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    Fr. Barron comments on Why the Ascension of the Lord Matters

Stanley Kosior
Fr. Barron, your appeal to faith illumines my intellect; your appeal to reason strengthens my faith. I am grateful for the way you let Truth shine through you.
6/23/2011 3:06:15 PM
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JC Desormeaux
Fr. Barron, never have I ever been explained the meaning of the ascension is such a clear, revealing manner; I realised that I did see the ascension from a Plato presepective and that I was in error. I need to pray and integrate this Truth through your relfection on this sink in and take root. THank you !
6/24/2011 10:35:49 AM
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Faith Maiaer
Whereas some Catholic preaching simply reiterates ancient doctrines, you tackle puzzling topics (like the Ascension) straight on and contextualize them for today's church. Thank you for sharing your erudition and nourishing our faith and reason.
6/25/2011 11:22:33 AM
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Brian A Cook
Thank you.
6/25/2011 1:21:22 PM
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You ignite my faith within me...thank you.
8/8/2011 10:22:16 PM
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Marlene Kolyani
Fr. Barron, thank you. I am learning so much from your video commentaries. Regrading the Ascension, why you did not mention the most important aspect in the Catholic Church that is in the Holy Mass heaven touches the earth through celebrating the Sacrifice of the Most Holy Eucharist/the real presence of Our Lord Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity? His redemptive Sacrifice was completed and made perfect at His Ascension. Only then the Apostles began to celebrate the Holy Mass.
10/24/2011 5:50:16 PM
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Looking at my previous comments, has shown me that I have drawn both from the Jewish and Greek philosophy, but at different times. When I have spoken of being stuck, it has been based upon some verbal directive or command that the priest gave, almost like a psychological boundary that I was given, that I felt that I couldn't cross, totally relating the the veil of tears (Greek.) Then other comments describe that intermingling of heaven and earth, the filial fear and awe that I've experienced (Jewish.) I'm not sure, but from your explanation I think I can identify with the Jewish experience more. I think it's why the Old Testament readings have felt very alive and preferred by me at times. In the beginning of my conversion experience, I was definitely hearing and relating only with the Old Testament readings, until a priest almost became angry with me about it, and told me how much of the Christian experience I was missing by hearing only half of the readings. He warned me that I better open myself up to hearing the NT. I did, and I'm a much more balanced listener and follower now. It was almost like I awakened and was stuck in the old world, and really didn't want to move on, and then was given a warning, and almost pushed out. It is better to be balanced, being opened to both OT and NT. For me spiritual development has been very orderly though. It's the one thing that really has been easily identifiable-order.
5/17/2012 3:06:40 PM
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Marlene, thank you!
Childlike in my separation anxiety at the Ascension of our Lord, I will reflect on the Eucharist, and pin this quote to my heart: ROMANS 8:38, 39
"For I am cetain that neither death nor life, neither angels or principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor any other creature, will be able to separate us from the love of God that comes to us in Jesus Christ, our Lord."
God Speed!
5/17/2012 3:49:45 PM
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On a much simpler level this is how it felt to me, Heaven and Earth meeting and becoming one, when my youngest child recently received her 1st Holy Communion.

The entire church sat rapt, almost breathless, watching these beautiful, pure, innocent souls receive Him for the first time. It truly felt as if the sky opened her beauty, the walls of this dimension fell, and we all- sinners, saints, angels and all that is good-watched in breathless anticipation to welcome these beautiful souls to the banquet table.

It was as if the whole universe, for just that moment—stopped—and we were all one—connected. As if that moment held in its perfection. It was simply mesmerizing.

I, of course, was weeping with utter joy (and embarrassment at my display of streaming tears) and thought… this is how it must feel when we enter Heaven…how all of Heaven must rejoice when we arrive.

Can you imagine how they felt when He arrived?
5/18/2012 10:25:22 AM
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And a tip of the zucchetto to NT Wright's "The Resurrection of the Son of God"?
5/18/2012 11:13:47 PM
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Your comment is so beautiful... i share this breathless, almost faint-like feeling during the Easter Vigil Baptisms. yea, can you imagine....
5/19/2012 12:10:10 PM
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Simon Bonner
Thank you Father. The message of the angels to the men of Galilee at the Ascension of Our Lord has puzzled me for a long time. It puzzles me no longer. God bless you.
5/20/2012 4:44:16 AM
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Question: Fr. Barron begins his commentary by saying that people have a hard time with the 1st century understanding of the ascension. This is not because of our Greek understanding as much as our materialistic understanding of the world, is it not? Father's commentary leaves the materialist with the same question: Did Jesus "ascend to heaven?" Or is this a myth? What does the Church say happened? Whether looking at this event as a "greek" or a jew, something happened.
5/20/2012 7:57:32 PM
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Now I'm confused. My question is the same as DPPC1957 above. Did Jesus physically, bodily ascend into heaven before the eyes of the apostles? I get that Jesus physically, bodily rose from the dead, but then what happened?
5/21/2012 9:28:22 AM
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I'm just hoping you are right.
5/21/2012 8:00:02 PM
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i never really gave much thought to what happens to the body after death. He said He'd prepare a place and i guess that has been enough for me.

is this where the Saints reside until they pass?

i hope i'm understanding because what i hear now, in this, is a beauty beyond description, beyond measure. it stirs me all the way to my soul.
5/22/2012 8:15:27 AM
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Heaven is in our midst, one passes through a chasm or a veil is open and heaven is there
5/23/2012 10:17:45 AM
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