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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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Now displaying: Category: Advent
Dec 16, 2015

This time of year we often think of making a "wish list" for Christmas, but this Holy Season provides a wonderful opportunity to make a "blessing list" to remind us of the many ways that God has done good things for us!

December 16, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Dec 15, 2015

A father asks his sons to do a task:

  • The first said no, but changes his mind and did it
  • The second said yes, but never did it

Which one did the Father's will?  The one who acted.  May we turn our "no" to God into a "yes" that is seen in our actions.

December 15, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2015

"What should we do?" is an excellent question to keep before us in our daily prayer.  We often know what needs to be done; sometimes it's just hard to carry out.  But there are also times when we come before the Lord searching for the direction, wisdom, and strength to live our faith with conviction and power.  

December 12, 2015 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 10, 2015

God offers to help us in the first reading today.  Will we accept it?  Will it open the doors of our heart and allow God's grace inside?  Help Wanted!

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

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Dec 6, 2015

Making a highway requires removing obstacles and adding quality materials...same is true for the highway in our hearts!

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

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Dec 4, 2015

Two blind men encounter Jesus...and gain their sight.  May we turn to the Lord for greater sight - that what we see will inspire us to respond with the light of faith.

December 4, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 3, 2015

When we listen to the Lord and put his teaching into practice, we are like the wise who build their houses on rock.  May the knowledge we possess be transformed into action so that we can face the storms of life with the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ!

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

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Dec 2, 2015

Did you ever try to make an excuse for not handing in homework?  This top ten list helps us understand that we sometimes do the same thing with our spiritual life - and maybe inspires us this Advent to complete our "heavenly homework."

December 2, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Dec 1, 2015

The first reading from the prophet Isaiah proclaims a vision of the world - filled with hope - that happens after "a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse."  May this Good News help us to make course corrections in our life today, so that we will be ready for the Lord's return.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Nov 29, 2015

A beginning is always a crucial time - how we start often defines the outcome of a project or task, as well as our attitude as we work.  We are reminded today to be vigilant: constantly prepared; swift to act; and disciplined in our effort.  May the start of our Advent season prepare us for a glorious Christmas!

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Dec 21, 2014

At the end of A Christmas Carol Scrooge chooses to make a change in his life that will affect everything.  In the Gospel, Mary chooses to embrace the message of the angel Gabriel.

Our choices carry powerful consequences for ourselves and those around us.  Sometimes they are major events in life, but often they occur throughout a day as we freely decide to either step up (seeking what is good) or step down (giving in to temptation and sin).

This Christmas, may the choices we make be guided by the love and grace of Jesus Christ!

December 21, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

Dec 13, 2014

We take out the trash regularly from the kitchen, or else we live with the stink and stench of smelly garbage.  In the same way Advent gives us a ready made opportunity to search our hearts and through the sacrament of reconciliation to remove the stink of sin so that God's grace might give us healing and peace

December 13, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI 

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Dec 7, 2014

A Christmas Carol has several characters that stand out: 

Fan (Scrooge's sister) - full of love for her older brother

Fred (Scrooge's nephew) - full of Christmas cheer

Fezziwig (Scrooge's old boss) - knows how to celebrate Christmas

Bob Cratchit (Scrooge's clerk) - loves his family deeply

Tiny Tim (Bob's weakly son) - strives to live thoughtfully with goodness/kindness

Note: They are all filled with hope, even as they face the difficulties of life: Fan will die young; Fred grew up without a mom; Fezziwig knew the challenges of running a business; Bob knew about poverty and making tough sacrifices; and Tiny Tim knew firsthand the hard realities of illness.

It invites us to ponder - how do we prepare our hearts with Advent hope?  Are we receiving hope, and are we passing it on to one another?

December 7, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

 

Dec 6, 2014

This talk was part of an Advent retreat offered at Cathedral of Christ the King.  Six categories are offered to help us see more clearly the face of Christ:

  • Sacraments
  • Scriptures
  • Prayer
  • Service
  • Sacrifice
  • Fellowship

December 6, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

Nov 30, 2014

Just as Jacob Marley provided a wake up call to Ebenezer Scrooge, we have been given an opportunity to be alert to the coming of the Lord.  Advent is our opportunity to prepare our hearts - pausing to reflect and consider the state of our souls - so that when the Lord Jesus comes he will find us ready.

November 30, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

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