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Catholic Inspiration

Podcasts of homilies and talks given by Fr. Andrew Ricci 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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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 24, 2017

As the herald of Jesus, John directs people to prepare for the coming of the messiah.  His birth, words and actions all point others to the Lord...and inspire us to do the same as modern days disciples.

June 24, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 23, 2017

The feast of the Sacred Heart of the Jesus celebrates the love of God for the whole world.  Without limit or boundary, the Lord's love for us is unconditional and offers us the opportunity to both receive and share this love with one another.

June 23, 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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

Jun 18, 2017

This homily takes a practical look at answering three questions:

  1. What is the Eucharist?
  2. What happens at every Mass?
  3. What are some ways to get the most out of Mass?

June 17, 2017 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 17, 2017

St. Paul reminds us that we live for the Lord, offering our lives as His ambassadors and sharing the love that we have received through a life of grace.

June 17, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 16, 2017

Our human lives are filled with contrasts: on one hand we are fragile "earthen vessels" that can crack and break; on the other hand, we have been given the treasure of Jesus Christ - who heals, saves and renews our lives.

June 16, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 15, 2017

The Lord invites us to a higher standard as we reconcile our hearts with one another.  May we examine our lives today and remove any obstacle that keeps our relationships from growing in God's grace.

June 15, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 14, 2017

Jesus tells the disciples that he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets.  The Good News is that God is with us!  Christ's saving death and resurrection, followed by the gift of the Holy Spirit, means that we are not alone.  May we turn to the Lord every day for the grace and strength we need.

June 14, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 13, 2017

The Lord describes us as Salt and Light, two things that while good in themselves are also precious when shared with others.  With salt our food is tasty and preserved; with light we can see and find our way on the journey of life.  May we share our lives with one another, giving glory to God for blessings we have received.

June 13, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 11, 2017

A central aspect of the mystery of the Holy Trinity is the sense of communion.  Communion can thus serve as a measure showing just how far we have progressed in our journey as disciples.  Simply put, are we striving to build unity with one another in all aspects of our lives?  Do we foster our connections with the Lord and one another?  For in the end, if we are going to enter into Heaven, then we have today to remove the obstacles that keep us from communion.

June 10, 2017 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Jun 10, 2017

What if the gift of our lives was not measured by time or money, but rather by the sacrifice in our hearts?  That's the lesson the Lord reveals about the poor widow in the Gospel today.

June 10, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 9, 2017

The first reading and psalm response show people praising God with grateful hearts.  What are you thankful for today?  How can you express in word or action fitting praise for what God has done in your life?

June 9, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 8, 2017

Today is my 20th anniversary as a priest!  As I reflect on the Gospel reading today, I pray that each of us will live our Christian vocation to love the Lord and one another with all our heart!

June 8, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 7, 2017

What will it be like in Heaven?  When the Sadducees try to trap Jesus, the Lord responds with wisdom that gives insight into God's gift of eternal life.

June 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 6, 2017

Jesus cuts through the hypocrisy and offers some profound wisdom regarding what we owe in Heaven and on earth.

June 6, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 4, 2017

Like a power tool, our lives come alive with the power of the Holy Spirit when we:

  1. Stay connected to Christ
  2. Live each day with conviction
  3. Recognize the unique contributions of one another

Come Holy Spirit!  Fill our hearts with the fire of your love!

June 3, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior. WI

Jun 3, 2017

The Lord tells Peter to follow him and not focus on what others are doing.  What a good reminder for us!  May we recognize that the Lord has plans for us all; our task: to carry out our work and follow Jesus with all our heart.

June 3, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 2, 2017

"Do you love me?" This is the question that the Lord puts to Peter three times following the resurrection.  It's a good reminder, for in the end our lives are measured by the love - shared and received - that's found in our hearts.

June 2, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 1, 2017

The Lord prays for the unity of the disciples, and how pertinent that prayer remains today!  May we work tirelessly to promote our connections and relationships, building up our community at all levels in life.

June 1, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 31, 2017

Mary and Elizabeth - pregnant with Jesus and John the Baptist - meet and rejoice at the goodness of the Lord.  Both women knew hardship, yet their faith inspires us to see God at work...in good times and in bad.

May 31, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 30, 2017

Jesus tells his heavenly Father, "I pray for them." His words offer hope: the Lord prays for us!  Our faith, transmitted through time and space from those first disciples, inspires us to pray for one another with the grace and strength of Christ.

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

Fr. Andrew Ricci - www.studyprayserve.com

May 28, 2017

We say in the creed, "He ascended into Heaven" yet we often do not consider what that means for our lives here on earth:

  • Where are we going?
  • What are we doing?
  • How are we doing it?

With Heaven as our home we can evaluate and review our words and actions in preparation for the day when the Lord calls us to follow Him from this world to the next.

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

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