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Anonymous
What is your name I heard you say in this sermon? A trigger point for me when I was a child as you see I was adopted and only found out my given name (which was Faith) when I was an adult. I suffered most of my life with abandonment issues, loss of identity, which resulted in pursing to be loved in all the wrong places. I was forty-one when changes started to occur in me and up to that time had lived not having any belief in a God. I eventually attended the RCIA. It has been a journey to say the least.

In the beginning of the change process it included, ridding myself of false gods and the rearrangement of the emotional ringer that dragged me into the trenches. I have discovered I had lived a life of worldly pursuit for love and now I had to believe that I was loved and mainly “accept” this love from others. This took about 3 years before I experienced and believed this. But I found the trick was, as you said in the last sermon called, The Loop of Grace, that you can’t give away what you have not received. So where does one allow themselves to be loved unconditionally without taking if so many have not received in order to give away. As you see I believe that most of society today is bleeding their wounds like never before in history.

Eventually I continued to trudge the road as I changed my life from worldly gods such as, money, prestige, food, alcohol, jewellery, clothes, etc. Then an individual walked into my life whereby I for the first time felt and believed I was “authentically” loved. This was not an easy process but certainly the understanding of Aquinas passions helped me to unravel the interior emotional crisis so I could be open with my heart to receive the goodness reflected back to me from the other.

This all leads me to ask, why do I not hear more emphasis on the passions? Ask anyone what they feel and one receives a gaze of non-understanding. Although, everyone could articulate what they think void of any expression of love, desire or joy. So many are trying to live the good life and to love but without having received unconditional love it is a painful journey. I do believe strongly based on my journey that it is in understanding St Thomas’s passions in order to seek and be open to the good. Otherwise, without this understanding of our emotional life we are doomed to a painful existence not to mention how oblivious we can be to the consequences as the Catechism states, 1774 “Emotions and feelings can be taken up in the virtues or perverted by the vices.”

I think without a good foundation to understand the order of passions we are doomed and live a very emotionally unmanageable painful way of life. Could this be what St Paul means in the following Scripture passage: “I do not understand my own actions, for I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. I can will what is right but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand, for I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-Jesus Christ our Lord!
8/2/2011 2:05:51 PM
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Of Hebrew Origin: God's Gracious Gift (how cool is that?)
Those are the words, total systemic surrender to this world’s powers – now that is scary - the false gods, the distractions. There is a lot of control in fear.

Elijah was told He would be passing by. We are told about Elijah, we are told He is always with us and, we are told, He is coming back.

So, how can one, “Listen to Him” if one is not, or has given up, listening for Him.

I don’t want to be here. And, no, I’m not suicidal, I really am afraid. So, I am keeping His words forefront in my mind these days… you of little faith, don’t be afraid.
8/6/2011 9:21:39 AM
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Of Hebrew Origin: God's Gracious Gift (how cool is that?)
Those are the words, total systemic surrender to this world’s powers – now that is scary - the false gods, the distractions. There is a lot of control in fear.

Elijah was told He would be passing by. We are told about Elijah, we are told He is always with us and, we are told, He is coming back.

So, how can one, “Listen to Him” if one is not, or has given up, listening for Him.

I don’t want to be here. And, no, I’m not suicidal, I really am afraid. So, I am keeping His words forefront in my mind these days… you of little faith, don’t be afraid.
8/6/2011 9:22:41 AM
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francis
It's great
8/6/2011 6:04:11 PM
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Anonymous
Years ago I did the RCIA, and after becoming RC, moved quickly into the 'born again' movement. I had not read the books you refer to, but moved full speed ahead into the passionate singing, and somewhat zealous prayers of my teachers. I had skipped the deep and still alone-time with God. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit became paramount, and I all but worshipped the leaders of the born again prayer community. They had me burning my philosophy books. There was no NOW time with Jesus, just the persistent cry of Maranantha. If I had been lost before, I was more than lost then. I fell.
Looking back, it was a brainwashing group I took to, who each new member was as a notch in their belt of playing God.
When you speak of a good foundation, the virtues and the vices, people like St. Thomas, and this very wonderful website, I feel you have been indeed called and blessed.
God Speed!
8/10/2011 4:24:21 PM
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michael jaffray king
Elijah and Peter by Father Bob..

http://www.wordonfire.org/WOF-Radio/Sermons/Sermon-Archive-for-2011/Sermon-552-Elijah-and-Peter-19th-Sunday-in.aspx

Recently I have not been paying so much attention to Father Bob and instead have been learning from Alex Jones so much about corruption and politics and government and the economic crisis.

This came as a result of praying for not only mercy but truth. God as usual when you pray will answer your prayers.

First I learned some rather uncomfortable truths about myself and for which I am now thankful but through the study from you tube about the alternative news channel of AJ, I am now much better informed about the horrors of the deceptions of those who are and have always through History been our leaders.

This is very scary stuff..

This is like the storm that the disciples were experiencing and they were afraid.

Elija too was not always so brave but was pretty scared of Jezebel and ran away for some time to catch his spiritual breath.

I do however really appreciate this talk by Father Bob.

It is very timely for the desperate storm that is gathering force over the whole world at present.

We have had 60 years of no WW. World War but now everything seems to be unraveling and there are pretty rough times ahead.

We can thank God that those of us with faith are sailing in the Barque of Peter.

We will need Jesus in the days that follow like never before and we will need to keep our eyes on Him like never before.

Like Elijah and Peter we will be tempted to fear and like them we will have to come back to Jesus whatever happens.

Thanks again Father Bob for the answer so neatly extracted from the stories of Peter and Elijah.
8/21/2011 8:35:12 AM
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