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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 18, 2017

The parable of the Prodigal Son is well known and it speaks to some deep forces in our hearts.  Like the two sons, we have the chance each day to "come to our senses" to receive mercy and "celebrate and rejoice" when we can share that mercy with one another.

March 18, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Mar 17, 2017

Both the 1st Reading and the Gospel detail stories of rejection: Joseph is sold into slavery by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver and Jesus explains how the tenants kill the vineyard owner's son.  Yet in both cases the reality of rejection is transformed and redeemed by God's grace.  May we face our moments of rejection with the power of our faith in Christ, that God will work in our lives to bring about good.

March 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 16, 2017

Jesus speaks the parable of the rich man and Lazarus to the pharisees, commenting on issues of Heaven/Hell, life after death, and the fact that we have all the information we need to live our faith.  The point: we trust the Lord in this life to be ready to meet Him in the next.

March 16, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 15, 2017

Who are the greatest among us?  Those who serve and act as instruments of the grace and power of Christ.  May we all become great!

March 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 14, 2017

One way we can measure our success as disciples: how we help one another.  Whether it is the justice described by Isaiah or the example of Jesus in the Gospel, the Lord accepts our service toward one another as if it were done to Him.

March 14, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 12, 2017

The transfiguration of Jesus gives the apostles strength to continue on their journey to Jerusalem, and it gives them an insight into the glory of Jesus.  May we recognize moments when God blesses us as we continue on our journey of faith.

March 12, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 11, 2017

"Love your enemies" might be one of the toughest lines in the Bible to carry out.  Yet this command - to love as God loves us - is the test of our discipleship.  May we call upon the Lord for the grace we need to follow the example of Jesus, loving one another...even our enemies.

March 11, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 10, 2017

Jesus invites his disciples to seek God above all else, turning away from sin and making a change deep within our hearts.  

March 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 9, 2017

As Queen Esther calls upon the Lord, she is carrying out the teaching that Jesus offers to his disciples: ask, seek and knock...trusting that the Lord (who knows us better than we know ourselves) will respond with what we need to face the challenges of life.

March 9, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 8, 2017

God calls every generation to repentance as we observe in the book of Jonah and the Gospel of Luke today.  Rather than chase after miracles, wonders and signs, may we respond to this ongoing call to conversion of heart - turning away from sin and turning toward the Lord.

March 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 7, 2017

As Jesus teaches the disciples the Lord's Prayer he also reveals the power of forgiveness to transform and heal our lives.  This commandment - at times difficult to carry out - is crucial for us to receive the Lord's forgiveness as we forgive one another.

March 7, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 5, 2017

Temptation is a part of life, and the fall of Adam & Eve remind us that we encounter temptations each day as a result of sin.  We have hope, however, for the triumph of Jesus over the temptations of Satan inspires us to return to the Lord when we fail and seek the grace we need to flourish.

March 5, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 4, 2017

Jesus calls the tax collector Levi, with the simple invitation "follow me."  His life is transformed, and we know him today as St. Matthew; may our lives be transformed as well...every time we say yes to Christ and invite others to meet the Lord.

March 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 3, 2017

Both Isaiah and Jesus speak about fasting.  May this powerful discipline help us to draw near to the Lord and one another.

March 3, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 2, 2017

The Lord invites us to follow Him and take up our Cross as we crucify selfishness and sin.  As we repent and embrace the Good News, may we draw strength from the one who offers us the wisdom and direction to find our way.

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

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Mar 2, 2017

As we embark on this season of Lent we hear the words as we receive our ashes: "Repent, and believe in the Gospel."  May we turn away from sin and look to Christ for the grace we need each day.

March 1, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 23, 2016

"What will you give me?" is the question asked by Judas, and in our moments of temptation and sin it could easily be our own.  And yet what we discover in these next few days of the Sacred Triduum is that Christ will answer the question with the blood of his Cross.  Judas took silver and it ended in death; Jesus died on the Cross and it ended in eternal life.  May we draw near to the Lord - especially in our times of need - to accept his sacrifice and receive his grace.

March 23, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 22, 2016

John's Gospel today shows the Lord with a troubled heart as he announces that both Judas and Peter will deny him.  In the same meal where the Christ left us the Eucharist he also acknowledges the weakness of his own disciples.  It begs the question: When have we denied the Lord in our lives?  When have we turned away from Jesus in a moment of temptation?  May this Holy Week renew our faith and help us return to the one who died and rose that we might have a path that leads out of sin into newness of life.

Mar 20, 2016

We read the Passion of Christ ever year, not as some sad, distant, impersonal story that happen long ago, but as OUR STORY - a reminder that Christ endured his Cross for US, for our our sins and transgressions.  As we enter into this sacred season, may we draw near to the one who saves and sets us free.

Mar 12, 2016

We all sin, and sometimes our disastrous mistakes become public humiliations.  Yet like the woman in the Gospel today we encounter the Lord who simultaneously acknowledges the sin and blesses us with forgiving grace.  Through an honest appraisal of our hearts and an open acceptance of God's love we can be renewed to live with power and joy.  Simply put, may we name the sin and claim the mercy.

March 12, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 11, 2016

With some help from 4th graders at Cathedral School, Fr. Andrew comments on how John's Gospel builds the tension that will ultimately lead Jesus to his Cross.

March 11, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 10, 2016

There are times when we stubbornly cling to assumptions and thoughts which distance us from the Lord and one another.  The Lord invites us in the Gospel today to believe that we might have eternal life.

March 10, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 9, 2016

The Gospel proclaims that we receive from Jesus what he received from his Father in heaven.  As Lord and savior, Christ will judge us at the end of time by our deeds, reminding us that we have a precious opportunity today to live our faith with power and joy.

March 9, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 8, 2016

Anyone who farms or gardens knows the crucial need for water.  Essential for life, water also calms our souls and heals our hearts.  Today's Old Testament and Gospel readings remind us that Christ is the flowing water that brings life to the world.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

Mar 6, 2016

This Gospel parable is well known and applicable to our lives today.  There are times when we can identify with both sons - either in need of mercy or called to give it - and we find a Father who runs out to meet us where we are.  May we open wide the doors of our hearts...and encounter Mercy.

March 6, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com for an archive of all presentations.

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