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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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Feb 22, 2019

On this feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we hear how Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Christ.  The Lord affirms that Peter is the rock upon which the Church will be built, and while Satan will try to destroy it, the gates of the netherworld will not prevail.

February 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2019

Mary and Joseph faithfully carry out their duty as parents as they present their son in the Temple, and they encounter two people - Simeon and Anna - who foretell the mighty deeds that will be done through this tiny child.

February 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 25, 2019

St. Paul's conversion reminds us that God works in our lives through many circumstances and people.  What's your conversion story?  How has the Lord touched your life and helped you become a disciple of Jesus Christ?

January 25, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 13, 2019

The baptism of Jesus reveals the power of the Holy Trinity.  As the Father calls Jesus his beloved Son, we recognize that through our baptism we are configured as sons and daughters of God, beloved children who are empowered to bring Christ's light to the world.

January 13, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 1, 2019

She is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.  May the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary strengthen our desire to offer our hearts in loving service to her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

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Dec 12, 2018

On this feast day it is good to reflect on the history of Mary's apparition to Juan Diego in 1531.  Through the miracles that followed Mary's presence transformed a people, offering us a clear reminder that God continues to work through his angels and saints.

December 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 8, 2018

Mary's response to the angel Gabriel reveals her role in God's plan for our salvation.  Chosen by the Lord, she offers us an example of faithfulness that inspires us every day to say yes to God's call for our lives.

December 7, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 30, 2018

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, and we hear how he and his brother responded to the Lord's call.  Indeed, the Lord continues to call all of us...will we follow?

November 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 25, 2018

We are servants and stewards of Christ, our King.  This means that our faith is not some hazy, vague experience; rather, it is dynamic and life-giving as we conform our lives to the commands of the one who claims our obedience.

November 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 22, 2018

What are you thankful for today?  What gifts do you recognize right now in your life and how do you share them gratefully with others?  How has God's grace transformed your life?  Now go, and be a blessing in the world!

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

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Nov 9, 2018

Today the universal Church celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica - the cathedral of the city of Rome - reminding us that every church around the world offers us a direct encounter of the living God when we draw near to the altar to pray.

November 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 2, 2018

 Yesterday's celebration of All Saints inspires us today to pray for All Souls.  We remember our faithful departed and commend them to the loving mercy of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  On this sober feast we recall that one day we will all make the journey from this life to the next, and we ask God for the grace to carry on.

November 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 1, 2018

The victory of the Saints stands as a reminder for us.  For just as Christ sustained the Saints in their trials, so God will also walk with us.  They inspire us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we encounter the obstacles of life...so that one day we will join their ranks in Heaven.

November 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 2, 2018

Our Guardian Angels are present to help us face the challenges of this life.  May we listen to their guidance and ask for their help in time of need.

October 2, 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 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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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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Jul 25, 2018

The Lord reminds us today that if we want to be great in Heaven then we have to serve one another here on earth.

July 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 29, 2018

These two heavy hitter saints were far from perfect, and yet God worked in and through them to accomplish marvelous deeds.  Their example serves as our inspiration: God patiently works with us!  As we look to Sts. Peter & Paul may we embrace the gifts of life and faith as we follow Jesus Christ.

June 29, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 24, 2018

John the Baptist offers a strong and potent example of Christian witness for us today.  John's life served as a preparation for the messiah; he recognized the Lord from the very beginning and he embraced God's call with fierce commitment.  Now it's our turn!

June 23, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 8, 2018

This feast day fosters both personal piety and a communal connection within the Church to Jesus Christ, our savior, redeemer, brother and friend.  The Lord offers his heart for the salvation of the world as he gives his life on the Cross.  May the love in his heart fill up what is lacking in ours!

June 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 3, 2018

Every Mass offers us the miracle of an encounter with Jesus Christ.  As we draw near to the altar to receive the Lord in Holy Communion, may we strive to understand WHAT we are doing and WHY we are doing it!

June 2, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 27, 2018

The mystery of the Trinity - one God and three Persons - reveals the crucial role of communion in our spiritual lives.  We can measure our discipleship in a powerful way by the depth of our communion with God and one another, and we can actively explore the opportunities that we receive and extend communion with the people in our lives.

May 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 20, 2018

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord's disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

May 19, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 3, 2018

Philip's desire to "see the Father" reminds us that even though the apostles walked with the Son, they longed to see the face of God the Father.  Seeing isn't believing; it's only seeing.  May our relationship with Christ grow stronger each day as we seek to follow the Lord as we journey through life.

May 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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