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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: Lent
Mar 4, 2020

The Sign of Jonah - a call to repent - is the sign that Jesus gives to the crowds...and He continues to offer this powerful sign to us today.

March 4, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 3, 2020

The Lord's Prayer has strengthened the faith of millions of Christians through the centuries. May these words speak to our hearts today as we draw near to Christ and one another.

March 3, 2020 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 1, 2020

The contrast between the temptation of Adam and Eve by the serpent and the three temptations of Jesus by Satan offers us some crucial insights into how we face the temptations in our lives today.

March 1, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 29, 2020

The call of Levi offers us an example of how Christ invites us (wounded, broken and sinful) to follow Him. As Levi accepted this call and invited others to meet Jesus, may we take heart as the Lord calls us today.

February 29, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 28, 2020

Fasting is an ancient in the Church that has helped countless Christians grow closer to Christ and one another. May we examine how this discipline can empower us today.

February 28, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 27, 2020

In the first reading Moses makes it clear to the people of Israel that they have to make a choice between life and death. May we choose to live for the Lord, offering all that we have for the path that leads to Eternal Life.

February 27, 2020 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 26, 2020

"Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel." May the start of this season of Lent transform our hearts as we draw closer to Christ and one another.

February 26, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 17, 2019

The Passover meal is prepared, the disciples are gathered around Jesus, and with sorrow the Lord announces that a betrayer is in their midst.  The point?  There is no spin or sugar coating salvation history as we embark on the Sacred Triduum.  For in the midst of human darkness and sin, the Son of God will shine the light of grace upon our world.

April 17, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 16, 2019

We discover in the Gospel of John of the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter.  This is a dark hour in the history of our salvation, and it underscores the consequences of our actions and our reliance on God's infinite grace.

April 16, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 14, 2019

The Passion of Christ is the greatest love story ever told.  As we reflect on the depth of the Lord's sacrifice for our sins, may we encounter the compassion, mercy and forgiveness of Jesus, who gave his life that we might be with him in Heaven.

April 13, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 13, 2019

The prophetic words of Caiaphas reveal an insight into God's plan for our salvation, "it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people."  Jesus Christ takes our place by his death on the Cross so that our sins might be washed clean by his blood.  May this fact bring us to our knees in grateful thanks for what God has done for us.

April 13, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 12, 2019

Jesus reveals his majesty as the Son of God through his relationship with the Father and the works that he performs.  The moment we acknowledge this fact our lives profoundly change as we conform our thoughts, words and actions to the will of our Lord.

April 12, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 11, 2019

Jesus teaches in the Gospel of John that "whoever keeps my word will never see death."  As the Son of God, his sacrifice on the Cross becomes the means by which we gain eternal life.  May the promise of Heaven inspire our words and actions here on earth.

April 11, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 10, 2019

Jesus speaks of his relationship to the Father and invites us to become his disciples by remaining in his word.  What attacks this connection?  Sin.  Yet the closer we draw near to the Lord the clearer we see our need for God and the grace that Christ alone can offer us.

April 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 9, 2019

In John's Gospel we hear Jesus state that he is "I AM" not once but twice.  These words echo back to the time of Moses, who was told by God that "I AM" is his name.  Let us be clear: Jesus is Lord, the 2nd Person of the Trinity whose divinity will be fully revealed when we stand before him at the end of time.  May we live accordingly!

April 9, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 7, 2019

The encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery offers an insight into both the judgment and mercy of God.  May we cherish the Lord's compassion as we honestly examine our hearts for whatever keeps us from God and one another.

April 6, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Apr 6, 2019

As doubt and division surround Jesus in the Gospel of John, we recognize the presence of division in our lives and throughout the world today.  Wherever we find ourselves isolated and at odds with one another, may we draw near to the Lord and ask for his grace to bring unity and peace.

April 6, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2019

The book of Wisdom and the Gospel of John reveal the conflict that arises when we follow the Lord in our daily lives.  

April 5, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2019

When questioned about the "testimony" he can offer about himself, Jesus points to John the Baptist, his works and the words of his Father.  Finally, he directs people to reflect upon Moses, whose words and actions are fulfilled in the saving passion, death and resurrection of the Christ.

April 4, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 3, 2019

Both Isaiah and John's Gospel reveal the compassion and power of God.  This power, however, will not be forced upon us; rather, the Lord invites us to accept his invitation and receive grace for this life and the next.  How will we respond?

April 3, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 2, 2019

The readings today reveal the common theme of the life giving power of water to nourish and heal.  This image in turn points to Christ, the source of all life.  May we draw near to the Lord to be refreshed, so that we may in turn share His life with one another.

April 2, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2019

The parable of the Prodigal Son proclaims the tender compassion of the Father.  In our wayward moments the Lord continues to run to us in our need, reaching out with mercy, forgiveness and love.

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

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Mar 30, 2019

Jesus offers a parable that speaks to our hearts.  When we are caught in pride and selfishness, the words of the tax collector can restore our perspective and need for the Lord.  As we reflect on our sins and shortcomings may we call out and say, "O God, be merciful to me, a sinner."

March 30, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 29, 2019

When asked what is the most important commandment, Jesus responds by citing Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 and swiftly summarizes the life of faith by condensing the Ten Commandments down to two.  As we take these two crucial commandments to heart may they guide every aspect of our lives each and every day.

March 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 28, 2019

After casting out a demon, Jesus responds to criticism with a teaching that illustrates the power and unity that flow from the Kingdom of God.  It's a good reminder for us today, for when we are united in Christ then we have the strength we need to face the evil in our lives.

March 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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