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.
info_outline 2nd Sunday of the Year: Here am I Lord, I come to do your will 01/19/2020
2nd Sunday of the Year: Here am I Lord, I come to do your will Isaiah, Paul and John the Baptist all offered their lives in service for the Lord. As we follow their example, may the words of the Psalmist, "Here am I Lord, I come to do your will" echo in our hearts!
info_outline Daily Mass: Jesus meets us where we are 01/16/2020
Daily Mass: Jesus meets us where we are As Jesus heals the leper we comprehend an important truth: the Lord meets us where we are - in our brokenness and frailty - and helps us grow in newness of life. Simply put, we become more when we are touched by Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: An encounter with Jesus is a healing encounter 01/15/2020
Daily Mass: An encounter with Jesus is a healing encounter As Jesus heals a number of people in Capernaum, we see a fundamental aspect of his earthly ministry: the power to make us healthy and whole.
info_outline Daily Mass: The compassion of Jesus 01/10/2020
Daily Mass: The compassion of Jesus As Jesus heals the leper in the Gospel of Luke, we witness the profound compassion of the Lord, who longs for our TOTAL healing - body, mind, heart and soul. May we draw near to Christ for this healing and in turn seek to be agents of healing whenever possible.
info_outline Daily Mass: Our love for God is revealed in our love for each other 01/09/2020
Daily Mass: Our love for God is revealed in our love for each other The First Letter of John cuts through any warm and fuzzy notions of love with a decisive evaluation: we reveal our love for God through our love for one another. May this practical test guide and direct our actions, powered by the love of Christ.
info_outline Daily Mass: God loves us and commands us to love one another 01/08/2020
Daily Mass: God loves us and commands us to love one another The First Letter of St. John offers a beautiful and moving reflection on how God's love moves in and through us into the world. May the Lord's love flow through us today!
info_outline Daily Mass: The multiplication of the fishes and loaves 01/07/2020
Daily Mass: The multiplication of the fishes and loaves The multiplication of the fishes and loaves in the Gospel of Mark uses the same language that we use to describe what happens at Mass when the priest takes the bread and wine. May we be nourished every time we go to pray, so that we can nourish others with the gift of our lives.
info_outline Monday Conversation: A New Year's Resolution for the Soul 01/06/2020
Monday Conversation: A New Year's Resolution for the Soul Now that the holidays are passed many people kick off the New Year with a resolution. Here's one to consider for the good the soul: making Mass a weekly habit, and inviting as many people as possible to join us.
info_outline Daily Mass: Come and See 01/04/2020
Daily Mass: Come and See The invitation of Jesus to "come and you will see" to two people will become for them a life changing experience as they spend time with the Lord. The same is true for us; may we actively create opportunities to drawn near to Christ, so that we might be filled with His grace.
info_outline Daily Mass: We are children of God 01/03/2020
Daily Mass: We are children of God The First Letter of St. John offers a message of consolation and challenge. As children of God we are part of the Lord's family, united in his love; yet this membership means that we take seriously the destructive role of sin as we strive to live in a manner that is worthy of Heaven.
info_outline Daily Mass: The example of John the Baptist 01/02/2020
Daily Mass: The example of John the Baptist John the Baptist offers an example of discipleship in the Gospel today. As the crowds flock to his preaching and baptism of repentance, John consistently redirects their attention toward Jesus. May we do the same in our lives today.
info_outline New Year's Eve: A time to reflect on the past year 12/31/2019
New Year's Eve: A time to reflect on the past year As we bring the year 2019 to a close, perhaps it makes sense to take a brief walk back through the last twelve months and reflect on how our lives have changed. Where did we experience moments of growth? Where did we experience God's grace? May we look back and count our blessings as we prepare for a New Year.
info_outline Daily Mass: The Holy Innocents 12/28/2019
Daily Mass: The Holy Innocents There is a grim aspect to the Gospel reading today. Innocent baby boys, slaughtered to satisfy Herod's need to protect his ego, recall for us the reality that cruelty, hatred, evil and sin are part of our human condition. May this terrifying event inspire us to respect all life as a precious and sacred gift from God.
info_outline Daily Mass: St. Stephen, the first martyr 12/26/2019
Daily Mass: St. Stephen, the first martyr Stephen is the first person to give his life as a witness to his faith in Jesus Christ. He spoke with a wisdom and spirit that none could refute, and he offers us an example about how we show our love for the Lord every day.
info_outline Christmas Day: The gift that God gives us. 12/25/2019
Christmas Day: The gift that God gives us. God loves us. Plain and simple. Warts and all. God loves us and meets us where we are, not in polished perfection and immaculate attire, but in a humble manger as a displaced person. God loves us so much that he sent his Son to die and rise that we might have eternal life. May we all drop to our knees at some point today and say a prayer...
info_outline Christmas Eve: A gift we can give to the Lord 12/24/2019
Christmas Eve: A gift we can give to the Lord Have you ever tried to get a gift for "the person who has everything" and been frustrated in the process? Everything we have comes from God...everything! The Lord needs nothing from us, but asks for only one thing: a loving heart that reaches out to others.
info_outline 4th Sunday of Advent: Our response to the Lord's call 12/22/2019
4th Sunday of Advent: Our response to the Lord's call 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.
info_outline Daily Mass; Recognizing the Lord in our lives 12/21/2019
Daily Mass; Recognizing the Lord in our lives 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!
info_outline Daily Mass: Mary teaches us how to respond to the Lord 12/20/2019
Daily Mass: Mary teaches us how to respond to the Lord Mary's response to the Angel Gabriel offers us a powerful example of discipleship as she says "May it be done!" Her words inspire us to accept the Lord's invitation today as we carry out our tasks in service of Jesus.
info_outline Daily Mass: Confronting our doubts and embracing our faith 12/19/2019
Daily Mass: Confronting our doubts and embracing our faith As Zechariah hears the message of hope from the Angel Gabriel, he expresses his doubts. May his example help us to honestly confront our own struggles of faith as we turn toward the Lord.