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    Sermon 551 : The Loop of Grace : 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    It all begins with grace, and it all ends with grace. Bernanos' country priest summed up Christianity with the phrase "Toute est grace", everything is grace. God gives graciously, gratuitously, superabundantly--and then we are called to respond with a similar exuberance. The more we give back to God, the more we get, and then we must give that back again, so as to get even more in return. This is the loop of grace which is spoken of from beginning to end of the Bible. And all of our readings for today touch on it specially.
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Patricia Victory
Very moving, I am glad God led me to Word on Fire.
7/30/2011 9:21:33 AM
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Jeff Qamoos
Really key idea: That as you become a conduit for grace it multiplies to those who receive it and to you - who have given of what He has given to you. Freely give what you have freely received. So powerful. As he said, it is the key to the moral life. I hear echoes in this homily of Priority of Christ, which I'm reading now. Tremendous exegesis. I am a mathematics teacher and want to teach this way - epistemic priority.
7/30/2011 10:41:56 AM
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Felix Chau
Fantanstic and inspiring message, Fr. Barron! Thanks for revealing how the heart of Christianity and Catholicism is rooted in God's love and grace revealed in Jesus Christ!
7/30/2011 1:10:14 PM
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Karen Genest
Yes! Yes! Yes!
7/30/2011 4:18:16 PM
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THIS needs to be on You-Tube! Excellent. Thank you for reminding me . . . I get off track alot in the demands of my work.
7/31/2011 11:18:23 AM
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Christine Harrington
Thank you Father. You helped me see "grace" in a perspective I have not considered. I definitely understand Gods intention for grace now.
7/31/2011 1:01:43 PM
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Too weird! Just started reading the Diary of a Country Priest last week. (The intro by Remy Rougeau caught me.) You simply must love the extraordinary found in the profoundly ordinary. Grace is indeed everywhere. Thank you father.
7/31/2011 5:19:36 PM
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i disagree that grace is free...Christ suffered and died for our gifts from God....that was not free...the price was Christ's blood...TV preachers started that false idea and Catholics now follow the pied piper
7/31/2011 10:29:02 PM
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I have always felt that God takes no prisoners; that God is beyond our human need to verify relationships, which so often results in captives. God's grace of freedom, brings me back again and again to His love! God Speed!
8/1/2011 1:55:33 PM
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Both the readings and Father Barron's homily, and the dying priest from Bernanos' novel; it's all grace, indeed.
8/1/2011 9:15:36 PM
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Thank you ever so kindly. Listening to you reminded me of one of my favorite passages from the book called Principles of Catholic Theology.

The Notion of the “Good”: If only God is “good,” then we can experience and know the “good” only in the experience of ourselves in the act of imaging God as being related to (the Logos) and relating to others by making the gift of ourselves.

Ratzinger: “The root of man’s joy is the harmony he enjoys with himself. He lives in this affirmation. And only one who can accept himself can also accept the thou, can accept the world. The reason why an individual cannot accept the thou, cannot come to terms with him, is that he does not like his own I and, for that reason, cannot accept a thou.

“Something strange happens here. We have seen that the inability to accept one’s I leads to the inability to accept a thou. But how does one go about affirming, assenting to, one’s I? The answer may perhaps be unexpected: We cannot do so by our own efforts alone. Of ourselves, we cannot come to terms with ourselves. Our I becomes acceptable to us only if it has first become acceptable to another I. We can love ourselves only if we have first been loved by someone else. The life a mother gives to her child is not just physical life, she gives total life when she takes the child’s tears and turns them into smiles. It is only when life has been accepted and is perceived as accepted that it becomes acceptable. Man is that strange creature that needs not just physical birth but also appreciation if he is to subsist. This is the root of the phenomenon known as hospitalism. When the initial harmony of our existence has been rejected, when that psycho-physical oneness ahs been ruptured by which the ‘Yes, it is good that you are alive’ sinks, with life itself, deep into the core of the unconscious – then birth itself is interrupted; existence itself is not completely established…. (T)he charism of revolution has been for a long time not just remonstrance against reparable injustices but protestation against existence itself, which has not experienced its acceptance and hence does not know that it is acceptable. If an individual is to accept himself, someone must say to him: ‘It is good that you exist’ – must say it, not with words, but with that act of the entire being that we call love. For it is the way of love to will the other’s existence and, at the same time, to bring that existence forth again. The key to the I lies with the thou; the way to the thou leads through the I.”
8/1/2011 11:09:09 PM
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Dear Anonymous, your input here is phenominal, and I am grateful for your effort to put the "I and the Thou" out here for reading. God Speed!
8/2/2011 3:51:55 PM
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Dear Kathy,

Please excuse me, but I do want to make sure it is clear I did not write the passage if that is the impression I gave. My intention was to a post it word for word as I could never have written that clearly. Also, I believed Fathers sermon above called, The Loop of Grace echoed that passage I posted. I originally ran across this snippet from a Priest’s blog a year or so ago. I believe you will find that quote I posted in the book called, Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. This is the reference off of the blog I copied it from. J. Ratzinger, “Principles of Catholic Theology” Ignatius (1987) 79-80.
8/2/2011 5:36:24 PM
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