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    Sermon 518 : The Virtue of Hope : Third Sunday of Advent

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    Hope is not this-worldly optimism. In fact, from a purely natural perspective, pessimism is the right attitude. Hope is that supernatural virtue which orders our desire toward heaven and the things of heaven. What Isaiah talks about in our first reading is not an expectation that will be realized here below, but only in a transfigured world on high.
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Patrick O'Connell
What can I say? Awesome. While I am at school, I put your homilies on as I work. Great food for thought.
God bless!
12/9/2010 12:32:08 PM
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michael jaffray king
I want to be a person of Hope!!! Not dangerous earthly Optimism!!!
Another Classic Father!
Thank you Jesus for these broadcasts..
They shake me up and help me to put my faith in those eternal values and not on these transitory matters which although many times beautiful but will all come to an end..
I was particularly struck by Shopenhauer's image of the raft approaching the waterfall.
If only we would all focus on THIS FACT it would really help us to look for the exit that leads to eternal life.
12/10/2010 11:55:28 PM
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But doesn't Jesus call us to begin living (practicing) in the reign (kingdom) of God while we are still here in this world/life? You offer the great examples of MLK Jr. and Dorothy Day. The danger I see in the exclusive focus on the afterlife is that folks think that this life and its concerns don't matter. I like the balance of your presentation and I agree with the healthy pessimism that "no one's getting out of here alive", but I see so many people paralyzed in their devotional pietistic inaction and by fear of doing something that will prevent them from getting to heaven -- as if they could actually earn their way there in the first place. They seem so void of joy in life and what God offers us in THIS life, and therefore can't see the benefits of beginning to live in the kingdom here and now. Won't it be easier to recognize the ultimate reign of God when we get there if we begin living in it now?
12/11/2010 12:01:45 PM
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Father Barron, are you saying that we can't ask or wish or pray for anything whatsoever on this earth? Are you saying that this planet is completely and totally worthless? Are you saying that there is no purpose whatsoever for wanting to leave something behind for future generations? Are you saying that praying for peace and love should never be done? Are you saying that we are supposed to just throw the planet into the trash? I am sure that I am misunderstanding. Doesn't tsnort bring up an important point?
12/11/2010 11:05:32 PM
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Patrick O' Keeffe
Great sermon, hope is looking at the big picture of Eternal Life, not the short life of this world
12/12/2010 3:03:21 AM
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Father Barron, your words of wisdom in the sermons you have given are such a blessings! We are inspired and highly motivated to support your endeavor in this evangelization through new media.
12/12/2010 8:33:54 AM
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bettye williams
Your sermon today gave me a better understanding of today's readings.
12/12/2010 2:54:22 PM
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Hello, I'm possibly the only non-Catholic that listened to this, but I thought what you said was very important for people to hear.

Most people occupy their lives by trying to obtain a paradise on Earth by becoming wealthy,famous, starting a family, etc., and what always happens is they either fail to achieve their goal, or often worse, obtain it and realize how truly unfulfilling it is.

Pessimism is a very simple, but largely unacknowledged truth.

Also, props for citing Schopenhauer. Him and Kant are my favorite German philosophers.

"Take away from life the few moments of religion, art and pure love, and what is left but a series of trivial thoughts?"-Arthur Schopenhauer
12/13/2010 8:39:02 PM
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tsnort and Brian. I would be careful when looking at people who engage in "devotional pietistic inaction." That is, people who appear to be pious but are really not. True people of hope are not that way. And when seeking anything one must seek the proper type. For example, if I was trying to explain the game of hockey to someone, I would not point to a group of people with hockey sticks who can hardly skate and move the puck around with their hands, I would point to an NHL game. The same goes with people of hope as Father defined them. And pointing to a falsely pious person will not change what a real person of hope is, just as pointing to a bad hockey player will not change what the game of hockey is, nor how a hockey player plays. Father pointed to three good examples: Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and John Paul II. And as he said, those people influenced greatly the world here below, precisely because they were focused on heaven. It does not follow that if one is truly focused on heaven (cf. the saints for examples), one will be not accomplish anything here below. Indeed, the truth is quite the opposite. The words of C.S. Lewis are here appropriate: "Aim at heaven and you'll get earth thrown in, aim at earth and you'll get neither."
12/14/2010 11:38:01 PM
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My question would be the term supernatural perspective...Hope is a gift of the Holy spirit. from what I can tell the word supernatural does not belong in a conversation about the Big G God of Heaven it relates to the little g god of this world.In this day and age there are certain words that seem to
keep creeping into our culture looking for access into places I think they do not belong.
12/22/2010 4:13:25 PM
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