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 and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store.

Daily Mass: Almsgiving and the spiritual life. Catholic Inspiration

Jesus offers a rebuke in the Gospel today with the insight that almsgiving is powerful way we can foster our spiritual life.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 28th Week of the Year


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29th Sunday of the Year: The suffering of Jesus Christ


Study:  Consider an experience of suffering in your life.  What lessons did you learn?  How did you change and grow?

Pray:  Many people carry heavy crosses every day…pray for them that they find the strength and grace they need.

Serve:  Many people carry heavy crosses every day…how can you help them?

Mass Readings – 29th Sunday of the Year

The readings today weave together around some common themes:

  • 1st Reading – The Servant who suffers to ransom others
  • Psalm – We trust in the Lord’s mercy
  • 2nd Reading – Jesus, tested in every way, sympathizes with our weaknesses
  • Gospel – Christ came to serve and offer his life…inviting us to do the same

Let’s start with Jesus.  The Lord’s mission included not only teaching and healing, but was most clearly articulated in his death and resurrection for the life of the world.  Christ died for our sins – taking our place by his suffering on the Cross for the evil we have done.  His resurrection blazes a trail for us that leads to Heaven.

It is crucial to note that suffering is the path, not the goal.  God the Father did not choose Jesus to suffer out of a desire for pain, but to bridge the gap between the human and divine.  The Lord is the High Priest whose suffering draws near to a wounded and broken humanity.  Like us in all things but sin, Jesus embraces us as he stretched out his hands on the Cross.

The victory of the Resurrection reveals suffering as the doorway, a path that when taken purges and cleanses, through which Christ has passed to break the bonds of sin and death.  Suffering does not end in suffering; it leads to a freedom in Christ that is filled with grace, mercy, and peace.

This message has elements of consolation and challenge for us today.  The consolation?  We look to Christ for our redemption – turning to the Lord whose saving death and resurrection give us eternal life.

The challenge?  We are called to face our suffering, recognizing in the crosses of our lives the path of redemption that God sets before us.  In other words, we drink from the cup of Christ’s suffering – but we do it with conviction, faith, and hope.

The suffering we face today is part of our transformation as disciples.  We engage the challenges of this life, not because we welcome pain, but because we see God’s hand at work in our struggles to purify our hearts and desires.  Through this process we offer our lives, following the example of Jesus Christ to bring life to those in our midst.

Drink from the cup.  Consider the sufferings of today as an offering to the Lord – given out of love that our lives might be transformed into the image and likeness of Christ!


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La crucifixion, Philippe de Champaigne; 1644-1646, 800 x 600 pixels.

Note: This post was first published on October 13, 2015.

28th Sunday of the Year: Putting God first in our lives. Catholic Inspiration

The Book of Wisdom beautiful describes a life where God is preferred above all else.  For when we place the Lord first in our lives, then the rest of our lives becomes focused, balanced and fulfilled.

Mass Readings – 28th Sunday of the Year


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Daily Mass: Hearing and observing the Word of God. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord teaches us today that we are blessed when we hear the Word of God and act on it.  Easier said than done, but God will not ask us for the impossible; rather, we are called to continue to respond as disciples each and every day.

Saturday of the 27th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Driving out demons, and keeping them out! Catholic Inspiration

Jesus drives out a demon and then teaches others how to keep evil away from their hearts.  It’s a good reminder for us as well; we are called each day to be vigilant in the spiritual battle as we guard the sanctity of our souls.

Mass Readings – Friday of the 27th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: Be persistent in prayer. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord offers a couple of examples to highlight the crucial need to be persistent in prayer.  May these words inspire us every day to open our hearts to the Lord as we ask for what we need to grow in faith, hope and love.

Mass Readings – Thursday of the 27th Week of the Year


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Daily Mass: The Lord teaches us to pray. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s Prayer has shaped the lives of countless Christians over the centuries.  May we find in this powerful prayer a way to articulate the needs in our hearts as we open our souls to the grace of God.

Mass Readings – Wednesday of the 27th Week of the Year


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