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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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Dec 1, 2018

Throughout our lives we have numerous experiences of vigilance: watching over a loved one, remaining attentive to someone's needs or waiting in expectation for an arrival.  The same is true everyday in the spiritual life as we are vigilant in living our faith for Jesus Christ.

December 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 29, 2018

Our faith clearly acknowledges that there will be a final judgment, and while this reality can bring a grim awareness of our sins, it can also serve as an inspiration to take hold of the gift of today and live our faith with conviction.

November 29, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 28, 2018

Fr. Andrew speaks to the kids at Cathedral School about how the seed of God's love can grow in our hearts.

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

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Nov 27, 2018

The Lord urges the people to not be led by deception and fear.  Instead, we face these obstacles with the grace that comes God.

November 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 24, 2018

As the Lord teaches about eternal life, we are reminded that our lives here on earth are a preparation for our encounter with the angels and saints gathered around God in Heaven.

November 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 23, 2018

In the Gospel today the Lord cleanses the temple and then teaches the people.  Every time we enter into a church and stand before the Blessed Sacrament in the tablernacle, we encounter the same Risen Lord - body and blood, soul and divinity.  

November 23, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 21, 2018

The parable today shows the outcome of three servants who were given the opportunity to serve their master.  Like these servants, our lives have the power to make an impact in the world.  It begs a question: What are we doing with our lives?

November 21, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 20, 2018

The exchange between Jesus and Zaccheus fills us with hope as the Lord initiates an encounter that leads to conversion and change of heart.  

November 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 18, 2018

The Gospel today addresses the age-old concern about the end times...which begs a question: if the Lord called you right now, would you be ready?  Are there things in life that need to be fixed, or are there perhaps opportunities that you can help flourish?  

November 17, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 17, 2018

The Lord uses a parable to express our need to pray always without growing weary.  

November 17, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 16, 2018

Jesus uses a number of illustrations to underscore a practical point: we live each moment to the fullest as we follow the Lord.  Only with our eyes fixed on Jesus can we face the uncertainties of life with calm conviction.

November 16, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 15, 2018

Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is among us.  Our task is not to go chasing around looking for the Lord, but rather to live as his disciples as we apply our faith to every aspect of our lives.

November 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 14, 2018

The healing of the ten lepers reveals the power of God's grace.  The gratitude of the Samaritan shows a response that can teach us all a great deal about how we drawn near to the Lord with a grateful heart.

November 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 13, 2018

To say "I serve the Lord" has tremendous implications for our understanding and action.  Recognizing Jesus as our Lord, we configure every aspect of our lives to him as our daily actions and interactions are infused with his grace.

November 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 11, 2018

Two widows offer examples of giving generously in the Scriptures today.  Three words - gratitude, sacrifice and expectation - can offer insight into how we can be generous as we follow the example of Jesus.

Nov 10, 2018

The Lord offers a blunt teaching about money, reminding us that God is our first and greatest priority...whereas money is a tool that is meant to be put to good and practical use.

November 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 8, 2018

Recognizing our sins and asking for forgiveness challenges us to honestly acknowledge our faults and humbly ask for help.  While this is not easy, this process puts us in right relationship with the Lord and one another...allowing us to grow in maturity, wisdom and love.

November 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 7, 2018

The Gospel makes it clear that all other blessings, even the most precious relationship, take second place to our relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the source of all our blessings and the Lord our souls.

November 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 6, 2018

The reading from Philippians offers a powerful teaching about Jesus, who emptied and humbled himself for the salvation of our souls.  As the Lord's disciples we acknowledge that our journey to heaven will lead us along a similar path as we share our lives with one another.

November 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 4, 2018

The commandment to love God and neighbor is well known, and it can act as a mission statement that guides every single element of our lives...and helping us to grow as Sons and Daughters of God.

November 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 3, 2018

Sometimes we can get caught up in social status, cherishing feelings of importance and respect.  In the Gospel today Jesus reminds us that true greatness lies in how we offer our lives, directing us away from external accolades and turning us toward the beauty of a life of humble service.

November 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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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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