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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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Jun 12, 2018

The Lord offers a bold job description for disciples: You are the Salt of the earth and the Light of the world!  As we draw near to Jesus we also become conduits of his grace, touching the hearts and lives of those around us.  May we shine with the Good News of the Gospel!

June 12, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 10, 2018

Our faith acknowledges the presence and power of sin in our world today.  Temptation is all around us, working to ensnare us and lead us astray.  The solution?  Jesus comes into our world to free us from the chains of sin and lead us into the grace that only God can provide.

June 9, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 9, 2018

Mary and Joseph are searching for Jesus in Jerusalem, only to find him in the Temple.  When asked by his mother his response "I must be in my Father's house" invites us to follow his example and meet the Lord in church...where he is always present in the tabernacle!

June 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 8, 2018

This feast day fosters both personal piety and a communal connection within the Church to Jesus Christ, our savior, redeemer, brother and friend.  The Lord offers his heart for the salvation of the world as he gives his life on the Cross.  May the love in his heart fill up what is lacking in ours!

June 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 7, 2018

Jesus teaches that love - of God and one another - is the greatest commandment.  Why?  Because we are called into relationship with the Lord and each other, and these relationships are nurtured, strengthened and guided by our willingness to love one another as God loves us.

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

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Jun 6, 2018

The reading from the Second Letter to Timothy offers the exhortation to "stir into flame the gift of God" and live with conviction and courage.  This gift is our Christian faith; and just as a tiny spark can produce a bonfire, so too, our faith can provide the spark that ignites our lives for service in the world as we draw near to the Lord and one another.

June 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 5, 2018

Your life is a gift.  Freely given by God, this treasure is meant to be shared and lived with a passionate conviction.  May gratitude fill our hearts as we offer our lives to the Lord!

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

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Jun 3, 2018

Every Mass offers us the miracle of an encounter with Jesus Christ.  As we draw near to the altar to receive the Lord in Holy Communion, may we strive to understand WHAT we are doing and WHY we are doing it!

June 2, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 2, 2018

Jesus responds with wisdom and insight when questioned about his authority.  As his disciples we call upon the Lord for the grace, power and authority we need to live our lives with the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

June 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 1, 2018

The Lord exhorts the disciples to have faith in God.  Sometimes that is easier to say than do!  Yet as our trust in the Lord grows we discover that we are able to see our path in life and have the strength to continue along the way.

June 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 31, 2018

In the exchange between Mary and Elizabeth the two women give praise and thanks to God for the blessings they have witnessed.  May we take their example to heart and do the same in our lives each and every day.

May 31, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 30, 2018

The Lord teaches the disciples that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all.  This insight helps us to understand the Lord's example on the Cross: as Jesus offers his life, so we are called to share the gift of our lives with one another.

May 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 29, 2018

The Lord teaches that all of our relationships find their focus and balance when God comes first.  Today we have the opportunity to evaluate our lives: is there anything that is keeping us from Christ?

May 29, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 28, 2018

We remember the sacrifice and service of the men and women who have served our country.  May this observance help us to count the blessings we have received and live the gift of freedom with conviction and dedication.

May 28, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 27, 2018

The mystery of the Trinity - one God and three Persons - reveals the crucial role of communion in our spiritual lives.  We can measure our discipleship in a powerful way by the depth of our communion with God and one another, and we can actively explore the opportunities that we receive and extend communion with the people in our lives.

May 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 26, 2018

Jesus commands the disciples to let people bring their children to be blessed, and then teaches that we must be like children to enter into the Kingdom of God.  May we run to the Lord with eager joy, even as we also do our part to help others encounter the love of Christ.

May 26, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 25, 2018

Jesus speaks to the Pharisees and then afterward the disciples about the issue of divorce.  As we strive to support and strengthen married couples may we reach out to those who are hurting from a divorce and help them rebuild their lives.

May 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 24, 2018

Jesus teaches that there are real consequences for our actions, reminding us that even the smallest things can have eternal results.

May 24, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 23, 2018

Jesus offers an important insight into how different groups can work together.  When we put aside our ego and focus on the Lord's mission we discover our ability to empower one another in the spirit and mission of Christ.

May 23, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 22, 2018

The Lord confronts the bickering of the disciples with counter examples of selfless service and a little child.  As we offer our lives for the Lord, may we do so with a sincere and genuine transparency.

May 22, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 20, 2018

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord's disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

May 19, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 19, 2018

Jesus reminds Peter in the Gospel of John to focus on his own particular path and not worry about anyone else.  It's a good lesson for us all as we concentrate our effort to carry out the unique tasks that each of us has received from the Lord.

May 19, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 18, 2018

After the resurrection, Jesus asks Peter three times "Do you love me?"  It's a powerful reminder that God's answer to human weakness and limitation is love...and our invitation is to offer our love to the Lord - regardless of our imperfections - with an open heart.

May 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 17, 2018

Jesus speaks of our need to unite our hearts in love, and he offers the example of the Heavenly Father to inspire us.  May God's love empower each of us to look for ways that we can unite when we are confronted with division.

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

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May 16, 2018

Jesus prays to the Father that the disciples might share in his joy.  As a Fruit of the Spirit, joy is a quality that arises from our love with God and one another.  May we look for joy in our lives today and share the joy of Jesus Christ with those we meet.

May 16, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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