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: Are we finding fault or fostering faith? 09/18/2019
Daily Mass: Are we finding fault or fostering faith? Life presents us a variety of situations - good, bad and ugly - and often we can be tempted to look for the failures and limitations of those around us. Rather than finding fault we have the opportunity to foster our faith as we seek God's presence is all aspects of our lives.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Cross is a sign of God's love 09/14/2019
Daily Mass: The Cross is a sign of God's love John 3:16 is one of the most famous and beloved verses in the Bible. Yet do we believe that God loves us so much that he sent his only Son for our salvation? And if we do, are we willing to allow this love to reshape our hearts?
info_outline Daily Mass: A little lesson in humility 09/13/2019
Daily Mass: A little lesson in humility Luke's Gospel reminds us that before we confess someone else's sins we might want to start with our own. The analogy about what is caught in our eye can help us from becoming blinded by our own pride.
info_outline Daily Mass: Do everything in the name of Jesus 09/12/2019
Daily Mass: Do everything in the name of Jesus The Letter to the Colossians continues to offer beautiful insights about our Christian life. These are words to inspire and uplift us, reminding us of our calling as brothers and sisters of Jesus.
info_outline 23rd Sunday of the Year: Take up your Cross and follow Christ 09/08/2019
23rd Sunday of the Year: Take up your Cross and follow Christ The Lord makes it clear that unless we take up our Cross we cannot be his disciples. Christ - who was victorious over his Cross - will give us the grace we need to face our own.
info_outline Daily Mass: Jesus Christ is Lord! 09/06/2019
Daily Mass: Jesus Christ is Lord! The first reading from the Letter to the Colossians offers us a rich insight about Jesus as the Lord of all creation. Knowledge, however, is not enough; what matters is how we put that knowledge into daily practice.
info_outline Daily Mass: What will we do with the gift of God's grace? 09/05/2019
Daily Mass: What will we do with the gift of God's grace? Jesus takes the initiative and Peter responds in today's account from the Sea of Galilee. Our lives follow the same pattern: how will we respond to the Lord's invitation?
info_outline Daily Mass: The power and authority of Jesus Christ 09/03/2019
Daily Mass: The power and authority of Jesus Christ The power and authority of the Lord are revealed as teaches and drives out demons. May we call upon Christ for the strength we need as we place our lives under his command.
info_outline 22nd Sunday of the Year: Living the virtue of humility 09/01/2019
22nd Sunday of the Year: Living the virtue of humility The Book of Sirach exhorts us to "conduct our affairs with humility," and through truth, honesty and perspective we can confront the pride in our hearts with this powerful (and often underappreciated) virtue.
info_outline Daily Mass: How are we using what we have been given? 08/31/2019
Daily Mass: How are we using what we have been given? The Lord's parable about the three servants illustrates how we can all use wisely our resources even if we have all been blessed in greater and lesser ways. Point: how will we use what we have been given today?
info_outline Daily Mass: Wise or foolish? (Hint: go for wise.) 08/30/2019
Daily Mass: Wise or foolish? (Hint: go for wise.) The Lord uses a parable to raise an obvious point: it's wise to be prepared! May this wisdom inspire us to be prepared for the day when the Lord will call us out of this world.
info_outline Daily Mass: The death of John the Baptist 08/29/2019
Daily Mass: The death of John the Baptist The death of John the Baptist makes it clear that in no uncertain terms there is a price for following the Lord. Our "yes" to God means that we will follow a path where sacrifice will be part of the offering of our lives.
info_outline Daily Mass: Who do we think we're kidding? Part II 08/28/2019
Daily Mass: Who do we think we're kidding? Part II Today's readings all continue from yesterday, and the Psalm and Gospel remind us that rather than flee from our sins we call upon the grace and strength of God. After all...who do we think we're kidding?
info_outline Daily Mass: Who do we think we're kidding? 08/27/2019
Daily Mass: Who do we think we're kidding? Both Jesus and the Psalmist show us that God knows us through-and-through. Rather than pretend (and become hypocrites,) we have the opportunity today to acknowledge our sins with humility and receive the grace of God.
info_outline 21st Sunday of the Year: Unity, Discipline and Heaven 08/25/2019
21st Sunday of the Year: Unity, Discipline and Heaven The readings this Sunday both challenge and console us to foster unity, endure discipline, and focus on the Kingdom of Heaven. While life will not be easy, God will give us what need for the journey.
info_outline Daily Mass: Love, the Greatest Commandment 08/23/2019
Daily Mass: Love, the Greatest Commandment Jesus, the Master Teacher, offers brilliant clarity in teaching about the great commandment to love God and one another. The teaching is simple and direct; the challenge is living out this commandment each and every day.
info_outline Daily Mass: The banquet of the Kingdom of Heaven...are you ready? 08/22/2019
Daily Mass: The banquet of the Kingdom of Heaven...are you ready? The Lord uses the image of a banquet to teach us about the power, beauty and expectation of the Kingdom of Heaven. Our journey through this life provides countless opportunities for us to prepare our souls to join this heavenly feast. Are we ready?
info_outline Daily Mass: Facing the temptation of riches 08/20/2019
Daily Mass: Facing the temptation of riches The Gospel of Matthew highlights how the temptation of riches can undermine the central place of the Lord in our lives. Rather, we are invited to constantly examine what is most important in our hearts as we seek to put Christ first before all else.
info_outline 20th Sunday of the Year: Running the race of faith 08/18/2019
20th Sunday of the Year: Running the race of faith The Letter to the Hebrews describes our life as a great race before a cloud of witnesses. Life is difficult, yet with God's grace and the help of people, angels and saints we can face our struggles with the conviction that we will cross the finish line into Heaven.
info_outline Daily Mass: Jesus calls the children 08/17/2019
Daily Mass: Jesus calls the children Rebuking the disciples, Jesus calls the children to come near so he can bless them. It's a powerful image for us as we strive to be a source of Christian faith so our kids can know Jesus and be blessed by him today.
info_outline Daily Mass: Dealing with divorce 08/16/2019
Daily Mass: Dealing with divorce Jesus speaks about the reality of divorce in the Gospel of Matthew. As we deal with divorce in our lives today, we constantly work to build up marriage even as we walk with those wounded when it doesn't work out.