, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 20, 2017

Chosen by God does not mean that life will be easy; on the contrary, it will be hard!  We know from experience that there are times when we pay the price for doing the right thing, and as we follow Jesus Christ we know that we will meet opposition and difficulty...yet with the Lord's grace we will be given what we need to keep going.

May 20, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 19, 2017

Jesus teaches us by his example how to love, and then he commands us to do it - even when it's hard, inconvenient and uncomfortable.  May we call upon his grace for the strength we need to love one another as he loves us!

May 19, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 18, 2017

Jesus speaks about how love connects us to the Father and flows through us to one another.  This connection reminds us that the love we share draws strength from our relationship to Christ.

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

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May 17, 2017

We draw our life from the Lord, just as fruitful branches draw life from the vine.  May our words and actions today proclaim Christ dwelling within us!

May 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 16, 2017

We hunger for peace: in our hearts, our homes, our community and in the world.  Where do we find it?  Jesus Christ!

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

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May 14, 2017

We are called to be a "living stone" in the hands of the Lord.  Purchased by the blood of Christ, our lives are precious - worthy not only of redemption but as an offering through which God can transform and create something dynamic and new.  May we offer our lives today and recognize in our sisters and brothers the beauty of their souls.

May 13, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 14, 2017

Paul & Barnabas faced tremendous challenges, even as they spread the Gospel in amazing ways.  It's a good reminder that we, too, will face adversity as we live our faith in the world today.

May 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 12, 2017

How often do we let worry and anxiety bring trouble to our hearts?  Yet the words of Jesus in the Gospel today remind us (once again!) that the Lord's grace is greater than the stresses of our lives.

May 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 11, 2017

Paul testifies at Antioch that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God's plan of salvation, descendant of David and heralded by the prophets...the Lord of all creation.  And he taught us to serve one another - giving us the example of the foot washing - that we might understand that God's love is comprehensive and accessible to all.

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

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May 10, 2017

In the Gospel of John today we hear how the Lord comes as Light in our world, showing us the Father and guiding us out of darkness on a path that leads to eternal life.

May 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 9, 2017

Our relationship with Jesus Christ includes our journey on earth and our destination in Heaven.  As pilgrims passing through this life, we draw near to the Lord in preparation when we will be united completely in his divine love.

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

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May 7, 2017

In our moments of need we can learn from the Psalmist and say "The Lord is my shepherd" as we face the challenges of life.  What's more, as we follow Jesus Christ we offer our lives to help one another to seek the Lord as well.

May 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 6, 2017

The first reading and the Gospel are at opposite ends of how people respond to the call of faith.  In the first reading Peter's prayer in the name of Jesus restores a dead woman, Tabitha, to life; in the Gospel the invitation of the Lord to eat his body and drink his blood causes many to walk away.  It begs the question: How's your faith?  Is it vibrant or feeble, building others up or filled with doubts?

May 6, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 5, 2017

In the first reading today we hear of the conversion of St. Paul, who begins the passage "breathing murderous threats" against the Church and ends with his preaching in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.  May Paul's change of heart inspire us to draw ever nearer to the Lord!

May 5, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 4, 2017

Philip took time to instruct the Ethiopian eunuch about the book of the prophet Isaiah, which led to his conversion and baptism.  Every day we have opportunities to share our faith and help guide others so that they can grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.  

May 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 3, 2017

The apostles - sent and empowered by Christ - proclaimed the Gospel and carried on the mission of the Lord.  Our faith today was transmitted by generations who have testified to the light of Jesus Christ; may we continue to pass that faith on to the next generation.

May 3, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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