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Anthony Bamber
I bow to Fr Barron, but I can't help thinking that if one has real faith then one can't help but love. Surely, to use fr Barron's metaphor, if faith opens the door one will be "sucked" into the house of "love". If this is true then if an individual has the faith "to move mountains" it must mean that he has the love to move them in right direction.
God grant me more faith.
9/11/2012 10:49:13 AM
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Carla
I agree Fr. Barron. I too believe that Luther needs to be given his full due.

At the SCRC convention, I heard a very good speaker from England (Mr. Whitehead) give some very good talks on Echumenism. Grace allows for an acceptance and togetherness of people, despite their differences in faith. We are taught that love conquers all, so we must walk this path together, depite foundational differences. It is only through love, that faith will be perfected.

I think this sermon could be combined with your talk for 9/11 in anger and forgiveness, and be a very good talk on Echumenism. It could teach people how to put away anger and differences, to allow for a re-invitation into right relationship with others of different faiths.
9/11/2012 3:41:36 PM
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d.a.g.
How do we win people over?
With caution!

'What you win them WITH is what you win them TO.'(EWTN, Dr. Ray's show)

only faith - its hollow, won't last long, serves no purpose.
only works - we can manipulate it to our end & end in frustration.(I've done this)

What do I understand by faith - The truth that God created me in Love and the history & promise of our salvation. God provides us grace, his word.
What do I understand by love(works) - self-gift(heart & mind, my being, my efforts) to neighbour.

Faith(truth) should guide our works(love) if it is to be a force for good. - Pope Benedict XIV.

We will win people over by sharing our JOY of our LOVE for both faith(truth) & works(love), once WE experience it.
9/12/2012 1:49:02 AM
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Tyler
I don't if I am right in doing this but I have associated faith with the commandment to love God and God's love for us (faith as an acknowldgement of and gratitdue for his grace). I have associated good works with our commandment to love our neighbour.
9/12/2012 4:25:27 PM
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Arteaga
Father Barron,
I Thank my Lord Jesus for your teaching that is very clear comes from the Holy Spirit, I can feel it & hear it in your words. The House= Fantastic!!!
My Lord, My God My All, Thank you.
9/13/2012 8:31:28 AM
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vito beningo
Peace be with you Father Barron!Along with the fact that you are part of the Royal Priesthood,God has blessed you with the Gift of Teaching.Father,although you have attained a high level of education and are a very learned man you sermons speak to my very heart and mind.Our parish Priest Father Philip Wild like your self Father a very scholarly man made the sermon so very approachable for me as the layman.Bishop Fulton Sheen had this great gift also.i can see the new spring time comming Blessed John Paul two spoke of by sending us brilliant men of God like you.You and the Holy Father and all Priests and semenarians are in my daily rosary intentions.MI IMMACULATA
9/13/2012 9:27:34 AM
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isabel
Ditto - Arteaga & Vitoria beningo spoken from my own heart
9/13/2012 3:42:09 PM
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Loren
Wow...I'm speechless by "Faith perfected by Love." Our GOD for sure is THE mysterious GOD but He does manifest Himself if we look hard and careful enough...Hmm, long reflection time for me now to forget how this world is just vanity to vanity and to just be in trance with GOD from glory to glory which I can hardly wait...ahhh =)
9/14/2012 12:54:18 PM
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Kathy
What an amazing back-drop you provided us with, Fr. Barron, for the door to the stage of Love's saving Grace!
I was glad you spoke of Luther, a sour subject with Catholics.
You gave a gifted perspective, and even the sound of your voice touched my heart. God Speed!
9/14/2012 3:24:21 PM
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Gary
"Faith perfected by Love." Jesus Christ loved the Father, therefore he was completely obedient to the Father, doing the will of the Father up to death on the cross for our salvation. Christ opened the door for us to join the Father in Heaven through his love. Our surest way to express our love for Christ is to obey his commandments. When we are obedient to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we then receive all of his gifts he has to offer in their fullest sense. Our faith is the key to unlocking the door to salvation, obeying lovingly opens the door and allows us to come in and abide in Christ love as he will abide in our love.
9/16/2012 11:13:10 AM
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Gerry McIvor
Fr Bob gives a beautifully weighted and comprehensive presentation of the Catholic view of Justification, as embodied in the Letter of St James. His analogy of Faith acting as a key which opens the door to God's Household is very helpful in conveying the sense of Faith purified by Love.
9/16/2012 4:09:47 PM
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adriana Helena Suarez de Cordoba
To Antonye Bamber, to believe it,It is understandable as you accept that you are worthy of God's love, if you accept in your heart will understand how their love opens doors all around you especially yours and that of your family and those you love will love you more because every time but the more you love will love you and feel the divine presence in every face and you sonrie.Dios you hear your request if actually asked of heart. My prayers are with you this day
9/16/2012 4:19:24 PM
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Arteaga
Father Barron, on the Wall Street Journal paper today front page is our Pope Benedict, & he said Mass to more than 350,000 people- Berirut. Please ask all your students to pray for him. Thank u. Take Care, Bye
9/17/2012 2:34:25 PM
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Cynthia Poole
As a Lutheran, I recall that Luther had some problems with James. But as a Lutheran today, I see the relationship as vital: all my works will not earn God's favor, but because of God's favor (grace) given to me, I WANT to respond with works that are pleasing to God and help to build God's Kingdom here on earth.
9/18/2012 7:52:57 PM
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Saba Koriale
Unfortunately, Fr. Robert Barron was NOT accurate this week; if Billy Graham was right then why we need Baptist Church; if Baptist Church was right then we need Anglican Church; if Anglicans were right then why we need today 59, 000 different denominations and non-denominations each interpreters to the Gospel of life differently; may be don't like it really because the Gospel is Catholic 100%; it was classified and preserved by Catholic monks and Bishops from VERY beginning!
9/19/2012 10:44:20 AM
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Arteaga
Dear Father Barron,
As you, I am extremely busy, I work 7 days a wk, & on weekends I am on call in Chicago. I had decided not to listen to your sermons because I will be taking a Bible Course, but as I received this email from your site written by Saba, I guess I can't leave u alone.
Saba, Saba, Saba, if I may make a suggestion, Please listen very carefully to each & every word that this Holy , Yes, this Holy priest of Jesus Christ says. Love & Faith r gifts of God the Almighty, pray that He may give them to you in abundance, than the Holy Spirit will come to you through the words of this Catholic Saint & u will live in the Precious Love of Jesus Christ, Know that I will always pray for u & your loved ones. Jesus loves you. Father Barron, please remember us @ the raising of the Body & Blood of Christ during your celebration of our Holy Mass. May God's Holy Blessing be always with you.
9/19/2012 1:24:40 PM
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Loubab
Dear Father Barron
Thank you so much father for your talks, they touch our hearts and open our eyes to the truth and help us understand and grow in our faith. we have a group of 8 couples who meet monthly with a catholic priest to talk about a certain topic that is related to us as christian families and tomorrow our topic is the letter of James. We are Iraqies who live in NZ and our faith kept us strong as a community so thank you again for all the effort you put in these talks and other series on word of fire. God Bless.
9/20/2012 8:12:45 AM
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John Melton
Thank you Fr. Barron for your sermon on faith and works. As a former Lutheran pastor who is currently enrolled in RCIA, I have always thought that the "controversy" between Lutherans and Catholics over "faith and works" was a tempest in a teapot. From my perspective, there really doesn't seem to be much difference between what each church teaches about salvation through God's grace in Christ crucified once you get past the rhetoric. I have grown to love the Catholic Church and am grateful for the Magisterium which has preserved the true faith down through the centuries. But I also have many fond memories of the Lutheran Church and its traditions. I pray that God will one day provide a path for Lutherans and Catholics to gather again under the cross of
Christ. God bless you Fr. Barron for your ministry. Please know from one of your faithful listeners that your teaching and preaching is being used by God in a powerful way.
9/20/2012 1:59:31 PM
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