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The Pearl of Great Price

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May 24, 2020
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Father Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - The best thingsin life are free.
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  • (bright music)
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  • Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegnathe host of Live with Passion.
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  • I'm a Catholic priest.
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  • I am so glad that youinvited me into your home.
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  • I want to share with you the
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  • Gospel of Matthewchapter 13 this reading.
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  • The kingdom of heavenis like a merchant
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  • in search of fine pearls.
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  • And, they found onepearl of great price,
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  • and he went and he soldeverything that he had,
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  • and he bought that pearl.
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  • I remember a song fromthe '70s by Pink Floyd
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  • called Money andin the background,
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  • they had an addingmachine spinning,
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  • cash register ringing,
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  • a bag of coins blinging.
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  • And then there was the singing.
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  • New car, caviar, what a dream.
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  • I think I'll buy myselfa football team. (laughs)
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  • And that played over andover again on the radio,
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  • it was all about howmoney can buy things.
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  • Money can buy happiness.
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  • And we all know, really,
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  • that money can't buy happiness.
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  • It can buy a lot of thingsbut it can't buy happiness.
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  • Some of the richest peoplein life are not happy.
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  • The best thingsin life are free.
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  • I want to share withyou about the free gift
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  • of the Holy Spirit.
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  • And how Jesus cameto bring us something
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  • that is such a blessing.
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  • And it's all for free.
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  • That's what graceis, free grace.
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  • So, I grew up withthat philosophy incollege about money.
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  • I remember it's all aboutthe pursuit of money
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  • and improving youreconomic status
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  • and getting rich.
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  • I even had that as a goal.
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  • Growing up in collegeI studied business.
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  • And basically, mymain goal in life was,
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  • I wanted to be rich, I wantedto make a lot of money.
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  • That's the American dream,after all, isn't it?
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  • Make a lot of money,be self sufficient,
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  • you do your best,
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  • you raise your children.
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  • And like a merchant insearch of fine pearls
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  • I was looking for happiness.
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  • I was searchingfor the good life.
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  • I wanted to achievethe American dream.
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  • And so, I was in collegeand I was studying business.
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  • I was studying,finance and accounting
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  • and I remember whatthey taught us there.
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  • We learned about investing,
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  • money management, savings.
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  • We learned aboutthe stock market
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  • and about gaining interest.
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  • We learned aboutIRA's and 401k's,
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  • providing for your future.
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  • Nothing wrong with all that.
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  • We learned all about itbut it became my goal.
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  • It became everything thatI was wanting out of life.
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  • You see, I was amerchant, like we all are.
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  • Jesus spoke in business termsquite often with his parables
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  • in a lot of his teachings.
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  • And he realized that allof us are like merchants.
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  • We're all searching.
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  • Ever see somebody on the beach
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  • with one of thosetreasure finders.
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  • That's kind of theway we are in life,
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  • we're all searchingfor that treasure.
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  • We're a merchant insearch of the fine pearl
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  • that will finally satisfyus and make us happy.
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  • And that's the wayI was in college.
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  • Well, in the midstof all my studies.
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  • Here I am in college with thebest of intentions, studying.
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  • And actually I wasdoing very well.
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  • I was making the Dean's list,
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  • having all these courses,
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  • applying myself (mumbles).
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  • Something happened
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  • that totally transformedme and changed my life.
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  • Turned my world upside down,
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  • and I went from beingon the Dean's list
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  • to I started flunking.
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  • What happened was this.
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  • In the midst of my studies,I was dating a girl.
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  • And, after about ninemonths we broke up,
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  • and I started questioninglife and I started searching.
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  • The merchant insearch of fine pearls.
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  • And, I came to God.
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  • And I found what Iwas searching for.
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  • And what I was searchingfor, transformed me.
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  • Transform my goals,my motivations,
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  • my whole thrust toward living.
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  • I began to have a relationshipwith the Holy Spirit.
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  • Remember what I said, thebest things in life are free.
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  • I couldn't pay for it,you don't deserve it.
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  • There's no amount ofmoney that can get it.
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  • But when you believe.
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  • And when you acceptwhat Jesus taught.
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  • And when you give your lifeto Christ and surrender.
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  • It's you openyourself up for this,
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  • this finest of all pearls.
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  • And everything else inlife, takes a backseat.
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  • And I knew when Ifound that pearl,
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  • that I would sellall the other pearls.
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  • In fact I literally soldall the other pearls.
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  • In the midst of all my studies,
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  • I found that onepearl of great price.
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  • Some people are climbingthe ladder of success,
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  • like I was trying to do.
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  • And then they get tothe top of that ladder
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  • and unfortunately they findout that the ladder was,
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  • leaning againstthe wrong building.
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  • I was applyingmyself toward things,
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  • toward money, towardthe American dream.
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  • And that's good for some peoplebut it wasn't good for me,
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  • because I want more than.
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  • And this is what I discovered
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  • when the HolySpirit came upon me.
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  • I want more than somethingof temporal value,
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  • I want somethingof eternal value,
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  • of significance.
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  • Something that doesn't fade.
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  • It's not fleeting likethe things of this world.
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  • And so, I investedmyself all right.
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  • I invested myselfinto the kingdom.
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  • A great saint in ourchurch, the Catholic Church.
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  • She was a followerof Jesus, of course,
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  • but also of SaintFrancis of Assisi.
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  • Her name is SaintClare of Assisi.
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  • This wonderful womanwho became a saint.
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  • And she founded the Poor Clares,
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  • or a group ofcontemplative nuns.
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  • Saint Clare was notduped by the world.
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  • You see, Jesus taught this,
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  • what would it profit a person,
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  • if you gain the whole world,
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  • and you lose your soul?
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  • And unfortunately, somepeople are selling their soul
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  • not for the whole world
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  • but for a little teenyitsy-bitsy piece of it.
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  • And so Jesus said, itwouldn't profit you
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  • if you gainedeverything in the world,
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  • and you lost your soul
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  • because your soulis who you are.
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  • Your soul is goingto live forever.
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  • So we have to do anything andeverything that we can now
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  • to make sure that we haveinfinitely eternal life.
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  • And so, Saint Clare of Assisi,
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  • said this, listen to this.
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  • Our labors here are brief,
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  • our reward is eternal.
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  • Remember this,
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  • don't let the thrillsof this world,
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  • which vanish likedew, excite you.
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  • Don't let the fake delights
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  • of this deceptiveworld trick you.
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  • And don't let success,go to your head.
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  • Wow!
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  • Those are sobering words.
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  • Those are words of wisdom.
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  • It's really importantthat you understand that,
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  • money, fame, fortune,
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  • those are good thingsbut they're fleeting.
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  • They don't reallybring you the life
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  • that our hearts are desiring.
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  • I've read many booksin my life and,
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  • certainly the Bible hasbrought me the most wisdom.
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  • But there are otherbooks written by saints.
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  • And one book in Catholictradition is called,
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  • The Imitation of Christby Thomas a Kempis.
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  • It was writtenaround the year 1420.
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  • So, in this book,it has a contempt
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  • for the vanities of this world.
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  • Ecclesiastes a book inthe Bible, same thing.
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  • Vanity of vanities,all things are vanity,
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  • says the preacher, Ecclesiastes.
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  • So it's that type ofa wisdom literature.
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  • And in this bookby Thomas a Kempis,
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  • again, called TheImitation of Christ.
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  • He talks about lifeis vain and illusory.
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  • He said the world and all itsallurements are passing away.
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  • And a good and pure conscience
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  • gives more joy thanany philosophy,
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  • and any banquet.
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  • So this is what I'mtalking about here.
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  • As I was going throughcollege, I was searching,
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  • like a merchant insearch of fine pearls.
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  • And my goal andmy motivation was.
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  • What I was learningfrom our culture,
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  • about money, aboutthings, about happiness.
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  • And I was grasping for that,
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  • and investing myself toward it.
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  • And then I had aradical transformation
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  • by the Holy Spirit througha relationship with Jesus.
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  • Through him, withhim and in him.
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  • And everything began to change.
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  • As I said, I wentfrom the Dean's list
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  • to flunking out of my classes.
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  • And I changed mymajor to social work,
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  • because I wanted to startworking with people.
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  • Because I discovered that,
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  • working with people
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  • and helping peopleis much more valuable
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  • than hoardingeverything selfishly.
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  • You can see what I'mwearing here now,
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  • years later, yearsafter college.
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  • You see, what I did is Iwent towards social work
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  • and then I went evendeeper toward ministry
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  • and then I went evenmore toward priesthood,
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  • joined religious life.
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  • I'm all in.
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  • You can see what I'm wearing,this is my religious habit.
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  • It's called thePassionist habit.
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  • There are Jesuits, Franciscans,
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  • Servites, Dominicans,
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  • all kinds of differentreligious communities,
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  • Redemptorists withinthe Catholic Church.
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  • I have joined areligious community
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  • and dedicated myself to God
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  • in a religious communitycalled the Passionists.
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  • We are dedicated to thepassion to the cross of Christ.
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  • That's what you see on my heart.
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  • This is called our sign.
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  • Jesus in the Gospelof John did signs.
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  • The greatest signwas the passion.
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  • And underneath are the words,the passion of Jesus Christ.
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  • These are in Hebrew,
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  • Latin and Greek.
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  • My first vow, is tomeditate upon the passion
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  • and proclaim God's love to all.
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  • Along with that, poverty,
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  • chastity and obedience.
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  • I have vowed this to God
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  • that I would live simply,
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  • obediently and chastly.
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  • I have a vow of chastity whichmeans I do not get married.
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  • And what happens is,
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  • all the love that Iwould give to a woman,
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  • I give to people.
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  • I channel that love to you
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  • through television,through writing,
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  • through preaching,through living my life.
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  • And so, I remember thiswhole thing about poverty.
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  • I remember this,
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  • just to share with you.
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  • Poverty, doesn't mean that,
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  • doesn't mean that Idon't have things.
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  • No I drive a car.
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  • I watch TV.
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  • Live in a house, butit's with a community.
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  • Everything is shared in common.
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  • You must understand.
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  • Jesus became poor, thisis right from the Bible.
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  • Jesus became poor,
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  • so that through his poverty,
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  • we could become rich.
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  • And I'm quoting aScripture quote.
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  • Jesus did not havea lot of wealth.
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  • He purposely took everythingthat was given to him,
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  • and he gave it away.
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  • They had some money, and Iguess Judas was a treasurer
  • 00:11:58.565 --> 00:12:01.602
  • we found out in the Gospel.
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  • But Jesus wasn'there to get rich.
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  • He was here to enrich us.
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  • So, this was kind of aforeign concept for me,
  • 00:12:10.177 --> 00:12:13.080
  • this whole thing aboutpoverty because remember,
  • 00:12:13.080 --> 00:12:15.883
  • I was schooled in 401k's and,
  • 00:12:15.883 --> 00:12:18.685
  • investing and saving and money
  • 00:12:19.620 --> 00:12:21.989
  • and business and all that.
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  • So I remember my profession day.
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  • (throat-clears)
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  • This is the day that,
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  • I'm going to profess my vows.
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  • Poverty, chastity, obedience,
  • 00:12:30.330 --> 00:12:32.699
  • the vow to the passion.
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  • There was eight of us young men,
  • 00:12:34.168 --> 00:12:35.636
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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  • Big church fullof our relatives.
  • 00:12:37.271 --> 00:12:39.840
  • Probably 1.000 peoplethere, September 8th, 1985.
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  • And it's the day that we'regoing to profess our vows.
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  • It's like our wedding day.
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  • And we're going to do it rightin front of all these people.
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  • And, you go beforeyour provincial,
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  • and you profess your vows
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  • and I remember it wasa beautiful ceremony
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  • and everybody clapped for us
  • 00:12:56.824 --> 00:12:58.258
  • and we had all that music,
  • 00:12:58.258 --> 00:12:59.927
  • and then immediatelyafter the ceremony,
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  • we didn't go to the reception
  • 00:13:02.629 --> 00:13:04.398
  • we went into theback of the church.
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  • It's called the sacristy.
  • 00:13:06.633 --> 00:13:08.535
  • And there, our novice masterhanded us a legal document
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  • with all these notarysignatures on it.
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  • It was a legal binding document
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  • and it was a documentabout poverty.
  • 00:13:19.246 --> 00:13:21.248
  • And underneath was my name.
  • 00:13:22.382 --> 00:13:24.818
  • And then a blank space whereI'm supposed to sign my name
  • 00:13:24.818 --> 00:13:27.721
  • and basically whatit was saying is,
  • 00:13:27.721 --> 00:13:29.189
  • for the rest of my life,
  • 00:13:29.189 --> 00:13:30.891
  • everything I earn will begiven to the community.
  • 00:13:30.891 --> 00:13:34.228
  • And that, I would never be ableto keep anything for myself.
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  • It's the vow of poverty.
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  • They gave me a pen,
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  • and I can remember,now remember,
  • 00:13:41.602 --> 00:13:43.837
  • I had studied business.
  • 00:13:43.837 --> 00:13:46.006
  • I had studied investing.
  • 00:13:46.006 --> 00:13:48.408
  • And all of a sudden my handstarted shaking with a pen,
  • 00:13:48.408 --> 00:13:50.711
  • and my knees startedknocking and then finally,
  • 00:13:50.711 --> 00:13:53.347
  • happily I signed that document
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  • for the rest of my life.
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  • Everything given to megoes to the community
  • 00:13:57.751 --> 00:13:59.853
  • of course if you makea donation to me,
  • 00:13:59.853 --> 00:14:01.989
  • I use that money for television,
  • 00:14:01.989 --> 00:14:04.157
  • for writing booksand for reaching out
  • 00:14:04.157 --> 00:14:06.360
  • not for my own personal wealth.
  • 00:14:06.360 --> 00:14:08.929
  • And the reason why I did that.
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  • Even though I had been schooled
  • 00:14:12.165 --> 00:14:13.433
  • in somethingcompletely different,
  • 00:14:13.433 --> 00:14:15.869
  • was because we sang.
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  • I'll put it to you this way.
  • 00:14:18.105 --> 00:14:19.539
  • We sang a song at myprofession, it was called,
  • 00:14:19.539 --> 00:14:22.676
  • you are more precious.
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  • And here are the verses.
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  • Lord, you are moreprecious than silver.
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  • Lord, you are morecostly than gold.
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:35.622
  • Lord, you are morebeautiful than diamonds.
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  • Nothing I desire cancompare with you.
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  • Wow!
  • 00:14:44.331 --> 00:14:45.165
  • It's not that I'm against money
  • 00:14:46.700 --> 00:14:49.603
  • and against riches.
  • 00:14:49.603 --> 00:14:51.905
  • They're good things.
  • 00:14:51.905 --> 00:14:53.206
  • We need money to be ableto proclaim the gospel.
  • 00:14:53.206 --> 00:14:56.410
  • They help people tolive their lives well.
  • 00:14:57.878 --> 00:15:00.781
  • There's, I'm notpreaching against money.
  • 00:15:00.781 --> 00:15:02.916
  • It's the love of moneythat's the root of all evil.
  • 00:15:02.916 --> 00:15:05.152
  • And, it's hoarding it for self
  • 00:15:05.152 --> 00:15:08.188
  • that's the root of all evil.
  • 00:15:08.188 --> 00:15:09.723
  • When I was 19 years old, Ireceived the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:09.723 --> 00:15:13.093
  • There's many words for this,
  • 00:15:13.093 --> 00:15:14.328
  • being filled withthe Holy Spirit,
  • 00:15:14.328 --> 00:15:15.696
  • release of the Holy Spirit,
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  • being baptized inthe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:16.930 --> 00:15:18.765
  • Remember what Johnthe Baptist said.
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  • He said I baptizeyou with water,
  • 00:15:20.167 --> 00:15:22.169
  • but one is coming after me
  • 00:15:22.169 --> 00:15:23.470
  • that's gonna baptize youwith the Holy Spirit,
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  • and with fire.
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  • So think about being plungedor immersed into water
  • 00:15:27.441 --> 00:15:31.178
  • that's what it is to bebaptized in the spirit.
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  • All of a sudden, thingsstart to change for you.
  • 00:15:34.114 --> 00:15:36.350
  • Your motivationschange, your outlook.
  • 00:15:36.350 --> 00:15:38.819
  • The way you see God,you develop intimacy,
  • 00:15:38.819 --> 00:15:41.121
  • you have new peace, new joy and.
  • 00:15:41.121 --> 00:15:44.358
  • And I wanted you to know that,
  • 00:15:44.358 --> 00:15:46.526
  • this is normative fora Christian, I believe.
  • 00:15:46.526 --> 00:15:49.930
  • You want to develop sometype of a relationship
  • 00:15:49.930 --> 00:15:52.599
  • with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:15:52.599 --> 00:15:54.735
  • And with the HolySpirit comes wisdom,
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  • to be able to look at life
  • 00:15:56.903 --> 00:15:59.006
  • and to see through thedeceptiveness in life.
  • 00:15:59.006 --> 00:16:02.175
  • The deceitfulness.
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  • The empty riches.
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  • The fleetingness of fame.
  • 00:16:05.412 --> 00:16:07.881
  • And all the things thatthe world proclaims
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  • that everybody is grasping for,
  • 00:16:11.051 --> 00:16:13.220
  • this culture of death,
  • 00:16:13.220 --> 00:16:15.088
  • that it's not necessarilywhat brings happiness.
  • 00:16:15.088 --> 00:16:18.392
  • The best thingsof life are free.
  • 00:16:18.392 --> 00:16:20.861
  • And money doesn'tnecessarily bring happiness.
  • 00:16:20.861 --> 00:16:23.764
  • But with the spirit there's,
  • 00:16:24.965 --> 00:16:27.267
  • there's this inner joy,
  • 00:16:27.267 --> 00:16:29.736
  • this blessed assurance.
  • 00:16:30.670 --> 00:16:33.907
  • But most of all, thiscommunion with God.
  • 00:16:33.907 --> 00:16:37.477
  • That's eternal life.
  • 00:16:38.378 --> 00:16:39.713
  • That can never be taken away.
  • 00:16:40.580 --> 00:16:42.783
  • In another episodeI talked about how,
  • 00:16:42.783 --> 00:16:45.185
  • not even death can separate us
  • 00:16:45.185 --> 00:16:48.688
  • from the love of God
  • 00:16:48.688 --> 00:16:49.823
  • that comes to usin Jesus Christ.
  • 00:16:49.823 --> 00:16:52.526
  • And, the title of this series is
  • 00:16:52.526 --> 00:16:54.628
  • Through Him, andWith Him and In Him.
  • 00:16:54.628 --> 00:16:57.164
  • Wow!
  • 00:16:57.164 --> 00:16:58.598
  • It's all about being in Christ.
  • 00:16:58.598 --> 00:17:00.934
  • So, in the CatholicChurch anyway.
  • 00:17:00.934 --> 00:17:04.404
  • Baptism in the Holy Spiritis something very important.
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  • You may not know this,
  • 00:17:06.840 --> 00:17:08.108
  • if you are Catholicbut our Pope Francis
  • 00:17:08.108 --> 00:17:10.343
  • has been baptizedin the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:10.343 --> 00:17:12.679
  • He's a very charismatic Pope.
  • 00:17:12.679 --> 00:17:15.148
  • Filled with the Spirit,talks about the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:15.148 --> 00:17:17.484
  • This is what he said aboutbaptism in the Holy Spirit.
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  • This is our Pope, by the way.
  • 00:17:19.953 --> 00:17:21.955
  • Pope Francis, he said,baptism in the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:17:21.955 --> 00:17:24.758
  • allows us to enter into apersonal communion with God.
  • 00:17:24.758 --> 00:17:28.995
  • That's what I'm talking about.
  • 00:17:28.995 --> 00:17:30.230
  • A personal relationship,intimacy Christ in us,
  • 00:17:30.230 --> 00:17:34.634
  • the hope of glory
  • 00:17:34.634 --> 00:17:36.303
  • and participate inhis salvific will.
  • 00:17:36.303 --> 00:17:40.140
  • Let me just talk for amoment about ecumenism.
  • 00:17:40.140 --> 00:17:43.243
  • Ecumenism is the,
  • 00:17:43.243 --> 00:17:45.779
  • bridge betweendifferent denominations.
  • 00:17:45.779 --> 00:17:48.682
  • I'm a Catholic priest on
  • 00:17:48.682 --> 00:17:50.617
  • many Christian networks.
  • 00:17:50.617 --> 00:17:52.686
  • In fact, the three majorChristian networks I am on them.
  • 00:17:52.686 --> 00:17:55.789
  • This is the first time anyminister has done this.
  • 00:17:55.789 --> 00:17:58.758
  • And the reason whyI think I am able
  • 00:17:58.758 --> 00:18:00.827
  • to be on all theseChristian networks
  • 00:18:00.827 --> 00:18:03.096
  • is because I'm ecumenical.
  • 00:18:03.096 --> 00:18:06.299
  • I'm not trying to, stressthe differences that we have,
  • 00:18:06.299 --> 00:18:10.137
  • I'm trying to findthe commonalities.
  • 00:18:10.137 --> 00:18:12.606
  • And the one commonalitythat we have
  • 00:18:12.606 --> 00:18:14.808
  • that all denominations have
  • 00:18:14.808 --> 00:18:16.676
  • is a relationship withGod in the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:16.676 --> 00:18:19.446
  • So, rather than stressingwhere we may not agree
  • 00:18:19.446 --> 00:18:22.682
  • and a lot of thatcomes from pride.
  • 00:18:22.682 --> 00:18:24.584
  • I think we ought toall humble ourselves
  • 00:18:24.584 --> 00:18:26.753
  • and open ourselves upto the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:18:26.753 --> 00:18:29.389
  • and try to findthe commonalities.
  • 00:18:29.389 --> 00:18:32.526
  • And I think that's one ofthe reasons why people,
  • 00:18:32.526 --> 00:18:34.594
  • and about a 1/3of my benefactors,
  • 00:18:34.594 --> 00:18:37.063
  • a 1/3 of my partnersare not Catholic.
  • 00:18:37.063 --> 00:18:40.233
  • Oftentimes, I'll getletters in the mail.
  • 00:18:40.233 --> 00:18:41.968
  • Father Cedric I'm not Catholic.
  • 00:18:41.968 --> 00:18:43.870
  • Is the first time I've everwritten a Catholic priest,
  • 00:18:43.870 --> 00:18:46.473
  • but the way you preach,
  • 00:18:46.473 --> 00:18:47.841
  • is exactly like ourdenomination. (laughs)
  • 00:18:47.841 --> 00:18:50.944
  • Well, I'm not trying tomake anybody Catholic
  • 00:18:50.944 --> 00:18:53.880
  • although if you wantto become Catholic,
  • 00:18:53.880 --> 00:18:55.782
  • I'll be very glad to help you.
  • 00:18:55.782 --> 00:18:58.018
  • But, I am trying to makeyou Christian in Christ,
  • 00:18:58.018 --> 00:19:02.589
  • filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:02.589 --> 00:19:04.791
  • And as I said, the onecommonality that we all have,
  • 00:19:04.791 --> 00:19:08.195
  • is being filled withthe Holy Spirit,
  • 00:19:08.195 --> 00:19:10.197
  • having a relationshipwith God the Father,
  • 00:19:10.197 --> 00:19:12.499
  • and being in Jesus Christ,
  • 00:19:12.499 --> 00:19:14.201
  • that's what ecumenism is.
  • 00:19:14.201 --> 00:19:15.902
  • We look for the commonalities.
  • 00:19:15.902 --> 00:19:18.071
  • We don't want toargue with each other.
  • 00:19:18.071 --> 00:19:19.639
  • What we can do together,
  • 00:19:19.639 --> 00:19:21.374
  • we can change theworld together.
  • 00:19:21.374 --> 00:19:23.810
  • So, I think that'swhy this program
  • 00:19:23.810 --> 00:19:27.647
  • has had such successon various networks.
  • 00:19:27.647 --> 00:19:31.785
  • Whether Catholic or Protestant
  • 00:19:31.785 --> 00:19:34.054
  • or whateverdenomination you are,
  • 00:19:34.054 --> 00:19:36.356
  • is because I stressthe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:19:36.356 --> 00:19:39.292
  • And I have found that theone great pearl of value
  • 00:19:39.292 --> 00:19:43.697
  • is available to all.
  • 00:19:43.697 --> 00:19:45.999
  • Fact it says about Pentecost
  • 00:19:45.999 --> 00:19:47.801
  • that your young peoplewill have visions,
  • 00:19:47.801 --> 00:19:51.171
  • and your old peoplewill dream dreams
  • 00:19:51.171 --> 00:19:53.206
  • and God said throughthe Prophet Joel.
  • 00:19:53.206 --> 00:19:55.475
  • Upon all flesh,
  • 00:19:55.475 --> 00:19:57.877
  • I will pour out my spirit.
  • 00:19:57.877 --> 00:19:59.446
  • Says in the Gospel of John that,
  • 00:19:59.446 --> 00:20:01.548
  • God doesn't rushin the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:01.548 --> 00:20:04.317
  • In other words, God lavishes,
  • 00:20:04.317 --> 00:20:06.620
  • the Holy Spirit upon his people.
  • 00:20:06.620 --> 00:20:08.855
  • And so, that's one of the goals
  • 00:20:08.855 --> 00:20:10.123
  • that I have withLive with Passion.
  • 00:20:10.123 --> 00:20:11.591
  • I want you to knowthe Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:11.591 --> 00:20:14.094
  • I want you to know how,
  • 00:20:14.094 --> 00:20:16.596
  • the affection, the love,
  • 00:20:16.596 --> 00:20:19.299
  • the kindness
  • 00:20:19.299 --> 00:20:21.001
  • that God has towardus in the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:20:21.001 --> 00:20:24.004
  • So, just one littleexample about
  • 00:20:24.004 --> 00:20:27.240
  • what the Spirithas brought to me.
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:29.342
  • This new peace.
  • 00:20:29.342 --> 00:20:30.877
  • Besides intimacy with God
  • 00:20:32.512 --> 00:20:34.214
  • and I've talked aboutthat in other episodes.
  • 00:20:34.214 --> 00:20:37.150
  • There's, a new peace.
  • 00:20:37.150 --> 00:20:40.420
  • And how do we describe peace,
  • 00:20:40.420 --> 00:20:41.955
  • there are many words for it.
  • 00:20:41.955 --> 00:20:43.089
  • Shalom, tranquility,
  • 00:20:43.089 --> 00:20:46.226
  • serenity, calm,
  • 00:20:46.226 --> 00:20:49.362
  • rest, easy going.
  • 00:20:49.362 --> 00:20:52.699
  • And I really wantyou to have that.
  • 00:20:52.699 --> 00:20:54.234
  • Remember what Jesus said,he said, learn from me,
  • 00:20:54.234 --> 00:20:55.735
  • I'm meek and gentle of heart,
  • 00:20:55.735 --> 00:20:58.038
  • and you will findrest for your souls.
  • 00:20:58.038 --> 00:21:00.473
  • My yoke is easy,
  • 00:21:00.473 --> 00:21:02.676
  • my burden is light.
  • 00:21:02.676 --> 00:21:04.044
  • See Jesus is the Prince of Peace
  • 00:21:04.044 --> 00:21:06.112
  • and he tries tobring us all peace.
  • 00:21:06.112 --> 00:21:08.381
  • I never used to beable to sit alone.
  • 00:21:08.381 --> 00:21:10.850
  • Silent.
  • 00:21:10.850 --> 00:21:12.185
  • Growing up in the '70s
  • 00:21:12.185 --> 00:21:13.887
  • before I came to Christ,
  • 00:21:13.887 --> 00:21:15.388
  • I would always have to havemusic going on, rock and roll.
  • 00:21:15.388 --> 00:21:18.191
  • TV, whatever it is.
  • 00:21:19.259 --> 00:21:21.061
  • Now, I crave quiet. (laughs)
  • 00:21:21.061 --> 00:21:25.665
  • I love just sitting in silence.
  • 00:21:25.665 --> 00:21:27.767
  • It's the school of silence.
  • 00:21:29.002 --> 00:21:31.805
  • The place where youcan hear God's voice.
  • 00:21:31.805 --> 00:21:35.175
  • I don't have to have allkinds of noise going on.
  • 00:21:35.175 --> 00:21:38.511
  • I crave peace.
  • 00:21:38.511 --> 00:21:41.414
  • I heard the story,
  • 00:21:41.414 --> 00:21:43.817
  • about a man namedHoratio Spafford.
  • 00:21:43.817 --> 00:21:46.319
  • I don't know if youever heard the story.
  • 00:21:46.319 --> 00:21:47.587
  • He was a Christian and a lawyer.
  • 00:21:47.587 --> 00:21:49.889
  • Lived in Chicago in the 1800's.
  • 00:21:49.889 --> 00:21:52.792
  • The pinnacle of his success,
  • 00:21:52.792 --> 00:21:54.728
  • he lost his son
  • 00:21:54.728 --> 00:21:56.629
  • and his property inthe Great Chicago Fire.
  • 00:21:56.629 --> 00:21:59.599
  • But right after that,
  • 00:21:59.599 --> 00:22:01.101
  • he still had enough money.
  • 00:22:01.101 --> 00:22:02.635
  • He decided that his wife andhis four daughters and he
  • 00:22:02.635 --> 00:22:05.605
  • were going to go over to Europeacross the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 00:22:05.605 --> 00:22:08.775
  • He sent them ahead of him,
  • 00:22:08.775 --> 00:22:10.610
  • and he was goingto go a week later.
  • 00:22:10.610 --> 00:22:13.046
  • And they had a tragic accident
  • 00:22:13.046 --> 00:22:14.914
  • where there was thesinking of the ship
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  • in the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • He gets a telegramfrom his wife,
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  • and it said, saved alone.
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  • There in the middleof the Atlantic Ocean,
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  • he lost his four daughters.
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  • Immediately he got into a ship
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  • and started goingover to see his wife,
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  • and right at the place wherehe lost his four daughters,
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  • the ship stopped.
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  • And he prayed
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  • and he composed a song.
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  • And if you're a Protestantyou know what this song is.
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  • It's called It IsWell With My Soul.
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  • And the words are this.
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  • When sorrows, likesea billows roll.
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  • Whatever my lot, youhave taught me to say,
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  • it is well, it iswell with my soul.
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  • This man just losthis four daughters.
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  • But that's the type peace,
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  • that the Holy Spirit brings.
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  • No matter what tragedies,
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  • or trials or tribulations
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  • or hardships that you'regoing through in life.
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  • Money can't give you that peace
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  • in the midst oflosing your children.
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  • Money can't give you peace
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  • when you're going throughphysical sufferings.
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  • Money can't give you peace
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  • when you're havingtrials and tribulations.
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  • When you're about to die,
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  • you're not going to be saying
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  • how much do I havein my bank account?
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  • You're going to be cryingout, come Holy Spirit help me.
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  • And it's the Spirit whowill have mercy on you
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  • at the moment of your death,
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  • and will transform you andtranslate you right to heaven.
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  • That's why, allthings are passing.
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  • Don't be duped by the world.
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  • So, I was schooled in money.
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  • I was schooled in investing.
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  • And I was schooled in,
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  • getting ready for your future.
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  • It was all training me
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  • about the pearl of great price.
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  • So I sold all theother little pearls.
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  • And I bought that one pearl.
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  • And I discovered that,
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  • actually that pearl,is free of charge,
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  • and it's available to everybody.
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  • And it's true.
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  • The best thingsin life are free.
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  • Don't just live,live with passion.
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  • (soft music)
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  • The best thingsin life are free.
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  • I want you to receivethe Holy Spirit,
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  • the pearl of great price.
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  • So, received aletter from a woman.
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  • Actually it was adonation and a letter,
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  • and she became apartner from New Jersey.
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  • Some of you are just seeingthis program for the first time.
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  • She said I'm been blessedby your teaching father.
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  • It's like, you'rehaving a conversationwith us in our home.
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  • And, you're personable
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  • and you personifythe love of Jesus.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • I really appreciate that.
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  • But, most of all,
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  • This book will help you
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  • to develop a relationship
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  • with the pearl of great pricethat is the Holy Spirit.
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  • Everything else is passing.
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  • The spirit will last forever.
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  • So, call me at that number.
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  • You'll see all kindsof things there,
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  • don't just live,live with passion.
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