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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: December, 2023
Dec 31, 2023

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph knew blessings and burdens as they faced the ups and downs of life. Their example inspires us to engage our faith as we live within the context of our families today. (Lectionary #17)

December 30, 2023 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, 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 26, 2023

St. Stephen's martyrdom reminds us of the precious value of our faith, and how it helps us face the challenges of life. (Lectionary #696)

December 26, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 25, 2023

Here are some of the themes that we find in the Mass readings for the feast of the Holy Family.

December 25, 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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Dec 24, 2023

The announcement given by the angel Gabriel and received by Mary invites us to reflect on how we proclaim and hear the good news in our lives, especially as we await the coming of Jesus Christ...the best news of all! (Lectionary #11)

December 24, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 23, 2023

Elizabeth gives birth to a son and names him John. As Zechariah agrees, he is finally able to speak, and the people are amazed as they wonder what this child will become. (Lectionary #199)

December 23, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 22, 2023

Mary's great Magnificat gives praise to God for the goodness and grace that the Lord extends upon all who humbly and ardently seek the Almighty. (Lectionary #198)

December 22, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 21, 2023

The exchange between Elizabeth and Mary reveals our invitation to seek out God's presence in our lives and respond with eager joy to the Lord's call. (Lectionary #197)

December 21, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 20, 2023

As Mary encounters the angel, he tells her, "Do not be afraid!" Our knowledge that the Good News will at times challenge and test us gives us a chance to see God at work in some of the most difficult and painful moments of our lives. (Lectionary #196)

December 20, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 19, 2023

The angel Gabriel reveals to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth will conceive a son, John the Baptist. (Lectionary #195)

December 19, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2023

Matthew's Gospel reveals the strong, silent, steadfast faith of St. Joseph, who heard the angel's message and swiftly responded to provide a home for Mary. (Lectionary #194)

December 18, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2023

Let's examine some of the themes that surface in the Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent.

December 18, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 17, 2023

John the Baptist testifies to the light, admitting that he is not the Christ, but rather comes to prepare the way of the Lord. (Lectionary #8)

December 17, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 16, 2023

Questioned by the disciples about Elijah, Jesus teaches that he has already come in the person of John the Baptist, but the people did not recognize him...nor will they recognize the Son of Man. (Lectionary #186)

December 16, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 15, 2023

Isaiah reminds us that the Lord desires what's best for us, teaching us what is good and leading us where we need to go. (Lectionary #185)

December 15, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 14, 2023

Isaiah's prophecy reveals God's initiative and might in leading and directing our human lives. (Lectionary #184)

December 14, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2023

Both Isaiah and Jesus offer encouraging words of hope, that when we are tired and ground down by the struggles of life, we renew our strength through our trust in the Lord. (Lectionary #183)

December 13, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 12, 2023

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe has fostered the faith of millions of Christians around the world, inspiring us to renew God's gift of grace in our hearts with the fire of the Lord's love. (Lectionary #690A)

December 12, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 11, 2023

Jesus heals both body and soul at the sight of the faith of those who brought their helpless friend (through the roof!) to the Lord. (Lectionary 181)

December 11, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 11, 2023

Here are some of the themes that emerge from the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent. (Lectionary #8)

December 11, 2023 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 10, 2023

John the Baptist fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah and prepares the people for the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. (Lectionary #5)

December 9, 2023 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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