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    Sermon 583 : Cleansing the Temple : 3rd Sunday of Lent

    3/11/2012
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    The moral framework of the 10 Commandments are intended to keep us pure of heart, to keep God the center. Jesus' actions in the temple, making a whip out of cords and driving the money changers away, are intended to keep hearts pure, keep God the center. It's a sort of "house cleaning" we need to consider as we let distracting "false gods" enter our hearts, a place that should be devoted to keeping Him the center.
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maite
Thank you, God Bless you

Please pray for us in Venezuela

we're trapped by chavez assasins
he is the epitome of unlawfulness
3/6/2012 7:46:53 AM
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Margaret McLeod
Person from Venezuela, my prayers are with you.
3/6/2012 10:09:46 AM
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Word On Fire
Maite,

We will certainly be praying for you. May God give you courage and bring your nation peace. We will also be asking our supporters and saintly intercessors to pray unceasingly on your behalf.
3/6/2012 10:18:57 AM
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may r.
our thoughts and prayers are with you , people from venezuela.
3/6/2012 9:15:32 PM
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Chuck Hirsch
Father Barron,
I have heard and read this story of Christ in the temple many times, but I have never heard it put in such a meaningful, personal context.
Thanks for your insight, and thanks for your ongoing spiritual work.
3/8/2012 1:19:06 PM
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Kyle
Nice homily Fr. Barron as always. As believers what might be in our hearts/minds that Jesus might wish to clean out? Here's a nice illustration of the biblical passage
http://www.etsy.com/transaction/49231498
3/8/2012 8:17:49 PM
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Kathy
Fr. Barron, without your site, there would be no confirmation of prayers I have said; reinforcement for my choice to be Catholic. Let me share this prayer, which pertains to the First Commandment, with your beautiful community of faith.
-St. Francis de Sales-
LORD I AM YOURS, and I must belong to no one but You.
MY SOUL IS YOURS, and must live only by You.
MY WILL IS YOURS, and must love only for You.
I MUST LOVE YOU AS MY FIRST CAUSE, since I am from You.
I MUST LOVE YOU AS MY END AND REST, since I am for You.
I MUST LOVE YOU MORE THAN MY OWN BEING, since my being subsists by You.
I MUST LOVE YOU MORE THAN MYSELF,since I am Yours and all in You. Amen
God Speed!
3/9/2012 12:49:38 PM
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Fr. Thomas J. Hennigan
To the brother or sister in Venezuela, my prayers and solidarity. Perhaps this is the year in which the Lord will clean out the false temple erected there.
3/9/2012 2:21:49 PM
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Ester
Thank you for the warm and beautiful reminder of the abundance of Love out there for us to revel in :)
3/9/2012 3:22:24 PM
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Carla
Maite, my thoughts and prayers are with you in Venezuela. I hope your persecution/terror will end soon!
3/10/2012 4:15:43 AM
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Fr. Nicholas Chandrakanthan
Thank you Fr. Barron. Im really inspired by your sermons and reflection. I draw lots of inspiration for my Sunday sermon for my faithful here in Italy. Be sure that many of your great insights are shared in Italian too. God bless your ministry. My Prayers for you
3/10/2012 7:05:20 AM
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Christine
I appreciate these insights so much I would like to take the wealth of spirituality I just heard to my quiet reflection prayer period in written form . . . does this exist at a Word on Fire online place so it may be printed? Do you periodically publish a quarterly print version of your homilies for a person's assist in their prayer time? Your messages are so rich, and my mind, heart and soul have to take baby steps in quietude to reflect upon the wisdom you share. Thank you again.
3/10/2012 11:46:29 AM
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Rhonda
Fr. Barron...THANK YOU...for fulfilling us EVERY week.

Maite...Prayers will be sent up for you...Heading off to Church soon.

Christine...I would love to have this in written form too!! The messages are certainly rich. I have to also...take baby steps.

Kathy...The prayer from St. Frances de Sales...Loved it.

I remember reading this saying once:
Bring the Church to Others...
There are great many people who think the problem with the world today is that people don't come to Church. They think the challenge is to bring people to Church, but the real challenge is to bring the Church to the people.
~From Rediscover Advent~

Thanks Much,
Rhonda
3/11/2012 8:09:46 AM
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Maria McManus
Fr. Barron - thank you for confirming an image I had while participating in the Shekinah Prayer groups monthly time of quiet and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. The Scripture from Rev. 3:20, Jesus knocking on the door of my heart and I invite Him in, but my heart is messy (like an untidy home) and I apologize as I move some things from a chair so He may sit down. He says, that's okay, I've come to help tidy up and get rid of the clutter - Lent a time to declutter out live, our hearts and our homes. The Lord truly speaks to us in your reflections.
Blessings
Maria
3/11/2012 12:48:46 PM
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Sofia
May the Holy Spirit keep working on you.
3/11/2012 7:31:18 PM
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Handsome Joe
Thank you Fr. Barron for clearly articulating that we should all remember the clearing of the alter and how it relates to our daily life intertwined with how we are called to live in his LOve
3/11/2012 9:53:40 PM
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Ronnie
I love the dignity which this priest gives me, when I listen to him. Its the joy of feeling loved by God and wanting to give Him my love.
Thanks Fr. Barron
3/12/2012 5:38:25 PM
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Carla
You make so much sense, when speaking about the discomforts of the cleansing of the temple, but yet I say "Really....there must be a more loving way than what I've seen."
Love conquers all. Your loving words and explanations do so much more than very lengthy unnecessary admonitions, or dismissive and ignorant attitudes meant to shame/guilt adults into submission. I would like it if all priests just explained what they wanted to see/hear in loving ways. I don't understand harshness. Impatient harshness/
reprimands lead me to defensiveness, anger, and upset. It doesn't feel like a good or healthy place to be, for long periods of time.
3/13/2012 12:36:26 AM
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Nani
Fr Barron, thank you for your homilies. They are so inspiring ! I wish they can be translated and shared with the non English speakers. Thank you for always reminding us that God is love, what that means and who we are in His sight. You help us love Him and with that life takes on a whole different meaning .. Many many thanks from Indonesia
3/13/2012 10:07:17 PM
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