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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 3, 2016

The prophet Jeremiah calls us to listen to God - opening our hearts to the Lord's word - and the Psalm reminds us not to harden our hearts.  May the the words of Christ inspire us to draw near and allow God's grace to work in our lives.

March 3, 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 2, 2016

With a some insights from some students in Mrs. Blomfeldt's 1st Grade class at Cathedral School, Fr. Andrew discovers some practical ways to love the people in our lives.  (Hint:  Don't bite your sister!  Clean your room, even if it's as messy as a pig.)

March 4, 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 2, 2016

The Gospel today reminds us that as followers of Jesus Christ we look not only to the Lord's teaching, but also to the salvation history that came before him.  As Christ fulfills the Old Testament we can draw strength from the ways that God worked in life of the people of Israel, and we can apply these lessons to our world today.

March 2, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 28, 2016

The Lord is blunt and direct in the Gospel today:  we are called to repent...or perish.  The life-and-death quality of this command reminds us that God's grace is ready to wash us clean - if we open our hearts through repentance and turn to the Lord.  As God directed Moses and led the people from slavery to freedom, may we discover new life in Christ when we repent and believe in the Good News.

February 28, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 25, 2016

With help from some 4th graders from Mrs. Peterson's class at Cathedral School, Fr. Andrew looks at how God can take bad things and bring about great goodness.

February 26, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 25, 2016

The parable of Lazarus and the rich man bring the urgent need for repentance to light.  The season of Lent repeatedly reminds us to turn away from our sins as we find our hope in the grace and mercy of God.

February 25, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 24, 2016

Jesus teaches his disciples that to follow his example requires us to become servants, pouring out our lives for one another.

February 24, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 23, 2016

"Practice what you preach" means simply that the words we say are mirrored in the actions we do.  Sounds great, right?  Yet that short phrase challenges us all to live as disciples of Christ - aware that our lives are constantly proclaiming a message.  May people see and hear God's grace shining through us!

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 21, 2016

There are moments in life that change and transform us - mountaintop experiences - that lead us in new and powerful directions.  Just as the Apostles encountered God's grace on the mountain, so too we can be guided by Christ as we open our hearts to the Lord's prompting both within and without.  

February 21, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 16, 2016

Jesus makes it clear that any offering we give to God must include forgiveness between one another.  As Ezekiel reminds the people of Israel, we are called to turn away from the path that leads to evil and walk in virtue, justice and life - with the Lord and one another.

February 19, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 16, 2016

Queen Esther, alone and in anguish, turns to the Lord.  Her victory - made possible by God's help - inspires us to call upon the Lord as we ask, seek and knock for the help we need.

February 18, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2016

Jonah preached to the people and they repented - through the signs of sackcloth, fasting, and supplication.  When the people ask Jesus for a sign he recalls what happened at Nineveh, and he invites us to offer this "sign" of repentance that comes from our hearts - turning from sin and following the Lord.

February 17, 2016 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2016

Consider all the times we pray the Lord's Prayer: at Mass; for special devotionals like the Rosary; in our private prayers; in the company of others.  This little prayer (only 55 words) has tremendous horsepower to strengthen and guide us through life.  The next time you pray the prayer Jesus taught (try it right now!), savor the words and allow their ancient wisdom to touch your heart with God's grace.

February 16, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 14, 2016

Those moments...when our guts constrict and the air goes out of our lungs.   The times in life when we are overwhelmed, lost, consumed by pain or grief, feeling abandoned, tempted to the breaking point...

And Jesus understands.  Forty days of solitude in the wilderness, hungry and thirsty, the Lord triumphed over the temptations of Satan.  It is crucial to note that these temptations - over physical needs, personal power/control, and death itself - would all be faced by Christ at Calvary.  What's more, he will triumph!

Our faith reminds us of two key facts.  Yes there will be times of trial, but as we confront the reality of life we do so equipped with the victory of Jesus.  We face our struggles with God's grace, and we call upon the Lord as we say:

Be with me Lord, when I am in trouble!

February 14, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 12, 2016

Fasting reminds us through our experience of hunger about our fundamental need to receive nourishment.  This experience helps us understand our spiritual need for the Lord, and out of this awareness we can cultivate gratitude in our heart for the blessings lavished upon us.  What's more, as we comprehend our basic needs we become more willing to help those in their need as well. 

February 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.

Feb 11, 2016

Moses tells the people he has set life and death before them...choose life!  Jesus reminds his disciples what profit is there to gain the whole world and lose your life?  As we repent and believe in the Gospel, may we always choose to follow the Lord - the source of all life.

February 11, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Feb 11, 2016

Ashes are common in our daily life - every fire leads to them.  But note these two qualities:

  • They are dirty
  • They are lifeless

Welcome to the reality of sin: The ashes we wear are an outward sign that we wish to turn away from all that soils our souls and harms our hearts.  May the words we hear today help us to seek the cleansing life that comes from Christ.  The words are clear:

Repent, and Believe in the Gospel

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

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Mar 29, 2015

Christ comes to Jerusalem - knowing that he will suffer and die - that through his Cross and Resurrection we might be saved from sin and death.  Like a firefighter, he approaches the fire to rescue us.  He invites us to take his hand, that he might lead us into a freedom of faith and eternal life.

Our invitation is to let go of the sins and hurts that have bound us; to unclench our hands from past injuries and allow his saving grace to set us free.

March 29, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 22, 2015

Live is precious and sacred - a gift from God that can invite us to consider two points:

  • How am I using the unique talents and gifts I have been given?
  • How am I cultivating a healthy life - taking care of what God has given me?

Jesus Christ values our lives; he paid for them with his blood on the Cross.  May we cherish and live this precious gift with faith, hope, and love!

March 22, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 3, 2015

Jesus uses an image of a grain of wheat: how it falls to the ground, dies, and then rises into new life.  This pattern of death to new life will be traced in Holy Week as the Lord offers his life on the Cross and changes the world through his Resurrection.

This pattern of death to new life applies to us as well.  One day we will also make the journey from death to eternal life.  Furthermore, at this moment we can use this pattern to die to sin and rise with God's grace.

March 3, 2015 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Mar 3, 2015

We use the words "I love you" all the time - even when life is difficult.  Love is an affirmation that we cherish others...particularly when challenges and struggles occur.  The same is true for the Lord: 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son..."

These words are spoken to us in hope - that even when we make big mistakes God reaches out to us in love.  God remains faithful, welcoming, and present to us.  May we accept the love of God into our hearts and share that love with those placed before us.

March 3, 2015 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

For more podcasts go to "Catholic Inspiration" in iTunes.

or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com

Mar 3, 2015

Often as spring starts to roll around many of us look around at the parts of the house that you could use a little cleaning.  Maybe it's something we haven't used for a long time, or perhaps there are items that simply need to be recycled, repurposed, or regifted to another.  Whatever it is, the process is the same: we evaluate what we have and determine what should stay, and what needs to go.

The same process is true for our spiritual lives.  The 10 Commandments were given to the people of Israel to help them know how to live - to determine what needed to stay or go from their hearts.

In the Gospel, Jesus cleanses the Temple and teaches that his own body - a temple - will be destroyed and raised up.  This cleansing and the lesson of death/life is true for us as well.  Christ comes to cleanse our hearts, and through his death and resurrection he will not only purify our lives, but he will create a temple where he will dwell among us.

March 3, 2015 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

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Mar 1, 2015

The sacrifice of Isaac sounds truly terrible - that someone would offer their only beloved son.  It assaults our sense of goodness, human dignity, and respect...and this is an accurate assessment.

And yet this is exactly what God did for us.  The Father offers his beloved son as a sacrifice.  A working definition for "sacrifice" may be:

"to give up something because we believe in something greater"

Simply put, the depth of our sacrifices reveals the extent of our values, convictions, and love.  It is the love, revealed in the transfigured glory of Christ, which inspires us to offer our lives as a sacrifice for others.

March 1, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

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or www.threegreatthings.libsyn.com

Feb 22, 2015

Christ's words in the Gospel of Mark are brief and to the point:

  • Repent
  • Believe in the Gospel

To do these two crucial points we look at three parts of our lives: thoughts, words, actions.  We evaluate these parts by three steps:

  1. We acknowledge the reality
  2. We make a change
  3. We put it into practice

This simple sentence has the potential to quickly and decisively evaluate our Lenten journey.  

February 21, 2015 - St. William Church - Foxboro, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Feb 18, 2015

The messy, dirty, grimy ashes on the outside remind us of the messy, dirty, grimy reality of sin in our hearts.  As we repent and believe in the Gospel, may we call upon the Lord to wash us clean with the grace of Jesus Christ.

February 18, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

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