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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: Easter
Apr 13, 2016

What gives people strength to carry on when the going gets tough?  To hang in there when it is painful, difficult, or oppressive?  The struggles of the early Church were sustained by their faith in Christ, who promised eternal life to all who believe in him.

April 13, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Apr 12, 2016

"I am the Bread of Life" are the words the Lord speaks to the crowd.  This time of year, when 1st Communions are common, may we receive the Lord in the Eucharist with the living bread that feeds our souls.

April 12, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Apr 10, 2016

Following the Lord does not mean that life is easy; rather, our faith gives us a strength to face the obstacles of life with the power of Christ's love.

April 10, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Apr 8, 2016

Some 1st graders from Cathedral School share their thoughts on the Gospel reading today!

April 8, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Apr 7, 2016

Empowered by the Holy Spirit and filled with the love of the Risen Christ, the disciples continue to proclaim the Good News in the face of open hostility.  May we take their example to heart as we draw near to the Lord for the grace we need to confront the challenges and obstacles of daily life.

April 7, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

 

Apr 6, 2016

The Apostles continue to preach the message of Christ in the context of persecution.  They are freed from fear!  How is this possible?  Where do they get their strength?  The Gospel answer: the Love of Christ poured out through his Death and Resurrection has transformed them.  May the Lord's love cast out our fears as well.

April 6, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Apr 5, 2016

The reading from the Acts of the Apostles reveals the unity of "one heart and mind" that the early Church practiced in the days following the Lord's resurrection.  Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the first followers of Jesus Christ shared their goods in common, worked together, and dedicated their efforts to building up one another.  What a great image for us to keep before us in our lives today!

April 5, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all podcasts.

Apr 3, 2016

The Scriptures this week reveal two key aspects of the Disciples' lives:

  • an encounter with Jesus Christ
  • a powerful proclamation of the Good News

Simply put, they have become Living Gospels - receiving the Risen Lord so that they might boldly share their faith with others.  In just the same way, may we receive Christ - in Sacrament, Scripture, Fellowship and Prayer - so that we can give the love of Christ to those we meet.

April 2, 2016 - St William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Apr 1, 2016

This is now the third day in a row where we perceive the same pattern: An encounter with Christ in the Gospels and the response of the disciples in the first reading.  Today's response highlights persecution - those moments when our faith comes at a cost - and we witness the change in Peter who acts very differently in the light of Easter joy.  

April 1, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 31, 2016

Continuing the readings from yesterday, we discover how the disciples hear the Good News in the Scriptures and then boldly share the message of Jesus Christ with others.  May we do the same!

March 31, 2016 - Fr. Andrew's Buick on Hwy 53 - Northwestern Wisconsin

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 30, 2016

Two great readings!  The road to Emmaus shows how two disciples encountered Christ; the miracle performed by Peter & John in the name of Jesus reveals how the disciples now continue the Lord's work.  We, too, are invited to encounter the Lord so that we can share what we have received with one another.

March 30, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes, or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 29, 2016

Both Peter and Mary Magdalene are transformed by the power of the resurrection: Peter, formerly bound by fear, is now on fire to spread the Good News; Mary, overcome by sorrow, is now filled with joy.  What in our life needs to be touched by the power of Christ's resurrection?  How can Easter transforms our lives today?

March 29, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

May 17, 2015

Change and transition are part of human life as seen in graduations, new jobs, relationships, and situations.  Like the Apostles on this feast, we can face our changes by keeping in mind three basic concepts:

  • Observation - looking & listening to our new reality
  • Reflection - by ourselves, with others & God's guidance
  • Application - putting our thoughts into action

As the Apostles embraced their transitions the Holy Spirit empowered them to change the world.  May we continue to open our hearts to the Spirit and face the changes that come before us.

May 16, 2015 - St. William Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 10, 2015

Just as a passport is essential for travel on earth, so Christ's commandment to love is essential for our travel to Heaven.  Consider these similarities:

  • Shows our Country of Origin
  • Serves as identification
  • Reveals our travel history
  • Necessary to come home

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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May 3, 2015

Like branches on a grape vine, we are dependent on Jesus for grace and strength.  Yet when we are connected to the Lord we are able to bear fruit that touches hearts and changes lives. 

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

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For more podcasts go to threegreatthings.libsyn.com or "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

Apr 26, 2015

How do we face rejection?  How do we confront the obstacles and roadblocks that are part of life?  Two key points surface:

  • Strength
  • Wisdom

May we call upon the Lord for what we need - regardless of our vocation in life - to find our way!

April 26, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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For more podcasts go to threegreatthings.libsyn.com or "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

 

Apr 19, 2015

What is the script of my thoughts, words, and actions?  If I were to write down what I think, speak, and do would it point to Christ?  Would it even include Jesus?

We are witnesses for the Lord, and as his disciples we can make changes in our lives - changing the script - so that grace of Christ renews and strengthens our lives.

April 18, 2015 - St. William Church - Foxboro, WI

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For more podcasts go to threegreatthings.libsyn.com or "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

Apr 12, 2015

Working together demands effort, cooperation, collaboration, and dedicated people who are committed to each other.  While never easy, the early Church showed the power of unity as they gathered in "one heart and mind" to proclaim the Good News.  Three things can help us live this "blue collar cousin" to Christian love:

  • Our Part - removing obstacles and building bridges in our relationships
  • Their Part - helping and empowering others when they come to us
  • God's Part - the grace of Christ to unite and strengthen us, even when we are weak

April 12, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2015

Their lives were changed; the sorrow cast from the shadow of the Cross is now transformed by resurrection glory...He's alive!  The grace of Jesus Christ inspired the disciples to go out to the world - carrying their crosses - with the power the Lord's triumph.  

Christ brings this transformation to us today; his power continues to work in the world.  May we open our hearts to the resurrection...and be transformed!

April 5, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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For more podcasts go to threegreatthings.libsyn.com or "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

Jun 8, 2014

The Holy Spirit - the third Person of the Trinity - descended upon the disciples and empowered them to proclaim the Good News of Christ.  With the power of the Spirit these disciples will change the world.

Here are two powerful ways the Spirit helps us:

  • To find our path and direction - giving us guidance
  • To provide power and strength - to carry out our tasks

The Spirit continues to work through us today - guiding and empowering us to live our lives for the Lord.  Come Holy Spirit!

June 8, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 1, 2014

There are times in life when we need to say goodbye - letting go of familiar things and embracing new opportunities and challenges.  Transitions are difficult, yet they are a common way we grow.

The Feast of the Ascension reminds us that the disciples faced their transition as the Lord was lifted up to Heaven.  We, too, are called to step out and undertake the opportunities and challenges that the Lord sets before us, embracing our transitions so that the Lord can stretch and transform us!

June 1, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 25, 2014

God commands us to love, both the Lord and one another.  Love is a way we live - a verb that calls us to actions.  3 thoughts:

  • Where in my life is it hard to love?  Name it!
  • What's my part in that?  Own it!
  • Call on the Lord for grace to love.  Ask for it!

 

May 25, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

For other podcasts, go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

May 18, 2014

Stones are the bones of the earth.  They may or may not be attractive, but when they are shaped and formed they can become powerful - capable of supporting tremendous weight.

Our hearts can do the same.  When we shape and form our hearts - working together with those around us - we become a living temple that gives glory to God.  In our unity we become strong, united in the Lord's love for service in the world.

May 18, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts, go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

May 11, 2014

Jesus is not only the shepherd who calls us, he is the gate that protects and guards. When our our lives on earth are finished, the Lord will not only call us - but he will be at the gate.  Will we be ready to greet him?  Do we have any unfinished business that needs to be addressed?  If so, then perhaps today offers the opportunity for us to attend to our hearts.

May 11, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts, go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

Apr 27, 2014

Christ's greeting "Peace be with you!" in the Gospel teaches us about the Lord's longing for us:

  • Serenity is a part of God's desire for us
  • Many things attempt to steal that peace from us

We hunger and long for peace...we need it!  And to understand peace, there are two distinct components to look for:

  • What - the thing itself, which is our goal and objective 
  • How - the way we live and act

Both are crucial for an authentic expression of the Lord's peace, and both are required if we will live the Peace of Christ in our hearts.

April 27, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts, go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

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