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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2011 > Sermon 544 : Drink of the Holy Spirit : Pentecost
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Felix Chau
Hi Fr. Barron, Thanks for the best discussion of the Holy Spirit I have ever heard! I became a Catholic Christian in Easter 2010 from a Baptist, Nondenominational, and Anglican/Episcopal background, and your reflections about the Holy Spirit coming forth from Jesus Christ to fill our lives with meaning, joy, peace, and power is the most insightful I have ever encountered. In my work as a physician, I can echo the inner desire for God you have described that cannot be fulfilled by success according to the atheistic world's definitions. St. Augustine was right on, as you said. Thanks for your ongoing ministry and for helping my faith grow with deeper understanding. May God continue to bless your work...
6/7/2011 7:46:40 AM
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Claudio Nelli
HI, Father Barron
Absolutely brilliant Father, why are these atheists in the religious forms...they are lost indeed and they don’t know it. They will only know on judgment day when all humanity will come before the lord and be accountable to what they have done. That is the saddest moment of all. God bless you father for making my studying of the bible and my catholic religion such a joy and fun to learn. They should make you have my vote.
6/7/2011 11:58:49 AM
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Diane Goddard
I cannot listen to the sermons on my iPad. There is no play button to push. What should I do to access the audio?
6/8/2011 10:19:50 PM
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Your Pentecost sermon induced me to replace the word, "Love", with "Jesus", in 1 Corinthians 13. I asked myself, which gift shall I ask for? Ah, that Gift is Jesus, isn't it? God speed!
6/9/2011 4:08:08 PM
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A disciple
To Dianne: Use the iPod or iTunes app of your iPad, they both have play and navigation buttons; but first, download the Mp3 audio of any commentary that you want to listen to and keep them in a file that you can easily acces, like “downloads” for example.
6/10/2011 6:37:20 PM
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"Click... download MP3" and a new page will open where you will be able to listen to.
6/11/2011 7:46:32 AM
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Sure there is Diane. Just below the date under the title. See the arrow >? Enjoy.
6/11/2011 11:01:17 AM
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@Dianne, I download the Word on Fire application from iTunes.
6/12/2011 8:03:00 AM
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Gayle Brunner
I listened to your sermon twice, today. It is very meaningful to me. Thank you!!
6/12/2011 6:36:46 PM
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Anil Wang
Father, I hate to disagree with you. It is possible to have no desire or need for God, just as it is possible for someone to not feel hunger or thirsty even when near the point of death. It may be disordered, but it is medically possible and the former is quite common, especially in this age of constant distraction.

Back when I was an agnostic (and practical atheist), I was content with my mix of Stoic, Platonic, Aristotelian, Confucian and Taoist philosophy. IMO, these philosophies present the greatest that humanism has to offer and do a good job of preparing one for all parts of life including death.

I would not have changed if I did not marry a faithful Christian wife. I was forced to examine the question of God, and eventually I come to the same conclusion as C.S. Lewis did in "A Grief Observed", in reflecting on his dead wife's immortality, "If she is not now, then she never was. I mistook a cloud of atoms for a person".

We do not need God to live life or have a purpose of our own designs. We need God to be human and not just a machine. We need God so that we can love and not merely an respond to another cloud of atoms appropriate to our programming. Halfway houses like the various pantheistic faiths ultimately lead you this direction as well.

If there is no monotheistic God, ultimately there is no difference between The Truth/The Good/The Beautiful/The Meaningful and The False/The Evil/The Grotesque/The Meaningless (as all pantheistic faiths rightly assert in dogma, though deny in practise).

If you see a difference then either you're wrong, or there is a God and you need him. This is the fact agnostics and secularists and atheists don't appreciate, because they (and I in the past) never bothered to ask the right questions.

So why are atheists on your forum? They might be like me in the past, looking for wisdom wherever it is found and not be hostile to God. Everyone can teach you something. Even an illiterate begger on a Calcutta street can teach you something. Either they will reinforce something you already know, or teach you something new, or correct you where you are wrong. You just have to be open to the possibility. And the hostile atheists? They may either simply enjoy a good debate or might be looking for a fight.

In either case, I wouldn't read too much into it. But it does give you the right forum to each these people. IMO, they won't be reached with statement or argument. They can, however be reached and disarmed with the right questions (see Socrates)
6/12/2011 10:23:26 PM
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Gerry McIvor
Fr Bob eloquently as usually gets to the heart of the matter concerning the search that is inherent in every soul for the metaphysical reality behind this material world. The divine spark that God left in us can be termed the 'spirit' or 'soul'. Jesus Christ being the 'the way, the truth and the light' is the best Friend and Mentor to take us to our Heavenly destination.
6/13/2011 3:27:30 PM
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michael jaffray king
You have so often said that, we are all wired for God!
This fact is brought out so clearly again in this Sermon. This fact gives me so much confidence to evangelise others.
They often pretend to be not interested but of course this is a sham and deep down everybody is facinated and even dominated by this desire to know God and to know the meaning of life. For those who think that everything can be measured Scientifically just ask them, "How do you measure LOVE, FAITH,FORGIVENESS, HOPE, FRIENDSHIP and more, Scientifically???"
How many inches long is your love compared to mine? Ha!
6/15/2011 12:53:44 AM
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Father Barron,
I learned the Jesus Prayer by listening to one of your Sermons and I still say that simple prayer when I'm on the road frustrated by traffic and at Mass. Thank you!
7/10/2011 5:19:18 PM
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michael jaffray king
Christopher... You are so right..
I have started to not only add my name but the name of others...for example.."Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me a miserable sinner and also on whoever you want to pray for...
On top of that I ask for the Mercy to be suplemented with TRUTH... The splendour of TRUTH...This will have an amazing effect on opening ones eyes to unsavoury truths about oneself and of others who are pretending to be an authority about just anything imaginable.
Hope that was helpful!!
7/11/2011 12:12:37 AM
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I can't believe I've been going for years without kwnoing that.
9/3/2011 4:03:30 PM
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