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    Sermon 626 : Religion, Science and the Journey of the Magi : Feast of the Epiphany

    1/6/2013
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    The story of the Magi illuminates important dynamics in the relationship of religious conviction and scientific investigation. There need not be any necessary conflict between the religion and science, as wise men of every age are drawn, not only to investigate the wonders of creation, but to draw closer to Christ, through whom all things have been made.
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Al Eriksen
A Happy New Year to you and all, Father. Thank you for making 2012 on of the most incredible of my life. Thank you and all for awakening me to ALL that the Eucharist is, to all that our faith is.

Peace,
Al
1/1/2013 6:50:56 AM
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James Samuel Cyrus Black
Didn't Jesus say something to the effect that 'after I leave this physical life you will perform miracles far beyond mine' or words to that effect? I have often used our developing the effective cure for Leprosy as a prime example of that promise. That and 'the talents' (do not bury your gifts but steward and extend them). I also love the connection between music and math (order and celebration) which I view as the primary languages of our God.
1/1/2013 3:20:58 PM
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Kathy
Father, your homily on the relationship between religion and science is simply outstanding! My 21 year old son consistenly challenges me on the very arguments you present. He is continually pitting our Faith against science as though they are mutually exclusive. Now finally, I can respond intelligently to his questions. Thank you!
1/1/2013 6:51:01 PM
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Netty
Happy New Year Fr Barron. You have a wonderful gift from God to communicate the Catholic faith. I wish you the very best in 2013 and long may your ministry continue, going from strength to strength in spreading the Good News.
1/2/2013 2:16:59 PM
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Gus Clemens
Is this available in transcript form?
1/3/2013 9:19:33 PM
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Fr. Peter sss
Thank you Father for your rich scriptural references, deep theological interpretation and down to earth application. I take some of your approach to some of my homily presentaion in one of the Indian languages and website. Thanks a lot.
1/3/2013 9:43:17 PM
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vito benigno
Happy New Year to you my Dear Father Barron and word on fire staff!Peace be with you!i had interesting conversation with an atheist some time ago.Although he agreed with the big bang theory,he could not explain to me what the cause outside of the explosion was.Thank you Father Barron for this sermon,the brilliant comments on the Queenship of our BLESSED MOTHER MARY and especially your Catholicism series."Science can purify religion from error and superstition.Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."-Blessed JohnPaul two.MI IMMACULATA
1/4/2013 10:54:53 AM
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ANTHONY FAITH KUGBEADZOR
THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU ALL. I AM A GHANAIAN EX-MAJOR SEMINARIAN. I RUN INTO YOUR SCHOLARLY AND FAITH BUILDING MESSAGE ON THE RELATION BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION. THE FACT THAT SCIENCE IS NOT OPPOSED TO RELIGION. I ALSO CAUGHT THE FEELING OF HOW SCIENCE LEAD THE MAGI TO CHRIST CHILD. INDEED, EVERY DISCOVERY MUST LEAD US TO GOD AS THE SOURCE. THIS MESSAGE HAS ACTUALLY INCREASED MY FAITH AND UNDERSTANDING. THANK YOU AND HAVE A BLISSFUL YEAR. +233 244533756
1/5/2013 2:23:15 AM
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BONIE bURLAZA
CONGRATS, FR. ROBERT BARRON. YOU DELIVER THE MESSAGE CLEARLY THAT PROPEL ME TO UNDERSTAND BETTER BETWEEN RELIGION (FAITH) AND SCIENCE.
1/5/2013 4:51:26 PM
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Robert
This is a wonderful sermon on the relationship between between science (the study of creation) and faith (the participation with the creator). I find both science and religion to be the two most important studies humans can participate in.
1/5/2013 5:48:08 PM
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M
Love the podcast - hate the varying sound quality.
1/6/2013 6:41:08 AM
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Linda Miller
I thank Fr Dave Reinhart for sharing this site. God works in mysterious ways.
1/6/2013 6:53:52 AM
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Michael
Exactly to the point, Father. Both science and religion seek truth. Sometimes it is difficult to acknowledge that we have incomplete information in both areas. It is right that we continue our quest for a deeper understanding of both. Quantum mechanics and relativity are incompatible yet they are both used daily successfully (enough) to achieve great things. Even in our incomlete knowledge of God, we have been blessed with (enough) understanding through scriptures and insights of doctors of the church to accomplish great things also. Man will continue to be restless until he rests Thee.
1/6/2013 7:35:59 AM
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AlleluiaPTL1
Thanks Father Robert for your words of wisdom. Sorry I did'nt get to hear you when you came to the UK mid last year.I feel that using technology (YouTube etc) is the way forward to evangelize.Blest wishes for the New Year to you and all your team XXX
1/6/2013 11:11:25 AM
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Dave31
The Universe, the Big Bang, Galaxies, Suns and Stars & planets beyond our astronauts. Is God a mechanic? Science and Religion can not reconcile.The aim of Science is to find a truth. The aim of religion is to enforce a perceived truth.Entrenched Religion will always deny the Math.
1/6/2013 11:39:08 PM
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james Samuel Cyrus Black
Creating order out of what initially was Chaos IS math
And then of course therr is the music connection. Math and music are our One God's chosen languages. Do you nelieve only what you can see and touch with your very finite human senses Dave?
1/7/2013 7:19:00 AM
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Bruce in Kansas
@ Dave31: If entrenched religion will always deny the math, how is it entrenched Christianity has been the source of all the examples in Fr. Barron's sermon? Did you listen to it?
1/7/2013 8:29:58 AM
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Jeff Phillips
Thank you Father Barron. I will be forwarding this homily to many of my friends and family, some of whom are not believers. I also truly believe that if the world still exists hundreds of years from now, you will be a Saint, and homilies such as this will be studied by the Priests and faithful of that time.
1/7/2013 8:39:06 AM
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vito benigno
To:Dave 31,And God said ,"Let there be Light"and there was light.Is this not indicative of an explosion?Light?God own WORD confirms HIS Creation.Mans little finite mind will never understand the ALMIGHTY.Man through science seeks to know the truth but always only finds it in a limited degree.When science looks at the cosmos and all of creation he is looking at the very work of the ALMIGHTY himself.One of the greatest minds that ever lived,ST.Augustine said when you say you understand God,that is not God.So it is science that seeks the truth but always fall short.With FAITH which is a gift from God,no explanation is necessary.MI IMMACULATA
1/7/2013 8:47:06 AM
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Franklin P. Uroda
Your discussion of science and religion is remarkable, especially the section of priests and science: outstanding.
One thing, is there a purpose in using "Christ" rather that "Jesus" in your talks?
1/7/2013 11:25:00 AM
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Franklin P. Uroda
Great discussion linking priest-scientists to current science. Is there any reason for not using Jesus' name. You, and many others constantly invoke "Christ." Is there a reason other than "It really doesn't matter"?
1/7/2013 3:53:16 PM
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James Samuel Cyrus Black
Using His name (Jesus, the 'Christ') is very important not only because it is the Truth but because it changed the world.
1/8/2013 8:54:42 AM
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Racheal
Yes! and one of my favorite scientist's, Isacc Newton, embodied those principles; a true Renaissance man.
1/8/2013 4:39:22 PM
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