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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: Ordinary Time
Oct 25, 2017

The Lord exhorts us to be faithful and prudent with the blessings we have received, for "much will be required for the person entrusted with much."

October 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 22, 2017

Jesus avoids a trap while offering us a way to live within the tensions between this world and the next.  The solution: seek God first.  With Christ as our guide we keep our eyes fixed on Heaven, as we make our way here on earth.

October 22, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 21, 2017

The Lord reminds us of two important facts: first, we will encounter tough times for the sake of the Gospel; second, we will be given the grace we need to face them.  May the light of Jesus Christ shine in our hearts during dark moments as we seek to follow the Lord through this life.

October 21, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 20, 2017

What are you afraid of?  Jesus invites us to cast out fear and trust in God's providence.  May we honestly face our fears and call upon the Lord for the courage and conviction we require.

October 20, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 19, 2017

Following the Lord often challenges us to face obstacles and difficulties that we know are worth fighting for.  In the midst of these challenges we call upon Jesus for the grace and strength we need.

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

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Oct 18, 2017

God calls us to work together as living stones - building up our families, schools and churches.  May we work together, guided by the hand of Jesus, to accomplish our tasks for the service of one another.

October 18, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 17, 2017

Jesus addresses the Pharisees, exhorting them to clean up - not on the outside but within - to cleanse their souls.  While externals can be important, by focusing on what's on the inside we prepare ourselves for a lasting relationship with the Lord and one another.

October 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 15, 2017

The Eucharist is a banquet that nourishes, celebrates and unites our lives.  Christ himself feeds us with his Body and Blood so that we might grow in grace.  Two simple questions follow from this great gift:

  1. Are we coming?
  2. Are we coming prepared?

For always remember that one day we will stand before the One who is the source of all grace...and what then will we say?

October 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 14, 2017

Jesus offers a two step process to be blessed.  First, we must hear the Word of God.  Second, we have to act on it!  Here's the question: do you want to be blessed?

October 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 13, 2017

After driving out demons, Jesus takes the opportunity to teach about his authority and his power over the forces of darkness.

October 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 12, 2017

The Lord invites us to persistently ask for what we need, trusting that God's goodness will reach out to bless us in ways beyond our imagination.

October 12, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 11, 2017

Luke's Gospel offers a condensed version of the Lord's Prayer from what we commonly pray in the Gospel of Matthew.  Because of it's brevity, we can clearly see the emphasis on holiness of God the Father, the Kingdom, trust in God, forgiveness and protection from evil.  May we keep praying everyday!

October 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 10, 2017

Mary, Jonah and the people of Nineveh all showed a remarkable sense of focus in the readings today.  They were able to zero in on something crucial, and with God's grace they were able to carry it out.

October 10, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 7, 2017

The 72 disciples return to Jesus, rejoicing at how their lives - empowered by Christ - have made a difference.  Their "yes" to the Lord inspires us to do the same, offering our lives so that Christ can work through us in the world today.

October 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 6, 2017

It will not go well for the cities of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum; Jesus preached in their midst and they have not responded.  It's a good reminder for us who have been raised with the Gospel...are we merely "cultural" Christians, or has the Good News touched our hearts and changed our lives?

October 6, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 5, 2017

Jesus sends out 72 disciples - in pairs, trusting on God's providence and facing tough struggles - so that they can proclaim the Kingdom of God.  Nehemiah and Ezra remind the people of Israel not to forget the Lord.  The Church needs both: we come to know God so that we might invite others to know the Lord as well.

October 5, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 4, 2017

Jesus makes it clear in the Gospel today that to be a disciple is not for the faint of heart; rather, it will call us to place God above all else as we live in the world.  It begs the question: what's most important in your life?  

October 4, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 1, 2017

Ezekiel and Jesus point out the power of our actions in the spiritual life, and Paul reminds us that our actions are shaped when we take on the attitude of Jesus Christ.  It's practical advice that illustrates our ongoing need to focus on the Lord as we put our faith into practice.

September 30, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Sep 28, 2017

Herod is perplexed.  Who is Jesus?  What is he about?  What does it all mean?  These questions continue to surface in the world today as people are confronted with the power of God's saving grace through Jesus Christ.

September 28, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 27, 2017

Jesus gives his Apostles power and authority, and then he invites them to trust in God alone.  It's a good reminder for us to claim the blessings that we've been given as we put the Lord first in our lives.

September 27, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 26, 2017

Here's some good news: those who hear the Word of God and act on it are treated as sisters and brothers to Jesus.  Now, do  you want to be part of the family?

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

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Sep 24, 2017

If your life were to be considered as a single day, what time is it - morning, noon or night?  Are you ready to step into eternity or is there something holding you back?  God lavishes grace upon our world; our task is to be open to the generous gift of grace and receive it into our hearts.

September 23, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 23, 2017

Autumn offers a good time to reflect on the harvest - the produce we have taken from the land.  The Gospel today also offers an opportunity to reflect: what kind of harvest are we cultivating in our hearts?

Sep 20, 2017

Whatever our shape or size, age or ability, we all have gifts that God has placed within us.  As we acknowledge our gifts may we use them to show our love for God and one another.

September 20, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Sep 19, 2017

Jesus revives a dead man and returns him to his widowed mother in the sight of a large crowd.  This powerful miracle anticipates the Lord's resurrection that we might be restored in our relationship with God.  A powerful miracle, indeed!

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