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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: Christmas
Jan 7, 2023

The Lord's first miracle takes place at a wedding at Cana in Galilee, foreshadowing the glory of his saving death and resurrection for us all.

January 7, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 6, 2023

John the Baptist proclaims that Christ will baptize with the Holy Spirit.  As we follow the Lord today, may we call upon the Spirit to draw us into a deeper, fruitful union with the Lord and one another.

January 6, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 5, 2023

The Lord's invitation to Philip is simple and direct: "Follow me."  May Philip's swift response inspire us to embrace Christ's invitation in our lives today.

January 5, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2023

Andrew encountered Jesus and afterward brought his brother Simon to meet the Lord.  May we, too, come and see the Lord for ourselves in our lives today.

January 4, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 3, 2023

After he saw the Spirit come down and remain upon the Lord, John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the Lamb of God, the Son of God who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.

January 3, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 2, 2023

When questioned by the priests and Levites as his popularity with the crowds increased, John the Baptist humbly admitted that he was not the Christ; rather, he claimed his role as one who points out the Lord to others...thus giving us an example for our own lives today.

January 2, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 31, 2022

The Prologue of the Gospel of John offers a beautiful, mystical reflection on the person of Jesus Christ.  The Lord, who is the Word made flesh, is the light of the world who shines in the darkness.  May we run to this light!

December 31, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 29, 2022

The First Letter of John offers us a crucial spiritual insight about our relationship with the Lord and one another.  May our desire to follow Jesus Christ inspire us to continue to walk in his light as we love one another.

December 29, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 28, 2022

Herod's murder of the baby boys in Bethlehem reveals the senseless violence of our darkened world.  This evil, and all the forms it embodies, is overcome by the baby laid in a manger...the Christ who breaks the bonds of sin and death by his victory on the Cross.

December 28, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 27, 2022

St. John - Apostle and Evangelist - inspires us to be living witnesses for Jesus Christ by authentically living the Good News in our daily lives.  

December 27, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 26, 2022

The Church celebrates the martyrdom of St. Stephen immediately after Christmas, in no small way to remind us that the child we worship in the manger will grow to offer his life for the salvation of the world.  May Stephen's example inspire us today to live our lives for the Lord.

December 26, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 24, 2022

Merry Christmas!  Depending on the Mass you attend, there are four different sets of readings.  Yet as we ponder God's love for our fallen world, may the hope in our hearts burst forth as we proclaim the Good News with tidings of glad joy: today is born our savior, Christ the Lord!

December 24, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 9, 2022

When asked if he was the Christ, John the Baptist redirected the crowd to the coming of Jesus. His humility offers us an example about how to live our lives as we follow the Lord.

January 8, 2022 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Jan 8, 2022

The conclusion of the First Letter of John reveals the role of our faith in the messiness of daily life. In our awkward and painful moments, we can run to the Lord - who meets us in the messy - and receive the grace he longs to offer.

January 8, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 7, 2022

The First Letter of John proclaims that our eternal life is made possible by Jesus Christ. As we claim Christ as Lord, may we call upon God's grace to live our faith with conviction and joy.

January 7, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 6, 2022

The first reading minces no words when it comes to testing the depth of our love for God. As we apply this insight to ourselves, may we call upon the Lord to help us love one another in a manner worthy of Christ.

January 6, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 5, 2022

God's love must be evident in the love we express with one another. May these words inspire us to consider the challenging and difficult situations in our lives today as we call upon Heaven for the help we need to put this love into practice!

January 5, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2022

The first reading offers a beautiful reflection on God as the source of all love. May we receive this love and freely offer it to one another!

January 4, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 3, 2022

The First Letter of John exhorts us "to test the spirits to see whether they belong to God." How do we do this? By using the gifts of Faith and Reason we discern how to live each day to the fullest.

January 3, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 31, 2021

The Prologue of the Gospel of John offers rich insights about Jesus. May we dwell on these words of hope and live them with joy!

December 31, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 30, 2021

St. John in his First Letter offers us an example of spiritual detachment, a discipline whereby we do not let earthly things "tie us down" and keep us from God.

December 30, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 29, 2021

The first reading offers us a profound insight: our love for one another reveals the truth of our love for the Lord. May we live our faith every day, loving and forgiving each other with the grace of Jesus Christ.

December 29, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 28, 2021

There are times when we witness senseless violence and tragedy in our lives. In these moments of horror and grief, we draw strength from the Lord who empowers us to face the darkness and offer his light.

December 28, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 27, 2021

St. John reveals in his First Letter how as a witness to the Good News of Jesus he joyfully shares this message of hope. May we be inspired to live our faith in Christ with the same intensity.

December 27, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 26, 2021

The Gospel of Luke recounts how Jesus is reunited with Mary and Joseph after they searched for three days to find him. May our families also be reunited with the Lord in "his Father's house" as we encounter Christ in prayer and sacrament.

December 26, 2021 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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