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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 12, 2019

The words of John the Baptist serve as a reminder for all of us to let Jesus Christ take greater and greater control of our hearts.  

January 12, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 11, 2019

The Lord reveals his compassion for the leper who begs to be healed in the Gospel today.  May we trust in Christ's merciful will for us in our need as we draw near to the one who longs for us to be made whole.

January 11, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 10, 2019

As Jesus proclaims the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah in his hometown of Nazareth, we are reminded that through Christ we have the same Spirit in our hearts.  Our task: to live it!

January 10, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 9, 2019

The Lord's words to the disciples speak to us as well: "Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!"  As we face the challenges of life may we look to Jesus for the grace we need to carry on.

January 9, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 8, 2019

The Lord takes pity on the crowd and he nourishes them through teaching, compassion and food.  Following his example, we are called to do the same as we help our brothers and sisters by building them up...body and soul.

January 8, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 6, 2019

While we all know the Magi who greet the Christ child with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, we can sometimes take for granted that the light they saw led them to action.  While knowledge is power, it is useless until it is applied; may the wise men inspire us to put the gift of our lives in service for the Lord.

January 5, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 5, 2019

Philip's invitation to Nathaniel in the Gospel today to "come and see" serves as a powerful reminder for the Church today.  Not only are we directed to invite others to join us in faith, but we are also charged to live the faith with vibrant conviction.

January 5, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2019

An encounter with the Lord empowers two disciples of John the Baptist to go out and invite other people to meet Jesus.  As we draw closer to Christ may we eagerly reach out to those around us with the joy of the Good News.

January 4, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 3, 2019

John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the "Lamb of God."  These words proclaim the sacrifice of Christ's life for our salvation; by his blood on the Cross he will redeem our souls from sin and death.  

January 3, 2019 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 2, 2019

The response of John the Baptist offers us an insight into how we approach the Lord for our daily needs.

January 2, 2019 - Cathedral Rectory - 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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Jan 7, 2018

The Magi, guided by the light of the star, brought their gifts to honor the Christ child.  Our faith gives us light to recognize the gifts God has placed in our lives...and provides the light to discover ways to put those gifts to use in our world.

January 7, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 6, 2018

 Today offers two options for the Gospel reading - the baptism of Jesus in Mark or the genealogy of Christ in Luke - and reveals to us the humble, simple and open manner in which the Lord meets us in our human weakness.  

January 6, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 5, 2018

Jesus invites Philip to become a disciple with the words, "Follow me."  The language is clear, direct and simple.  Philip's response inspires us to consider how the Lord invites us to follow today.  How will we respond?

January 5, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2018

Andrew and another disciple respond to the invitation of Jesus to "come and see."  Their day with Jesus will change their lives forever as they invite others to encounter the Lord as well.  May we do the same!

January 4, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 4, 2018

John the Baptist calls Jesus "the Lamb of God" and invites us to draw upon the significance of this title within the salvation story.  May we call upon the Lord's sacrifice for our sins, and see our brothers and sisters through the eyes of Christ's saving grace.

January 3, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI 

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Jan 2, 2018

John the Baptist redirected the attention he received toward Jesus, and his example inspires us to consider how our words and actions - attentive to the needs of those around us - can bring people closer to the Lord.

January 2, 2018 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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Jan 1, 2018

Since from the beginning of time the plan of salvation included the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, we thus understand that Mary's role as the Mother of God was present as well.  Chosen by God, her acceptance of the angel Gabriel's announcement reveals her as the first disciple; her role as Mother of the Messiah reveals her as a Mother to all disciples.  May her example inspire us to draw near to her Son!

January 1, 2018 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 31, 2017

Family life is crazy and chaotic, sometimes blissful, sometimes frustrating, big and noisy, small and quiet, in a every shape, size and configuration imaginable.  Yet it is within the specific context of our families that we grow in faith and life lessons.  May we look to the Holy Family for inspiration as we seek the best in our families, dedicate earnest effort in supporting them, and pray every day for the Lord's guidance and strength.

December 31, 2017 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

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Dec 30, 2017

After the praise of Anna in the Temple, Mary and Joseph return home to Nazareth where Jesus will grow in strength and wisdom.  It's a good reminder about the power of a family to foster faith, encourage goodness and build lasting bonds of love.  May we dedicate ourselves to building up our own families each and every day.

December 30, 2017 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI

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