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: Joseph and his brothers 03/05/2021
Daily Mass: Joseph and his brothers The story of Joseph occurs in the last chapters of the Book of Genesis. In today's first reading we discover how it all begins when the jealousy and hatred of his brothers leads them to sell Joseph into slavery.
info_outline Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Two examples of service 03/05/2021
Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Two examples of service This third installment of the Lenten Retreat focuses on two people who serve Jesus along the Way of the Cross: Simon of Cyrene and Veronica. May their example inspire us to discover how we might serve the face of Jesus today.
info_outline Daily Mass: Lazarus and the rich man 03/04/2021
Daily Mass: Lazarus and the rich man The parable of Lazarus and the rich man pokes at our consciences. Do we see the poverty around us and respond with compassion? We know the teaching of Jesus...may we ask the Lord for the grace to put His words into practice.
info_outline Daily Mass: We offer our lives in service to one another 03/03/2021
Daily Mass: We offer our lives in service to one another Jesus teaches his disciples that the journey to Heaven is along the path of service.
info_outline Monday Conversation: Fasting and Abstinence 03/01/2021
Monday Conversation: Fasting and Abstinence Fasting and Abstinence are ancient disciplines that can dramatically enhance our spiritual life. Fr. Andrew offers some practical tips to bring these tools into our own unique circumstances today.
info_outline 2nd Sunday of Lent: The hope of the Transfiguration 02/28/2021
2nd Sunday of Lent: The hope of the Transfiguration The Transfiguration of Christ offers a glimpse of God's glory on the way to the Cross. This moment - seeing Jesus as he reigns in Heaven - offers us hope as we carry our crosses, confident in the Lord's victory.
info_outline Daily Mass: Love your enemies 02/27/2021
Daily Mass: Love your enemies We find in this selection from the Sermon on the Mount one of the hardest teachings of Jesus: to love our enemies. Yet when we do this we cleanse our hearts of hate and fill them with God's grace, so that we will be prepared to follow Christ in this life and be with Him in the next.
info_outline Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Jesus falls 3x 02/26/2021
Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Jesus falls 3x The three falls of Jesus on the Way of the Cross express our awareness of the humanity of Jesus through his Incarnation; he becomes like us - taking on our human weakness - to redeem our weakness and restore us to grace.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord's Prayer and the power of forgiveness 02/23/2021
Daily Mass: The Lord's Prayer and the power of forgiveness Matthew's Gospel offers the Lord's Prayer - a powerful spiritual tool that speaks practically about the crucial role of forgiveness in our daily lives.
info_outline Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle 02/22/2021
Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle St. Peter, for all his mistakes and sins, is empowered by Christ with a new name and a commission to lead the Church. May his example inspire us to follow the Lord today with full and open hearts.
info_outline Monday Conversation: Praying daily with the Bible 02/22/2021
Monday Conversation: Praying daily with the Bible Prayerfully reading the Bible (often called Lectio Divina - Divine Reading) is a powerful way the listen to what God has to say to our lives. Reading a small passage of Scripture we reflect and respond to the Lord by answering three simple questions: What does it say? What does it say to me? What does it make me say?
info_outline 1st Sunday of Lent: Confronting the darkness in our hearts 02/21/2021
1st Sunday of Lent: Confronting the darkness in our hearts The temptation of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark reminds us that the darkness of sin must be confronted in our hearts with the triumph of Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: Christ calls Levi, a sinner like us 02/20/2021
Daily Mass: Christ calls Levi, a sinner like us The call of Levi (a tax collector and sinner) offers us hope that just as Jesus reached out to Levi the Lord also invites us - even with all our sins. May we joyfully respond to His call and offer our lives today.
info_outline Daily Mass: Isaiah calls us to corporal works of mercy 02/19/2021
Daily Mass: Isaiah calls us to corporal works of mercy The Prophet Isaiah calls the people to corporal works of mercy. May this exhortation inspire us to see the needs of our brothers and sisters and respond with the love of Christ.
info_outline Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Confronting Injustice 02/19/2021
Walking with Mary on the Way of the Cross: Confronting Injustice This is the first of a six-part Lenten Retreat where Fr. Andrew reflects on a different aspect of the Stations of Cross each night. In this presentation Jesus is the key to help us understand how we confront the injustices and evils in our lives.
info_outline Daily Mass: Our faith is a matter of life and death 02/18/2021
Daily Mass: Our faith is a matter of life and death Both Moses and Jesus speak of a faith that pertains to matters of life and death. May our Lenten journey empower us to embrace the gift of God as we live our lives for the Lord.
info_outline Ash Wednesday: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel 02/17/2021
Ash Wednesday: Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel We begin the season of Lent by acknowledging our sins and embracing God's mercy through repentance and conversion of heart. May these forty days help us draw closer to Jesus Christ and one another!
info_outline Daily Mass: We find hope in Noah's ark 02/16/2021
Daily Mass: We find hope in Noah's ark Noah's ark is a well known passage of Genesis that captures the imagination. Confronting wickedness and sin, the ark is a sign of hope in which God offers us a way forward - inviting us to mirror this example as we now prepare to embark on the season of Lent tomorrow.
info_outline Monday Conversation: Practical tips to carry out our plan for Lent 02/15/2021
Monday Conversation: Practical tips to carry out our plan for Lent This Monday Conversation offers a series of practical tips to help us refine our plan for Lent into a powerful spiritual prescription.
info_outline 6th Sunday of the Year: What needs to be healed in our hearts? 02/14/2021
6th Sunday of the Year: What needs to be healed in our hearts? The healing encounter between Jesus and the leper reveals the Lord's fundamental desire to restore and renew our lives. May we take stock of our spiritual situation right now and draw near to the Divine Physician for what we need to grow in grace.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Temptation of Adam and Eve 02/12/2021
Daily Mass: The Temptation of Adam and Eve Evil enters the world when Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent. As disciples of Jesus Christ, we practice constant vigilance: aware of daily temptations in our lives, we renew our hearts to the Lord through prayer, sacraments and virtue.
info_outline Daily Mass: The creation of woman 02/11/2021
Daily Mass: The creation of woman The creation account continues in Genesis with a focus on God's goodness and our need for relationships, particularly in the context of marriage. May the beauty of marriage inspire us to help all marriages foster and grow.