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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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Nov 17, 2017

Life happens.  Sometimes we can get caught up in the cycle of our routine, only to find that everything can change in the blink of an eye.  Jesus reminds his disciples that the Son of Man will appear when least expected - empowering us to live each day as if it is our last, taking nothing for granted as we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord.

November 18, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 11, 2017

Trust is an essential ingredient in our relationships, and Jesus reveals two key concepts that help us become more trustworthy with the Lord and one another.

November 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 24, 2017

Paul's letter to the Romans outlines a problem and a solution for humanity; the psalm and Gospel describe our response.  May we offer our lives to the Lord with eager attentiveness.

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

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Oct 8, 2017

The Lord offers a parable to illustrate what happens when we persistently turn away from God.  Perhaps there have been times in our lives when we know what to do, but we haven't done it; today offers us a fresh opportunity to draw near to Christ and - with his help - respond to the unique situations of our lives with in manner worthy of Jesus.

October 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 3, 2017

James & John are offended by a Samaritan village and threaten to call down fire from Heaven.  Jesus rebukes them, reminding us all that when we feel injured or offended to look to the Cross and see God's solution to our human sin.

October 3, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 30, 2017

Jesus announces that he will be handed over, and the disciples are afraid to ask him any questions about it.  The fact is, the Lord embraces the Cross to free us from our sins...inspiring us not to be afraid but to draw near Him in faith.

September 30, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 29, 2017

The world can be a dangerous place where we encounter struggles that test us to the limit.  Today we are reminded that we are not alone; in the order of creation God's angels are among us, and some of them are appointed to help us in times of need.  Among them the archangels are God's "heavy hitters" who remind us to call for help when times are tough.

September 29, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 22, 2017

Names remind us that we are unique persons, made and redeemed by God.  The names of the three women in the Gospel today reveal that the Lord continues to call disciples who will go out and proclaim the Good News.

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

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Sep 13, 2017

Jesus offers a series of blessings and woes, reminding us that when we are united to the Lord we are blessed...and when we drift off on our own we find ourselves in a bad place.  

September 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 3, 2017

Both Jeremiah and Jesus acknowledge that they must experience suffering, and learning from them we recognize that suffering is part of our world.  When we face suffering with the gift of faith, we grow strong in virtue as we strive to do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time, in the right way.

September 2, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Aug 31, 2017

The Lord invites us to stay awake and alert so that when he calls us we are ready to respond.  It begs a question: Do I have any unfinished business that needs to be addressed today?  May we examine our hearts and take whatever steps are necessary to be prepared to follow Jesus.

Aug 30, 2017

The contrast between the first reading and the Gospel shows two very different examples of behavior.  It begs a question: How does our faith help us to live in the routine and everyday challenges we encounter?  When people see us, do they see Jesus Christ?

August 30, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 27, 2017

Entrusting the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter, Jesus establishes the Church upon a rock that hell itself cannot prevail against.  Christ is the key; through prayer, sacraments and virtue we grow in grace through this life so that we can enter into the Lord's Kingdom in the next.

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

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Aug 26, 2017

The Gospel today makes it clear that what we say has to measure up to what we do.  When our words and actions are in harmony, then we "practice what we preach" so that others will find in us a living witness of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

August 26, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 23, 2017

Jesus offers a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven where merciful generosity embraces and transcends justice...reminding us that one day we will call upon the Lord for mercy when we stand before him at the end of time.

August 23, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 16, 2017

The Lord offers a three-step process to confront division within a relationship.  It's practical and powerful...and crucial for us to put into practice.

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

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Aug 10, 2017

When a grain of wheat falls to the ground it dies, and through this sacrifice of itself it begets new life.  Our sacrifices - when directed by the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ - can also become a rich offering to the Lord, who will change and transform us with his gift of life.

August 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 11, 2017

A central aspect of the mystery of the Holy Trinity is the sense of communion.  Communion can thus serve as a measure showing just how far we have progressed in our journey as disciples.  Simply put, are we striving to build unity with one another in all aspects of our lives?  Do we foster our connections with the Lord and one another?  For in the end, if we are going to enter into Heaven, then we have today to remove the obstacles that keep us from communion.

June 10, 2017 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Jun 4, 2017

Like a power tool, our lives come alive with the power of the Holy Spirit when we:

  1. Stay connected to Christ
  2. Live each day with conviction
  3. Recognize the unique contributions of one another

Come Holy Spirit!  Fill our hearts with the fire of your love!

June 3, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior. WI

May 7, 2017

In our moments of need we can learn from the Psalmist and say "The Lord is my shepherd" as we face the challenges of life.  What's more, as we follow Jesus Christ we offer our lives to help one another to seek the Lord as well.

May 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 26, 2017

"God so loved the world..."  These words remind us that Christ comes to us in love, transforming our lives and empowering us to go forth with God's grace to share this love with those around us.

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

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Apr 12, 2017

The Lord - who knows that the agony of the Cross is coming - tells his disciples that one of them will betray him.  As we now prepare to embark into the Sacred Triduum of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection, may we acknowledge our sins and receive the mercy of the Lord.

April 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2017

In the Book of Numbers the people of Israel were delivered from their suffering when they looked upon the saraph which Moses set up on a pole; in the Gospel of John we learn that we are relieved of our suffering when we look upon the Lord who offers his life upon the Cross for our sins.

April 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 26, 2017

We are invited to stir into flame the gift of our faith, allowing the grace of God to work in and through our lives with the Light of Christ.

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

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Jan 19, 2017

The Book of Hebrews reminds us that we have a great high priest, Jesus Christ, who has offered his once-for-all sacrifice on our behalf.  Through our encounter with the Lord, may our lives be touched by his grace as we live our faith in the world.

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

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