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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
Feb 21, 2022

The first reading offers practical advice to help us evaluate the spiritual state of our souls.  Do we find bitterness, jealousy, or self-ambition?  Instead, may we cultivate the fruits of the Spirit, a true harvest that comes from Heaven.

February 21, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 21, 2022

Let's take a look at the themes in the readings for the 8th Sunday of the Year.

February 21, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2022

We have some time to reflect on what we will do to enter into the spiritual powerhouse of Lent. This presentation offers some practical and classic concepts that can be applied to the unique circumstances of our lives. May we call upon Heaven for help as we prepare for this season of grace!

February 20, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2022

The Lord's teaching in Luke's Gospel has powerful consequences for our spiritual lives. When we love - especially in difficult moments of conflict - we embrace the grace of Christ and live the gift of life at full power. This is not an easy teaching! The Lord, however, is always near to help us put his love into practice.

February 19, 2022 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 19, 2022

We've all done it. We've all said things that we regret and wish we could unsay...because of the damage and pain they have called. The Letter of James reminds us all to tame our tongue!

February 19, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 18, 2022

The example of our lives (our "works") reveals our faith. This fruitfulness of our actions expresses our love for Christ. May our faith shine forth in the works we do as we offer our lives today.

February 18, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 17, 2022

The Letter of James uses a compelling example about how we can fall into the trap of partiality. May we recognize partiality when it is present, and call upon the Lord to help us see one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

February 17, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2022

The Letter of James offers sound advice regarding speech, anger and how we put our faith into practice. Our task? Get out there and live it.

February 16, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 15, 2022

All of us face temptations of different types and intensities throughout our lives. James exhorts us to persevere...hang in there! God gives us the grace to face them.

February 15, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 14, 2022

During the next two weeks before Lent begins, the first reading at daily Mass will offer selections from the Letter of James. The introduction today will highlight some of the key themes that help us as we follow the Lord.

February 14, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 14, 2022

Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 7th Sunday of the Year.

February 14, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 13, 2022

The prophet Jeremiah reminds us that what we cultivate in our hearts will flourish in our lives. May we have the courage to take stock of the crop we find within and assess if it is worthy of the Lord.

February 12, 2022 - Cathedral of Christ the King

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Feb 12, 2022

This is a new low point for Israel. The kingdom is now hopelessly divided, idolatry is promoted throughout the land, and the people are far from God. Yet in the midst of this messiness the Lord remains faithful and present to those who call for help.

February 12, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 11, 2022

As the kingdom breaks down and Jeroboam challenges Solomon, we see the devastating effects of division. May we apply the lesson to our own lives as well.

February 11, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 10, 2022

Solomon's wives turn him toward the worship of other gods, so that his heart is no longer entirely for the Lord. May we be reminded how easy it is to let other things take the Lord's place in our lives.

February 10, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 9, 2022

The queen of Sheba seeks out Solomon to listen to his responses to her questions. Her search for wisdom gently reminds us to draw near to those who help us grow in knowledge and insight.

February 9, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 8, 2022

Solomon's prayer at the dedication of the Temple serves as a crucial reminder to keep our relationship with the Lord anchored in prayer each and every.

February 8, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 7, 2022

As his kingdom prospers, Solomon gives thanks to God and dedicates vast resources for the construction of the Temple which will house the Ark of the Covenant.

February 7, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 7, 2022

Let's examine some of the themes that surface in the readings for the 6th Sunday of the Year.

February 7, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 6, 2022

Both Isaiah and Peter face their fears as they embrace the Lord's invitation and follow with all their heart. May their example inspire us to echo the words of Isaiah: Here I am Lord! Send me!

February 5, 2022 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 5, 2022

In response to God's prompting, Solomon prays for wisdom so that he can govern the people with justice and integrity. May we call upon the Lord for wisdom in our own lives as well!

February 5, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 4, 2022

The Book of Sirach offers a short eulogy on the life of King David, acknowledging the good and the bad. The passage provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our own lives and what we might want others to say about how we lived when our time on earth is ended.

February 4, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 3, 2022

David's final words to his son, Solomon, are filled with wisdom and trust in the Lord; furthermore, they remind us that there are moments in our lives when we are capable of heartfelt sincerity with those we love.

February 3, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2022

As Mary and Joseph present Jesus in the Temple, the blessings of Anna and Simeon echo in our hearts with a similar prayer of praise.

February 2, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 31, 2022

When David's son, Absalom, leads a rebellion against the king, David flees for his life and reveals his humility in the face of betrayal within his own family.

January 31, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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