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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 591 : The Vine and the Branches : 5th Sunday of Easter
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great presentation. apt presentation of our intimate union with Jesus. Grounded in Jesus
fr bosco
5/1/2012 1:59:05 AM
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An absolutely penetrating and complete dismissal of so much that passes for spirituality in the shallow, rudderless societies of the rich, post Christian countries. If God is just a nice guy who understands my need to sin then i can certainly be "spiritual not religious". But if Jesus really is who He said He is than i have no choice but to follow Him and the Church He founded.
5/1/2012 10:57:25 AM
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Hi, Father Barron! This may be off-topic, but I had the pleasure of listening to a whole lot of your sermons on this site as well as YouTube vids and I remember you would mention book titles that impressed you once in a while like "Will in the World" and "1776" by David McCullough. Obviously, these are not religious books per se (more like historical or whatnot), but they were all delightful reads! I know you're very busy, but is it possible for you to list all of the non-religious books you enjoyed reading, you seem to have an impeccable taste in books and adding your recommendations would enhance my collection. Thank you and God bless!
5/1/2012 11:41:42 PM
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we live in australia and love the work you are doing Fr Robert. We are working through ways to utilise the work you do in our parish.
5/3/2012 6:07:37 PM
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Okay, so since we recognize the logos with our eyes, and ears and recognize order among disorder, how do we learn to tolerate it, and improve the situation, in our Catholic communities, when the symphony? is sounding terrible, and not practicing around us?
5/4/2012 1:08:42 AM
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Fr. Chris Fontanini
Thank you, Fr. Barron for your great insights into this passage. I have preached on this before but never looked at from the standpoint that everything, including sciences, philosophy, all thinking is dependent upon the Logos, Jesus Christ! God bless you! Fr. Chris Fontanini
5/4/2012 10:09:03 AM
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Constance Schulte
You should know that your play button does not work (or even be visible) to people using iPads.
5/4/2012 8:06:16 PM
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Carla, a violinist named Itzhak Perlman once said,'Sometimes it is the artist's task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.' And I would add: maybe instead of tolerating the world, you can help change someone's world.
5/4/2012 10:51:24 PM
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I'm trying to make music, but it's diffcult when every time the penduluum swings back in the shift in education, at my daughter's Catholic school,which follows the penduluum shift. The latest swing says "teach to the test." Because of this, the principal supports the teachers not grading/correcting daily work, not correcting tests (only grading them,) and not recording or giving credit for daily work. As a result, evaluations of a child effort and understanding of the curiculuum is highly skewed and unreliable. Unfortunately, the Principal sets the policies, and
says these elementary school students can be evaluated by tests scores, and through their oral participation alone. This is pre-K through 8th grade 35-40 students per class from 1st to 8th grade!
The whole situation reminds me of the Peter Principle.
These lazy practices are set in place. Those teacher's will not want to go back and do the work that is required, to thoroughly evaluate and correct children's work.
In short, I don't have any music left in this arena, because I'm not the Administrator. We may need to leave.
5/5/2012 9:06:22 AM
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John Jacob
It is really wonderful!
You have made it as the most profound and convincing message on Jesus from John's account. How powerful and bold every claim that you make us to be united with Jesus the source and strength of our existence!
5/5/2012 10:19:21 AM
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Carla, I totally feel your pain, our schools have been striking for a year so we've only had minimal services. I don't really know what resources you have at your school but I'd say the teachers could use a hand. Maybe some of the older students could pitch in and help the younger ones. When there's a crisis everyone needs to pitch in. A hand is always more welcome than a boot.
5/5/2012 12:35:39 PM
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wow! I learned so much. I even learned things I didn't know I didn't know.
5/5/2012 5:24:16 PM
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The volunteer and monetary resources are abundant at our school. In fact, if the parents fail to work a minimum of ninety hours per year of volunteer services, then we are fined, and must pay back the school $10 per hour, for every hour we can't/don't work. (if you got sick with cancer or something else very serious, and couldn't work, you will still be billed and owe the school $900.) Whether your're talking about the money (over and above tuition,) or the volunteer hours, it all adds up very quickly, when there are over 700 students in the school.
5/5/2012 11:39:03 PM
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Donna Cartwright
Right On! Amen! It is so refreshing to hear plain truth explained so clearly!
5/6/2012 9:25:17 AM
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vito benigno
Thank you Father Barron, true freedom,hope and love can only be found in the logos JESUS.We have are very being and only exist because JESUS permits it.we as catholics have been given so much.I am speaking of the intimate experience we receive in the most HOLY Sacrament of the altar that transforms and renews us as a people of GOD.
5/6/2012 1:07:44 PM
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vito benigno
Thank you Father Barron,True freedom,hope,and love are only found in the logos.We have our very being in JESUS.We as Catholics are given much as we receive our lord in the most HOLY Sacrament of the altar.
5/6/2012 1:12:48 PM
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Kathleen Green
Thank you, Fr. Barron!
5/7/2012 7:18:05 PM
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parker mesker
I love this sermon sooo much I could just listen to it over and over again
5/7/2012 9:20:19 PM
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Francisco Astorga
Thank you Father for this wonderful teaching with out been attached to Christ our live have no reason to be.
5/7/2012 11:13:22 PM
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Bobbi Hiltibidal
My husband and I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church when our kids were 16 and 13 respectively, so they never attended Catholic schools. When we saw that they were not being well educated in some area, we filled in the gaps, usually around the supper table. We reviewed daily work and homework each day. We also encouraged them to read as much as possible, & monitored their reading, to teach them to teach themselves. These days, parents can no longer expect to get good value for their educational dollar (whether it's tax dollars or tuition dollars). But we can and must ensure children's education, even if we have to address deficiencies ourselves. Pray to St. Thomas Aquinas for his help in helping your children.
5/8/2012 10:39:10 AM
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Thank you Bobbi. That is what I have done too. In fact, my oldest daughter went to public school the whole way through high school, and decided that she wanted a deeper spiritual education for college,
(which took a lot of spiritual guidance and work, to get her to that point,) so I know what you are talking about-She is going into her junior year at F.U.S. in the fall.

With regard to the academics, I believe to a certain degree that we all need to work together to hold Catholic schools to a higher degree of accountability. If we all turn our heads, and look the other way, Catholic schools are going to be in trouble, not just with the more faith-filled Catholics, but with God. I already spend several hours per day supporting and supplementing the academics, but I don't like the lazy habits I see in the teachers, and the push towards "teach to the test." It's difficult to recognize when the risks of poor academic formation at school, begin the outweigh the risks of not receiving daily spiritual formation (which is watered down, also.) It's difficult to recognize when it's necessary to walk away. Especially if you are typically a hopeful person, who is accustomed to riding out the storms. We are in year three of this storm. I really feel for my girlfiend who has three more kids to put through, because she left a great school in Ohio, only to face this....
5/8/2012 4:51:20 PM
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Thank you for your homily. I have one question for your interpretation: "Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire
and they will be burned." How can this be? If, like you said, we all exist through Christ (John 1) and this passage is connected to the Vine/Branches parable, how can we "not remain" in Christ and be thrown out and wither/thrown out and be burned? Wouldn't we just not exist? Is Jesus talking about Hell after the semicolon?
5/9/2012 7:59:09 AM
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Thank you Father Barron you are awesome! I also would like an insight to your book reading list :)
5/9/2012 10:09:12 AM
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Preetha Valentine
Dear Father Barron,

I thank the Lord for you. Amazed at the way you have truly understood the nature of God and our Christ and able to articulate it so clearly. The Vine and the branches is one of the many verses, through which God speaks to me often.

Thank You and God bless you,
1/1/2013 9:52:07 PM
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