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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, 2019
Jul 31, 2019

Like a hidden treasure or a pearl of great price, our faith is a precious gift that offers the most valuable return of all...eternal life in heaven. (I suggest that we all work for that...)

July 31, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 30, 2019

As the Lord explains the parable of the weeds and the wheat to the disciples, we are are reminded in a vivid way that our lives are accountable to the God.

July 30, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 28, 2019

Our relationships with the Lord and one another form the foundation for all our interactions and accomplishments. In good times and bad, we build up these connections, recognizing the crucial need to keep them vibrant and strong.

July 27, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jul 27, 2019

The Lord's parable of the weeds and the wheat makes it clear that at the end of time there will be an accountability of good and evil. May we be inspired to be counted among the wheat!

July 27, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 26, 2019

Jesus explains the parable of the sower to his disciples and unlocks for us the insights we need to confront our challenges and engage our faith.

July 26, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 25, 2019

As James and John were striving for places of honor while the other Apostles were indignant, Jesus uses the situation to teach that the call of his disciples comes from offering oneself for service...even to the point of suffering out of love for others.

July 25, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 24, 2019

The parable of the sower and the seed reminds us that there are many obstacles that seek to prevent us from following the Lord. May we cultivate our hearts so that Christ may raise up a rich harvest.

July 24, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 23, 2019

The Lord teaches that those who do the will of his Heavenly Father are part of his family. May we claim this relationship as we put into practice our faith in Jesus Christ!

July 23, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 21, 2019

Jesus reminds Martha that only one thing is important, and her sister Mary has found it as she drew near to the Lord. May Christ be the center and priority of our lives as well!

July 20, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 20, 2019

In the face of opposition and threats against his life, Jesus continues to minister to the crowds and give them hope. May we bring the broken fragments of our lives to the Lord today, confident in his healing grace.

July 20, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 19, 2019

While speaking to the Pharisees, Jesus reveals his authority over all creation. May we recognize the Lord's role in our hearts as well.

July 19, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 18, 2019

The compassion of Christ is evident in this well known passage from Matthew: come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. May these words inspire us in our moments of weakness to draw near to the Lord for the grace and strength we need.

July 18, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 17, 2019

As Moses approached the burning bush he stood on holy ground and spoke with God. Our faith in Jesus Christ - who fulfills the law of Moses - allows us to draw near to the living God through our study, prayer and service.

July 17, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 16, 2019

The Lord reproaches the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum because they did not repent when they witnessed the mighty acts of God. We, too, have been given much by God; will we turn to the Lord and live?

July 16, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 14, 2019

In this passage from the Gospel of Luke the Lord teaches his disciples that the term "neighbor" applies to all people, regardless of race, color, religion or political view.  Using the example of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reveals how we are called to respond with mercy toward all.

July 14, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 13, 2019

Three times in the Gospel today Jesus tells his disciples to be not afraid.  Three times!  The fact is, fear is a part of the landscape of our lives, and with God's help we can face it with faith as we follow the Lord.

July 13, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 12, 2019

Matthew's Gospel reminds us that we are called by the Lord to use all our resources of mind, heart and soul.  Each of these aspects of our humanity fosters our growth as disciples as we offer our lives for the glory of God.

July 12, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 11, 2019

The story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis recounts the power of reconciliation within a family.  Joseph chooses the higher path and overcomes hatred and discord as he returns compassion toward his brothers.  His example inspires us to examine our own families and actively seek opportunities to foster peace.

July 11, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 10, 2019

The call of the twelve Apostles reveals the personal connection Jesus has with his disciples.  Called by name (with their own unique strengths and weaknesses) the Lord will empower them to serve in his name.  The Lord does the same for us!

July 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 9, 2019

Matthew's Gospel shows how the Lord was moved with pity as he gazed on the people who were troubled and abandoned.  The mercy of Christ consoles us to draw near to God with open hearts, even as it challenges us to look at one another (especially those who push our buttons!) with the love of the Lord.

July 9, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 7, 2019

Jesus empowers 72 disciples to go in pairs and continue his mission of preaching, healing and driving out evil.  Facing opposition and hostility they return rejoicing at the power of God at work in their lives.  May we be inspired to follow their example!

July 6, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jul 6, 2019

Throughout our lives there are many spiritual lessons to be learned.  Whether it's repentance or rejoicing, suffering or celebration, fasting or feasting.  God calls us to discern what we need today...and then ask the Lord for the grace to respond.

Jul 5, 2019

The call of Matthew to follow Jesus reminds us that the Lord calls all of us - in spite of our sinfulness - to take his hand and journey along the path of faith.  Christ beckons...will we respond?

July 5, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 4, 2019

The man brought to Jesus was healed of his affliction and forgiven of his sins.  God longs to heal and restore our lives, and even when we are unable to initiate the process the Lord brings people around us to make his grace possible.

July 4, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 3, 2019

St. Thomas reminds us that as disciples we can be honest with our human doubts even as we embrace our faith in Christ.  As we bring our struggles to the Lord, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus...calling for the grace we need each day.

July 3, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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