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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
Jul 14, 2017

The Lord speaks bluntly when he tells his disciples about the opposition they will encounter: hatred, persecution, suffering, and ridicule will follow them.  And yet this opposition only highlights what's truly at stake: eternal life!

July 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 13, 2017

Our choices in a life of faith lead to consequences: Christ calls us to follow and fully offer our lives, yet we also have the freedom to walk away and ignore the offer.  What will you do today?

July 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 12, 2017

Having offered his personal example, the Lord now extends his authority to the Twelve Apostles so that they can continue his ministry.  He calls them by name...just as he calls each one of us today.

July 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 11, 2017

The Gospel of Matthew offers a snap shot of the ministry of the Lord and helps us to focus on how our lives can participate in the ongoing mission of Jesus Christ.

July 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 9, 2017

The Lord tells us that he is "meek and humble of heart" and when we draw near to him we will find rest for our souls.  May his grace touch our hearts and help us to become more like him every day.

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

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Jul 8, 2017

Jesus explains to the disciples of John in the Gospel today that there is a time to feast and a time to fast...reminding us that in our journey of faith we are also called to respond to the situations and circumstances of life with the guidance of Jesus Christ.

July 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 7, 2017

The call and response of St. Matthew in the Gospel today offers us a pattern of discipleship.  As we draw near to Christ may we bring as many people with us as we can!

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

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Jul 6, 2017

"Courage, child, your sins are forgiven."  As Jesus says these words to the paralytic we find that the mercy of Christ is greater than all our sins...and we are inspired to draw near to the one who loves us completely.

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

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Jul 5, 2017

Jesus reveals his power as the Son of God as he casts out the demons in the Gospel of Matthew.  The Lord continues to work in our world, and as his disciples we confront evil with his grace and strength.

July 5, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 4, 2017

During the storm on the sea the disciples cry out in fear.  Jesus calms the storm and comforts them, reminding us that when fear threatens to overwhelm us we seek the one who gives us strength.

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

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Jul 2, 2017

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans that our participation in the life and death of Jesus Christ brings us eternal life.  This Good News is our legacy as disciples and our inspiration to offer our lives with the hope and strength of God's grace.

July 1, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jul 1, 2017

Matthew's Gospel offers three healing miracles and reminds us that the Lord continues to heal today.

July 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 30, 2017

A leper comes to Jesus and receives healing, encouraging us to look into our hearts to discern where we are wounded so that the Lord might heal us as well.

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

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Jun 28, 2017

The fruitfulness of our lives offers a useful indication regarding the state of our souls.  Whether its our heart or another's, may the Fruits of the Spirit help guide us on our journey of faith.

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

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Jun 27, 2017

The Gospel of Matthew today reveals three nuggets of wisdom that the Lord offers in the Sermon on the Mount:

  • Do not waste or squander the gifts of life and faith
  • Be fair and just with one another
  • Work hard to seek God above all else

The teaching is easy to understand.  The hard part?  Putting it into practice every day!

June 27, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 25, 2017

The Scriptures make it clear that the darkness of sin and evil touches the landscape of human life.  Yet our faith proclaims that God's grace is greater than the darkness, which is cast out by the light of Jesus Christ.

June 24, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 22, 2017

The Lord's Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian life.  At 55 words this gift from Jesus provides us with key insights about how we follow the Lord with all our heart.  Pray it today; pray it frequently!

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

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Jun 21, 2017

God loves a cheerful giver, and with the enthusiasm of a child we can offer our lives in prayer, service, fasting and almsgiving.  May we give generously and joyfully, recalling that all that we have is a gift from the Lord.

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

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Jun 20, 2017

"Love your enemies" may be one of the toughest teachings of Jesus.  Sometimes to seek the best in those who are opposed to us is possible only through the grace of God.  If that's the case, then today is a good day to pray for that grace!

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

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Jun 17, 2017

St. Paul reminds us that we live for the Lord, offering our lives as His ambassadors and sharing the love that we have received through a life of grace.

June 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 16, 2017

Our human lives are filled with contrasts: on one hand we are fragile "earthen vessels" that can crack and break; on the other hand, we have been given the treasure of Jesus Christ - who heals, saves and renews our lives.

June 16, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 15, 2017

The Lord invites us to a higher standard as we reconcile our hearts with one another.  May we examine our lives today and remove any obstacle that keeps our relationships from growing in God's grace.

June 15, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 14, 2017

Jesus tells the disciples that he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.  The Good News is that God is with us!  Christ's saving death and resurrection, followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, means that we are not alone.  May we turn to the Lord every day for the grace and strength we need.

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

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Jun 13, 2017

The Lord describes us as Salt and Light, two things that while good in themselves are also precious when shared with others.  With salt our food is tasty and preserved; with light we can see and find our way on the journey of life.  May we share our lives with one another, giving glory to God for blessings we have received.

June 13, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 10, 2017

What if the gift of our lives was not measured by time or money, but rather by the sacrifice in our hearts?  That's the lesson the Lord reveals about the poor widow in the Gospel today.

June 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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