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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: October, 2018
Oct 31, 2018

The Lord reminds us of a sobering fact: the path that leads to eternal life flows through a narrow gate, and every day we make choices that either lead us closer or farther away.  

October 31, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 30, 2018

Jesus offers two examples to show how with God's help a small action on our part leads to big changes in our lives, inviting us to consider what small adaptations we can make to grow in our faith today.

October 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 28, 2018

When Jesus heals Bartimaeus, he does more than simply offer him sight.  An encounter with Christ brings us into a direct experience of God's grace and power; how we respond reveals our recognition of the many ways we see the Lord at work in our lives today.

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

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Oct 27, 2018

Our lives offer us an opportunity to grow and flourish in the grace of God.  However, this chance to be spiritually fruitful lasts until the time when the Lord calls us into eternity, and from that moment there is no turning back.  

October 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 26, 2018

The Letter of the Ephesians offers a beautiful call to faith which can inspire us in the darkest moments of our lives.  May we take these words to heart as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

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

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Oct 25, 2018

The Lord speaks of division - even within families - in the Gospel today.  Why?  Because in the end all of us will have to choose a path in life, either leading us to God or casting us away.

October 25, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 24, 2018

The end of today's passage from the Gospel of Luke offers a powerful reminder: we are called to live the blessing of our lives to the fullest extent.  What's more, we will be judged, not in comparison to others, but in comparison to the gifts that God has placed within us.

October 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 23, 2018

The Lord exhorts the disciples to be ready and prepared.  Each day is a precious gift, calling us to be present to the people in our lives as we strive to take care of any unfinished business.  That way, when the Master calls, we will be quick to respond.

October 23, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 21, 2018

The prophet Isaiah and Jesus both speak of the servant who suffers for others.  Once we recognize the value of life we begin to embrace our suffering with the grace of Christ...whose death and resurrection reveal the depth of love God has for us all.

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

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Oct 20, 2018

Jesus offers some key insights regarding what it means to be his witness in the world.  What we do matters, and even in our darkest moments we can call upon the Holy Spirit for what we need.

October 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 19, 2018

We have been chosen by God to offer our lives for service in the world.  Our actions will be unique to our own particular qualities, gifts, talents and opportunities...but when we do so the Lord will take our offering and bless it with power.

October 19, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 18, 2018

As Jesus sends out the seventy-two disciples, he charges them with specific tasks of preaching, healing and proclaiming the Kingdom of God.  Like those first disciples, we participate in the ministry of Christ every time we use our gifts and talents for the glory of God.

October 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 17, 2018

Paul speaks of the "Fruits of the Spirit" in his letter to the Galatians.  These nine virtues flourish in our hearts when we are in right relationship with God and one another, and they become powerful signs to guide our actions each and every day.

October 17, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 16, 2018

Jesus offers a rebuke in the Gospel today with the insight that almsgiving is powerful way we can foster our spiritual life.

October 16, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 14, 2018

The Book of Wisdom beautiful describes a life where God is preferred above all else.  For when we place the Lord first in our lives, then the rest of our lives becomes focused, balanced and fulfilled.

October 13, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Oct 13, 2018

The Lord teaches us today that we are blessed when we hear the Word of God and act on it.  Easier said than done, but God will not ask us for the impossible; rather, we are called to continue to respond as disciples each and every day.

October 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 12, 2018

Jesus drives out a demon and then teaches others how to keep evil away from their hearts.  It's a good reminder for us as well; we are called each day to be vigilant in the spiritual battle as we guard the sanctity of our souls.

October 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 11, 2018

The Lord offers a couple of examples to highlight the crucial need to be persistent in prayer.  May these words inspire us every day to open our hearts to the Lord as we ask for what we need to grow in faith, hope and love.

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

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Oct 10, 2018

The Lord's Prayer has shaped the lives of countless Christians over the centuries.  May we find in this powerful prayer a way to articulate the needs in our hearts as we open our souls to the grace of God.

October 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Oct 9, 2018

We all know the story of Mary and Martha, but sometimes we forget that the Lord gently chides Martha because she is "anxious and worried about many things."  When we fall into useless worry, our best prescription is to focus on Christ for the strength and wisdom we need.

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

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Oct 8, 2018

Fr. Andrew offered this one hour presentation on Angels and Demons at the Cathedral of Christ the King on October 4, 2018.  

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

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Note: the handout for this presentation may be found at the website.

Oct 7, 2018

The Lord's answer to the question of divorce reminds us that this issue has been with humanity from the dawn of time.  Our response through healing, community and engagement helps those who struggle with divorce to find new strength and direction.

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

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Oct 6, 2018

The disciples return to Jesus with joy as they acknowledge his power at work in their ministry.  This power continues today whenever we open our hearts to the grace of Jesus Christ.

October 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 5, 2018

Not everyone listened to the words of Jesus, and like the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum we have the opportunity to take the message of Christ to heart...or experience the natural consequences that result.

October 5, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 4, 2018

The Lord sent out disciples in pairs, recognizing that we work best when we work together.  Sometimes we give support, and sometimes we receive it, but through it all we grow in strength and wisdom when we unite our lives to Jesus Christ.

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

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