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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 20, 2018

United in love with his heavenly Father, Jesus teaches the people that they will know who he is when he has been lifted up.  As we gaze upon Christ on the Cross may we recognize our hope as we turn from our sins and accept his forgiveness.

March 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 18, 2018

Only after the grain of wheat dies can new life begin; this process from death to life shapes both our physical and spiritual lives.  What doesn't belong in our hearts?  What needs to "die" so that Jesus Christ can raise up new life within us?  The Lord offers the grace...may we walk with Him from death to new life.

March 17, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 17, 2018

John's Gospel offers a glimpse at the division that occurs among the crowd - all who are trying to figure out who Jesus is - as doubt, isolation and discord rise to the surface.  Division is part of our human experience; in light of today's reading we have the opportunity to consider how we work to unite with one another in a spirit of peace.

March 17, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 16, 2018

The Gospel of John reveals that people are questioning the identity of Jesus and trying to kill him.   Who is he?  He is Christ the Lord, the Son of God who comes from the Father to save and set us free.

March 16, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 15, 2018

Jesus speaks about several different sources that offer testimony on his behalf.  It begs a question: Do our lives offer a similar witness?  Does what we say and do give testimony that Christ is the Lord of our hearts?

March 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 14, 2018

The Gospel of John reveals the relationship between Jesus and his heavenly Father, establishing Christ as the Just Judge before whom we will all stand.  Our opportunity is to take each day as a precious gift, reconciling our hearts and seeking to follow the Lord with all our heart.

March 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 13, 2018

Jesus heals a lame man at the Pool of Bethesda, providing us with an opportunity today to reflect on how the Lord calls us to be agents of healing for those in our midst.

March 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 11, 2018

The love of Jesus is a light that shines in the darkness of our world.  As we draw near to Christ we open our hearts and allow his love to fill and flow through our lives. 

March 10, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Mar 10, 2018

The parable of Jesus today offers us a profound phrase for our daily meditation: "O God, be merciful to me a sinner."

March 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 9, 2018

Jesus takes the 10 Commandments and simplifies them down to two.  This focus allows us to concentrate our efforts on what is most important in the life of faith: loving God and one another.

March 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 8, 2018

Jesus drives out a demon and then responds to a comment from the crowd.  As we face evil in our lives we call upon the Lord for the strength we need.

March 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 7, 2018

Jesus fulfills the Law and the Prophets, creating a new covenant by which we know God and offer our lives with meaning and power.

March 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 6, 2018

St. Peter asks the question that all the disciples are thinking...and Jesus drives home the point about forgiveness with a powerful parable.

March 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 4, 2018

Jesus cleanses the Temple and offers the sign of his resurrection.  As we continue through this season of Lent, may we cleanse what does not belong in our hearts and call upon the Lord for the strength we need to live each day as a precious gift from God.

March 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 3, 2018

The Prodigal Son is a favorite parable for many, and it has layers of meaning and insight that serve us well.  Whether it's forgiveness or mercy we require, may we run to our Heavenly Father, trusting that the Lord will never give up on us.

March 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 2, 2018

The story of Joseph and the parable of the vineyard owner's son reveal the capacity for evil that exists in every human heart.  In our need we build our lives upon Jesus Christ, the cornerstone who comes to free us from our sins and lead us into a life of grace.

March 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 1, 2018

The well known parable of the rich man and Lazarus offers a powerful reminder that we have been given what we need to know the Lord. May we draw up these great gifts: Church teaching, Scripture, Sacraments, Prayer, Fellowship, and the example of the Saints!

March 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 28, 2018

Jesus addresses a dispute among the disciples by teaching them that the journey to greatness is discovered on the path of service.

February 28, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 27, 2018

Isaiah exhorts the people to wash themselves clean.  Jesus shows how this cleansing happens when we serve one another with a humble heart.

February 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 25, 2018

Peter, James and John had a profound experience on the mountain, and Abraham encountered an angel in his test of faith.  Both experiences were graces that came at different points of their journey through life.  As we follow the Lord through the regular practice of our faith may we take to heart any special graces we receive as gifts from God to continue on our path.

February 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 24, 2018

While the phrase "love one another" sounds great when we like the people in question, the real test of faith occurs when it's tough.   The command of Jesus to "love your enemies" will demand us to become like the Lord - who even forgave those who nailed him to the Cross.   To do this we call upon God for the grace we need to be filled with the love of Christ so that we can share his love in all moments of life...even when surrounded by enemies.

February 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 23, 2018

The Lord makes is clear in the Gospel of Matthew that if someone has anything against us, we are commanded to go first and be reconciled.  Seeking forgiveness and being about reconciliation may be the hardest thing we do as Christians, yet it's essential if we seek to follow Jesus Christ.

February 23, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 22, 2018

When Jesus asks his disciples "Who do you say that I am?" Peter gets it right.  Jesus is the Christ, the Lord, the one who saves us from our sins and empowers us as Sons and Daughters of God.  Our acceptance of this reality transforms our lives with his light and power!

February 22, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 21, 2018

It's human nature to be looking for a sign from God - guiding our actions and helping us to see the right path.  Jesus teaches in the gospel of Luke that we  don't need any more signs...we have the Lord!  The task now?  To put our faith into practice.

February 21, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2018

It's a powerful prayer, and this gift from the Lord strengthens and directs our lives.  Only 55 words in English; may we pray it with conviction and conversion of heart.

February 20, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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