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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: Category: Easter
May 16, 2020

John's Gospel reveals a no-nonsense approach to the reality of opposition and hostility that we will face as disciples of Jesus Christ. In tough times we draw strength from the Lord, who gives us exactly what we need to thrive.

May 16, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 15, 2020

As the Apostles wrestle with a crucial about who can join the Church, we see in their decision making process a path for us to follow today.

May 15, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 14, 2020

St. Matthias was chosen by the Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot. This transition offers us an example of how our faith can help us navigate the ever-present effects of change and transition in our lives.

May 14, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 13, 2020

This beautiful image from John's Gospel reminds us that our connection to the Lord allows us to thrive and unite together in the most challenging times.

May 13, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 12, 2020

If you ever think you're having a bad day, read about the hardships of St. Paul! Today in the Acts of the Apostles we see how he was left for dead...and then staggered on to keep proclaiming the Good News.

May 12, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 11, 2020

As St. Paul heals a crippled man and directs the people's praise to Jesus, we understand that a fundamental part of our discipleship is to be agents of God's healing in the lives around us.

May 11, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 10, 2020

As the early Church experienced growing pains, the Apostles responded to the situation by empowering others to serve the community in special ways. May our response to the signs of the times be guided by the Lord today.

May 10, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 9, 2020

As Paul and Barnabas preach to the people, they encounter both hostility and joy. Quoting Isaiah 49:6, they shine with the light of Christ as they live their faith.

May 9, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 8, 2020

St. Paul's preaching and the Lord's teaching remind us of a crucial aspect of our faith: Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is God!

May 8, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 7, 2020

Paul's preaching about Salvation History reminds us how crucial it is to know the history of faith so that we can share it with our own generation. For if we don't know our story, how can we pass it on?

May 7, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 6, 2020

As Saul and Barnabas are chosen by God for a special task, we see how the Lord continues to call each one of us today to go forth into the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.

May 6, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 5, 2020

As Barnabas and Saul build up the Church in Antioch, we discover how our lives have opportunities every day to continue to this great work through our unique and particular circumstances.

May 5, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 4, 2020

St. Peter's vision from God enlightens him to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit among the Gentiles (that's non-Jewish people.) May our awareness of the Spirit guide us to see the Lord at work among us all in these changing times!

May 4, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 3, 2020

Psalm 23 proclaims "The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want." Through love, knowledge and action we draw near to our Shepherd and are guided by Him on our journey through life.

May 3, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 2, 2020

St. Peter's words to Jesus in the Gospel are witnessed in the miracles he performs in the Lord's name. May his example inspire us to put our faith into practice!

May 2, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 1, 2020

Like parts in a play or orchestra, it takes many people - in great and small ways - working together to bring forth something beautiful. The same is true in spiritual life, and we see today in the example of Ananias how God can take even our smallest action and bring about great results.

May 1, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 30, 2020

Philip's conversation today reveals the need to share the gift of faith. Somebody told us about Jesus; now it's our turn to pass on the Good News to another.

April 30, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 29, 2020

I love watching "underdog" movies...you know, where someone fights for the impossible dream, against all odds, moving uphill every step of the way. In daily life we see inspiring examples all around us, and in the Church we know that with God's grace we flourish in the midst of struggle.

April 29, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 28, 2020

Stephen is the first disciple to be martyred: to die for his faith in Jesus Christ. His example reminds us that we will all make an offering of our lives - in great and small ways - as we put our faith into practice.

April 28, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 27, 2020

St. Stephen's faith gets noticed by a hostile group of people who strive to oppose him. His example reveals a simple truth: a vibrant faith in Christ will draw people...and sometimes require us to stand our ground.

April 27, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 26, 2020

On the road to Emmaus two disciples - disappointed and downcast - are leaving Jerusalem. Their encounter with Christ through the Scriptures and the Eucharist transforms their hearts and renews their faith.

April 26, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 25, 2020

On this Feast of St. Mark the evangelist we are reminded that all of us are called to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ - by our words, actions and example - so that others can see how the Lord brings power and joy to our lives.

April 24, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 24, 2020

The wisdom of Gamaliel reveals a spiritual insight: things of divine origin cannot be destroyed. As we place our lives under God's guidance, may we seek the Lord in everything we do.

April 24, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 23, 2020

The Apostles declare that they "must obey God and not men" as they stand before the hostile Sanhedrin. Risking their lives, they show us the test of faith...even to the point of death.

April 23, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 22, 2020

The Apostles encounter hostility from their preaching and are thrown in prison; God sends an angel to free them...to get back to the work of God!

April 22, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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