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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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Mar 21, 2017

We forgive:

  1. Because the Lord commands us
  2. To imitate the Lord's example
  3. To be freed from the bondage of sin

And so...to whom do we have to say "I'm sorry" or "I forgive you" today?

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

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Mar 19, 2017

Our spiritual thirst helps us understand that there is a need in our hearts that will only be met by Jesus.  May we pay attention to the thirst in our souls and respond - not to the temptations or distractions of the world - so that our we can drink deeply from the Water of Life.

March 18, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Mar 18, 2017

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known and it speaks to some deep forces in our hearts.  Like the two sons, we have the chance each day to "come to our senses" to receive mercy and "celebrate and rejoice" when we can share that mercy with one another.

March 18, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 17, 2017

Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel detail stories of rejection: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver and Jesus explains how the tenants kill the vineyard owner's son.  Yet in both cases the reality of rejection is transformed and redeemed by God's grace.  May we face our moments of rejection with the power of our faith in Christ, that God will work in our lives to bring about good.

March 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 16, 2017

Jesus speaks the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to the pharisees, commenting on issues of Heaven/Hell, life after death, and the fact that we have all the information we need to live our faith.  The point: we trust the Lord in this life to be ready to meet Him in the next.

March 16, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 15, 2017

Who are the greatest among us?  Those who serve and act as instruments of the grace and power of Christ.  May we all become great!

March 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 14, 2017

One way we can measure our success as disciples: how we help one another.  Whether it is the justice described by Isaiah or the example of Jesus in the Gospel, the Lord accepts our service toward one another as if it were done to Him.

March 14, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 13, 2017

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the second part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on living the Good News and sharing it with others. (36 Minutes)

March 6, 2017 - St. Pius X Catholic Church - Solon Springs, WI

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Mar 12, 2017

The transfiguration of Jesus gives the apostles strength to continue on their journey to Jerusalem, and it gives them an insight into the glory of Jesus.  May we recognize moments when God blesses us as we continue on our journey of faith.

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

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Mar 11, 2017

"Love your enemies" might be one of the toughest lines in the Bible to carry out.  Yet this command - to love as God loves us - is the test of our discipleship.  May we call upon the Lord for the grace we need to follow the example of Jesus, loving one another...even our enemies.

March 11, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 10, 2017

Jesus invites his disciples to seek God above all else, turning away from sin and making a change deep within our hearts.  

March 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 9, 2017

As Queen Esther calls upon the Lord, she is carrying out the teaching that Jesus offers to his disciples: ask, seek and knock...trusting that the Lord (who knows us better than we know ourselves) will respond with what we need to face the challenges of life.

March 9, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 8, 2017

God calls every generation to repentance as we observe in the book of Jonah and the Gospel of Luke today.  Rather than chase after miracles, wonders and signs, may we respond to this ongoing call to conversion of heart - turning away from sin and turning toward the Lord.

March 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 7, 2017

As Jesus teaches the disciples the Lord's Prayer he also reveals the power of forgiveness to transform and heal our lives.  This commandment - at times difficult to carry out - is crucial for us to receive the Lord's forgiveness as we forgive one another.

March 7, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 6, 2017

This presentation was given at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Solon Springs on March 6, 2017.  It is the first part of a presentation on discipleship, focusing on repentance and ongoing conversion. (45 Minutes)

March 6, 2017 - St. Pius X Catholic Church - Solon Springs, WI

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Mar 5, 2017

Temptation is a part of life, and the fall of Adam & Eve remind us that we encounter temptations each day as a result of sin.  We have hope, however, for the triumph of Jesus over the temptations of Satan inspires us to return to the Lord when we fail and seek the grace we need to flourish.

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

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Mar 4, 2017

Jesus calls the tax collector Levi, with the simple invitation "follow me."  His life is transformed, and we know him today as St. Matthew; may our lives be transformed as well...every time we say yes to Christ and invite others to meet the Lord.

March 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 3, 2017

Both Isaiah and Jesus speak about fasting.  May this powerful discipline help us to draw near to the Lord and one another.

March 3, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 2, 2017

The Lord invites us to follow Him and take up our Cross as we crucify selfishness and sin.  As we repent and embrace the Good News, may we draw strength from the one who offers us the wisdom and direction to find our way.

March 2, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 2, 2017

As we embark on this season of Lent we hear the words as we receive our ashes: "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."  May we turn away from sin and look to Christ for the grace we need each day.

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

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Feb 28, 2017

Peter's words to Jesus, "Lord we have given up everything and followed you" remind us of the true cost of discipleship; for when we put the Lord first and at the center of our lives, everything else falls into its proper place.

February 28, 2017 - Cathedral or Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 26, 2017

When worry overtakes us we lose our focus on the Lord and run the risk of wasting the gift of our lives.  Jesus knows this, and his teaching in the Gospel today reminds us that as we follow Christ we will receive what we need to encounter each day when we think, pray and share over the worry that confronts us.

February 25, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 25, 2017

As Jesus welcomes and blesses the children in the Gospel of Mark, we are reminded to foster a world where our children are safe and protected as we recall that we, too, seek the Lord with the tender trust of a child.

 

February 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 24, 2017

The book of Sirach speaks about the great gift of friendship.  As we build up our friendships on earth, may we also foster our life with Jesus Christ - the best friend of all.

February 24, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 23, 2017

Our conversion of heart never stops; we are either drawing closer to Christ or farther away.  As we follow the Lord we recognize our actions have consequences that affect our lives...both in this life and the life to come.

February 23, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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