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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
Feb 27, 2021

We find in this selection from the Sermon on the Mount one of the hardest teachings of Jesus: to love our enemies. Yet when we do this we cleanse our hearts of hate and fill them with God's grace, so that we will be prepared to follow Christ in this life and be with Him in the next.

February 27, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 26, 2021

Jesus urges his disciples to make reconciliation a priority in their lives, reminding us that forgiveness is a daily discipline as we follow the Lord.

February 26, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 25, 2021

The Lord teaches us to ask, seek and knock as we trust in God who knows the good things that we need.

February 25, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 24, 2021

Jesus affirms the preaching of Jonah to repent. This is the constant message throughout salvation history: to acknowledge our sins and return to the Lord for mercy and forgiveness.

February 24, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 23, 2021

Matthew's Gospel offers the Lord's Prayer - a powerful spiritual tool that speaks practically about the crucial role of forgiveness in our daily lives.

February 23, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 21, 2021

The temptation of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark reminds us that the darkness of sin must be confronted in our hearts with the triumph of Christ.

February 21, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2021

The call of Levi (a tax collector and sinner) offers us hope that just as Jesus reached out to Levi the Lord also invites us - even with all our sins. May we joyfully respond to His call and offer our lives today.

February 20, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 19, 2021

The Prophet Isaiah calls the people to corporal works of mercy. May this exhortation inspire us to see the needs of our brothers and sisters and respond with the love of Christ.

February 19, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 18, 2021

Both Moses and Jesus speak of a faith that pertains to matters of life and death. May our Lenten journey empower us to embrace the gift of God as we live our lives for the Lord.

February 18, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 17, 2021

We begin the season of Lent by acknowledging our sins and embracing God's mercy through repentance and conversion of heart. May these forty days help us draw closer to Jesus Christ and one another!

February 17, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 8, 2020

We see the spiritual battle within Judas as he prepares to betray the Lord, yet we recall that there is a fight for good and evil within our own hearts as well. May we acknowledge this struggle and steadfastly turn to Christ - our friend and ally - to win the war.

April 8, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 7, 2020

The fearful boast of St. Peter to Jesus gives us pause to reflect on the power of our speech - for good or evil - within our lives.

April 7, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 6, 2020

Just days before his crucifixion, Jesus experiences a compassionate act of service by Mary at her home with Martha and Lazarus. May her example inspire us to offer our lives for the Lord!

April 6, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2020

Every year on Palm Sunday we hear the Passion of the Lord. Why? Because we need to be reminded of God's remedy for our sins, so that we may stand at the foot of the Cross of Christ and repent...so as to receive his great gift of mercy.

April 5, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2020

Ezekiel's great prophecy of hope is made possible through the words of the high priest Caiaphas - who reminds us that "it is better that one man should die instead of the people." As we enter into Holy Week may we cherish the Lord's sacrifice for our salvation!

April 4, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 3, 2020

Jeremiah reminds us that we put our trust in God as we face the dangers of life.

April 3, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 2, 2020

Jesus reveals his divinity in John's Gospel, and this truth becomes the foundation for our faith and the source of our hope as we configure our lives to Him.

April 2, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 1, 2020

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego walked in the fiery furnace with a fourth person who looked like a Son of God. During those times in our lives when we have been put to the test, may we trust that Christ walks with us as well.

April 1, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2020

To gaze upon the Cross reveals the face of God in Christ crucified for our sake. This symbol of death thus becomes our hope, that the one who takes the place of our sins will lead us to eternal life.

March 31, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 30, 2020

The Book of Daniel and the Gospel of John offer us examples of Justice and Mercy, crucial concepts that require our careful thought and attention as disciples of the Lord. May we strive for Justice in all our actions as we we recognize our ongoing need for God's Mercy when we sin.

March 30, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 29, 2020

The miracle of Lazarus reveals the power of Jesus Christ and the hope we have in the Lord. May these matters of life and death inspire us to respond to the needs of our world with conviction and compassion.

March 29, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 28, 2020

As the spirit of destructive discord increases around Jesus, we see the crucial need to work for peace and unity, especially in challenging times.

March 28, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 27, 2020

The readings today remind us of the reality of evil and its blinding presence in our lives. Yet as we confront the darkness of sin we find that our help comes from the light of Christ, who gives us the courage and strength we need.

Marcy 27, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 26, 2020

Just as Moses intervened for the people of Israel when they turned away from God, Jesus - the Son of God - intervenes for our sinfulness by his saving action on the Cross.

March 26, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 24, 2020

God's touch brings life giving power that leads to healing and wholeness. As we confront the physical illness of COVID-19, we also call upon the Lord to restore whatever is wounded in body, mind, heart and soul.

March 24, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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