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: Justice and Mercy 03/30/2020
Daily Mass: Justice and Mercy The Book of Daniel and the Gospel of John offer us examples of Justice and Mercy, crucial concepts that require our careful thought and attention as disciples of the Lord. May we strive for Justice in all our actions as we we recognize our ongoing need for God's Mercy when we sin.
info_outline Monday Conversation: The gift of discipline from COVID-19 03/30/2020
Monday Conversation: The gift of discipline from COVID-19 COVID-19 has disrupted our lives, offering us an opportunity to examine our habits and reflect on what might change for the better. Discipline - the ability to consistently and regularly carry out an appointed task with a high level of performance - is a crucial element that can help us thrive in body, mind, heart and soul.
info_outline 5th Sunday of Lent: The power and compassion of Christ 03/29/2020
5th Sunday of Lent: The power and compassion of Christ The miracle of Lazarus reveals the power of Jesus Christ and the hope we have in the Lord. May these matters of life and death inspire us to respond to the needs of our world with conviction and compassion.
info_outline Daily Mass: Working to build a spirit of unity among us 03/28/2020
Daily Mass: Working to build a spirit of unity among us As the spirit of destructive discord increases around Jesus, we see the crucial need to work for peace and unity, especially in challenging times.
info_outline Daily Mass: Confronting the darkness 03/27/2020
Daily Mass: Confronting the darkness The readings today remind us of the reality of evil and its blinding presence in our lives. Yet as we confront the darkness of sin we find that our help comes from the light of Christ, who gives us the courage and strength we need.
info_outline Daily Mass: God's life giving touch 03/24/2020
Daily Mass: God's life giving touch God's touch brings life giving power that leads to healing and wholeness. As we confront the physical illness of COVID-19, we also call upon the Lord to restore whatever is wounded in body, mind, heart and soul.
info_outline Daily Mass: God's grace gives us hope 03/23/2020
Daily Mass: God's grace gives us hope The Scripture readings today all reference human hardship: suffering, battle and illness. Yet through it all we have hope as we see how God gives us the grace we need to overcome these challenges every time we turn to Christ.
info_outline 4th Sunday of Lent: To see our lives with God's eyes 03/22/2020
4th Sunday of Lent: To see our lives with God's eyes As Samuel is looking at Jesse's sons, he is reminded that the Lord sees our lives differently than we do. May we look at the current situation of our world today and ask for the grace to see with God's eyes.
info_outline Daily Mass: Loving God and neighbor in the context of COVID-19 03/20/2020
Daily Mass: Loving God and neighbor in the context of COVID-19 Jesus teaches in Mark's Gospel that the greatest commandments are about loving God and one another. In these current times with COVID-19 we have incredible opportunities to put these two commandments into practice.
info_outline Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary 03/19/2020
Solemnity of St. Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary He never says a word in the Scriptures, but St. Joseph demonstrates by his actions his faith in God and his capacity to sacrifice for others. May his example inspire us today.
info_outline Monday Conversation: Are we part of the problem or the solution? 03/16/2020
Monday Conversation: Are we part of the problem or the solution? Life is a precious gift, created and redeemed by God, and how we offer this treasure reveals the depth and content of our hearts.
info_outline Daily Mass: The path that leads to the Cross 03/11/2020
Daily Mass: The path that leads to the Cross As Jesus speaks to the disciples about his suffering and death on the Cross, he must also contend with the pettiness that often accompanies our human nature...teaching how we offer our lives in service of one another.
info_outline Monday Conversation: Forgiveness brings light to our hearts 03/09/2020
Monday Conversation: Forgiveness brings light to our hearts Forgiveness is a practical application of the command to love, and it is one of the most difficult things we are called to do as disciples of Jesus Christ. Yet this act not only allows us to receive the light of God's love in our hearts, but it also empowers us to shine with this love in the world.
info_outline 2nd Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration gives us hope to carry on 03/08/2020
2nd Sunday of Lent: The Transfiguration gives us hope to carry on The Transfiguration of Jesus offered three apostles a sign of hope as they journeyed on to Jerusalem where the Lord would be crucified. This moment of glory strengthened their faith to face the coming test of suffering and hardship, showing us that God gives us what we need to carry on.
info_outline Daily Mass: To pray with all our heart 03/05/2020
Daily Mass: To pray with all our heart All of the readings today reveal the power of a fervent prayer from the heart. Prayer does not "change God's mind," but rather it draws our souls into a deeper union with the one who knows what we need.