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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: August, 2018
Aug 31, 2018

Jesus offers a parable to the disciples about being alert and prepared, reminding us that preparation is a part of our daily life...and reveals our wisdom when we put it into practice.

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

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Aug 30, 2018

The Lord urges his disciples to be awake and prepared.  Every day we have opportunities to stay "spiritually fit" as we call upon God's grace for the demands we encounter.

August 30, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 29, 2018

John's death vividly reveals the potential price tag for our faith.  Yet we can find new strength to face the injustices of life through our conviction that we are made for more...in this life and in the life to come.

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

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Aug 28, 2018

On this feast of St. Augustine (the patron of my Diocese) we pause to reflect on God's love for us.  God is love, and this love is meant to find a home in our hearts and then flow out into the lives of those we meet.

August 28, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 26, 2018

The passage from John's Gospel marks a low point in the active ministry of Jesus.  The people have seen healing miracles and the multiplication of the fishes and loaves, but when they hear the Lord's teaching about the Eucharist they turn away.  It is in this rock-bottom moment that Peter reminds us that we face hard times with the power of our faith in Christ.

Aug 25, 2018

Do you want to be great in the Kingdom of Heaven?  Then follow the path of service.  Our example is Jesus, and the Lord will walk with us every step of the way.

August 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 24, 2018

Nathaniel is brought to the Lord by Philip and testifies that Jesus is the Son of God.  We, too, can acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, and in doing so we have the opportunity to put our faith into practice.

August 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 23, 2018

The parable in the Gospel of Matthew shows a variety of responses to an invitation.  The same is true for our response to the Lord's invitation to live our faith.  What will we do today?

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

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Aug 22, 2018

Jesus offers a parable that reveals God's amazing generosity toward us...inspiring us to extend that generosity to one another.

August 22, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 21, 2018

The Scriptures today reveal the awesome power of God - the source of all life and grace - and helps us understand that our relationship with the Lord requires us to receive with humble respect from the Almighty as we share the gifts we have been given with grateful hearts.

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

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Aug 19, 2018

Jesus states that we must eat his flesh and drink his blood to have eternal life.  May our reception of the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion nourish our souls as the Lord renews us with his grace.

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

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Aug 18, 2018

Jesus rebukes the disciples for preventing the children to draw near.  It's a powerful reminder for us: how do we help our children come to the Lord?  How do we help them grow in faith, hope and love?

August 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 17, 2018

The exchange about marriage and divorce in the Gospel of Matthew reminds us that these topics have been challenging and messy from the beginning of time.  May we call upon the Lord today for the strength to support the marriages around us and help those who face the pain of divorce with the compassion of Christ.

August 17, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 16, 2018

Jesus responds to Peter's question about forgiveness with a parable that reveals the power of forgiveness as an intense way of life.  It's not easy, but it is the path that we walk to receive God's merciful grace into our hearts.

August 16, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 15, 2018

Mary's Magnificat of praise inspires us to live our faith with joy and power as we face all the circumstances of life.

August 15, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 14, 2018

How do we measure greatness?  Is it by strength, intelligence, resources or opportunity?  Jesus shows the disciples today that greatness happens when we can become like children - trusting and allowing the Lord's greatness to direct and empower our lives.

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

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Aug 12, 2018

In the Scriptures we see a common theme: God's response to the grumbling, griping, complaining and murmuring of others.  May we live each day, not feeding our fears, but feasting on the faith that comes from the Bread of Life!

August 11, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 11, 2018

Jesus casts out a demon that was rendering a boy and his dad in torment.  As the disciples admitted their helplessness, the Lord exhorts them (and us!) to grow in faith.

August 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 10, 2018

A single grain of wheat teaches us about the journey from death to new life and the abundance that God provides through our offering.  May we have the courage to embrace our faith and put it into practice!

August 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 9, 2018

Poor St. Peter!  One minute he is named by Jesus as the rock upon which the Church will be built, and the next minute he is chastised by the Lord for falling prey to temptation.  Welcome to the spiritual life!  Yet this spiritual battle of building up and tearing down is part of our journey of faith, inviting us to always keep our focus on Christ.

August 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 8, 2018

What gives you the strength to keep going, to persevere when opposition seems overwhelming?  The Canaanite woman in the Gospel of Matthew offers us an example of persistence in faith as we follow the Lord in challenging times.

August 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 7, 2018

St. Peter's call to Jesus across the water offers us a number of aspects of fear as it appears in our hearts.  From terror to doubt, from panic to illness...Christ comes and strengthens our faith so we can respond to his saving gift of grace.

August 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 5, 2018

Like water and air, we require food to survive.  Our physical needs point to similar spiritual nourishment, and Jesus responds by telling us that he is the Bread of Life.  May we hunger to receive the Lord regularly in the sacrament of Holy Communion!

August 4, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 4, 2018

The cruel death of John the Baptist offers a brutal reminder that our world is filled with forces of destruction.  In the face of injustice we keep our eyes fixed on the Cross of Christ, so that we can acknowledge the evil around us with the strength of the Lord who triumphs over it.

August 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 3, 2018

The Gospel today reminds us that seeing and listening to Jesus is not enough to foster our faith; rather, we already have what we need to respond to the Lord in our hearts for the grace that God extends to us all.

August 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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