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    Sermon 555 : "But For Wales...?" : 22nd Week in Ordinary Time

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    All must be aware of the possibility of losing one's soul in pursuit of gaining the world. One will inevitably face opposition from the world. Will you give in? Christ's demand of love is difficult and many do not want to follow it because it entails suffering. But in order to follow Christ you must consciously and purposely walk the path of suffering love.
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Excellent Homily
8/23/2011 7:39:22 PM
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Barbra Bannon
Thank you for bringing to light the central question of character development in all our lives. To ask if we avoid pain or live to love is a critical choice to determine our daily paths.
8/23/2011 8:35:21 PM
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Fr. Barron, the cross we "lean into", the cross we "actively take up", is that because it is in alignment with God's love? You said not to "accept it", but still it hovers there so real. In actively taking it up, what are we rejecting? Satan? I am confused. God Speed!
8/24/2011 4:08:44 PM
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If now I should embrace you,
My hands would stain you red,
An if I leaned to whisper,
My thorns would pierce your head.”

‘Twas there I learned in sorrow
That love demands a price;
‘Twas then I learned that suffering is but the kiss of Christ
~author trappist monk
8/26/2011 1:31:42 AM
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AvecLuiJeVis, incredible quote. Writing it down, sealing it in my heart. You must embrace Song of Solomon. Thank-you. Thank-you and God Speed!
8/26/2011 11:05:06 AM
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Your review of Christ's words "Get behind me" is very good. I have never heard it explained like that.
8/26/2011 3:32:18 PM
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This seems to be a ‘searching for, or finding of’ understanding a (place of?) comfort in suffering - that certainly is a different place in this world. Perhaps the ultimate suffering isn’t a suffering we perceive?

Remaining mindful of the focus, Jesus, there is grounding in knowing there is participation in the building of His kingdom… takes a lot of trust - supernatural Love. He said He’d be with us always, I am so grateful. The option to do it on one’s own doesn’t exist.

I can’t help but think of the Priest that taught me about Jesus… he used to say, “Look at one another”. Hmm, what an unusual teaching from a Catholic Priest… and, through subsequent observation, this is not what I see happening. How can we love one another, be a bearer of, participate in, the Divine Love, without looking at each other? What is the fear in doing this? Makes me think of Jesus’ words, “Get behind Me, Satan.”

I’ve not seen this movie, so I took it out on loan from the library. I am excited to watch it. Somehow, Joan of Arc is heavy on my mind when you talk of Thomas. I am also interested to learn what the time period was that these two Saints were recognized by Rome. I keep thinking of this… what I heard; God’s ways are so far above our ways as the Heavens are above the earth.
8/27/2011 10:48:56 AM
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Rev. Romeo Monteiro
Great.... keep it up Fr. Baron!
8/27/2011 2:02:40 PM
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That's true sufferings, pains and sorrows are but kissses from Christ!..embrace them just like Jesus. God bless!
8/28/2011 1:50:42 PM
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A very good, and very uncomfortable homily.
"Jesus is always going to Jerusalem"! And the world is always ready to crucify Him.
8/29/2011 7:44:36 PM
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His Cross is More Than All the World

The more the world abandons me,
the more I am united with Jesus.

The more the world rejects me,
the more I learn to love Him.

The more the "wise and learned" judge me,
the more I trust Him like a little child.

The more the powerful of this world condemn me, the more mercy I obtain through Mary.

The more the spirit of the world is against me,
the more the Queen of Heaven defends me.
9/4/2011 9:27:18 AM
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Reminds me of the difference between love with a little "l" and Love with a big "L". Little "l" love is that which even the Gentiles and Pagans have. Big "L" Love is that which we are called to, that hard and uncomfortable love that often results in rejection and hurt but is so pure. The same applies to faith with big and little "f". Faith that is not just a faith in Jesus of our imagination but the Jesus that calls us to carry the cross as well.
10/19/2011 7:20:51 PM
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Such an inspirational sermon. Thank you. I will listen to this sermon again and take notes to remind myself of what is most important in my life and how to live God's Word.
In fact, I must begin taking notes on all Father's sermons and TV shows.
I am so pleased to have discovered Father Barron. My husband and I sit each day and listen and reflect on his teachiings.
1/22/2012 8:10:32 AM
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