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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, 2018
May 31, 2018

In the exchange between Mary and Elizabeth the two women give praise and thanks to God for the blessings they have witnessed.  May we take their example to heart and do the same in our lives each and every day.

May 31, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 30, 2018

The Lord teaches the disciples that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all.  This insight helps us to understand the Lord's example on the Cross: as Jesus offers his life, so we are called to share the gift of our lives with one another.

May 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 29, 2018

The Lord teaches that all of our relationships find their focus and balance when God comes first.  Today we have the opportunity to evaluate our lives: is there anything that is keeping us from Christ?

May 29, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 28, 2018

We remember the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have served our country.  May this observance help us to count the blessings we have received and live the gift of freedom with conviction and dedication.

May 28, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 27, 2018

The mystery of the Trinity - one God and three Persons - reveals the crucial role of communion in our spiritual lives.  We can measure our discipleship in a powerful way by the depth of our communion with God and one another, and we can actively explore the opportunities that we receive and extend communion with the people in our lives.

May 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 26, 2018

Jesus commands the disciples to let people bring their children to be blessed, and then teaches that we must be like children to enter into the Kingdom of God.  May we run to the Lord with eager joy, even as we also do our part to help others encounter the love of Christ.

May 26, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 25, 2018

Jesus speaks to the Pharisees and then afterward the disciples about the issue of divorce.  As we strive to support and strengthen married couples may we reach out to those who are hurting from a divorce and help them rebuild their lives.

May 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 24, 2018

Jesus teaches that there are real consequences for our actions, reminding us that even the smallest things can have eternal results.

May 24, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 23, 2018

Jesus offers an important insight into how different groups can work together.  When we put aside our ego and focus on the Lord's mission we discover our ability to empower one another in the spirit and mission of Christ.

May 23, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 22, 2018

The Lord confronts the bickering of the disciples with counter examples of selfless service and a little child.  As we offer our lives for the Lord, may we do so with a sincere and genuine transparency.

May 22, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 20, 2018

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord's disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

May 19, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 19, 2018

Jesus reminds Peter in the Gospel of John to focus on his own particular path and not worry about anyone else.  It's a good lesson for us all as we concentrate our effort to carry out the unique tasks that each of us has received from the Lord.

May 19, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 18, 2018

After the resurrection, Jesus asks Peter three times "Do you love me?"  It's a powerful reminder that God's answer to human weakness and limitation is love...and our invitation is to offer our love to the Lord - regardless of our imperfections - with an open heart.

May 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 17, 2018

Jesus speaks of our need to unite our hearts in love, and he offers the example of the Heavenly Father to inspire us.  May God's love empower each of us to look for ways that we can unite when we are confronted with division.

May 17, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 16, 2018

Jesus prays to the Father that the disciples might share in his joy.  As a Fruit of the Spirit, joy is a quality that arises from our love with God and one another.  May we look for joy in our lives today and share the joy of Jesus Christ with those we meet.

May 16, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 15, 2018

In the Gospel of John we hear today how the Lord prays to his Heavenly Father for the disciples.  In other words, the Lord prays for us!  May this personal relationship we have with Jesus draw us closer to the Christ and one another.

May 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 13, 2018

Through the Ascension of the Lord we now look to Christ who is present to all people in all time and space for the grace we need to face the challenges of life.  Be not afraid!  Rather, draw strength from Jesus and engage life with the joy of the Good News.

May 12, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 12, 2018

Jesus teaches the disciples that out of love he was sent from the Father into this world, and now he leaves the world to return to the Father.  All of us are pilgrims passing through this life; as we live each day may we recall that one day the Father will call us out of this world as well.

May 12, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 11, 2018

Jesus promises a joy that is permanent and complete; may we follow the Lord today in the midst of our challenges with the conviction that God will give us what we need to find our way through this life to the Kingdom of Heaven.

May 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 10, 2018

We recognize that being disciples of Jesus Christ does not take away experiences of suffering and loss; rather, we understand that God will give us what we need to make our way through even the darkest moments of life - turning our grief into joy.

May 10, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 9, 2018

Why do we pray every week at Mass?  Why is it so important?  Fr. Andrew shares some key points with the children at Cathedral School.

May 9, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 8, 2018

Jesus promises the disciples that he will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to come upon them after he leaves.  The Spirit will shine in the world revealing sin, righteousness and condemnation.  May the Spirit help us today to see clearly as we follow the Lord.

May 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 6, 2018

The commandment to love one another as Christ loves us will stretch us and invite us to offer our entire lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.  May our "Yes!" open our hearts to God's love in our lives as we share this love with those we meet today.

May 5,2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 5, 2018

There is a cost to following the Lord: sometimes we must endure the hardship of hate in this world and contend with forces that would seek to destroy the goodness in our lives.  Yet we do not stand alone; Jesus Christ gives us the strength we need to face this hardship with the power of his grace.

May 5, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 4, 2018

"Love one another as I love you" is an awe-inspiring commandment.  We cannot do this alone; rather, Jesus chooses us and appoints us to follow his example and bear the fruit of unconditional love in our hearts.  As our friend, he gives us the grace and strength we need to walk in the light of his love.

May 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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