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June 2, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • we are created to be related.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • the host of Live with Passion.
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  • I'm so glad that you tuned into the program,
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  • I wanna talk about we were created to be related.
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  • We are not islands unto ourselves,
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  • we are part of a wider continent,
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  • we all have a large menagerie of relationships.
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  • I wanna share with you the letter of James,
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  • religion that is pure and undefiled before God, our Father,
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  • is this, to visit orphans and widows in their affliction.
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  • And that's so true.
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  • People wonder about religion and what it means to be holy,
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  • and they fast, and they put on ashes, and they do penance.
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  • And all those things are good, don't get me wrong,
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  • but the prophet Isaiah said,
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  • "This is the fasting I want, help people."
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  • (laughs) Really, that's what the season of Lent is all about
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  • in the Catholic Church, it's about prayer,
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  • and it's about alms giving, and it's about fasting,
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  • but more than anything else, it's about people.
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  • It's about visiting people, helping people, loving people,
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  • caring for people, being kind to people,
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  • that is what religion is, it's about relationships,
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  • good, solid, healthy relationships,
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  • with people, with yourself and with God.
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  • And so we were created to be related.
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  • And if you don't believe that,
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  • all you gotta do is look at your belly.
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  • And when you look down at your belly,
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  • you're gonna see a little indentation,
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  • that's called your belly button.
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  • And that comes from the fact that when you and I were born,
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  • we were connected to our mother,
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  • we were already related at the moment of our birth.
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  • And what happens is,
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  • we are connected to our mother with an umbilical cord.
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  • That umbilical cord, of course, provides nutrients
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  • and moisture to the infant,
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  • so that it can live until it's cut.
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  • And my point is that we're connected to our mother,
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  • and then when we're born,
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  • we have a relationship with our mother, with our father.
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  • And I was born into a family,
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  • we were all born into a family, even if you were adopted,
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  • you were born into a family
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  • because all of us were born connected.
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  • So I was born into a family with a mom and dad
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  • and I had two older sisters, I was the only boy.
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  • So immediately when we're created,
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  • were created to be related.
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  • And I learned a lot about relationships,
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  • by interacting with my mom and dad, as I'm sure you did too,
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  • then my two older sisters.
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  • And it's an interesting thing,
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  • I had a little bit of a problem
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  • with one of my sisters growing up,
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  • maybe you could call it a sibling rivalry,
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  • or some kind of a difficulty, whatever you wanna call it,
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  • there was some conflict there.
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  • So we've worked on it a little bit, that relationship,
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  • down throughout the ages, and here's one of the ways
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  • that I find that I work on it now.
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  • She lives a long distance away from me,
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  • so this is something called texting.
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  • And you all know what iPhones are,
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  • and if you're struggling with one of your siblings,
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  • or maybe a neighbor, or maybe somebody
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  • that you're having difficult with,
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  • you don't have to be their best friend,
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  • but you can text them.
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  • And texting has provided us a way to connect with people,
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  • even if you're not seeing them face to face.
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  • And that's one of the ways that I've realized
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  • that people know that they're created to be related,
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  • because look at social media:
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  • we have Twitter, we have Facebook, we have Instagram,
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  • we have websites.
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  • I remember one time I went to dinner,
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  • it was at a restaurant,
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  • and I was sitting there with my friend talking
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  • and I looked over at the other table,
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  • and there were two people at the other table,
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  • just sitting there
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  • and both of them on either side of the table,
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  • both of them were texting.
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  • And I looked at my friend, I said,
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  • "I wonder if they're texting each other,"
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  • because they weren't talking, they were just texting.
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  • So even at dinners we're in relationship.
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  • In fact, I remember at our community,
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  • I wanted to let you know
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  • that I'm a member of a community, we're called Passionist,
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  • and at our community, one of the places
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  • where we get together in relationship the most,
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  • certainly in the chapel when we pray together,
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  • but daily meals, we share breakfast, lunch,
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  • and dinner together, the six of us living in community.
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  • And one time we were in community, we were having a meal
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  • and one of the men pulled out his phone and started texting.
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  • And I slapped him on the arm and I said,
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  • "Put that thing down, we're having a meal.
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  • "Now is our time to relate to each other."
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  • And really, it's during the meals
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  • that we spend time communicating, spend time sharing
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  • and dialoguing, saying what's been going on in life.
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  • And our superior is so kind and he's so nice
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  • that he wants to keep the momentum of the community going
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  • because inevitably, sometimes there are times
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  • when there's a lull in the conversation
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  • and nobody's saying anything, he will actually bring notes
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  • about what's going on in the world, conversation starters,
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  • so that if there is a lull in the conversation,
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  • he'll pull out his notes,
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  • and he'll just start to spark a conversation.
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  • And I love him because what he's doing is
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  • he's trying to build relationships, because as we know,
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  • we were all created to be related.
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  • And religion, as I said, yeah, it's about fasting,
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  • and it's about other things, it's about penance,
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  • it's about ashes, it's about alm-giving,
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  • but more than anything else, our religion,
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  • Christianity is about people.
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  • All you have to do is look at some of the parables of Jesus,
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  • when he talks about the final judgment,
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  • we'll be judged on how we treated those who were hungry,
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  • and those who were naked, and those who were in prison.
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  • And Jesus said, whatever you did to them, you did to me.
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  • And then he told the story about the Good Samaritan
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  • and the religious people,
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  • they pass by the man who was beaten up,
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  • but it was a Samaritan, an unlikely, who attended to him,
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  • and Jesus said, go and do likewise.
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  • So there's no doubt
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  • that our religion is all about relationships.
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  • The Bible, the Bible itself,
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  • really is a book of relationships.
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  • Just thumb through the Bible, Abraham, David,
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  • Noah, and Sarah, and Deborah, and Ezekiel, the prophets,
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  • and all these different people,
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  • and then, of course, when Jesus came, and Paul
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  • and all the apostles, all in relationship
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  • and the importance of relationships.
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  • So I wanted to share with you
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  • that our primary relationship
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  • is with God.
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  • And God reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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  • This comes right from the Bible.
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  • Jesus says, go, therefore,
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  • baptizing everybody in the name of the Father,
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  • the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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  • As Catholics, we make the sign of the cross.
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  • In fact, first prayer I ever learned,
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  • given to me by my mother, of course,
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  • while we're talking about relationships,
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  • first prayer I ever learned was the sign of the cross;
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  • in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
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  • So from the Bible, we learn,
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  • God reveals himself to us as Trinity.
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  • So what does that mean?
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  • It means that God Himself is in relationship with himself
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  • as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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  • And don't let that confuse you
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  • because I remember I was talking to a man recently,
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  • and he said, "I believe in God,
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  • "but I'm not sure about the Trinity.
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  • "I'm not sure if how that works."
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  • And I like to tell people,
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  • the Trinity is not a mystery to be solved,
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  • it is a relationship to be entered into.
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  • That's right.
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  • Father, Son, and Spirit
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  • invite us into relationship with him.
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  • Way to look at it as St. Patrick used to use, from Ireland,
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  • he used to use the shamrock.
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  • Shamrock has three leaves, but it's connected to one stem,
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  • it's one, yet it's three.
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  • I like to use the image of light,
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  • picture a light beam coming through a window
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  • and there is a solid beam of light, light is one beam,
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  • but its heat, light and energy, all in one beam.
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  • The same way Father, the Creator, Jesus, the Redeemer,
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  • Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier,
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  • one God, three persons, three functions, but one God.
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  • I remember one time I was on retreat,
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  • and as I walked into the retreat center,
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  • I saw an icon by a Russian artist, his name was Rublev,
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  • and it was an icon of the Trinity.
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  • And it was portrayed as the three angels
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  • that appeared to Abraham, sitting at a table,
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  • they were the three angels at one each side of the table.
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  • And the fourth side of the table was wide open,
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  • so as you come up to the icon, you see the three angels
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  • and immediately, your eyes are drawn
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  • to the empty place at the table
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  • because Rublev wanted to portray
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  • that Trinity Father, Son, and spirit,
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  • are inviting us into a relationship with him.
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  • And when you pray, I want you to pray to Father
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  • to your Father who created you, I want you to pray to Jesus,
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  • your Redeemer, loves you, died for you on the cross,
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  • and then I also want you to pray to the Holy Spirit
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  • who lives in you, loves you, and is working in your life.
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  • So I invite you to pray to God
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  • and to deepen your relationship with God,
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  • and then realize that also our religion
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  • is very much about relationships with other people.
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  • You see, family life, and we all grew up in a family,
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  • teaches us about forgiveness,
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  • and about kindness and about generosity.
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  • And I have all these menagerie of relationships
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  • in my life right now.
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  • Started off with family, mom and dad, two older sisters,
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  • then, of course, you start to make friends
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  • and you go to school and you have schoolmates,
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  • and then you have other relationships as you go on.
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  • And I remember after graduation from high school,
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  • and then college and then community, life,
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  • as a Passionist I meet all these people and lay people,
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  • I have partners, I have benefactors,
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  • I have people who minister with me and support me,
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  • people that work with me in the ministry,
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  • just a menagerie of relationships.
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  • And one of the things I found out,
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  • if you want to improve your relationships,
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  • always talk to people, ask them how they're doing,
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  • talk about their life, be interested in other people.
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  • And one of the things that I do
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  • is I try to take note of when your birthday is,
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  • and I have a calendar at home,
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  • I find out the date of your birthday,
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  • and I put it into my calendar.
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  • And then of course, most people that I know,
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  • I have their email, or their text, or their phone number.
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  • And even if I haven't seen you in a while,
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  • I have some friends in Florida, for example,
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  • that I haven't seen in a while,
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  • and when it was his birthday, a little bit back,
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  • I texted him and said happy birthday,
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  • he was bowled over that I remembered him.
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  • And that's the way that you connect to people
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  • and you build up your relationships.
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  • So really remember, if you wanna be religious,
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  • if you wanna be a Christian, of course, we're a Christian,
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  • because we believe in Jesus
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  • and we're filled with the Holy Spirit and he loves us,
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  • but if you wanna follow Jesus
  • 00:12:15.030 --> 00:12:16.270
  • the way he wants us to follow him,
  • 00:12:16.270 --> 00:12:19.110
  • then it's all about people.
  • 00:12:19.110 --> 00:12:21.250
  • It's not about solitary me or solitary you,
  • 00:12:21.250 --> 00:12:25.000
  • remember, we were created to be related.
  • 00:12:25.000 --> 00:12:27.130
  • I remember a woman came up to me one time and she said,
  • 00:12:28.260 --> 00:12:30.190
  • "Father, God doesn't hear my prayers."
  • 00:12:30.190 --> 00:12:34.030
  • And I looked at her I said, "What,
  • 00:12:34.030 --> 00:12:36.010
  • "what are you talking about?"
  • 00:12:36.010 --> 00:12:37.070
  • She said, "God doesn't hear my prayers."
  • 00:12:37.070 --> 00:12:38.080
  • I go, "What do you mean?"
  • 00:12:38.080 --> 00:12:39.250
  • She said, "Well, father, my husband is an alcoholic,
  • 00:12:39.250 --> 00:12:43.090
  • "and I have prayed for him to change for years,
  • 00:12:43.090 --> 00:12:48.030
  • "and nothing has happened.
  • 00:12:48.030 --> 00:12:50.110
  • "God doesn't hear my prayers."
  • 00:12:50.110 --> 00:12:52.230
  • And I kind of smiled at her and I said,
  • 00:12:52.230 --> 00:12:54.150
  • "Well, what you need to know is this,"
  • 00:12:54.150 --> 00:12:56.250
  • I told her a little bit about the wisdom
  • 00:12:56.250 --> 00:12:58.160
  • of the 12-step program.
  • 00:12:58.160 --> 00:13:00.020
  • If you know anything about Alcoholics Anonymous,
  • 00:13:00.020 --> 00:13:03.090
  • Overeaters Anonymous, Al-Anon,
  • 00:13:03.090 --> 00:13:06.140
  • that's for spouses of alcoholics,
  • 00:13:06.140 --> 00:13:08.200
  • the wisdom of the 12-step program,
  • 00:13:08.200 --> 00:13:10.050
  • it says the maybe you can't change another person,
  • 00:13:10.050 --> 00:13:12.220
  • but you can work on yourself.
  • 00:13:12.220 --> 00:13:15.110
  • And I talked about things like detachment,
  • 00:13:15.110 --> 00:13:18.200
  • forgiveness, anger management, surrendering to God,
  • 00:13:18.200 --> 00:13:23.200
  • these are things that she could do,
  • 00:13:24.250 --> 00:13:26.000
  • even though her husband was drinking.
  • 00:13:26.000 --> 00:13:27.160
  • So what I told her is that God is hearing your prayer,
  • 00:13:27.160 --> 00:13:29.150
  • but what God is probably doing in your prayer
  • 00:13:29.150 --> 00:13:32.100
  • is trying to work on you.
  • 00:13:32.100 --> 00:13:34.180
  • You may not be able to change other people,
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:36.110
  • and that's the thing about relationships,
  • 00:13:36.110 --> 00:13:37.270
  • We all want people to be the way that we want them to be,
  • 00:13:37.270 --> 00:13:40.290
  • and relationships are so gray and nebulous and messy,
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:45.290
  • if you will, muddy, we can't fix everybody,
  • 00:13:47.040 --> 00:13:49.180
  • but we can work on ourselves.
  • 00:13:49.180 --> 00:13:51.260
  • So if you're in a relationship, of course,
  • 00:13:51.260 --> 00:13:54.020
  • we are in relationships where the people
  • 00:13:54.020 --> 00:13:57.120
  • that were related to aren't behaving
  • 00:13:57.120 --> 00:13:59.090
  • the way we want them to,
  • 00:13:59.090 --> 00:14:01.000
  • that's the time to pray the prayer of Reinhold Niebuhr,
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:04.160
  • God, grant me the serenity
  • 00:14:04.160 --> 00:14:06.020
  • to accept the things I cannot change,
  • 00:14:06.020 --> 00:14:08.290
  • the courage to change the things I can
  • 00:14:08.290 --> 00:14:11.010
  • and the wisdom to know the difference.
  • 00:14:11.010 --> 00:14:13.180
  • And that prayer of acceptance is so important
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:15.290
  • because when it comes to relationships,
  • 00:14:15.290 --> 00:14:18.060
  • don't we always wanna try to make everybody
  • 00:14:18.060 --> 00:14:20.010
  • the way we want them to be, and they won't be that way?
  • 00:14:20.010 --> 00:14:22.280
  • So we're either gonna be frustrated
  • 00:14:22.280 --> 00:14:24.170
  • but we can have peace and acceptance
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:27.220
  • if we allow God to work on us.
  • 00:14:27.220 --> 00:14:29.150
  • And that's one thing I've discovered about relationships,
  • 00:14:29.150 --> 00:14:31.260
  • I've come to a deep acceptance about people.
  • 00:14:31.260 --> 00:14:34.290
  • I've tried to accept people the way they are
  • 00:14:34.290 --> 00:14:37.010
  • and I quit trying to change them all the time,
  • 00:14:37.010 --> 00:14:39.260
  • because it was driving me crazy.
  • 00:14:39.260 --> 00:14:42.010
  • I live in community, I live in relationships
  • 00:14:42.010 --> 00:14:44.110
  • with a lot of different people and they're all different.
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:47.020
  • And some people laugh too much,
  • 00:14:47.020 --> 00:14:48.250
  • some people don't laugh enough, some people are quiet,
  • 00:14:48.250 --> 00:14:52.210
  • some people are noisy,
  • 00:14:52.210 --> 00:14:54.040
  • and you just have to accept them the way they are.
  • 00:14:54.040 --> 00:14:56.020
  • You can't change them, you have to change
  • 00:14:56.020 --> 00:14:58.230
  • and when it comes to praying for other people,
  • 00:14:58.230 --> 00:15:01.040
  • watch out, God may just be working in you.
  • 00:15:01.040 --> 00:15:05.000
  • And then I had a woman come up to me one time
  • 00:15:05.000 --> 00:15:07.050
  • and she was talking about her son-in-law.
  • 00:15:07.050 --> 00:15:09.140
  • She had a bitterness or resentment about her son-in-law,
  • 00:15:10.240 --> 00:15:13.170
  • because he had abused verbally,
  • 00:15:13.170 --> 00:15:17.190
  • and physically, her daughter.
  • 00:15:17.190 --> 00:15:20.170
  • So in other words, he had hurt her physically.
  • 00:15:20.170 --> 00:15:23.180
  • And this woman, the mother-in-law, came up to me and said,
  • 00:15:23.180 --> 00:15:27.030
  • "Father, I just can't forgive him."
  • 00:15:27.030 --> 00:15:29.240
  • And she talked to me more about what he did to her daughter
  • 00:15:29.240 --> 00:15:33.090
  • and said, "Father, I just can't forgive him."
  • 00:15:33.090 --> 00:15:35.240
  • And she talked about the hurt in the family
  • 00:15:35.240 --> 00:15:37.260
  • and how her daughter had been really suffering
  • 00:15:37.260 --> 00:15:40.180
  • with this abuse.
  • 00:15:40.180 --> 00:15:42.030
  • And she said, "A third time, I just can't forgive him."
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:45.030
  • Now, I've been trained in psychology,
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:46.220
  • and I've been trained to listen as a counselor,
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:49.000
  • and when she said, I just can't forgive him the third time,
  • 00:15:49.000 --> 00:15:52.170
  • I finally said to her, I said,
  • 00:15:52.170 --> 00:15:54.130
  • "Well, do you wanna forgive him?
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:57.150
  • "I mean, you've said, 'I just can't three times,'
  • 00:15:57.150 --> 00:16:01.040
  • "do you wanna forgive him, 'cause I sense you do?"
  • 00:16:01.040 --> 00:16:04.110
  • And she said, "Well, I'd like to, but I just can't."
  • 00:16:04.110 --> 00:16:07.240
  • I said, "Well, here's what I want you to do,
  • 00:16:07.240 --> 00:16:10.150
  • "I want you to say after me, I can forgive him."
  • 00:16:10.150 --> 00:16:13.270
  • And then I let her do it and she said,
  • 00:16:13.270 --> 00:16:15.160
  • "I can forgive him."
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:17.120
  • And then I said, "Let's try it again, I can forgive him."
  • 00:16:17.120 --> 00:16:20.220
  • And she said it and she straightened up a little bit.
  • 00:16:20.220 --> 00:16:23.250
  • I said, "One more time, I can forgive him."
  • 00:16:23.250 --> 00:16:26.020
  • And she said, "I can forgive him."
  • 00:16:26.020 --> 00:16:27.220
  • She got even straighter and you could see the change,
  • 00:16:27.220 --> 00:16:31.290
  • you could see that God was working in her life
  • 00:16:33.040 --> 00:16:34.260
  • just by her words.
  • 00:16:34.260 --> 00:16:36.120
  • We all have people that we're angry about,
  • 00:16:36.120 --> 00:16:40.250
  • bitter, resentful, we've been hurt by them,
  • 00:16:40.250 --> 00:16:44.130
  • they drive us crazy, we want them out of our life,
  • 00:16:44.130 --> 00:16:46.260
  • and it seems like we just can't forgive them,
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:48.270
  • they've hurt us.
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:51.110
  • But forgiveness does not mean that they're right,
  • 00:16:51.110 --> 00:16:54.210
  • forgiveness means that God is right.
  • 00:16:54.210 --> 00:16:58.120
  • Forgive us our trespasses
  • 00:16:58.120 --> 00:16:59.230
  • as we forgive those who trespass against us.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:02.120
  • What is Jesus teaching us in the Our Father?
  • 00:17:02.120 --> 00:17:05.060
  • He's teaching us that we open ourselves up
  • 00:17:05.060 --> 00:17:07.180
  • to God's forgiveness, as we forgive other people.
  • 00:17:07.180 --> 00:17:11.210
  • It's very important to forgive.
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:14.030
  • And when that woman did that,
  • 00:17:14.030 --> 00:17:15.180
  • I knew that she was on the way to forgiving her son-in-law.
  • 00:17:15.180 --> 00:17:18.160
  • Yes, he did wrong, he abused her daughter,
  • 00:17:18.160 --> 00:17:23.100
  • verbally and physically, it's a horrible crime,
  • 00:17:23.100 --> 00:17:26.160
  • but yet, if you hold the resentment, you hold the anger,
  • 00:17:26.160 --> 00:17:29.280
  • it's just gonna lead to being all bent out of shape
  • 00:17:29.280 --> 00:17:33.130
  • all the time, it'll make you miserable.
  • 00:17:33.130 --> 00:17:35.230
  • That's the thing most people that hurt you,
  • 00:17:35.230 --> 00:17:38.080
  • they're off having a good time,
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:39.200
  • they don't even know what they've done,
  • 00:17:39.200 --> 00:17:41.120
  • and you're they're miserable.
  • 00:17:41.120 --> 00:17:42.130
  • They could care less about it,
  • 00:17:42.130 --> 00:17:43.190
  • so why don't you forgive them and let it go,
  • 00:17:43.190 --> 00:17:45.240
  • and move on with your life?
  • 00:17:45.240 --> 00:17:47.090
  • Forgive and live.
  • 00:17:47.090 --> 00:17:49.100
  • I'm inviting you who are watching my program right now,
  • 00:17:49.100 --> 00:17:52.150
  • and this is important, if you wanna be a follower of Jesus,
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:57.150
  • if you wanna be religious, if you wanna be holy,
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:00.230
  • forgiveness is gonna be
  • 00:18:00.230 --> 00:18:02.030
  • one of the greatest challenges in your life.
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:04.140
  • And I wanna tell you right now, one of the major ways
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:06.250
  • that you can forgive somebody else
  • 00:18:06.250 --> 00:18:08.240
  • is by speaking it out your mouth,
  • 00:18:08.240 --> 00:18:11.130
  • saying in prayer, I forgive him, I forgive her.
  • 00:18:11.130 --> 00:18:16.130
  • Yes, they hurt me, but by your grace,
  • 00:18:17.190 --> 00:18:19.040
  • Heavenly Father, I forgive them.
  • 00:18:19.040 --> 00:18:21.290
  • And wow, set yourself free.
  • 00:18:21.290 --> 00:18:25.110
  • So I pray that by the grace of Jesus, by the power,
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:28.150
  • the anointing coming through this television program
  • 00:18:28.150 --> 00:18:31.190
  • at this moment right now,
  • 00:18:31.190 --> 00:18:33.140
  • you're gonna be given a grace to let go of the resentment,
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:37.090
  • let go of the anger, to be benevolent and good,
  • 00:18:37.090 --> 00:18:42.080
  • and forgive that person.
  • 00:18:42.080 --> 00:18:44.170
  • And then one thing I hear from people
  • 00:18:44.170 --> 00:18:46.110
  • is that they have a problem with their spouse,
  • 00:18:46.110 --> 00:18:50.260
  • because of the discrepancy with religion.
  • 00:18:50.260 --> 00:18:55.050
  • What do I mean by that?
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:56.100
  • Well, one woman talked to me, she said,
  • 00:18:56.100 --> 00:18:58.150
  • "Father, I go to church,
  • 00:18:58.150 --> 00:19:00.060
  • "but my husband doesn't come with me."
  • 00:19:00.060 --> 00:19:02.070
  • Whether it be Catholic, or Protestant,
  • 00:19:03.080 --> 00:19:05.020
  • or whatever denomination you are, oftentimes this happens.
  • 00:19:05.020 --> 00:19:08.150
  • For some reason, maybe your husband
  • 00:19:09.200 --> 00:19:12.120
  • doesn't really believe or he believes
  • 00:19:12.120 --> 00:19:14.120
  • and doesn't believe in institutionalized religion,
  • 00:19:14.120 --> 00:19:16.280
  • whatever it is, and they don't go to church.
  • 00:19:16.280 --> 00:19:19.120
  • Well, whenever I get that type of a situation,
  • 00:19:19.120 --> 00:19:22.170
  • and there's a wide discrepancy of believing,
  • 00:19:22.170 --> 00:19:24.280
  • I always tell the woman or the man,
  • 00:19:24.280 --> 00:19:27.010
  • well, at least you have to be positive,
  • 00:19:27.010 --> 00:19:29.270
  • because at least they're letting you go to mass,
  • 00:19:29.270 --> 00:19:32.050
  • at least they're letting you go to church,
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:35.110
  • so try to focus on the positive
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:37.150
  • because there are people out there
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:39.100
  • that won't let their spouse go to mass,
  • 00:19:39.100 --> 00:19:41.270
  • or won't let their spouse go to church.
  • 00:19:41.270 --> 00:19:44.090
  • Then in addition to that, there's a discrepancy
  • 00:19:44.090 --> 00:19:46.120
  • because oftentimes what happens is,
  • 00:19:46.120 --> 00:19:48.160
  • the married couple will go to church together
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:51.270
  • but they have different levels of believing,
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:54.250
  • like the woman might wanna give more in the collection,
  • 00:19:54.250 --> 00:19:57.100
  • and the husband doesn't wanna give,
  • 00:19:57.100 --> 00:19:59.040
  • or the husband sings and the woman doesn't,
  • 00:19:59.040 --> 00:20:02.000
  • or there's just a discrepancy of religion.
  • 00:20:02.000 --> 00:20:05.170
  • When they go home, maybe the man reads the Bible
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:09.040
  • and the woman doesn't, I think you know what I mean.
  • 00:20:09.040 --> 00:20:11.250
  • And what you have to do is,
  • 00:20:11.250 --> 00:20:14.140
  • realize that not everybody is exactly the same.
  • 00:20:14.140 --> 00:20:17.170
  • Try to stay positive, count your blessings
  • 00:20:17.170 --> 00:20:21.160
  • and try not to judge the other person.
  • 00:20:21.160 --> 00:20:24.130
  • If you wanna bring them higher, don't preach to them,
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:29.130
  • smile at them and love them.
  • 00:20:30.090 --> 00:20:31.110
  • Let them catch you praying, reading the Scriptures,
  • 00:20:32.230 --> 00:20:36.180
  • but don't make demands on them.
  • 00:20:36.180 --> 00:20:38.230
  • So you gotta realize that there's nothing wrong with you.
  • 00:20:38.230 --> 00:20:41.120
  • There's discrepancies, there's different levels of faith,
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:44.230
  • and it's hard to find a partner that's exactly like you are.
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:48.280
  • So forgive the other person, be kind,
  • 00:20:48.280 --> 00:20:52.020
  • take the high road, be kind.
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:54.050
  • And then what about, I hear this from parents all the time,
  • 00:20:54.050 --> 00:20:57.060
  • father, my, it's all about relationships,
  • 00:20:57.060 --> 00:21:00.120
  • remember what I told you, we're created to be related,
  • 00:21:00.120 --> 00:21:03.130
  • and to be a Christian is to be in relationships,
  • 00:21:03.130 --> 00:21:06.240
  • and to try to do the best you can
  • 00:21:06.240 --> 00:21:08.190
  • with people that have hurt you,
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:10.080
  • people that you're married to, people everywhere.
  • 00:21:10.080 --> 00:21:13.290
  • So one thing that I hear from parents, especially,
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:16.080
  • is father, we're very religious and everything,
  • 00:21:16.080 --> 00:21:19.060
  • but my children have fallen away from the Faith.
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:21.200
  • I brought them up in Catholic education,
  • 00:21:21.200 --> 00:21:23.220
  • I brought them up in Catholic Universities,
  • 00:21:23.220 --> 00:21:25.250
  • I paid all kinds of money for them to get educated,
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:28.100
  • but they don't go to church anymore.
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:29.210
  • What should I do, just pray?
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:30.290
  • Don't ever say just pray.
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:34.010
  • Prayer isn't a last resort,
  • 00:21:35.010 --> 00:21:38.140
  • it's a First Defense.
  • 00:21:38.140 --> 00:21:41.060
  • Yes, you pray, of course, you pray.
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:43.150
  • St. Monica, you've all heard of her,
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:45.220
  • her son Agustin was a rabble rouser,
  • 00:21:45.220 --> 00:21:48.100
  • he dabbled in Eastern religions, had a child out of wedlock,
  • 00:21:49.220 --> 00:21:53.100
  • lived a playboy life.
  • 00:21:53.100 --> 00:21:54.240
  • Well, his mother Monica was praying for him the whole time.
  • 00:21:54.240 --> 00:21:58.090
  • Eventually, he heard a sermon by St. Ambrose,
  • 00:21:58.090 --> 00:22:01.140
  • and it's so touched his life that he became a believer,
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:05.220
  • gave his life to Christ,
  • 00:22:05.220 --> 00:22:07.200
  • and Augustine became a doctor of the church
  • 00:22:07.200 --> 00:22:10.100
  • and became a Saint of the church,
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:12.050
  • and that's very rare in the Catholic Church,
  • 00:22:12.050 --> 00:22:14.100
  • to be a canonized saint.
  • 00:22:14.100 --> 00:22:15.270
  • And I believe it was all
  • 00:22:15.270 --> 00:22:17.050
  • because of the prayers of his mother, Monica.
  • 00:22:17.050 --> 00:22:21.120
  • Wow.
  • 00:22:21.120 --> 00:22:22.100
  • So God hears your prayer.
  • 00:22:22.100 --> 00:22:25.240
  • And it is all about relationships,
  • 00:22:25.240 --> 00:22:27.110
  • and you have to believe for your children,
  • 00:22:27.110 --> 00:22:30.010
  • that they will, not only come back to church,
  • 00:22:30.010 --> 00:22:32.250
  • but develop a personal living relationship
  • 00:22:32.250 --> 00:22:35.110
  • with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:35.110 --> 00:22:36.250
  • Be saved, be filled with the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:22:36.250 --> 00:22:39.180
  • that's what we're after.
  • 00:22:39.180 --> 00:22:41.090
  • So relationships are extremely important.
  • 00:22:41.090 --> 00:22:43.170
  • And yes, I want you to be Holy, I want you to be religious.
  • 00:22:43.170 --> 00:22:47.230
  • Yes, fast,
  • 00:22:47.230 --> 00:22:49.080
  • give alms,
  • 00:22:50.040 --> 00:22:51.240
  • pray, do all the good works
  • 00:22:51.240 --> 00:22:55.010
  • that the Scriptures invite us to do,
  • 00:22:55.010 --> 00:22:56.250
  • but more than anything else, as James says,
  • 00:22:56.250 --> 00:22:59.150
  • visit orphans, and widows, in their affliction.
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:05.210
  • In other words, reach out to people.
  • 00:23:06.260 --> 00:23:09.000
  • I really don't think you can be an authentic follower
  • 00:23:10.250 --> 00:23:14.080
  • of Jesus, a disciple of Jesus,
  • 00:23:14.080 --> 00:23:17.030
  • without having some type of an outreach.
  • 00:23:17.030 --> 00:23:20.210
  • And I don't mean just giving your money away,
  • 00:23:20.210 --> 00:23:22.260
  • I mean, authentically participating
  • 00:23:22.260 --> 00:23:27.020
  • in some way to help people.
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  • Now I know that some of you are at home
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  • and you're homebound and you really can't go out,
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  • but you can still pray for people, and I'm sure you do,
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  • you can give money.
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  • I have a prison ministry program
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  • where you can write letters to people in prison,
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  • there all kinds of ways that you can get involved.
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  • But this is religion, we were created to be related.
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  • And please invest yourself, get involved,
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  • participate, and touch somebody's life.
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  • So let me wrap all this up,
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  • we are not islands unto ourselves,
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  • we are all part of a continent,
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  • we were created to be related.
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  • And I'm praying that because of this program,
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  • you will realize that your primary relationship is with God,
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  • and you will give yourself to God more fully.
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  • Then you will forgive the people that have hurt you,
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  • you will invest your lives in the relationships
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  • that you have around you.
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  • Compassion, caring, kindness,
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  • and then you'll go outside the circle of your family
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  • to the wider circle of all humanity,
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  • and make a difference in somebody's life.
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  • That's what it means to Live with Passion.
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  • Don't just live, Live with Passion.
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  • As you heard,
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  • Christianity really is all about relationships.
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  • You and I were created to be related.
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  • I got a letter from a woman, she said,
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  • "I have never been so moved
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  • "by the teachings of anyone on TV,
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  • "as I have by you Father Cedric."
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  • She said, "Although I'm not Catholic,
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  • "you speak directly to me,
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  • "and you've often brought me to tears by your messages."
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  • Well, I'm really glad about that because the whole purpose
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  • of Live with Passion, is to reach out.
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  • We trying to help people
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  • to come into a personal relationship with God
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  • and reaching into your homes, reaching into hospitals,
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  • reaching into hotels, reaching into prisons,
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  • sending books to people in prison, Bibles,
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  • I have a pen pal ministry,
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  • hundreds of people writing to the people in prison.
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  • So I can do this because lots of people are supporting me.
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  • I have partners, I have benefactors,
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  • people that make a one-time donation, thank you in advance.
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  • Would you consider partnering with my ministry?
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  • I promise you, I will use that money
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  • to proclaim the truth everywhere.
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  • If you like what I've been saying,
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  • if I'm speaking directly to you, please support it.
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  • And I'm gonna invite you to just simply write me,
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  • go to my website, call that number,
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  • please, I need you, partner with my ministry.
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance.
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  • Don't just live, live with passion.
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  • - [Announcer] God is good all the time.
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  • All the time, God is good.
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  • For over 13 years,
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  • Father Cedric has broadcast Live with Passion
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  • on television and radio.
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  • Father is inspiring believers
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  • and reaching out to those who have not yet come to faith.
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  • Because of these programs,
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  • lives are being touched and souls are being saved.
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  • Please join in supporting Father Cedric
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  • in his God-given mission
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  • to proclaim the gospel to every person.
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  • Father Cedric is a priest with a professed vow of poverty.
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  • That means all of your money will be used
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  • to help him in his ministry.
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  • Many are hurting, broken, and lost,
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  • but God is good all the time.
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  • Through grace, people can be saved.
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  • To partner with Father Cedric,
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  • simply call 844-FatherC,
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  • 844-328-4372,
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  • or write us at 430 Bunker Hill Road, Houston, Texas 77024,
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  • or log on to www.frcedric.org
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  • and donate online, simple, easy, and confidential.
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  • Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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  • Together, we are touching lives and saving souls.
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