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    Sermon 472 : Learning Who We Are : 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    The dramatic scene presented in the Book of Nehemiah presents a people who had forgotten their identity and learning, as if for the first time, who they really are. It is the mission of all those who remain invested in the Faith of the Church to give testimony to their brothers and sisters in Christ, reminding all, that in Christ, we have received a unique and wonderful identity- and it is only when we know who we are that will be able to find our purpose and accomplish the mission that Christ has given to us.
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1/22/2010 11:53:28 AM
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Extremely well said. Intellectually and spiritually appealing. In fact, one ideology that is now trying to define the identity of human beings is scientism. Whereas Thomas Aquinas and the current pope are heroes in defining the role of science and religion in complete harmony, scientism is a quasi totalitarian view, that reduces human beings to a strictly biological identity that can be understood in a perfect mechanistic way. In fact, that view is in itself a scientific error because scientific laws are based on a reductionist approach that inherently implies that scientific laws are valid under the stringent conditions under which these laws are derived. In our confinement to time and space, we have a limited view, and it is in Christ that is the incarnation of the Word of God that our view becomes so much broader.
1/22/2010 1:47:17 PM
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I immediately emailed my family and relatives, and used this concept to have them listen to Fr. Barron's other sermons. Sometimes it is hard to converse with relatives but they like sports, and maybe this will touch their heart as well. I am off to listen to another sermon.
1/27/2010 1:24:48 PM
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I have often experienced Ezra's hurts. Unfortunately, there are many Catholics who don't understand and are totally unfamiliar with the beauty and the truth of the Catholic religion. I may venture to say that many of the Catholics who attend weekly Mass, receive the Holy Eucharist are profoundly ignorant of our dogma and of Christ's teachings. I say this because I have spoken with many of them(adults as well as the youth)and I have found them to be more interested in various forms of entertainment and their priority is to insure their pleasures. Many openly admit that they are selfish and seek fortunes. I tend to agree with you that their identity is associated with T.V. characters. They have lost their priceless Catholic legacy and are Christians in name only. They have no interest in learning about their roots or their Catholic religion. They are lost in space, lost to themselves and unfortunately, have lost their souls to the influence of secularism and today's immoral society. However, there's always hope. We who are imbedded in our faith, informed and read the Holy Bible frequently are humbly enabled to awaken our luke warm brothers and sisters. The Holy Spirit endows us with courage and enlightens us according to His Divine Will to gently inspire and enlighten family members, friends and acquaintances. It's not easy and timing as well as wisdom is key, yet there are moments of opportunity and the more we share our love of Jesus and Mary, the more the Lord opens sleepy brothers and sisters hearts and minds. We also need to consistently pray for their conversion and the conversion of the entire world. Thank you for letting me ramble on -
1/29/2010 1:46:11 PM
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