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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: October, 2017
Oct 31, 2017

Like a mustard seed and some yeast, the Kingdom of God grows and transforms into something entirely new.  What's more, this process happens as we offer our lives...following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

October 31, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 29, 2017

The command to love requires that we understand our hearts and see the needs of those around us.  As we draw upon the love of Jesus, may we pour out our lives with the abundance of divine love as we share our hearts with one another.

October 28, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Oct 28, 2017

We are reminded that our faith is built upon the foundation provided by the Apostles who were called by name by Jesus.  As we hear the call of Christ in our lives today, we contribute to their efforts as we proclaim the Good News in the world.

October 28, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Oct 27, 2017

Jesus reminds us that just as we pay attention to the signs of the weather, so we also respond to the signs within our heart.  St. Paul carries this point further as he recognizes sin and calls upon the Lord for the strength to live in faith.

October 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 26, 2017

The Lord comes to light a fire on the earth, and how we respond will determine the effect of this Holy Fire upon our souls.  

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

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Oct 25, 2017

The Lord exhorts us to be faithful and prudent with the blessings we have received, for "much will be required for the person entrusted with much."

October 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 24, 2017

Paul's letter to the Romans outlines a problem and a solution for humanity; the psalm and Gospel describe our response.  May we offer our lives to the Lord with eager attentiveness.

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

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Oct 23, 2017

Fr. Andrew addresses teenagers about the Eucharist and Adoration at the Youth Rally in New Richmond, WI on October 11, 2017. (28 Minutes)

October 11, 2017 - Diocesan Youth Rally - New Richmond, WI

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Oct 22, 2017

Jesus avoids a trap while offering us a way to live within the tensions between this world and the next.  The solution: seek God first.  With Christ as our guide we keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, as we make our way here on earth.

October 22, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 21, 2017

The Lord reminds us of two important facts: first, we will encounter tough times for the sake of the Gospel; second, we will be given the grace we need to face them.  May the light of Jesus Christ shine in our hearts during dark moments as we seek to follow the Lord through this life.

October 21, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 20, 2017

What are you afraid of?  Jesus invites us to cast out fear and trust in God's providence.  May we honestly face our fears and call upon the Lord for the courage and conviction we require.

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

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Oct 19, 2017

Following the Lord often challenges us to face obstacles and difficulties that we know are worth fighting for.  In the midst of these challenges we call upon Jesus for the grace and strength we need.

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

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Oct 18, 2017

God calls us to work together as living stones - building up our families, schools and churches.  May we work together, guided by the hand of Jesus, to accomplish our tasks for the service of one another.

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

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Oct 17, 2017

Jesus addresses the Pharisees, exhorting them to clean up - not on the outside but within - to cleanse their souls.  While externals can be important, by focusing on what's on the inside we prepare ourselves for a lasting relationship with the Lord and one another.

October 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 15, 2017

The Eucharist is a banquet that nourishes, celebrates and unites our lives.  Christ himself feeds us with his Body and Blood so that we might grow in grace.  Two simple questions follow from this great gift:

  1. Are we coming?
  2. Are we coming prepared?

For always remember that one day we will stand before the One who is the source of all grace...and what then will we say?

October 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 14, 2017

Jesus offers a two step process to be blessed.  First, we must hear the Word of God.  Second, we have to act on it!  Here's the question: do you want to be blessed?

October 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 13, 2017

After driving out demons, Jesus takes the opportunity to teach about his authority and his power over the forces of darkness.

October 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 12, 2017

The Lord invites us to persistently ask for what we need, trusting that God's goodness will reach out to bless us in ways beyond our imagination.

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

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Oct 11, 2017

Luke's Gospel offers a condensed version of the Lord's Prayer from what we commonly pray in the Gospel of Matthew.  Because of it's brevity, we can clearly see the emphasis on holiness of God the Father, the Kingdom, trust in God, forgiveness and protection from evil.  May we keep praying everyday!

October 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 10, 2017

Mary, Jonah and the people of Nineveh all showed a remarkable sense of focus in the readings today.  They were able to zero in on something crucial, and with God's grace they were able to carry it out.

October 10, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 8, 2017

The Lord offers a parable to illustrate what happens when we persistently turn away from God.  Perhaps there have been times in our lives when we know what to do, but we haven't done it; today offers us a fresh opportunity to draw near to Christ and - with his help - respond to the unique situations of our lives with in manner worthy of Jesus.

October 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 7, 2017

The 72 disciples return to Jesus, rejoicing at how their lives - empowered by Christ - have made a difference.  Their "yes" to the Lord inspires us to do the same, offering our lives so that Christ can work through us in the world today.

October 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Oct 6, 2017

It will not go well for the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum; Jesus preached in their midst and they have not responded.  It's a good reminder for us who have been raised with the Gospel...are we merely "cultural" Christians, or has the Good News touched our hearts and changed our lives?

October 6, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 5, 2017

Jesus sends out 72 disciples - in pairs, trusting on God's providence and facing tough struggles - so that they can proclaim the Kingdom of God.  Nehemiah and Ezra remind the people of Israel not to forget the Lord.  The Church needs both: we come to know God so that we might invite others to know the Lord as well.

October 5, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Oct 4, 2017

Jesus makes it clear in the Gospel today that to be a disciple is not for the faint of heart; rather, it will call us to place God above all else as we live in the world.  It begs the question: what's most important in your life?  

October 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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