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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: September, 2017
Sep 30, 2017

Jesus announces that he will be handed over, and the disciples are afraid to ask him any questions about it.  The fact is, the Lord embraces the Cross to free us from our sins...inspiring us not to be afraid but to draw near Him in faith.

September 30, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 29, 2017

The world can be a dangerous place where we encounter struggles that test us to the limit.  Today we are reminded that we are not alone; in the order of creation God's angels are among us, and some of them are appointed to help us in times of need.  Among them the archangels are God's "heavy hitters" who remind us to call for help when times are tough.

September 29, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Sep 28, 2017

Herod is perplexed.  Who is Jesus?  What is he about?  What does it all mean?  These questions continue to surface in the world today as people are confronted with the power of God's saving grace through Jesus Christ.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Sep 27, 2017

Jesus gives his Apostles power and authority, and then he invites them to trust in God alone.  It's a good reminder for us to claim the blessings that we've been given as we put the Lord first in our lives.

September 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 26, 2017

Here's some good news: those who hear the Word of God and act on it are treated as sisters and brothers to Jesus.  Now, do  you want to be part of the family?

September 26, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 24, 2017

If your life were to be considered as a single day, what time is it - morning, noon or night?  Are you ready to step into eternity or is there something holding you back?  God lavishes grace upon our world; our task is to be open to the generous gift of grace and receive it into our hearts.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Sep 23, 2017

Autumn offers a good time to reflect on the harvest - the produce we have taken from the land.  The Gospel today also offers an opportunity to reflect: what kind of harvest are we cultivating in our hearts?

Sep 22, 2017

Names remind us that we are unique persons, made and redeemed by God.  The names of the three women in the Gospel today reveal that the Lord continues to call disciples who will go out and proclaim the Good News.

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

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Sep 21, 2017

Matthew accepts the call of Jesus and goes out bringing others to the Lord.  May his example inspire us to do the same!

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

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Sep 20, 2017

Whatever our shape or size, age or ability, we all have gifts that God has placed within us.  As we acknowledge our gifts may we use them to show our love for God and one another.

September 20, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 19, 2017

Jesus revives a dead man and returns him to his widowed mother in the sight of a large crowd.  This powerful miracle anticipates the Lord's resurrection that we might be restored in our relationship with God.  A powerful miracle, indeed!

Sep 17, 2017

It's non-negotiable.  Forgiveness is a key ingredient in the Christian life and without it we cannot receive the grace that the Lord lavishes upon us.  Who do we need to forgive?  To whom do we need to ask for forgiveness?  May we call upon God's grace for the strength we need to be people who put forgiveness into practice.

Sep 16, 2017

Through a series of illustrations Jesus points out that our faith is witnessed through our action.  Our words can indicate the state of our hearts, but the actions we carry out reveal the depth of our conviction.

September 16, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 15, 2017

Following immediately after yesterday's Feast of the Holy Cross, the readings today focus on Mary as she endured the "sword of sorrow" as she stood at the Cross of her son.  Her sorrow reaches out through time and space to all people who have been overwhelmed by grief.  May her example help us to face our moments of pain with a sure and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

September 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 14, 2017

The Cross teaches us many lessons:
* Life is difficult, and at times painful
* Weakness and sin are part of our experience
* God identifies with our pain
* God dies that we might have life

At the core of our teaching the Cross stands as the testament of God's love for us.  On one hand the Cross is an embarrassment - after all, why would God (all powerful, all knowing, supreme) choose to be humiliated?  Does that not mean that God is weak?  Why could God not take away our sins in a way that showed majesty and splendor?

Yet on the other hand, the Cross is a statement that God meets us where we are in life.  In our weakness, in our humiliation, in our low moments of doubt and sin God comes to us.  Jesus, like us in every way but sin, understands our pain because through his Cross he shares in the suffering of the world.  He knows us, and loves us even more.

September 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 13, 2017

Jesus offers a series of blessings and woes, reminding us that when we are united to the Lord we are blessed...and when we drift off on our own we find ourselves in a bad place.  

September 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Sep 12, 2017

Jesus calls by name the Twelve Apostles from the disciples who followed him.  Chosen by him, they have work to do...reminding us today that the Lord continues to call people to carry on the Lord's saving work through the mission of the Church.

September 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 10, 2017

One of the hardest things about the Christian faith is the giving and receiving of a tough message, the kind of message that hits our hearts and requires us to grow as children of God.  Whether it's something that needs to be said or something that needs to be heard, may we call upon the Lord for the courage we need to let the message of Jesus Christ speak to our souls.

Sep 9, 2017

When confronted by the pharisees about his disciples violation of the Law, Jesus cites David and his own authority over the Sabbath.  Recognizing Christ as the Lord of our lives, we are inspired to put Christ at the center of everything we do as we offer our lives for him.

September 9, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 8, 2017

The Church celebrates the birth of Mary out of gratitude for her cooperation with God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.  As we remember the Mother of God today, may we continue to open our hearts - cooperating with God's plan for our lives as the Lord's disciples.

September 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 7, 2017

When Jesus steps into the boat he changes Peter's life forever.  As the Lord teaches the crowds and invites Peter to abandon fear and follow him, we find that Christ continues to do the same in our lives, reaching out to us and welcoming us into a life of faith.

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

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Sep 6, 2017

What's your treasure?  What's so important to you that you will make sacrifices, work hard and dedicate your life to make it happen?  A new school year offers the chance for students of all ages to grow in mind and heart!

September 6, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Sep 5, 2017

With authority and power Jesus teaches and drives out a demon in the Gospel today.  As his followers, may we call upon the Lord for the guidance and courage we need to face our challenges with his grace.

Sep 3, 2017

Both Jeremiah and Jesus acknowledge that they must experience suffering, and learning from them we recognize that suffering is part of our world.  When we face suffering with the gift of faith, we grow strong in virtue as we strive to do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time, in the right way.

September 2, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Sep 2, 2017

Three servants were given different amounts of money by their master to invest; two worked hard, one was lazy.  The parable reminds us that while we are all given different resources and abilities in this life the Lord still calls us all to use what we've been given with wisdom and hard work.

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