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What Happens When We Die?

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August 11, 2019
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  • - Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • the host of Live with Passion.
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  • This is a very special program.
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  • I'm about to share with you
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  • what you can expect when you die.
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • (soft inspirational music)
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  • Welcome to Live With Passion.
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  • I'm Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • You are about to hear a program unlike any other.
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  • I'm going to talk about
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  • what happens when we die.
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  • God gave me some revelations,
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  • some experiences, that changed my life,
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  • and I hope that this program will be life-changing for you.
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  • Let me share with you
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  • from the letter of Paul to the Romans.
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  • And this is chapter eight.
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  • "Who will separate us from the love of Christ?
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  • "Hardship, distress, persecution, famine,
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  • "nakedness, peril, the sword?
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  • "No, in all these things,
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  • "we are more than conquerors through him who loves us.
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  • "I'm convinced that not even death,
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  • "nor life, angels, rulers, things present,
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  • "things to come, powers,
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  • "height, depth, nothing else in all creation
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  • "will be able to separate us
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  • "from the love of God that comes to us in Jesus Christ."
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  • The Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
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  • So I want to share with you about the death experience.
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  • First of all, let me tell you that
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  • I had the privilege of studying in Israel.
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  • I lived there for three months.
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  • And the place where I studied
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  • was right outside Jerusalem,
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  • a place called Bethany.
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  • If you remember from the gospels,
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  • Bethany was the place where Lazarus
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  • and his sisters, Martha and Mary, lived.
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  • In fact, from our retreat center
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  • where I was studying,
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  • I could look out and see the Church of Lazarus in Bethany.
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  • One day, I went to the Church of Lazarus
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  • to take a look,
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  • and as I walked into the church,
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  • there in gold mosaics, glittering,
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  • glistening, the words of Jesus.
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  • "I am the resurrection.
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  • "I am the life."
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  • Wow, that is our great hope as Christians.
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  • Resurrection.
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  • Life.
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  • As you know, Jesus said,
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  • "Whoever believes in me,
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  • "even though they die, they shall live.
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  • "And whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
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  • No person who ever lived made such a claim.
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  • "I am the resurrection and the life."
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  • As I think about it,
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  • basically, there's three main philosophies in life
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  • that people have.
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  • I've met all kinds of different people from everywhere.
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  • And the number one philosophy that people have
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  • is that when you die, that's it.
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  • You're born, you die, that's it.
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  • A lot of people think that.
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  • That once you die, it's over.
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  • There's nothing else.
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  • So that's where that philosophy comes from
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  • that's in the Scriptures that talks about
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  • heathens or unbelievers.
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  • Eat, drink, and be merry.
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  • For tomorrow, we die.
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  • That's the way a lot of people think.
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  • Strive for money,
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  • try to get as much stuff as you can,
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  • live the high life,
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  • because that's all there is.
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  • This is it.
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  • Well, that's one philosophy.
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  • Next philosophy, and I grabbed at this
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  • when I was a young man because it sounded so good,
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  • but it's not based in anything
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  • from the Scriptures, that's for sure.
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  • But it's about reincarnation.
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  • Hinduism, for example, believes in this.
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  • At least it's a little bit better
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  • than the first philosophy because
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  • it's got some semblance of life after death.
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  • And a lot of people believe in reincarnation
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  • because it sounds good.
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  • After all, when you die,
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  • you come back as somebody else.
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  • Somebody better.
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  • So it sounds good,
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  • but it doesn't really call you
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  • to any kind of a moral certitude
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  • or moral progression.
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  • So, it's an easy philosophy.
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  • So, reincarnation.
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  • By the way, just to let you know,
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  • Jesus never, ever taught anything about reincarnation.
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  • If it was true, don't you think that
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  • the Son of God would've told us?
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  • The Catholic church, which has existed for 2000 years,
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  • never has said anything in of its doctrines
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  • about reincarnation being true.
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  • We have had many canonized saints
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  • in our Catholic tradition.
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  • Saints from 2000 years.
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  • None of those have ever said anything about reincarnation.
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  • I've come to understand that reincarnation is a lie.
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  • And if that's something that
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  • you're holding onto right now,
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  • why are you believing that?
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  • I mean, what evidence is there about reincarnation?
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  • So, but at least it's a little bit better
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  • than the first philosophy,
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  • that eat, drink, and be merry,
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  • for tomorrow you die, and that's it.
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  • I remember when I studied in Israel,
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  • we also went to Egypt.
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  • And Egypt was a culture that believed
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  • in life after death.
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  • I don't think it was exactly reincarnation,
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  • but at least they believed in life after death.
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  • And we went to Cairo, we went to Giza,
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  • and there was these big huge pyramids.
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  • You've all seen them on TV.
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  • And what happened was the pharaohs would die
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  • and they would bury the pharaoh
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  • in one of the pyramids,
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  • and they would bury the pharaoh with
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  • the bracelets and the necklaces and the rings.
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  • The emeralds, the rubies, the gold, the silver.
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  • All the riches.
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  • They would be buried with the pharaoh,
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  • with the queens,
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  • because they believed that when,
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  • after death, when they had life after death,
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  • however they described it, wasn't resurrection,
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  • but they believed that
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  • as soon as they came back to life,
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  • that they would be able to enjoy
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  • all of those riches, all those treasures.
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  • So that's why they put them all in there.
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  • Where do you think those treasures are now?
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  • Where do you think all those riches are now?
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  • I can tell you this.
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  • They're either, number one, in a museum,
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  • or number two, in some thief's home
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  • because they stole them out of the pyramids.
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  • Because the truth is that
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  • you're not gonna be able to enjoy
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  • all those riches that you're buried with
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  • because you can't take it with you.
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  • That's pretty clear from the Scriptures.
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  • I remember one time,
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  • I was walking through a cemetery
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  • and I was looking at all the gravestones.
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  • And you look at the gravestones
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  • and you see things about people's lives.
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  • How long they lived.
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  • For example, 1924 to 2007.
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  • And right in between, there was a little dash.
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  • And there will be other sayings on there,
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  • like, "The Lord is my Shepherd",
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  • "The Lord is my light".
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  • People like to put that, or, "Father of four",
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  • "Husband for 30 years".
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  • All those different things on the gravestone.
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  • And I remember reading one time
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  • about the most important thing on the gravestone,
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  • on the tombstone,
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  • is that little dash in between the years.
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  • When you were born and when you died.
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  • That little dash represents
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  • everything that you've done in your life.
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  • So, what will your dash contain?
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  • In other words, you must be ready
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  • for the day of your death.
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  • I remember one time,
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  • I went into a graveyard with some rice paper,
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  • and I used to do some grave rubbings for a class project.
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  • One of the oldest gravestones I ever saw was 1699.
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  • I grew up in Massachusetts.
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  • 1699 from Old Deerfield,
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  • and it just had a little carving on it.
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  • "Ma, 1699."
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  • And I heard about a gravestone in Key West Florida
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  • that was kind of humorous.
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  • And the gravestone said this.
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  • On the epitaph on the gravestone.
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  • "As you are now,
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  • "so once was I.
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  • "As I am now, so you will be.
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  • "Prepare for death and follow me."
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  • And somebody humorously put over it,
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  • "To follow you, I'll not consent
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  • "until I know which way you went".
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  • (laughs)
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  • And this is something the Scriptures teach too.
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  • That there is a heaven.
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  • There is eternal life.
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  • But the opposite of that, there is a hell.
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  • I heard about a priest one time.
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  • He stood before his congregation
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  • and he preached a five word sermon.
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  • Very powerful.
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  • Just a real short sermon.
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  • Brought some people to tears.
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  • And this is what he said.
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  • "Are you going to hell?"
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  • And then he sat down.
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  • People were shocked.
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  • And a lot of people don't know where they're going.
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  • And as you're watching this program,
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  • I want you to know where you're going.
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  • I'm a Catholic priest.
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  • I want to lead you to salvation.
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  • I want to make sure that you're on the way to heaven.
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  • I'm about to share with you some revelations
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  • that God gave me.
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  • And if you don't know where you're going,
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  • you can know.
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  • You can have a blessed assurance.
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  • Jesus wants you to go to heaven,
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  • and to live forever,
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  • and to be with God,
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  • and to have that great reunion
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  • with your friends and your relatives
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  • that have gone before you.
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  • Because quite frankly, a lot of people are lost.
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  • Lot of people don't know where they're going.
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  • They look at the afterlife and they're not sure.
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  • And you can have a wonderful assurance
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  • through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit,
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  • and you can know that you're on the way to heaven.
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  • Simply surrender your life to Christ.
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  • Give your life to him.
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  • So, let me talk more about the Scriptures
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  • and how the Scriptures talk about heaven
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  • because heaven and eternal life
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  • is everything that we're after.
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  • It's the purpose of our life.
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  • So Paul the apostle, when he talked about his own death,
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  • he called his own death, his upcoming death,
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  • this is right from the Scriptures, a departure.
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  • And I go like that because
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  • I fly on airplanes quite a bit.
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  • When they roll down the runway,
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  • they eventually start to lift.
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  • They start to ascend.
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  • And that's called the departure.
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  • They go from one city to the next.
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  • And I think that's a beautiful way
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  • to look at our death that's coming, all of us.
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  • That death is really a departure
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  • from one place to another.
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  • So that's how Scripture talks about death.
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  • Other places in the Scriptures.
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  • Jesus, for example, when he talked about Lazarus
  • 00:10:52.160 --> 00:10:55.070
  • or the young girl that had died,
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  • he said they were sleeping.
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  • Wow.
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  • There's a notion about death
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  • that most people don't think about.
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  • That they're asleep.
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  • And each night we go to sleep.
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  • We need sleep.
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  • Sleep replenishes us and strengthens us and refreshes us
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  • so that we can be strong for the next day.
  • 00:11:14.260 --> 00:11:16.290
  • And then we wake up so that we can live our life.
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  • And in the same way,
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  • death is a transition.
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  • It's a moment of change and replenishment
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  • so that we can live forever.
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  • I love what it says in the funeral liturgy
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  • in the Catholic church.
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  • That death is not the end, it's change.
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  • It's a transition.
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  • Life is changed, not ended.
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  • And that's the massive resurrection
  • 00:11:43.200 --> 00:11:45.070
  • that we have in the Catholic church.
  • 00:11:45.070 --> 00:11:47.100
  • So also, we talk about, in the Scriptures,
  • 00:11:47.100 --> 00:11:50.240
  • in other places when it talks about death,
  • 00:11:50.240 --> 00:11:52.270
  • we're talking about how the Bible talks about death.
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  • First of all, a departure.
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  • Second of all, sleep.
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  • And then third of all, precious.
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  • This is Psalm 116.
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  • I've been to many funerals,
  • 00:12:04.120 --> 00:12:05.290
  • presided over funerals,
  • 00:12:05.290 --> 00:12:07.190
  • and we always have Scripture readings.
  • 00:12:07.190 --> 00:12:10.000
  • And one of the readings that most people
  • 00:12:10.000 --> 00:12:11.120
  • choose for their funeral is Psalm 116.
  • 00:12:11.120 --> 00:12:14.020
  • Psalm 116 says, "Precious".
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  • Did you get that?
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  • "Precious in the eyes of the Lord
  • 00:12:18.110 --> 00:12:20.210
  • "is the death of his faithful."
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  • Your death isn't arbitrary.
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  • It's not that God isn't aware of it.
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  • God knew the number of your days
  • 00:12:27.150 --> 00:12:29.270
  • before you came into existence.
  • 00:12:29.270 --> 00:12:32.030
  • And precious, valuable, longed for is your death by God.
  • 00:12:32.030 --> 00:12:37.020
  • And precious, valuable, longed for is your death by God.
  • 00:12:37.020 --> 00:12:38.180
  • So, I want you to know that your death will be valuable.
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  • That God has his eye on you.
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  • That it's precious to God because he loves you.
  • 00:12:43.220 --> 00:12:46.000
  • So that's the way the Scriptures talk about death
  • 00:12:46.000 --> 00:12:47.280
  • in beautiful terms.
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  • So, far from life ending,
  • 00:12:49.280 --> 00:12:53.100
  • it's a new beginning.
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  • (soft jingle)
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  • I like the way Paul the apostle
  • 00:13:02.120 --> 00:13:03.290
  • will talk about death also in 1 Corinthians.
  • 00:13:03.290 --> 00:13:07.270
  • He actually has a dialog with death
  • 00:13:07.270 --> 00:13:10.010
  • because death is also pictured as the enemy
  • 00:13:10.010 --> 00:13:13.010
  • in the Scriptures, eternal death.
  • 00:13:13.010 --> 00:13:16.090
  • So Paul will look at death and he'll say,
  • 00:13:16.090 --> 00:13:18.130
  • "Death, where is your victory?
  • 00:13:18.130 --> 00:13:20.260
  • "Death, where is your sting?"
  • 00:13:20.260 --> 00:13:23.100
  • Then he says, "Thanks be to God
  • 00:13:23.100 --> 00:13:24.220
  • "who gives us the victory in Jesus Christ".
  • 00:13:24.220 --> 00:13:27.050
  • So, I want you to know that
  • 00:13:27.050 --> 00:13:29.120
  • there is life after death.
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  • We're all familiar with death.
  • 00:13:30.280 --> 00:13:33.030
  • And we've attended funerals.
  • 00:13:33.030 --> 00:13:34.220
  • People close to us have died.
  • 00:13:34.220 --> 00:13:36.260
  • So, we're familiar with it but
  • 00:13:36.260 --> 00:13:38.210
  • the Scriptures tell us,
  • 00:13:38.210 --> 00:13:39.280
  • and my own experience that I'm about
  • 00:13:39.280 --> 00:13:41.150
  • to share with you tell us
  • 00:13:41.150 --> 00:13:43.000
  • that there is life after death.
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  • We know we're gonna die but we don't know when,
  • 00:13:45.030 --> 00:13:47.270
  • we don't know how, and we don't know where.
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:50.230
  • There's a lot of mystery about death.
  • 00:13:50.230 --> 00:13:52.280
  • And that's why so many people are afraid of death
  • 00:13:52.280 --> 00:13:54.280
  • because they just don't know what's gonna happen.
  • 00:13:54.280 --> 00:13:56.270
  • Well, let me share with you some experiences
  • 00:13:56.270 --> 00:13:58.250
  • that happened to me.
  • 00:13:58.250 --> 00:14:00.150
  • And as I try to do this,
  • 00:14:00.150 --> 00:14:02.080
  • I want you to know that I'm using words,
  • 00:14:03.120 --> 00:14:05.120
  • I'm using concepts, I'm using images,
  • 00:14:05.120 --> 00:14:08.130
  • but as St. Thomas Aquinas said
  • 00:14:08.130 --> 00:14:11.120
  • when he got to the end of his life,
  • 00:14:11.120 --> 00:14:12.240
  • now, here's a man, very learned,
  • 00:14:12.240 --> 00:14:15.060
  • had written many volumes, many books,
  • 00:14:15.060 --> 00:14:19.080
  • great theologian, doctor of the church,
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:22.000
  • St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • 00:14:22.000 --> 00:14:23.230
  • Gets to the end of his life.
  • 00:14:23.230 --> 00:14:25.000
  • He has this glorious experience of God.
  • 00:14:25.000 --> 00:14:27.200
  • And then this is what he said.
  • 00:14:27.200 --> 00:14:29.190
  • "All that I've written is straw."
  • 00:14:29.190 --> 00:14:33.160
  • In other words, what he was saying,
  • 00:14:33.160 --> 00:14:35.040
  • he was saying there is no words.
  • 00:14:35.040 --> 00:14:38.120
  • There are no words to describe God in the afterlife.
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:42.130
  • But I'm gonna try because I really want to help you.
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:45.050
  • Want to tell you about some books that I've read.
  • 00:14:45.050 --> 00:14:48.210
  • And one of them was a book called
  • 00:14:48.210 --> 00:14:50.010
  • Imagine Heaven by John Burke.
  • 00:14:50.010 --> 00:14:52.030
  • This is one of the top 10 books
  • 00:14:52.030 --> 00:14:53.190
  • that I've ever read in my life.
  • 00:14:53.190 --> 00:14:55.000
  • Get that book, if you would.
  • 00:14:55.000 --> 00:14:56.270
  • It's called Imagine Heaven by John Burke.
  • 00:14:56.270 --> 00:14:59.190
  • And what he does is he compiles
  • 00:14:59.190 --> 00:15:01.270
  • all these near death experiences that people have had,
  • 00:15:01.270 --> 00:15:04.160
  • and have experienced in explicit detail
  • 00:15:04.160 --> 00:15:08.120
  • what heaven is like,
  • 00:15:08.120 --> 00:15:09.290
  • what God is like,
  • 00:15:09.290 --> 00:15:11.160
  • what the New Jerusalem will be like,
  • 00:15:11.160 --> 00:15:13.150
  • and wow, I've never read a book like that.
  • 00:15:13.150 --> 00:15:15.210
  • So powerful.
  • 00:15:15.210 --> 00:15:17.050
  • And then I wanted to tell you about
  • 00:15:17.050 --> 00:15:18.200
  • the man who coined the phrase near death experience.
  • 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:22.220
  • And he's a man, actually, a doctor.
  • 00:15:22.220 --> 00:15:24.270
  • Dr. Raymond Moody.
  • 00:15:24.270 --> 00:15:26.200
  • He wrote a book called The Light Beyond
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:29.050
  • and Life After Life.
  • 00:15:29.050 --> 00:15:31.050
  • A couple books about the near death experiences.
  • 00:15:31.050 --> 00:15:34.090
  • And in these books, he talked about people who had
  • 00:15:34.090 --> 00:15:37.120
  • died on the operating table,
  • 00:15:37.120 --> 00:15:39.070
  • lost all their vital signs,
  • 00:15:39.070 --> 00:15:41.090
  • and what happened to them is
  • 00:15:41.090 --> 00:15:43.110
  • they went through a tunnel, met God,
  • 00:15:43.110 --> 00:15:46.060
  • and experienced the afterlife.
  • 00:15:46.060 --> 00:15:48.290
  • Then they were revived.
  • 00:15:48.290 --> 00:15:50.140
  • They came back and they came back with stories to tell.
  • 00:15:50.140 --> 00:15:53.020
  • He coined the phrase near death experience
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:56.220
  • because these people,
  • 00:15:56.220 --> 00:15:58.050
  • for all intents and purposes,
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:15:59.130
  • with the vital signs, they had died,
  • 00:15:59.130 --> 00:16:01.240
  • but then they came back to life again.
  • 00:16:01.240 --> 00:16:04.120
  • And they had these experiences
  • 00:16:04.120 --> 00:16:05.270
  • while they had died.
  • 00:16:05.270 --> 00:16:07.020
  • So, the common experience,
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:09.110
  • he put in his book Life After Life,
  • 00:16:09.110 --> 00:16:11.200
  • the common classical experiences
  • 00:16:11.200 --> 00:16:13.230
  • of a near death experience was this.
  • 00:16:13.230 --> 00:16:15.290
  • Number one.
  • 00:16:15.290 --> 00:16:17.110
  • You have the sensation of leaving your body.
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:20.140
  • And then number two,
  • 00:16:20.140 --> 00:16:21.290
  • you go through some type of a tunnel or a passageway.
  • 00:16:21.290 --> 00:16:25.240
  • Number three, you encounter God.
  • 00:16:25.240 --> 00:16:28.260
  • You see the light.
  • 00:16:28.260 --> 00:16:30.120
  • Number four, you have a life review.
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  • You have a judgment.
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:33.180
  • Five, you go back to your body after the judgment,
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:37.040
  • and six, a changed life.
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:39.180
  • These are the classical elements
  • 00:16:39.180 --> 00:16:41.090
  • of a near death experience.
  • 00:16:41.090 --> 00:16:43.080
  • So, again.
  • 00:16:43.080 --> 00:16:44.280
  • Leaving your body,
  • 00:16:44.280 --> 00:16:46.200
  • going through a tunnel, encountering God,
  • 00:16:46.200 --> 00:16:48.180
  • having a judgment, coming back in a changed life.
  • 00:16:48.180 --> 00:16:51.260
  • I'm telling you about all this.
  • 00:16:52.240 --> 00:16:54.270
  • This is not some kind of New Age type theology.
  • 00:16:54.270 --> 00:16:59.270
  • It's my personal experience.
  • 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:02.200
  • Was I in an accident?
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:05.040
  • No.
  • 00:17:05.040 --> 00:17:06.050
  • Was I in an operating table?
  • 00:17:06.050 --> 00:17:07.200
  • No, and that's what makes this so unusual.
  • 00:17:07.200 --> 00:17:10.120
  • I was 19 years old, college student.
  • 00:17:10.120 --> 00:17:13.140
  • I had been searching for God in my life.
  • 00:17:13.140 --> 00:17:15.170
  • One night, I went to bed and
  • 00:17:16.260 --> 00:17:18.110
  • these are the best way to describe what happened to me.
  • 00:17:20.040 --> 00:17:23.120
  • A near death experience.
  • 00:17:23.120 --> 00:17:24.150
  • I was healthy.
  • 00:17:24.150 --> 00:17:25.210
  • I was in great shape.
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:27.200
  • And just to let you know,
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:29.120
  • and I document this in my book
  • 00:17:29.120 --> 00:17:31.030
  • Death: The Final Surrender,
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:32.270
  • I wrote a book called Death: The Final Surrender,
  • 00:17:32.270 --> 00:17:35.110
  • where I tell in explicit detail what happened to me.
  • 00:17:35.110 --> 00:17:38.120
  • This happened to me twice.
  • 00:17:38.120 --> 00:17:40.260
  • A month apart.
  • 00:17:40.260 --> 00:17:42.010
  • Not just one time, twice.
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:44.150
  • And I think God wanted to make sure
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:46.150
  • that for the rest of my life,
  • 00:17:46.150 --> 00:17:47.230
  • that that experience was validated.
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:50.210
  • And first of all, what happened to me was this.
  • 00:17:50.210 --> 00:17:52.170
  • Right after I had gone to bed and I was laying there,
  • 00:17:52.170 --> 00:17:55.200
  • and I was starting to come back to Christ in my life.
  • 00:17:55.200 --> 00:17:59.130
  • I had fallen away.
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.000
  • I was praying and trying to give my life to Christ.
  • 00:18:01.000 --> 00:18:03.090
  • And I was going through a conversion.
  • 00:18:03.090 --> 00:18:05.180
  • And thus, this experience totally changed me
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:08.090
  • and called me to become a Catholic priest.
  • 00:18:08.090 --> 00:18:11.240
  • So, I was going to bed, and as I went to bed,
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:14.050
  • all of a sudden,
  • 00:18:14.050 --> 00:18:15.070
  • as I was drifting off,
  • 00:18:15.070 --> 00:18:16.150
  • I had this sensation of leaving my body.
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:18.260
  • This had never happened to me before.
  • 00:18:18.260 --> 00:18:21.030
  • I never really had any spiritual experiences before.
  • 00:18:21.030 --> 00:18:25.250
  • And the only way to describe it is this tunnel.
  • 00:18:25.250 --> 00:18:28.140
  • On the front of my book,
  • 00:18:28.140 --> 00:18:29.120
  • Death: The Final Surrender,
  • 00:18:29.120 --> 00:18:30.140
  • I put a tunnel on there,
  • 00:18:30.140 --> 00:18:32.090
  • and I showed me in the tunnel,
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:34.090
  • and it's because there was a passageway
  • 00:18:34.090 --> 00:18:36.190
  • between life and death.
  • 00:18:36.190 --> 00:18:38.020
  • When you're born,
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:39.210
  • you go through a passageway, your mother's womb.
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:42.020
  • And when you die, you go through a passageway.
  • 00:18:42.020 --> 00:18:45.100
  • This transcendent, eternal way back to God.
  • 00:18:45.100 --> 00:18:49.190
  • This transcendent, eternal way back to God.
  • 00:18:49.190 --> 00:18:52.000
  • And as I was going through it,
  • 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:53.060
  • I knew exactly where I was going,
  • 00:18:53.060 --> 00:18:55.070
  • sensed that I had been there before,
  • 00:18:55.070 --> 00:18:57.240
  • and next thing you know, I was before God.
  • 00:18:57.240 --> 00:19:00.290
  • This is where words fall short.
  • 00:19:02.270 --> 00:19:05.190
  • I was not allowed to see the form of God but
  • 00:19:06.230 --> 00:19:10.150
  • I was allowed to see the light.
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:13.140
  • And not just to see the light,
  • 00:19:13.140 --> 00:19:15.080
  • brighter than the sun.
  • 00:19:15.080 --> 00:19:16.180
  • The only way to put it was I was embraced by the light.
  • 00:19:18.010 --> 00:19:21.260
  • Loved by the light.
  • 00:19:21.260 --> 00:19:23.050
  • And I have been loved by my parents,
  • 00:19:24.090 --> 00:19:27.220
  • by girlfriends, by friends.
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:29.260
  • But this love was penetrating.
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:35.090
  • God's love is passionate.
  • 00:19:35.090 --> 00:19:37.240
  • I wrote a book called You Are Loved,
  • 00:19:37.240 --> 00:19:39.210
  • and I have to try to impress upon you
  • 00:19:39.210 --> 00:19:41.090
  • how loved you are by God.
  • 00:19:41.090 --> 00:19:43.140
  • Every heartbeat, every breath,
  • 00:19:43.140 --> 00:19:46.240
  • every moment of your life
  • 00:19:46.240 --> 00:19:48.250
  • is a gift from God to you.
  • 00:19:48.250 --> 00:19:50.270
  • You are intensely loved by God.
  • 00:19:50.270 --> 00:19:54.020
  • Don't say to yourself, "There is no God"
  • 00:19:54.020 --> 00:19:56.140
  • and "God doesn't love me"
  • 00:19:56.140 --> 00:19:57.280
  • and "I've outsinned God's capacity to love".
  • 00:19:57.280 --> 00:20:00.130
  • No, you are loved.
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:02.180
  • He sent his only begotten Son to die for you on the cross.
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:05.220
  • That's the sacrifice.
  • 00:20:05.220 --> 00:20:07.210
  • That's the wings of the bird protecting you
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:10.060
  • from the fires of hell,
  • 00:20:10.060 --> 00:20:11.150
  • as I talked about earlier.
  • 00:20:11.150 --> 00:20:12.280
  • And there are two places that you can go,
  • 00:20:12.280 --> 00:20:14.270
  • heaven or hell.
  • 00:20:14.270 --> 00:20:16.130
  • And you must make that choice now for Christ.
  • 00:20:16.130 --> 00:20:19.210
  • So, I experienced love, I saw light,
  • 00:20:19.210 --> 00:20:23.020
  • and one other experience I wanted to share with you
  • 00:20:23.020 --> 00:20:25.020
  • was this overwhelming glory.
  • 00:20:25.020 --> 00:20:27.140
  • We've all heard in the church,
  • 00:20:27.140 --> 00:20:28.220
  • "Glory to God in the highest.
  • 00:20:28.220 --> 00:20:30.040
  • "Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ."
  • 00:20:30.040 --> 00:20:31.260
  • After we do a reading.
  • 00:20:31.260 --> 00:20:33.090
  • We hear the angels on Christmas.
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:36.040
  • They sing the Gloria.
  • 00:20:36.040 --> 00:20:37.240
  • Well, what is glory?
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:39.180
  • Glory is this electric, ecstatic presence.
  • 00:20:39.180 --> 00:20:44.050
  • And I keep going like this because
  • 00:20:44.050 --> 00:20:45.260
  • my spirit, as I stood before God,
  • 00:20:47.070 --> 00:20:49.090
  • was just enraptured with glory.
  • 00:20:49.090 --> 00:20:53.030
  • You've all heard about the beatific vision.
  • 00:20:53.030 --> 00:20:55.070
  • You stand before God,
  • 00:20:58.060 --> 00:20:59.140
  • and his glory floods your soul.
  • 00:21:00.280 --> 00:21:02.150
  • We have a flag called Old Glory.
  • 00:21:03.230 --> 00:21:05.290
  • When it waves in the wind, waves of glory.
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:09.060
  • Waves of pleasure.
  • 00:21:09.060 --> 00:21:10.130
  • This glory is what we're made for.
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  • That's why people turn to alcohol and to drugs
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  • and to sex and to gambling
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  • and to all these different addictions
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  • because they're looking for pleasure.
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  • But we were made, it was St. Augustine
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  • years ago in the church that said,
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  • "Our hearts are made for you, oh Lord,
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  • "and our hearts are restless until they rest in you".
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  • We were made for glory.
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  • And please understand, your heart is always gonna be
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  • restless and empty and broken
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  • until you encounter the glory of God.
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  • This revolutionized my life.
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  • By the way, this is who the Holy Spirit is.
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:52.070
  • Wrote a book called Glorious Holy Spirit.
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  • The Spirit of God was breathed into me that moment.
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  • Came back filled with the Spirit.
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  • And I've never lost this sense of that glory.
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  • As I'm talking to you right now,
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  • I'm feeling the glory.
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  • And I want you to have the glory.
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  • That's how you know that you're on the way to heaven.
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  • You can have an assurance of glory.
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  • And really quickly, just to let me tell you.
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  • I experienced a judgment.
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  • I knew I wasn't right.
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  • At that time as a teenager,
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  • I was living like a teenager and I wasn't right.
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  • I was trying to give my life to Christ.
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  • And that's where I understood that
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  • no matter how good I am,
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  • I'll never be good enough.
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  • That I needed Jesus' sacrifice for me on the cross
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  • to be justified, to be right with God.
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  • And I understood that the purpose of my life,
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  • and your life has purpose,
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  • I understood that the purpose of my life is, number one,
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  • to get close to God,
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  • number two, to grow as a person,
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  • and number three, realize my potential.
  • 00:22:45.200 --> 00:22:48.090
  • As I was leaving God,
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  • I remember saying to God,
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  • "I will be the best that I can".
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  • That's why I'm writing books.
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  • Written 21 to date.
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  • That's why I'm producing on television.
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  • I'm airing now on TBN, EWTN, and other networks
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  • and stations all around the world.
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  • And that's why I'm preaching the gospel
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  • everywhere around the United States because
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  • I am standing as a witness
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  • that there is life after death.
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  • Now.
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  • You see what I'm wearing.
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  • This is what I'm gonna be buried with when I die.
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  • My religious habit.
  • 00:23:22.150 --> 00:23:24.070
  • I am a priest with a vow of poverty.
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  • I have no other motivations
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  • than to help you to have eternal life.
  • 00:23:29.250 --> 00:23:33.160
  • I'm not out for money.
  • 00:23:33.160 --> 00:23:34.210
  • I don't own anything.
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  • All the money that I gets goes to my religious community
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  • and toward television.
  • 00:23:39.270 --> 00:23:41.140
  • So, I have no false motivations.
  • 00:23:41.140 --> 00:23:44.090
  • I'm just standing as a witness
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  • and simply sharing with you
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  • that there is life after death.
  • 00:23:47.280 --> 00:23:49.190
  • There's many philosophies, as I told you.
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  • Number one, eat, drink, and be merry
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  • for tomorrow, we die, there's nothing else.
  • 00:23:53.110 --> 00:23:55.180
  • Number two, there's some kind of reincarnation.
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  • And number three, resurrection.
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  • Give your life to Jesus Christ.
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  • Trust in him.
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  • He loves you and he wants you to live forever.
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  • And don't just live.
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  • Live with passion.
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  • Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
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  • I tried with my words and my concepts
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  • to tell you what you can expect when you die,
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  • and I want you to know that there is life after life.
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  • That you have a glorious future ahead of you.
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  • Let me share this letter with you.
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  • This man wrote me.
  • 00:24:35.090 --> 00:24:36.170
  • He said, "I've read all of your books".
  • 00:24:36.170 --> 00:24:38.020
  • He said, "Reading your books is like
  • 00:24:38.020 --> 00:24:39.140
  • "putting in fresh batteries.
  • 00:24:39.140 --> 00:24:41.140
  • "They just keep me going and going
  • 00:24:41.140 --> 00:24:42.280
  • "like the ever ready rabbit."
  • 00:24:42.280 --> 00:24:44.160
  • I really like that.
  • 00:24:44.160 --> 00:24:46.110
  • And I want you to know about the book that I wrote,
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  • Death: The Final Surrender.
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  • My bestseller.
  • 00:24:50.140 --> 00:24:51.280
  • In explicit detail, this book goes further
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:55.020
  • than what I just shared with you in the program,
  • 00:24:55.020 --> 00:24:57.210
  • and tells you what you can expect when you die.
  • 00:24:57.210 --> 00:25:01.050
  • That you can expect being loved by God,
  • 00:25:01.050 --> 00:25:03.270
  • the transition of death, and resurrection.
  • 00:25:03.270 --> 00:25:07.110
  • And so, I wanted you to know that
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  • whenever you purchase any of my resources,
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  • whether it be the CD/DVD of this program
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  • or any of my books,
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  • it supports my television programs
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  • to be aired throughout the world.
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  • Thank you so much in advance.
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  • Don't just live, live with passion.
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  • - [Narrator] Every human will be faced with two questions.
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  • What happens when I die?
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  • And is there a God?
  • 00:25:29.060 --> 00:25:30.140
  • In Father Cedric's book,
  • 00:25:30.140 --> 00:25:32.080
  • Death: The Final Surrender,
  • 00:25:32.080 --> 00:25:34.020
  • you will learn what the church teaches
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  • about the end times and the afterlife.
  • 00:25:35.170 --> 00:25:37.200
  • You will explore in detail about the death experience
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  • and what you can expect
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  • at the moment you enter eternity.
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  • As you gain understanding,
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  • you will learn to live with purpose and meaning now
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:47.160
  • in this life.
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  • You will be freed from fear of death
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  • and filled with hope.
  • 00:25:50.180 --> 00:25:52.030
  • In an amazing story,
  • 00:25:52.030 --> 00:25:53.190
  • Father Cedric reveals his two near death experiences
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  • and what he has learned that changed his life.
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  • Death is not an end.
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  • It is just the beginning.
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