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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
May 15, 2019

The Lord teaches that he is the light - sent from the Father - who comes to save the world.  May Christ's words and saving actions inspire us this day to draw near to his glorious light!

May 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 14, 2019

This beautiful passage from the Gospel of John offers a profound reflection on the nature of God's love for our lives.  Flowing from the Father, divine love is meant to touch our hearts and pass through us into the diverse relationships of daily life.

May 14, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 12, 2019

Christ is our Good Shepherd, who leads, defends and calls us through this life.  May we respond to his voice and follow his guidance with full and open hearts.

May 12, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 11, 2019

From the low point in Christ's earthly mission to St. Peter's extraordinary ministry, Jesus alone offers what is necessary for our journey through this life.  May we place our hearts in his care as we follow the Lord's call.

May 11, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 10, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles recounts the conversion of St. Paul - from persecutor to proclaimer - and inspires us to remember that God continues to call all of us to ongoing conversion of heart.

May 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 9, 2019

St. Philip helps a stranger discover the Good News of Jesus Christ and be baptized.  We, too, are called to help others learn about the Lord and grow closer to God and one another.

May 9, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 8, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles recounts both the persecution and joy that the early Church experienced, showcasing how St. Philip carried on the mission of Jesus through his actions.  As we face our challenges today, may we allow the grace of the Lord to give us the strength and wisdom we need.

May 8, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 7, 2019

Jesus teaches that he is "the bread of life" and whoever comes to him will never hunger.  The Lord sustains us with this living bread, giving us the strength we need to face the challenges of life today.

May 7, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 5, 2019

The encounter between Jesus and St. Peter offers us an example of the Lord's gentle call to grow ever deeper in our love.  God patiently meets us where we are and invites us to follow...may we respond!

May 5, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 4, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles reveals that from the beginning the Church faced challenges and new opportunities for service.  As we engage our lives today we have the chance to consider how the Lord is calling us to offer our lives in the name of Jesus Christ.

May 4, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 3, 2019

The feast of saints Philip and James reveals that God works through the unique gifts of our lives to continue the proclamation of the saving work of the Lord in our world today.  

May 3, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 2, 2019

Questioned by the Sanhedrin, Peter and the other Apostles state, "We must obey God rather than men."  As disciples of Jesus Christ we recognized that we have been made, redeemed and sanctified by the grace of God...and in our moments of testing our character will be revealed by our obedience.

May 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 1, 2019

This well known passage from the Gospel of John reminds us that it was out of love for sinful humanity that God sent Jesus Christ for our salvation.  May we humbly acknowledge the darkness within our hearts and turn to the one who longs to make us whole.

May 1, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 30, 2019

As Jesus speaks to Nicodemus we discover that our hope in Christ gives us the strength we need for our earthly journey.  Whatever challenges we encounter in this life, we look to the Lord's victory over sin and death to guide us to Heaven.

April 30, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 28, 2019

The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles reveals how the early Church, filled with the Holy Spirit, grew in numbers as the Apostles continued the ministry of Jesus.  Their example becomes our inspiration today to go and make disciples for the Lord.

April 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 27, 2019

Mark's Gospel offers three different occasions where the Risen Lord appeared to fourteen disciples: Mary Magdalene, Two on the road to Emmaus and the Eleven Apostles.  In these encounters we see our own human need for the time and effort necessary to grow in our faith.

April 27, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 26, 2019

The first reading reveals the transformation to St. Peter as the resurrection of Christ takes hold of his heart.  Casting aside doubt and fear, Peter proclaims the Good News in the face of persecution and trial...reminding us that as disciples we can draw upon the same strength today.

April 26, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 25, 2019

The readings today reveal the power of the resurrection to transform hearts and equip disciples to proclaim the Good News.  Like the first Apostles, we have an opportunity every day to draw strength from the Lord for the task at hand.

April 25, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 24, 2019

Peter and John show how the name of Jesus brings hope and life to a beggar.  Following their example, we offer our lives today as a living witness to the power of God in the world.

April 24, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 23, 2019

Both Peter and Mary Magdalene reveal how Christ's resurrection transforms our human weakness and empowers us for service in the world.  We, too, are called to receive the grace of Easter into our hearts as the Lord takes the gift of our lives and equips us to proclaim the Good News.

April 23, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 21, 2019

Beyond the agony of the Cross and the sorrow of the Tomb on that first day of the week the message was proclaimed:  He’s Alive!

April 21, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 20, 2019

We join the Church around the world as we wait in hope for the resurrection of the Lord.  This extraordinary Mass empowers us to look at the challenges in our lives with the conviction that God will give us the grace we need for the task at hand.

April 20, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, 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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