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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: Lent
Mar 27, 2024

As Judas gives in to temptation and sin, we pause to recognize that all of us have our own unique "soft targets" where we are particularly weak and easily tempted to put other things ahead of Jesus Christ. (Lectionary #259)

March 27, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 26, 2024

Jesus foretells the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter while striving to teach the disciples about the command to serve and love one another. (Lectionary #258)

March 26, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 25, 2024

While Jesus is at dinner at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, Mary anoints his feet with outrageously expensive perfume.  May her lavish gift inspire us to be equally generous as we offer our lives for the Lord.  (Lectionary #257)

March 25, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 24, 2024

Out of love for all humanity Jesus empties himself, taking on our human form, and becomes obedient...even to death on a Cross.  (Lectionary #38)

March 23, 2024 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 23, 2024

Following the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead, the high priest Caiaphas prophesizes that "it is better that one man should die instead of the people" and reveals how the Lord saves us through his Passion and death on the Cross. (Lectionary #256)

March 23, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 22, 2024

Psalm 18 addresses the pain and hardship of human suffering, mindful that in faith we call upon the Lord for the help we need. (Lectionary #255)

March 22, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 21, 2024

Jesus speaks about Abraham in John's Gospel, referring to himself as the great "I AM" and thus claiming his divinity. (Lectionary #254)

March 21, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 20, 2024

When we draw near to the Lord (in the Scriptures, Sacraments, Prayer, Fellowship, and Service) we are strengthened in faith and filled with God's grace.  (Lectionary #253)

March 20, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 18, 2024

Psalm 23 has given hope in every generation as people face the hard times in life with God's grace. (Lectionary #251)

March 18, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 18, 2024

Let's examine some of the themes in the Mass readings for Palm Sunday. (Lectionary #37, #38)

March 18, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 17, 2024

Like the grain of wheat that falls to the ground and dies in order to bring forth new life, we die to sin and grow in grace to bring forth a spiritual, lifegiving harvest in our souls. (Lectionary #35)

March 16, 2024 - St. Anthony Catholic Church, Lake Nebagamon

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Mar 16, 2024

In our spiritual battles we take comfort in the words of Psalm 7 as we call upon the Lord for help to face the difficult times in our lives. (Lectionary #249)

March 16, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 15, 2024

This response from Psalm 34 brings comfort and hope to our lives in moments of suffering, difficulty, and trial, reminding us that the Lord meets us where we are and gives us the grace we need. (Lectionary #248)

March 15, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 14, 2024

The readings today reveal a connection from the time of Moses to the revelation of Jesus Christ, inspiring us to learn the legacy of our spiritual history so that we can embrace the fullness of our faith in our daily lives. (Lectionary #247)

March 14, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 13, 2024

Jesus speaks about the Father, pointing out the intimate connection between them and the power that the Lord will wield on the day of judgment. (Lectionary #246)

March 13, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 12, 2024

Jesus heals a man who has been crippled for 38 years, inviting us to consider where healing needs to occur in our lives and in the lives of those around us. (Lectionary #245)

March 12, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 11, 2024

A royal official comes to Jesus to ask that he heal his son, and his response reveals his faith as he believes and acts on the word of the Lord. (Lectionary #244)

March 11, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 11, 2024

Here are some of the themes that emerge in the Mass readings for the 5th Sunday of Lent. (Lectionary B - #35)

March 11, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 10, 2024

The famous (and often quoted) passage from John's Gospel inspires us to reflect on the awesome magnitude of God's love, inviting us to consider how we will respond to the Lord and one another. (Lectionary, Year B, #32)

March 9, 2024 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Mar 9, 2024

Jesus offers a parable, teaching that a humble, honest prayer from the heart is heard by God. (Lectionary #242)

March 9, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 8, 2024

We can learn how to fulfill the Lord's command to love God and one another by studying our hearts in those moments when it is easy and difficult to do. (Lectionary #241)

March 8, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 7, 2024

Jesus drives out a demon and then responds to the crowd that by the finger of God this work is done, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is at hand. (Lectionary #240)

March 7, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 6, 2024

Jesus teaches that he has come, not to abolish, but to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.  May we learn our history in order to recognize and respond to the precious treasure of our faith in Christ. (Lectionary #239)

March 6, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 5, 2024

Jesus offers a parable, highlighting the crucial commandment to forgive one another from the heart.  (Lectionary #238)

March 5, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 4, 2024

Jesus is rejected in his native place of Nazareth, reminding us that we are often most challenged to share our faith with the people to whom we are the closest. (Lectionary #237)

March 4, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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