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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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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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May 1, 2018

The memorial of St. Joseph the Worker offers an opportunity to see how our work - great or small - can bring glory to God.  What's your work today?  Look for the Lord in your labors and make your work an offering worthy of God.

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

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Mar 30, 2018

Today we pray with the Church around the world as we recall the sign of God's love through the death of Jesus on the Cross.  May the Lord's suffering and sacrifice open our hearts with gratitude as we reflect on what Christ has done for our eternal salvation.

March 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 29, 2018

Holy Thursday gives us the opportunity to reflect upon two powerful themes: Sacrament & Service.  As we receive the Lord's Body and Blood may we be strengthened by Christ to serve one another.

March 29, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2018

Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the Temple according the law of Moses where Simeon and Anna rejoice to see the savior of the world.  Today's feast invites us to look for the Lord in our lives and respond with a vibrant faith.

February 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 12, 2017

The Blessed Virgin Mary offers an example of faith that transformed the people of Mexico and continues to inspire millions to follow her son, Jesus Christ.  May we look to Mary for guidance and wisdom as we continue to proclaim the Good News of the Lord in our lives.

December 12, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 8, 2017

Mary was chosen and prepared by God to become the Mother of Jesus, and she accepted this role with a beautiful faith.  We, too, have been chosen by the Lord and endowed with particular blessings to bring the Good News to the world.  Will we accept the Lord's call in our lives?  May Mary's example inspire us to say YES! 

December 8, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 9, 2017

Ezekiel and the Psalmist show how the temple is a source of living water that brings forth life; Jesus speaks of his own body as a temple, and as his followers we discover that we are built upon Christ as the great foundation.  May we work together to continue to proclaim the building up of God's kingdom here on earth as we serve the Church which Christ founded.

November 9, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 2, 2017

Today we pray for all who have died, sometimes still grieving their loss, and sometimes smiling as their memory warms our hearts.  What's more, our prayers are part of the communion we share in Jesus Christ, and we offer them for those who have gone before us...that they might meet us one day in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.  And let the perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

November 2, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 1, 2017

When athletes compete in a stadium, the cheering crowd inspires and encourages them to do their best.  In a similar way the saints inspire us with their example - they cheer us on from Heaven - and at the same time remind us that we can join them as we embrace the challenges of this life with our eyes fixed on Jesus...our coach, trainer, medic, and greatest fan.

November 1, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 21, 2017

Matthew accepts the call of Jesus and goes out bringing others to the Lord.  May his example inspire us to do the same!

September 21, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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