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WOF Radio > Sermons > Sermon Archive for 2012 > Sermon 597 : Walking By Faith and Not By Sight : 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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    Sermon 597 : Walking By Faith and Not By Sight : 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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    Sometimes God does things we can't understand. This is where our need to walk by faith and not by sight comes in play. We trust in God's purpose, and his purpose often manifests itself in the least likely of sources-the mustard seed, for example. A young man on a cross, dying alone and mocked, was the mustard seed out of which a global religion, one billion strong, grew. This is the story of so many other influential Christians, such as Francis of Assisi, Charles Lwanga and Mother Teresa. They could have been easily overlooked, forgotten, ignored, but instead they sprouted into among the most revered in our history. This is a lesson of not giving up. It's a lesson of walking by faith, and not by sight.
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you're right, it is hard to trust, not just talking about God I'm talking about men. But I've learned, because of a few good men, to trust again, a true gift from God. But that doesn't mean I don't feel vulnerable, I do still at times. Very much so; especially when I meet someone who means so much to me. I do want to rely on him.
6/12/2012 10:27:30 AM
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vito benigno
Thank you Father Barron and peace be with you!A friend of mine was in a serious car accident recently with his family.When his wife had a scan done on her neck,they doctor found a cancerous growth in her throat.Mother Angelica founder of EWTN said once on a program that St.Francis was comming to a fork in the road with his dear brothers and the brothers asked
him,which way do we go?St.Francis replied,toss a coin.As you said Father Barron,we can only see pieces of space and time.Everything is by Divine Providence.The hand of God is always moving for our better good.Our trust must always and in everything be in our LORD JESUS CHRIST!St.Anthony of padua,priest and Doctor of the Church.pray for us!
6/13/2012 9:19:57 AM
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Walk by faith not by sight because even the truth isn’t always pretty... what would one do without faith in God.

I think we’d all agree God passes out the gifts. He passes out (allows) the crosses too and in that, I think we give our own selves crosses. So, I think if we really want to see what God is up to, we have to make sure we’re picking up the right one.
6/14/2012 2:28:56 AM
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Wow! I think this may be your best sermon yet! I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for my faith. You are a gift from God (I think even the atheists on Youtube sense it, and that's why they dislike you so much ha,ha,ha.) I believe that God is using you as a kind of YouTube spiritual advisor to help me through this conversion experience, and I am grateful.
6/14/2012 9:01:19 AM
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Ezekiel means ‘God will strengthen.’ The deeper the roots, the stronger the tree.
Happy Father's Day to all the shady trees!
6/15/2012 12:48:32 AM
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Thank you, Father Barron. This is truly an earth-shaking Sermon.

"Never give up on God. Never allow yourself to be determined solely by what ordinary perception tells you. Rather look with the eyes of Faith and see what God is up to."

A powerful Message to contemplate upon again and again. God bless you, Father
6/15/2012 3:53:52 AM
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Thank you Fr. Barron. Faith is the greatest gift of all. I pray for the Holy Spirit to come upon my brothers and sisters and for the grace to follow Christ in all things.
6/15/2012 7:15:37 AM
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Whew! Magnificent. What a great examination of conscience for me/us. This helps re-orient the focus of my life back to God, especially in the moments of overwhelming confusion and uncertainty, in situations which challenge my goals, feelings of what I need to feel 'safe and secure' (on my terms). I'm taking your suggestions to Eucharistic adoration this afternoon and attempt to get 're-centered.' Thank you.
6/16/2012 9:31:28 AM
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I needed this teaching very much. My son is diabetic experiencing end stage renal disease, on dialysis, legally blind, can't drive. My wife of 82, myself 88, broke her hip. I have been doing all driving and taking care of them. Last week I fell and broke my ankle. My wife still uses a cane and will have to do driving.
By sight, it is devastating.
But now I walk by faith. I know God answers prayer and now I look forward to what he is doing in our lives. I know it is for good.
6/16/2012 12:10:15 PM
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This commentary made me think of the public perception of the Church through the centuries when people within the Church behaved poorly putting the Church in a bad light; we walk by faith not by sight.
6/17/2012 12:27:07 PM
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Thank you GOD for Father Barron
6/18/2012 9:05:31 AM
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Thank You Fr Barron very much.

I had this on one of the cards of a few Bible scriptures I made for myself. I had it because it sounded lofty and dramatic but couldn't quite get it.

Since you've explained it, it can now rest in me and I can ponder over it in peace.
6/18/2012 9:50:11 AM
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Lauren E
Father Barron,
How do you love?
6/18/2012 3:40:02 PM
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You are right Father Barron. Peace begins with a smile, and it is a lesson of not giving up, even when we are having difficulties with forgiveness regarding unresolved issues. I just try to smile and be kind, and pray for the grace to continue to give in small ways, even if it is through the grace to acknowledge and be kind to someone who may have offended me.
6/18/2012 4:48:45 PM
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Thank you Father for helping to untie this knot in my head:

Just got home (Vancouver, Canada) from 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland, had to stay home for a week to recuperate from bronchitis. I caught the virus during the Congress, ended up missing 2 days, not able to attend lectures. I was disappointed, miserable and angry. I went with high expections and ended up with disappointment ... until I listened to this sermon.

Father I know I can always count on you to help make sense of life challenges. I now feel free to move on by walking in faith.
In CATHOLICISM you also explained that God is not for us to understand.
May God bless you always.
6/30/2012 10:07:02 AM
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