Fr. Andrew Ricci
Fr. Andrew Ricci is the Rector of Christ the King Cathedral in Superior, Wisconsin.
In this reflection for the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Fr. Erik Arnold encourages us to rejoice over the blessings and gifts that others have received.
Envy and jealousy are terrible and destructive things, especially when we’re envy over how generous the Lord is in giving gifts to other people. The virtue that overcomes envy is magnanimity, which allows us to rejoice when someone else is blessed, and to feel saddened when they hurt. The Lord wants us to rejoice in his generosity. Let’s ask the Lord to heal our hearts of any envy, and help us to rejoice and be happy when he pours out his gifts to everyone who knows Him.
Dr. Gerry Crete
Be With the Word is a weekly podcast from a licensed marriage and family therapist who delves into human and psychological issues that surface in the upcoming Sunday Mass readings.
Dr. Gerry explores the themes of suffering and joy in the readings of the 26th-29th Sundays in ordinary time. We must develop ‘wisdom of the heart’ in order to break free of attachments. Dr. Gerry discusses how our fantasies involve power struggles which despite distortion reveal our true needs. It is in caring for others that leads to joy and gladness. It is in meeting the deeper need that we can break the power struggle inherent in our fantasies. Dr. Gerry walks us through accepting what we really need: goodness, consolation, comfort and connection.
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