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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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Aug 29, 2019

The death of John the Baptist makes it clear that in no uncertain terms there is a price for following the Lord. Our "yes" to God means that we will follow a path where sacrifice will be part of the offering of our lives.

August 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Aug 15, 2019

On this feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary we see her swift response - in word and action - to God's call for her life. Mary example inspires us to do the same as we proclaim the greatness of the Lord in our lives.

August 15, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jul 3, 2019

St. Thomas reminds us that as disciples we can be honest with our human doubts even as we embrace our faith in Christ.  As we bring our struggles to the Lord, we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus...calling for the grace we need each day.

July 3, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jun 29, 2019

They are two great lights in the Church, and their influence has shaped the lives of billions of Christians over the last 2000 years.  May the example of these two saints inspire us to follow the Lord with all our heart!

June 29, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 28, 2019

All of the readings today reveal the compassion of God that flows from the sacred heart of Christ.  God's mercy reaches out to us, invites us to reconcile, and urges us to turn away from our sins and toward the Lord.  May we accept this amazing grace!

June 28, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jun 23, 2019

The Eucharist was defined and commanded by the Lord so that his disciples would be strengthened with his Body and Blood to face the challenges of life.  May we receive Jesus Christ through our participation at Mass with fervent desire!

June 22, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 16, 2019

The love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit becomes the model for Christian discipleship.  The indivisible unity of the Trinity - overflowing with love - guides and directs the Church to unite from within and without as we strive to grow closer together in love.

June 15, 2019 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jun 9, 2019

The Holy Spirit comes to unite us to God and one another, breaking down the walls of isolation and division, and leading us to cooperation as Sons an Daughters of God.  Where do you see dissent and disunity in your life?  Call upon the Spirit!

June 8, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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May 31, 2019

Mary's offers a proclamation of praise in her Magnificat, as she glorifies God and offers thanks for the blessings she has received.  May we echo her words as we call to mind in our prayer and daily practice how the Lord has touched our hearts and fostered our faith.

May 31, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 19, 2019

Today the world stands silent at the foot of the Cross.  Only the unconditional love of God could remedy human sin, and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ gives us hope for eternal life.

April 19, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Apr 18, 2019

We begin the Sacred Triduum with the solemn gathering around the altar.  Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ, we are strengthened by God's grace for service in the world.

April 18, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Mar 19, 2019

We know very little about St. Joseph: he makes no speeches; indeed, he says nothing at all.  Yet this hard working, faithful man carried out the task appointed for him by God...showing us that in the last analysis our actions are crucial as we follow Jesus Christ.

March 19, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Feb 22, 2019

On this feast of the Chair of St. Peter, we hear how Peter acknowledges that Jesus is the Christ.  The Lord affirms that Peter is the rock upon which the Church will be built, and while Satan will try to destroy it, the gates of the netherworld will not prevail.

February 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Feb 2, 2019

Mary and Joseph faithfully carry out their duty as parents as they present their son in the Temple, and they encounter two people - Simeon and Anna - who foretell the mighty deeds that will be done through this tiny child.

February 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 25, 2019

St. Paul's conversion reminds us that God works in our lives through many circumstances and people.  What's your conversion story?  How has the Lord touched your life and helped you become a disciple of Jesus Christ?

January 25, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 13, 2019

The baptism of Jesus reveals the power of the Holy Trinity.  As the Father calls Jesus his beloved Son, we recognize that through our baptism we are configured as sons and daughters of God, beloved children who are empowered to bring Christ's light to the world.

January 13, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 1, 2019

She is the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.  May the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary strengthen our desire to offer our hearts in loving service to her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

December 31, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 12, 2018

On this feast day it is good to reflect on the history of Mary's apparition to Juan Diego in 1531.  Through the miracles that followed Mary's presence transformed a people, offering us a clear reminder that God continues to work through his angels and saints.

December 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 8, 2018

Mary's response to the angel Gabriel reveals her role in God's plan for our salvation.  Chosen by the Lord, she offers us an example of faithfulness that inspires us every day to say yes to God's call for our lives.

December 7, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Nov 30, 2018

Today we celebrate the feast of St. Andrew, and we hear how he and his brother responded to the Lord's call.  Indeed, the Lord continues to call all of us...will we follow?

November 30, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 25, 2018

We are servants and stewards of Christ, our King.  This means that our faith is not some hazy, vague experience; rather, it is dynamic and life-giving as we conform our lives to the commands of the one who claims our obedience.

November 25, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 22, 2018

What are you thankful for today?  What gifts do you recognize right now in your life and how do you share them gratefully with others?  How has God's grace transformed your life?  Now go, and be a blessing in the world!

November 22, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - 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 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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