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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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Now displaying: January, 2022
Jan 31, 2022

When David's son, Absalom, leads a rebellion against the king, David flees for his life and reveals his humility in the face of betrayal within his own family.

January 31, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 31, 2022

Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 5th Sunday of the Year.

January 31, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 30, 2022

St. Paul teaches the people of Corinth that love is an essential component to the life of faith. May we examine our hearts in light of Christ's love and discern how God guides us with this sacred virtue.

January 29, 2022 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 29, 2022

In response to the words of Nathan the prophet, King David acknowledges his sin before the Lord. His example can help us to fiercely face our most serious sins with a conviction in God's grace.

January 29, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 28, 2022

At the height of his success and power, David commits a series of sins with painful consequences.

January 28, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 27, 2022

David gives praise and thanks to God for the blessings he has witnessed. It begs a question for each one of us: when was the last time I counted my blessings?

January 27, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 26, 2022

St. Paul relied on many people during his ministry, and today we recognize the work of Titus and Timothy. It's a crucial reminder that we are stronger when united and working together.

January 26, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 25, 2022

Paul's conversion from enemy to advocate of Christianity was made possible through the courage of Ananias, whose example inspires us to live our faith with boldness, conviction and trust.

January 25, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 24, 2022

David's leadership, effort and strength is affirmed by the people who acknowledge him as king.

January 24, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 24, 2022

Let's explore some of the themes that surface in the readings for the 4th Sunday of the Year.

January 24, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 23, 2022

St. Paul uses the example of the body to teach unity in the midst of diversity.  We all have something to offer...and we all have something to learn from those around us.  May we work together - offering our best - to strengthen the Body of Christ.

January 22, 2022 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jan 22, 2022

David's lament for Saul and Jonathan reveals the complex nature of our grief. Saul's mix of good and bad qualities illustrate how we can mourn the loss of people that we meet in the messiness of life. In our own complicated moments of grief may we turn to the Lord and trust that Christ will untangle the knots.

January 22, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 21, 2022

While being hunted by Saul, David prevents his men from harming the king in a cave. His restraint offers us a powerful example of how we repay evil with good.

January 21, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 20, 2022

After his victory over Goliath, David quickly becomes a favorite among the people, and his popularity leads a jealous Saul to consider how to kill him.

January 20, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 19, 2022

The battle of David and Goliath illustrates the classic "underdog" theme of victory in the face of impossible odds. Yet David makes it clear that his triumph is not his own doing, for he has put his hope in the Lord.

January 19, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 18, 2022

Samuel observes the sons of Jesse to determine who will be anointed king, but the Lord reminds the prophet that God sees beyond the surface and gazes directly into our hearts.

January 18, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 17, 2022

After his victory over the Amalekites, Saul does not carry out the command of the Lord, and his choice will lead to his rejection as king. May we honestly acknowledge our own shortcomings as call upon Christ today.

January 17, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 17, 2022

Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of the Year.

January 17, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 16, 2022

Mary's command to the servants is our command as well. For us to "do whatever he tells you" requires that we are receptive to God's prompting in our hearts. May we be open to the command of Christ as we follow him today.

January 16, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 15, 2022

In this comedy of errors, Saul goes looking for lost donkeys and ends up being anointed king. (And you think politics is crazy today?) And yet in the midst of the messy we find God at work, leading and directing us on a path that leads to hope.

January 15, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 14, 2022

Samuel has now grown old and the people of Israel approach him to ask for a king to rule and fight their battles. The Lord reveals the negative things that will happen, but the people persist in their desire.

January 14, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 13, 2022

The Philistine army disastrously defeats the people of Israel, who suffer enormous casualties and loss.

January 13, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 12, 2022

Samuel's response to the Lord's call offers us an example to follow as we actively listen and respond to God's gentle invitation.

January 12, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 11, 2022

Hannah, filled with grief at being childless, pours out her prayer to the Lord.

January 11, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 10, 2022

The sorrow of Hannah resonates with all couples who long to parent children but are unable to conceive. This example of our human frailty underscores how our faith can strengthen us in times of trial.

January 10, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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