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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 588 : Life in the Church : 2nd Sunday of Easter
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    Sermon 588 : Life in the Church : 2nd Sunday of Easter

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    The resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples, fearful they were to be targeted next, to deliver a message of peace with a mission. This is the mission of the Church, to proceed in spreading the news about Christ imbued with the life-affirming, sin-forgiving power of the Holy Spirit. It's a mission that will connect us to God.
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This is a refreshing way to view this Gospel reading. Father Barron, you've teased out beautiful truths from a very familiar story. Thank you.
4/11/2012 7:59:31 PM
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I have been praying the Creed these last few days but until today I had never really visualized where it developed. I am grateful for the connection, thank you Fr. Barron.
Philippians 4:7 (NIV) And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
4/12/2012 2:58:30 AM
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One can’t receive that participation in the Divine life (the Holy Spirit) if one is not in God’s grace, so if I understand this, our fear best be in the right place.
4/14/2012 8:59:29 AM
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Magistra Bona
Fine, but what about the "second largest denomination, lapsed Catholics"? "In the Church.." means going toward an institution that has harmed, continues to harm, and refuses to cease harming the vulnerable who come to it...hoping for that life you talk about. Where is that "Church" YOU talk about?
4/14/2012 11:33:16 AM
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God Bless you Father Barron. I'm praying for the continued success of your ministry. You are changing
lives with your beautiful words.
4/14/2012 1:32:53 PM
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Ana Piller
Wow!! Thank you Fr. Barron. I am just discovering this treasure to get to know my awesome most Holy Mother Church, and I feel so blessed and thankful to be able to do it! I need to share this...I am on Fire!
4/14/2012 2:19:48 PM
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Thank you Father. I hope American people are thankful to God for the fact that He inspires you to teach in such a compelling and beautiful way. I can tell you that I would be happy we had such a prist in France. I pray with thankfullness to God for having you. And that God keeps you always in His heart.
4/14/2012 3:35:08 PM
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Thank you Fr. Barron! You helped me understand so much in this homily, and I finally identified where my issues have been. I can think back to incidents in the confessional, when I was harshly corrected, or sent to the Bishop for breaking a Friday lenten fast while I was out of the state, and honestly, I didn't believe I was forgiven. Once during a homily, the pastor said, "No you don't get sent out until I give you your marching orders!"(then never receiving them), and times that I was prohibited from speaking, by church/school administrator. You can't share the good news if you are ordered not to speak. This cumulative affect really disabled me from participation in the fullness of spiritual life. I don't need to be afraid anymore. My old Pastor is gone. You are right, I can let Jesus in now and allow those words of "peace be with you" penetrate my spirit, so that I can go out and proclaim the Gospel. I felt very stuck and afraid. I think it was more out of my desire to avoid making a mistake which would result in more punishment, rather than a pride issue, but nevertheless, I don't have to feel that way anymore. Just through a better understanding of the Gospel, I feel like a burden has been lifted. Thank you.
4/15/2012 3:35:19 AM
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We are using the Catholicism series in out RCIA and last Tuesday we saw #6 on the Church. This Homily is wonderful. I will share it with the group.

4/15/2012 8:22:09 AM
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Juanita Fenley
Thomas and I have a lot in common in our faith. Doubt! Jesus tells Thomas to enter into the wounds of His body, touch them with your hands and feel them.It seems that only through this mysterious ritual of entering into the pain of others and allowing others to touch my own pain, do I come to know with certainly the miracle of Easter Joy...that Jesus IS risen, Alleluia! It is in these moments that my own smallness and helplessness in truly felt, causing me to kneel in surrender to the Lordship of Christ. In this surrender I use the words of Thomas, "My Lord and my God", receiving the GIFT OF PEACE.
4/15/2012 9:38:10 AM
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Lorraine Lang
Father Barron:

I searched for your comments regarding Divine Mercy Sunday and did not find any. Was I looking in the wrong place and, if so, I would appreciate reading or hearing your comments if you can direct me to them.

God Bless You!
4/16/2012 1:04:32 PM
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Magistra Bona, the search for truth does bring one to "that church," and its fullness, which is amidst all that sinfulness... and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
4/17/2012 7:07:36 AM
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I thank God for leading me to Father Barron. Ditto on all of your comments. Thank you
4/19/2012 6:01:50 PM
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Father Barron the remark that the "real lesson" of Doubting Thomas is that one should try to live the divine life alone but that one should utilize and participate with the help of the Church, was very insightful. I would like this idea to be resurrected and spoken about more. It was very practical and made the "real"ity and Truth of the Church being Christ extended in time more tangible.
4/22/2012 8:51:44 PM
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