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Good Friday - The Cross of Christ

Catholic Inspiration

Release Date: 04/03/2015

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Jesus uses a grain of wheat to explain the marvelous gift of love that happens when a person offers one's life for others. August 10, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Using the example of a little child, the Lord teaches the disciples that true greatness comes from a humble heart. August 9, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Matthew's Gospel offers the second prediction of the Lord's Passion, reminding us that all disciples must face the Cross as they journey through this life. August 8, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Let's take a look at the key themes in the Mass readings for the 20th Sunday of the Year. August 8, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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19th Sunday of the Year: We have been given so much! show art 19th Sunday of the Year: We have been given so much!

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The Lord exhorts the disciples to be prepared and ready to act.  For those to whom much has been given, much is expected! August 6, 2022 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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As Jesus is transfigured before their eyes, the disciples hear the voice of the Father, "This is my chosen Son, listen to him."  May we drawn near and take the Lord's words to heart as well. August 6, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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The Lord exhorts his disciples to take up their Crosses and follow him.  Crosses come in all sizes; may the Crosses we carry become a worthy offering to the Lord as we put his example into daily practice. August 5, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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St. Peter gets it right...then he gets it wrong.  Yet in the end we know that Peter will not only understand who Jesus is, but he will have the courage to follow the Lord, carrying the Cross from this life to the next.  We, too, are works in progress; may we strive to learn from our successes and failures as we journey with the Lord. August 4, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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The Canaanite woman in Matthew's Gospel refuses to take no for an answer; instead she persistently seeks the Lord's help to cure her daughter...offering us a great example of faith. August 3, 2022 - Cathedral Rectory - Superior, WI Fr. Andrew Ricci -  

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Jesus responds to Peter's cry for help, reminding the disciples that faith in him empowers us to face our fears. August 2, 2022 - 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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