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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, 2018

Anyone who loves cooking knows the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread.  Our bodies require daily nourishment to thrive, and we rely on spiritual food for our relationship with the Lord.  Jesus offers both in John's account today of the miracle of the fish and loaves.

April 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 12, 2018

The Apostles speak boldly about the Risen Lord in the face of opposition, and their example inspires us to call upon the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom as we journey through this life...with our eyes focused on Heaven.

April 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 11, 2018

While today's passage from the Gospel of John remains one of the most well known and beloved of all Scripture, the verses that follow indicate the choice that we all have to make.  Do we seek Christ, the Light of the world, or do we prefer darkness...because our deeds are evil?  May we face our temptations and resolutely follow the Lord, whose light shines in our world and helps us find our way.

April 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

Apr 10, 2018

Jesus speaks with Nicodemus about the Holy Spirit.  We have received this Spirit in our hearts at Baptism, and the Lord gives us the strength and wisdom to make our way through this life to Heaven.  Our task: to let the Spirit work in our lives!

April 10, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 8, 2018

The unity of the disciples through gratitude, love and peace offers us an example of how we draw together today with the people God puts in our lives.  This is is not easy work...but it is worth it!

April 7, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 7, 2018

As the disciples moved from doubt to bold belief, we see the process that often accompanies our transformation in faith.  We need time to understand, integrate and apply God's grace to our lives; may this Easter season help us to proclaim the Good News with boldness!

April 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 6, 2018

The Risen Lord appears to some of the disciples while they are fishing on the Sea of Galilee.  Their encounter reveals that God gives us what we need so that we can face the challenges in life.

April 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2018

After the resurrection Jesus appears to the Apostles and explains how he has fulfilled the prophecies within the Sacred Scriptures; that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer, die and be raised on the third day.  He concludes this passage with a powerful exhortation, "You are witnesses of these things."  Our faith was built on the witness of others, and our lived example of faith helps others encounter the Risen Lord today.

April 5, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2018

Two disciples encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  Their journey reveals how God continues to touch the hearts and lives of believers today.  May we continue on the path as we walk with the Lord!

April 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 3, 2018

Mary Magdalene was the first person to see the Risen Lord.  Empowered by Jesus, she is sent to proclaim the resurrection to the Apostles.  Her example reminds us that God continues to bless us in our weaknesses and strengthen us for service in the world today.

April 3, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 1, 2018

The resurrection of Jesus brings hope and life as we turn away from our sins and embrace the living Lord.  No matter what's happened in the past, may we draw strength from God's love and walk in the light of Christ's amazing grace.  The Lord is risen!  He is risen, indeed.

April 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2018

We wait in vigil through the night to hear the news of Easter joy: Christ is risen!  At the Easter Vigil we join with the Church around the world, welcoming new members to the faith and recalling the great events of salvation history.

March 31, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 3, 2017

The Lord tells Peter to follow him and not focus on what others are doing.  What a good reminder for us!  May we recognize that the Lord has plans for us all; our task: to carry out our work and follow Jesus with all our heart.

June 3, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 2, 2017

"Do you love me?" This is the question that the Lord puts to Peter three times following the resurrection.  It's a good reminder, for in the end our lives are measured by the love - shared and received - that's found in our hearts.

June 2, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 1, 2017

The Lord prays for the unity of the disciples, and how pertinent that prayer remains today!  May we work tirelessly to promote our connections and relationships, building up our community at all levels in life.

June 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci 

May 30, 2017

Jesus tells his heavenly Father, "I pray for them." His words offer hope: the Lord prays for us!  Our faith, transmitted through time and space from those first disciples, inspires us to pray for one another with the grace and strength of Christ.

May 30, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 28, 2017

We say in the creed, "He ascended into Heaven" yet we often do not consider what that means for our lives here on earth:

  • Where are we going?
  • What are we doing?
  • How are we doing it?

With Heaven as our home we can evaluate and review our words and actions in preparation for the day when the Lord calls us to follow Him from this world to the next.

May 27, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 27, 2017

"Whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you" reminds us that our requests are rooted in our relationship with the Lord.  As we grow closer to Christ we change and grow, not only learning what to ask for, but trusting that the one who knows us best will give us what we need.

May 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 26, 2017

The Lord bluntly teaches that grief is part of our journey of faith, but that it is not the final destination. As we face our challenges today we turn to Jesus Christ for the strength and guidance that will bring us to joy in His kingdom.

May 26, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 25, 2017

The first reading offers specific details of location, people and occupation - reminding us that the Lord works through the particular aspects of every human life...including our own!

May 25, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 24, 2017

The Lord promises us the Holy Spirit, who will guide us in truth.  What challenges are you facing today?  Call upon the Holy Spirit for the guidance you need!

May 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 23, 2017

Paul and Silas - beaten and imprisoned for their faith - bring people to faith in Philippi.  Their example shows us that God can use our weakness to bring about great deeds.

May 23, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 21, 2017

With proper diet and exercise our bodies grow stronger.  Over time what seemed difficult becomes easy through discipline and hard work.  The same is true for our spiritual lives: we grow stronger as we draw near to Christ and grow in his love...thus allowing us to love in difficult and challenging times as we carry out the Lord's command to love as he loves us.

May 20, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 20, 2017

Chosen by God does not mean that life will be easy; on the contrary, it will be hard!  We know from experience that there are times when we pay the price for doing the right thing, and as we follow Jesus Christ we know that we will meet opposition and difficulty...yet with the Lord's grace we will be given what we need to keep going.

May 20, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 19, 2017

Jesus teaches us by his example how to love, and then he commands us to do it - even when it's hard, inconvenient and uncomfortable.  May we call upon his grace for the strength we need to love one another as he loves us!

May 19, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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