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Podcasts of homilies and talks given by Fr. Andrew Ricci 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 13, 2018

The Lord warns the disciples about the leaven of the Pharisees and Herod, and he reminds them of the multiplication of the loaves to feed thousands.  It's a good insight that both good and bad things start small, and like leaven in dough, they can make big differences.

February 13, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 11, 2018

Suffering affects our lives on many levels - body, mind, heart and soul - and it can weaken and wound our relationships with one another.  When we respond with compassion, help, unity and God's grace we can restore what was broken with the healing power of Christ.

February 10, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 10, 2018

Jesus performs a feeding miracle for the crowds that have been listening to him for three days.  This practical point reminds us that we, too, are called to nourish body and soul for the basic needs of those around us.

February 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Feb 9, 2018

Jesus heals a deaf man with a speech impediment and simultaneously empowers him with the gift of hearing and speaking.  Words have power to build up or tear down; our invitation today is to use the gift of speech for the glory and praise of God.

February 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Feb 8, 2018

The faith expressed by the woman in the Gospel today was simple and direct...and because of this her child was healed.  May her example inspire us to take the gift of faith we have been given and engage our lives with the power and insight of Jesus Christ.

February 8, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Feb 7, 2018

Jesus describes the evil that can come from our hearts, reminding us that the battle is often within.  As we strive to follow the Lord we turn from these sins and look to the Cross of Christ.

February 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 6, 2018

Jesus quotes Isaiah the prophet, recalling the need for the Lord to be at the center of our hearts.  Once God is at the center, everything else we say and do fits into proper perspective.

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

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Feb 4, 2018

Suffering, for all its challenges and burdens, is a part of human life.  How do we face it?  How do we find the strength and wisdom to keep going?  When we bring our faith in Jesus Christ into the center of our lives we find the courage and conviction to continue on as the Lord guides us through this life to the life to come.

February 3, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 3, 2018

Jesus invites the disciples to rest after they return from their mission.  It's a good reminder that there is always more work than we can possibly accomplish; our task is to make sure that we balance our lives with the rest we need so that we can keep serving the Lord.

February 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 1, 2018

Just as Jesus sends the Twelve Apostles with his authority, so also the Lord sends us - empowered with his grace - to continue his mission in the world.  We do it together; we trust in God; we are attentive to each opportunity; we let Christ work through us!

February 1, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 31, 2018

Jesus returns home with his disciples, but the people - limited by their thinking - cannot see him by the light of his ministry.  The Lord's rejection reminds us that we, too, have a community of our own...and we can either build it up or tear it down.

January 31, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 30, 2018

Jesus heals two people in the Gospel today, revealing his power as the Son of God.  As his disciples we continue the Lord's healing work as we draw strength from Christ...the source of our healing.

January 30, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 28, 2018

Jesus speaks with power and authority in the Gospel today, revealing that these gifts come from God and require us to use them wisely and well.  May we both receive from the Lord what we need and then share our blessings with others to the best of our ability.

January 27, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

Jan 27, 2018

Terrified by a violent storm, the disciples call out to Jesus who immediately calms it.  Storms are a part of life, and whether physical, emotional, psychological, relational or spiritual we find in the Lord a peaceful strength to face them with confidence and conviction.

January 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 26, 2018

All living things grow slowly and steadily, following a process as they mature.  The same is true for our faith.  On this feast of Saints Titus and Timothy may we patiently and faithfully keep our eyes fixed on the Lord as we grow in faith, hope and love.

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

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Jan 25, 2018

The Lord commands the disciples to "go into the world and tell the Good News."  Our faith today is built on the witness of those who have gone before us.  But the command of Jesus applies to us as well...prompting us to consider how we will proclaim the Good News to those around us today.

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

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Jan 24, 2018

The parable of the sower teaches us that the Lord works in a slow and steady way to change our lives.  While there are many temptations and distractions that can choke off our faith, we are reminded to foster the Gospel in our hearts and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

January 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 23, 2018

The Lord claims us as part of his family in the Gospel of Mark.  God chooses us and invites us to accept the Good News and put it into practice.  

January 23, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 21, 2018

Those little words, "I'm sorry" and "I forgive you" have the power to bring healing and grace as we recognize our weaknesses and ask for mercy.  May the example of Jonah and Jesus inspire us to speak them frequently from the heart!

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

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Jan 20, 2018

The relatives of Jesus in the Gospel today show us that sometimes our family dynamics can cause stress and struggle.  Yet our families can also be the place where we are supported and nurtured to grow.  May we give our best effort to our family as we encourage and build up one another.

January 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 19, 2018

Jesus calls the Twelve disciples by name and empowers them for ministry.  The Lord does the same for us!  May we say yes and allow God's grace to work through our imperfections so that we may serve others with the love of Christ.

January 19, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 18, 2018

The Gospel of Mark reveals the power of the healing ministry of Jesus.  From the beginning the Church has continued this work; may our lives today be open to this ministry as we seek to be instruments of the Lord's healing touch.

January 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 17, 2018

Jesus heals a man with a withered hand on a Sabbath, revealing his power as the Son of God and inviting us to consider how we do the Lord's work in the midst of competing values and priorities.

January 17, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 16, 2018

When we say "Jesus is Lord" we claim Him as the center and priority of our lives.  May we constantly examine our hearts, looking for anything that is not worthy of God's grace as we continuously re-orient our lives to Christ.

January 16, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Jan 14, 2018

Like a coach who calls a play that leads to action on the field, God calls us to a life of faith by what we think, speak and do.  May we hear the Lord's call in our lives today and respond with full hearts!

January 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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