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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
Feb 18, 2018

It's a simple phrase, and yet it has the power to change our lives and renew our hearts.  What began on Ash Wednesday continues now with full power: we repent of our sins and turn to the Lord with open hearts that God's grace might renew us and make us whole.

February 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 17, 2018

When asked why he eats with sinners and tax collectors, Jesus offers a powerful response, "Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.  I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners."  As we acknowledge our sins and seek repentance we, too, receive the Lord's saving mercy.

February 17, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2018

The spiritual discipline of fasting offers a powerful tool to help us recognize the needs of others.  Both Isaiah and Jesus offer key insights into this practice, guiding us to see how fasting in our bodies can bring renewal to our souls.

February 16, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 15, 2018

Jesus speaks in direct and blunt language: to be a disciple means that we follow His example as we take up our Cross and follow Him.  What's more, the Cross is far more than simple suffering; when we take up our Cross we commit our lives to the service, care and compassion of others...just as Christ offered His life for our salvation.

February 15, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 14, 2018

The ashes on our foreheads invite us to repent of the sins that keep us from God and one another.  Through fasting, prayer and almsgiving we have powerful tools that can open our hearts and transform our lives in this great season of Lent.

February 14, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 11, 2017

The situation is intense at the Last Supper as Judas prepares to betray Jesus, and Peter's boast is met with the foreshadowing that he will deny Christ three times.  As we prepare for the Sacred Triduum we pause to reflect on the moments when we have betrayed or denied the Lord, asking God for mercy when we have sinned.

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

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Apr 9, 2017

Christ's sacrifice on the Cross reveals the value God places on human life and inspires us to share our lives as an offering back to God.

April 8, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 8, 2017

In the Gospel today the stage is set for the drama of the Lord's Passion.  The Sanhedrin is convened to figure out what to do about Jesus as his followers increase.  The issue: if the crowds become a mob the Romans will come and take away their land and their nation.  It's a perfect storm of religion and politics, and at the center is one who is innocent: the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

April 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 7, 2017

When Jesus says "the Father is in me, and I am in the Father" he reveals his divinity...and invites us to grow in the invitation to accept his saving death and resurrection offered out of love.  May we take his hand and follow Him!

April 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 6, 2017

God's promise to Abraham is transformed and renewed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As we look to our challenges and trials today, may we build upon the foundation of faith that we have received and offer our lives in service to the Lord.

April 6, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2017

The story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego reminds us that there are times in life when our faith is tested.  In those moments we call upon the Lord for the strength we need, and we ask God for forgiveness for those times that we have failed.  For through it all Christ offers his life for us.

April 5, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 2, 2017

We often talk about Heaven in daily language, yet it is easy to take for granted the significance eternal life.  Simply put, how we live matters, and when we know that the Lord has more in store for us we discover new strength to face the challenges of life and death as we prepare for God's everlasting Kingdom.

April 2, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 1, 2017

As questions swirl about who is Jesus as the threats against his life continue to grow.  The uncertainty - is he a prophet or even the the Christ - causes divisions and doubts among the leaders.  As we encounter uncertainty in our own lives we look to the Lord for wisdom, strength, and guidance.

April 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2017

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom offers an insight into the life and death of Jesus.  As the Son of God was triumphant over sin and evil, so we can also place our hope in Christ's victory as we call upon His grace and face our challenges today.

March 31, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 30, 2017

We turn to Jesus and follow him with all our hearts, putting our faith and belief in the one who poured out his life on the Cross that we might be restored to a relationship with God.

March 30, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 29, 2017

Jesus will judge us by our deeds and the consequences will be eternal.  Yet this just judge is also our savior who knows our sins and has paid the price with his own blood.  When we stand before him and look upon the face of Compassion, will we accept his mercy as we acknowledge our sins?

March 29, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 28, 2017

A crippled man is healed by Jesus, and some people get hung up on a religious rule.  It's a good reminder for us: to count our blessings and focus on what is precious so that we understand the gift of life in its proper perspective.

March 28, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 27, 2017

How's your Lent going?  This 15 minute conversation can help us make the 2nd half of Lent powerful.

March 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 26, 2017

The readings this weekend help us understand the crucial role that sight plays in our lives.  Whether it's physical or spiritual...what do you see?  The invitation today: to see God at work in our lives as we look for Christ and live in His love.

March 26, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Mar 24, 2017

Jesus - the Master Teacher - condenses the 10 Commandments and frames them in the context of Love.  Our task?  To put them into practice every day!

March 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 23, 2017

The Lord drives out a demon in the Gospel today, reminding us that while evil is present in the world we continue to call upon God for the grace we need to drive out whatever is not fitting in our hearts for the Kingdom of God.

March 23, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 22, 2017

Jesus comes to fulfill the Law, teaching as the new Moses and inviting us to draw close to God in a new and powerful way.  

March 22, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 21, 2017

We forgive:

  1. Because the Lord commands us
  2. To imitate the Lord's example
  3. To be freed from the bondage of sin

And so...to whom do we have to say "I'm sorry" or "I forgive you" today?

March 21, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 19, 2017

Our spiritual thirst helps us understand that there is a need in our hearts that will only be met by Jesus.  May we pay attention to the thirst in our souls and respond - not to the temptations or distractions of the world - so that our we can drink deeply from the Water of Life.

March 18, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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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

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