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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
Jun 22, 2019

The Lord's insight about useless worry addresses a common human condition.  We can easily waste the gift of life being anxious over things that give us nothing in return!  Instead, may we focus on the Kingdom of God for the grace and strength we need.

June 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 21, 2019

Jesus offers sound spiritual advice that has practical application to our daily lives.  Our treasures reveal the depth of our hearts and display what we value and cherish.  May we consider the things of heaven to help guide how we live each day here on earth.

June 21, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 20, 2019

The Lord's Prayer has shaped billions of Christians, offering a short, powerful prayer that cuts to the heart of the spiritual battles we face every day.  May we take a moment to reflect on some of the key insights of these words and allow them to transform our hearts.

June 20, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 19, 2019

Jesus teaches that our actions are accountable to God and not to be done for our own gratification.  Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are powerful ways to live our faith, provided that they are done for God's glory and not our own.

June 19, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 18, 2019

This command of Jesus will test us in the depth of our hearts!  Yet when we love our enemies we grow as disciples and become more and more like the Lord, who graces us with God's love so we can put this teaching into daily practice.

June 18, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 15, 2019

St. Paul shows how the sacrifice of Jesus Christ makes reconciliation possible in our world.  As disciples of the Lord, we are called to be ambassadors - agents of healing - who help continue the Lord's saving mission to reconcile people to God and one another.

June 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 14, 2019

St. Paul reminds us that we hold a treasure from God in our fragile, human hands.  As disciples of Jesus Christ we always recognize two issues: on one hand we are inheritors of God's glory; on the other hand we are weak and prone to sin.  May we accept God's grace and allow the Lord to touch our lives with his healing love.

June 14, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 13, 2019

Jesus makes it clear in today's Gospel reading (part of the Sermon on the Mount) that reconciliation is a non-negotiable aspect of Christian Life.  Who do we need to reconcile with today?  How can we take the first step in putting the Lord's command into practice?

June 13, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 12, 2019

St. Paul writes to the Corinthians, reminding them that our confidence lies in Christ who qualifies us for ministry.  Whatever we face today, may we turn to the Lord for the strength and grace we need.

June 12, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 11, 2019

Jesus reminds us that we are salt and light - disciples called to live our faith in the world - so that when people see our good deeds they will give praise to our Heavenly Father.  May we offer our lives today, trusting that the Lord will take our offering and bless it with grace to continue Christ's mission in the world.

June 11, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 5, 2019

St. Peter's words "we have given up everything and followed you" can inspire us to consider how we offer our lives for the Lord.  Recognizing that everything we have comes from God, we begin to see ourselves as stewards, not owners, who offer our lives for the glory of the one who made us.

March 5, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 3, 2019

The Lord's advice is both practical and spiritual.  How do we know the secret of our hearts?  We examine how we respond: under pressure, alone and with a subordinate...and we learn what's really happening on the inside.

March 2, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 2, 2019

The Lord's words are beautiful and moving: "Let the children come to me!  Do not prevent them!"  May we remove all obstacles and provide every opportunity to let our children come to know Jesus Christ.

March 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 1, 2019

The discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees shows the reality that marriage and divorce have existed from the dawn of human history.  As we recognize the challenges of these relationships we do what we can to help build strong marriages as well as help those who have suffered from divorce.

March 1, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 28, 2019

In light of the teaching of Jesus in the Gospel today, we can ask ourselves a simple question when confronted by any behavior, response, or action...is this leading me closer to Heaven, or farther away?

February 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 27, 2019

It's not complicated.  Either we stand with the Lord or against him.  No matter how difficult, how challenging, and however many times we fail...may we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ.

February 27, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 26, 2019

The interaction between Jesus and the Apostles offers an important spiritual insight.  When we keep the Cross of Christ before our eyes we are able to dispel petty disputes, irritations, and inconveniences as we focus on what is truly important.

February 26, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 24, 2019

Yep, you heard that right.  Love your enemies.  Love one another when it's hard and unpleasant and we don't feel like it.  Love the people who push all our buttons and make us see red.  Love the people who have hurt us.  How?  By asking for the Love of Jesus Christ to dwell in our hearts.

February 24, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 23, 2019

Jesus is transfigured in heavenly glory before some of the disciples, and then he reminds them of the suffering and death that await him on the Cross.  Both of these elements help us to understand how we confront the grim challenges of life with a real and powerful hope.

February 23, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 21, 2019

God states that the rainbow is a sign of the covenant between the Lord and all living things, reminding us that the gift of life is precious, holy, sacred...and meant to be lived to the best of our ability.

February 21, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2019

Noah's patience and hard work pay off as the flood recedes and humanity is given a second chance.  God never gives up on us, reminding us that today is another chance to begin again.

February 20, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 19, 2019

Noah builds the ark and preserves life as God permits the great flood to cover the earth.  It begs a question: what needs to be preserved in our lives...and what needs to be washed away?

Feb 17, 2019

Living one's life for the Lord does not mean it will be easy; rather, we face the struggles before us with God's grace to carry out what must be done.  A blessed life, then, is not about wealth, health, or earthly glory...it's about being in right relationship with Jesus Christ.

February 16, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2019

In the first reading we hear about the repercussions of the sin of Adam and Eve, reminding us that while we live with the hope of forgiveness and mercy, we must also acknowledge the sober reality of the consequences of our actions.

February 16, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 15, 2019

The temptation and sin of Adam and Eve highlights the reality of evil in our lives.  Yet as we embrace the hope that we have in Jesus we acknowledge our need for God's mercy and return to the Lord.

February 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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