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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 23, 2020

The birth of John the Baptist continues to build up expectation as we await the coming of the Messiah. God is constantly doing something new; do we see the Lord's hand at work in our lives today?

December 23, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 22, 2020

Mary's "magnificat" evokes within us a desire to praise God as we recognize that the Lord sustains us throughout our lives.

December 22, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 21, 2020

The encounter between Mary and Elizabeth offers and example where faith and fellowship intersect. We support each other in so many ways...how can we lift each other up to God today?

December 21, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 20, 2020

The exchange between Mary and the Angel Gabriel inspires us to respond to God with a full and open heart. May it be done! Fiat!

December 19, 2020 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 19, 2020

Zechariah's response to the angel Gabriel reveals a common human trait to doubt good news. May we confront this behavior in our hearts as we seek recognize the Lord at work in our lives each and every day.

December 19, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2020

St. Joseph speaks no words in the Gospels; all we "hear" are the actions he carries out. May his example inspire us to live out our faith with similar intensity and conviction.

December 18, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 17, 2020

The beginning of the Gospel of Matthew outlines the genealogy of Jesus, showing how God remains faithful throughout salvation history while working with broken and fragile people. May the Lord's family tree inspire us to see Christ at work in our lives as well.

December 17, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 16, 2020

Isaiah the prophet reveals how God takes the initiative as creator and redeemer, inviting us to turn to the Lord in our need and count our blessings every day.

December 16, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 15, 2020

The Psalm response reminds us that God is near to those who call out for help in times of need.

December 15, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 14, 2020

The psalm response helps us to acknowledge our need in humility as we call upon God for insight and guidance.

December 14, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2020

The Gospel reveals how John the Baptist was sent to testify to Christ, the Light of the world. Following John's example, we are called to testify to the Light...so that others will find Christ in our words and actions.

December 12, 2020 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 11, 2020

Isaiah reminds us that the Lord teaches and leads us, offering guidance and insight to help us find our way through this life to the next.

December 11, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 10, 2020

Isaiah proclaims God's power and might, offering help in our time of need and renewing of strength.

December 10, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 9, 2020

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that when we place our hope in the Lord we will have a strength that does not fade.

December 9, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 7, 2020

The joyful proclamation of the prophet Isaiah brings hope and strength to our hearts.

December 7, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 6, 2020

Isaiah and John the Baptist urge the people to prepare their hearts and make a straight path that leads to God.

December 5, 2020 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 5, 2020

The readings today proclaim the abundant blessings we receive from the Lord...inspiring us to share this abundance with those around us.

December 5, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 4, 2020

The Lord is our light who brings sight to our eyes and dispels the darkness of our hearts.

December 4, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 3, 2020

Both Isaiah and the Gospel of Matthew use the strength of rock to illustrate God's powerful protection.

December 3, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 2, 2020

The pity and mercy of Jesus are echoed in the prophecy of Isaiah who tells us that "the Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces." May this compassion inspire us to respond to Christ's call today.

December 2, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 1, 2020

Both the prophecy of Isaiah and the proclamation of Jesus reveal how the Lord fulfills the great plan of God's salvation.

December 1, 2020 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 30, 2020

This Advent Reflection was livestreamed on the Cathedral Facebook Page on November 29, 2020. May all of us use the gift of this holy season to prepare our hearts to welcome Christ!

(Note: there is a slight distortion in the sound quality on the podcast; I apologize for any inconvenience.)

Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Nov 29, 2020

Mark's Gospel offers an exhortation from Christ to be watchful and alert, always ready to respond to the Lord's call.

November 28, 2020 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 22, 2019

Both St. Paul and St. Joseph respond to God's call, but they do it in very different ways. Their examples reveal that the Lord offers many ways that we can offer our lives, based on our ability and talent. There is nothing to stop us...except ourselves.

December 22, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 21, 2019

Elizabeth was aware of God's presence through both the baby in her womb and the woman at her door. May we actively seek the Lord's presence in our lives...so that we are ready when we returns!

December 21, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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