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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: September, 2018
Sep 30, 2018

The people in the readings were tempted, even as they were striving to follow God.  They show us that we need to be vigilant against temptation as we engage our faith in Christ with the support of one another.

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

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Sep 29, 2018

The feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael reminds us that God sends us help and encouragement.  May the power of the angels strengthen us on earth until the day when we join them in heaven.

September 29, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 28, 2018

The well known passage from Ecclesiastes reminds us that we must regularly discern how to use our time. And if, like St. Peter, we acknowledge Jesus as Lord, then we have a daily opportunity to use every precious moment as a gift from God that is guided by the teaching of Christ.

September 28, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 27, 2018

King Herod heard rumors and wanted to know more about Jesus, reminding us that knowledge alone about the Lord is not sufficient.  Rather, how we apply what we've learned reveals the difference between personal growth and idle curiosity.

September 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 26, 2018

The kids at Cathedral School are reminded by the Lord's command to love one another, even when it is hard.  That begs a question: who in your life is a challenge to love today?  Ask God for the grace to love them as the Lord loves us.

September 26, 2018 - Cathedral School Gym - Superior, WI

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Sep 25, 2018

The Psalm response invites us to accept God's guidance as we carry out the Lord's commands.  It's not enough to know our faith; the real test is when we put it into practice each and every day.

September 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 23, 2018

The readings state plainly the hostility and difficulty we often find in lives.  Sometimes the battle is outside ourselves, and sometimes it is within.  Yet as we fight our battles, we constantly use our most powerful weapon: the grace we receive through our faith in Jesus Christ!

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

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Sep 22, 2018

Remember when you had to "show your work" in math class?  You had the answer in the back of the book, but you still needed to do demonstrate that you understood the concepts and complete the hard work.  Same is true for the life of faith!

September 22, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 21, 2018

The Lord invites Matthew with a simple invitation, "Follow me."  May his example inspire us to listen to the Lord's call in our lives and respond with joy.

September 21, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 20, 2018

The woman who approaches Jesus meets no barriers or obstacles; instead she encounters the grace and mercy of the Messiah.  May we look to the Lord in our need and trust in the power of his love.

September 20, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 19, 2018

The kids at Cathedral School honor veterans, emergency service personnel, firefighters and law enforcement at a Blue Mass that calls upon our Guardian Angels for guidance and help in times of trial.

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

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Sep 18, 2018

The Lord's power over life and death in the Gospel of Luke reminds us that Jesus is the Christ and Messiah.  May we let his grace transform our hearts.

September 18, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 16, 2018

The Scriptures touch upon a common theme: responding with faith in a time of trial.  Isaiah, James, and Peter all face difficult moments, and in their responses we can examine our own lives and consider how we draw upon our faith when life tests us.

September 16, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 15, 2018

Throughout her life Mary had moments of profound sorrow: the death of the Holy Innocents; the flight into Egypt; relocation to Nazareth; the rejection and betrayal of her Son; his horrific death on the Cross.  Yet Mary's faith in God inspires us to recognize that in these painful moments God is near, offering us the strength we need to carry on.

September 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 14, 2018

The crucifixion of Jesus reveals the depth of God's love as Christ endured suffering and anguish which connects with all aspects of human cruelty, evil and sin.  Furthermore, in the light of the Cross we can face the crosses of our own lives with hope: for just as Jesus was victorious over his Cross, the Lord will help us carry our own.

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

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Sep 13, 2018

Loving other people sounds like a wonderful thing...until we encounter a situation that is hostile, antagonistic, and angry.  Yet when we strive to love others in these painful situations we find ourselves drawing near to Jesus, who teaches us to love our enemies and gives us the grace to do so.

September 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 12, 2018

Light comes from many sources and is crucial for our gift of sight.  Fr. Andrew invites the Cathedral School kids to consider how to let the light of Jesus shine in their hearts and out into the world.

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

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Sep 11, 2018

As Jesus calls and empowers the Twelve to be Apostles, we see how the Lord continues to work in our lives...calling us to follow and then sending us into the world to proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven.

September 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 9, 2018

The Lord's healing ministry reminds us that God continues to bring healing into our world today.  May we examine our lives and reach out to others with the healing grace of Christ.

September 8, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 8, 2018

On this feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we read in Luke's Gospel of the birth of Jesus...mindful that if Mary had not been born then God's plan for our salvation would not have taken place.

September 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 7, 2018

St. Paul writes to the people of Corinth that we are servants and stewards.  As we care for one another and use the resources we have received, we recognize that one day we will all stand before the Lord for judgment.

September 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 6, 2018

It's a great fishing story: Christ speaks to the people from a boat, directs the nets, catches the fish...and gains new disciples!  What's more, these disciples will grow to become apostles who will continue to do the Lord's work and serve as an example for us today.

September 6, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 5, 2018

As the crowds gather around Jesus we see two central elements of his earthly ministry: healing the sick and driving out demons.  The Lord's work reveals what the demons already know; he is the Christ, the Son of God who has the power to save and set us free.

September 5, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 4, 2018

The Lord teaches with authority and power in the Gospel today.  Learning is not just for school; rather, we have lessons to learn throughout life.  May we look to the challenges of today and engage our faith with confidence.

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

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Sep 2, 2018

The Lord points out that the spiritual battle happens on the inside - in our hearts - and within this precious real estate we have the opportunity each day to do our part to keep it clean.

September 1, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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