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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
Jul 21, 2017

Speaking with the pharisees, Jesus offers an insight into God's compassion and mercy when he says, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice."  Today we have the opportunity to offer to Christ the gift of mercy as we lovingly respond to the weaknesses of those around us, as we claim the Lord's mercy for ourselves.

July 21, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 20, 2017

Moses stands before God and receives his commission to go to Egypt.  It will be hard, but the Lord will walk with him.  As we face our challenges in life, God will give us what we need as well.

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

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Jul 19, 2017

Moses, standing on holy ground in the sight of the burning bush, is sent by God on a mission to free the people from their bondage in Egypt.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to continue God's saving work in the world today.

July 19, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 18, 2017

Jesus reminds us in the Gospel of Matthew that there are consequences for our actions that will take place in the final judgment.  With this awareness in mind, we have the opportunity today to repent of our sins and turn to the Lord for his mercy and forgiveness.

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

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Jul 16, 2017

What kind of crop is growing in your heart?  Do you like what you see?  Does something need to be cultivated or planted?  Every day we have a new opportunity to take the gift of our lives and raise a crop worthy of the Lord.  

July 15, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jul 15, 2017

"Do not be afraid" is a statement that should be drilled into the hearts and minds of every disciple.  Jesus gives us the example, empowers us with his Spirit, and guides us in the face of opposition and difficulty.  May we hang on to his hand and carry out the work he sets before us today!

July 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 14, 2017

The Lord speaks bluntly when he tells his disciples about the opposition they will encounter: hatred, persecution, suffering, and ridicule will follow them.  And yet this opposition only highlights what's truly at stake: eternal life!

July 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 13, 2017

Our choices in a life of faith lead to consequences: Christ calls us to follow and fully offer our lives, yet we also have the freedom to walk away and ignore the offer.  What will you do today?

July 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 12, 2017

Having offered his personal example, the Lord now extends his authority to the Twelve Apostles so that they can continue his ministry.  He calls them by name...just as he calls each one of us today.

July 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 11, 2017

The Gospel of Matthew offers a snap shot of the ministry of the Lord and helps us to focus on how our lives can participate in the ongoing mission of Jesus Christ.

July 11, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 9, 2017

The Lord tells us that he is "meek and humble of heart" and when we draw near to him we will find rest for our souls.  May his grace touch our hearts and help us to become more like him every day.

July 8, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 8, 2017

Jesus explains to the disciples of John in the Gospel today that there is a time to feast and a time to fast...reminding us that in our journey of faith we are also called to respond to the situations and circumstances of life with the guidance of Jesus Christ.

July 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 7, 2017

The call and response of St. Matthew in the Gospel today offers us a pattern of discipleship.  As we draw near to Christ may we bring as many people with us as we can!

July 7, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 6, 2017

"Courage, child, your sins are forgiven."  As Jesus says these words to the paralytic we find that the mercy of Christ is greater than all our sins...and we are inspired to draw near to the one who loves us completely.

July 6, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 5, 2017

Jesus reveals his power as the Son of God as he casts out the demons in the Gospel of Matthew.  The Lord continues to work in our world, and as his disciples we confront evil with his grace and strength.

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

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Jul 4, 2017

During the storm on the sea the disciples cry out in fear.  Jesus calms the storm and comforts them, reminding us that when fear threatens to overwhelm us we seek the one who gives us strength.

July 4, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jul 2, 2017

St. Paul reminds us in his letter to the Romans that our participation in the life and death of Jesus Christ brings us eternal life.  This Good News is our legacy as disciples and our inspiration to offer our lives with the hope and strength of God's grace.

July 1, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jul 1, 2017

Matthew's Gospel offers three healing miracles and reminds us that the Lord continues to heal today.

July 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 30, 2017

A leper comes to Jesus and receives healing, encouraging us to look into our hearts to discern where we are wounded so that the Lord might heal us as well.

June 30, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 28, 2017

The fruitfulness of our lives offers a useful indication regarding the state of our souls.  Whether its our heart or another's, may the Fruits of the Spirit help guide us on our journey of faith.

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

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Jun 27, 2017

The Gospel of Matthew today reveals three nuggets of wisdom that the Lord offers in the Sermon on the Mount:

  • Do not waste or squander the gifts of life and faith
  • Be fair and just with one another
  • Work hard to seek God above all else

The teaching is easy to understand.  The hard part?  Putting it into practice every day!

June 27, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 25, 2017

The Scriptures make it clear that the darkness of sin and evil touches the landscape of human life.  Yet our faith proclaims that God's grace is greater than the darkness, which is cast out by the light of Jesus Christ.

June 24, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 22, 2017

The Lord's Prayer is a powerful tool for the Christian life.  At 55 words this gift from Jesus provides us with key insights about how we follow the Lord with all our heart.  Pray it today; pray it frequently!

June 22, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 21, 2017

God loves a cheerful giver, and with the enthusiasm of a child we can offer our lives in prayer, service, fasting and almsgiving.  May we give generously and joyfully, recalling that all that we have is a gift from the Lord.

June 21, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 20, 2017

"Love your enemies" may be one of the toughest teachings of Jesus.  Sometimes to seek the best in those who are opposed to us is possible only through the grace of God.  If that's the case, then today is a good day to pray for that grace!

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

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