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Catholic Inspiration

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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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

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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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Jan 13, 2018

Jesus calls Levi - a tax collector and a sinner - with the simple invitation "Follow me."  In the same way the Lord calls us, not because we are perfect, but precisely so that we can draw near to the one who heals, redeems and loves us.  

January 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 12, 2018

Four people go to extraordinary lengths to bring a paralytic to Jesus for healing.  It begs the question: what do we do to bring people to Jesus, to remove the obstacles that keep others from God?  While it is true that each person must decide to follow Jesus, we can all ask ourselves if we are cooperating with the Lord to help one another encounter Christ.

January 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 11, 2018

Jesus cleanses a leper and restores his health and relationships.  We, too, can look into our hearts, see what does not belong, and draw near to the Lord for the healing and restoration we require.

January 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 10, 2018

The Lord's ministry touches hearts and changes lives, as people encounter Jesus and begin to serve in new and unique ways.  Like them, we can echo the words of Samuel and the Psalmist as we say, "Here am I Lord!  I come to do your will."

January 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 9, 2018

Jesus enters the synagogue and drives out unclean spirits.  Guided by our faith in Christ, we face evil with God's grace and build our lives on the strength of the Lord.

January 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 7, 2018

The Magi, guided by the light of the star, brought their gifts to honor the Christ child.  Our faith gives us light to recognize the gifts God has placed in our lives...and provides the light to discover ways to put those gifts to use in our world.

January 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 6, 2018

 Today offers two options for the Gospel reading - the baptism of Jesus in Mark or the genealogy of Christ in Luke - and reveals to us the humble, simple and open manner in which the Lord meets us in our human weakness.  

January 6, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 5, 2018

Jesus invites Philip to become a disciple with the words, "Follow me."  The language is clear, direct and simple.  Philip's response inspires us to consider how the Lord invites us to follow today.  How will we respond?

January 5, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2018

Andrew and another disciple respond to the invitation of Jesus to "come and see."  Their day with Jesus will change their lives forever as they invite others to encounter the Lord as well.  May we do the same!

January 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2018

John the Baptist calls Jesus "the Lamb of God" and invites us to draw upon the significance of this title within the salvation story.  May we call upon the Lord's sacrifice for our sins, and see our brothers and sisters through the eyes of Christ's saving grace.

January 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI 

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Jan 2, 2018

John the Baptist redirected the attention he received toward Jesus, and his example inspires us to consider how our words and actions - attentive to the needs of those around us - can bring people closer to the Lord.

January 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 1, 2018

Since from the beginning of time the plan of salvation included the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, we thus understand that Mary's role as the Mother of God was present as well.  Chosen by God, her acceptance of the angel Gabriel's announcement reveals her as the first disciple; her role as Mother of the Messiah reveals her as a Mother to all disciples.  May her example inspire us to draw near to her Son!

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

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Dec 31, 2017

Family life is crazy and chaotic, sometimes blissful, sometimes frustrating, big and noisy, small and quiet, in a every shape, size and configuration imaginable.  Yet it is within the specific context of our families that we grow in faith and life lessons.  May we look to the Holy Family for inspiration as we seek the best in our families, dedicate earnest effort in supporting them, and pray every day for the Lord's guidance and strength.

December 31, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 30, 2017

After the praise of Anna in the Temple, Mary and Joseph return home to Nazareth where Jesus will grow in strength and wisdom.  It's a good reminder about the power of a family to foster faith, encourage goodness and build lasting bonds of love.  May we dedicate ourselves to building up our own families each and every day.

December 30, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 29, 2017

Simeon looks beyond the outward appearances of the baby of Mary and Joseph and sees the Son of God.  May we pray that the Holy Spirit will give us clear sight to recognize the Lord's presence in our daily actions, empowering us to respond with faith, hope and love.

December 29, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 28, 2017

Why do the innocent suffer?  Why is there senseless violence, hate, cruelty and pain?  God has granted human souls with the freedom to choose good or evil, and the consequences can be profound.  Yet it was for our sins that the Christ child was born, breaking the chains of evil and offering us a chance for grace and mercy.  May the death of these innocent children inspire us to hold fast to our faith as we follow the Lord.

December 28, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 27, 2017

As an apostle, St. John was filled with the Holy Spirit and sent by Jesus; as an evangelist, his writings have inspired generations of Christians with the Good News of the Gospel.  We can look to John for an example: living our faith in the world today as we  testify to the light of Jesus Christ.

December 27, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 26, 2017

With the joy of Christ's birth ringing in the air we celebrate today the death of St. Stephen, the first martyr.  Why?  To help us see the connection between the Christ's birth and saving death as we offer our lives for the Lord.  Thus, the Christmas spirit gives us hope to face the sacrifices of this life with the conviction that the Jesus Christ will guide and lead us to Heaven.

December 26, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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