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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: July, 2018
Jul 31, 2018

Sometimes we might be tempted to downplay the presence of evil and final judgment...no so, today, in the Gospel of Matthew!  The Lord explains a parable with grim consequences for those who choose to follow the path that leads to death and eternal damnation.

July 31, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 29, 2018

Hunger is one of our most basic needs, a reminder that we are dependent on a steady diet of decent nutrition to thrive.  This need also applies to our spiritual lives, and we come to the Lord who feeds us with bread from Heaven.

July 29, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 28, 2018

Sometimes we can take for granted the time we have on earth, delaying important and even crucial tasks until it is too late.  The Lord reminds us that in the end there will be a harvest...and the crop we grow will determine our destination in eternal life.

July 28, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 27, 2018

Hearing a message is not enough; we are called to listen and then respond with understanding.  The difference is great and the Lord points out the distinction in the Gospel parable today.

July 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 26, 2018

On this feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne - the parents of Mary - we recognize that God often works through people to carry out the plan of salvation.  That means that God works through us!  May we today say YES to whatever the Lord sets before us as we do our part to be human agents for God's grace.

July 26, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 25, 2018

The Lord reminds us today that if we want to be great in Heaven then we have to serve one another here on earth.

July 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 24, 2018

Jesus acknowledges us as part of his family when we do the will of our heavenly Father.  May we take these words to heart as we live our faith and drawn near to God and one another.

July 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 22, 2018

Shepherds brave difficult and stressful conditions in order to protect and provide for the sheep.  The Lord does this for us, and as we conform our hearts to Christ we are strengthened to do the same for one another.

July 21, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 21, 2018

The Gospel of Matthew helps us understand how Jesus fulfills the Old Testament by highlighting three crucial themes from the prophet Isaiah.  In doing so, the Lord gives us an example to follow today.

July 21, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 20, 2018

Jesus tells the Pharisees that "the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath." Once we recognize that Christ is the Son of God, we have the opportunity with a simple question to determine if we are keeping our focus where it properly belongs.

July 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 19, 2018

The Lord invites us to come to him and find rest...the type of rest where there are no boundaries, no walls, only a trusting faith that draws us closer in our relationship with God.  It is a beautiful image!  May the rest we find in Jesus renew our hearts and spill out into our connections with one another.

July 19, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 18, 2018

Jesus offers a word of praise to his Heavenly Father for the goodness he has poured out on creation.  This grace is not because of our own perfection; rather, the Lord meets us in our weakness and blesses us with his merciful love.  It begs a simple question: Are we open to receive it?

July 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 17, 2018

Jesus speaks about the cities that heard his message and rejected it.  Their punishment is the result of the natural consequence of not repenting.  The point for us is sobering; we have been given so much...does it inspire us to draw near to the Lord?

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

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Jul 15, 2018

God calls us, empowers us and sends us into the world to offer our lives and become living conduits for the Lord's grace.  Each of us has to make a simple choice: Will we respond to the call and follow Jesus?

July 14, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 14, 2018

Fear is a common human experience, yet the Lord invites us to reject it.  We find the power to do this when we call upon Jesus Christ, who gives us the grace we need to face our fear as we follow in faith.

July 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 13, 2018

The Lord makes it clear that a life of faith will often be filled with challenges and opposition.  Knowing that there will be tough times, we keep our focus on God...who will give us what we need to keep going.

July 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 12, 2018

The Lord reminds us in the Gospel, "without cost you have received; without cost you are to give."  God's generosity toward us becomes the model by which we offer our lives for one another.

July 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 11, 2018

The Lord gives his authority to the Twelve Apostles and sends them out to proclaim the Kingdom of Heaven.  This is our legacy of faith; like those first apostles we are empowered by the Lord for service in the world.  Now get to work!

July 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 10, 2018

The Gospel of Matthew offers a succinct review of the earthly ministry of Jesus, who in turn invites his disciples to pray that God will send more laborers for the harvest.  As the Lord's disciples we continue Christ's ministry in our lives today as we reach out to those who are troubled and abandoned.

July 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 8, 2018

Both Ezekiel and Jesus are confronted by people who do not want to listen to their message.  The spoken word has power, and when the message is tough we can evaluate our effectiveness by four simple tests: Is it true? Is it useful? Is it good?  Is it loving?

July 7, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 7, 2018

When questioned about fasting, Jesus responds with an insight: there is a time to feast and a time to fast.  As the Lord's disciples we are guided by our faith in Christ to discern the appropriate times when we need to adjust our behaviors for the specific needs of a particular situation.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 6, 2018

The call of Matthew in the Gospel reminds us that God calls all of us - regardless of our weaknesses, failures or past history - and invites us to offer our lives.  In other words, God does not call the perfect; rather, the Lord chooses us (warts and all) and blesses us with what we need to accomplish our task.  Like Matthew, may we accept the invitation and follow Christ!

July 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 5, 2018

The Lord's healing of the paralytic in the Gospel today invites us to consider both what needs to be healed in our lives and how we might bring others to Jesus for the healing they require.

July 5, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 3, 2018

The Lord drives out demons from two people in the Gospel, inviting us to discern how we recognize and respond as we focus our lives on Christ.  

July 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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