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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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Sep 26, 2015

Jealousy and Greed (like most vices) can easily grow in our souls...unless we are constantly vigilant to starve them out and feed on God's grace.  Joshua, John, and the community of James all needed to be reminded, and they will take these lessons to heart.  May we do the same.

September 26, 2015 - St. Anthony Church - Superior, WI

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Sep 20, 2015

All of us face moments of difficult, trial, and temptation.  In these moments we are tested, and as we face our challenges we discover meaning and purpose for our lives as we call upon the help of heaven and earth for the help we need.

September 20, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King

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Sep 12, 2015

Where do we find the strength to keep going when life tries to knock us off course?

  • We lean on others
  • We lean on the Lord

Yes!  We can walk the walk...with a little help from on earth and in Heaven.

September 12, 2015 - St. Anthony Church - Superior

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Sep 6, 2015

Illness shows no partiality: young & old, rich & poor, male and female, regardless of race, creed or education.  Yet in the midst of human illness we find Jesus meeting people in the diversity of their needs with an encounter that leads to healing and grace.  The Letter of James reminds us that we, too, are called to show no partiality; rather, we reach out to those before us as fellow children of God.  May the Lord strengthen us in Prayer, Word, and Sacrament to be renewed with the grace of Jesus Christ - empowering us to engage one another with healing and hospitality.

September 6, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 30, 2015

In football, trick plays are sometimes used to fake out an opponent with misdirection - focusing on something unimportant while the play is happening somewhere else.  Life works the same way: it is easy to spend our time and resources on trivial matters and miss out on critical issues.

The Lord points this out in the Gospel today, inviting us to concentrate on the battle within our hearts.  Here are three things to consider:

  • Using an Examination of Conscience
  • Going to Confession
  • Daily Prayer and Sunday Mass

Through regular use we strengthen our hearts and focus our lives on important things, asking the Lord for the help and guidance we need to conquer our daily battles.

August 30, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 23, 2015

Life is difficult.  In the midst of our struggle to make good choices and carry out challenging tasks, we call upon God for the help we need.  As we encounter Jesus Christ in Holy Communion to be strengthened for the burdens of life, we pray for Wisdom to choose wisely and Courage to carry it out.

August 23, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 16, 2015

Family dinners - be they big or small - touch our hearts in a number of ways:

  • Nourish our bodies with wholesome, plentiful food
  • Unite us together, setting aside our differences for a moment of peace
  • Empower our lives, for service in the world

The same is true when we come to the Lord's table at every Mass.  We are nourished with Christ's Body & Blood.  We are united as the People of God - as brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends.  We are empowered to go forth, touching the hearts of those we meet with the grace and peace of Jesus Christ.

May our reception of Holy Communion feed our souls, foster unity, and empower us to live our lives for the Lord!

August 16, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 9, 2015

Every breath we take is sustained by the will of God.  Our dependence upon the Almighty can help us in two key ways:

  1. Recognize our challenges, and ask the Lord for the help we need.
  2. Count our blessings, turning to Christ with grateful hearts.

In our need we draw strength from the Bread of Life - who gives us what we need to face each day!

August 9, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Aug 2, 2015

Have you ever "wanted" something - thinking that if you only had this one thing you would be...happy, fulfilled, and free of care?  There are many good (and some not so good) things that we can want, but none of them will completely satisfy us.  We are left restless, longing for something at the center of our our hearts.  We know that nothing in this world will satisfy us for a simple reason:

Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life."

The Lord knows us, loves us, died and rose for us, and longs for us to be united in his Sacred Heart.  Christ comes to us - sharing his Body and Blood - that we might never hunger and thirst again.   When we draw near to the altar, may our "Amen" resound with a desire to unite our hearts to Jesus Christ - the one who knows our wants, but responds to our needs.

August 1, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 26, 2015

Our daily need for nourishment reminds us of our basic dependence on wholesome food.  What's more, we recognize that we depend upon the Lord for spiritual grace as well.  As we ponder the multiplication miracle in today's Gospel, I suggest that we draw near to the Lord with Gratitude and Petition - responding in love to the one who knows our needs and longs to provide the sustenance we require.

July 26, 2015 - St. Anthony Church - Superior, WI

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Jul 19, 2015

There are moments in life when we need a little help.  We encounter situations and circumstances that are more than we can handle.  As Jesus looked upon the crowds in the Gospel today he saw their needs and took pity on them.  His response reminds us of two important considerations today:

  • What needs do we have today?  What are we asking for from the Lord?
  • Who needs help in our lives today?  How can we offer help to another?

Christ not only helped others, but he empowered the Apostles to do the same.  May we acknowledge our need for the Lord and respond to the needs of those who God sets before us.

July 19, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 12, 2015

Both Amos and the Apostles are chosen by God and empowered to do amazing things.  The tasks set before them are difficult and challenging - obstacles that will test them.  The Letter to Ephesians reminds us, however, that God chooses us as well!  Here are three points to help us face the struggles of life:

  • Attitude
  • Effort
  • Stay close to Jesus Christ

May the words of the Scriptures and the examples of the saints inspire us to engage the obstacles of life with God's grace!

July 12, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 5, 2015

Sometimes there are obstacles that are keeping us from saying what needs to be said...or hearing what needs to be heard.  What's more, before we can face the challenges of speaking or listening we might be better served by naming these obstacles in our lives.  Once we can give it a name, we can bring it before the Lord for the help and strength we need to pull these obstacles out of the way.

July 5, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 28, 2015

Jesus defines much of his ministry with clear examples of healing others, and the Gospel today gives us an insight about how we draw near the Lord.  We have all had experiences where we long for healing.  We have seen loved ones suffer, and many of us know first hand the presence of pain in our lives.  May the example of Jairus and the unnamed woman inspire us to seek the healing grace of Christ!

June 28, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 21, 2015

We get to live in this beautiful part of the country!  From the wonder of creation we can get some insights into the power and love of God.  May these insights inspire us:

  • to recognize the Lord's presence in our lives
  • to respond with grateful hearts to our blessings

With open eyes and willing hearts...may our love for the Creator be inspired by the creation we enjoy!

June 21, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 14, 2015

Nature teaches us that little seeds lead to big things.  Life is a process of growth and change, and from the Gospel reading we can consider two points:

  • Do we choose to grow every day?
  • Do we face challenges with God's help?

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a seed - it starts small but keeps growing!  May we do the same, as individuals and united together, to grow in faith, hope, and love.

June 14, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 15, 2015

Suffering not only affects us individually, but relationally as well.  The four categories described last week may touch our relationships in some of these ways:

  • Body - illness separates us from touch and personal contact
  • Mind - misunderstanding and doubt can drive us apart
  • Heart - emotions can overwhelm our words & actions, dividing us
  • Soul - evil alters our sense of values, right & wrong, separating us from others

Like the leper in the Gospel of Mark today, we can reclaim the healing we need in our lives and the relationships around us.  Here are three things to consider:

  1. Acknowledge what is broken and wounded
  2. Actively seek to reconcile with one another
  3. Call up God for the help and strength we need for healing 

February, 15, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 8, 2015

Suffering is a part of human life.  It is often found in one of four quadrants of human experience:

  • Body - our physical health
  • Mind - our intellectual health
  • Heart - our emotional health
  • Soul - our spiritual health

When we encounter suffering we can first do our part:

  1. We acknowledge the pain and hurt 
  2. We gather resources to help us
  3. We act: putting our healing into practice

But sometimes we discover that the suffering is bigger than ourselves.  We cannot handle it alone, so we then turn to the Lord who through his death on the Cross understands our pain and triumphs over it.

February 8, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Feb 1, 2015

The power and authority of Jesus Christ is evident in the Gospel reading today, as the Lord teaches and then casts out unclean spirits.  This same power was extended through the Apostles; calling upon the Lord these disciples changed the world as they allowed the grace and strength of Christ to flow through their lives.

When we are plugged in to the grace of Jesus, we allow the Lord's love to flow through our lives and touch the hearts of others.  Like extension cords, we become conduits - drawing upon the strength of Christ and sharing his power with those in our lives - so that the Lord's mission will continue through us today.

February 1, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

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Jan 25, 2015

Remember as kids when we learned how to do long division?  Remember what happens when you make a mistake early on, only to find out at the end that the answer is wrong?  And remember how you have to:

  • Go back to the beginning
  • Find the mistake
  • Rework the problem to a new solution?

The same is true for spiritual life.  Both the first reading and the Gospel call us to repent - turning away from our sins and mistakes and following God with full hearts.  May we call upon the Lord's grace to move forward with God's help as we embrace the Good News.

January 24, 2014 - St. William Church - Foxboro, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Jan 18, 2015

The call of the Lord today touched the hearts of Samuel and two disciples of John the Baptist through the assistance of Eli and John.  Their example speaks to us:

  • Are we listening to the Lords call in our lives?
  • Are we helping others find their call?

May we keep our hearts open through Scripture, Prayer, and Fellowship; may we speak to others in love - sharing what we see so that they can find their path.

January 18, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

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Jan 11, 2015

Water is an essential element here on Earth - capable of death and life. 

  • Death: the destructive force of a flood, or the cleansing power to remove filth
  • Life: crucial for physical life, and capable of peace & serenity in our souls

The Baptism of the Lord was a moment that transforms and empowers all baptisms - configuring the newly baptized to Jesus Christ.  His death on the Cross destroys our sin and death; his resurrection opens the doors of Heaven for our eternal life.

Today, what sin and/or temptation needs to be destroyed by the grace of Baptism?  What virtues and abilities need to be nourished by the Lord's saving power that comes to us through our Baptism?

January 11, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Nov 16, 2014

We use our calendars to keep us on track.  But there are traps:

We can get caught up in the past - and beat ourselves up over our mistakes.

We can get absorbed in the future - wasting time over unknown worry.

Rather, we are called to encounter the present moment - learning from the past as we plan and build for our future.  This is true not just for life, but for our spiritual journey as well.

November 16, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 26, 2014

How do we measure things?  Volume, space, time all have tools to help us measure: what about our hearts?  We are reminded that LOVE is the benchmark by which we determine our discipleship.

Three key areas surface: 

  • Thoughts
  • Speech
  • Actions

By reviewing these areas we can look at concrete opportunities where we engage our faith through the practical ways we love the Lord and one another.

October 26, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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Oct 19, 2014

What does it mean to make an offering to God?  Everything we have comes from the Lord, belongs to the Lord, and will one day return to the Lord; when we offer our lives for care and service we conform our lives to Jesus - who offered his life for us all.

October 19, 2014 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci

studyprayserve.com

 

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