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Catholic Inspiration

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 19, 2015

Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.  He sees the tribulation that will come, and he opens his arms to embrace the sadness...that he might touch it and bless it.  May we turn to the Lord in our moments of sorrow and allow his grace to guide us.  Sorrow is not the end, and with God's help we will face our tears with hope.

November 19, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 19, 2015

Grandparents are a precious gift that God gives to us.  May the time and memories we build with our grandparents inspire us as we live our lives with their example of love.

November 18, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 14, 2015

Life offers difficulties and multiple uncertainties.  What's more, no one knows the hour when we will be called by God out of this world.  So how do we live?

Answer:  Fully alive in the present moment!

How?

  • What's your "bucket list" of unfinished business?  Get 'er done.
  • Perform a daily diagnostic.  It's called an Examination of Conscience.
  • Dare to share your heart.  Say "I love you" to the people in your life!

November 11, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Nov 12, 2015

This talk was given to Confirmation students from the Cathedral and St. Francis Xavier parishes on November 11, 2015.

Note these four points:

  • God made us to be united with Him
  • Sin destroys our relationships with God and one another
  • Christ restores the relationship through his life, death, and resurrection
  • Each of us can choose to accept the gift of Christ and live as his disciple

This message is not just for kids preparing to be confirmed!  May all of us see the beauty of life, confront our struggles, and embrace the gift of Christ's saving grace.

November 11, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 12, 2015

God's Wisdom brings light to our lives, helping us see clearly and inspiring us to shine with the grace and love of Christ.

November 12, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 10, 2015

St. Leo's life offers us three points to consider for our own faith:

  • We are committed to a long journey
  • There are challenges without
  • There are challenges within

St. Leo, PRAY FOR US!  Help us to turn to Jesus Christ as we face the blessings and burdens of life.

November 10, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 7, 2015

It's all about blessings.  God lavishes graces and blessings upon us...let's take time to acknowledge them.  And then out of gratitude...let's consider how we might be a blessing to others.  Consider today how we might share our time, talent, and treasure to bless the life of another...drawing us closer to the Lord and one another.

November 7, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Nov 5, 2015

Sometimes we need to be reminded that the Lord welcomes us every time we turn from our sins and seek God's grace.  If there is anything holding us back (you know...fear, doubt, worry, shame, sin, or some other spiritual junk) then perhaps today is our chance to return to the one who loves us completely.

November 5, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 3, 2015

Chapter 12 in Paul's Letter to the Romans is a beautiful exhortation to live our lives infused with the love of Christ.  Below you will find the link to this daily Mass reading - make a copy and post it on your bathroom mirror as a powerful reminder!

November 3, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 1, 2015

"Do you want to be a saint?"  When we look at the lives of the saints we see people just like us - young/old, rich/poor, possessing a wide variety of skills, experiences, and abilities.  May their example inspire us to live our faith in Christ...so we can one day rejoice with them in heaven.

November 1, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 29, 2015

St. Paul lays out a problem and a solution in the 1st Reading today.  In the face of sin and death, Jesus Christ conquers all.  As we face the struggles before us today, may we turn to the Lord for the grace we need.  After all, the victory is His.

October 29, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 27, 2015

The images of a mustard seed and yeast remind us that little things can bring about big changes.  The spiritual virtue of Hope empowers us to face our lives with the grace of Christ, who will work through us in little ways to make a difference in the world.

October 27, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 24, 2015

The grace of Jesus Christ brings power to our lives.  We have the opportunity to draw on Christ and share his grace with others, especially as we live our vocation and help others to find their own!

October 24, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Oct 23, 2015

Are you looking for some practical ways to transform your life?  Do you long for something special, filled with power, purpose, and meaning?  Fr. Andrew looks at 3 areas (Self, Others, God) and applies them to the ordinary and routine elements of daily life.

October 22, 2015 - Vintage Italian Pizza (VIP) - Superior, WI

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Oct 23, 2015

We see the signs of nature and know how to respond...the Lord invites us to do the same for our heart!

October 23, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 22, 2015

St. Paul reminds us:

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

May we acknowledge our sins and embrace the freely given gift of grace!

October 22, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 18, 2015

Jesus Christ shows us that suffering is a pathway, not a destination.  Through suffering we experience a purification - whereby we grow and discover new insights through the process of challenge, pain, and difficulty.  God permits suffering that we might be changed...for the good.  For remember: the suffering of Good Friday will be transformed into the joy of Easter Day.

We are thus consoled and challenged by these words.  Consoled, in that we take hope that the triumph of Christ on the Cross will one day be our triumph.  He understands our suffering (he's already been through his own) and we can cling to his mercy and grace.

Challenged, in that we are invited to drink from the cup of suffering.  Like Christ, we pray that the cup will pass by, but like Christ we will accept what God sets before us - opening our hearts to God and allow this process to transform us.

October 17, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 11, 2015

What is the most important thing in your life?  What's at the center of your life - that which gives meaning, purpose, and perspective to everything else that you do?  The Lord invites us today to focus on him, so that everything we think, say, and do is touched by the grace of Jesus Christ.  With God first, our lives become balanced and empowered - allowing us to use resources, relate with others, and engage our lives with conviction and joy!

October 11, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 9, 2015

This 45 minute retreat was given to the Northern Waters Parish Nurse Group on October 9, 2015.  The presentation explores a four step process of personal healing and renewal:

  • Acknowledgement
  • Diagnosis
  • Prescription
  • Follow through

By examining four quadrants of human life (physical, intellectual, relational, spiritual) this presentation guides the listener toward personal growth in practical ways.

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Oct 4, 2015

We face a dilemma in our world today: we want to say something positive and beautiful about the blessing of marriage, yet we also know first hand the pain and awkwardness of divorce.  Two words from the example of Jesus can guide us - Connect & Help.  

October 3, 2015 - St. Anthony, Superior WI

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Sep 26, 2015

Jealousy and Greed (like most vices) can easily grow in our souls...unless we are constantly vigilant to starve them out and feed on God's grace.  Joshua, John, and the community of James all needed to be reminded, and they will take these lessons to heart.  May we do the same.

September 26, 2015 - St. Anthony Church - Superior, WI

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Sep 20, 2015

All of us face moments of difficult, trial, and temptation.  In these moments we are tested, and as we face our challenges we discover meaning and purpose for our lives as we call upon the help of heaven and earth for the help we need.

September 20, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King

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Sep 12, 2015

Where do we find the strength to keep going when life tries to knock us off course?

  • We lean on others
  • We lean on the Lord

Yes!  We can walk the walk...with a little help from on earth and in Heaven.

September 12, 2015 - St. Anthony Church - Superior

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Sep 6, 2015

Illness shows no partiality: young & old, rich & poor, male and female, regardless of race, creed or education.  Yet in the midst of human illness we find Jesus meeting people in the diversity of their needs with an encounter that leads to healing and grace.  The Letter of James reminds us that we, too, are called to show no partiality; rather, we reach out to those before us as fellow children of God.  May the Lord strengthen us in Prayer, Word, and Sacrament to be renewed with the grace of Jesus Christ - empowering us to engage one another with healing and hospitality.

September 6, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 30, 2015

In football, trick plays are sometimes used to fake out an opponent with misdirection - focusing on something unimportant while the play is happening somewhere else.  Life works the same way: it is easy to spend our time and resources on trivial matters and miss out on critical issues.

The Lord points this out in the Gospel today, inviting us to concentrate on the battle within our hearts.  Here are three things to consider:

  • Using an Examination of Conscience
  • Going to Confession
  • Daily Prayer and Sunday Mass

Through regular use we strengthen our hearts and focus our lives on important things, asking the Lord for the help and guidance we need to conquer our daily battles.

August 30, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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