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The Gift of Time

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January 3, 2021
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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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  • - Because of Jesus,
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  • we can make themost of our time.
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  • (midtempo music)
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  • Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • the host of "Live with Passion."
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  • I welcome you to the program.
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  • I wanna share with youfrom the Gospel of Mark.
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  • Chapter one goes like this:
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  • After John theBaptist was arrested,
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  • Jesus came into Galilee.
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  • Preaching the gospel of God,saying the time is fulfilled,
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  • the kingdom of God is at hand,
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  • repent and believein the gospel.
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  • I wanna share withyou that I had
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  • the privilege ofstudying in Rome.
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  • When I was in Rome, oneof the favorite places
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  • that I love to go wasSt. Peter's Basilica,
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  • largest churchbuilding in the world.
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  • If you go in there, you'llsee all kinds of artwork.
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  • You'll see Michelangelo's Pieta.
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  • You'll see the dove in the back
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  • and then alabaster window.
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  • You'll see Bernini's columns.
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  • And Bernini was a great artist,
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  • and he also sculpted something,
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  • and it was a tribute toPope Alexander the VII.
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  • He sculpted it in 1675,
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  • and it shows
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  • a skeleton holding an hourglass.
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  • It was very haunting scene.
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  • It was called the Gate of Death.
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  • You go near it and youcan see that hourglass.
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  • And it was allmeant to remind us
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  • that time is fleeting,
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  • time is passing.
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  • I think we all know that,
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  • but sometimes we needreminders of that.
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  • That can happen whenwe go to a funeral.
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  • We realize that, you know,one day my time is coming.
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  • And death haunts everybody.
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  • There is a psalm, it'sPsalm 90, that says:
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  • Teach us to number our days
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  • that we may gainwisdom of heart.
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  • And it's talking about time.
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  • And it's telling uswe have to be aware
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  • that time is fleeting,
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  • time is passing,
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  • and we have to make the mostof the time that we have.
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  • And that's exactlywhy Jesus comes.
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  • He lives in us.
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  • This series is called "ThroughHim, With Him, and In Him."
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  • And He comes in us tohelp us develop ourselves,
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  • and to make the most of time,
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  • and to become allthat we can be.
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  • I live with this philosophy,
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  • the philosophy that I reallylike, and this is wisdom:
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  • Do today what you'llbe happy with tomorrow.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Do today what you'llbe happy with tomorrow.
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  • I think that's goodpractical wisdom.
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  • When I'm writing a book,
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  • it's hard, it's a lot of work.
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  • Nobody is there to root me on.
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  • But I sure love it whenthat book is produced,
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  • and people start buying it,
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  • and I know thatthey're reading it,
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  • and I'm addingvalue to their life.
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  • So, oftentimes, todayis the hard work,
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  • but tomorrow comes the blessing.
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  • I know that at nursing homesand at places of hospice,
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  • a pattern has developed
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  • where people that workwith those who are dying,
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  • they talk with those folks,
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  • and oftentimes, the peoplethat are dying will say
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  • that they have regrets.
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  • They have regrets becausethey didn't live life
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  • the way that they thoughtthat they might have
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  • when they get to theend of their life,
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  • and that's really sad.
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  • I don't know about you, butI wanna live with no regrets.
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  • I wanna get to theend of my life,
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  • and I wanna smile andsay I lived with passion.
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  • I want you to realizeyour potential.
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  • And everybody, you andI, we all have potential.
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  • And in order to realize it,
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  • we have to make themost of our time
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  • because like that hourglass,
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  • with the sand passingthrough, time is fleeting.
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  • It's going by.
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  • And so we gottagrab ahold of it,
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  • and make the most of our time.
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  • We are made in God's image.
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  • And so
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  • we have within us thisdesire to achieve,
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  • to become, to wannabe all that we can be.
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  • I have a saying that I love.
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  • It's one of my favorite sayings.
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  • Who you are isGod's gift to you,
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  • but who you becomeis your gift to God.
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  • Did you get that?
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  • Who you are isGod's gift to you,
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  • but who you become
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  • is your gift to God.
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  • And I don't know about you,
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  • but I wanna give God agreat gift of my life.
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  • When I come before Him,I want Him to be happy,
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  • and I want Him to say: Welldone, good and faithful servant.
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  • And so I wanna inspireyou to do the same.
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  • The name of this programis "Live with Passion."
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  • It's not just a catchy phrase.
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  • I want it to inhabit your life.
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  • I want it to imbueyou, inspire you.
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  • And so Jesus said, "Thetime is fulfilled."
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  • In other words, what He wassaying is the time is now.
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  • Make the most of your time.
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  • The kingdom is now,the opportunity is now.
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  • Don't live fortomorrow, live for now,
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  • and then tomorrowwill be even better.
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  • Today is the day of salvation.
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  • There's nothinglike the present.
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  • I remember it was treasurehunter Mel Fisher,
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  • if you've everheard of this man,
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  • he used to search all aroundFlorida and the Caribbean
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  • for treasure of shipsthat have gone down.
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  • One ship in particularhe was searching for
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  • was Nuestra Senora de Atocha.
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  • It had, I guess, gone downin a hurricane in the 1600s,
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  • or something like that,
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  • loaded with the blooms and gold
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  • and silver and ingots and rings,
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  • and all these different things.
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  • And they hunted and huntedand hunted for the ship.
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  • Never found anything.
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  • The crew wasgetting discouraged.
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  • Day after day, week afterweek, month after month.
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  • And Mel Fisher would alwaysgreet them with a greeting,
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  • and he was very optimisticand very positive.
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  • And whenever he greetthe crew in the morning,
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  • he said, "Today is the day."
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  • (laughs)
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  • Well,
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  • finally, one day was the day,
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  • and they did, becauseof their diligence
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  • and determinationand stick-to-it-ness,
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  • they finally found theNuestra Senora de Atocha,
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  • and Mel Fisher andhis crew got rich.
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  • They found it.
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  • You can go onlineand look at this.
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  • Just Google Mel Fisher,
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  • and you'll find out whatkind of riches he has.
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  • It is amazing.
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  • And it's because of thedetermination, the diligence,
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  • and they made themost of their time,
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  • and they didn't give up
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  • when they didn't seethings being produced,
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  • and that's the trick.
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  • I mean a lot of people give up
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  • when they don't seeresults right away.
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  • The bottom line isyou will be fruitful
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  • if you stay faithful.
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  • And that means
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  • keep at it, and keep at it,
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  • and keep at it, and keep at it,
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  • and don't give up,stay determined.
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  • I noticed that it's like beingin a time machine right now.
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  • I
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  • look at my own life,I'm in my mid-60s now,
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  • and many of the people, whenI came into religious life,
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  • they're in their 80s and 90s.
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  • One man right now isabout to pass to the Lord.
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  • He's 98 years old.
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  • Hard to believe.
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  • And it's the same in your life.
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  • It just seems like we're in atime machine on fast forward,
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  • and all of a sudden,what is going on?
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  • Everything is changingso quickly, and suddenly,
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  • we're 20 plus years pastthe turn of the millennium,
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  • and slow this thing down.
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  • It's going by so fast.
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  • And that's the way time is.
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  • Just like that hourglass
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  • with the skeleton holdingit, time is fleeting.
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  • That's why we gottamake the most of today.
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  • We have to do everythingwe can to be fruitful.
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  • We gotta stay determined
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  • and not let timejust pass us by.
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  • In our culture, I have noticed
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  • that there are many songsproduced about time.
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  • Here's just a couple ofmy, I had growing up here.
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  • Jim Croce was a singer,
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  • and he wanted to savetime in a bottle.
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  • He wasn't able to do that.
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  • No one can.
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  • Pink Floyd sang a song,
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  • and it was simply called "Time."
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  • (chimes ringing)(clocks ticking)
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  • You hear clocks tickingand chimes ringing,
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  • and they sing about time.
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  • The Moody Blues Rolling Stones,
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  • they had songs about time,
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  • and their songs hada great contrast.
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  • The Moody Blues sang thattime waits for no one,
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  • no, not even you,
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  • and yet,
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  • the Rolling Stones saidtime, it's on my side.
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  • Yes, it is.
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  • It's interesting.
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  • Chicago summed itall up with their hit
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  • "Does Anybody ReallyKnow What Time It Is?"
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  • So, our culture isinfatuated with time.
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  • We have even Time magazine.
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  • So, that magazine tries toput its finger on the pulse
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  • of our currentsociety and culture.
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  • My point is that we'reall familiar with time,
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  • but it's kind of like the sandgoing through an hourglass.
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  • It's hard to grasp, it'shard to get ahold of.
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  • So, we have words about time.
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  • For example,
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  • notions of time.
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  • There's somethingcalled chronos,
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  • chronological time,black and white time,
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  • seconds and minutes andhours and days and months.
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  • We all work offcalendars. (clears throat)
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  • One thing I love todo is wear a watch.
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  • I'm always wearing a watch
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  • 'cause I wanna knowwhat time it is.
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  • And I'm a type A personality.
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  • I like to be there on time,and I like to make sure
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  • that I don't take toomuch time when I preach.
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  • So, time is important to me.
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  • So, that's chronostimes, measurable time.
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  • They even have an airline inGreece called Cronus Airlines
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  • because they claim tobe the on-time airline.
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  • But there's also another notionof time called kairos time.
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  • Kairos time, how do wedescribe it, it's Sabbath time.
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  • It's time without a watch.
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  • It's when you go to a concert,
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  • and you're so enwrapped inthe concert that time passes.
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  • It seems like 10 minutes,and it's been over an hour.
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  • It's when you're watchinga movie or a play,
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  • listening to music, as I said,
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  • or hopefully what myprogram has do to you,
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  • sometimes people tell me,
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  • Father Cedric, it justseems like five minutes
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  • and your program is over.
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  • So, you start to enterinto another realm.
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  • We call it Sabbath time
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  • where time isn't chronological,
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  • it's experiential.
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  • The subject of time
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  • is something veryimportant in the Bible.
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  • Think about when Jesustook Peter, James, and John
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  • up to the Mount ofTransfiguration,
  • 00:10:47.294 --> 00:10:50.064
  • and Peter was so amazed thatthe glory, he had entered
  • 00:10:50.064 --> 00:10:53.300
  • into
  • 00:10:53.300 --> 00:10:54.868
  • Sabbath time into kairos time,
  • 00:10:54.868 --> 00:10:57.838
  • and he said, "Lord, letme build three booths
  • 00:10:57.838 --> 00:11:01.041
  • "for you and Moses and Elijah"
  • 00:11:01.041 --> 00:11:03.143
  • because he wanted to stay there.
  • 00:11:03.143 --> 00:11:04.678
  • He said, "It's goodfor us to be here."
  • 00:11:04.678 --> 00:11:06.980
  • But as much as hewanted to stay there,
  • 00:11:06.980 --> 00:11:09.783
  • he couldn't becausetime was passing.
  • 00:11:09.783 --> 00:11:12.586
  • He'd been in kairos time,
  • 00:11:12.586 --> 00:11:15.522
  • but all of a suddenit was chronos time,
  • 00:11:15.522 --> 00:11:17.491
  • and they had to come downfrom the mountaintop.
  • 00:11:17.491 --> 00:11:19.426
  • Same thing when yougo on a retreat.
  • 00:11:19.426 --> 00:11:21.395
  • Oftentimes, you canget lost in the prayer
  • 00:11:21.395 --> 00:11:23.697
  • and how good it is,and you're resting.
  • 00:11:23.697 --> 00:11:26.333
  • And then you gottago back to reality
  • 00:11:26.333 --> 00:11:27.835
  • because time waits for no one.
  • 00:11:27.835 --> 00:11:30.404
  • Unless you seize the day,the day will seize you.
  • 00:11:30.404 --> 00:11:35.008
  • I've noticed thattime is simultaneous.
  • 00:11:35.008 --> 00:11:38.545
  • So, what do I mean by that?
  • 00:11:38.545 --> 00:11:40.013
  • Well, at the same time thatI'm taping this program,
  • 00:11:40.013 --> 00:11:42.883
  • people are involved in traffic,
  • 00:11:42.883 --> 00:11:44.952
  • there are ballgames going on,
  • 00:11:44.952 --> 00:11:46.887
  • there are differentTV programs going on,
  • 00:11:46.887 --> 00:11:49.423
  • the world is spinning,
  • 00:11:49.423 --> 00:11:50.691
  • 7.8 billion people areliving at the same,
  • 00:11:50.691 --> 00:11:53.660
  • so it's simultaneous.
  • 00:11:53.660 --> 00:11:55.429
  • And then time is sequential.
  • 00:11:55.429 --> 00:11:58.098
  • It moves forward.
  • 00:11:58.098 --> 00:11:59.366
  • It's kind of like ariver that's flowing.
  • 00:11:59.366 --> 00:12:01.869
  • And then very quickly,
  • 00:12:01.869 --> 00:12:03.403
  • I've noticed thattime is episodical.
  • 00:12:03.403 --> 00:12:06.140
  • These are episodes.
  • 00:12:06.140 --> 00:12:08.175
  • I have eight episodesin this series
  • 00:12:08.175 --> 00:12:10.244
  • about through Him,with Him, and in Him.
  • 00:12:10.244 --> 00:12:12.946
  • Each episode is alittle bit different.
  • 00:12:12.946 --> 00:12:15.516
  • In order to get to the studio,I'm in the car, driving.
  • 00:12:15.516 --> 00:12:19.019
  • That's one episode.
  • 00:12:19.019 --> 00:12:20.721
  • All of a sudden, I arrive here.
  • 00:12:20.721 --> 00:12:22.422
  • It's another episode.
  • 00:12:22.422 --> 00:12:23.857
  • I get here, start topreach, that's an episode.
  • 00:12:23.857 --> 00:12:25.826
  • Then I'll be drivinghome, that's an episode.
  • 00:12:25.826 --> 00:12:27.694
  • Life is a sequence, a sequenceof different episodes.
  • 00:12:27.694 --> 00:12:32.099
  • We're always doingsomething different,
  • 00:12:32.099 --> 00:12:33.600
  • moving from place to place,doing this and doing that.
  • 00:12:33.600 --> 00:12:36.770
  • And so time, it's hardto get a handle on.
  • 00:12:36.770 --> 00:12:40.440
  • You can either be like a boaton a river just flowing along
  • 00:12:40.440 --> 00:12:43.744
  • and letting the river take you,
  • 00:12:43.744 --> 00:12:45.245
  • or you can steer the shipand determine the way
  • 00:12:45.245 --> 00:12:48.916
  • that you're gonna makeyour time turn up.
  • 00:12:48.916 --> 00:12:50.784
  • Everybody has thesame amount of time,
  • 00:12:50.784 --> 00:12:52.953
  • but not everybody issteering the ship.
  • 00:12:52.953 --> 00:12:55.489
  • Not everybody is usingtheir time wisely.
  • 00:12:55.489 --> 00:12:59.159
  • People ask me all the time:
  • 00:12:59.159 --> 00:13:00.360
  • Father Cedric, you'vewritten 23 books.
  • 00:13:00.360 --> 00:13:02.462
  • Where do you find the time?
  • 00:13:02.462 --> 00:13:04.231
  • (laughs)
  • 00:13:04.231 --> 00:13:05.199
  • And I appreciate that comment,
  • 00:13:05.199 --> 00:13:06.466
  • but I don't find thetime, I make the time.
  • 00:13:06.466 --> 00:13:08.735
  • I'm disciplined, self-control.
  • 00:13:09.636 --> 00:13:12.873
  • And unless you havediscipline and self-control,
  • 00:13:12.873 --> 00:13:15.275
  • it's gonna be easy tosquander your time.
  • 00:13:17.344 --> 00:13:19.746
  • So, I've discovered that Imake the time in the morning.
  • 00:13:19.746 --> 00:13:23.951
  • Mornings are mybest time to write.
  • 00:13:23.951 --> 00:13:25.919
  • So, I carve that timeout ahead of time
  • 00:13:25.919 --> 00:13:29.223
  • so that when that timecomes, I won't squander it.
  • 00:13:29.223 --> 00:13:32.392
  • It's easy to squander it.
  • 00:13:32.392 --> 00:13:33.827
  • Sit there, listen tomusic, read a little bit,
  • 00:13:33.827 --> 00:13:35.762
  • go out and take a walk.
  • 00:13:35.762 --> 00:13:37.264
  • And all of a sudden,two hours are gone.
  • 00:13:37.264 --> 00:13:38.799
  • We're not gonna beproductive and fruitful
  • 00:13:38.799 --> 00:13:41.335
  • if I discipline myself tomake the most of my time.
  • 00:13:41.335 --> 00:13:44.872
  • So, time managementis very important.
  • 00:13:44.872 --> 00:13:47.341
  • Whatever this thingis called time,
  • 00:13:47.341 --> 00:13:49.977
  • and I've tried to describe itto you in many different ways,
  • 00:13:49.977 --> 00:13:53.080
  • it can be managed,
  • 00:13:53.080 --> 00:13:54.715
  • it can be disciplined.
  • 00:13:55.749 --> 00:13:57.885
  • And I wanna help you to do that
  • 00:13:57.885 --> 00:13:59.419
  • because, as I said, I wantyou to live with passion,
  • 00:13:59.419 --> 00:14:01.822
  • I want you to be fruitful,
  • 00:14:01.822 --> 00:14:03.090
  • and I want you to makethe most of your life.
  • 00:14:03.090 --> 00:14:05.225
  • So,
  • 00:14:05.225 --> 00:14:06.059
  • first of all, do you have
  • 00:14:07.294 --> 00:14:10.030
  • an overarchinggoal for your life?
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:13.400
  • Goals are extremely importantwhen it comes to time.
  • 00:14:13.400 --> 00:14:17.037
  • If you don't havegoals for your life,
  • 00:14:17.037 --> 00:14:19.473
  • you will not bemanaging your time well.
  • 00:14:19.473 --> 00:14:21.909
  • But if you are motivatedand you have a goal,
  • 00:14:21.909 --> 00:14:25.345
  • then what you're gonna do isyou're gonna start to take
  • 00:14:25.345 --> 00:14:27.281
  • the time that you have andapply it towards your goal.
  • 00:14:27.281 --> 00:14:30.450
  • And this is really important.
  • 00:14:30.450 --> 00:14:31.985
  • Simply put,
  • 00:14:31.985 --> 00:14:34.021
  • I have a motivation inmy life, and it's this.
  • 00:14:34.021 --> 00:14:37.557
  • I
  • 00:14:38.458 --> 00:14:39.593
  • want to be
  • 00:14:39.593 --> 00:14:41.361
  • fruitful.
  • 00:14:42.195 --> 00:14:43.163
  • Fruitful.
  • 00:14:44.131 --> 00:14:45.332
  • That was the firstcommand in the Bible.
  • 00:14:45.332 --> 00:14:46.466
  • "Be fruitful and multiply,"
  • 00:14:46.466 --> 00:14:48.602
  • God told Adam and Eve,God told creation.
  • 00:14:48.602 --> 00:14:51.371
  • Be fruitful and multiply.
  • 00:14:51.371 --> 00:14:52.839
  • And that doesn't justmean in terms of children.
  • 00:14:52.839 --> 00:14:55.075
  • It means in terms ofaffecting people's lives,
  • 00:14:55.075 --> 00:14:58.211
  • making the most of your time,
  • 00:14:58.211 --> 00:14:59.980
  • realizing your potential,
  • 00:14:59.980 --> 00:15:01.615
  • becoming all that you can be.
  • 00:15:01.615 --> 00:15:02.916
  • That's fruitfulness.
  • 00:15:02.916 --> 00:15:04.418
  • And fruitfulnessespecially takes place
  • 00:15:04.418 --> 00:15:06.820
  • when you're affecting thelives of other people.
  • 00:15:06.820 --> 00:15:09.556
  • We're not justtrying to be fruitful
  • 00:15:09.556 --> 00:15:10.857
  • so that we can makea lot of money,
  • 00:15:10.857 --> 00:15:12.225
  • or get known or befamous, or whatever.
  • 00:15:12.225 --> 00:15:14.695
  • You're trying to be fruitful
  • 00:15:14.695 --> 00:15:15.762
  • when, these are gospel values,
  • 00:15:15.762 --> 00:15:18.665
  • when you are addingvalue to people,
  • 00:15:18.665 --> 00:15:20.500
  • when you're touchingpeople's lives,
  • 00:15:20.500 --> 00:15:22.002
  • when you're improving them,when you're helping them,
  • 00:15:22.002 --> 00:15:23.770
  • that's what it meansto be fruitful.
  • 00:15:23.770 --> 00:15:25.105
  • So,
  • 00:15:25.105 --> 00:15:26.773
  • do you have a goalfor your life?
  • 00:15:26.773 --> 00:15:28.675
  • Well, be fruitfulis a good goal,
  • 00:15:28.675 --> 00:15:30.844
  • but it's not specific enough.
  • 00:15:30.844 --> 00:15:33.480
  • If you want to makethe most of your time,
  • 00:15:33.480 --> 00:15:35.983
  • you have to narrowdown your goal,
  • 00:15:35.983 --> 00:15:37.517
  • you have to make it blackand white and specific.
  • 00:15:37.517 --> 00:15:40.487
  • So, I came up withpreaching and writing
  • 00:15:40.487 --> 00:15:43.557
  • and producing for television.
  • 00:15:43.557 --> 00:15:45.192
  • I have a motto: TouchingLives and Saving Souls.
  • 00:15:45.192 --> 00:15:49.429
  • And I believe that with God,
  • 00:15:49.429 --> 00:15:52.199
  • because Jesus is in us,
  • 00:15:52.199 --> 00:15:54.434
  • all things are possible.
  • 00:15:55.469 --> 00:15:56.870
  • Really, my goals and mymotivations have shifted.
  • 00:15:58.939 --> 00:16:03.944
  • This series is called "ThroughHim, With Him, and In Him."
  • 00:16:05.379 --> 00:16:06.546
  • Because of Christ,because He lives in me,
  • 00:16:06.546 --> 00:16:09.216
  • because of the Holy Spirit,my goals have changed.
  • 00:16:09.216 --> 00:16:12.486
  • They've broadened.
  • 00:16:12.486 --> 00:16:13.754
  • I believe that wecan change the world,
  • 00:16:15.622 --> 00:16:17.190
  • and I believe thatyou're a part of that.
  • 00:16:17.190 --> 00:16:19.192
  • We are Christians,
  • 00:16:19.192 --> 00:16:20.927
  • and we shouldn't justhave a little, tinny box.
  • 00:16:20.927 --> 00:16:24.164
  • Our boundaries oughtto be wide and far,
  • 00:16:24.164 --> 00:16:29.169
  • and we can turn thisworld upside down.
  • 00:16:30.337 --> 00:16:32.539
  • We're part of a tremendousbody, the body of Christ.
  • 00:16:32.539 --> 00:16:36.777
  • All things are possibleto the one who believes.
  • 00:16:36.777 --> 00:16:39.679
  • So,
  • 00:16:39.679 --> 00:16:41.081
  • right after God touched me,
  • 00:16:41.081 --> 00:16:43.050
  • and by the way Ijust wanna tell you,
  • 00:16:43.050 --> 00:16:44.584
  • make sure you get a goal, anachievable goal, hopefully,
  • 00:16:44.584 --> 00:16:48.488
  • an optimistic goal,a hopeful goal,
  • 00:16:48.488 --> 00:16:50.223
  • one that will push youtoward greater things,
  • 00:16:50.223 --> 00:16:54.461
  • and make sure thatit's specific.
  • 00:16:54.461 --> 00:16:58.031
  • So, I have a goal.
  • 00:16:58.031 --> 00:16:59.633
  • Certainly, throughthe way I do it
  • 00:17:00.801 --> 00:17:03.503
  • is through televisionand writing
  • 00:17:03.503 --> 00:17:05.605
  • and producing and preaching.
  • 00:17:05.605 --> 00:17:08.208
  • But my goal is this.
  • 00:17:09.142 --> 00:17:10.977
  • I wanna touch as manypeople as possible
  • 00:17:10.977 --> 00:17:14.114
  • in as deep a way as possiblewith the gospel of Jesus.
  • 00:17:14.114 --> 00:17:17.818
  • I hope you got that.
  • 00:17:17.818 --> 00:17:19.052
  • I wanna touch as manypeople in as deep a way,
  • 00:17:19.052 --> 00:17:21.655
  • that's why I write booksand produce DVDs and CDs
  • 00:17:21.655 --> 00:17:26.293
  • so that people won't justsee me once or hear me once,
  • 00:17:26.293 --> 00:17:29.396
  • but they'll be able to getinto the gospel deeply.
  • 00:17:29.396 --> 00:17:31.231
  • I've written 23 books, producedhundreds of DVDs and CDs,
  • 00:17:31.231 --> 00:17:35.502
  • because this is the way I'machieving my fruitfulness,
  • 00:17:35.502 --> 00:17:38.738
  • by specific goals,
  • 00:17:38.738 --> 00:17:40.941
  • by television,
  • 00:17:40.941 --> 00:17:42.976
  • by writing,
  • 00:17:42.976 --> 00:17:44.878
  • by producing,
  • 00:17:44.878 --> 00:17:46.446
  • and this is how you reach out
  • 00:17:46.446 --> 00:17:47.714
  • to a lot of differentpeople in a deep way.
  • 00:17:47.714 --> 00:17:49.883
  • So, try to get a specific goal
  • 00:17:49.883 --> 00:17:51.918
  • that will really helpyou to manage your time.
  • 00:17:51.918 --> 00:17:54.287
  • So, I remember yearsago, I was ready to go.
  • 00:17:54.287 --> 00:17:56.790
  • I was touched by theLord as a teenager,
  • 00:17:56.790 --> 00:17:59.459
  • and I wanted to get rightout there into the street,
  • 00:17:59.459 --> 00:18:01.294
  • start preaching, touching alot of people with the gospel.
  • 00:18:01.294 --> 00:18:03.830
  • I want people to be saved.
  • 00:18:03.830 --> 00:18:05.332
  • I want them to be baptizedin the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:05.332 --> 00:18:07.801
  • I want them to achievetheir potential.
  • 00:18:07.801 --> 00:18:09.870
  • And I sat down with my mother,
  • 00:18:09.870 --> 00:18:12.239
  • and I told her about thatdream and vision that I have.
  • 00:18:12.239 --> 00:18:14.708
  • I'm 19 years old.
  • 00:18:14.708 --> 00:18:16.343
  • And she looked at me, andyou know, I was ready to go.
  • 00:18:16.343 --> 00:18:19.179
  • She said, "You know, youcan go out into the streets
  • 00:18:19.179 --> 00:18:21.114
  • "if you want, Cedric, butnobody is gonna listen to you.
  • 00:18:21.114 --> 00:18:24.184
  • "You have to be formed.
  • 00:18:24.184 --> 00:18:26.019
  • "You have to be educated."
  • 00:18:26.019 --> 00:18:28.121
  • And I said: No, I don'twanna go to college,
  • 00:18:28.121 --> 00:18:31.057
  • and I don't wannago through all that.
  • 00:18:31.057 --> 00:18:32.759
  • I'm ready now.
  • 00:18:32.759 --> 00:18:33.994
  • I believe that Godis gonna use me now.
  • 00:18:33.994 --> 00:18:36.062
  • And I went to my room,
  • 00:18:36.062 --> 00:18:37.764
  • and I thought about itand prayed about it,
  • 00:18:37.764 --> 00:18:39.266
  • and I said: Mom has a lotof wisdom, she's right.
  • 00:18:39.266 --> 00:18:41.902
  • So, what I did is,and by the way,
  • 00:18:41.902 --> 00:18:43.737
  • this is what yougotta do with a goal.
  • 00:18:43.737 --> 00:18:45.172
  • Goals don't happen overnight.
  • 00:18:45.172 --> 00:18:46.740
  • There are noovernight successes.
  • 00:18:46.740 --> 00:18:49.109
  • You have to
  • 00:18:49.109 --> 00:18:50.277
  • be formed,
  • 00:18:51.178 --> 00:18:53.513
  • trained,
  • 00:18:53.513 --> 00:18:55.148
  • educated.
  • 00:18:55.148 --> 00:18:56.716
  • You gotta prepare.
  • 00:18:56.716 --> 00:18:58.185
  • You gotta prepare toachieve your goals.
  • 00:18:59.386 --> 00:19:02.088
  • They don't just happen.
  • 00:19:02.088 --> 00:19:03.256
  • So, I went to collegefor four years,
  • 00:19:03.256 --> 00:19:05.725
  • and I've learned alot, I was educated,
  • 00:19:05.725 --> 00:19:08.395
  • spent a year in noviceship-,
  • 00:19:08.395 --> 00:19:11.498
  • a year in ministry training,
  • 00:19:11.498 --> 00:19:14.768
  • four years in the seminary.
  • 00:19:14.768 --> 00:19:16.836
  • I hope you get those year thing.
  • 00:19:16.836 --> 00:19:18.305
  • That's a lot of time,we're talking about time.
  • 00:19:18.305 --> 00:19:20.941
  • So, I spent like10 years of my life
  • 00:19:20.941 --> 00:19:23.076
  • just preparing for ministry.
  • 00:19:23.076 --> 00:19:25.612
  • 10 years!
  • 00:19:25.612 --> 00:19:26.880
  • That's a major chunk of my life,
  • 00:19:26.880 --> 00:19:28.582
  • just preparing forthe whole thing.
  • 00:19:28.582 --> 00:19:30.150
  • Just like Jesus waspreparing for ministry
  • 00:19:30.150 --> 00:19:33.653
  • in those silent years thatwe don't know anything about.
  • 00:19:33.653 --> 00:19:38.658
  • Certainly, He wasworking as a carpenter,
  • 00:19:39.759 --> 00:19:40.527
  • but
  • 00:19:40.527 --> 00:19:41.928
  • He was preparing.
  • 00:19:41.928 --> 00:19:43.863
  • He didn't just get it overnight.
  • 00:19:43.863 --> 00:19:45.465
  • Same with Paul theApostle in the Bible.
  • 00:19:45.465 --> 00:19:47.701
  • After he was touched,
  • 00:19:47.701 --> 00:19:49.002
  • he had that vision onthe road to Damascus.
  • 00:19:49.002 --> 00:19:50.637
  • He went away into Arabia.
  • 00:19:50.637 --> 00:19:52.272
  • I believe it saysfor three years.
  • 00:19:52.272 --> 00:19:54.874
  • And what was he doing?
  • 00:19:54.874 --> 00:19:56.176
  • God was preparinghim for ministry.
  • 00:19:56.176 --> 00:19:58.745
  • So, anyway, I prepared.
  • 00:19:58.745 --> 00:20:01.615
  • After all thoseyears of ministry,
  • 00:20:01.615 --> 00:20:03.750
  • I was ordained to priest.
  • 00:20:05.485 --> 00:20:07.687
  • And then after about10 or 12 years,
  • 00:20:07.687 --> 00:20:10.223
  • finally in the year 2006,
  • 00:20:10.223 --> 00:20:12.359
  • actually it was 15years as a priest,
  • 00:20:12.359 --> 00:20:15.562
  • finally, I startedgetting into television.
  • 00:20:15.562 --> 00:20:18.698
  • So, now I can reach outin such a major way.
  • 00:20:18.698 --> 00:20:21.601
  • I've been on televisionnow for over 14 years,
  • 00:20:21.601 --> 00:20:24.504
  • reaching out with the gospel.
  • 00:20:24.504 --> 00:20:26.306
  • And I hope God has me on itfor many, many, many more years
  • 00:20:26.306 --> 00:20:29.542
  • because all those years ofpreparation and education
  • 00:20:29.542 --> 00:20:32.979
  • and formation andcontinued learning
  • 00:20:32.979 --> 00:20:35.548
  • and formation arepaying off now.
  • 00:20:35.548 --> 00:20:38.318
  • And I'm so glad thatI didn't give up
  • 00:20:38.318 --> 00:20:40.120
  • and I didn't quit inthose early years.
  • 00:20:40.120 --> 00:20:42.822
  • So, when we talk aboutrealizing your goals,
  • 00:20:42.822 --> 00:20:45.725
  • you have to understand thereare no overnight successes.
  • 00:20:45.725 --> 00:20:49.696
  • You have to, likeeverybody else,
  • 00:20:49.696 --> 00:20:52.065
  • we're all in the same flatground here, on level ground,
  • 00:20:52.065 --> 00:20:55.902
  • everybody has to gothrough the same thing.
  • 00:20:55.902 --> 00:20:59.072
  • We have to be diligent,we have to be determined,
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  • and God watches that.
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  • When you are faithful,God is faithful.
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  • He will open doors thatyou cannot possibly open.
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  • He will do things inyou and through you
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  • that you can't possibly do.
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  • You do what you can do,and God will do the rest.
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  • You do what's possible, andGod will do the impossible.
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  • Being on some of thesenetworks that I've gotten on
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  • is impossible for aCatholic priest to do.
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  • God had opened those doors.
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  • I was faithful in what I coulddo, and God did the rest.
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  • So,
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  • now I'm being fruitful, (laughs)
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  • and I'm reaching outto a lot of people.
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  • And I want thatsame thing for you.
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  • I don't just tell youto live with passion.
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  • What I hope, you, to teach you
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  • through my books, my preaching,
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  • I want you to live with passion.
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  • That would so bless my life.
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  • That's the greatestjoy of my life.
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  • I don't have children,but you're my children.
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  • That's why they call me Father.
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  • What is your dream?
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  • Is it raising children,starting a new business,
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  • writing a book, getting ontelevision, teaching people?
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  • Whatever your dream is,I wanna encourage you,
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  • I wanna inspire you,
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  • and tell you that youdo have to prepare.
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  • You gotta stay determined.
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  • You can't give up.
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  • You gotta have those goals.
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  • Make it specific, writea mission statement out.
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  • You can do it.
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  • Many people wanna write a book.
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  • I encourage, and I havesomething in my website
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  • about that, and how to do it,
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  • self-published, how tobe published, you know,
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  • how you go about doing that.
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  • Email me throughmy Prayer Request,
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  • and I can help you with that.
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  • I'll send you about something,
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  • some information about how towrite a book, how to do it.
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  • But you gotta bediligent, you gotta work,
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  • you gotta give effort.
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  • It's called passion, enthusiasm.
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  • But this is whatlife is all about.
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  • And folks, time is fleeting.
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  • It's passing.
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  • Don't regret your life.
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  • Live it to the full.
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  • Invest yourself.
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  • Give yourselffully to your life.
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  • You can be fruitful.
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  • And I mean we are allgonna stand before God,
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  • and it's gonna be glorious ifyou've lived your life well.
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  • Certainly, God will forgive.
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  • You're never too old,though, to have a dream.
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  • I tell people that.
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  • That's the vision of Pentecost,
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  • that your young peoplewill see visions,
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  • and your old peoplewill dream dreams.
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  • You're never too oldto dream a dream,
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  • and you're never tooyoung to have a vision.
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  • And so it says in Provers:
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  • Without a vision, people perish.
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  • But with a vision,the sky is the limit.
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  • Couple things that I've said.
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  • Get an overarchinggoal for your life.
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  • Make it specific.
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  • Write it down, write outyour mission statement.
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  • What is your motivation?
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  • My motivation is to befruitful, help a lot of people.
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  • Break it into specific goals.
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  • Discipline yourself.
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  • Make the time.
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  • You can do it.
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  • It's called self-controland discipline.
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  • And be proactive.
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  • Get involved.
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  • Don't just give up
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  • when you don't see thingshappening, takes time.
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  • Be patient and faithful,
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  • and God will befaithful with you.
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  • God will make a way.
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  • (clock ticking)So, what is that sound?
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  • It's a clock ticking
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  • because time is fleeting.
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  • But make the most of your time,
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  • seize the day,
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  • and as the RollingStones is saying:
  • 00:24:24.577 --> 00:24:26.846
  • time will be on your side.
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  • Don't just live,live with passion.
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  • (relaxing piano music)
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  • (guitar music)
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  • - [Announcer] FatherCedric's motto
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  • is touching livesand saving souls.
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  • His mission is to reach outto as many people as possible
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  • in as deep a way as possible
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  • with the life-changinggospel of Jesus Christ.
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  • He accomplishes thismission in multiple ways.
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  • His program, "Livewith Passion,"
  • 00:25:05.818 --> 00:25:08.254
  • airs worldwide on the threemajor Christian networks.
  • 00:25:08.254 --> 00:25:11.824
  • He also airs on severalother TV and radio stations.
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  • Through broadcast media,he is reaching people
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  • outside the walls of the church.
  • 00:25:19.132 --> 00:25:21.801
  • Countless people are hearingthe invitation to salvation
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  • and a personal relationshipwith Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:25.939 --> 00:25:28.841
  • This outreach to theperipheries includes
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  • people in prisonsacross our nation.
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  • Because of their responseto "Live with Passion,"
  • 00:25:35.782 --> 00:25:38.451
  • Father has developeda pen pal program
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  • where hundredsreceive correspondence
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  • as well as bibles andhis books free of charge.
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  • The main charism orgift of the passion
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  • as community is preaching.
  • 00:25:51.731 --> 00:25:53.366
  • Father Cedric isactively involved
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  • as an itinerantmissionary preacher.
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  • For over 30 years, Fatherhas traveled extensively,
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  • preaching parish missions
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  • all across the UnitedStates and Canada.
  • 00:26:04.911 --> 00:26:07.480
  • In addition to his preaching,
  • 00:26:09.382 --> 00:26:11.284
  • his 23 books andvarious CDs and DVDs
  • 00:26:11.284 --> 00:26:14.654
  • are available for purchase.
  • 00:26:14.654 --> 00:26:16.522
  • Through Father'stelevision show,
  • 00:26:18.825 --> 00:26:20.460
  • preaching, and other resources,
  • 00:26:20.460 --> 00:26:22.695
  • multitudes of people arebeing encouraged, inspired,
  • 00:26:22.695 --> 00:26:26.366
  • and surrenderingtheir lives to God.
  • 00:26:26.366 --> 00:26:28.801
  • Father is also actively involvedas a voice for the unborn.
  • 00:26:30.169 --> 00:26:33.773
  • Through proclamation, education,
  • 00:26:35.475 --> 00:26:37.777
  • prayer, and supporting others,
  • 00:26:37.777 --> 00:26:39.812
  • the tide is turning inthis very important battle.
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  • The dazzling value of one soul.
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  • Please considersupporting Father Cedric
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  • in his significantlife-changing gospel ministry.
  • 00:26:51.257 --> 00:26:54.394
  • Many are becoming partnerswith his outreach.
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  • Others give one time.
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  • Know that every donation willtouch lives and save souls.
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  • You also support hisreligious community,
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  • the Passionist,by your donations.
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  • Thank you in advancefor your generosity.
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  • Together, we are touchinglives and saving souls.
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  • Don't just live,live with passion.
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  • (midtempo music)
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