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Saved by the Cross

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July 21, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • from the passion of Christ,
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  • a rush that will save you and a rush that will sanctify you.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • Welcome to Live with Passion.
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  • My name is Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • I am proclaiming a series called "The Rush of Grace."
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  • As you come to the cross,
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  • I believe that you will experience a rush of grace.
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  • That's exactly what happened to the man
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  • who was crucified with Jesus.
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  • He said, "Lord, remember me when you come
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  • "into your kingdom," and he experienced a rush of grace.
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  • And you too can experience grace.
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  • I wanted to share with you from 1 Corinthians,
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  • and this is chapter 1.
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  • Jews demand signs, Greeks seek wisdom,
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  • but we preach Christ crucified,
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  • a stumbling block to Jews, folly to Gentiles,
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  • but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks,
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  • Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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  • The foolishness of God is wiser than people,
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  • and the weakness of God is stronger than people.
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  • I have professed a vow dedicated to the cross.
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  • You can see what I'm wearing here.
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  • This is my religious habit and this is my sign.
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  • I am a Passionist,
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  • and the sign means the Passion of Jesus Christ.
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  • Along with poverty, chastity, and obedience,
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  • I have professed a vow to meditate upon the Passion
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  • and proclaim its meaning to everybody,
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  • and that's exactly what I gonna do in this program.
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  • I want you to understand what the meaning of the Passion is.
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  • I remember one time, I preach parish missions
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  • and I travel around the United States,
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  • and I was with one of our priests, he's now in his 80s,
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  • but at that time he was probably in his 60s,
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  • and we were driving to a town in Louisiana,
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  • and together we were going to proclaim the retreat,
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  • the mission to that town, to that church.
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  • As we drove into town, this is before the age of GPS,
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  • I said to Father Blaze, I said,
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  • "Blaze, where is the church that we're going to?"
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  • And he said, "I don't know."
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  • Now you have to understand something,
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  • I'm a type A personality, I like to know where we're going
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  • and I like to know when we're gonna get there.
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  • Father Blaze on the other hand was much more laid back,
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  • kind of easy, he was a type B personality,
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  • and when he said I don't know, that kind of got me going
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  • and I said, "Well, Blaze, how are we gonna find the church?"
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  • He said, "Well, just look up, you'll see the cross,
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  • "and the cross will point the way."
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  • And sure enough, we got into town,
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  • and there on this big huge steeple was a cross
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  • right above the church and it pointed the way to the church.
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  • He was exactly right.
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  • I love that, I always remember that,
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  • because I believe and I know from my own experience
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  • that the cross points the way.
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  • If you heard that reading, and I know that you did,
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  • we preach Christ crucified,
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  • a stumbling block to many people,
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  • but it's the power of God and the wisdom of God.
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  • It points the way, now this is the meaning of the cross,
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  • it points the way to forgiveness,
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  • it points the way to eternal life.
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  • It points the way to inner healing.
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  • So a cross isn't a crucifix,
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  • isn't just a decorative emblem,
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  • it's something powerful that mediates a rush of grace.
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  • Now, we're all familiar with the cross of the crucifix.
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  • I grew up with it, being born and brought up Catholic,
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  • but as a young man,
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  • I really didn't know the meaning of the cross.
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  • I knew that Jesus lived
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  • and I knew that he died upon a cross,
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  • and it was supposedly for us,
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  • but I had never really received it personally.
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  • Then let me share with you what happened to me.
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  • I went to the University of Massachusetts.
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  • This is a big, huge, secular university.
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  • It probably has about 35.000 students.
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  • It has great disciplines, great academics,
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  • but it's also known as kind of a party school.
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  • It's been called ZooMass instead of UMass.
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  • Well, anyway, one time I was as a freshman,
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  • I'm there on campus, and we have these huge dormitories,
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  • there were five tall ones,
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  • along with a lot of other ones, 22 stories high.
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  • In one of the dormitories,
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  • I remember as I was walking on campus,
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  • I looked up and on the fifth floor where the lounge was,
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  • there were these big plate glass windows,
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  • and each window had a poster stuck on it.
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  • It spelled out a word,
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  • and the posters were in different colors
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  • with big letters, P-A-R-T-Y, party,
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  • and it was Friday night and, you know, I'm a freshman,
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  • and wanted to meet some people,
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  • so I decided to go to the party.
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  • But I remember I got in front of the mirror
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  • and I'm getting dressed,
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  • and put on my best blue jeans and my best angora sweater,
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  • and I had a sterling silver cross
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  • that I would wear around my neck that my mom gave me,
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  • and it would glisten when the light would hit it.
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  • It would look really nice.
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  • I remember standing in front of the mirror,
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  • and I put the cross on,
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  • and I was gonna put it underneath the sweater,
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  • and I thought, no, I'm gonna put it outside the sweater.
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  • You see, I was going to the party,
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  • and I knew that there were gonna be some sweet young things
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  • at the party, and I was hoping that one of them
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  • would take a look at me and see the cross and say,
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  • "Hey, there's a Christian guy. I'm gonna go talk to him."
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  • So, I go to the party and I was with my friend,
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  • and we're standing there, and I look around the room,
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  • and I mean, it was packed, it was a party,
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  • everybody saw the sign,
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  • and I'm standing there with my friend.
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  • I look across the room and there she was.
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  • She was blonde, probably about 19 years old,
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  • and she was really pretty.
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  • She's looking at me and you could see
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  • she was looking at my cross, and I'm thinking to myself,
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  • "This thing's working."
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  • (laughs)
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  • Sure enough, I'm attracting somebody by the cross.
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  • She started to walk over to me,
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  • and she came right up to me, and I'll never forget this,
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  • she looked me in the eyes, she looked at the cross,
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  • and then she looked me in the eyes again,
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  • and she said, "Do you know what that cross means
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  • "or are you just wearing it to look good?"
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  • Wow, it was like, pow, right in the face.
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  • I didn't know what to tell her,
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  • because at that time in my life, 18 years old,
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  • I didn't know what the cross meant.
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  • I was wearing the symbol of all that is holy,
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  • the symbol of all that is sacrificial,
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  • the symbol of all that is love
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  • for my own self-aggrandizement
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  • so that I could pick up a girl.
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  • About a year later, it took me a good year,
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  • but I held that in my heart, I finally came to Christ
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  • as a young man, 18, 19 years old,
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  • surrendered my life to him, and I believed,
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  • I simply believed, that he died for me personally
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  • on the cross, and I received forgiveness and salvation.
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  • It's interesting,
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  • when the Hebrews were going through the desert,
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  • remember they had just been freed out of Egypt
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  • by an act of God, now they're going through the desert,
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  • they got bit by snakes.
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  • They got bit because they were mumbling
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  • and grumbling and complaining and sinning.
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  • They got bit by snakes and they were dying.
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  • So Moses goes to God and says, "Help us."
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  • So God said this, he said, "Take a snake,
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  • "put it on a pole, and hold it up,
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  • "and anyone who just looks at that pole will be healed."
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  • Jesus talked about that, he said,
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  • "Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert,
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  • "so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
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  • "that whoever believes won't perish but have eternal life."
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  • So the cross is real simple, you can't earn it,
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  • you don't deserve it, and you can never merit it.
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  • You just simply look at it.
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  • You look at what Jesus did to you,
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  • but it's a look of faith saying, "Yes, he died for me."
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  • That's what I want for all of my viewers,
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  • especially those of you who are my partners
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  • and my benefactors,
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  • those of you who are buying my resources,
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  • more than anything I want you to receive Jesus
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  • as your Lord and Savior, and realize, personalize,
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  • simply believe that that cross
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  • wasn't just for the whole world,
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  • yes, for God so loved the world
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  • that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes
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  • wouldn't perish, but have eternal life,
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  • it wasn't just for the world, it's for you.
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  • Maybe you're just tuning in to the program
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  • and I want you to know that providentially, I believe,
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  • that God has you tuning in because Jesus died for you.
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  • Simply believe.
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  • Simply believe, he'll bring you salvation,
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  • eternal life, healing.
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  • Let me tell you about the healing
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  • that he brought to my heart.
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  • That's what it says in Isaiah chapter 53,
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  • by his stripes, Jesus' stripes, his scourging,
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  • his being nailed to the cross,
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  • by his stripes, we were healed.
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  • God does something called an inner healing in our hearts.
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  • You see, when you sin and you've committed sins of the past,
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  • and we all have, it comes with guilt and shame.
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  • Most people, yeah, I know that Jesus died for me
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  • and I know that I'm gonna have eternal life,
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  • or so I believe, but there's still that guilt
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  • and that shame deep within.
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  • When I came to Christ, I received an inner healing
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  • and all my sins were washed away.
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  • I was able to forgive myself,
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  • and that's what I want for you.
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  • When you come to the cross,
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  • when you see the sufferings that Jesus endured for you,
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  • you can be healed of the shame
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  • and the guilt and the self-condemnation.
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  • You just lay your burdens down at the foot of the cross.
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  • Would you do that right now?
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  • He died for you, he loves you.
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  • You don't have to hold onto the guilt,
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  • no matter what you've done.
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  • I realize that some of you haven't been saints
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  • all your life, that there's been some hard times for you.
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  • Just simply lay it down.
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  • Receive the Passion, receive the grace of the cross.
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  • I pray that there will be a rush of grace
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  • in your life right now,
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  • that like the criminal that was crucified with Jesus,
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  • like the centurion that proclaimed him as the Son of God,
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  • this is a Roman soldier,
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  • you would receive the mercy and the power
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  • and the grace that is at that old rugged cross.
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  • So I joined a religious community called the Passionists.
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  • We were founded in the Catholic church
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  • by a man named Paul Daneii,
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  • subsequently canonized Saint Paul of the Cross.
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  • We were founded way back in the 1700s in Italy,
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  • founded to proclaim the message of the cross.
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  • This is our keynote Scripture.
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  • We preach Christ and Him crucified.
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  • That's a scandal to a lot of people,
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  • but to us it makes perfect sense.
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  • It's the power and the wisdom of God,
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  • and it brings salvation, it brings healing.
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  • So we were founded in Italy.
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  • Now we're in 64 countries, and our primary work,
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  • our primary ministry, is evangelization.
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  • We're trying to proclaim the cross to all people
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  • so that they'll receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior
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  • and experience salvation and experience forgiveness
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  • and inner healing, freedom from the guilt and the shame
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  • and the self-condemnation.
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  • So we're in 64 countries,
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  • and this is the habit that we wear.
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  • We have retreat centers.
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  • I live at the retreat center in Houston.
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  • The work that we do, the ministry that we do, is beautiful.
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  • People are coming to Christ.
  • 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:28.050
  • People are receiving him as their Lord and Savior.
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  • That's exactly what I want for you.
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  • As Passionists, we proclaim the cross,
  • 00:12:34.160 --> 00:12:37.130
  • and we call that the historical Passion.
  • 00:12:37.130 --> 00:12:41.020
  • It was Fulton Sheen, the great bishop and preacher
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  • of our Catholic Church, who said,
  • 00:12:43.170 --> 00:12:45.050
  • he wrote a book called "The Life of Christ,"
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  • he said, "The cross hung over the crib."
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  • Jesus was the only person born to die, expressly to die,
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  • and that's the meaning of the cross,
  • 00:12:57.120 --> 00:12:58.170
  • that he came to bring us eternal life,
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  • that we could experience healing,
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  • that we could experience forgiveness.
  • 00:13:02.180 --> 00:13:04.110
  • That's the meaning of the cross.
  • 00:13:04.110 --> 00:13:05.290
  • But as Passionists, I learned something else,
  • 00:13:05.290 --> 00:13:10.130
  • that along with the historical Passion
  • 00:13:10.130 --> 00:13:12.170
  • that happened 2.000 years ago, Jesus crucified,
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  • we also have something called the contemporary Passion.
  • 00:13:16.050 --> 00:13:20.120
  • The contemporary Passion is the suffering
  • 00:13:20.120 --> 00:13:24.130
  • that's happening in us today
  • 00:13:24.130 --> 00:13:26.230
  • and our ability to unite ourselves with Christ crucified.
  • 00:13:26.230 --> 00:13:31.090
  • Remember Paul the apostle said,
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  • "I have been crucified with Christ,
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  • "no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."
  • 00:13:35.190 --> 00:13:39.140
  • So your sufferings,
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  • your pains, your trials,
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  • are part of what we call the contemporary Passion.
  • 00:13:46.190 --> 00:13:49.230
  • Let me try to explain that to you.
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  • One time I was at our retreat center,
  • 00:13:51.000 --> 00:13:54.170
  • and they put in our chapel a big cross.
  • 00:13:54.170 --> 00:13:58.220
  • I walked over to it, and it wasn't on a wall,
  • 00:13:58.220 --> 00:14:01.040
  • it was right there in the middle of the chapel
  • 00:14:01.040 --> 00:14:02.250
  • for everybody to see, and I walked over to the cross,
  • 00:14:02.250 --> 00:14:06.000
  • and I saw the front, and then I looked around
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:09.230
  • and I noticed that there's a back side of the cross.
  • 00:14:09.230 --> 00:14:12.180
  • Oftentimes, just because it's on the wall,
  • 00:14:12.180 --> 00:14:14.290
  • you don't see that,
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:16.060
  • you just see the front and Jesus crucified.
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  • As I looked at the front of the cross, I saw it,
  • 00:14:18.200 --> 00:14:20.290
  • and as I looked at the back,
  • 00:14:20.290 --> 00:14:22.100
  • all of a sudden I heard a still small voice,
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  • "The front of the cross was for me,
  • 00:14:24.100 --> 00:14:26.090
  • "but the back of the cross is for you."
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:29.210
  • I came to realize that all of my trials
  • 00:14:31.130 --> 00:14:35.100
  • and my sufferings and my passion itself
  • 00:14:36.140 --> 00:14:41.050
  • is mystically united with Christ crucified.
  • 00:14:42.100 --> 00:14:45.080
  • The Scripture says that we have a great high priest
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  • who can sympathize with us because he was like us
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  • in everything but sin.
  • 00:14:52.180 --> 00:14:55.130
  • In the same way, when we suffer,
  • 00:14:55.130 --> 00:14:57.220
  • the word passion means suffering,
  • 00:14:57.220 --> 00:14:59.290
  • we can sympathize with the Man of Sorrows,
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  • our great high priest,
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  • who went through tremendous tribulation,
  • 00:15:04.220 --> 00:15:07.010
  • tremendous sufferings, and that identification,
  • 00:15:07.010 --> 00:15:10.270
  • that harmony, that sympathy,
  • 00:15:10.270 --> 00:15:14.120
  • brings us into a mystical union with Christ.
  • 00:15:14.120 --> 00:15:18.010
  • Not only does the cross save us,
  • 00:15:18.010 --> 00:15:20.130
  • the cross sanctifies us, it helps us to grow,
  • 00:15:20.130 --> 00:15:24.160
  • it helps us to become all that we can be,
  • 00:15:24.160 --> 00:15:27.080
  • and mystically unites us to Christ crucified.
  • 00:15:27.080 --> 00:15:31.030
  • I'll try to explain this more.
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  • What kind of sufferings are you bearing right now?
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  • I think about my own life.
  • 00:15:38.000 --> 00:15:40.020
  • I remember when I was a teenager growing up,
  • 00:15:40.020 --> 00:15:43.000
  • very healthy, had a great life, but as a teenager,
  • 00:15:43.000 --> 00:15:46.260
  • as I started going through high school, I developed acne.
  • 00:15:46.260 --> 00:15:50.070
  • When I started developing acne, you go to the mirror
  • 00:15:51.210 --> 00:15:54.000
  • and you see these red blotches all over your face.
  • 00:15:54.000 --> 00:15:56.260
  • I mean, it was the hardest thing
  • 00:15:56.260 --> 00:15:58.130
  • that I had ever gone through at that time in my life.
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:16:01.130
  • But you know that acne interestingly deepened me.
  • 00:16:01.130 --> 00:16:05.220
  • I used to be so superficial.
  • 00:16:06.230 --> 00:16:09.190
  • I would just look at people and judge the way they look
  • 00:16:11.030 --> 00:16:12.260
  • or their performance or the way that they were,
  • 00:16:12.260 --> 00:16:15.090
  • the way that they spoke,
  • 00:16:15.090 --> 00:16:17.020
  • but acne took me from being superficial to the supernatural.
  • 00:16:17.020 --> 00:16:21.080
  • It softened me, it brought me humility,
  • 00:16:22.210 --> 00:16:26.160
  • it brought me compassion, and I must say,
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:30.200
  • as much as I hated to have acne growing up,
  • 00:16:30.200 --> 00:16:33.160
  • it changed me as a person.
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:35.140
  • And that's exactly the role of suffering in our life.
  • 00:16:36.270 --> 00:16:38.270
  • Whatever suffering you may have,
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:41.210
  • it can deepen you and actually unite you to Christ.
  • 00:16:41.210 --> 00:16:46.210
  • I say this all the time, I always say,
  • 00:16:47.260 --> 00:16:50.110
  • don't waste your sufferings.
  • 00:16:50.110 --> 00:16:53.070
  • You can see more through a teardrop
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:56.050
  • than you can through a telescope.
  • 00:16:56.050 --> 00:16:58.190
  • So maybe you're going through acne, I don't know,
  • 00:16:58.190 --> 00:17:01.090
  • or physical sufferings of some sort,
  • 00:17:01.090 --> 00:17:04.270
  • or having a breakup or grieving
  • 00:17:04.270 --> 00:17:07.270
  • or loneliness or depression.
  • 00:17:07.270 --> 00:17:10.230
  • Whatever you may be going through right now,
  • 00:17:10.230 --> 00:17:13.030
  • God doesn't give you these sufferings,
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:15.130
  • but what he does is he works in your sufferings
  • 00:17:15.130 --> 00:17:18.260
  • to united you to Christ crucified.
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:21.100
  • He uses the sufferings to sanctify us.
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:24.220
  • That's a theological word that means
  • 00:17:24.220 --> 00:17:27.040
  • to help you to grow in virtue.
  • 00:17:27.040 --> 00:17:29.030
  • That's exactly what happened to me with acne.
  • 00:17:29.030 --> 00:17:31.140
  • I began to become compassionate.
  • 00:17:31.140 --> 00:17:33.230
  • That word passion, compassion, to suffer with.
  • 00:17:33.230 --> 00:17:38.150
  • I begin to look at other people
  • 00:17:38.150 --> 00:17:40.000
  • and not just judge them, but be compassionate toward them.
  • 00:17:40.000 --> 00:17:44.230
  • I began to, instead of being superficial,
  • 00:17:44.230 --> 00:17:47.260
  • become deep and spiritual.
  • 00:17:49.070 --> 00:17:51.150
  • Instead of being real prideful and arrogant,
  • 00:17:52.210 --> 00:17:54.210
  • a new humility came into my life.
  • 00:17:56.050 --> 00:17:58.090
  • It was sufferings that helped me to become that way.
  • 00:18:00.050 --> 00:18:03.230
  • In the same way, I believe that your sufferings
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:05.190
  • are meant to deepen you, to bring you humility,
  • 00:18:05.190 --> 00:18:09.100
  • to bring you compassion, and to unite you mystically
  • 00:18:09.100 --> 00:18:12.220
  • with Christ crucified, who is the Man of Sorrows.
  • 00:18:12.220 --> 00:18:17.090
  • I remember I watched a movie sometime ago,
  • 00:18:17.090 --> 00:18:19.220
  • I believe it was back in the 1990s,
  • 00:18:19.220 --> 00:18:22.120
  • and it starred William Hurt.
  • 00:18:22.120 --> 00:18:24.240
  • William Hurt was an expert surgeon, a doctor.
  • 00:18:24.240 --> 00:18:28.170
  • He was good and he knew it.
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:31.110
  • He was pretty arrogant, pretty prideful,
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:35.010
  • and he, let's just put it this way,
  • 00:18:36.090 --> 00:18:38.030
  • he did not have a good bedside manner.
  • 00:18:38.030 --> 00:18:40.280
  • He would have a patient and he would go to them,
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:43.090
  • and he would be rude toward the patient,
  • 00:18:43.090 --> 00:18:46.020
  • because after all, he was the best,
  • 00:18:46.020 --> 00:18:48.260
  • he was a great doctor, he was gonna take care of them.
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:52.110
  • He just didn't have much compassion.
  • 00:18:52.110 --> 00:18:54.260
  • Well, what ended up happening in the movie
  • 00:18:54.260 --> 00:18:57.010
  • is William Hurt, he played the doctor, as I said,
  • 00:18:57.010 --> 00:18:59.170
  • a very rude doctor, he ends up getting throat cancer,
  • 00:18:59.170 --> 00:19:04.120
  • cancer of the vocal cords, and now all of a sudden,
  • 00:19:04.120 --> 00:19:08.080
  • the doctor has become a patient.
  • 00:19:08.080 --> 00:19:10.070
  • While he was a patient, he learned a lot of different things
  • 00:19:12.050 --> 00:19:16.190
  • about his own life and about life in general.
  • 00:19:16.190 --> 00:19:19.290
  • What he learned was compassion.
  • 00:19:19.290 --> 00:19:22.170
  • All of a sudden, he had to be operated on,
  • 00:19:23.220 --> 00:19:25.160
  • and in a humorous scene, one of the doctors
  • 00:19:25.160 --> 00:19:28.220
  • that operated on him, he had to have his throat operated on,
  • 00:19:28.220 --> 00:19:32.100
  • she said to him, "Now I can cut your throat legally,
  • 00:19:32.100 --> 00:19:35.150
  • "and I've wanted to do that for years,"
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:37.190
  • because he was such a jerk.
  • 00:19:37.190 --> 00:19:39.190
  • Well, anyway, he had the operation, he turned out well,
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:43.050
  • and then he got to be a doctor again and treating patients,
  • 00:19:43.050 --> 00:19:47.150
  • but his life had changed.
  • 00:19:47.150 --> 00:19:49.280
  • He had become compassionate.
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:52.110
  • He didn't just treat them as another
  • 00:19:52.110 --> 00:19:55.080
  • body out there that he was gonna work on.
  • 00:19:55.080 --> 00:19:57.140
  • He treated them as a real person and he developed humility.
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:20:02.040
  • It all came through his sufferings.
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:04.210
  • Again, I think that's the role of suffering.
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:07.220
  • It helps us to grow in compassion, to grow in humility,
  • 00:20:07.220 --> 00:20:12.040
  • and to really look at other people, not just as objects,
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:16.210
  • not just as someone out there, but as a real person.
  • 00:20:16.210 --> 00:20:21.140
  • So think about your own sufferings
  • 00:20:21.140 --> 00:20:22.290
  • and what you're going through.
  • 00:20:22.290 --> 00:20:24.050
  • Maybe you're about to have an operation.
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.260
  • There's a purpose in all this.
  • 00:20:25.260 --> 00:20:27.210
  • I heard about this tree that was on top of a mountain,
  • 00:20:29.080 --> 00:20:33.020
  • and because it was on top of the mountain,
  • 00:20:33.020 --> 00:20:35.050
  • whenever the wind would blow, the wind was fierce up there,
  • 00:20:35.050 --> 00:20:38.050
  • and it would hit that tree really hard,
  • 00:20:38.050 --> 00:20:39.200
  • and the tree complained, it said,
  • 00:20:39.200 --> 00:20:41.180
  • "Why do I have to be up here on the mountain?"
  • 00:20:41.180 --> 00:20:43.180
  • It looked down in the valley
  • 00:20:43.180 --> 00:20:45.090
  • and it could see all the other trees down in the valley,
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:48.020
  • and down in the valley, they all looked so happy.
  • 00:20:48.020 --> 00:20:50.020
  • It wasn't very windy down there,
  • 00:20:50.020 --> 00:20:51.160
  • but up on top of the mountain top,
  • 00:20:51.160 --> 00:20:53.110
  • it was so windy and it was always being buffeted.
  • 00:20:53.110 --> 00:20:56.080
  • In other words, the tree suffered and it was complaining,
  • 00:20:56.080 --> 00:20:59.220
  • "Why do I have to suffer?
  • 00:20:59.220 --> 00:21:01.020
  • "Why can't I be down there in the valley?"
  • 00:21:01.020 --> 00:21:03.020
  • Well, one day, a ferocious hurricane hit
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:08.010
  • not only the mountain, but it hit the valley, too.
  • 00:21:09.150 --> 00:21:10.270
  • The tree held fast because the wind
  • 00:21:12.020 --> 00:21:16.290
  • had strengthened its roots.
  • 00:21:17.250 --> 00:21:19.030
  • Then he looked down in the valley
  • 00:21:19.030 --> 00:21:20.050
  • and all the trees in the valley,
  • 00:21:20.050 --> 00:21:21.230
  • because of that fierce hurricane-type wind, that tempest,
  • 00:21:21.230 --> 00:21:26.080
  • all the trees in the valley had been blown over
  • 00:21:26.080 --> 00:21:28.040
  • because they had no roots.
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:30.210
  • But because of its sufferings, because of the prior wind,
  • 00:21:30.210 --> 00:21:35.050
  • then when the big wind came, it was held fast
  • 00:21:35.050 --> 00:21:39.200
  • and it was strong because it had roots.
  • 00:21:39.200 --> 00:21:42.180
  • Oh, do you get the message?
  • 00:21:42.180 --> 00:21:45.010
  • I love what Paul the apostle says,
  • 00:21:45.010 --> 00:21:46.140
  • he said, "Be rooted and grounded in Christ."
  • 00:21:46.140 --> 00:21:50.250
  • Many people don't have roots,
  • 00:21:51.210 --> 00:21:55.000
  • and what our sufferings do is they root us.
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:58.180
  • We become one, we get stronger,
  • 00:21:59.260 --> 00:22:04.150
  • so that eventually when that big tempest come,
  • 00:22:04.150 --> 00:22:08.050
  • that huge hurricane that's gonna hit everybody,
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:12.030
  • of course I'm talking about death,
  • 00:22:12.030 --> 00:22:14.130
  • we will already be rooted because of the trials
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:17.260
  • and the tribulations and the pains and the sufferings
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:22.130
  • and the unity and the sympathy and the harmony
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:25.220
  • and the mystical union that we already have.
  • 00:22:25.220 --> 00:22:29.140
  • So, don't complain that everybody else has got a good life.
  • 00:22:29.140 --> 00:22:33.130
  • You don't know what's gonna happen to them.
  • 00:22:33.130 --> 00:22:35.290
  • Rather, look at your own life
  • 00:22:35.290 --> 00:22:38.220
  • and realize that God is working in you.
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.140
  • I love what Paul the apostle said, I quoted it before,
  • 00:22:42.270 --> 00:22:45.230
  • and he suffered greatly, "I have been crucified with Christ.
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:50.080
  • "It's no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me."
  • 00:22:50.080 --> 00:22:55.040
  • He went through shipwrecks, stonings,
  • 00:22:55.040 --> 00:22:57.270
  • starvation, sleepless nights.
  • 00:22:57.270 --> 00:23:00.290
  • As he said, "It was to root me in God,
  • 00:23:00.290 --> 00:23:05.040
  • "so that I can trust in the living God who raises the dead."
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:08.040
  • So your sufferings have meaning.
  • 00:23:08.040 --> 00:23:10.210
  • Your sufferings have purpose.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:12.210
  • You have to understand that.
  • 00:23:12.210 --> 00:23:14.200
  • I remember one time I led a pilgrimage to Rome.
  • 00:23:14.200 --> 00:23:17.180
  • We walked into St. Peter's Basilica,
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:20.000
  • and if you've ever been there,
  • 00:23:20.000 --> 00:23:21.070
  • this is a big, huge, beautiful church.
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:22.220
  • There was the Michelangelo's Pieta right to the right.
  • 00:23:22.220 --> 00:23:26.180
  • The Pieta is that moment where Mary receives
  • 00:23:26.180 --> 00:23:29.260
  • the dead body of her son, Jesus,
  • 00:23:29.260 --> 00:23:32.110
  • that moment of anguish, of suffering, of grief.
  • 00:23:32.110 --> 00:23:36.160
  • Michelangelo captured it in such a beautiful way.
  • 00:23:36.160 --> 00:23:39.200
  • Well, as soon as we walked in,
  • 00:23:39.200 --> 00:23:40.180
  • I had about 35 people with me,
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:42.060
  • one woman in our group broke ranks,
  • 00:23:42.060 --> 00:23:44.170
  • she ran right over to that statue, crying.
  • 00:23:44.170 --> 00:23:47.290
  • Obviously, she was a mother who had suffered greatly
  • 00:23:47.290 --> 00:23:50.220
  • and she could identify with the sufferings of Mary,
  • 00:23:50.220 --> 00:23:53.230
  • and as I watched her cry, I began to cry.
  • 00:23:53.230 --> 00:23:57.090
  • It was great compassion.
  • 00:23:57.090 --> 00:23:58.210
  • What am I saying?
  • 00:24:00.070 --> 00:24:01.250
  • That your sufferings bring identification,
  • 00:24:01.250 --> 00:24:04.250
  • not only with Mary, but with Christ.
  • 00:24:04.250 --> 00:24:06.280
  • When you go through suffering,
  • 00:24:08.050 --> 00:24:10.050
  • you develop compassion, you develop virtue.
  • 00:24:10.050 --> 00:24:13.110
  • So please, understand that there's meaning in the passion.
  • 00:24:13.110 --> 00:24:18.110
  • There's meaning and purpose in your sufferings.
  • 00:24:19.210 --> 00:24:22.070
  • You must be sanctified.
  • 00:24:22.070 --> 00:24:24.200
  • Now, when that girl came up to me,
  • 00:24:24.200 --> 00:24:26.240
  • that beautiful girl at the party, and she said to me,
  • 00:24:26.240 --> 00:24:29.260
  • "Do you know what that cross means
  • 00:24:29.260 --> 00:24:31.010
  • "or are you just wearing it to look good?"
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:32.160
  • She was right, I was just wearing it to look good
  • 00:24:32.160 --> 00:24:34.220
  • and I did not know what it meant.
  • 00:24:34.220 --> 00:24:36.200
  • Since then, God has been working in my life
  • 00:24:36.200 --> 00:24:39.290
  • in a powerful way and I've come to discover
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  • that the cross is all about eternal life,
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  • forgiveness, and inner healing.
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  • Receive that rush of grace.
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  • And I have discovered that the cross
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  • is all about mystical union with Christ crucified.
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  • You take your sufferings, you unite it to Christ,
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  • and you allow his grace, that rush of grace,
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  • to sanctify you, to make you holy,
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  • and become all that you can be.
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  • Don't just live, Live with Passion.
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  • Just like the centurion at the cross,
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  • you can receive a rush of grace.
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  • Just like the one who was crucified with Jesus
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  • and had heaven open up to him,
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  • you can receive a rush of grace from the Passion.
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  • I wanna share with you a letter that I got.
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  • This woman said, "Your programs have continued
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  • "to inspire me, especially after my husband died
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  • "after an eight-month fight with cancer,
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  • "and through your programs, I found the strength to go on."
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  • This woman was going through a great passion,
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  • and what I've tried to give her and you is perspective,
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  • that your sufferings have meaning.
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  • I wrote a book called, "Live Passionately,"
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  • first book I ever wrote, and I talk about,
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  • first of all, the salvation at the cross,
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  • and then I talk about the meaning of your own sufferings.
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  • This book will really help you.
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  • When you purchase this book or any of my other books,
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  • all that money goes toward the production
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  • and the airing of "Live with Passion."
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  • So all you have to do is call that number
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  • or you can go to my website, I have a bookstore there,
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  • or write me at that address,
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  • and that will support my ministry.
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  • I'm praying for you, that you will receive the Passion,
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  • receive eternal life, and be one with Christ crucified.
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  • Don't just live, Live with Passion.
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  • - [Announcer] The ability to choose
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  • is one of the greatest gifts from God.
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  • Choice is the chisel we use to sculpt our lives.
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  • Who you are today is the result of yesterday's choices,
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  • and who you will be in the future
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  • will be a result of how you choose to live today.
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  • In Father Cedric's book, "Choose Life and Live,"
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  • you will discover the key to making the right choices
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  • and how to decipher the will of God.
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  • In "Choose Life and Live,"
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  • you'll learn how to increase your faith and see results,
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  • and how to make choices out of wisdom instead of emotion.
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  • Make your destiny one of significance
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  • by choosing to live today.
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  • Call right now to get this special offer.
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  • Call 844-FATHER-C.
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  • That's 844-328-4372, or go to frcedric.org,
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  • or write us as Father Cedric Ministries,
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  • 430 Bunker Hill Road, Houston, Texas 77024.
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  • One hundred percent of your donations
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