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just a note to say how i look forward to your weekly podcasts on the weeks gospel readings i find them most helpful thank you Fr BARRON and may the Lord bless all you do in His name. RITA
1/25/2011 9:37:55 PM
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leticia p.
Father Barron,
thank you again for expunding the true meaning of today's gospel reading. it does make sense if we only listen to Him who is all Love and Mercy.Your ministry wakes up the sleepy catholics who are complaisant to their faith. Feed us more. We are hungry and thirsty of HIM. thank you. God Bless us all.
1/27/2011 8:45:53 AM
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Many thanks Father.
May you and your Ministry continue to seek ways of making the Word come alive in Christians.
1/28/2011 2:57:51 AM
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Fr. Jim C
Once again you "hit it out of the ball park." I appreciate much your interpretation of the gospel. I look forward to preaching this weekend.
1/29/2011 7:42:00 AM
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Thank you Fr. Barron: Your sermons enrich my faith. I've been going back to the archives weekly... 2008, 2005, 2002 are year A. Sometimes the sermons build on each other, sometimes you use another reading from that Sunday. Always so much food for the soul drawing us closer to our Lord and His Church. God bless you and your ministry.
1/29/2011 9:58:54 AM
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diane wyder
dear father barron, I have been listening to you and reading your words now for several weeks. I thank you and I love you for teaching me and I will say that I "share" your words with frends and family, and yes that way "we" evangelize...thanks you for your wisdom and understanding and love form the Holy Spirit passed on to us to pass on to others....I name for you by name every time I pray for priests in general and all the other dear priests who like you spread the good news...sincerely diane wyder
1/29/2011 1:59:14 PM
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Once again, this is a wonderful talk. I remember last week's talk which pertains to about going back to the basics, I believe that as we continue to witness and experience God's creation, that these things which are of this world, simply just belongs to this world. Our culture is full of these things that, if we are not strong enough or if we fail to remember and understand we will be enveloped by its demands to the point we will forget God. Go back to the basics, i.e., know that all these things are passing, and these are not our ultimate joy; but being with God when the time comes.
1/30/2011 6:55:34 AM
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michael jaffray king
The Program for Happiness.
Jesus teaching us how to be Happy...
A Bible study on the Bhappytudes..
What a great privilege to be able to sit at Jesus' feet listening to Father Bob..
Mercy is the first lesson..If I am merciful then I will receive mercy. The Divine life will then enter me and then I will be given more and more I give more and more mercy to others..
Clean Heart... A Single hearted. Person...A heart aimed to please God..
Hunger and thirst for?????to do the will of God and not my will. If I put that first then I will be happy and satisfied.
Everything else even though it looks so good will not give that real happiness
Peace makers... will come automatically as we allow these first positive beatitudes to have their place in our lives.
We radiate unhappiness when we do not put God and His program first.
All the saints have this in common.
They make Peace..
Then the Negative ones..
Money Pleasure Power and Glory try to take God's place.
We need to learn detachment from all four and then if we do get any or all of them we will know how to deal with them in God's spirit.
This 525th lesson from Father Bob makes me want to go back and start from number one.. Thank the Lord for such a huge quantity with so much great quality in all his talks..
We who are on the receiving end are so so so so blessed. Thank you Jesus for Father B. Please continue to help, encourage, strengthen and keep him to be able to complete Your task for him...The Catholicism Project and Beyond!!!!!
1/30/2011 1:34:59 PM
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Diane Garvin
Wonderful instruction ... thank you Fr. Barron. FYI: I actually gave this a 5 star rating, but results showed only 4 stars. God bless you and WOF Ministries.
1/30/2011 4:09:38 PM
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Our Lady of Lourdes told St. Bernadette, "I do not promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next." Her life knew much suffering.

I have noticed at times that it seems when a disciple of Jesus is suffering, there is often someone, usually a "happy" Christian, who wants to judge the "quality" or merit of that soul's suffering.

I think we need to remember that just because someone is suffering, it does not mean they are "unhappy" or "unblessed".
I get very depressed sometimes, but that does not define my entire faith life. I have a struggle with depression, among other things, due to PTSD. Sometimes it's very difficult, other times I do better.

Still, I love Jesus and Our Holy Mother, I hope, and I am trying to learn to love them better than I do. And who will judge if I love them rightly or not? If I am struggling very much one day with illness, and am not inspiring anyone, does that mean my suffering is not holy?

I'm more than a little tired of the self-righteous pontificating on the proper way to suffer, especially from those who obviously have never been through such a similar crucible. For if they had, they most certainly would not be so eager or so quick to pass judgment. Did Jesus look happy hanging up there on the cross? By the gospel accounts, it wouldn't seem so. And yet, I would not want to be the judge of that, being a mere creature, and not the Creator. Humility. Step one in learning how to love His way, I think.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina taught that Jesus gives more a greater share of His suffering to His closest friends.

Let's just be a little careful about judging those who suffer in this world and still cling to their faith. We may not think the way they appear to be suffering looks "happy" enough, the way we Christianize and idealize suffering, with the right amount of holiness involved so as to inspire us. But I worry more about those who make those kind of judgments about others' in pain than the one in pain. Only Jesus knows His suffering disciple well enough to know what work He is accomplishing in that soul.
1/31/2011 12:14:52 AM
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Some of the worst wounds are inflicted when those in power in religion use the Word to control people and their lives to meet their own end. Many suffer but truly many escape religious cults with what amounts to spiritual rape. In that scenario -- it is nearly unbearable the pain on the path to learning to trust God - as God ... Our Loving Father. Ministries as this - that allow the Word to sink in - at home in a safe space so to speak without the exposure of healing victim to what feels as the very hand that harmed them so deeply. Thanks for bringing with Word home - to a laptop! - Sometimes while at Mass one who's escaped a religious cult can have great anxiety and many issues with trust in what's preached.... Allowing oneself the room to explore beyond Mass - at your own 'healing' speed is a great blessing. The grievous wounds of having ones own deepest self - one's soul - thrashed - is yet another of life's unique tragedies... But God's Mercy covers all ~ in the end God Wins - always. Please pray for such who've escaped & long for their God - the true God.
1/31/2011 3:10:04 PM
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Thank you so much Fr. Barron for this very spiritual sermon. You really hit the nail on the head when you spoke about the 4 poisons that can trap the individual: $, pleasure, power, and Honor. I always enjoy listening to your sermons!!!
2/1/2011 8:19:18 PM
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