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.

Daily Mass: The authority of Christ. Catholic Inspiration

The authority of Jesus is witnessed in Capernaum as he teaches and drives out an unclean spirit.  The Lord’s authority, however, is also present in our lives, leading and directing our actions as disciples.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 1st Week of the Year

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2nd Sunday of the Year: God’s Goodness

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Study:  Reflect on a time when you experienced something profoundly good.  How did it shape you?

Pray:  Are there needs in your life or in someone you know?  Ask the Lord to touch and bless them with goodness.

Serve:  How can you bring abundant goodness to another today?  How can your service make a real difference in someone’s life?

Mass Readings – The 2nd Sunday of the Year

This week’s readings proclaim God’s goodness in a variety of ways:

  • 1st Reading – God calls Israel his “Delight”
  • Psalm – the people proclaim the “marvelous deeds of the Lord”
  • 2nd Reading – the Spirit showers us with rich and varied gifts
  • Gospel – Jesus turns water into wine at a wedding in Cana

We often talk about the Lord’s commandments as things we should NOT do.  While this is often true and helpful, we can sometimes miss the point about all the ways our lives can DO things that are inspired (and indeed, commanded) by God.  We are called:

  • to live joyfully
  • to proclaim God’s Good News
  • to engage the gifts we have been given for others
  • to change and transform the world around us with God’s grace and blessing

Simply put, God’s goodness to us inspires us to share this abundant goodness with each other.  We are invited to take hold of our lives and make the most of each day – loving and serving, forgiving and helping, blessing, healing, rejoicing, and renewing.  We have been given the gifts of life and faith….let’s live them with power!

The gut check in all this flows from our fundamental attitude:  do we live our faith with love, joy, and peace?  Do people see goodness in the words we say and the actions we perform?  Is our Christian witness evident in the manner and conduct of our interactions with others?  May God’s goodness empower our lives to burn like a blazing torch – leading others closer to God and one another.

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The Wedding at Cana, Paolo Veronese; 1562, Louvre Museum, Paris, France.

Note: This post was first published on January 11, 2016.


The Baptism of the Lord: We are blessed and beloved by God. Catholic Inspiration

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.

Mass Readings – The Baptism of the Lord

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Daily Mass: He must increase; I must decrease. Catholic Inspiration

The words of John the Baptist serve as a reminder for all of us to let Jesus Christ take greater and greater control of our hearts.

Mass Readings – Saturday after Epiphany

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Daily Mass: The will of the Lord. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord reveals his compassion for the leper who begs to be healed in the Gospel today.  May we trust in Christ’s merciful will for us in our need as we draw near to the one who longs for us to be made whole.

Mass Readings – Friday after Epiphany

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Photo Credit: Son of God, 2014.

 

 


Daily Mass: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. Catholic Inspiration

As Jesus proclaims the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah in his hometown of Nazareth, we are reminded that through Christ we have the same Spirit in our hearts.  Our task: to live it!

Mass Readings – Thursday after Epiphany

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Daily Mass: Take courage and be not afraid. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s words to the disciples speak to us as well: “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”  As we face the challenges of life may we look to Jesus for the grace we need to carry on.

Mass Readings – Wednesday after Epiphany

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