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.
info_outline Daily Mass: In our labors we find rest in Jesus Christ 07/18/2019
Daily Mass: In our labors we find rest in Jesus Christ The compassion of Christ is evident in this well known passage from Matthew: come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. May these words inspire us in our moments of weakness to draw near to the Lord for the grace and strength we need.
info_outline Daily Mass: We stand on holy ground 07/17/2019
Daily Mass: We stand on holy ground As Moses approached the burning bush he stood on holy ground and spoke with God. Our faith in Jesus Christ - who fulfills the law of Moses - allows us to draw near to the living God through our study, prayer and service.
info_outline Daily Mass: The natural consequences of sin 07/16/2019
Daily Mass: The natural consequences of sin The Lord reproaches the people of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum because they did not repent when they witnessed the mighty acts of God. We, too, have been given much by God; will we turn to the Lord and live?
info_outline 15th Sunday of the Year: Love your neighbor 07/14/2019
15th Sunday of the Year: Love your neighbor In this passage from the Gospel of Luke the Lord teaches his disciples that the term "neighbor" applies to all people, regardless of race, color, religion or political view. Using the example of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reveals how we are called to respond with mercy toward all.
info_outline Daily Mass: God's grace casts out fear 07/13/2019
Daily Mass: God's grace casts out fear Three times in the Gospel today Jesus tells his disciples to be not afraid. Three times! The fact is, fear is a part of the landscape of our lives, and with God's help we can face it with faith as we follow the Lord.
info_outline Daily Mass: Growing in Mind, Heart and Soul 07/12/2019
Daily Mass: Growing in Mind, Heart and Soul Matthew's Gospel reminds us that we are called by the Lord to use all our resources of mind, heart and soul. Each of these aspects of our humanity fosters our growth as disciples as we offer our lives for the glory of God.
info_outline Daily Mass: Reconciling within our families 07/11/2019
Daily Mass: Reconciling within our families The story of Joseph in the Book of Genesis recounts the power of reconciliation within a family. Joseph chooses the higher path and overcomes hatred and discord as he returns compassion toward his brothers. His example inspires us to examine our own families and actively seek opportunities to foster peace.
info_outline Daily Mass: God calls us by name 07/10/2019
Daily Mass: God calls us by name The call of the twelve Apostles reveals the personal connection Jesus has with his disciples. Called by name (with their own unique strengths and weaknesses) the Lord will empower them to serve in his name. The Lord does the same for us!
info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord is moved with pity for us 07/09/2019
Daily Mass: The Lord is moved with pity for us Matthew's Gospel shows how the Lord was moved with pity as he gazed on the people who were troubled and abandoned. The mercy of Christ consoles us to draw near to God with open hearts, even as it challenges us to look at one another (especially those who push our buttons!) with the love of the Lord.
info_outline 14th Sunday of the Year: God provides the strength for our service 07/07/2019
14th Sunday of the Year: God provides the strength for our service Jesus empowers 72 disciples to go in pairs and continue his mission of preaching, healing and driving out evil. Facing opposition and hostility they return rejoicing at the power of God at work in their lives. May we be inspired to follow their example!
info_outline Daily Mass: What is the Lord teaching us today? 07/06/2019
Daily Mass: What is the Lord teaching us today? Throughout our lives there are many spiritual lessons to be learned. Whether it's repentance or rejoicing, suffering or celebration, fasting or feasting. God calls us to discern what we need today...and then ask the Lord for the grace to respond.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord heals body and soul 07/04/2019
Daily Mass: The Lord heals body and soul The man brought to Jesus was healed of his affliction and forgiven of his sins. God longs to heal and restore our lives, and even when we are unable to initiate the process the Lord brings people around us to make his grace possible.
info_outline Daily Mass: St. Thomas - honest doubts, sincere faith 07/03/2019
Daily Mass: St. Thomas - honest doubts, sincere faith 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.
info_outline 13th Sunday of the Year: Some assembly required 06/30/2019
13th Sunday of the Year: Some assembly required In our best moments we know that we are works in progress - people growing through the ups and downs of life - and that we have to follow directions because some assembly is required. May we trust in the Lord to lead us through this life, and may we follow with all our heart.
info_outline The Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. 06/29/2019
The Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. 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!
info_outline The Sacred Heart of Jesus 06/28/2019
The Sacred Heart of Jesus 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!
info_outline Daily Mass: Actions built on the rock of faith 06/27/2019
Daily Mass: Actions built on the rock of faith Life challenges us with difficulties and distractions, temptations and turmoil. How do we find the strength and wisdom to navigate? Jesus offers the answer when he says that the storms of life are securely faced when we build our lives on the rock of faith.
info_outline Daily Mass: We are defined by what we do 06/26/2019
Daily Mass: We are defined by what we do It's our actions, not our words, that reveal to others the contents of our hearts. The Lord makes this clear when he teaches that we know people by the fruitfulness of their lives. May Christ's words inspire us to bear fruit in all that we do!
info_outline Daily Mass: Living a just life for the Lord 06/25/2019
Daily Mass: Living a just life for the Lord Psalm 15 offers some beautiful advice for living a just life for the Lord. Holiness is not just found in the extraordinary; often, our most powerful Christian witness occurs in the normal, everyday interactions that we have with one another.
info_outline Corpus Christi: The gift of the Eucharist 06/23/2019
Corpus Christi: The gift of the Eucharist 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!
info_outline Daily Mass: Letting go of useless worry 06/22/2019
Daily Mass: Letting go of useless worry The Lord's insight about useless worry addresses a common human condition. We can easily waste the gift of life being anxious over things that give us nothing in return! Instead, may we focus on the Kingdom of God for the grace and strength we need.
info_outline Daily Mass: Where is your treasure? 06/21/2019
Daily Mass: Where is your treasure? Jesus offers sound spiritual advice that has practical application to our daily lives. Our treasures reveal the depth of our hearts and display what we value and cherish. May we consider the things of heaven to help guide how we live each day here on earth.
info_outline Daily Mass: The power of the Lord's Prayer 06/20/2019
Daily Mass: The power of the Lord's Prayer The Lord's Prayer has shaped billions of Christians, offering a short, powerful prayer that cuts to the heart of the spiritual battles we face every day. May we take a moment to reflect on some of the key insights of these words and allow them to transform our hearts.
info_outline Daily Mass: Pray, fast and give alms...in secret 06/19/2019
Daily Mass: Pray, fast and give alms...in secret Jesus teaches that our actions are accountable to God and not to be done for our own gratification. Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are powerful ways to live our faith, provided that they are done for God's glory and not our own.
info_outline Daily Mass: Love your enemies...with the love of Christ 06/18/2019
Daily Mass: Love your enemies...with the love of Christ This command of Jesus will test us in the depth of our hearts! Yet when we love our enemies we grow as disciples and become more and more like the Lord, who graces us with God's love so we can put this teaching into daily practice.
info_outline The Trinity unites us in love 06/16/2019
The Trinity unites us in love 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.
info_outline Daily Mass: Christ's sacrifice makes reconciliation possible 06/15/2019
Daily Mass: Christ's sacrifice makes reconciliation possible St. Paul shows how the sacrifice of Jesus Christ makes reconciliation possible in our world. As disciples of the Lord, we are called to be ambassadors - agents of healing - who help continue the Lord's saving mission to reconcile people to God and one another.