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Catholic Inspiration

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: Category: Easter
Jun 8, 2019

The first reading and the Gospel feature elements about Peter and Paul.  Both of these men are giants in the early Church, and through their example we recognize that God continues to call new disciples in every generation.

June 8, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 7, 2019

We can place ourselves in the Gospel of John as Jesus invites Peter to follow him.  Out of love for the Lord we, too, will be called to make our sacrifices as we put our faith into practice.

June 7, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 6, 2019

Jesus prays for his current and future disciples that they will be one - united to God and one another - as they journey through life.  May our unity flourish in the love of Christ as we draw nearer each day to the Lord.

June 6, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 5, 2019

Both St. Paul and Jesus speak of the challenges all disciples face from the wolves that seek to tear us out of God's hand.  Knowing that we will face our own spiritual battles, may we fearlessly call upon the Lord for the grace we need to respond with the gift of faith.

June 5, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 4, 2019

Jesus offers a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Father, praying for us who believe and follow him as we make our way through the world.

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

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Jun 2, 2019

The Lord's ascension into heaven marks a shift for the disciples as they transition from their experiences with Jesus to proclaiming the Gospel on their own.  Life offers us many such transitions as opportunities that help us grow in wisdom and strength...for this life and the life to come.

June 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 1, 2019

The disciple Apollos was boldly speaking about Jesus when he encountered other disciples who took him aside and fostered his faith.  Throughout our lives we are called to speak and listen as we grow closer to the Lord.

June 1, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 30, 2019

St. Paul's example in Corinth reminds us that every moment of our day offers opportunities to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.  People are always watching and listening; what is the message they receive from us today?

May 30, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 29, 2019

Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit will guide us through this life.  May we call upon the Spirit each day and follow with confidence as we journey toward Heaven.

May 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 28, 2019

The challenges that Paul and Silas encountered in Philippi reveal the pattern that all Christians face throughout life.  Yet the strength we need to meet these trials comes not from our efforts alone; we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit to face what comes our way.

May 28, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 26, 2019

Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will be sent to bring peace to our hearts.  Where do we see the need for peace in our lives today?  May we turn to the Lord who longs to offer this grace to face whatever we find in the world today.

May 25, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 25, 2019

The Lord offers a sobering lesson in John's Gospel that when we follow the God's command to love, the result at times will be hatred from the world.  Our response?  Love....but with both eyes open so that we can address this hatred with the grace of Jesus Christ.

May 25, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 24, 2019

The Gospel of John offers a beautiful insight into the dignity of love that God grants to humanity.  Jesus calls us friends, elevating us to a glorious relationship with God, and empowers us to offer the gift of our lives with this precious grace.

May 24, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 23, 2019

This short passage from John's Gospel reveals the interaction between the command to love and the gift of joy.  While love often challenges us to stretch our hearts as we care for others, the joy we receive flows straight from the heart of heaven.

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

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May 22, 2019

Jesus teaches in plain language that just like a vine and its branches, when we are connected to Christ we thrive and bear fruit.  Today we consider not only how we can continue to draw closer to the Lord, but also how we might share our lives to bring glory and praise to God in the world today.

May 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 21, 2019

Christ offers consolation - a peace that only he can give - to our troubled and fearful hearts.  Where do you see the need for God's peace in your life today?  Call upon the Lord and receive this tremendous gift of peace.

May 21, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 19, 2019

We all know that Jesus commands us to love one another, but all too often we overlook the sacrifice it takes to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. All three readings today point out that there will be a cost...and we will pay it with our lives.

May 19, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 18, 2019

The light of Christ is meant to burn in our hearts as we live the gift of our faith and pass it on to those around us.  Paul and Barnabas shared this light even as they faced challenge and struggle.  May their example inspire us to shine in the world today.

May 18, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 17, 2019

John's Gospel offers a beautiful reflection as Jesus invites us to trust in him when doubt, fear and anxiety overwhelm us.  God is our strength and our comfort, providing us the grace we need as we follow where the Lord leads.

May 16, 2019

As Master and Teacher, Jesus shows the disciples the path of humble service.  We follow the Lord's example every time we offer our lives in care and compassion for those around us...giving glory and praise to God.

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

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May 15, 2019

The Lord teaches that he is the light - sent from the Father - who comes to save the world.  May Christ's words and saving actions inspire us this day to draw near to his glorious light!

May 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 14, 2019

This beautiful passage from the Gospel of John offers a profound reflection on the nature of God's love for our lives.  Flowing from the Father, divine love is meant to touch our hearts and pass through us into the diverse relationships of daily life.

May 14, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 12, 2019

Christ is our Good Shepherd, who leads, defends and calls us through this life.  May we respond to his voice and follow his guidance with full and open hearts.

May 12, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 11, 2019

From the low point in Christ's earthly mission to St. Peter's extraordinary ministry, Jesus alone offers what is necessary for our journey through this life.  May we place our hearts in his care as we follow the Lord's call.

May 11, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 10, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles recounts the conversion of St. Paul - from persecutor to proclaimer - and inspires us to remember that God continues to call all of us to ongoing conversion of heart.

May 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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