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Success Or Significance

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September 6, 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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  • - You can launch out intothe deep and live a fruitful,
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  • significant life.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Welcome to Live with Passion,I'm Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • I'm so glad that youtuned into the program.
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  • I really want to try to helppeople to live with passion,
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  • to bare fruit in your life,to become all that you can be,
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  • to realize your potential.
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  • I'm gonna help you to do that.
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  • This episode is calledSuccess or Significance.
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  • And actually I want you tolive a significant life.
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  • Let me share withyou this gospel.
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  • It's one you'reall familiar with,
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  • it comes from Luke chapter five.
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  • Goes like this, thepeople pressed upon Jesus
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  • to hear the word of God.
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  • He was standing by the sea ofGalilee and he saw two boats
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  • by the sea and the fishermenhad gone out of them,
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  • they were washing their nets.
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  • And he got into one of theboats, which was Simon Peter
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  • and he asked him to putout a little from the land
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  • and he sat down and he taughtthe people from the boat.
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  • And when he had ceased speakinghe said to Simon Peter,
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  • put out into the deep andlower your nets for a catch.
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  • And Simon answered, masterwe've toiled all night
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  • and we took nothing,but at your word I will
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  • let down the nets.
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  • And when they finally letdown the nets they caught
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  • so many fish that theirnets were breaking.
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  • And they beckoned to theirpartners in the other boat
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  • to come and help them andthey came and they filled
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  • both the boats.
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  • So many fish thatthey began to sink.
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  • When Simon Peter saw it, hefell down at Jesus and he said,
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  • depart from me, lord,for I am a sinful man.
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  • That's exactly what Jesuswants to do in our lives.
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  • He wants to make us fruitful,
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  • you know the discipleswere frustrated because
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  • they were catching anything,but Jesus made them fruitful.
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  • And that's something I'mtrying to allow Jesus to do
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  • in my life, to makemy life fruitful.
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  • There's something aboutJesus that motivates us,
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  • that propels us, thatpushes us to become
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  • all that we can be.
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  • When we look at Jesuswe see the son of God
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  • and there's power in him andat his word things happen.
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  • And what he'll do ishe'll take your life
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  • and make it fruitful.
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  • And that was the firstcommandment in the bible,
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  • be fruitful and multiply.
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  • I'm all for being successful,that's really important,
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  • but I've discovered thatthere's a difference
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  • between successand significance.
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  • Success is mostlyhaving to do with money
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  • and your own happinessand that type of a thing,
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  • but significance hasmore to do with people
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  • and what's eternal and with joy.
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  • I want you to besignificant in your life.
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  • That's what happenedwith the apostles.
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  • Let's take a look atthem for a second,
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  • they were fishermen.
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  • And you don't make a lotof money as a fisherman
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  • and it's the same thingday after day after day.
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  • They knew what they were doing,
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  • yet they cast their nets andthey weren't catching anything,
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  • they were frustrated,they were not happy
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  • even though theyknew their trade
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  • things weren'thappening for them.
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  • And that's the way itis for so many people.
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  • Underemployed, or evenif you are employed
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  • maybe you're in a jobthat isn't satisfying,
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  • things aren't working,you feel frustrated,
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  • things aren't happening.
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  • You don't have purposeand meaning in your life,
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  • you're just doing the samething over and over again.
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  • What I love about Jesus isthat Jesus changes things.
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  • If you've ever beento Rome, and I have,
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  • right outside St.Peter's Basilica,
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  • largest church in theworld, is something called
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  • St. Peter's Square.
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  • And if you look right, ifyou're standing in the square
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  • and you look back towardsSt. Peter's Basilica,
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  • you will see a semi-circlewith the apostles on it.
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  • And there are the 12 apostles,
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  • they look like kings up there.
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  • They're big, tall statutes.
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  • These are men who werefishermen, tax collectors,
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  • zealots, people thatreally didn't have much
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  • going for them perse,nothing extraordinary.
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  • And what happened was Jesustook an ordinary person,
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  • like Peter the fisherman,James, Andrew, John,
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  • and he made them intoextraordinary people.
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  • Now everybody that visitsRome sees the apostles,
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  • churches named after them, weall know them from the bible,
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  • history, the greatthings that they've done.
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  • Because what he didis he took their life
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  • and made them launchout into the deep,
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  • invited them to launchout into the deep
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  • and when they risked,when they took a chance,
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  • when they went deeper, thenthings started to happen.
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  • And that's exactly what I wantto try to do in your life is,
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  • I realize that some of youare older and you're at home,
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  • but you can still get involved,
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  • you can still participate, youdon't just have to sit there
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  • and let life pass you by.
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  • You can become fruitfuland significant
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  • and live a passionate life.
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  • So I want to pushyou a little further.
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  • I want you to goout into the deep.
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  • Now the deep is scary.
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  • The deep is unknown.
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  • The deep has questionsand people are afraid.
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  • A lot of people live theirlives in a little tiny box
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  • because they're afraidof going outside the box.
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  • But I've discoveredthat, you know what,
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  • when you face your fearsyou can be courageous
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  • and then you can begin torealize your potential.
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  • I used to sufferfrom panic attacks.
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  • Just reading, nevermindspeaking in front of people.
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  • I sensed a call whenJesus touched me
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  • when I was a young man, callto possibly become a priest
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  • and I thought, I don'tthink that'll ever happen
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  • because I have socialphobias, I have panic attacks,
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  • how am I ever gonna do that?
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  • But I sensed that call andI was so enamored with Jesus
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  • and the person of Jesusand that's when it comes to
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  • meaning and purpose andpotential and fulfilling
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  • your destiny, you reallycan't do it on your own,
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  • not significantly.
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  • You need some typeof motivation.
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  • And for me Jesuswas that motivation.
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  • And this is a primeexample in today's gospel.
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  • Launch out into thedeep for a catch.
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  • He didn't just say thatto Peter and Andrew
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  • and James and John, he'ssaying that to you and to me.
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  • And so I began to sensethat, you know what?
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  • Maybe I can't do it by myself,but with Jesus I can do it.
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  • He motivates us to becomebetter than what we are now.
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  • To launch out into the deep.
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  • And as I said, asa Catholic priest,
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  • and I finally becamea catholic priest,
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  • I was terrified in the beginningbut I'm doing things now
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  • that I never thought I would do.
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  • He's making my life fruitful.
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  • I remember one time,for example, withTrinity Broadcasting
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  • Network they have thePraise the Lord program,
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  • they invited me to be on it,
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  • to be a guest on thePraise the Lord program
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  • and I said, I'm notonly gonna do that,
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  • I'm gonna launch outinto the deep here
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  • and I asked themif I could preach.
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  • And when I asked that I said,Cedric what are you doing?
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  • You're about to preachon national TV live?
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  • I don't know if I could do that.
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  • And I just saidI'm going to do it.
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  • I'm gonna launchout into the deep
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  • because that'swhere the fish are.
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  • And you have fish in yourlife that you can catch,
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  • that are waiting foryou to catch 'em.
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  • And that's exactly what I am,
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  • I'm a fisher of men and women.
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  • So I went onto thePraise the Lord show
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  • and they interviewed meand we had a good time,
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  • and then I get up there,there was an audience
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  • of about 300 out there, plusa national audience live
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  • and I preached.
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  • And I did great.
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  • I was terrified andexhilarated at the same time.
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  • And that's what it means tolaunch out into the deep.
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  • You push yourself to dothings that you didn't think
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  • that you could do.
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  • And it's amazing,until you push yourself
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  • you really don'tknow who you are.
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  • But once you startpushing yourself,
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  • you achieve things thatyou never thought possible.
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  • And that's exactlywhat Jesus taught.
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  • All things are possibleto the one who believes.
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  • Call it positive thinking,call it whatever you want,
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  • but it works.
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  • And I love what happenedwhen they finally did
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  • go out into the deep,they caught so many fish
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  • they could barely reel them in.
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  • And so many people areliving lives with empty nets.
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  • Frustrated, thingsaren't happening.
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  • I'm gonna try to push you offthe edge here to go deeper.
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  • I remember it was Michelangelo,Michelangelo of course,
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  • you're all familiarwith his works.
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  • He painted Creation,for example,
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  • up on the SistineChapel ceiling.
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  • And if you've ever seen it,there's God reaching out
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  • to Adam, Adamreaching out to God.
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  • Notice what they're doing,even God is reaching.
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  • God created by reaching.
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  • God created bytrying new things.
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  • Adam reaching out toGod, trying new things.
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  • And then creation isdepicted as reaching.
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  • He also depicted the LastJudgment on the Sistine Chapel
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  • sanctuary wall, sculptedDavid, the Pieta,
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  • wonderful sculptor,wonderful painter.
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  • He said this, this Michelangeloinspires me because
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  • he was a man of faithand he did things,
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  • he broke boundaries, helaunched out into the deep
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  • and he said the greaterdanger for most of us
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  • isn't that our aim is toohigh and we don't make it,
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  • he said, our greatest dangeris that our aim is too low
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  • and we reach it.
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  • And that's so sad.
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  • Again, as I saidbefore, the Air Force,
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  • US Air Force, aim high.
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  • So that's what thisprogram is all about.
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  • Have you been aiming high?
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  • Have you been reachingfor the stars?
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  • Are you living with passion?
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  • Are you launchingout into the deep
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  • or are you just frustrated?
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  • Years ago our pope,former pope now,
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  • Saint John Paul II wrote anencyclical on human work.
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  • And he said that Goddidn't just created us,
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  • he created us with a purpose.
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  • And our purpose is, ourdestiny is to really
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  • fulfill our potential.
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  • And we all have potential.
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  • I didn't realize whatmy potential was,
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  • I'm starting to realizeis now as I write
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  • and preach and produceand try new things.
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  • But I never reallywould've known it
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  • had I not started toreach out, try new things,
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  • launch out into the deep.
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  • I am not gonna let fear stop me.
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  • Fear boxed me in formany years of my life
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  • as I suffered socialphobias and panic attacks,
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  • but I've decided that that's it,
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  • from now on I'm gonnado all that I can do
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  • and be all thatI can be because,
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  • not just because of me,but because of Jesus.
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  • As I said, he's theone that motivates us.
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  • With him all thingsare possible.
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  • So he said that purpose, thatwe all have to have purpose.
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  • So many today in lifedon't have purpose.
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  • They're lacking meaningand therefore they don't
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  • have passion, theydon't have enthusiasm.
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  • But when you have purpose,enthusiasm comes, fire comes.
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  • It was Saint Catherineof Siena that said
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  • that beautiful quote, bewho you were meant to be
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  • and you will setthe world on fire.
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  • And I still believe,and I hope you do too,
  • 00:12:27.652 --> 00:12:30.388
  • that we can change the world.
  • 00:12:30.388 --> 00:12:32.924
  • We have the message.
  • 00:12:32.924 --> 00:12:34.259
  • We have the message of truth,the message of eternal life,
  • 00:12:35.693 --> 00:12:40.064
  • the message of redemption,the message of salvation.
  • 00:12:40.064 --> 00:12:44.669
  • Because it is true,because of the son of God
  • 00:12:44.669 --> 00:12:47.872
  • who tells us to launchout into the deep,
  • 00:12:47.872 --> 00:12:50.175
  • we can change the world.
  • 00:12:50.175 --> 00:12:52.911
  • I can, you can, all of us can.
  • 00:12:52.911 --> 00:12:55.780
  • Because we have powerin Jesus Christ.
  • 00:12:55.780 --> 00:12:59.684
  • Remember when I wasback in high school,
  • 00:12:59.684 --> 00:13:02.453
  • had a good education,middle class family,
  • 00:13:02.453 --> 00:13:05.824
  • grew up in Massachusetts.
  • 00:13:05.824 --> 00:13:07.492
  • My grades suffered because Ireally didn't have purpose.
  • 00:13:08.993 --> 00:13:13.264
  • I didn't have vision.
  • 00:13:13.998 --> 00:13:15.466
  • I didn't have goals before me.
  • 00:13:15.466 --> 00:13:17.869
  • I didn't know what I wantedto do, it was terrible.
  • 00:13:17.869 --> 00:13:20.138
  • That was one of thehardest times in my life
  • 00:13:20.138 --> 00:13:22.273
  • was when I graduatedfrom high school.
  • 00:13:22.273 --> 00:13:24.309
  • I remember going toa guidance counselor
  • 00:13:24.309 --> 00:13:26.177
  • and we talked it over andwe ended up on business
  • 00:13:26.177 --> 00:13:29.747
  • just because that's whatguys in our culture do.
  • 00:13:29.747 --> 00:13:33.885
  • They want to make moneyand be, quote, successful
  • 00:13:33.885 --> 00:13:36.988
  • and that type of thing.
  • 00:13:36.988 --> 00:13:38.523
  • I remember my friend had atalent at being a mechanic,
  • 00:13:38.523 --> 00:13:41.960
  • my other friend wentinto the military,
  • 00:13:41.960 --> 00:13:45.196
  • my sister got married, myother sister went to college
  • 00:13:45.196 --> 00:13:48.399
  • and she was studyingchemistry and law.
  • 00:13:48.399 --> 00:13:52.604
  • It just seemed likeeverybody had a gift,
  • 00:13:52.604 --> 00:13:54.405
  • everybody had a talent.
  • 00:13:54.405 --> 00:13:55.640
  • I didn't know whatI wanted to do.
  • 00:13:55.640 --> 00:13:57.508
  • I felt so lost, Ifelt so purposeless.
  • 00:13:57.508 --> 00:14:01.379
  • It felt like nothing washappening in my life,
  • 00:14:01.379 --> 00:14:03.281
  • it was such a hardmoment for me.
  • 00:14:03.281 --> 00:14:05.216
  • You ever want to read a goodbook read Viktor Frankl's
  • 00:14:05.216 --> 00:14:08.086
  • Man's Search for Meaning.
  • 00:14:08.086 --> 00:14:11.456
  • Viktor Frankl was a psychologistwho came up with this
  • 00:14:11.456 --> 00:14:15.960
  • beautiful theory aboutthe meaning of life.
  • 00:14:15.960 --> 00:14:20.965
  • And he said thatunless you have meaning
  • 00:14:22.033 --> 00:14:25.069
  • you will not have, youwill come up with a lot of
  • 00:14:25.069 --> 00:14:29.274
  • neurosis' in your life.
  • 00:14:29.274 --> 00:14:30.708
  • It's meaning that giveshealth to a person.
  • 00:14:30.708 --> 00:14:33.778
  • He came up with thiswhole thing in psychology
  • 00:14:33.778 --> 00:14:36.180
  • called logo therapy,man's search for meaning.
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:39.083
  • Anyway, withoutmeaning you feel lost.
  • 00:14:39.083 --> 00:14:44.055
  • Well when I came to JesusI heard him speaking to me,
  • 00:14:44.055 --> 00:14:48.693
  • Cedric launch out intothe deep for a catch.
  • 00:14:48.693 --> 00:14:51.696
  • I finally became courageous,I discovered that,
  • 00:14:51.696 --> 00:14:56.067
  • you know what, money andsuccess and personal happiness
  • 00:14:56.067 --> 00:15:00.605
  • and everything I wasgrasping for isn't really
  • 00:15:00.605 --> 00:15:03.641
  • what's gonna fulfill me.
  • 00:15:03.641 --> 00:15:05.543
  • And so when I came to Jesuseverything shifted in me.
  • 00:15:06.978 --> 00:15:09.580
  • And I realized that I wantto go after what's eternal,
  • 00:15:09.580 --> 00:15:13.251
  • what's ultimate, and that hasto do with helping people,
  • 00:15:13.251 --> 00:15:17.221
  • has to do with reaching out,
  • 00:15:17.221 --> 00:15:20.358
  • has to do with taking chances,
  • 00:15:20.358 --> 00:15:22.860
  • has to do withfulfilling my potential
  • 00:15:22.860 --> 00:15:26.431
  • and the gifts thatGod has given me.
  • 00:15:26.431 --> 00:15:28.266
  • Same for you.
  • 00:15:28.266 --> 00:15:29.600
  • You have potential,you have gifts,
  • 00:15:29.600 --> 00:15:31.469
  • you have blessings within you.
  • 00:15:31.469 --> 00:15:34.038
  • Don't let them lie dormant,
  • 00:15:34.038 --> 00:15:35.473
  • don't die with that within you.
  • 00:15:35.473 --> 00:15:37.875
  • Get involved, participate,push yourself,
  • 00:15:37.875 --> 00:15:40.345
  • what do you sayto taking chances?
  • 00:15:40.345 --> 00:15:42.847
  • This is a series calledGod is Good All the Time,
  • 00:15:42.847 --> 00:15:46.784
  • All the Time God is Goodand because God is good
  • 00:15:46.784 --> 00:15:49.754
  • is has gifted you.
  • 00:15:49.754 --> 00:15:51.823
  • He has put his grace inyou, his presence in you,
  • 00:15:51.823 --> 00:15:55.360
  • and because of that you canachieve things you never
  • 00:15:55.360 --> 00:15:58.196
  • thought you could do.
  • 00:15:58.196 --> 00:15:59.430
  • I never thought Icould write a book.
  • 00:15:59.430 --> 00:16:01.332
  • To date I've written 22.
  • 00:16:01.332 --> 00:16:02.834
  • I never thought I couldbe on TV, that's for sure.
  • 00:16:02.834 --> 00:16:04.702
  • God has opened the doorfor me to be on Trinity,
  • 00:16:04.702 --> 00:16:07.105
  • EWTN, many affiliates, allkinds of different places.
  • 00:16:07.105 --> 00:16:11.109
  • I'm reaching out topeople everywhere.
  • 00:16:11.109 --> 00:16:12.643
  • I never knew I could preach'cause I had panic attacks.
  • 00:16:12.643 --> 00:16:14.612
  • Well I'm growing as apreacher, I'm learning,
  • 00:16:14.612 --> 00:16:18.249
  • I'm touching people, and Godis touching people through me.
  • 00:16:18.249 --> 00:16:21.552
  • It's the same foryou, whatever it is.
  • 00:16:21.552 --> 00:16:23.621
  • Your poetry, maybe you're awriter, maybe you're an artist,
  • 00:16:23.621 --> 00:16:28.626
  • get involved participate,some of you are doctors
  • 00:16:30.061 --> 00:16:32.330
  • and nurses, try things thatyou haven't tried before.
  • 00:16:32.330 --> 00:16:36.501
  • You can change the world,you can touch people
  • 00:16:36.501 --> 00:16:38.536
  • in real powerful waysand I'm gonna invite you
  • 00:16:38.536 --> 00:16:40.471
  • to keep risking,keep reaching out,
  • 00:16:40.471 --> 00:16:44.242
  • keep launching into the deep.
  • 00:16:44.242 --> 00:16:46.611
  • So everything changed forme and I found purpose
  • 00:16:46.611 --> 00:16:51.149
  • through helping people, tryingto add value to their life.
  • 00:16:52.583 --> 00:16:55.853
  • And with purpose, and you'vegot to get this, came passion.
  • 00:16:55.853 --> 00:17:00.525
  • The name of my program,Live with Passion,
  • 00:17:00.525 --> 00:17:03.961
  • passion of course,enthusiasm, passion is energy,
  • 00:17:03.961 --> 00:17:08.966
  • it's reaching out, it'sliving life to the full.
  • 00:17:10.168 --> 00:17:13.438
  • And if you don't have purposeyou're not gonna have passion
  • 00:17:13.438 --> 00:17:15.907
  • you're just gonna be lackluster,you're gonna be mediocre,
  • 00:17:15.907 --> 00:17:19.577
  • you're not gonnahave a lot of energy,
  • 00:17:19.577 --> 00:17:21.479
  • and I want you tobe enthusiastic
  • 00:17:22.647 --> 00:17:24.182
  • and I want you to have energy.
  • 00:17:24.182 --> 00:17:26.717
  • So I remember I waswatching a movie one time,
  • 00:17:26.717 --> 00:17:30.254
  • maybe you've seen it, it wasa movie starring Tom Cruise
  • 00:17:30.254 --> 00:17:35.259
  • and it was calledJerry MacGuire.
  • 00:17:36.427 --> 00:17:37.929
  • Jerry MacGuire, hewas a sports agent.
  • 00:17:37.929 --> 00:17:41.265
  • If you know anythingabout sports agents
  • 00:17:41.265 --> 00:17:43.401
  • in a hype fast-paced worldof football, baseball,
  • 00:17:43.401 --> 00:17:48.206
  • big money, being anagent for these guys,
  • 00:17:48.206 --> 00:17:52.677
  • trying to make a lot ofmoney, trying to help them,
  • 00:17:52.677 --> 00:17:55.213
  • and he came to realizethat you know what?
  • 00:17:55.213 --> 00:17:59.083
  • He was making money butthere was something lacking.
  • 00:17:59.083 --> 00:18:03.621
  • And so he wrote a missionstatement and in his
  • 00:18:03.621 --> 00:18:07.592
  • mission statement hedecided that above all else
  • 00:18:07.592 --> 00:18:11.195
  • he wanted to have personalrelationships with people
  • 00:18:11.195 --> 00:18:14.532
  • and help people evenabove money, he endedup getting fired.
  • 00:18:14.532 --> 00:18:18.703
  • Because again, in thishype paced society,
  • 00:18:19.937 --> 00:18:23.474
  • fast-paced society itwas all about money.
  • 00:18:23.474 --> 00:18:26.410
  • Well he ended upbecoming very happy
  • 00:18:26.410 --> 00:18:30.915
  • even though he got fired.
  • 00:18:30.915 --> 00:18:32.350
  • A lot of people try toclimb the ladder of success
  • 00:18:33.851 --> 00:18:36.754
  • and they're climbing andclimbing and climbing
  • 00:18:36.754 --> 00:18:38.756
  • and then they realize,hopefully one day,
  • 00:18:38.756 --> 00:18:41.993
  • that the ladder is leaningagainst the wrong building.
  • 00:18:41.993 --> 00:18:45.563
  • It's not just about yourown personal satisfaction
  • 00:18:45.563 --> 00:18:48.833
  • and happiness and money,it's about helping others,
  • 00:18:48.833 --> 00:18:52.637
  • it's about relationships,it's about getting involved,
  • 00:18:52.637 --> 00:18:56.007
  • it's about realizingyour potential.
  • 00:18:56.007 --> 00:18:58.476
  • That's significance.
  • 00:18:58.476 --> 00:19:00.945
  • It's not just aboutmoney, it's about God,
  • 00:19:00.945 --> 00:19:05.149
  • it's about people, it's aboutfulfilling who you can be
  • 00:19:05.149 --> 00:19:08.519
  • and living with passion.
  • 00:19:08.519 --> 00:19:09.754
  • I don't just wantyou to be successful,
  • 00:19:09.754 --> 00:19:11.489
  • I do want you to be successful,
  • 00:19:11.489 --> 00:19:12.723
  • but I want you tobe significant too.
  • 00:19:12.723 --> 00:19:14.825
  • So my question is, do youhave a mission statement
  • 00:19:14.825 --> 00:19:17.395
  • for your life?
  • 00:19:17.395 --> 00:19:18.596
  • Do you have goals?Do you have a vision?
  • 00:19:18.596 --> 00:19:19.964
  • It says right there in Proverbs,
  • 00:19:19.964 --> 00:19:21.899
  • without a vision people perish.
  • 00:19:21.899 --> 00:19:24.435
  • Then it also says thatthe Holy Spirit comes
  • 00:19:24.435 --> 00:19:26.704
  • to give young people visionsand that older people
  • 00:19:26.704 --> 00:19:30.174
  • would dream dreams.
  • 00:19:30.174 --> 00:19:31.609
  • Dream dreams.
  • 00:19:31.609 --> 00:19:33.277
  • See visions.
  • 00:19:34.545 --> 00:19:36.547
  • That's why the spirit came.
  • 00:19:36.547 --> 00:19:38.015
  • One of my other episodes Italked about the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:19:38.015 --> 00:19:40.051
  • wonderful gifts of theHoly Spirit is to help you
  • 00:19:40.051 --> 00:19:43.020
  • to have visions anddreams and purpose.
  • 00:19:43.020 --> 00:19:47.425
  • So do you have a missionstatement for your life?
  • 00:19:47.425 --> 00:19:49.160
  • I do for mine.
  • 00:19:49.160 --> 00:19:50.795
  • Father Cedric Ministries.
  • 00:19:50.795 --> 00:19:52.430
  • I want to reach out to asmany people as possible
  • 00:19:53.898 --> 00:19:57.468
  • in as deep a way aspossible with the gospel
  • 00:19:57.468 --> 00:20:02.273
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:20:02.273 --> 00:20:03.307
  • As many, as deepwith the gospel.
  • 00:20:03.307 --> 00:20:07.478
  • So my goals, that'smy mission statement,
  • 00:20:07.478 --> 00:20:10.014
  • my goals are to bringyou number one into
  • 00:20:10.014 --> 00:20:12.617
  • a personal relationshipwith God, and number two,
  • 00:20:12.617 --> 00:20:14.385
  • help you to fulfillyour potential.
  • 00:20:14.385 --> 00:20:16.587
  • That's what thisprogram is all about.
  • 00:20:16.587 --> 00:20:18.656
  • And as you fulfill yourpotential and as you launch out
  • 00:20:18.656 --> 00:20:21.292
  • into the deep and as youlive a significant life
  • 00:20:21.292 --> 00:20:23.761
  • you will have a deeperrelationship with God.
  • 00:20:23.761 --> 00:20:26.831
  • So it's important thatyou develop some type
  • 00:20:26.831 --> 00:20:29.300
  • of a mission statementfor your life.
  • 00:20:29.300 --> 00:20:31.035
  • Have a goal, have a vision,
  • 00:20:31.035 --> 00:20:32.903
  • and then work ataccomplishing it.
  • 00:20:32.903 --> 00:20:35.339
  • With a vision, without a goal,you don't have direction.
  • 00:20:35.339 --> 00:20:39.110
  • And there's all kinds ofdifferent things you can do,
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:40.845
  • but I can tell you this,adding value to people
  • 00:20:40.845 --> 00:20:43.414
  • is really important.
  • 00:20:43.414 --> 00:20:44.882
  • Encouraging others, helpingothers, participating,
  • 00:20:44.882 --> 00:20:48.085
  • getting involved.
  • 00:20:48.085 --> 00:20:49.620
  • Push yourself.
  • 00:20:49.620 --> 00:20:51.455
  • You are the body of Christ.
  • 00:20:51.455 --> 00:20:54.325
  • What if God wants to useyou to influence somebody's
  • 00:20:54.325 --> 00:20:58.262
  • eternal destiny andbecause you're lazy
  • 00:20:58.262 --> 00:21:00.665
  • and because you're not doing it,
  • 00:21:00.665 --> 00:21:02.767
  • because you're notlaunching out into the deep
  • 00:21:02.767 --> 00:21:04.835
  • it won't happen.
  • 00:21:04.835 --> 00:21:05.903
  • You know that whole story ofthe talents that Jesus told
  • 00:21:07.405 --> 00:21:10.174
  • and he gave to one person10 and to another 5
  • 00:21:10.174 --> 00:21:14.211
  • and to another 1 and theone with was afraid,
  • 00:21:14.211 --> 00:21:17.315
  • buried their talent, andthey lost everything.
  • 00:21:17.315 --> 00:21:20.818
  • So don't let feardominate your life.
  • 00:21:20.818 --> 00:21:24.255
  • You have talents,you are gifted.
  • 00:21:24.255 --> 00:21:26.190
  • I didn't think I was.
  • 00:21:26.190 --> 00:21:27.692
  • It's in there,it's in all of us.
  • 00:21:27.692 --> 00:21:29.994
  • So create a missionstatement for your life,
  • 00:21:29.994 --> 00:21:31.996
  • say what you want todo with your life,
  • 00:21:31.996 --> 00:21:33.898
  • and then launch outinto the deep and do it.
  • 00:21:33.898 --> 00:21:36.667
  • There was a study aboutpeople who were employed
  • 00:21:36.667 --> 00:21:40.438
  • and underemployedand not employed andthe study said this,
  • 00:21:40.438 --> 00:21:45.443
  • it's very interesting, itsaid that people who are
  • 00:21:46.877 --> 00:21:48.312
  • underemployed, and manypeople are, under-challenged,
  • 00:21:48.312 --> 00:21:52.216
  • said that they gotbored and they wanted to
  • 00:21:52.216 --> 00:21:54.919
  • change their job.
  • 00:21:54.919 --> 00:21:56.721
  • On the other hand, peoplethat were over challenged
  • 00:21:56.721 --> 00:21:59.890
  • got stressed out becauseit was too hard for them,
  • 00:21:59.890 --> 00:22:02.960
  • but what we have to try to do is
  • 00:22:02.960 --> 00:22:04.495
  • be appropriately challenged.
  • 00:22:04.495 --> 00:22:07.431
  • So in other words you'renot bored and you're not
  • 00:22:07.431 --> 00:22:09.500
  • stressed out.
  • 00:22:09.500 --> 00:22:10.768
  • Look at it this way, saywe have a tachometer,
  • 00:22:10.768 --> 00:22:13.971
  • if you've ever seen atachometer there's one over here
  • 00:22:13.971 --> 00:22:16.273
  • and there's nine over here,
  • 00:22:16.273 --> 00:22:18.476
  • there's the red line over here.
  • 00:22:18.476 --> 00:22:20.144
  • If you're underchallenged, underemployed
  • 00:22:20.144 --> 00:22:23.013
  • you're kind of like onthe one and you're bored.
  • 00:22:23.013 --> 00:22:26.217
  • If you're over challengedand stressed out
  • 00:22:26.217 --> 00:22:29.987
  • you're revving the revline, you're way over here,
  • 00:22:29.987 --> 00:22:32.556
  • you're a nine.
  • 00:22:32.556 --> 00:22:34.225
  • The key is to not just bein the middle somewhere,
  • 00:22:34.225 --> 00:22:37.661
  • but to push yourself towardbeing over challenged.
  • 00:22:37.661 --> 00:22:42.066
  • That's exactly what Idid, became a priest,
  • 00:22:42.066 --> 00:22:44.568
  • starting preachingparish missions,
  • 00:22:44.568 --> 00:22:47.638
  • preaching all aroundthe country, greatcrowds would gather,
  • 00:22:47.638 --> 00:22:51.142
  • great things were going on,
  • 00:22:51.142 --> 00:22:53.244
  • I was really happyto be reaching out.
  • 00:22:53.244 --> 00:22:55.413
  • Then I said, Cedriccan you launch out into
  • 00:22:55.413 --> 00:22:59.049
  • the deep for more?
  • 00:22:59.049 --> 00:23:00.518
  • Can you take risksand try to do more?
  • 00:23:00.518 --> 00:23:02.887
  • So, started writing booksand that was a challenge,
  • 00:23:02.887 --> 00:23:05.623
  • it was hard, but I did that.
  • 00:23:05.623 --> 00:23:07.825
  • Then I started pushingmyself to get on television.
  • 00:23:07.825 --> 00:23:11.429
  • And now I've gone intoa very deep place,
  • 00:23:11.429 --> 00:23:15.599
  • it's very scary at times,but the reach is amazing.
  • 00:23:15.599 --> 00:23:20.604
  • Touching people everywhere,bringing people back to faith,
  • 00:23:22.039 --> 00:23:24.508
  • bringing people that didn'thave faith to come to Jesus,
  • 00:23:24.508 --> 00:23:27.745
  • helping people becomeall that they can be,
  • 00:23:27.745 --> 00:23:30.581
  • realize their destiny.
  • 00:23:30.581 --> 00:23:32.450
  • I remember I got a, Iget letters all the time,
  • 00:23:32.450 --> 00:23:34.919
  • thank you by the way forthose of you who write me.
  • 00:23:34.919 --> 00:23:37.288
  • Got this testimony from awoman, she asked for my latest
  • 00:23:37.288 --> 00:23:39.757
  • book on prayer,The Sacred Quest.
  • 00:23:39.757 --> 00:23:42.359
  • She said, "My mother-in-lawwho's 91-years-old
  • 00:23:42.359 --> 00:23:45.229
  • "was watching your program,being Catholic all of her life
  • 00:23:45.229 --> 00:23:47.898
  • "she gave her heart tothe lord through watching
  • 00:23:47.898 --> 00:23:49.733
  • "your program, she'snow born again."
  • 00:23:49.733 --> 00:23:52.236
  • This, this makesit all worth it.
  • 00:23:52.236 --> 00:23:55.840
  • You see, you launch outinto the deep for a catch,
  • 00:23:55.840 --> 00:23:59.376
  • that's where the fish are.
  • 00:23:59.376 --> 00:24:01.245
  • I saw a motivationalposter that I love one time
  • 00:24:01.245 --> 00:24:05.382
  • and it's about thisboat with big huge sales
  • 00:24:05.382 --> 00:24:09.787
  • and it says that sailboatsin a harbor are safe,
  • 00:24:09.787 --> 00:24:14.725
  • but boats were made forthe wide open ocean.
  • 00:24:15.860 --> 00:24:19.864
  • You weren't meantfor the harbor,
  • 00:24:19.864 --> 00:24:22.233
  • you weren't meantfor the safety zone,
  • 00:24:22.233 --> 00:24:24.502
  • you were meant forthe wide open ocean.
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  • That's why you were created,that's your purpose,
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  • that's your meaning.
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  • I'm inviting you topush the boundaries,
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  • to take risks, to launchout into the deep,
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  • and you will have a catchso much, so abundant,
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  • so fruitful that yournets will start to break.
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  • Don't just live,Live with Passion.
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  • I want you to livea significant life,
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  • I want you to make a difference,
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  • I want you to live with passion.
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  • I get letters from people,this woman in California
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  • wrote me, she said she's beenwatching me for 12 years now.
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  • She said, "I'm touchedby your preaching,
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  • "you're the first Catholicpriest that I've heard
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  • "to preach about salvation.
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  • "You're the reason whyI've been reconciled
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  • "with the Catholic church."
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  • Wow, I love it.
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  • It's all worth it,launching out into the deep,
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  • reaching out to people.
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  • I hear from Catholics, Ihear from Presbyterians,
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  • hear from Baptists, hearfrom nondenominational,
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  • hear from charismatics,
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  • I hear from alldifferent denominations.
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  • Many people of all denominationsare supporting me, why?
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  • Not trying to make youCatholic, trying to bring you
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  • into a personalrelationship with Jesus,
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  • trying to help you tofulfill your destiny,
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  • realize your potential,become all that you can be.
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  • Would you considersupporting my ministry,
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  • being a partner with me,and helping me to reach out
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  • to the world?
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  • I'm on TBN, EWTN, CatholicAffiliates, secular stations,
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  • trying the best I can toreach out, launch out into the
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  • deep more and more everywhere.
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  • Call that number tollfree, visit my website,
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  • love hearing from you whenyou write me personally
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  • at that address.
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  • Thank you, thank you,thank you in advance.
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  • Don't just live,Live with Passion.
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  • - [Narrator] God isgood all the time,
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  • all the time God is good.
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  • For over 13 years FatherCedric has broadcast
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  • Live with Passion ontelevision and radio.
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  • Father is inspiring believersand reaching out to those
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  • who have not yet come to faith.
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  • Because of these programslives are being touched
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  • and souls are being saved.
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  • Please join in supportingFather Cedric in his
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  • Father Cedric is apriest with a professed
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  • Many are hurting,broken, and lost,
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  • but God is good all the time.
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  • Together we are touchinglives and saving souls.
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