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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, 2018
Dec 31, 2018

Msgr. Ed Meulemans was my pastor when I arrived at the Cathedral as a newly ordained priest in 1997.  Over the years he has been a great friend and mentor, teaching me many lessons about discipleship and priesthood.  May he rest in peace!

December 31, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 30, 2018

The Holy Family faced the blessings and burdens of life with Christ in their lives.  Jesus is present in our hearts, our homes...and our families.  May we do all that we can to build up the relationships we have within our families, in preparation for when God unites us with our family in Heaven.

December 29, 2018 - St. Anthony Catholic Church - Superior, WI

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Dec 29, 2018

As Simeon sees the Christ Child he recognizes the Messiah and gives praise to God.  As the Kingdom of Heaven continues to unfold here on earth, we have daily opportunities to seek out the face of Jesus in our lives and respond with joy and gratitude.

December 29, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 28, 2018

The horrific massacre of the baby boys in Bethlehem echoes the heart wrenching evil witnessed throughout human history.  Yet in the face of senseless violence and tragic evil, we hold fast to the hope that God's justice and mercy will prevail through the power of the savior, Jesus Christ.

December 28, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 27, 2018

Just as St. John announced the Word of God through his Gospel and Letters, we have a daily opportunity to testify to the Lord whenever we open our hearts to Christ and proclaim the Good News of Jesus.

December 27, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 26, 2018

 St. Stephen's death serves as a sharp contrast from the glory Christ's birth.  Yet this contrast helps us engage in the spiritual battle that is part of our earthly life as we face our struggles with the grace of Jesus.

December 26, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 24, 2018

The Messiah is born!  King of kings and Lord of lords, the ruler of the universe comes to us as a defenseless and vulnerable infant.  Why?  To get past all our defenses and touch our hearts with a gentleness that shakes the foundations of the world.  Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 23, 2018

Elizabeth recognized the presence of the Messiah, and she rejoiced that God had drawn near.  As Christmas approaches, we rejoice in the many ways that God pours grace into our hearts through the power and mercy of Jesus.

December 23, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 22, 2018

It's called the Magnificat - a song of praise that Mary offers - and it has been a prayer of powerful reflection for the Church for 2000 years.  Recognizing that God is in charge, initiating, leading, empowering and conquering evil, we are united in grace and draw near to the Lord.

December 22, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 21, 2018

Mary and Elizabeth, pregnant with their sons as foretold by the angel Gabriel, are filled with the Holy Spirit as they encounter one another.  The presence of the Spirit gives us an insight into what happens when we cooperate with God's grace in our lives: the Lord does great things!

December 21, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 20, 2018

While the story of the angel Gabriel and Mary is well known, its familiarity can blind us to the fact that just as God worked through Mary's life, God works in ours.  The question is, will we use the blessings we have been given for the Lord's glory?  Will we say yes to Jesus Christ today?

December 20, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 19, 2018

Luke's Gospel sets the context for the birth of John the Baptist - the last and greatest prophet who will proclaim Jesus as the Lamb of God - and shows us how God constantly works through our lives to bring about something new.

December 19, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 18, 2018

St. Joseph's reception and response to the angel's message offers us a fitting example of faith in action as we receive God's word and respond in love to Jesus Christ!

December 18, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 16, 2018

The Scriptures today reveal Zephaniah, the Psalmist, St. Paul and John the Baptist as God's messengers who communicate to the people.  They remind us that we are all messengers for Jesus Christ, called to proclaim and receive a message of joy.

December 15, 2018 - St. William Catholic Church - Foxboro, WI

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Dec 15, 2018

The Lord speaks of a sober reality in the Gospel today:  both he and John the Baptist will suffer.  It's a powerful reminder that Christ came for us...our sins, our weaknesses, our wounds...and he offers his life that we might be reunited with God.

December 15, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 14, 2018

The Lord reveals how the people complained about him and John the Baptist.  Their "glass is half empty" thinking demonstrates the tremendous influence we have in shaping and determining our attitude...especially in difficult moments in our lives.

December 14, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 13, 2018

The Lord speaks to the people about John the Baptist as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets.  He is Elijah, who points out the Lamb of God, and from this foundation of faith we take our part in God's great story of salvation history.

December 13, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 12, 2018

On this feast day it is good to reflect on the history of Mary's apparition to Juan Diego in 1531.  Through the miracles that followed Mary's presence transformed a people, offering us a clear reminder that God continues to work through his angels and saints.

December 12, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 11, 2018

Jesus reveals how God looks at us in our wounded and vulnerable state.  Seeking what is lost and rejoicing when found, the Lord thus teaches us how to relate to one another.

December 11, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 9, 2018

In every age people find themselves looking for hope as they face the challenges and battles of life.  Jesus Christ is the foundation of our hope, inspiring us to seek out the Lord in our lives and discerning how we can share our hope with one another.

December 8, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 8, 2018

Mary's response to the angel Gabriel reveals her role in God's plan for our salvation.  Chosen by the Lord, she offers us an example of faithfulness that inspires us every day to say yes to God's call for our lives.

December 7, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 7, 2018

How strong is our faith in the Lord?  Do we see Jesus at work in our lives?  Two blind men in the Gospel of Matthew teach us today how to call upon the Lord in our blindness as we trust in Christ's guidance every day.

December 7, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 6, 2018

Jesus reminds his disciples that when our actions match the words of our faith we build our lives on a foundation which can weather the storms of life.

December 6, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 5, 2018

The Gospel of Matthew reveals the heart of Jesus - filled with pity for the crowds - and helps us understand how the Lord looks at us, especially when we are weak, wounded, lost and struggling.  May this scripture passage give us hope to return to the Lord once again in our need, and trust in his boundless love.

December 5, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Dec 4, 2018

The prophet Isaiah offers a vision of hope that will happen when all people are drawn to the Lord's mountain.  Jesus echoes this sentiment when he tells the disciples that they are blessed by what they see and hear...reminding us to keep our eyes fixed on Heaven as we journey here on earth.

December 4, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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