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roy m nakamoto
Thank you for bringing greater biblical understanding on the meaning of Jesus payable on the kingdom of heaven. It make it more clear when Jesus says I'm the way the truth and the life...
7/13/2011 10:01:59 PM
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How succinctly you extracted with examples, the Good, from The Evil, exemplifying God's love for His Enemies, and instilling Hope from seemingly hopeless calamities! What a Gift of Grace it is to go to your website to be uplifted, instructed, and remain part of your community! God Speed!
7/14/2011 10:24:25 AM
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Infiltrating the enemy. I think this idea is very important and does express what a Catholic evangelist is called to do. I also think the idea conforms to the teaching in the Catechism to always be mindful of the morality of our means. However, I would appreciate a clear explanation of why using these means is moral or amoral. Our enemies have surely learned these techniques and have gone on to infiltrate our churches.
7/15/2011 10:04:37 AM
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michael jaffray king
I am a very confrontational kind of person and I needed to hear this so badly..
Confrontation has gotten me into lots of trouble even when I was seemingly in the right.
Of course God wanted me to hear this whole idea of infiltration and starting small and not just head on causing destruction.
God wants to change his enemies and not destroy them. Thanks so much Father for putting the records straight in my life with this excellent sermon on the three parables for tomorrow's Liturgy.
It almost seems that you had me in mind.
God bless you and KGFG as I am sure you will.
7/16/2011 7:09:15 AM
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Frank Prue
Father I follow Michael's comment, I'm always ready for confrontation but after all these years, I find after listening to you and my parish Priest talk on this sermon, I now understand way better the weeds with the good. Thank you.
7/17/2011 7:31:40 PM
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Thank you for another excellent homily, Father Barron.
I have an issue, however, with your praises of FDR. On the polio front, he was far braver and heroic than in politics -- when he chose to remain ignorant (when presented with the truth) of the Soviet crimes (Katyn!), and found it more convenient to believe Stalin rather than side with his victims.
7/18/2011 9:58:01 AM
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michael jaffray king
Agnieszka.. I completely agree with you as most if not nearly all those who reach top positions in this world who are not openly professing and practising Christians usually have a very dark and seemy side to them... Usually very dark at times when it suits them. Thank God for Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother who had the presence of mind to accept God's will for her life.
7/18/2011 10:49:55 AM
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Due to some of the comments I have better understanding of Fr. Barron's point. Loving in the humble fashion of Jesus is the best way to infiltrate the enemy's heart. Thank-you commentators.

I agree that turning people's hearts is the goal.
However, practically speaking, I think the enemy might be aware of this tactic/game plan and has learned to silence and muffle our efforts even here, but thankfully the ultimate victory belongs to God.
7/18/2011 10:58:01 AM
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One way to read the parable of the wheat and the weeds from the perspective of trying to understand how evil can be allowed to insinuate itself into our hearts and our world. I also like to consider it as a promise that the Kingdom of God penetrates this world fully, even infiltrating the fields that, left to themselves, would belong to the enemy. God, in His infinite mercy leaves no field to the enemy, allows no field to remain fallow. Even where the enemy works his malice, the seeds the Lord sows bear fruit.
8/1/2011 10:37:59 AM
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One other point about Father Barron’s observations on the parable of the mustard seed; God does seem to favor things that start small, but grow and develop rather than spring into the world fully formed. Growth and development are characteristics of life, therefore are resonant with the Living God.
8/1/2011 10:41:36 AM
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John Gremer
Thanks for providing solid material for our parish renewal of modern evangelizing without the confrontational apologetics of our past.

John @ St. John Neumann, Irvine,CA
8/16/2011 1:12:17 PM
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