Author Archives: Fr. Andrew Ricci

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at studyprayserve.com and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store.

12th Sunday of the Year: God’s grace casts out sin and evil. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

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.

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The Birth of John the Baptist. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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.

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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.

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Daily Mass: The Lord’s Prayer. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 11th Week of the Year

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!

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Daily Mass: God loves a cheerful giver. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 11th Week of the Year

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.

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Daily Mass: Love your enemies. Catholic Inspiration

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 11th Week of the Year

“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!

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12th Sunday of the Year: God’s grace in the darkness of evil.

Study: Consider a time when you had to confront evil.  How did your faith in Christ give you strength?

Pray: Is there a difficult situation in your life right now?  Ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance.

Serve:  Do you know someone who is struggling right now?  How can you offer support?

Mass Readings – 12th Sunday of the Year

The readings this Sunday all come with an edge to them, signifying that there’s a lot at stake in a life of faith.  Take a look:

  • 1st Reading – Jeremiah praises the Lord even as he recognizes the evil of others.
  • Psalm – “Lord, in your great love answer me.”
  • 2nd Reading – Sin and death came through Adam; grace and peace come through Jesus Christ.
  • Gospel – The Lord will acknowledge those who acknowledge Him, and he will deny those who deny him.

These readings address the reality of sin and evil in our world.  We know this reality through our experience, and whether through our own actions or the actions of others we recognize that the human heart has the capacity for sin.

Yet we also recognize that God’s grace is greater than the darkness.  This is why Christ came into the world!  Through the Lord’s cross and resurrection we have hope to call upon Heaven for the strength, courage and wisdom we need to face the challenges of life.

Have we sinned?  Then we seek reconciliation and forgiveness.  Have we been wounded by wickedness and evil?  Then we call upon the Lord’s grace.

The triumph of Jesus Christ inspires us to follow the example of Jeremiah and Paul – acknowledging the Lord in this world so that we can be with Him in the next!

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