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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: 2023
Aug 22, 2023

The Lord teaches a tough message, that "it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven."  Yet when we focus on our faith in Christ, God makes it possible for us to use the gifts of wealth and power as wise stewards who promote the Good News in the world.

August 22, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 21, 2023

The Book of Judges outlines an emerging pattern in the children of Israel.  For a time they draw close to the Lord, and then they fall away into temptation.  Yet through it all the Lord continues to be present, raising up judges to guide the people into right relationship with God.

August 21, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 21, 2023

Let's explore some of the themes in the Mass readings for the 21st Sunday of the Year.

August 21, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 20, 2023

The readings on this 20th Week of the Year reveal God's providence to foreigners, Gentiles, and people of different cultural, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds.  As members of this vast family, may we foster ties of community and friendship as we shine with the light of faith in the world.

August 19, 2023 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Lake Nebagamon

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Aug 19, 2023

Having given a quick recap of salvation history at Shechem, Joshua now puts before the people a crucial choice about God.  May we, like Joshua, boldly proclaim, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord!"

August 19, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 18, 2023

At Shechem, a town that has geographical and historical significance, Joshua holds a great assembly of the leaders of Israel and recalls God's saving works on their behalf.

August 18, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 17, 2023

Joshua, who was formerly the right hand of Moses, now leads the children of Israel over the Jordan River and into the Promised Land.

August 17, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 16, 2023

Moses gazes upon the Promised Land before he dies, seeing how God has brought to fulfillment the promises made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  This "Holy Land" thus forms the context of salvation history, culminating in the saving work of Jesus Christ.

August 16, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 15, 2023

Mary's Magnificat gives glory to God for the marvelous things that the Lord has done.  Her song of praise becomes our own as we follow her example and offer our lives for her son, Jesus Christ.

August 15, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 14, 2023

Moses offers an exhortation, calling the people to adhere to the commandments that God has given them for their own good.

August 14, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 14, 2023

Here are some of the main themes in the Mass readings for the 20th Sunday of the Year.

August 14, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 13, 2023

St. Paul speaks of sorrow and anguish about his own people who have rejected the Good News, echoing a similar pain that many people today express about their own loved ones.  How do we move forward?  By prayer and personal witness of God's grace in our lives.

August 13, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 12, 2023

Moses offers the great commandment - which Jesus says is the greatest of all - that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and strength.

August 12, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 11, 2023

Moses reminds the people of God's mighty actions on their behalf, exhorting them to follow the Lord's commandments and decrees all the days of their lives.

August 11, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 10, 2023

On this feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, we recognize the Paschal Mystery of Jesus as the model for our generous and cheerful sacrifices that we offer to God.

August 10, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 9, 2023

After reconnoitering the promised land and finding it fruitful, the scouts begin to raise doubts about the strength and ferocity of the people living there.

August 9, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 8, 2023

At the resentful complaint of Aaron and Miriam about Moses, God responds with anger and punishment, reminding us that jealousy is an ugly vice to guard against at all times.

August 8, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 7, 2023

As the children of Israel complain about the lack of food in the wilderness, Moses speaks directly to the Lord about his frustration and exhaustion.

August 7, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 7, 2023

Let's explore some of the themes in the readings for Mass on this 19th Sunday of the Year.

August 7, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 6, 2023

The Transfiguration of the Lord brings both consolation and challenge to our hearts.  We are consoled by the glory of God revealed on the mountaintop, yet we are challenged to prepare for the moment when we will stand before the Risen Lord on the day of judgment.  

August 5, 2023 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Aug 5, 2023

The Lord sets before the children of Israel the guidelines for a jubilee year, where wrongs are righted and relationships are restored.

August 5, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 4, 2023

God prescribes sacred days to Moses, exhorting the people to keep these moments in time as set apart to worship and honor the Lord.

August 4, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 3, 2023

The children of Israel, guided on their journey by Moses, follow the Lord in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night.  

August 3, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 2, 2023

Moses stands before God and then goes out to the people (radiant in appearance) to speak the Lord's message to the children of Israel.

August 2, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 1, 2023

Moses pleads on behalf of the people for the Lord's forgiveness.

August 1, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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