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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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Apr 21, 2018

The crowds find the teaching of Jesus too hard, and many who followed him now leave and go back to their former ways.  Rejection does not stop us from proclaiming the Good News; rather, it reminds us that people have the freedom to choose their path.  May we keep inviting them to follow the Lord!

April 21, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 20, 2018

The Lord teaches the people that those who eat His flesh and drink His blood have eternal life.  May our frequent reception of Holy Communion strengthen us with God's grace in the messiness of life and inspire us to live for Jesus Christ.

April 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Apr 19, 2018

Jesus teaches the crowds that he is the "Bread of Life" that came down from Heaven.  Whoever eats this bread will never hunger again.  May we draw near to the one who feeds us so that strengthened by the Lord we can share His life with one another.

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

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Apr 18, 2018

One of the best ways to face a test in school is to start with a prayer, asking the Lord for peace in our hearts.  One of the best ways to face a test in life?  Do the same!

April 18, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 17, 2018

Jesus states that he is "the Bread of Life" and when we draw near to Him we will never hunger nor thirst again.  We need this spiritual nourishment to grow and thrive in this life...and in preparation for the next.

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

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Apr 15, 2018

One of the hallmarks of the Early Church was the transformation that took place in the hearts of the disciples.  Standing before the Risen Lord, they were freed from the fear of sin and death as they opened their hearts to the power of repentance.  Their example inspires us to call upon God for the grace we need every day to walk in the light His love.

April 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 14, 2018

As the early Church began to grow new ministries were called for as needs were discerned.  This is how the Church continues to thrive today: we recognize the need, call forth the people and are guided by key principles to direct our effort.  Now get to work!

April 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 13, 2018

Anyone who loves cooking knows the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread.  Our bodies require daily nourishment to thrive, and we rely on spiritual food for our relationship with the Lord.  Jesus offers both in John's account today of the miracle of the fish and loaves.

April 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 12, 2018

The Apostles speak boldly about the Risen Lord in the face of opposition, and their example inspires us to call upon the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom as we journey through this life...with our eyes focused on Heaven.

April 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 11, 2018

While today's passage from the Gospel of John remains one of the most well known and beloved of all Scripture, the verses that follow indicate the choice that we all have to make.  Do we seek Christ, the Light of the world, or do we prefer darkness...because our deeds are evil?  May we face our temptations and resolutely follow the Lord, whose light shines in our world and helps us find our way.

April 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Apr 10, 2018

Jesus speaks with Nicodemus about the Holy Spirit.  We have received this Spirit in our hearts at Baptism, and the Lord gives us the strength and wisdom to make our way through this life to Heaven.  Our task: to let the Spirit work in our lives!

April 10, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 8, 2018

The unity of the disciples through gratitude, love and peace offers us an example of how we draw together today with the people God puts in our lives.  This is is not easy work...but it is worth it!

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

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Apr 7, 2018

As the disciples moved from doubt to bold belief, we see the process that often accompanies our transformation in faith.  We need time to understand, integrate and apply God's grace to our lives; may this Easter season help us to proclaim the Good News with boldness!

April 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 6, 2018

The Risen Lord appears to some of the disciples while they are fishing on the Sea of Galilee.  Their encounter reveals that God gives us what we need so that we can face the challenges in life.

April 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2018

After the resurrection Jesus appears to the Apostles and explains how he has fulfilled the prophecies within the Sacred Scriptures; that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, die and be raised on the third day.  He concludes this passage with a powerful exhortation, "You are witnesses of these things."  Our faith was built on the witness of others, and our lived example of faith helps others encounter the Risen Lord today.

April 5, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2018

Two disciples encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  Their journey reveals how God continues to touch the hearts and lives of believers today.  May we continue on the path as we walk with the Lord!

April 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 3, 2018

Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the Risen Lord.  Empowered by Jesus, she is sent to proclaim the resurrection to the Apostles.  Her example reminds us that God continues to bless us in our weaknesses and strengthen us for service in the world today.

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

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Apr 1, 2018

The resurrection of Jesus brings hope and life as we turn away from our sins and embrace the living Lord.  No matter what's happened in the past, may we draw strength from God's love and walk in the light of Christ's amazing grace.  The Lord is risen!  He is risen, indeed.

April 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2018

We wait in vigil through the night to hear the news of Easter joy: Christ is risen!  At the Easter Vigil we join with the Church around the world, welcoming new members to the faith and recalling the great events of salvation history.

March 31, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - 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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Mar 28, 2018

Speaking at Mass to the kids at Cathedral School, Fr. Andrew speaks about the Passover, Judas and the blood of Jesus...the Lamb of God.  

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

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Mar 27, 2018

In the heart of the Last Supper we see two clear examples of human weakness.  Both Judas and Peter will betray Jesus, and their examples offer us two different responses to sin.  Which option will we choose?  

March 27, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 25, 2018

We read the Passion of Jesus Christ so that we remember each year the Lord's sacrifice for our eternal salvation.  May the Precious Blood of the Savior wash us clean and renew our hearts for this life...and the life to come.

March 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 24, 2018

Caiaphas the high priest prophesied when he said that "it is better for you that one man should die for the people."  The death of Christ on the Cross takes our place for the sins that we commit which warrant death.  May we accept his saving sacrifice and offer our hearts to the Lord.

March 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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