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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: Lent
Feb 22, 2024

On this Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we recognize that we are all "works in progress" and, like Peter, we strive to foster our faith in Jesus Christ. (Lectionary #535)

February 22, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 21, 2024

Like Jonah before the people of Nineveh, Jesus calls the people (including us!) to repent.

February 21, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 20, 2024

Jesus teaches the disciples how to pray, and the Lord's Prayer continues to powerfully sustain our spiritual lives  today.  May we offer these words from the heart, drawing close to the God and one another. (Lectionary #224)

February 20, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 19, 2024

Jesus teaches that at the end of time we will all stand before him to be judged, based on the way we treated the least among us. (Lectionary #223)

February 19, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 19, 2024

Here are some of the main themes that we find in the Mass Readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. (Year B, Lectionary #26)

February 19, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 18, 2024

The temptation of Jesus in the desert by Satan reveals its presence in all aspects of human life.  One temptation that has profoundly changed in our culture is the rise and prevalence of pornography; yet we can confront this challenge through our faith in Christ and the resources of the Church. (Lectionary #23)

February 17, 2024 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Feb 17, 2024

Following the call of Levi, Jesus responds to the scribes and Pharisees, saying that he has come to call sinners to repentance.  (Hint: that means all of us.) (Lectionary #222)

February 17, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 16, 2024

Psalm 51 powerfully reminds us to acknowledge our sins with humility and contrition.

February 16, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 15, 2024

The Lord exhorts his disciples to follow his example and take up their crosses as they offer their lives. (Lectionary #220)

February 15, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 14, 2024

"Repent, and believe in the Gospel" are the words we hear as the ashes today are smeared on our foreheads, humbly reminding us that we have all greatly sinned and stand in desperate need of God's mercy. (Lectionary #219)

February 14, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 12, 2024

Here are some of the themes that we find in the readings for the 1st Sunday of Lent. (Year B, Lectionary #23)

February 12, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2023

Judas goes to the Chief Priests and receives thirty pieces of silver to find an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them.  

April 5, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2023

At the Last Supper, Jesus foretells the betrayal of Judas and the denial of Peter.  It is a dark moment, revealing to us both the reason why Christ came, and his commitment to offering his life on the Cross.

April 4, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 3, 2023

As we hear how the plot is swirling around Jesus, events are set in motion that will lead to the Cross.  May we reflect on God's great love story for our salvation, making any adjustments and corrections for the day that we, too, will journey from this life to the next.

April 3, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 2, 2023

Every year we hear God's great love story when we recall the Passion of Jesus.  Rather than fall into the trap of forgetfulness, we remember what Christ has done for us so that we might be renewed to offer our lives for the Lord.

April 1, 2023 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 1, 2023

The high priest, Caiaphas, offers a prophetic insight: "It is better for you, that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish."  With these solemn words, we step into Holy Week.

April 1, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2023

Psalm 18 honestly expresses human suffering and struggle.  In these moments of distress, we call upon the Lord, who hears our cry for help.

March 31, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 30, 2023

Jesus reveals his identity while discussing Abraham and the prophets.  This revelation that Jesus is God inspires us to follow the Lord in the midst of the blessings and burdens of daily life.

March 30, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 29, 2023

The story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the book of Daniel is an well-known passage that illustrates our faith in God in difficult and challenging times.  May we be inspired in our daily struggles to hold fast to our faith, recognizing that these are opportunities to witness our love for the Lord.

March 29, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 28, 2023

The Psalm response offers us a framework for a prayer to the Lord from the depths of our hearts.  In our need, may we trust in God's mercy as we seek the pilgrim path of our lives.

March 28, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 27, 2023

Just as the Lord extends his mercy to the woman caught in adultery, Christ also offers his mercy to us when we acknowledge our sins and with humble honesty.

March 27, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 27, 2023

Let's examine some of the major themes that surface in our readings for Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion.

March 27, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 26, 2023

The account of the raising of Lazarus provides us with an insight into the Lord's love for him and his sisters, Martha and Mary.  Yet as we enter into the eleventh chapter of John's Gospel, we discover that this passage applies directly to our lives as well.

March 25, 2023 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Mar 24, 2023

Psalm 34 speaks about the pain of human suffering and heartache.  In the midst of this sorrow, the Lord draws near to us with healing grace and mercy.

March 24, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 24, 2023

Come, Holy Spirit! is a six week series of presentations on the Holy Spirit. This fifth talk discusses the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit and shows how they cooperate with other virtues to form us for holiness as Sons and Daughters of God. 

March 23, 2023 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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