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vito benigno
Thank you Father Barron and peace be with you!When you the Priest in Persona Christi says those Sacred WORDS said by our LORD JESUS CHRIST over 2000 yrs ago,everything changes .We the body of Christ fully realize with our entire being that our LORD HIMSELF has come down from HEAVEN and is SUBSTANTIALLY PRESENT.How AWESOME is the GOD we serve.AS we the body approach our LORD JESUS in this most intimate way, we at the same time give to the LORD our full being.We love the LORD our GOD with all of our heart,soul,mind and strength.Father Pat said during the Homily that we should be constantly asking our Lord to change us and transform us.Father Pat said if we are content as we are,something is wrong.At the end of the Gospel of JOHN when JESUS asks ST.peter?Do you love me?i never realized that when our LORD JESUS said to ST.Peter,"FFED MY LAMBS'TEND MY SHEEP 'FEED MY SHEEP'.OUR LORDS was not only reaffirming St.PETER 3times but OUR LORD gives ST.Peter pennance.ST.James the Apostle,pray for us!
7/25/2012 10:47:03 PM
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Thank you Father Barron for such a timely message. I will be visiting with friends tomorrow before I move. They are Evangelical and absolutely wonderful. My prayer has been to be able to share with them the significance of the Holy Mass~ the eucharist~ the source and summit of our life~ in a way that is based upon scripture. I am always amazed at God's timing, and ways that He will builds me up to take the message of the Catholic Church forward. Thank you once more for your wonderful teaching.
7/25/2012 11:38:41 PM
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Great excellent understanding of the Mass.
Thank You
7/26/2012 12:12:34 AM
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Thanks Fr.Baron will share the homily with my parishioners on sunday.God bless
7/26/2012 8:29:06 AM
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Very good homily am touched.God bless
7/26/2012 8:31:35 AM
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Father Barron,
Thank you so for your word. Sermon 603 was inlighting to me. I am disabled and have communion brought to me in my seat and have always felt guilty. I can see how when we call out to Jesus, He will be with us weather we run to him or not He is there for us.
7/26/2012 1:03:12 PM
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Oh Ellen, you just stirred up my emotions here. That is why the Lord comes to you first before He comes to others. God loves you. Thank you Fr. Barron for the par excellent sermon.
7/26/2012 4:07:52 PM
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Miguel Casabosch
Excellent correaltion to the mass. It just covers a portion of what the mass is all abouit, perhaps the most important. I'd wish the sermons could be translated to Spanish, they could reach millions of additional people
7/27/2012 2:22:13 PM
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Miguel Casabosch
Excellent correlation to the mass. It just covers a portion of what the mass is all about, perhaps the most important. I'd wish the sermons could be translated to Spanish, they could reach millions of additional people
7/27/2012 2:23:18 PM
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Dcn. Jerry LeBlanc
Wonderful!! I will use the concepts you presented in Sermon 603 as I preach to the four parish communities in South Central Colorado this weekend.

Mil Gracias.
7/27/2012 3:02:04 PM
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Wonderful sermon....thank you Fr Barron
7/29/2012 10:09:16 AM
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vito benigno

My dear sister in Christ, peace be with you!Our Lord loves me no more than you because i walk and kneel before him.You approach him the same way all of us do,with your full being.The LORD knows you love him with all of your heart,soul,mind and strength.God love you!
7/29/2012 10:18:49 AM
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thank you so very much
7/29/2012 11:46:16 AM
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A disciple
Brother Miguel Casabosh, I just posted a Spanish translation of Fr.Barron's comment on my blog;feel free to visit and God bless you.
7/29/2012 2:00:24 PM
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Thank you Fr. Barron for this higher level understanding of the Gospel for today. I have interest though mainly at the base level. Do you think that John was actually describing something that really happened, i.e. was it a miracle?
7/29/2012 3:25:56 PM
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Fr. Barron - Absolutely beautiful sermon. Thank you.
7/29/2012 4:35:31 PM
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You bet John. Everything taking place in the Gospel Meal today is a MIRACULOUS foreshadowing of the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. Otherwise everything Jesus said about His Real Presence in the 6th Chapter of John, which Fr. Baron wants us to read, would be false. Remember the very words of Jesus which goes something like this: "If you do not believe in my words, believe in the works I have performed."
There you have it. Jesus Christ does not pretend with Eternal matters. Peace.
7/29/2012 4:45:59 PM
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Well about time the Catholic Church started to fight back and what a champion you are,Fr Robert Barron. I have begun telling others about you and asking them to support you in their daily prayers.Surpringly few here in Aus. have heard of you.As yet.
I am in the process of creating a new website and hopefully I will be able to promote you and your videos.?
I tremble to think of what you are up against in this modern world.Your faith and courage are breathtaking.
May The Lord bless you abundantly.
7/29/2012 6:58:43 PM
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Thank you for your continued inspiring Homilies, Fr. Barron
7/30/2012 4:29:01 AM
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I second your support for Fr. Barron. It's funny and interesting that I read your comment today because over the weekend, I was at St. Mary seminary in Chicago where Fr. Barron is the rector. No, I did NOT get to see him ;(. Anyway, as I was walking, I ran into these two nuns whom I thought were the staff there. I asked them about Fr. Barron and mentioned his Catholicism DVD series and they thought I was talking about planet Pluto. Let us know when your site is up and I will make sure to promote Jesus Christ through Fr. Barron. God bless!
7/30/2012 12:27:22 PM
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This may not be an Institutional narrative in John's gospel but doesn't bring the reality of Eucharistic Theology into our every day ordinary lives rather than a formal meal. I find it so so interesting that, as disciples, we are invited to intimacy with the Lord through the Liturgy of the Word. Furthermore, we come together in solidarity through the meal. I feel lifted up and liberated after every Mass! Amen!
7/30/2012 5:55:53 PM
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arleen heywood
recently, cardinal dolan in ny said of fr. barron, ""the most important messenger today about being catholic" i try never to miss one..its this feeling i have on the deepest level of holy blessing..hard to exactly describe, Lords blessing and love to fr. barron
7/31/2012 7:37:09 PM
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FYI Fr Barron - it's winter and cold down here in Australia!
7/31/2012 8:06:09 PM
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Thank you Father Barron and thank you for the Spanish. Translation blog
8/1/2012 12:18:19 PM
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Thank you for answering my question. Was the nature of the miracle to create more loaves and fish or was it to get the people to share what they already had?
8/1/2012 12:33:03 PM
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A disciple
Did the people just shared what they have or did Jesus actually performed a “sign” (miracle) and multiply the bread and the fish? Yes! there was sharing among the people, first of all “the boy” shared his lunch and put it in the hands of the Master, the one that multiplies even the stars; the people shared their hunger, for material food as well as their spiritual hunger (like the one being suffer now by the whole world). Was there a miracle? Yes, better than Elisha's miracle (2Kings 4:42); like the one performed everyday by God, when He gives me the life so I can go and share my “little” part with the rest of the world. The idea that there was no miracle, comes maybe from the biblical commentaries of the renowned Scottish interpreter William Barclay, who was good but, not infallible.
8/1/2012 5:15:16 PM
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As I shared the sermon with my husband, who is not catholic, he remarked that Jesus fed everyone without qualifiers. No one had to be baptized or go through RCIA to eat and be satisfied on the mountain that day. The closed table is a stumbling block. Like it or not, it excludes and does not exemplify the spirit of Jesus.
8/1/2012 6:06:28 PM
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vito benigno
Our LORD JESUS CHRIST our MESSIAH HIMSELF was baptised to fulfill the prophecy.Being the logos the SON OF GOD,He knows not sin.BUT he told his own Apostles to go and baptize all nations in the name of the father,son,and holy spirit.Our LORD gives St.Peter pennance after he reaffirms him 3 times.Being a Catholic is not an easy road.The LORD himself said the road to destruction is wide while the road to our LORD is narrow and difficult.But we are never alone.Jesus gave us his Mother as our MOTHER, the blessed virgin.The EUCHARIST is the source and summit of our life.He sustains us,renews and transforms us.Holy MOTHER CHURCH is the pillar and bullwork of the truth itself.MI IMMACULATA he who endures to the end shall be saved!God love you!
8/1/2012 10:29:54 PM
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Here's a link you may want to add to your website
8/1/2012 11:15:56 PM
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It was a miracle. And here's why I think so -

It was not a fixed time when Jesus would arrive in their town(there were not sms texts then). People tend to get caught up in the moment, even if not for His talk but for some interesting healing. They would not waste time to ready themselves for they might miss a good show. Only small boys would ask permission from their mothers and she out of concern for would pack him some lunch and then send him off. Happens even today!

Most of them would think Oh! we'll manage or be back soon. But their curiosity wouldn't let them move, even if hungry.

I wouldn't want to miss anything and then be told Oh! you should've been there.
8/1/2012 11:43:50 PM
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Looks like 'A Disciple' summed it up pretty well.
This great scene dipicts:
A sharing of our gifts (which emanate from God to begin with), and
A miraculous multiplication by Christ for the sake of feeding his followers then and there with plain bread and fish, and later, His own Flesh and Blood, that we might become more like him.
We the followers share, Christ multiplies and gives, we lay down our lives for the Faith as a new creation in Jesus by the Power of His Sacramental grace filled Holy Communion.
Thus is the Summation of the Prophets and Laws fulfilled by the RECEIVING and strength of the Real Presence of Christ. Peace.
8/2/2012 8:39:21 AM
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Restless Pilgrim
> "As I shared the sermon with my husband, who is not catholic, he remarked that Jesus fed everyone without qualifiers. No one had to be baptized or go through RCIA to eat and be satisfied on the mountain that day. The closed table is a stumbling block. Like it or not, it excludes and does not exemplify the spirit of Jesus."

That's because they were receiving bread, not His flesh.

Here's what St. Paul says about consuming the Eucharist:

"For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves." - 1 Corinthians 11:29

This is serious business! If someone can eat and drink judgment upon himself then the loving thing to do would be try and protect them from that.

I would also invite your husband to read Justin Martyr's description of Eucharistic life in the Early Church:

This document comes from about the year AD 150, less than fifty years after the death of John:

"This food we call Eukaristia [the Eucharist], and no one is allowed to partake but he who believes that our doctrines are true, who has been washed with the washing for the remission of sins and rebirth, and who is living as Christ has enjoined."

Had the Church founded by Jesus Christ gone away so quickly?
8/2/2012 12:45:07 PM
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