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    Sermon 595 : Life Lived in the Spirit : Trinity Sunday

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    The Holy Spirit thrives on the actions we take and decisions we make out of love, joy, peace, patience and more. These aren't abstract ideas that result in an internal satisfaction, they have concrete ramifications, rippling out into the world and affecting real, good change. When we choose light over darkness, participate in the sacraments, the Holy Spirit fill us.
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Thank God for Jesus and for the Holy Spirit! Fr. B, when you said that we need to ask the Holy Spirit I was reminded by a teaching on this that a singular word FRUIT was used for all of these virtues. And that the fruit of the Holy Spirit needs to be developed in us.
And that "Self-control" which is the last on the list, I think it strengthened the fruit in us.It's easy to love, to be kind or to be faithful if we "feel good" doing it. Sometimes I think, we don't need the Holy Spirit to be generous if we just feel like doing it, we'll just do it. The same thing with sin, we do it because it feels good in the flesh.
But choosing to do right even if we "feel" not doing it, there I know we need the Holy Spirit to keep at it. And from time to time, I find it hard to be patient, to have peace, or to have joy specially if the situation does not manifest it.
But again thank God for the Holy Spirit, that He is our advocator, and that He reminds us that we have the strength to keep on keeping on bearing fruit.

Philippians 4:13
Amplified Bible (AMP)
13 I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who [a]infuses inner strength into me; I am [b]self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
5/29/2012 4:00:43 AM
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Paul Mugerwa
Indeed we must invite the Holy Spirit into our lives. But if He is to come in,is there space in our hearts for Him to occupy! I think we should go to confession regularly and strive to deny ourselves as well in order to create room for His gifts. We must decrease and the Holy Spirit must increase. If we do our part, then the Holy Spirit will easily accomplish His primary mission which is to recreate Christ in us.
5/29/2012 8:02:15 PM
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I know Paul was only trying to keep the Galatians on the right path but he almost seems to condemn the Jewish missionaries preaching circumcision. To me this chapter says that obedience without faith is empty. I’m not a scholar but it seems to repeat in Paul’s letters. That first century must have been so confusing for the gentiles. Almost as confusing as today, what we believe is a big leap of faith.
I love Father Barron’s simple prayer, ‘Ask for the Holy Spirit!’ It reminds me of a beautiful song on Youtube called 'Vem, Espírito Santo' by Padre Marcelo Rossi. He’s a singing priest from Brazil.
If they let me post the link, here it is:
Otherwise google it, you won’t regret listening.
5/29/2012 10:41:56 PM
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Mea culpa, I confused the artist on my link above, the song was sung by Marcelo Brayner i believe.
5/30/2012 9:17:47 AM
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Mother Theresa never gave permission to exploit her spiritual riches from her diaries, for our gain. Personally, I doubt that Mother Theresa experienced joy very often. I believe that she was graced to project the connection she had with God, as a gift for others. She projected the image of the divine (grace), but I believe that she still felt the emptiness and starvation of those she was serving and teaching. There is no denying the hardship, lonliness and emptiness she felt. It was very evident in her eyes. She believed that spiritual hardships and struggles are the path to salvation, which is why she rejected donated mattresses, which would have provided some physical comfort for her and the other sisters. I believe that it's important to respect all the wishes of those who sacrifice so much for others.
5/31/2012 3:08:04 PM
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I'd heard of TS Eliot, but not coffee spoons before. When I did a search online I found this...

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero,
Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo.

I think this is Italian. And this is the reference to coffee spoons...with some of the introduction... :)

LET us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats 5
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question…. 10
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?
5/31/2012 4:23:30 PM
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vito benigno
Shaloam Father Barron! and thank you for this message. Blessed JohnPaul consecrated himself daily to the Holy SPIRIT.Before i step out of bed i ask our LORD to watch over his unworthy servant that i may not offend him this day but give me opportunities to love. ST.Gemma said it is only through suffering that one learns to love.Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur.Et renovabis faciem terrae.MI Immaculata
5/31/2012 5:49:03 PM
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I saw a photo of St. Theresa holding a cup of water up to blistered lip, undernurished man. In her face, I saw the Face of God, and thought what a Saint, which indeed she was/is. Then I went back to the photo and looked again. This time, the blistered lip, undernourished man had the Face of God, and he was the Saint.
God Speed!
6/1/2012 9:09:58 AM
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I find this reflection very enriching and pastoral. It has helped me prepare my homily today, Feast of the Holy Trinity. Congrats and more power.
6/3/2012 2:24:14 AM
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thank you
6/3/2012 3:57:27 PM
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A truly moving Sermon and so enriching. Thank God I came back to you, Fr. Barron. Through this and last week's Sermon I have been able to begin to realize where I need to direct my Spiritual War against my Cardinal Sin, the Root Sins and their derivatives which block my Christian growth. Just a few months shy to 74 years, I need to live each new day God's grants me as if it were my last one on this earth...the shadows of the evening are gathering on the Western Horizon.....I ask Jesus each new morning, like the Disciples of Emmaus, to stay with me because the day is far gone and night is approaching.
6/4/2012 2:07:30 AM
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Fr. Barron - You have often defined love as - "willing the good of the other as other." I have been trying to teach my children (13 and 9) this definition of love and not just the "touchy-feely" or sentimental levels. I get hung up on how to interpret or the word "as" in the definition. Can you help me?
7/2/2012 12:41:36 PM
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