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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 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!

Sep 17, 2017

It's non-negotiable.  Forgiveness is a key ingredient in the Christian life and without it we cannot receive the grace that the Lord lavishes upon us.  Who do we need to forgive?  To whom do we need to ask for forgiveness?  May we call upon God's grace for the strength we need to be people who put forgiveness into practice.

Sep 16, 2017

Through a series of illustrations Jesus points out that our faith is witnessed through our action.  Our words can indicate the state of our hearts, but the actions we carry out reveal the depth of our conviction.

September 16, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 15, 2017

Following immediately after yesterday's Feast of the Holy Cross, the readings today focus on Mary as she endured the "sword of sorrow" as she stood at the Cross of her son.  Her sorrow reaches out through time and space to all people who have been overwhelmed by grief.  May her example help us to face our moments of pain with a sure and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.

September 15, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 14, 2017

The Cross teaches us many lessons:
* Life is difficult, and at times painful
* Weakness and sin are part of our experience
* God identifies with our pain
* God dies that we might have life

At the core of our teaching the Cross stands as the testament of God's love for us.  On one hand the Cross is an embarrassment - after all, why would God (all powerful, all knowing, supreme) choose to be humiliated?  Does that not mean that God is weak?  Why could God not take away our sins in a way that showed majesty and splendor?

Yet on the other hand, the Cross is a statement that God meets us where we are in life.  In our weakness, in our humiliation, in our low moments of doubt and sin God comes to us.  Jesus, like us in every way but sin, understands our pain because through his Cross he shares in the suffering of the world.  He knows us, and loves us even more.

September 14, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 13, 2017

Jesus offers a series of blessings and woes, reminding us that when we are united to the Lord we are blessed...and when we drift off on our own we find ourselves in a bad place.  

September 13, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 12, 2017

Jesus calls by name the Twelve Apostles from the disciples who followed him.  Chosen by him, they have work to do...reminding us today that the Lord continues to call people to carry on the Lord's saving work through the mission of the Church.

September 12, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 10, 2017

One of the hardest things about the Christian faith is the giving and receiving of a tough message, the kind of message that hits our hearts and requires us to grow as children of God.  Whether it's something that needs to be said or something that needs to be heard, may we call upon the Lord for the courage we need to let the message of Jesus Christ speak to our souls.

Sep 9, 2017

When confronted by the pharisees about his disciples violation of the Law, Jesus cites David and his own authority over the Sabbath.  Recognizing Christ as the Lord of our lives, we are inspired to put Christ at the center of everything we do as we offer our lives for him.

September 9, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 8, 2017

The Church celebrates the birth of Mary out of gratitude for her cooperation with God's plan of salvation through Jesus Christ.  As we remember the Mother of God today, may we continue to open our hearts - cooperating with God's plan for our lives as the Lord's disciples.

September 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Sep 7, 2017

When Jesus steps into the boat he changes Peter's life forever.  As the Lord teaches the crowds and invites Peter to abandon fear and follow him, we find that Christ continues to do the same in our lives, reaching out to us and welcoming us into a life of faith.

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

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Sep 6, 2017

What's your treasure?  What's so important to you that you will make sacrifices, work hard and dedicate your life to make it happen?  A new school year offers the chance for students of all ages to grow in mind and heart!

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

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Sep 5, 2017

With authority and power Jesus teaches and drives out a demon in the Gospel today.  As his followers, may we call upon the Lord for the guidance and courage we need to face our challenges with his grace.

Sep 3, 2017

Both Jeremiah and Jesus acknowledge that they must experience suffering, and learning from them we recognize that suffering is part of our world.  When we face suffering with the gift of faith, we grow strong in virtue as we strive to do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time, in the right way.

September 2, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Sep 2, 2017

Three servants were given different amounts of money by their master to invest; two worked hard, one was lazy.  The parable reminds us that while we are all given different resources and abilities in this life the Lord still calls us all to use what we've been given with wisdom and hard work.

Sep 1, 2017

The wise women in the Gospel today remind us that we are called to be prepared to live our faith for the long haul.  Saying yes to the Lord is a crucial step, but it is reaffirmed moment-by-moment as we keep true every day to the teaching and example of Jesus.

September 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 31, 2017

The Lord invites us to stay awake and alert so that when he calls us we are ready to respond.  It begs a question: Do I have any unfinished business that needs to be addressed today?  May we examine our hearts and take whatever steps are necessary to be prepared to follow Jesus.

Aug 30, 2017

The contrast between the first reading and the Gospel shows two very different examples of behavior.  It begs a question: How does our faith help us to live in the routine and everyday challenges we encounter?  When people see us, do they see Jesus Christ?

August 30, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 29, 2017

John the Baptist precedes Jesus in his birth, preaching and death.  John's witness to the Lord and the giving of his life inspire us to consider how we offer our lives each day to Christ...until the day when the Lord takes us by the hand at the hour of our own death.

Aug 27, 2017

Entrusting the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter, Jesus establishes the Church upon a rock that hell itself cannot prevail against.  Christ is the key; through prayer, sacraments and virtue we grow in grace through this life so that we can enter into the Lord's Kingdom in the next.

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

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Aug 26, 2017

The Gospel today makes it clear that what we say has to measure up to what we do.  When our words and actions are in harmony, then we "practice what we preach" so that others will find in us a living witness of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

August 26, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 25, 2017

Love - the Greatest Commandment - offers us an insight into the depth and breadth of the love that God has for us.  Pause for a moment and reflect on a time when you experienced love in a blessed way.  Now live that love today!

August 25, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 24, 2017

Philip brings Nathaniel (also known as Bartholomew) to Christ, changing his life forever.  It reminds us that sometimes we have the opportunity to lead others to the Lord, and sometimes we need to open our hearts to what Jesus has to say.

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

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Aug 23, 2017

Jesus offers a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven where merciful generosity embraces and transcends justice...reminding us that one day we will call upon the Lord for mercy when we stand before him at the end of time.

August 23, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 22, 2017

Mary's "fiat" to the angel Gabriel cooperates with God's plan of salvation.  Mary serves as our example, Mother, intercessor and guide.  She's also the Queen of Heaven, and through her witness we are inspired to draw near to her Son.

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