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    Sermon 596 : The New Temple : Feast of Corpus Christi

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    To truly understand the significance of the Mass, we must understand the importance of blood sacrifice to Judaism in Jesus' time. On Yom Kippur, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sacrifice a goat, upon which he would symbolically place the sins of the people, and a sheep. The blood would then be sprinkled around the sacred space and over the people. Jesus offering his body and blood at the Last Supper was a deliberate extension-fulfillment-of this offering. He was the sacrificial lamb, the scapegoat, upon which the temple is rebuilt-upon which reconciliation is offered.
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gary a bowman
fR. BARRon, in the book of john 3 or 4 times Jesus says what ever you ask GOD in my name that he will do. in real life thisdoes not happen otherwise there would be no sickness or poverty. the scriptures seem to be untrue or not what jesus said. your comments please
6/6/2012 4:17:50 PM
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Are there several references to "There is something greater here?" When I hear that, I think of the reference to the wisdom of Solomon, with regard to God's presence, and the fact that God's love is greater and ever-present, which is much greater than wisdom. Perhaps Solomom was the foretelling of the future about the sacrifice of Jesus, however becuase of the present-tense, I thought it was referring to God's presence to His people through love.
6/7/2012 1:28:36 PM
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RE: Gary Bowman
In your reference to John 14:12-15 my prayers go out to you. How many times have the faithful put this question forth! I could give you many references in the Bible of healing, miracles, and prayers being answered in very specific ways. At the same time, miracles and wonders did not prevent the betrayal and subsquent crucifixion of the miracle worker. The agony in the garden, which Jesus experienced, is our agony also, the agony in the 'reality' you speak of. This agony confuses us as to how loving is the Father anyway, doesn't it? This Cup was not taken from our Redeemer, and he did not escape the human dilemna of suffering. However, His willingness to accept the cross, to Redeem us, might hopefully inspire you to presevere in prayer with Him. God Speed!
6/7/2012 4:49:21 PM
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RE: Gary Bowman
You wrote,
"Jesus said what ever you ask God in [his] name that he will do. in real life this does not happen otherwise there would be no sickness or poverty."

Although it may be true that many people who pray to Jesus sometimes get "no" as an answer, I do not think that there is one single person who ever prayed IN Jesus' name who was ever unanswered. How can this be, since there is still evil in the world?

Well, this is why. Because praying "in Jesus' name" does not simply mean to close your eyes an utter a formula like to this: "Dear God, [insert request 'x' here], in Jesus' name, amen". Praying in Jesus' name means to pray as Jesus prayed, with a heart unified to his, and a will unified with his to his Father's. It is to pray and live with the goal of discerning God's will, and then doing it, not to pray with the goal of conforming God's will to ours, as though he were a cosmic vending machine or Santa Claus. Only when we pray with the Spirit, which always says, like Kathy brought up, "not my will be done, but Thine," do we really pray in Jesus' name. And sometimes that means picking up a cross we don't want to bear, again as Kathy said. And that's why there is still poverty and sickness even though people pray. Hope that helps.
6/8/2012 1:37:24 PM
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Blood is life – I learned that from my mom when I was very young and thought of that very thing while watching “The Passion” - Mary picking up her son’s blood, Him, from the ground after the scourging.

The ultimate sacrifice has been made and the only way I’ve ever known to express my repentance and gratitude to God is to live them.

For me to whole heartedly do this, the only way I know how is to try to see past the behavior and iniquities, try to recognize my own first and, search to love and for the love in the other, chipping away at the hardened heart.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been a good place for me to learn to practice this. All of that human stuff even in His house of prayer… it’s Him that helps me to see past that human stuff... to see and to listen with my heart instead of my eyes and my ears... placing the other’s hurt (and all its causes and effects) before mine, theirs becomes mine.
6/8/2012 3:05:21 PM
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paul mugerwa
Gary A Bawman, God's Yes and No to your prayer is still an answer. It is written in the scripture that who ever asked his father for fish and was given a snake? God is transcendent and knows our desires before we can even ask Him. In your limited human perception the fish may merely be a fish whereas in God's divine wisdom it a snake. And God does not want you to get hurt, so he diclines. Because if he goes ahead and grants your prayer, it may sometimes pre-empt some better plans God has for you.

If you knew that say, the car you like to drive actually will kill you or someone you wish to marry will cause you trouble , would you go ahead and ask God to grant you that blessing?

The problem is our inability to look into future.
6/8/2012 9:50:24 PM
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Last week 'Fr_Barron_595_Life Lived in the Spirit_part02 - Trinity Sunday' said the following

"you can't habituate yourself to receiving it the way you 'can't or can' with the cardinal virtues"

Is it can't or can habituate yourself with the cardinal virtues?

Please help fellow listeners
6/8/2012 11:50:47 PM
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To dag: I believe Fr. Barron said "can with the cardinal virtues." The cardinal virtues are natural virtues which are in our power to acquire. The Theological virtues and the Gifts of the Spirit on the otherhand are supernatural, that is, they come from and have their purpose in God. These are given to us as gifts from God according to his mercy and not according to our own power. Though the cardinal virtues are natural, they can by the grace of God be elevated to supernatural heights.

See The Catechism of Catholic Church 1803-1845
6/9/2012 2:37:15 PM
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John Tuturice

While your post is on a different topic than the sermon from Fr. Barron and would otherwise seem out of place, I can sense that you are searching for more fundamental answers so I'll give a response.

First off, it is important to point out that scripture should be understood as a whole and not as piecemeal text. For example, if someone walks into the middle of a conversation, it is easy for them to take what is said out of context because they had not listened to the whole conversation. But, if the whole conversation is listened to, then it is much easier for someone to understand what is being communicated.

That pretext being stated. Let's look at one of the passages to see what it actually says.

1 John 5:13-15
"13 I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 And this is the confidence which we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him."

Now, of course this passage should be considered in the light of all scripture. Additionally, the meaning of a passage can even be discerned by carefully chewing on it.. For example, look at verse 14. St. John clearly gives a condition on our prayers of petition, confirming that what we ask needs to be according to the will of God and order for it to be fulfilled.

Perhaps the simplest and best way to look at prayers of petition is the way Bishop Fulton Sheen did. He noted that God always answers prayers of petition in one of three ways: yes, no or wait.

That alone is enough to chew one. But when you do, keep in mind the following:

- God's yes is always far better for us and for others than the yes we would have been hoping for.
- God's no is because what we ask for is not for our betterment nor the betterment of others.
- God's wait is because, among other things, he wants to test our faith.

Lastly, keep in mind that when God answers our prayers, he always considers the big picture, which includes our final end and the final end of others. We, quite frankly, do not have the mental or spiritual capacity to consider this the way God does. Therefore, it is always best to trust implicitly in God that the answer you get is always the best one.

God bless,
6/10/2012 12:20:42 AM
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The Bridge Builder
By Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,
"You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You've crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?"

The builder lifted his old gray head:
"Good friend, in the path I have come," he said,
"There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him."
6/10/2012 12:44:24 AM
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Karin R.
I'm having trouble understanding the meaning of the ashes of a RED HEIFER in today's reading from Hebrews...
6/10/2012 8:58:54 AM
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Thank you very much, for a moment I thought sometimes I could excuse myself from serious discipline(of the cardinal virtues i.e. Temperance, Prudence, Justice & Fortitude). I will also check out the CCC.
6/10/2012 8:42:43 PM
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a disciple
Karin, go to Numbers 19:2, where you'll find the reason of the ashes of a red heifer, that was needed mixed with water to purify the sinners, and from where we get the custom of the ashes for ash wednesday.
6/10/2012 11:32:26 PM
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for the benefit of others who might want to read about virtue as suggested by Andrew
'See The Catechism of Catholic Church 1803-1845'

here's the link (

(This is in relation to last weeks sermon 595)
I found it very interesting.

6/11/2012 2:24:12 AM
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vito benigno
Thank you Father Barron,and peace be with you!After attending the Holy Mass sunday,returning home i re-viewed episode 7 of the Catholicism series.What you said about this great intellectual Of the Church,ST.Thomas and how he looked upon the Eucharist is profound.How Awesome when you the priest in Persona Christi says those Sacred words spoken by our Lord Jesus over 2000 yrs ago.I know that me a sinner and unworthy servant OF God would truly have no life in me with out this most HOLY Sacrament of the ALTAR.I always tell people that if you dont like to attend mass,you will not like Heaven.Because Heaven itself comes down to earth when these Sacred word are said.God bless you Royal Priesthood,for with out you priest of the one High PRIEST JESUS CHRIST,there would be no Eucharist!MI IMMACULATA
6/11/2012 9:20:38 AM
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