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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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Jul 14, 2017

The Lord speaks bluntly when he tells his disciples about the opposition they will encounter: hatred, persecution, suffering, and ridicule will follow them.  And yet this opposition only highlights what's truly at stake: eternal life!

July 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 13, 2017

Our choices in a life of faith lead to consequences: Christ calls us to follow and fully offer our lives, yet we also have the freedom to walk away and ignore the offer.  What will you do today?

July 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Jul 12, 2017

Having offered his personal example, the Lord now extends his authority to the Twelve Apostles so that they can continue his ministry.  He calls them by name...just as he calls each one of us today.

July 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 11, 2017

The Gospel of Matthew offers a snap shot of the ministry of the Lord and helps us to focus on how our lives can participate in the ongoing mission of Jesus Christ.

July 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 10, 2017

Mom always said, "Go play outside!" Summer is a great time to rethink how we live, and this podcast offers some thoughts about how to engage our lives in the great outdoors.  (17 minutes)

July 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 9, 2017

The Lord tells us that he is "meek and humble of heart" and when we draw near to him we will find rest for our souls.  May his grace touch our hearts and help us to become more like him every day.

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

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Jul 8, 2017

Jesus explains to the disciples of John in the Gospel today that there is a time to feast and a time to fast...reminding us that in our journey of faith we are also called to respond to the situations and circumstances of life with the guidance of Jesus Christ.

July 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 7, 2017

The call and response of St. Matthew in the Gospel today offers us a pattern of discipleship.  As we draw near to Christ may we bring as many people with us as we can!

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

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Jul 6, 2017

"Courage, child, your sins are forgiven."  As Jesus says these words to the paralytic we find that the mercy of Christ is greater than all our sins...and we are inspired to draw near to the one who loves us completely.

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

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Jul 5, 2017

Jesus reveals his power as the Son of God as he casts out the demons in the Gospel of Matthew.  The Lord continues to work in our world, and as his disciples we confront evil with his grace and strength.

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

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Jul 4, 2017

During the storm on the sea the disciples cry out in fear.  Jesus calms the storm and comforts them, reminding us that when fear threatens to overwhelm us we seek the one who gives us strength.

July 4, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 3, 2017

For many years Fr. Andrew has offered a Summer Challenge to his parishioners to limit time in front of a screen (TV, Computer, Smartphone) and rethink what we do with the gift of our lives; consider what you might do for the next four weeks - and enjoy the glory of summer - in order to evaluate your use of screen time. (36 Minutes)

July 3, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 2, 2017

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans that our participation in the life and death of Jesus Christ brings us eternal life.  This Good News is our legacy as disciples and our inspiration to offer our lives with the hope and strength of God's grace.

July 1, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jul 1, 2017

Matthew's Gospel offers three healing miracles and reminds us that the Lord continues to heal today.

July 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 30, 2017

A leper comes to Jesus and receives healing, encouraging us to look into our hearts to discern where we are wounded so that the Lord might heal us as well.

June 30, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 29, 2017

These two great saints made an enormous impact in the Church, even as they encountered hard work and confronted their own weaknesses and sins.  May we look to their example and trust in the Lord for the grace we need to face the challenges of life.

June 29, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 28, 2017

The fruitfulness of our lives offers a useful indication regarding the state of our souls.  Whether its our heart or another's, may the Fruits of the Spirit help guide us on our journey of faith.

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

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Jun 27, 2017

The Gospel of Matthew today reveals three nuggets of wisdom that the Lord offers in the Sermon on the Mount:

  • Do not waste or squander the gifts of life and faith
  • Be fair and just with one another
  • Work hard to seek God above all else

The teaching is easy to understand.  The hard part?  Putting it into practice every day!

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

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Jun 25, 2017

The Scriptures make it clear that the darkness of sin and evil touches the landscape of human life.  Yet our faith proclaims that God's grace is greater than the darkness, which is cast out by the light of Jesus Christ.

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

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Jun 24, 2017

As the herald of Jesus, John directs people to prepare for the coming of the messiah.  His birth, words and actions all point others to the Lord...and inspire us to do the same as modern days disciples.

June 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 23, 2017

The feast of the Sacred Heart of the Jesus celebrates the love of God for the whole world.  Without limit or boundary, the Lord's love for us is unconditional and offers us the opportunity to both receive and share this love with one another.

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

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Jun 22, 2017

The Lord's Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian life.  At 55 words this gift from Jesus provides us with key insights about how we follow the Lord with all our heart.  Pray it today; pray it frequently!

June 22, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 21, 2017

God loves a cheerful giver, and with the enthusiasm of a child we can offer our lives in prayer, service, fasting and almsgiving.  May we give generously and joyfully, recalling that all that we have is a gift from the Lord.

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

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Jun 20, 2017

"Love your enemies" may be one of the toughest teachings of Jesus.  Sometimes to seek the best in those who are opposed to us is possible only through the grace of God.  If that's the case, then today is a good day to pray for that grace!

June 20, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Jun 18, 2017

This homily takes a practical look at answering three questions:

  1. What is the Eucharist?
  2. What happens at every Mass?
  3. What are some ways to get the most out of Mass?

June 17, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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