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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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Sep 15, 2017

Following immediately after yesterday's Feast of the Holy Cross, the readings today focus on Mary as she endured the "sword of sorrow" as she stood at the Cross of her son.  Her sorrow reaches out through time and space to all people who have been overwhelmed by grief.  May her example help us to face our moments of pain with a sure and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

September 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 14, 2017

The Cross teaches us many lessons:
* Life is difficult, and at times painful
* Weakness and sin are part of our experience
* God identifies with our pain
* God dies that we might have life

At the core of our teaching the Cross stands as the testament of God's love for us.  On one hand the Cross is an embarrassment - after all, why would God (all powerful, all knowing, supreme) choose to be humiliated?  Does that not mean that God is weak?  Why could God not take away our sins in a way that showed majesty and splendor?

Yet on the other hand, the Cross is a statement that God meets us where we are in life.  In our weakness, in our humiliation, in our low moments of doubt and sin God comes to us.  Jesus, like us in every way but sin, understands our pain because through his Cross he shares in the suffering of the world.  He knows us, and loves us even more.

September 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 8, 2017

The Church celebrates the birth of Mary out of gratitude for her cooperation with God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.  As we remember the Mother of God today, may we continue to open our hearts - cooperating with God's plan for our lives as the Lord's disciples.

September 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 29, 2017

John the Baptist precedes Jesus in his birth, preaching and death.  John's witness to the Lord and the giving of his life inspire us to consider how we offer our lives each day to Christ...until the day when the Lord takes us by the hand at the hour of our own death.

Aug 24, 2017

Philip brings Nathaniel (also known as Bartholomew) to Christ, changing his life forever.  It reminds us that sometimes we have the opportunity to lead others to the Lord, and sometimes we need to open our hearts to what Jesus has to say.

August 24, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 22, 2017

Mary's "fiat" to the angel Gabriel cooperates with God's plan of salvation.  Mary serves as our example, Mother, intercessor and guide.  She's also the Queen of Heaven, and through her witness we are inspired to draw near to her Son.

Aug 15, 2017

Mary's assumption into Heaven reveals her crucial role in the Church.  As the Mother of God her "fiat" to the Angel Gabriel proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and her fidelity to God's will as she stood at the Cross offers us a profound example as we strive to live our faith in the midst of difficulty.

August 15, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 25, 2017

Jesus addresses a teachable moment when he explains that glory in Heaven comes from offering one's life in charity and service.  James and John will drink from the cup of of Christ, reminding us that every time we offer our lives for others we follow the example of Christ.

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

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Jun 29, 2017

These two great saints made an enormous impact in the Church, even as they encountered hard work and confronted their own weaknesses and sins.  May we look to their example and trust in the Lord for the grace we need to face the challenges of life.

June 29, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 24, 2017

As the herald of Jesus, John directs people to prepare for the coming of the messiah.  His birth, words and actions all point others to the Lord...and inspire us to do the same as modern days disciples.

June 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 23, 2017

The feast of the Sacred Heart of the Jesus celebrates the love of God for the whole world.  Without limit or boundary, the Lord's love for us is unconditional and offers us the opportunity to both receive and share this love with one another.

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

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Jun 18, 2017

This homily takes a practical look at answering three questions:

  1. What is the Eucharist?
  2. What happens at every Mass?
  3. What are some ways to get the most out of Mass?

June 17, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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May 31, 2017

Mary and Elizabeth - pregnant with Jesus and John the Baptist - meet and rejoice at the goodness of the Lord.  Both women knew hardship, yet their faith inspires us to see God at work...in good times and in bad.

May 31, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 25, 2017

Mary says "yes" to the Good News announced by the angel Gabriel...showing us how we can say yes to the Lord every day of our lives.

March 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 22, 2017

The presider's chair in any Catholic Church is a place of authority, overseen by a bishop who is a successor to the apostles...of which St. Peter is the rock upon which Jesus builds His Church.  May we draw strength from the Lord, our Great Shepherd, and offer our lives to care for those entrusted to us.

February 22, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2017

As Mary and Joseph presented their infant son in the Temple, they encounter Simeon and Anna who give praise to God for the fulfillment of the Lord's promises - the Messiah has come bringing light into the world!  As his disciples may we continue to share this light as we present ourselves for service to God and one another.

February 2, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 25, 2017

St. Paul's conversion shows how God calls us to make changes in our lives as we draw close to Jesus Christ and proclaim the Good News.  The Lord reaches out to us in our weakness, inspiring us to turn away from our sins and become living witnesses to the world.

January 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 8, 2017

The Magi were guided through the illumination of knowledge and faith to the Christ Child.  We, too, can be guided through the challenges of life when we we use our minds to the best of our ability and get down on our knees to pray for wisdom.  

January 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 1, 2017

Our knowledge of Mary flows from our knowledge of her Son, and her example teaches us how to be living witnesses in the face of adversity as we continue to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Dec 30, 2016

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph helps us see how God works through each of our families.  We face our struggles, make sacrifices, support each other, and receive blessings with gratitude...and through it all we grow in grace.

December 30, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 8, 2016

Mary's "yes" to God offers us an example, for as she participated in God's plan of salvation so we, too, have a daily opportunity to let the Lord's work be done through our words and actions.  

December 8, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 30, 2016

The call of St. Andrew reminds us that the Lord continues to invite us to follow him and proclaim the Good News so that others can experience the saving love of Christ.

November 30, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 20, 2016

He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords...and yet he came into our world to teach us about his heavenly Father with compassion and tenderness.  May we draw near to his Divine Mercy, and say the words of the Good Thief, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!"

November 20, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 9, 2016

We recall in the readings about the importance of having holy places to pray, so that we can become a holy people - dedicated to the Lord.

November 9, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 2, 2016

We remember all the faithful departed today, following the command of Jesus to pray always for one another to God who is Lord of the living and the dead.  May they rest in peace.

November 2, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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