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"Walking with the Lord in Holy Week - Presentation #3 - Good Friday

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 03/25/2015

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Gamaliel, a member of the Sanhedrin, offers a powerful principle for spiritual life. (Lectionary  #271) April 12, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Peter's bold response to the Sanhedrin reveals the power of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the Apostles. (Lectionary #270) April 11, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Filled with the Holy Spirit, the Apostles overcome imprisonment and fearlessly proclaim the Good News. (Lectionary 269) April 10, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Jesus speaks to Nicodemus about how the Son of man must be lifted up on the Cross for the salvation of all who believe in him. (Lectionary #268) April 9, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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The angel Gabriel's announcement to Mary inspires us to take to heart God's saving work and offer our lives for the Lord. (Lectionary #545) April 8, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Here are some of the themes that we see in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of Easter. (Lectionary #47) April 8, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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The fourth chapter of Acts of the Apostles reveals how the community was "of one heart and mind" and in complete unity with one another. (Lectionary #44) April 6, 2024 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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The leaders and scribes are powerless to respond to the healing miracle as the boldness of Peter and John reveals their conviction to follow Jesus Christ in the face of persecution. (Lectionary #266) April 6, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Peter, strengthened by his faith in Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly addresses the leaders and courageously claims that Jesus is the Lord. (Lectionary #265) April 5, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Jesus reveals that he is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, inviting us to read and study the Scriptures in order to enrich our faith and prepare us to share it with others. (Lectionary #264) April 4, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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This is the 3rd of four presentations given at a Parish Mission on March 9-12, 2015 for Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Green Valley, Arizona.

Carrying his Cross for the salvation of the world, the Lord reveals two key insights for Christians:

  • Sacrifice
  • Support

SACRIFICE - giving up something for the sake of something more important - becomes self evident as the Lord offers his life as a perfect offering.  Innocent and without sin, he takes our place and helps us to recognize our own sacrifices as a participation in his Cross.

SUPPORT appears when we look at two familiar figures in the Stations of the Cross - Simon of Cyrene and Veronica.  We read about Simon in the Scriptures, and Veronica has been a part of the tradition of this devotional prayer for centuries; both of them show that even the smallest of actions proclaims the value of human life in our relationships with one another.  Running toward suffering and sacrifice, we can (like a Firefighter) be agents in great and small ways for compassion, mercy, and tenderness.

March 11, 2015 - Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church - Green Valley, AZ

Fr. Andrew Ricci

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