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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: Ordinary Time
Nov 23, 2017

Once a year as a nation we pause and give thanks for our blessings.  It's a great idea, and as disciples of Jesus Christ we pause everyday to thank the Lord with a grateful heart.  What are you thankful for today?  How can you share your blessings and be a light in the world?  

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

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Nov 22, 2017

Jesus offers a parable about servants who have been given resources by their master.  The passage reminds us that we have all been blessed with opportunities to serve the Lord, and everyday we have a chance to act upon them.

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

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Nov 21, 2017

Jesus speaks to Zacchaeus and initiates a conversation that leads to a conversion of heart.  We, too, are called to reach out to one another with the Good News of Christ...to seek and save what was lost.

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

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Nov 18, 2017

The Lord invites us to pray always and never become weary.  May the blessings and burdens of each day be a part of our daily prayer, as we call upon the Lord for what we need.

November 18, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 16, 2017

Jesus exhorts the disciples not to go looking for the Kingdom of God "here or there," but recognize that in Him the Kingdom is already present.  Our task?  To live for Christ here on earth so that we are ready to greet him in Heaven.

November 16, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 15, 2017

10 lepers were healed by Jesus and delivered from their horrible illness by his divine power.  Only one came back to say thanks - a foreigner - and his example inspires us to practice gratitude for the moments of grace we receive throughout our daily lives.

November 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI 

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Nov 14, 2017

What does it mean to follow Jesus Christ?  As his disciples we draw near to the one who has given us everything: life, redemption, eternal life and communion with God and one another.  What's more, we follow the Lord's example - serving one another - as the primary mode by which share God's gifts.

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

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Nov 12, 2017

Wisdom - the ability to see the big picture - is a quality that helps us experience life to the fullest.  Through prayer, reflection and action we can open our hearts to this gift of the Holy Spirit and offer our lives for one another.

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

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Nov 10, 2017

A lazy steward is praised by Jesus.  Why? Because he worked hard and made sacrifices, reminding us that sometimes we can be more eager about earthly things than eternal ones.  May we hustle and work hard for the praise of God in Heaven.

November 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 8, 2017

Paul reminds us in the Letter to the Romans that the commandment to love our neighbor both sums up and fulfills the law.  Now all we have to do is live it each and every day.

November 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 7, 2017

St. Paul teaches that we are part of the Body of Christ, and as members of this body we work with and for one another.  What's more, Jesus explains in a parable that the Kingdom of Heaven is open to many that society might not recognize as belonging to this body.  

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

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Nov 5, 2017

Both the prophet Malachi and Jesus exhort the people to take to heart God's commands.  As we Listen, Learn and Live we grow as disciples; may we draw near to the Lord, the Church and one another...listening for the wisdom that will help us put our faith into practice.

November 4, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 4, 2017

As the Lord observes people positioning themselves for places of honor at a banquet, he uses the opportunity to teach about pride and humility, inviting us to avoid making comparisons and seeking a simple approach.

November 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 3, 2017

Jesus uses a healing as an opportunity to teach about how we can put God first in our lives, even when it means that we break a few rules.

November 3, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 31, 2017

Like a mustard seed and some yeast, the Kingdom of God grows and transforms into something entirely new.  What's more, this process happens as we offer our lives...following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

October 31, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 29, 2017

The command to love requires that we understand our hearts and see the needs of those around us.  As we draw upon the love of Jesus, may we pour out our lives with the abundance of divine love as we share our hearts with one another.

October 28, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Oct 28, 2017

We are reminded that our faith is built upon the foundation provided by the Apostles who were called by name by Jesus.  As we hear the call of Christ in our lives today, we contribute to their efforts as we proclaim the Good News in the world.

October 28, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 27, 2017

Jesus reminds us that just as we pay attention to the signs of the weather, so we also respond to the signs within our heart.  St. Paul carries this point further as he recognizes sin and calls upon the Lord for the strength to live in faith.

October 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 26, 2017

The Lord comes to light a fire on the earth, and how we respond will determine the effect of this Holy Fire upon our souls.  

October 26, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 25, 2017

The Lord exhorts us to be faithful and prudent with the blessings we have received, for "much will be required for the person entrusted with much."

October 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 22, 2017

Jesus avoids a trap while offering us a way to live within the tensions between this world and the next.  The solution: seek God first.  With Christ as our guide we keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, as we make our way here on earth.

October 22, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 21, 2017

The Lord reminds us of two important facts: first, we will encounter tough times for the sake of the Gospel; second, we will be given the grace we need to face them.  May the light of Jesus Christ shine in our hearts during dark moments as we seek to follow the Lord through this life.

October 21, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 20, 2017

What are you afraid of?  Jesus invites us to cast out fear and trust in God's providence.  May we honestly face our fears and call upon the Lord for the courage and conviction we require.

October 20, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 19, 2017

Following the Lord often challenges us to face obstacles and difficulties that we know are worth fighting for.  In the midst of these challenges we call upon Jesus for the grace and strength we need.

October 19, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 18, 2017

God calls us to work together as living stones - building up our families, schools and churches.  May we work together, guided by the hand of Jesus, to accomplish our tasks for the service of one another.

October 18, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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