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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: Ordinary Time
Jan 31, 2016

Life has its share of heartache and hardship.  We all face struggles, challenges, and conflict.  The question is, what guides and directs the words we say and the actions we do?  What aspect of our faith can serve as the essential compass to steer us through life?  The answer: LOVE.

January 30, 2016 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jan 29, 2016

The story of David and Bathsheba sounds like a Biblical soap opera, yet we are reminded that God's grace overcomes sin - often through slow and steady growth that starts small.  Like a mustard seed, our faith in Christ confronts the challenges of this world and grows into a love that casts out all sin in the light of Christ.

January 29, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Jan 28, 2016

The Light of Christ is like a lamp - meant to be set forth to give light to all.  St. Thomas Aquinas, through his study and prayer, sought the Divine Light, and he offers us an example to follow today.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Jan 24, 2016

We call upon the Spirit of the Lord to strengthen us, so that we in turn can share God's Spirit with one another.  Working together, like St. Paul's example of a body, the Lord empowers us in community to bring the Good News to the world.

January 24, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

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Jan 22, 2016

David's example of mercy toward King Saul shows us a path to follow in our own lives.  Rather than returning evil with evil, we are invited to bring the love and grace of Christ to the situations before us.

January 22, 2016 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 19, 2016

Samuel meets the sons of Jesse to anoint one king of Israel.  Each son appears kingly, but God replies:

“Not as man sees does God see,
because he sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

May we see as God sees – both within our hearts and in the hearts of others – and respond with the love of Christ!

January 19, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Jan 17, 2016

At the wedding at Cana the Lord's miracle of water to wine shows that God gives with quality and generosity.  This notion of gift is picked up in Paul's 1st Letter to the Corinthians.  These precious gifts - given by God - are meant to be used.  Our invitation today: to acknowledge the good things Christ has given and put them into practice.

January 17, 2016 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Jan 13, 2016

The encounter between the Lord and the leper reveals the direct access that people have to Christ - even with horrible illness.  The leper's plea is met with the overwhelming response for healing and wholeness.  In the same way, may we openly approach Jesus in our need, trusting in his mercy and tenderness.

January 14, 2016 - Hershman House - Fishers, IN

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Jan 12, 2016

Jesus heals the man with the unclean spirit, showing his power and authority.  In the same way, we turn to the Lord to cast out what does not belong in our own hearts.

January 12, 2016 - Hershman House - Fishers, IN

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Nov 24, 2015

How do we face the changes of life?  How do we look to the future with hope?  The Answer: with the help of Jesus Christ!

November 24, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 19, 2015

Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.  He sees the tribulation that will come, and he opens his arms to embrace the sadness...that he might touch it and bless it.  May we turn to the Lord in our moments of sorrow and allow his grace to guide us.  Sorrow is not the end, and with God's help we will face our tears with hope.

November 19, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 14, 2015

Life offers difficulties and multiple uncertainties.  What's more, no one knows the hour when we will be called by God out of this world.  So how do we live?

Answer:  Fully alive in the present moment!

How?

  • What's your "bucket list" of unfinished business?  Get 'er done.
  • Perform a daily diagnostic.  It's called an Examination of Conscience.
  • Dare to share your heart.  Say "I love you" to the people in your life!

November 11, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Nov 12, 2015

God's Wisdom brings light to our lives, helping us see clearly and inspiring us to shine with the grace and love of Christ.

November 12, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 7, 2015

It's all about blessings.  God lavishes graces and blessings upon us...let's take time to acknowledge them.  And then out of gratitude...let's consider how we might be a blessing to others.  Consider today how we might share our time, talent, and treasure to bless the life of another...drawing us closer to the Lord and one another.

November 7, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Nov 5, 2015

Sometimes we need to be reminded that the Lord welcomes us every time we turn from our sins and seek God's grace.  If there is anything holding us back (you know...fear, doubt, worry, shame, sin, or some other spiritual junk) then perhaps today is our chance to return to the one who loves us completely.

November 5, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 3, 2015

Chapter 12 in Paul's Letter to the Romans is a beautiful exhortation to live our lives infused with the love of Christ.  Below you will find the link to this daily Mass reading - make a copy and post it on your bathroom mirror as a powerful reminder!

November 3, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 29, 2015

St. Paul lays out a problem and a solution in the 1st Reading today.  In the face of sin and death, Jesus Christ conquers all.  As we face the struggles before us today, may we turn to the Lord for the grace we need.  After all, the victory is His.

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

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Oct 27, 2015

The images of a mustard seed and yeast remind us that little things can bring about big changes.  The spiritual virtue of Hope empowers us to face our lives with the grace of Christ, who will work through us in little ways to make a difference in the world.

October 27, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 24, 2015

The grace of Jesus Christ brings power to our lives.  We have the opportunity to draw on Christ and share his grace with others, especially as we live our vocation and help others to find their own!

October 24, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Oct 23, 2015

We see the signs of nature and know how to respond...the Lord invites us to do the same for our heart!

October 23, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 22, 2015

St. Paul reminds us:

"The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

May we acknowledge our sins and embrace the freely given gift of grace!

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

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Oct 18, 2015

Jesus Christ shows us that suffering is a pathway, not a destination.  Through suffering we experience a purification - whereby we grow and discover new insights through the process of challenge, pain, and difficulty.  God permits suffering that we might be changed...for the good.  For remember: the suffering of Good Friday will be transformed into the joy of Easter Day.

We are thus consoled and challenged by these words.  Consoled, in that we take hope that the triumph of Christ on the Cross will one day be our triumph.  He understands our suffering (he's already been through his own) and we can cling to his mercy and grace.

Challenged, in that we are invited to drink from the cup of suffering.  Like Christ, we pray that the cup will pass by, but like Christ we will accept what God sets before us - opening our hearts to God and allow this process to transform us.

October 17, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 11, 2015

What is the most important thing in your life?  What's at the center of your life - that which gives meaning, purpose, and perspective to everything else that you do?  The Lord invites us today to focus on him, so that everything we think, say, and do is touched by the grace of Jesus Christ.  With God first, our lives become balanced and empowered - allowing us to use resources, relate with others, and engage our lives with conviction and joy!

October 11, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Oct 4, 2015

We face a dilemma in our world today: we want to say something positive and beautiful about the blessing of marriage, yet we also know first hand the pain and awkwardness of divorce.  Two words from the example of Jesus can guide us - Connect & Help.  

October 3, 2015 - St. Anthony, Superior WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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Sep 26, 2015

Jealousy and Greed (like most vices) can easily grow in our souls...unless we are constantly vigilant to starve them out and feed on God's grace.  Joshua, John, and the community of James all needed to be reminded, and they will take these lessons to heart.  May we do the same.

September 26, 2015 - St. Anthony Church - Superior, WI

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