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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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May 23, 2019

This short passage from John's Gospel reveals the interaction between the command to love and the gift of joy.  While love often challenges us to stretch our hearts as we care for others, the joy we receive flows straight from the heart of heaven.

May 23, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 22, 2019

Jesus teaches in plain language that just like a vine and its branches, when we are connected to Christ we thrive and bear fruit.  Today we consider not only how we can continue to draw closer to the Lord, but also how we might share our lives to bring glory and praise to God in the world today.

May 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 21, 2019

Christ offers consolation - a peace that only he can give - to our troubled and fearful hearts.  Where do you see the need for God's peace in your life today?  Call upon the Lord and receive this tremendous gift of peace.

May 21, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 19, 2019

We all know that Jesus commands us to love one another, but all too often we overlook the sacrifice it takes to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. All three readings today point out that there will be a cost...and we will pay it with our lives.

May 19, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 18, 2019

The light of Christ is meant to burn in our hearts as we live the gift of our faith and pass it on to those around us.  Paul and Barnabas shared this light even as they faced challenge and struggle.  May their example inspire us to shine in the world today.

May 18, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 17, 2019

John's Gospel offers a beautiful reflection as Jesus invites us to trust in him when doubt, fear and anxiety overwhelm us.  God is our strength and our comfort, providing us the grace we need as we follow where the Lord leads.

May 16, 2019

As Master and Teacher, Jesus shows the disciples the path of humble service.  We follow the Lord's example every time we offer our lives in care and compassion for those around us...giving glory and praise to God.

May 16, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 15, 2019

The Lord teaches that he is the light - sent from the Father - who comes to save the world.  May Christ's words and saving actions inspire us this day to draw near to his glorious light!

May 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 14, 2019

This beautiful passage from the Gospel of John offers a profound reflection on the nature of God's love for our lives.  Flowing from the Father, divine love is meant to touch our hearts and pass through us into the diverse relationships of daily life.

May 14, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 12, 2019

Christ is our Good Shepherd, who leads, defends and calls us through this life.  May we respond to his voice and follow his guidance with full and open hearts.

May 12, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 11, 2019

From the low point in Christ's earthly mission to St. Peter's extraordinary ministry, Jesus alone offers what is necessary for our journey through this life.  May we place our hearts in his care as we follow the Lord's call.

May 11, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 10, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles recounts the conversion of St. Paul - from persecutor to proclaimer - and inspires us to remember that God continues to call all of us to ongoing conversion of heart.

May 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 9, 2019

St. Philip helps a stranger discover the Good News of Jesus Christ and be baptized.  We, too, are called to help others learn about the Lord and grow closer to God and one another.

May 9, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 8, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles recounts both the persecution and joy that the early Church experienced, showcasing how St. Philip carried on the mission of Jesus through his actions.  As we face our challenges today, may we allow the grace of the Lord to give us the strength and wisdom we need.

May 8, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 7, 2019

Jesus teaches that he is "the bread of life" and whoever comes to him will never hunger.  The Lord sustains us with this living bread, giving us the strength we need to face the challenges of life today.

May 7, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 5, 2019

The encounter between Jesus and St. Peter offers us an example of the Lord's gentle call to grow ever deeper in our love.  God patiently meets us where we are and invites us to follow...may we respond!

May 5, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 4, 2019

The Acts of the Apostles reveals that from the beginning the Church faced challenges and new opportunities for service.  As we engage our lives today we have the chance to consider how the Lord is calling us to offer our lives in the name of Jesus Christ.

May 4, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 3, 2019

The feast of saints Philip and James reveals that God works through the unique gifts of our lives to continue the proclamation of the saving work of the Lord in our world today.  

May 3, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 2, 2019

Questioned by the Sanhedrin, Peter and the other Apostles state, "We must obey God rather than men."  As disciples of Jesus Christ we recognized that we have been made, redeemed and sanctified by the grace of God...and in our moments of testing our character will be revealed by our obedience.

May 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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May 1, 2019

This well known passage from the Gospel of John reminds us that it was out of love for sinful humanity that God sent Jesus Christ for our salvation.  May we humbly acknowledge the darkness within our hearts and turn to the one who longs to make us whole.

May 1, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 30, 2019

As Jesus speaks to Nicodemus we discover that our hope in Christ gives us the strength we need for our earthly journey.  Whatever challenges we encounter in this life, we look to the Lord's victory over sin and death to guide us to Heaven.

April 30, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Apr 28, 2019

The first reading from the Acts of the Apostles reveals how the early Church, filled with the Holy Spirit, grew in numbers as the Apostles continued the ministry of Jesus.  Their example becomes our inspiration today to go and make disciples for the Lord.

April 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 27, 2019

Mark's Gospel offers three different occasions where the Risen Lord appeared to fourteen disciples: Mary Magdalene, Two on the road to Emmaus and the Eleven Apostles.  In these encounters we see our own human need for the time and effort necessary to grow in our faith.

April 27, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 26, 2019

The first reading reveals the transformation to St. Peter as the resurrection of Christ takes hold of his heart.  Casting aside doubt and fear, Peter proclaims the Good News in the face of persecution and trial...reminding us that as disciples we can draw upon the same strength today.

April 26, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 25, 2019

The readings today reveal the power of the resurrection to transform hearts and equip disciples to proclaim the Good News.  Like the first Apostles, we have an opportunity every day to draw strength from the Lord for the task at hand.

April 25, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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