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    Sermon 554 : The Gates of Hell : 21st Week of Ordinary Time

    8/21/2011
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    In the eyes of the world, the Christian way of being is strange. All Christians are called out of the world and into a new way: Christ's way. Christians must be very clear about how they are different from the world and confidently proclaim it. They must stop trying to fit into the ways of the world and rather tell the world to conform to Christ. Christ will break down the Gates of Hell and invade all that resist his Love.
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Francis "Frank" Ermin
I sent the enclosed to James Anderson our church deacon.
Jim,
This new Catholicism documentary series and study program can be preordered online. Fr. Barron is asking for help in introducing this study series of catacatical programming to our parishes. “Words of Fire” would be a blessing, and I believe would make a very interesting scriptural study program. It’s a ten week program, one hour per week.
This announcement is made at the end of each of Father Barron’s sermons and has the blessing of Cardinal Francis George.

I you haven’t listened to one of his sermons can I recommend 7/31/2011 - Sermon 551 : The Loop of Grace : 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

His sermons are at http://wordonfire.org/WOF-Radio/Sermons/Sermon-Archive-for-2011/Sermon-548-The-Prodigal-Sower-15th-Sunday-in.aspx

Please look into it.

God Bless.

Frank
8/16/2011 10:31:26 AM
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Nancy Marie O'Malley
This web site is a breath of fresh air, keep it up and thanks for giving us what we desperatley need the truth about the Catholic Church.
8/16/2011 2:25:57 PM
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Lawrence Mosher
Knowing that we Christians cannot spread the 'good news' living in a Christian Getto. We as the European Churches were built to be the 'battering rams' against the earthly churches, the private churches. They do not spread the Jesus Christ that gave his life for my sins and your! We must go forward and 'stand out' in our society not just'blend in ' with every one else!
8/17/2011 9:54:32 AM
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Lawrence Mosher
Knowing that we Christians cannot spread the 'good news' living in a Christian Getto. We as the European Churches were built to be the 'battering rams' against the earthly churches, the private churches. They do not spread the Jesus Christ that gave his life for my sins and your! We must go forward and 'stand out' in our society not just'blend in ' with every one else!
8/17/2011 9:56:00 AM
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Michal Orczyk
I listen to your sermons, Father, to practice my English (I'm from Poland). And I am always delighted by clarity, strenght of persuasion and imagery of what you say. I get from it optimism, power, hope and certainty that I'm immersed in God's reality. You teach me that christianity is not only morality but first of all it is a misterious and spiritual bond with Christ. Thank you!
8/17/2011 10:01:18 AM
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Burton Burkholder
Father Barron,

I am a lifelong Protestant who has been listening to your homilies for about a year (off and on). I am trying to make a decision about becoming Catholic. One concern I have is what sounds to me like a soft universalism that comes from some quarters of the Church. Do you equate evangelization with opposing racism, bigotry, violence, and intolerance? I may well be misreading you, but if all one does is fight bigotry and intolerance, you won't stand out much at all, for these are the acceptable moral virtues of our secular modern age. What about telling people about the saving power of Christ, and the need for faith in Him and joining His body the Church?
8/18/2011 11:55:30 AM
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Felix Chau
This is a comment for Burton Burkholder. I am a former Protestant who joined the Catholic Church after reading the US Catechism of the Catholic Church for Adults and the International Catholic Catechism. The answers you are looking for are all eloquently articulated in these Catholic Catechisms, some of which are online at no expense. Jesus Christ is the true center of Catholic Christianity and the just stances against racism, bigotry, and intolerance flow from love for God and love for neighbor as taught by Christ. Everything the Protestant world knows of Jesus Christ has its origin in the Catholic Church if one considers the 2011 continuity of Church history from the Resurrection until now... hope that helps somehow...
8/19/2011 8:30:57 AM
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j
This is a radical message. And, it’s not leaving me alone.

It really is in the full and complete giving of the whole self. Perhaps a surrendering - that spiritual militancy thing – a full revolution of it. The image of water (Baptismal)… soft and flowing yet, one of the most powerful things on earth... it takes down mountains … a soft and beautiful invasion, a manifestation, so to speak.

There is a profound irony within your explanation of the gates of Hell that I (personally) find a further or a more refined explanation of encountering Jesus as Gate - Him building His Church… His people, His will, His weapons, His Love, His plan.

‘You shall be my people, and I will be your God’ … these words never fail to inebriate me in Love.
8/20/2011 9:34:01 AM
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Daniel Pan
Hi Burton I am a former Protestant who joined the Catholic Church and I am still learning more every day about the Church. I love Fr. Barron's homilies. I would also suggest you to read other books especially apologetic books by converts like Scott Hahn and others. I am very impressed by Felix Chau who come to the Church by reading Catechism. It took me three years to come to the Church I would say I absorbed a lot from EWTN TV programs. I like to watch "Journey Home" in which many protestant ministers converts give testimonies on their conversions. Don't hurry take your time. If you do stay in the protestant faith please go to one that embrace the Eucharist such as Lutheran or Episcopalian. For me that is the most important difference between Catholic Church and most protestant denominations. I don't know how I could have missed it in the Bible when it is so obvious. I only wish our Catholic brothers and sisters would do more to reach out to protestants so they may also be given the chance to understand what Catholic faith is and make an informed decision to join or not join the Church
8/21/2011 12:02:28 AM
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Mary Coate
Wow. Thank you again, for a new perspective. Alive, and now, looking, speaking to our church, calling us "friends". You are like the new St. Paul, on fire with drive to enlighten our world, in the power of the Holy Spirit. May our Lord continue to bless and protect you.
8/21/2011 12:52:51 PM
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Geraldine Trevaskis
Would like to be placed on your email list!

Always enjoy Father on EWTN!!!!
8/21/2011 5:46:15 PM
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Renet DeRepentigny
Hello Father,
Loved this one! Thank you.

Would you please post a link to Stanley Horowacz ?? Testimony before congress if you have one ( or at least correct my spelling of his name).
8/22/2011 5:46:28 PM
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Eugene
This is a bold wake-up call, Fr. Barron. Each of us living the way of the Good News, unapologetically, and with joy in our hearts, is indeed a most powerful and necessary witness in the midst of the world.
11/3/2011 4:26:44 PM
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