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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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Nov 15, 2018

Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God is among us.  Our task is not to go chasing around looking for the Lord, but rather to live as his disciples as we apply our faith to every aspect of our lives.

November 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 14, 2018

The healing of the ten lepers reveals the power of God's grace.  The gratitude of the Samaritan shows a response that can teach us all a great deal about how we drawn near to the Lord with a grateful heart.

November 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 13, 2018

To say "I serve the Lord" has tremendous implications for our understanding and action.  Recognizing Jesus as our Lord, we configure every aspect of our lives to him as our daily actions and interactions are infused with his grace.

November 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 11, 2018

Two widows offer examples of giving generously in the Scriptures today.  Three words - gratitude, sacrifice and expectation - can offer insight into how we can be generous as we follow the example of Jesus.

Nov 10, 2018

The Lord offers a blunt teaching about money, reminding us that God is our first and greatest priority...whereas money is a tool that is meant to be put to good and practical use.

November 10, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 9, 2018

Today the universal Church celebrates the dedication of the Lateran Basilica - the cathedral of the city of Rome - reminding us that every church around the world offers us a direct encounter of the living God when we draw near to the altar to pray.

November 9, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 8, 2018

Recognizing our sins and asking for forgiveness challenges us to honestly acknowledge our faults and humbly ask for help.  While this is not easy, this process puts us in right relationship with the Lord and one another...allowing us to grow in maturity, wisdom and love.

November 8, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 7, 2018

The Gospel makes it clear that all other blessings, even the most precious relationship, take second place to our relationship with Jesus Christ, who is the source of all our blessings and the Lord our souls.

November 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 6, 2018

The reading from Philippians offers a powerful teaching about Jesus, who emptied and humbled himself for the salvation of our souls.  As the Lord's disciples we acknowledge that our journey to heaven will lead us along a similar path as we share our lives with one another.

November 6, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 4, 2018

The commandment to love God and neighbor is well known, and it can act as a mission statement that guides every single element of our lives...and helping us to grow as Sons and Daughters of God.

November 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 3, 2018

Sometimes we can get caught up in social status, cherishing feelings of importance and respect.  In the Gospel today Jesus reminds us that true greatness lies in how we offer our lives, directing us away from external accolades and turning us toward the beauty of a life of humble service.

November 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 2, 2018

 Yesterday's celebration of All Saints inspires us today to pray for All Souls.  We remember our faithful departed and commend them to the loving mercy of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  On this sober feast we recall that one day we will all make the journey from this life to the next, and we ask God for the grace to carry on.

November 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 1, 2018

The victory of the Saints stands as a reminder for us.  For just as Christ sustained the Saints in their trials, so God will also walk with us.  They inspire us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus as we encounter the obstacles of life...so that one day we will join their ranks in Heaven.

November 1, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 31, 2018

The Lord reminds us of a sobering fact: the path that leads to eternal life flows through a narrow gate, and every day we make choices that either lead us closer or farther away.  

October 31, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 30, 2018

Jesus offers two examples to show how with God's help a small action on our part leads to big changes in our lives, inviting us to consider what small adaptations we can make to grow in our faith today.

October 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 28, 2018

When Jesus heals Bartimaeus, he does more than simply offer him sight.  An encounter with Christ brings us into a direct experience of God's grace and power; how we respond reveals our recognition of the many ways we see the Lord at work in our lives today.

October 28, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 27, 2018

Our lives offer us an opportunity to grow and flourish in the grace of God.  However, this chance to be spiritually fruitful lasts until the time when the Lord calls us into eternity, and from that moment there is no turning back.  

October 27, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 26, 2018

The Letter of the Ephesians offers a beautiful call to faith which can inspire us in the darkest moments of our lives.  May we take these words to heart as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

October 26, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 25, 2018

The Lord speaks of division - even within families - in the Gospel today.  Why?  Because in the end all of us will have to choose a path in life, either leading us to God or casting us away.

October 25, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 24, 2018

The end of today's passage from the Gospel of Luke offers a powerful reminder: we are called to live the blessing of our lives to the fullest extent.  What's more, we will be judged, not in comparison to others, but in comparison to the gifts that God has placed within us.

October 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 23, 2018

The Lord exhorts the disciples to be ready and prepared.  Each day is a precious gift, calling us to be present to the people in our lives as we strive to take care of any unfinished business.  That way, when the Master calls, we will be quick to respond.

October 23, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 21, 2018

The prophet Isaiah and Jesus both speak of the servant who suffers for others.  Once we recognize the value of life we begin to embrace our suffering with the grace of Christ...whose death and resurrection reveal the depth of love God has for us all.

October 20, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Oct 20, 2018

Jesus offers some key insights regarding what it means to be his witness in the world.  What we do matters, and even in our darkest moments we can call upon the Holy Spirit for what we need.

October 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 19, 2018

We have been chosen by God to offer our lives for service in the world.  Our actions will be unique to our own particular qualities, gifts, talents and opportunities...but when we do so the Lord will take our offering and bless it with power.

October 19, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Oct 18, 2018

As Jesus sends out the seventy-two disciples, he charges them with specific tasks of preaching, healing and proclaiming the Kingdom of God.  Like those first disciples, we participate in the ministry of Christ every time we use our gifts and talents for the glory of God.

October 18, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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