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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
Apr 10, 2019

Jesus speaks of his relationship to the Father and invites us to become his disciples by remaining in his word.  What attacks this connection?  Sin.  Yet the closer we draw near to the Lord the clearer we see our need for God and the grace that Christ alone can offer us.

April 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 9, 2019

In John's Gospel we hear Jesus state that he is "I AM" not once but twice.  These words echo back to the time of Moses, who was told by God that "I AM" is his name.  Let us be clear: Jesus is Lord, the 2nd Person of the Trinity whose divinity will be fully revealed when we stand before him at the end of time.  May we live accordingly!

April 9, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 7, 2019

The encounter between Jesus and the woman caught in adultery offers an insight into both the judgment and mercy of God.  May we cherish the Lord's compassion as we honestly examine our hearts for whatever keeps us from God and one another.

April 6, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Apr 6, 2019

As doubt and division surround Jesus in the Gospel of John, we recognize the presence of division in our lives and throughout the world today.  Wherever we find ourselves isolated and at odds with one another, may we draw near to the Lord and ask for his grace to bring unity and peace.

April 6, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 5, 2019

The book of Wisdom and the Gospel of John reveal the conflict that arises when we follow the Lord in our daily lives.  

April 5, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 4, 2019

When questioned about the "testimony" he can offer about himself, Jesus points to John the Baptist, his works and the words of his Father.  Finally, he directs people to reflect upon Moses, whose words and actions are fulfilled in the saving passion, death and resurrection of the Christ.

April 4, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 3, 2019

Both Isaiah and John's Gospel reveal the compassion and power of God.  This power, however, will not be forced upon us; rather, the Lord invites us to accept his invitation and receive grace for this life and the next.  How will we respond?

April 3, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 2, 2019

The readings today reveal the common theme of the life giving power of water to nourish and heal.  This image in turn points to Christ, the source of all life.  May we draw near to the Lord to be refreshed, so that we may in turn share His life with one another.

April 2, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 31, 2019

The parable of the Prodigal Son proclaims the tender compassion of the Father.  In our wayward moments the Lord continues to run to us in our need, reaching out with mercy, forgiveness and love.

March 30, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 30, 2019

Jesus offers a parable that speaks to our hearts.  When we are caught in pride and selfishness, the words of the tax collector can restore our perspective and need for the Lord.  As we reflect on our sins and shortcomings may we call out and say, "O God, be merciful to me, a sinner."

March 30, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 29, 2019

When asked what is the most important commandment, Jesus responds by citing Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18 and swiftly summarizes the life of faith by condensing the Ten Commandments down to two.  As we take these two crucial commandments to heart may they guide every aspect of our lives each and every day.

March 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 28, 2019

After casting out a demon, Jesus responds to criticism with a teaching that illustrates the power and unity that flow from the Kingdom of God.  It's a good reminder for us today, for when we are united in Christ then we have the strength we need to face the evil in our lives.

March 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 27, 2019

Jesus tells his disciples that he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.  This understanding of fulfillment is one of the reasons why the Church continues to study the Old Testament, for by learning about our spiritual past we can follow the Lord with faith in our future.

March 27, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 26, 2019

Peter's question is followed by a parable that underscores the crucial role of forgiveness in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  It begs the question: who do we need to forgive today?  May the words of the Lord inspire us to forgive one another as God forgives us.

March 26, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 24, 2019

Like the encounter between Moses and God, life changing moments can happen in the blink of an eye, yet leave an impact that redefines us.  The same thing happens when we carry out the command of the Lord as we repent of our sins.

March 23, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Mar 23, 2019

The prophet Micah offers words of comfort and hope, reminding us that in the midst of our penitential practices in this season of Lent, we trust in the Lord's mercy and forgiveness of our sins.

March 23, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 22, 2019

The parable of the landowner and the tenants offers sobering insights into how we live our faith.  Everything we have is a gift on loan from God, and one day the Lord will come and claim it.  How will we respond?

March 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 21, 2019

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus offer insights into how we live.  By putting our trust in God and using the ordinary tools of faith, we find the grace we need to journey through this life until we reach Heaven.

March 21, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 20, 2019

The Lord offers us a profound insight into the path of discipleship: through suffering and service we conform our lives to Christ as we pour out our lives in love for one another.

March 20, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 17, 2019

The Transfiguration of Jesus reveals the Lord's divine glory and majesty in the presence of Peter, James and John.  This glory offers us the consolation of hope in eternal life, while at the same time challenging us to carry our crosses as we follow the example of Christ.

March 16, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church, Foxboro, WI

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Mar 16, 2019

The command to "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you" is perhaps one of the most challenging lines in the Bible.  Yet when we strive to carry this out we begin to conform our lives to Jesus, allowing his grace in us to make it possible.

March 16, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 15, 2019

The Lord exhorts the disciples to seek a higher standard of holiness.  How?  By making reconciliation an essential ingredient for following Jesus Christ.

March 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 14, 2019

Prayer is not magic.  Rather, it is the way we grow in our relationship with God, listening to the Lord's word and opening our hearts to receive the grace we need to face the difficulties of life.  May our prayer help us to draw nearer to Christ today, so that we can offer our lives for Him.

March 14, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Mar 13, 2019

Jesus refers to the Book of Jonah as he speaks to the people about the need for repentance.  We, too, have the opportunity every day to repent and call upon the Lord for the grace we need to follow as his disciples.

March 13, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 12, 2019

We say this powerful prayer so many times throughout the course of our lives.  May we embrace this gift from Jesus as we fervently pray these words from our hearts and eagerly carry out its command to forgive one another.

March 12, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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