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: The healing that draws us closer to Christ 11/13/2019
Daily Mass: The healing that draws us closer to Christ The Samaritan who was healed from his leprosy by Jesus now draws near to the Lord in gratitude. May we look for Christ's presence in our lives and swiftly respond as we grow closer to the Lord and one another.
info_outline Daily Mass: The souls of the just are in the hands of God 11/12/2019
Daily Mass: The souls of the just are in the hands of God The reading from Wisdom (often heard at funerals) inspires us to encounter even the most difficult times with confidence in God's guidance and strength. Whatever we have to face today, may we trust in the Lord!
info_outline 32nd Sunday of the Year: The power of the resurrection 11/10/2019
32nd Sunday of the Year: The power of the resurrection As disciples of Jesus Christ, we anchor our hope in a simple fact: Christ has been raised from the dead. The Lord's triumph over sin and death fundamentally alters the universe and we have hope of eternal life. May the power of the resurrection direct every aspect of our lives!
info_outline Daily Mass: You are a temple of the Holy Spirit 11/09/2019
Daily Mass: You are a temple of the Holy Spirit In the Letter to the Corinthians St. Paul teaches that we are temples of the Holy Spirit, and it is crucial that we take tremendous care and effort regarding how we build our lives upon the rock of Jesus Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: God works through us 11/08/2019
Daily Mass: God works through us Both St. Paul and the Psalmist show how we are able to accomplish great things through the power of the Holy Spirit of God working through us. May we take this message to heart and allow the Spirit to tackle the needs before us this day.
info_outline Daily Mass: In life and death we belong to the Lord 11/07/2019
Daily Mass: In life and death we belong to the Lord St. Paul reminds the Romans that in both living and dying we are the Lord's. We, too, owe everything we have to God...and how we face life, death and eternal life will reveal to others our desire to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: What's your gift and how will you use it? 11/05/2019
Daily Mass: What's your gift and how will you use it? St. Paul inspires the Romans to use the God-given gifts they have received for one another. What's your gift? How will you use what the Lord has lavished upon you?
info_outline 31st Sunday of the Year: God comes to us! 11/03/2019
31st Sunday of the Year: God comes to us! In the Gospel of Luke we see how Jesus initiates the encounter with Zaccheus (who looks ridiculous climbing a tree because he is so short) and invites this past sinner to become forever changed. Zaccheus swiftly accepts this invitation, inspiring us to accept God's invitation in our lives as well!
info_outline All Souls - The commemoration of the Faithful Departed 11/02/2019
All Souls - The commemoration of the Faithful Departed On this Feast of All Souls we remember our beloved dead, and we hold on to the words of hope that are proclaimed through the Scripture readings. May we pray for those who have gone before us: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them! May they rest in peace!
info_outline Solemnity of All Saints 11/01/2019
Solemnity of All Saints Do you want to be a saint? Saints are not passive persons parked on a cloud with a harp; saints are redeemed sinners who have hearts filled with the love of Christ who share that love with joy in Heaven. This is what God calls us to...this is what we are made for! Do you want to be a saint?
info_outline Daily Mass: God gives us strength for the spiritual battle 10/31/2019
Daily Mass: God gives us strength for the spiritual battle St. Paul reminds the people of Rome that our spiritual battles are fought with the Lord by our side, and nothing can overcome God's strength. May the Lord's grace encourage us to face the challenges before us this day!
info_outline Daily Mass: Our hope is in the mercy of God 10/30/2019
Daily Mass: Our hope is in the mercy of God The Psalm response reminds us that our hope is not founded in our strength, our wealth or our abilities...it is founded upon the mercy of God. May this mercy give us the wisdom to turn to the Lord for our needs this day!
info_outline Daily Mass: We start small to grow big 10/29/2019
Daily Mass: We start small to grow big Jesus teaches that the Kingdom of God starts small but over time grows larger and is transformed. The same is true for our spiritual journey, reminding us to take the small steps we need to do today to become the disciples the Lord calls us to be.
info_outline Monday Conversation: Sharing our faith in the world today 10/28/2019
Monday Conversation: Sharing our faith in the world today How can we share our faith with those around us? Some simple and practical considerations include service, invitation, technology and word of mouth...and perhaps one of these will speak to our hearts today as we proclaim the Good News to those we meet.
info_outline 30th Sunday of the Year: The power of a humble prayer 10/27/2019
30th Sunday of the Year: The power of a humble prayer Prayer is crucial for our spiritual life, yet we discover in the Gospel today the power that results when our prayers are grounded in the humility that recognizes our own weaknesses and sins. May we fervently call upon the Lord in our daily prayer, asking the one who knows us through-and-through for what we need.
info_outline Daily Mass: The crucial need to repent 10/26/2019
Daily Mass: The crucial need to repent The Lord makes makes it clear (repeating his exhortation twice) that it is crucial for his disciples to repent of their sins. May we take a hard and honest look within, and ask the Lord for grace we need to live in his love.
info_outline Daily Mass: Recognizing the signs in our souls 10/25/2019
Daily Mass: Recognizing the signs in our souls Jesus uses the weather to demonstrate how we use signs to understand our earthly lives, and then he switches this concept to our spiritual life. It begs a simple question: Are we looking for the signs of faith in our souls, and are we willing to make changes for the better?
info_outline Daily Mass: What will we do with God's gift of life? 10/23/2019
Daily Mass: What will we do with God's gift of life? The Lord's teaching in the Gospel of Luke can drive us to our knees as we count our blessings, and then lift us to new heights as we make something precious with what we've received. What will you do with your gift of life?
info_outline 29th Sunday of the Year: Don't give up! 10/20/2019
29th Sunday of the Year: Don't give up! Don't give up. Don't. Give. Up. The Scriptures today show us the need to be persistent, call upon one another for help and keep praying each and every day for what we need. Keep fighting, keep moving forward...but don't give up!
info_outline Daily Mass: St. Luke shows us how to proclaim the Good News 10/18/2019
Daily Mass: St. Luke shows us how to proclaim the Good News Today the Church honors St. Luke, the Evangelist who wrote his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. A possible companion of St. Paul, Luke shows us that being a disciple provides daily opportunities in words and actions to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: Sin is the problem; Jesus Christ is the solution 10/17/2019
Daily Mass: Sin is the problem; Jesus Christ is the solution Paul's Letter to the Romans outlines the problem of sin in our world and how God offers a solution through the death and resurrection of Christ. May we put our faith in the Lord today, and embrace this precious gift of eternal life!
info_outline Daily Mass: We stop judging others and acknowledge our sins 10/16/2019
Daily Mass: We stop judging others and acknowledge our sins The Letter to the Romans is a powerful expression of St. Paul's thought. In this passage we discover the danger of judging others and glossing over our own sins. Rather, we acknowledge our need for the Savior and embrace the grace of the Cross.
info_outline 28th Sunday of the Year: Gratitude, some of our best spiritual medicine 10/13/2019
28th Sunday of the Year: Gratitude, some of our best spiritual medicine Two different foreigners offer their gratitude to God for the second chance that they received, reminding us that counting our blessings is one of the best spiritual medicines we possess to help us face the challenges of life.
info_outline Daily Mass: Hearing and observing the Word of God 10/12/2019
Daily Mass: Hearing and observing the Word of God Luke's Gospel makes it clear that we are blessed when we respond to the message of the Good News, even though this blessing will challenge us to stretch and grow as we offer of our lives for the Lord.
info_outline Daily Mass: Remaining vigilant in the spiritual battle 10/11/2019
Daily Mass: Remaining vigilant in the spiritual battle The Lord reminds us to be vigilant in our daily temptation to sin, revealing that it is through our disciplined efforts that we engage our spiritual battle with the strength of Jesus.