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Good Friday - The Cross of Christ

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 04/03/2015

Daily Mass: The persecution of the Church becomes a source of grace show art Daily Mass: The persecution of the Church becomes a source of grace

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Driven to its knees by persecution, the Church thrives with God's grace and guidance...inspiring us to face our challenges today and never, ever, quit! (Lectionary #275) April 17, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory -Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Stephen is martyred for his faith in Christ, revealing to us the cost of discipleship and the price that some must pay to follow the Lord. (Lectionary #274) April 16, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Stephen, filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit, draws the wrath of a group who offers false witnesses to stir up the crowd against him. (Lectionary #273) April 15, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Let's examine some of the themes in the Mass readings on the 4th Sunday of Easter. (Year B, Lectionary #50) April 15, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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3rd Sunday of Easter: We study the Bible to learn about the Lord show art 3rd Sunday of Easter: We study the Bible to learn about the Lord

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Jesus opens the minds of the disciples so that they understand how he fulfills the Scriptures, inspiring us to study God's Word and learn about the Lord. (Lectionary #47) April 13, 2024 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Daily Mass: The Church responds to growing pains with wisdom and the Holy Spirit show art Daily Mass: The Church responds to growing pains with wisdom and the Holy Spirit

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The Apostles appoint seven men - filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit - to serve the needs of the people as the Church continues to grow. (Lectionary #272) April 13, 2024 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Daily Mass: We stay close to the Lord for guidance and strength show art Daily Mass: We stay close to the Lord for guidance and strength

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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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Daily Mass: Fervent faith in the face of opposition show art Daily Mass: Fervent faith in the face of opposition

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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 Cross of Christ - ugly, filthy with the blood of countless victims, jagged, and splintered - becomes the sign of the depth and breadth of agony Jesus endured.  As he embraces his suffering, the Cross becomes a bridge whereby he unites with all humanity, meeting us in our most profound moments of weakness and sin, and gives us hope through his triumph over death.

We must understand the Cross in the light of Easter joy:

  • For if we only focus on the Cross then we have no hope; life becomes dark and filled with despair.
  • And if we only focus on Easter joy then we have no respect for the gift of the Lord's Passion; we do not appreciate the price that was paid for our salvation.

We look to the Cross and allow Christ's Passion to touch our lives.  We unite with Jesus and give grateful thanks that he has redeemed us in every aspect of our lives.

Come to the Cross and unite your heart to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.

Be redeemed by Love Himself, who gave his life to save and set us free.

April 3, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI

Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com

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