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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 6, 2024

The First Letter of John reveals God's testimony that Jesus is the Son of God through water, blood, and the Holy Spirit. (Lectionary #209)

January 6, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 5, 2024

After his encounter with Jesus, Philip talks to Nathanael and brings him to meet the Lord. (Lectionary #208)

January 5, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2024

The First Letter of John offers a blunt and forceful reflection on sin and the Devil, compelling us to examine our own spiritual situation and acknowledge our need for the Lord's forgiveness. (Lectionary #207)

January 4, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 3, 2024

In the First Letter of John we see the high dignity that God places on human life, calling us into the family of faith as children of God. (Lectionary #206)

January 3, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 2, 2024

John the Baptist humbly acknowledges that he is not the Christ, but rather one who makes straight the way of the Lord for others to follow. (Lectionary #205)

January 2, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 30, 2023

The First Letter of John reminds us that we are in the world, but not of the world...offering our lives for Christ as we face the challenges and temptations of everyday life. (Lectionary #203)

December 30, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 29, 2023

The First Letter of John powerfully (and bluntly!) states that our love for Jesus is revealed when we fulfill his commandment to love one another. (Lectionary #202)

December 29, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 28, 2023

The martyrdom of the Holy Innocents links us to all tragedies through human history where the innocent suffer destruction and violence. (Lectionary #698)

December 28, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 27, 2023

In the First Letter of John, the apostle shows how from his own eyewitness experience he desires to pass on the Good News of hope that we have in Jesus Christ. (Lectionary #697)

December 27, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 25, 2023

The birth of Jesus, the Light of the World, brings strength, hope, understanding, and joy to our lives. May we open our hearts to the Lord's light and shine with his love! Merry Christmas! (Lectionary #14)

December 24, 2023 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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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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