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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.
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Now displaying: Category: Advent
Dec 24, 2022

The Canticle of Zechariah brings the season of Advent to a close with a resounding proclamation of praise to God.  May these words ring out in our hearts!

December 24, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 23, 2022

The birth of John the Baptist indicates a new element in salvation history.  The hand of the Lord is upon the one who comes to prepare the way for Christ our savior.  

December 23, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 22, 2022

Mary's Magnificat becomes a model for our prayer and praise to God.  May these words inspire us to keep our focus upon the Lord as we draw strength from the one who saves us.

December 22, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 21, 2022

The encounter between Mary and Elizabeth reveals how God's gift of joy surfaces in the presence of faith and fellowship.  As we count our blessings today, may we express the Good News of the Lord's love in our lives with those around us.

December 21, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 20, 2022

Mary encounters the angel Gabriel, who announces God's saving power that comes to our world through Jesus Christ.  May this Good News sustain us in our difficult moments...for nothing will be impossible for God!

December 20, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 19, 2022

The angel Gabriel speaks to Zechariah, announcing that his wife Elizabeth will conceive a son who will go forth with the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare a people for the Lord.

December 19, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2022

As we transition from Advent to Christmas, we prepare to meet Jesus Christ, who is "Emmanuel" which means "God is with us". With joy, then, we open our hearts and let the Lord enter, for he is the King of Glory!

December 17, 2022 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 17, 2022

The genealogy of Jesus walks us through several high points in salvation history.  Yet, once we understand that we are grafted on to this tree through the gift of faith, we see our connection to Christ enriched and enlivened.  We are a part of the Lord's family!

December 17, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 16, 2022

Just as John the Baptist was "a burning and shining lamp" that guided the people to Jesus, we, too, are called by the Lord to shine with the light of Christ in the world today.

December 16, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 15, 2022

Jesus speaks about John the Baptist to the crowds, revealing the greatness of the prophet and inspiring us to follow the call to repentance.

December 15, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 14, 2022

Isaiah speaks with bold and passionate intensity, revealing God as the source and center of our lives.  May we reaffirm this truth each and every day as we follow Jesus Christ with full and open hearts.

December 14, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2022

The Lord reminds the disciples that it is crucial to follow God's call with actions of repentance.  May we take this insight to heart as we put our faith into practice.

December 13, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 12, 2022

Let's explore the themes in the readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

December 12, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 11, 2022

The Psalm response reveals our universal cry to God for help in moments of grave need.  May the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy through the actions of Christ inspire us to call out everyday to the Lord with gratitude and trust.

December 10, 2022 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 10, 2022

In speaking with his disciples, Jesus reveals the suffering that he and John the Baptist must endure.

December 10, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 9, 2022

Both Isaiah and the Psalmist urge us to follow the Lord in word and action so that we may dwell in God's living light.

December 9, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 7, 2022

We draw near to Jesus and find comfort, rest and strength.  The Lord renews us so that we may run and not grow weary!

December 7, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 6, 2022

The Lord teaches that it is the will of our Heavenly Father to seek out those who are lost.  May we call upon the Lord in our moments of doubt and confusion as we seek the Good Shepherd of our souls.

December 6, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 5, 2022

Jesus heals a paralytic who was brought to him by others who were determined and faithful.  May their witness inspire us to bring others to Christ for the healing they need.

December 5, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 5, 2022

Here are some of the themes for the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent.

December 5, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 4, 2022

John the Baptist bluntly and forcefully addresses the crowds, calling them to repent and prepare for the one who will come after him.  May this message inspire us to repent of our sins and be ready for the Lord's coming.

December 3, 2022 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 3, 2022

Jesus empowers and sends out the Apostles to continue his ministry.  What's more, the Lord's compassion for those in need sets the context for how we serve one another in his name.

December 3, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 2, 2022

Two blind men are healed by Jesus and are filled with joy.  As we drawn near the Lord today may we see clearly, for the Lord is our light and our salvation!

December 2, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 1, 2022

Both Isaiah and Jesus use the image of rock when speaking about a relationship with God.  Unchanging and immutable, the rock of faith is a sure and solid foundation that provides the stability we need to build our spiritual lives.

December 1, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 29, 2022

The prophetic words of Isaiah ring in our hearts.  Christ is coming into our world!  May we prepare our hearts to welcome the Lord.

November 29, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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