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The Joy of The Lord is Your Strength

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August 18, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • doesn't come from all that stuff.
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  • It's not from the world.
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  • It's from God.
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  • That's exactly what I found out when I was 19 years old.
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  • Gave my life to Christ.
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  • And I found within me a joy.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Hey, my 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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  • Get ready for this.
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  • The joy of the Lord is your strength.
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  • You may be going through a hard time right now,
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  • a difficulty, a suffering, possibly a divorce,
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  • grieving, loneliness, whatever it is.
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  • I wanna tell you that there is a joy
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  • that will enable you, empower you,
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  • help you to face any circumstance.
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  • A joy that no circumstance can take away,
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  • and no circumstance can give.
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  • The joy of the Lord will be your strength.
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  • This comes from Nehemiah chapter 8, verse 10
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  • and it says this.
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  • Nehemiah said go your way, eat the fat
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  • and drink the sweet wine.
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  • Send portions of them for whom nothing is prepared,
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  • for this day is holy to the Lord.
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  • Don't be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
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  • I love that.
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  • The joy of the Lord is your strength.
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  • No matter what you're going through.
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  • No matter the circumstance.
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  • No matter the hardship.
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  • I remember one time I was watching a movie.
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  • It was called The Pursuit of Happiness.
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  • Will Smith was the main character.
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  • He was unemployed, down and out, poor,
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  • walking by the side of the road
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  • and all of a sudden this Ferrari pulls up.
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  • Door pops open.
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  • Man comes out, dressed to the nines.
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  • Beautiful suit.
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  • He was a stock broker going into Wall Street.
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  • And Will Smith's draw dropped.
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  • He looked at that and all of a sudden
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  • it was a moment of vocation for him.
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  • You see, he wanted happiness.
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  • He wanted what money can buy.
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  • And he trained to become a stock broker
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  • so that he could get money and he could be happy.
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  • And isn't that what the world teaches?
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  • That if you get money and you do the right things,
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  • then you can be happy.
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  • That's at least what I thought would make me happy,
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  • but never really did.
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  • Seemed like the more stuff I got,
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  • that nothing worked.
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  • I gotta let you know,
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  • inside of all of us, if you've ever seen a speedometer
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  • or tachometer, you know how the needle moves
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  • when you go faster, inside of all of us we have
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  • what I call a happiness meter.
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  • And all you have to do is look within,
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  • be rigorously honest with yourself,
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  • take a look and you will realize
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  • that you have a happiness meter.
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  • And I wanna ask you a question.
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  • Where is your meter right now?
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  • Are you happy?
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  • And I've discovered that this meter
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  • can actually lead you to eternal life.
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  • God put that happiness meter in us,
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  • that indication of how happy we are
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  • so that we would be led by it to seek true happiness.
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  • so that we would be led by it to seek true happiness.
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  • Oh, this is what I discovered in my life
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  • and I wanna share that with the whole world.
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  • Take a look within, are you happy?
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  • And if not, there's a way to be happy.
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  • And that's what I discovered,
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  • because at age 19, when I told myself that I wasn't happy,
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  • I finally decided I wanna do what it takes to be happy.
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  • And what did that mean?
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  • I surrendered my life to Christ.
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  • And wow, I found more than happiness.
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  • I found a joy that no circumstance can give
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  • and no circumstance can take away.
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  • We just heard from Nehemiah.
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  • The joy of the Lord will be your strength.
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  • Oh, how good that is.
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  • The joy of the Lord will be your strength.
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  • The Declaration of Independence here in the United States,
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  • we have a right to pursue happiness.
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  • Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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  • So in other words, happiness is your right.
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  • We all know what happiness is, we all have tasted it.
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  • I remember one time I got a hole in one in golf,
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  • actually I've had two.
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  • And I mean, the happiness.
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  • But then it goes away.
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  • Have a good meal with some drinks,
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  • and you know, it'll satisfy you, fulfill you,
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  • makes you happy, and it goes away.
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  • So happiness is something we're all grasping for,
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  • we're all striving for.
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  • But I wanna make a distinction between happiness and joy.
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  • But I wanna make a distinction between happiness and joy.
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  • Happiness comes from something that is happening,
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  • that's where the word comes from.
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  • It's a circumstance, a happening in your life.
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  • For example, as I said you make a hole in one in golf,
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  • you have a happy birthday, you have a good meal,
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  • you have some drinks, happy hour.
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  • So basically, it comes from a happening in your life.
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  • But joy is different.
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  • Joy is something transcendent that goes beyond
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  • circumstances and it doesn't fade.
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  • Remember what Jesus said,
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  • in the world you will have tribulations,
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  • but cheer up, I have overcome the world.
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  • So in others words, there's a cheer.
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  • There's a joy.
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  • There's a inner grace, an inner assurance
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  • that you can have no matter what you're going through.
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  • And I want you to have that joy
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  • because it will be your strength.
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  • I remember I was preaching one time in New Orleans
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  • and preaching to me, producing, serving,
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  • ministering is one of the most joyful things that I do.
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  • And I was preaching and I was talking about hope.
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  • Had a big congregation there and right in the first pew,
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  • there was a young woman, probably 16 years old.
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  • She was with her boyfriend, I could see her right there.
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  • And she was playing around on her cell phone,
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  • talking to her boyfriend, laughing.
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  • And here I am trying to preach about hope
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  • and trying to involve people
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  • and I could see all that was going on.
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  • Normally that distracts me,
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  • but I had this power, this grace, this joy
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  • as I was preaching, and she didn't bother me at all.
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  • So in other words, whatever you're going through
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  • may not be, maybe it is a teenager in your life
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  • that's giving you trouble, ADD or addicted
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  • or whatever it is, and it's driving you crazy.
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  • Well I wanna tell you that the joy of the Lord
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  • will be your strength.
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  • It's not circumstantial.
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  • It's not just based on happenings.
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  • And that came through to me one time
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  • when I was in, I was preaching in Los Angeles.
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  • Place called Pacific Palisades.
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  • And just a little bit north of LA, right by the coast.
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  • And I was preaching, there was four masses that morning.
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  • Big crowds.
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  • And you know, after I preach, I preach with a lot
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  • of enthusiasm, I get hungry.
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  • So I went to the kitchen.
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  • Wasn't lunch time yet.
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  • Just looking for something like a chocolate chip cookie
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  • to tide me over.
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  • Go into the kitchen and in walks a priest
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  • that I hadn't met yet.
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  • Comes up to me, hey you must be Father Cedric,
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  • I heard you were here.
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  • Hey, nice to meet you, and introduced myself.
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  • And he looked at me and he goes,
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  • wow, he says you're a young guy.
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  • He goes, how would you like to go on a cruise?
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  • And I'm thinking to myself, wait a minute.
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  • I came in here for a cookie and he's offering me a cruise.
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  • And I said, a cruise, what do you mean?
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  • He said, well I'm the head chaplain for all the cruise lines
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  • on the west coast.
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  • And he said, people love young priests.
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  • He said, where do you wanna go?
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  • And I'm thinking to myself, wow you know,
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  • I came from Massachusets and always heard about Alaska,
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  • but I've never been there.
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  • And yeah, I'd like to go to Alaska.
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  • I never really thought it would happen,
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  • but sure enough a year later yours truly,
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  • all expenses paid, they just wanted a priest
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  • on board the ship.
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  • I was a chaplain on a cruise ship to Alaska.
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  • What a cruise.
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  • Finest shows and food and whales jumping.
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  • And eagles flying, glaciers.
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  • If you've ever been to Alaska, it is quite the place.
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  • But one day after I had presided at mass,
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  • went back to my room.
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  • By the way, the rooms on the ships are so small.
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  • I mean you have a bed and a shower and that's about it.
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  • Go back to my room, all of a sudden I hear (knocking),
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  • some impetuous knock at my door.
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  • Open up the door, in barges this man.
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  • Doesn't even look at me.
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  • He barges in, and he just starts pacing back and forth.
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  • And he goes, I know who you are.
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  • I know you're the priest on board the ship.
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  • He said, I've seen you walking around with your collar.
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  • And he said, this isn't confession,
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  • I don't need to go to confession,
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  • I don't wanna go to confession,
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  • but I gotta get this off my chest.
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  • I am in the midst of an adulterous relationship
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  • and it's tearing me up inside.
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  • I feel guilty, I'm miserable.
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  • And he said, finally he looks at me
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  • and first time he looks at me and he goes,
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  • Father, you don't know how lucky you are.
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  • (laughing)
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  • And I thought to myself, a cookie.
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  • I just wanted a chocolate chip cookie.
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  • So finally the man, after he rants and raves
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  • a little bit longer and backed up,
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  • and he just left as fast as he came in.
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  • Door slammed, I never saw him again.
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  • Probably when he saw me, he hid or whatever,
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  • but never saw him again.
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  • And it struck me, if ever you should be happy,
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  • it would've been on this cruise to Alaska.
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  • Whales, as I said, eagles.
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  • The best food.
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  • Wonderful entertainment.
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  • Sleep all day if you want.
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  • Hot tubs, you know, you name it.
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  • And here's this man racked with torment.
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  • Miserable.
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  • So in other words, the circumstances that he had
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  • wasn't giving him happiness.
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  • Wasn't giving him joy.
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  • And so what I wanna make clear to you
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  • is that there's a big difference between happiness and joy.
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  • What this man was missing, see somewhere along the line
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  • he was tempted into thinking he could be happy
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  • by committing adultery.
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  • Somewhere along the line people are tempted
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  • into thinking they can be happy by getting addicted,
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  • although they don't think they're gonna
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  • get addicted with drugs and alcohol
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  • and sex and gambling and everything else.
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  • People are looking for happiness.
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  • And then somewhere along the line,
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  • people think that they can be happy
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  • by getting into these bad habits
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  • and then they get stuck and then end up
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  • getting overweight, and then they're not happy.
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  • They feel out of control.
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  • But I wanna tell you that true happiness
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  • doesn't come from all that stuff.
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  • It's not from the world.
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  • It's from God.
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  • That's exactly what I found out when I was 19 years old.
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  • Gave my life to Christ.
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  • And I found within me a joy,
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  • as I said, that no circumstance can give
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  • and no circumstance can take away.
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  • One time, there's a scene in the Gospel that I love.
  • 00:11:43.270 --> 00:11:46.070
  • Jesus sends out 72 disciples.
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  • He sends them out to preach the Gospel.
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  • He says, preach the Gospel, heal the sick,
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  • proclaim the good news.
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  • They come back, shoulder to shoulder,
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  • arm around each other, they're laughing,
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  • they're joyous because demons were subject to them.
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  • They were casting our demons.
  • 00:12:04.290 --> 00:12:06.260
  • And they come back and they're all happy.
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  • And you know what Jesus said to them,
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  • and I love this, he said, don't be happy
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  • because demons are subject to you.
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  • Be happy because your names are written in heaven.
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  • That is joy, do you see the joy of the Lord
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  • is knowing that you're on the way to heaven.
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  • That your name is written in heaven.
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  • And you can know by giving your life to Christ,
  • 00:12:27.050 --> 00:12:29.200
  • being filled with the Holy Spirit
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  • and having a personal relationship with God.
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  • The joy of the Lord.
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  • Assurance.
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  • On the way to heaven.
  • 00:12:39.030 --> 00:12:40.080
  • That's what Jesus told us to be joyful about.
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  • The joy of the Lord will be your strength.
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  • Then you know, if you get sick, you have problems,
  • 00:12:44.270 --> 00:12:47.030
  • you have relationship difficulties,
  • 00:12:47.030 --> 00:12:48.280
  • no matter what the devil throws at you,
  • 00:12:48.280 --> 00:12:51.060
  • no matter what stuff's gonna happen in life,
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  • you will have a strength.
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  • I remember Saint Francis of Assisi,
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  • great founder of the Franciscans,
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  • his name was Francesco of Assisi.
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  • His father was a silk merchant, very rich.
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  • Grew up in, I believe, the 1300s.
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  • Very rich.
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  • Francesco loved clothes, fine clothes.
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  • He loved the partying lifestyle.
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  • He loved the night life and being happy.
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  • He was striving, like everybody else, for happiness.
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  • And then something happened,
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  • the city state got in a war.
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  • Assisi got in a war with the next city.
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  • Francesco was in the war.
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  • He ended up in a dungeon for one year.
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  • Talk about all your circumstances
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  • being taken away from you, he was miserable.
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  • In that dungeon, in that prison, he gave his life to Christ.
  • 00:13:42.220 --> 00:13:47.070
  • And when he got out, he was a changed young man.
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  • And he realized that all the stuff
  • 00:13:50.240 --> 00:13:52.260
  • that he was seeking for happiness wasn't working.
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  • Clothes and women, parties, money.
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  • His father wanted him to be a merchant like himself,
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  • to become wealthy, to have all the stuff.
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  • And all Francis wanted was simplicity.
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  • He wanted God.
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:13.090
  • He called it Lady Poverty.
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:17.040
  • And so he made a deep dedication to Christ
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  • and right there in the town square, the piazza,
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  • he strips himself completely naked.
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  • Gives all his clothes back to his father,
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  • right in front of everybody and he said,
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  • now I have no father but my heavenly Father.
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  • And he made a choice to make Christ the Lord of his life.
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:39.160
  • And he became a very joyous person.
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  • And his joy was so attractive, multitudes would come to him.
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  • He started the Franciscan community in the Catholic church,
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  • which is the largest community in the church.
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  • And it was all because of the joy that he had.
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  • Not because of the stuff that he had,
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  • but because as I said, of his simplicity,
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  • of his radical dedication to Christ.
  • 00:15:00.240 --> 00:15:05.240
  • And as I said, he embraced what he called Lady Poverty.
  • 00:15:07.070 --> 00:15:09.240
  • See, it's not in having a lot of stuff
  • 00:15:09.240 --> 00:15:13.030
  • that the joy comes and the happiness comes.
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:16.000
  • Actually, you see, I've embraced my vow of poverty too
  • 00:15:16.000 --> 00:15:20.060
  • as a passionist, that's another religious community
  • 00:15:20.060 --> 00:15:23.020
  • in the Catholic church.
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  • And I've found, I learned that early on
  • 00:15:24.080 --> 00:15:27.130
  • that it's not the stuff that you get that make you happy,
  • 00:15:27.130 --> 00:15:30.050
  • it's not who has the most toys who wins,
  • 00:15:30.050 --> 00:15:33.020
  • actually it's your dedication to God
  • 00:15:33.020 --> 00:15:35.120
  • and the joy of the Lord is your strength.
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  • I'm not gonna fall into that trap anymore.
  • 00:15:38.200 --> 00:15:40.230
  • And so I love Saint Francis because joy is attractive.
  • 00:15:40.230 --> 00:15:45.020
  • And he attracted many followers.
  • 00:15:45.020 --> 00:15:48.090
  • Brought people to Christ.
  • 00:15:48.090 --> 00:15:50.030
  • I remember one time I was watching a Billy Graham program.
  • 00:15:50.030 --> 00:15:53.010
  • This was back when I'm 18 years old, lost, looking,
  • 00:15:53.010 --> 00:15:58.010
  • looking for happiness.
  • 00:15:58.230 --> 00:16:00.080
  • And as you know, Dr. Graham gets up there
  • 00:16:00.080 --> 00:16:02.070
  • and he preaches that the Gospel about Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:04.200
  • And right before on his crusades,
  • 00:16:04.200 --> 00:16:07.190
  • during the crusade, but right before
  • 00:16:07.190 --> 00:16:09.040
  • he gets up to speak, he always gets a politician,
  • 00:16:09.040 --> 00:16:11.090
  • actress, a sports figure gets up
  • 00:16:11.090 --> 00:16:14.130
  • and gives a witness about their dedication to Christ.
  • 00:16:14.130 --> 00:16:17.290
  • And I don't know who the woman was,
  • 00:16:17.290 --> 00:16:19.120
  • but this woman got up right before
  • 00:16:19.120 --> 00:16:21.060
  • and she had the most beautiful smile.
  • 00:16:21.060 --> 00:16:24.230
  • I mean, the whitest teeth that you can ever imagine
  • 00:16:24.230 --> 00:16:28.040
  • and she talked about a personal relationship
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  • with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:30.110 --> 00:16:31.260
  • And she talked about the joy that she had
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:34.060
  • in her life now that she surrendered her life to Christ.
  • 00:16:34.060 --> 00:16:36.280
  • And I'm sitting there watching the TV going,
  • 00:16:36.280 --> 00:16:39.040
  • yes, that's what I'm after, that's what I want.
  • 00:16:39.040 --> 00:16:42.030
  • I want that dedication.
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  • I want that joy that she has, obviously, you can see it.
  • 00:16:43.190 --> 00:16:46.260
  • She's glowing.
  • 00:16:46.260 --> 00:16:47.290
  • And that helped me to give my life to Christ.
  • 00:16:49.170 --> 00:16:51.260
  • Maybe you're just tuning into the program,
  • 00:16:51.260 --> 00:16:54.110
  • and you're looking, you're searching,
  • 00:16:54.110 --> 00:16:56.210
  • your happiness meter is real low right now.
  • 00:16:56.210 --> 00:16:59.240
  • I wanna tell you, you can have happiness.
  • 00:16:59.240 --> 00:17:02.230
  • You can have joy, it's not gonna be based
  • 00:17:02.230 --> 00:17:05.250
  • in the circumstances of your life.
  • 00:17:05.250 --> 00:17:08.100
  • It's based in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you give your life to Christ?
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  • Would you make a surrender to Him.
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  • He'll love you, He'll forgive you,
  • 00:17:17.060 --> 00:17:19.260
  • and He'll take you places that you never thought
  • 00:17:19.260 --> 00:17:21.190
  • you could go.
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:22.140
  • And joy is attractive.
  • 00:17:23.130 --> 00:17:26.000
  • And I'm praying that you will be attracted
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:28.130
  • by this program to Jesus.
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:31.050
  • I remember one time I was preaching a retreat
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:32.280
  • at our place in Houston.
  • 00:17:32.280 --> 00:17:34.240
  • I'll never forget, right after I preached
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:37.220
  • I went to my office, I hear a knock on my office door.
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  • This woman comes in, not just a woman.
  • 00:17:40.020 --> 00:17:42.240
  • This woman was probably one of the most
  • 00:17:42.240 --> 00:17:46.150
  • beautiful women I had ever seen in my life.
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:49.130
  • She comes in my office and sits down
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  • and she started like this,
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:53.020
  • Father, I want what you have.
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:56.090
  • And I looked at her, and I thought, wow.
  • 00:17:56.090 --> 00:17:58.220
  • I mean, here's this woman, she's got obvious beauty,
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:02.150
  • probably rich and she wasn't happy.
  • 00:18:02.150 --> 00:18:07.150
  • And what I told her was this.
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  • Turn away from the world.
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  • Surrender to Christ.
  • 00:18:12.250 --> 00:18:15.040
  • And He will give you a joy that the world cannot give.
  • 00:18:16.170 --> 00:18:19.210
  • And that's what I wanna say to you right now.
  • 00:18:19.210 --> 00:18:21.060
  • Some of you have a lot of money
  • 00:18:21.060 --> 00:18:23.050
  • and you have a lot of things.
  • 00:18:23.050 --> 00:18:24.050
  • Maybe you have a lot of beauty.
  • 00:18:24.050 --> 00:18:25.120
  • Others of you, maybe you don't.
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:26.260
  • Doesn't matter because you're not gonna be happy
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:29.020
  • through your circumstances alone.
  • 00:18:29.020 --> 00:18:31.030
  • What I simply wanna tell you is what I told that woman.
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  • You have within you this well spring of joy.
  • 00:18:33.190 --> 00:18:38.080
  • Jesus called the Holy Spirit this fountain of eternal life.
  • 00:18:38.080 --> 00:18:42.090
  • It's within you too.
  • 00:18:42.090 --> 00:18:44.100
  • But you gotta quit clinging to the world and to the stuff,
  • 00:18:44.100 --> 00:18:48.030
  • and you will find joy.
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:49.130
  • That's exactly what happened to a woman
  • 00:18:49.130 --> 00:18:51.240
  • named Clare of Assisi.
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:54.050
  • You see, when Francis was preaching in Assisi
  • 00:18:54.050 --> 00:18:56.260
  • and attracting all these people,
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:59.140
  • people were coming to him because of his joy
  • 00:18:59.140 --> 00:19:01.200
  • and a woman named Clare, who was a very beautiful woman,
  • 00:19:01.200 --> 00:19:05.070
  • had long hair, saw Francis, listened to the Gospel.
  • 00:19:05.070 --> 00:19:10.030
  • And she made a dedication to Christ.
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:12.230
  • She actually shaved all of her hair off
  • 00:19:12.230 --> 00:19:15.250
  • when she gave her life to Christ
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.190
  • because she realized that her joy
  • 00:19:17.190 --> 00:19:19.100
  • was not to be found in her beauty.
  • 00:19:19.100 --> 00:19:21.130
  • So Clare, attracted by beauty, gave her life to Christ.
  • 00:19:21.130 --> 00:19:26.130
  • You've all heard the story about Saint Paul in prison.
  • 00:19:26.130 --> 00:19:29.190
  • Paul the Apostle, of course parading around the world,
  • 00:19:29.190 --> 00:19:32.150
  • telling everybody about Jesus Christ,
  • 00:19:32.150 --> 00:19:34.100
  • calling people to a deep personal relationship with Him.
  • 00:19:34.100 --> 00:19:37.080
  • And then he gets thrown into a Philippian jail
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:40.080
  • because of preaching the Gospel.
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:44.070
  • So here he is in this jail, and by the way,
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:46.060
  • the jails in Philippi, I've been to Philippi,
  • 00:19:46.060 --> 00:19:48.160
  • I've studied in the Holy Land and studied in Greece.
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:51.110
  • The jails were pretty much nothing like what we have today.
  • 00:19:51.110 --> 00:19:55.270
  • They're sewer holes, they're cold, they're muddy.
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  • They're terrible.
  • 00:19:59.140 --> 00:20:01.020
  • So here's Paul and his companion, Silas.
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:03.250
  • He's in this sewer hole.
  • 00:20:03.250 --> 00:20:06.040
  • In the middle of the night, at midnight,
  • 00:20:06.040 --> 00:20:10.160
  • there he is, not moaning and crying and complaining.
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:15.030
  • He's singing.
  • 00:20:17.290 --> 00:20:18.260
  • Singing at the midnight hour.
  • 00:20:20.270 --> 00:20:23.050
  • Can you believe that?
  • 00:20:23.050 --> 00:20:24.240
  • What in the world would make a person in prison,
  • 00:20:24.240 --> 00:20:28.240
  • who has been thrown in there for doing the right thing,
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:31.180
  • sing in the middle of the night?
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:33.100
  • The joy of the Lord was his strength.
  • 00:20:33.100 --> 00:20:37.290
  • And it says, all the prisoners were listening.
  • 00:20:37.290 --> 00:20:41.110
  • Yeah, if you're singing in the middle of your misery,
  • 00:20:41.110 --> 00:20:43.150
  • if you're complaining people will hear you too,
  • 00:20:43.150 --> 00:20:47.150
  • but if you're singing in the middle of your
  • 00:20:47.150 --> 00:20:49.140
  • trials and adversities, people are gonna listen.
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:51.250
  • They're gonna say, I want what you have.
  • 00:20:51.250 --> 00:20:54.090
  • And so all of a sudden, obviously the prisoners
  • 00:20:54.090 --> 00:20:58.090
  • weren't the only ones listening.
  • 00:20:58.090 --> 00:21:00.050
  • God was listening too.
  • 00:21:00.050 --> 00:21:02.080
  • And God responds to your joy, your good attitude.
  • 00:21:02.080 --> 00:21:07.070
  • God responds to praise.
  • 00:21:08.000 --> 00:21:09.170
  • And that's exactly what he was doing.
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:10.260
  • He was praising God in the midst of it all.
  • 00:21:10.260 --> 00:21:13.050
  • So you know what happened, you've heard this story.
  • 00:21:13.050 --> 00:21:15.250
  • All of a sudden there's this tremendous earthquake.
  • 00:21:15.250 --> 00:21:17.270
  • Doors barge open.
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:19.270
  • And Paul is free to go, but he doesn't go.
  • 00:21:21.150 --> 00:21:24.260
  • The jailer comes in, actually the jailer was gonna
  • 00:21:24.260 --> 00:21:27.280
  • commit suicide because he thought everybody escaped.
  • 00:21:27.280 --> 00:21:29.160
  • Paul said, I'm still here.
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:31.260
  • The jailer comes up to him with an interesting question.
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:35.230
  • He said, sir, what do I gotta do to be saved?
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:40.130
  • Do you understand that Paul's joy
  • 00:21:42.020 --> 00:21:44.000
  • caused a man to want salvation?
  • 00:21:44.290 --> 00:21:49.110
  • Wow, people are always asking me,
  • 00:21:49.110 --> 00:21:51.170
  • how do I get my children back to church?
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:54.220
  • What do I gotta do to get this person to come to Christ?
  • 00:21:54.220 --> 00:21:57.240
  • Well I'll tell you what you don't do.
  • 00:21:57.240 --> 00:21:59.020
  • You don't beat them over the head with a Bible.
  • 00:21:59.020 --> 00:22:01.030
  • You don't try to convert them by your own words.
  • 00:22:01.030 --> 00:22:04.050
  • Certainly, you share the Gospel,
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  • but more than anything else,
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:07.260
  • I love what it says in First Peter,
  • 00:22:07.260 --> 00:22:09.160
  • with reverence and gentleness, be ready to share
  • 00:22:09.160 --> 00:22:14.110
  • with reverence and gentleness, be ready to share
  • 00:22:14.110 --> 00:22:15.160
  • about the hope that is within you.
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:17.140
  • And I wanna add the word, with joy.
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:19.270
  • Show people your joy.
  • 00:22:20.220 --> 00:22:22.130
  • Show people your smile.
  • 00:22:22.130 --> 00:22:24.080
  • Pope Francis said, you know, when you're evangelizing,
  • 00:22:24.080 --> 00:22:27.250
  • he wrote this apostolic exhortation, his first one,
  • 00:22:27.250 --> 00:22:31.290
  • it was called The Joy of the Gospel,
  • 00:22:31.290 --> 00:22:33.210
  • Pope Francis of the Catholic church.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:35.230
  • The Joy of the Gospel, he says,
  • 00:22:35.230 --> 00:22:37.060
  • if you're going to evangelize, don't look like you just
  • 00:22:37.060 --> 00:22:39.080
  • came home from a funeral.
  • 00:22:39.080 --> 00:22:41.040
  • And I love that because a lot of people, you know,
  • 00:22:41.040 --> 00:22:43.130
  • they evangelize and they haven't smiled the whole time.
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:46.100
  • Well who wants that?
  • 00:22:46.100 --> 00:22:47.180
  • The world's not looking for more misery.
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:49.060
  • I got a letter from somebody that watched my program
  • 00:22:49.060 --> 00:22:51.020
  • and he said, Father I've watched your program.
  • 00:22:51.020 --> 00:22:55.180
  • What do I gotta do to be saved?
  • 00:22:55.180 --> 00:22:57.000
  • The same thing that the jailer asked Paul,
  • 00:22:57.000 --> 00:22:59.090
  • this man is asking me in a letter.
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  • What do I gotta do to be saved?
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  • And what I told him is what I'm telling you now.
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  • Quit clinging to the world.
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  • It's not gonna save you
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  • and it's not gonna bring you happiness.
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  • Yeah, it's okay to have things and money
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  • and relationships and to have some fun,
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  • but don't look for that to save you.
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  • And what I told that man is, and I wrote him back
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  • and I sent him some materials, some of my books,
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  • give your life to Jesus Christ.
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  • The joy of the Lord will be your strength.
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  • Are you looking for happiness in the world?
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  • Do you feel like you're not happy?
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  • That's God in you, speaking to you.
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  • May I ask you to simply, like Francis,
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  • like Paul the Apostle, like Clare, like myself,
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  • make a surrender to Jesus Christ.
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  • And you will find a joy that no circumstance can give you,
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  • and no circumstance can take away.
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  • Don't just live, live with passion.
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  • I want the joy of the Lord to be your strength.
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  • It's not circumstances, it's God.
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  • The assurance of His love.
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  • The assurance of eternal life.
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  • I want you to have that.
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  • I get letters from all kinds of different people.
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  • This woman from Kentucky wrote and she said,
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  • Dear Father Cedric, just want you to know
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  • how important your ministry is to me.
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  • I was raised in the Pentecostal church,
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  • and I'm spirit filled, but you minister to me
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  • more than anybody else.
  • 00:24:39.180 --> 00:24:41.000
  • Well that really touches my heart
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  • because as a Catholic priest,
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  • I wanna reach out to Catholics,
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  • but I wanna reach out to all denominations
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  • and especially to people that aren't going to church.
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  • I hear from Baptists and Lutherans
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  • and nondenominational and Pentecostals and Catholics,
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  • because I'm preaching Jesus
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  • and a personal relationship with Him.
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  • I wrote a book called, You Can Be Happy.
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  • And as I said in my program,
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  • the source of happiness, the source of joy
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  • is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:05.290 --> 00:25:08.160
  • This book will really help you.
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  • Thank you to people like this woman who wrote,
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  • who are sending in money, partners,
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  • so that I can air all around the world.
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • Please listen to my announcer.
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  • Don't just live, Live with Passion.
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  • - [Announcer] Everyone wants to be happy.
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  • We have all sorts of ideas of what can bring happiness.
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  • Big houses, big paychecks, big opportunities.
  • 00:25:31.100 --> 00:25:34.080
  • But that kind of happiness is based on circumstances.
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  • True joy is rooted in a trusting relationship with God.
  • 00:25:36.290 --> 00:25:40.080
  • In Father Cedric's book, You Can Be Happy,
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  • you will discover that God wants to fill your heart
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  • with a joy and peace that can withstand bad days
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  • and hard times.
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  • Father Cedric reveals the source of true joy
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  • is the person, Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:51.160 --> 00:25:53.150
  • In this book you will learn the keys to a happy lifestyle.
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  • Things like a positive mindset,
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  • how to approach your circumstances,
  • 00:25:58.090 --> 00:25:59.240
  • how to receive grace, and becoming your best self.
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  • Call right now to get your copy today.
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  • Call 844-Father-C.
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  • That's 844-328-4372 or go to frcedric.org.
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  • Or write us at Father Cedric Ministries.
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  • 100% of your donations will be used
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  • Don't just live, live passionately.
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  • Jesus came to bring us abundant life.
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  • A life filled with joy, hope, and purpose.
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  • For over a decade, Father Cedric Pisegna
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  • has been sharing the life changing message of hope
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  • with people around the world.
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  • As a priest with a vow of poverty,
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  • Father Cedric's and resources are created
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  • It's only because of generous people like you who give,
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  • We hear life changing testimonies
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  • from people who watch us on television.
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  • That's 844-328-4372, or go to fathercedric.org.
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  • Write us at Father Cedric Ministries,
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