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Catholic Inspiration

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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Dec 15, 2015

A father asks his sons to do a task:

  • The first said no, but changes his mind and did it
  • The second said yes, but never did it

Which one did the Father's will?  The one who acted.  May we turn our "no" to God into a "yes" that is seen in our actions.

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

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Dec 13, 2015

This 22 minute presentation offers a quick overview of the Holy Door in the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Here are 4 key points of the presentation:

  1. Old Testament roots of Jubilee
  2. The Catholic Church use of a Jubilee Year
  3. Some thoughts about a Holy Door
  4. Practical application for a pilgrim today

May this Year of Mercy transform us all!

December 13, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2015

"What should we do?" is an excellent question to keep before us in our daily prayer.  We often know what needs to be done; sometimes it's just hard to carry out.  But there are also times when we come before the Lord searching for the direction, wisdom, and strength to live our faith with conviction and power.  

December 12, 2015 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 10, 2015

God offers to help us in the first reading today.  Will we accept it?  Will it open the doors of our heart and allow God's grace inside?  Help Wanted!

December 10, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 8, 2015

I want to say a joyful THANK YOU for all who have downloaded and shared my podcasts this past year!  Here are a few quick facts:

  • One year in operation
  • 133 Podcasts
  • Sunday Masses, Daily Masses, Retreats, and Presentations
  • +21, 800 Downloads

What started initially as just a simple record of homilies has now grown to an average of 2-4 podcasts/week.  I am touched by the response I have received from people across the country, and I am honored to share my ministry here at Cathedral with you.  There is no charge for "Catholic Inspiration" and no requests for donations - this is an extension of my pastoral work here in the Diocese of Superior.

My one request: if you find these podcasts helpful - please share them with your loved ones!  Practically, that means:

  • Share these posts and podcasts with your friends on Facebook or other social media
  • Feel free to tell others who you think would like to follow (that whole "word of mouth" thing)
  • For those of you who use iTunes: go to "Catholic Inspiration" and give me a rating and review!

My only wish is for more people to draw near to Jesus Christ and one another through Study, Prayer, and Service.  May Year Two - which is blessed to coincide with the Year of Mercy - be filled with graces for us all!

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

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Dec 8, 2015

Mary, chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah, inspires us to follow her example and say "May it be done" to what the Lord asks of us today.

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

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Dec 6, 2015

Making a highway requires removing obstacles and adding quality materials...same is true for the highway in our hearts!

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

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Dec 4, 2015

Two blind men encounter Jesus...and gain their sight.  May we turn to the Lord for greater sight - that what we see will inspire us to respond with the light of faith.

December 4, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 3, 2015

When we listen to the Lord and put his teaching into practice, we are like the wise who build their houses on rock.  May the knowledge we possess be transformed into action so that we can face the storms of life with the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ!

December 3, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 2, 2015

Did you ever try to make an excuse for not handing in homework?  This top ten list helps us understand that we sometimes do the same thing with our spiritual life - and maybe inspires us this Advent to complete our "heavenly homework."

December 2, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 1, 2015

The first reading from the prophet Isaiah proclaims a vision of the world - filled with hope - that happens after "a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse."  May this Good News help us to make course corrections in our life today, so that we will be ready for the Lord's return.

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

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Nov 29, 2015

A beginning is always a crucial time - how we start often defines the outcome of a project or task, as well as our attitude as we work.  We are reminded today to be vigilant: constantly prepared; swift to act; and disciplined in our effort.  May the start of our Advent season prepare us for a glorious Christmas!

November 29, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 26, 2015

What are you thankful for today?  When you count your blessings what comes to mind?  Gratitude is a powerful antidote for many spiritual sicknesses.  Take a moment today and consider the ways your life has been graced by God!

November 26, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 24, 2015

How do we face the changes of life?  How do we look to the future with hope?  The Answer: with the help of Jesus Christ!

November 24, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 21, 2015

Christ, our Savior, Lord, and Friend...is also our King.  What's more, the King has given us some very specific commands - here are three:

  • Love one another
  • Forgive one another
  • Receive the Eucharist

As we follow the King may we carry out his commands!

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

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Nov 19, 2015

Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem.  He sees the tribulation that will come, and he opens his arms to embrace the sadness...that he might touch it and bless it.  May we turn to the Lord in our moments of sorrow and allow his grace to guide us.  Sorrow is not the end, and with God's help we will face our tears with hope.

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

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Nov 19, 2015

Grandparents are a precious gift that God gives to us.  May the time and memories we build with our grandparents inspire us as we live our lives with their example of love.

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

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Nov 14, 2015

Life offers difficulties and multiple uncertainties.  What's more, no one knows the hour when we will be called by God out of this world.  So how do we live?

Answer:  Fully alive in the present moment!

How?

  • What's your "bucket list" of unfinished business?  Get 'er done.
  • Perform a daily diagnostic.  It's called an Examination of Conscience.
  • Dare to share your heart.  Say "I love you" to the people in your life!

November 11, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Nov 12, 2015

This talk was given to Confirmation students from the Cathedral and St. Francis Xavier parishes on November 11, 2015.

Note these four points:

  • God made us to be united with Him
  • Sin destroys our relationships with God and one another
  • Christ restores the relationship through his life, death, and resurrection
  • Each of us can choose to accept the gift of Christ and live as his disciple

This message is not just for kids preparing to be confirmed!  May all of us see the beauty of life, confront our struggles, and embrace the gift of Christ's saving grace.

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

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Nov 12, 2015

God's Wisdom brings light to our lives, helping us see clearly and inspiring us to shine with the grace and love of Christ.

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

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Nov 10, 2015

St. Leo's life offers us three points to consider for our own faith:

  • We are committed to a long journey
  • There are challenges without
  • There are challenges within

St. Leo, PRAY FOR US!  Help us to turn to Jesus Christ as we face the blessings and burdens of life.

November 10, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 7, 2015

It's all about blessings.  God lavishes graces and blessings upon us...let's take time to acknowledge them.  And then out of gratitude...let's consider how we might be a blessing to others.  Consider today how we might share our time, talent, and treasure to bless the life of another...drawing us closer to the Lord and one another.

November 7, 2015 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Nov 5, 2015

Sometimes we need to be reminded that the Lord welcomes us every time we turn from our sins and seek God's grace.  If there is anything holding us back (you know...fear, doubt, worry, shame, sin, or some other spiritual junk) then perhaps today is our chance to return to the one who loves us completely.

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

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Nov 3, 2015

Chapter 12 in Paul's Letter to the Romans is a beautiful exhortation to live our lives infused with the love of Christ.  Below you will find the link to this daily Mass reading - make a copy and post it on your bathroom mirror as a powerful reminder!

November 3, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 1, 2015

"Do you want to be a saint?"  When we look at the lives of the saints we see people just like us - young/old, rich/poor, possessing a wide variety of skills, experiences, and abilities.  May their example inspire us to live our faith in Christ...so we can one day rejoice with them in heaven.

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

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