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You Are Called By Name

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January 10, 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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  • - Before the world began andright now, God calls you.
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  • (bright upbeat music)
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  • Hi, I'm Fr. Cedric Pisegnathe host of Live With Passion,
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  • I'm praying that God will speakto you through this episode.
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  • I wanna share with you fromthe gospel of Mark chapter one,
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  • Jesus was walking along theside of the sea of Galilee,
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  • and He saw Peter and Andrew,the brother of Peter,
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  • casting a net into the sea,for they were fishermen.
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  • And Jesus said to them,
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  • "Follow me, and I willmake you fishers of men".
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  • And immediately they lefttheir nets and followed Jesus.
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  • Going on a little further,
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  • He saw James, the son ofZebedee and John, his brother,
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  • they were in theirboat, mending the nets,
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  • and immediatelyJesus called them.
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  • And they left their fatherZebedee in the boat,
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  • and the hired servantsand followed Jesus.
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  • This is a call story.
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  • Jesus called Peter andAndrew, James and John.
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  • And I want you to understandthat Jesus calls you and me,
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  • and I'll talk aboutthat in just a moment.
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  • I had the privilege ofstudying by the sea of Galilee
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  • and it's a beautifulbody of water,
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  • about the size of Lake Tahoe.
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  • People go there on vacation.
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  • Even today, it'sa vacation spot,
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  • but it's also a place wherepeople make their living.
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  • Fishermen, they ply their trade.
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  • That's exactly what was going on
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  • when Jesus went downby the sea of Galilee,
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  • and He saw Peter andAndrew and James and John.
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  • And when Jesus called them,
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  • there must've beensomething about Jesus,
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  • His charismatic nature, andperhaps they were looking
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  • for meaning andpurpose in their life,
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  • because when He called them,
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  • it says that immediatelythey left their nets.
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  • Very quickly therewas a sense of urgency
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  • about their response.
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  • And that's whatI'm hoping for you
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  • that if there's anythingholding you back
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  • from the call of Jesus,
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  • you will leave what youhave to leave behind
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  • and quickly follow Jesus.
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  • And what Jesus wascalling them to
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  • was a life of significance.
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  • Matthew a taxcollector, same thing,
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  • sitting at his taxbooth, Jesus calls him
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  • immediately leaves everythingbehind follows Jesus.
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  • That's because we needmeaning, we need significance,
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  • we need a life of fruitfulness
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  • and when it's not happening,we get discouraged.
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  • But Jesus calls us out offrustration into fruitfulness.
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  • Now seems to me, we never wouldhave heard from them again,
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  • had Jesus not called them.
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  • For example, Peterwas just a fisherman
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  • in an obscure village ina Middle Eastern town,
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  • so as Matthew, hewas a tax collector,
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  • we never would haveheard from them.
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  • But if you go to StPeter's Basilica in Rome,
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  • you will see this huge church,
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  • the largest church in theworld, dedicated to a fisherman,
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  • actually dedicated to Jesus,but it's called St. Peter's,
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  • St. Peter's Basilica in Rome,
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  • the great Basilica ofthe Catholic church.
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  • And as you're enteringSt Peter's square,
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  • as you're cominginto the church,
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  • if you look up above the 12apostles are all standing there,
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  • this great monumentto these fishermen,
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  • Peter wrote an epistle,
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  • James wrote aletter in the bible,
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  • Matthew wrote a gospel,
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  • John wrote a gospel,
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  • these are fishermenand tax collectors.
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  • And everybody in the worldpractically knows who they were.
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  • That's exactly what Jesus does,
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  • He calls us from frustrationand obscurity to fruitfulness,
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  • and I don't wanna say fame,but to making a difference.
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  • I remember I was readinga book by a French artist,
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  • actually it was kindof a picture book,
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  • his name is Rien Poortvliet,
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  • and it was a picturebook of the life of Jesus
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  • that Rien had painted himself.
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  • And one of the portraitswas of Jesus in the call
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  • and He was saying,come follow me.
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  • and His hand as I looked at it,
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  • His hand was protrudingthrough 2000 years of time.
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  • and right at the moment, asI was looking at the book,
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  • it was speaking to me again
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  • there's that call ofJesus over and over.
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  • It's not just a one-time call.
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  • Jesus is calling us everyday to come follow Him.
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  • And it really touchedme how that hand
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  • went through the annalsof time, 2000 years,
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  • right into the moment,
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  • and that's exactlywhat I'm hoping
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  • that this programwill do for you,
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  • right at this moment you willsense the Lord Jesus Himself,
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  • the same one who calledPeter and Andrew and James
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  • and John and Matthew andeverybody else in the bible,
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  • that same Jesus will callyou to something deeper,
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  • to something moreto fruitfulness.
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  • Wanted to share with you thatwhen it comes to being called,
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  • Jesus said one time He said,
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  • "Come to me, all you who labor
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  • and are heavy burdened,and I'll give you rest."
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  • Now, when Jesus said that that'sfrom the gospel of Matthew,
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  • He was talking aboutthe burdens of the law,
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  • the burdens of religion,
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  • and He was saying, you know,I'll give you something
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  • that's much betterthan the Mosaic law,
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  • you don't have to beburdened with religion,
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  • I'll give you some new freedom,
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  • but people are burdenedwith other things
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  • like fear and anxiety,worry, the pandemic,
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  • and the effects of thepandemic, racism, politics,
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  • maybe you'reburdened with health,
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  • and Jesus is simply saying
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  • in the midst of allthe burdens of life,
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  • come to me and I'llgive you a rest.
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  • It's a call to grace,
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  • it's a call to beingone with Christ.
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  • If you've ever watcheda Billy Graham crusade,
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  • I grew up on that itwas wonderful watching,
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  • at the end of the crusade
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  • he would call people toa decision for Christ,
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  • to respond to thecall of Christ,
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  • and they wouldalways sing a song
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  • and it was called "Just As Iam", as the people came forward
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  • to give their lives to Christ.
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  • And that's exactly howyou come, just as you are.
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  • With all of your sinsand frustrations,
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  • and things that aren'tworking in your life,
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  • And the words to the song"Just as I am without one plea,
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  • but that thy bloodwas shed for me.
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  • And that you bidme to come to thee,
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  • O lamb of God I come! I come."
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  • That's exactly what's happening,
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  • Jesus is bidding you tocome, He's calling you.
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  • I love what it saysin the scriptures,
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  • it says that get this,
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  • "Before you wereborn, you were called,
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  • from your mother'swomb, you were called",
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  • I'm quoting Jeremiah
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  • and I'm quotingPaul the apostle,
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  • who said that frommy mother's womb
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  • before I was born, I was called.
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  • And so are you and me.
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  • And then I love whatit says in Ephesians.
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  • Get this, "Beforethe world began".
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  • Scientists say 4.5 billionyears ago, the world began.
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  • And then the universe,13.8 billion years,
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  • those are numbers wecan't even figure out,
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  • before all of that,you were chosen,
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  • God had this grandiosebeautiful plan in His mind,
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  • and you and I were a part of it.
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  • So God has waited a long time,
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  • as Hosea said,"Long have I waited
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  • for your coming back to me".
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  • God has waited a long time forthe fulfillment of this call,
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  • from your mother's womb,before you were born,
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  • and long ago before the worldbegan, that's Ephesians.
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  • So God's call issomething rudimentary
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  • and something veryfoundational in the scriptures.
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  • And I wanted youto understand that
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  • God doesn't just call youarbitrarily, calls you by name.
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  • He knew your name,it's a given name,
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  • and He calls you by name.
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  • That's exactly what happenedat the resurrection,
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  • remember MaryMagdalene was there
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  • and Jesus spoke her name, Mary,
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  • and that's how sherecognized Him.
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  • And He calls you by name,He calls me by name.
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  • He gave us a name from ourmother's womb, He named us.
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  • Wanted to tell you alittle bit about my name,
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  • it's kind of a differentname, I call it a rare name.
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  • Cedric Pisegna, people hearthat name and they say,
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  • Cedric, where did you get,is there a Saint Cedric?
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  • And I go, no, not yet, butthere's one in the making.
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  • So Cedric Pisegna, mydad's name in Italian,
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  • Pisegna is an Italian name.
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  • My dad's name inItalian was Cesidio.
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  • So they wanted to give him anAnglicised name for Cesidio,
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  • so they gave him the nameCedric, and I'm a junior.
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  • So with a name like CedricPisegna, that's my last name,
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  • what do you think mydad's middle name was?
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  • Well, believe it ornot, it was John.
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  • Cedric John Pisegna Jr.
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  • So we all have a name,
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  • it's something thatis given to us.
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  • And God knows your name.
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  • Even though there's7.8 billion people
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  • on the face of the earth,God knows your name,
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  • He calls you by name.
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  • And I'm praying thatthrough this program
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  • you will sense Himcalling you by name.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • Then what is God calling us to,what is Jesus calling us to?
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  • And this is the heart ofwhat I want you to get.
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  • Number one that you're called.
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  • And number two, thepurpose of the call.
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  • What is He calling us to?
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  • Says in the gospel ofMark 3:14, look this up,
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  • Jesus called the 12, getthis, to be with Him.
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  • And I wanna underline that,
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  • because you are calledprimarily to be with Jesus,
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  • that's what an apostle is,
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  • somebody who's withHim, learns from Him,
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  • and then proclaims Him.
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  • Growing up we usedto play that game,
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  • it was called follow the leader.
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  • And if somebody went likethis, then you go like that,
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  • 'cause you got tofollow the leader.
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  • And then if somebodyturned to the right,
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  • if the leaderturned to the right,
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  • then you turned to the right,
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  • it was kind of like Simon says,
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  • you do everythingthat the leader does.
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  • So when Jesus says follow me,
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  • He's inviting us tofollow the leader,
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  • not so much physically,but the way He is.
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  • "Learn from me", He said,
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  • "Because I'm meekand gentle of heart".
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  • So it's the heart of Christ,His patience, His forbearance,
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  • His courage, His love.
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  • The apostles hadto get to know Him,
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  • to see the way He was, tolearn from Him first of all,
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  • and then go out and preach.
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  • And it's the same way for us,
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  • our primary call isto get to know Jesus,
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  • to develop a personalrelationship with Him.
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  • Then to learn from Him,
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  • get to know the way Heis, to become like Him,
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  • to become the image of Christ,and then go out and preach.
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  • That's exactly thespirituality of the passionist.
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  • You see that I'm wearingmy passionist habit here,
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  • I belong to areligious community,
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  • that is not only apostolic,that preaches and goes out,
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  • and helps peoplethat's apostolic, butit's contemplative.
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  • We meditate, weread the scriptures,
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  • we read spiritual books,
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  • we spend time withJesus in a monastery,
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  • and then in a retreat center.
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  • And then we go out.
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  • We don't presume togo out and preach,
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  • unless we've spenttime with Jesus.
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  • That was the spiritualityof St. Paul of the Cross,
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  • founder of the passionist.
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  • He talked about howJesus came from God,
  • 00:12:33.659 --> 00:12:36.629
  • went out and preached
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  • then went back tothe bosom of God.
  • 00:12:37.897 --> 00:12:39.365
  • And that's the rhythmthat we have as preachers.
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  • We spend time inthe bosom of God,
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  • in the monastery, inprayer, in reading,
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  • going to mass, havingreligious services,
  • 00:12:48.607 --> 00:12:51.610
  • going to confession,the bosom of God,
  • 00:12:51.610 --> 00:12:54.613
  • then we go out and preach,
  • 00:12:54.613 --> 00:12:56.215
  • and we preach with effectiveness
  • 00:12:57.149 --> 00:12:58.651
  • and with powerand with efficacy,
  • 00:12:58.651 --> 00:13:00.886
  • because we've spent timeat the bosom of God.
  • 00:13:00.886 --> 00:13:04.423
  • And then we go backto the bosom of God,
  • 00:13:04.423 --> 00:13:06.292
  • it's called a retreat.
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  • We're not retreating fromlife because we're afraid,
  • 00:13:08.360 --> 00:13:10.563
  • but we're retreating toget refreshed and anointed
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  • so that we can go back outand proclaim the Good News.
  • 00:13:13.599 --> 00:13:17.169
  • And so that's abeautiful spirituality,
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  • I believe for all of us.
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  • So we are called firstof all, to be with Jesus.
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  • Second of all, tolearn from Jesus.
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  • And that's what it saysin Mark chapter three,
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  • chapter three, verse 14,
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  • and then He sentthem out to preach.
  • 00:13:32.184 --> 00:13:34.920
  • Most people don'tget that verse,
  • 00:13:34.920 --> 00:13:36.422
  • they think apostles are thosewho are going out to preach.
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  • Yeah, that's part of it,
  • 00:13:38.624 --> 00:13:40.025
  • but they miss the first half,
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  • that they were called tospend time with Jesus.
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  • Remember what Jesus said?
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  • He said, "Abide inme and I in you,
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  • and you will bear much fruit."
  • 00:13:51.270 --> 00:13:53.405
  • That is your primary call.
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  • You are being called rightnow to something deep,
  • 00:13:56.675 --> 00:14:01.680
  • personal relationshipwith Jesus Christ.
  • 00:14:02.815 --> 00:14:05.417
  • So I want you to develop that,
  • 00:14:05.417 --> 00:14:07.519
  • to grow in Christ,to become like Him.
  • 00:14:08.687 --> 00:14:11.857
  • There was a universal call,
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  • this is from theCatholic documents,
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  • I know many of youaren't Catholic
  • 00:14:16.228 --> 00:14:18.063
  • but it applies to everybody.
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  • Our Catholic documents tellus there is a universal call,
  • 00:14:20.733 --> 00:14:24.403
  • universal to everybody,a call to holiness.
  • 00:14:24.403 --> 00:14:29.141
  • And what does that mean?
  • 00:14:30.209 --> 00:14:31.410
  • It means prayer,but more than that,
  • 00:14:32.611 --> 00:14:34.980
  • it means becoming like Christ.
  • 00:14:34.980 --> 00:14:37.783
  • The heart of compassion,
  • 00:14:39.285 --> 00:14:40.653
  • the heart of mercy,being courageous,
  • 00:14:41.820 --> 00:14:45.758
  • being loving, universalcall to holiness.
  • 00:14:45.758 --> 00:14:50.496
  • So you're called to Christ,to become like Christ,
  • 00:14:50.496 --> 00:14:54.867
  • and then you're calledto proclaim Christ.
  • 00:14:54.867 --> 00:14:57.169
  • That's what theword apostle means,
  • 00:14:57.169 --> 00:14:58.704
  • He sent them out and apostleis somebody who's been sent.
  • 00:14:58.704 --> 00:15:02.708
  • And I believe that whenyou spend time with Jesus
  • 00:15:04.143 --> 00:15:06.045
  • and you become like Him
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  • you're gonna be sent outto make a difference.
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  • That's why the apostles,remember what He said,
  • 00:15:09.848 --> 00:15:12.084
  • "I wanna make you fishersof men and women."
  • 00:15:12.084 --> 00:15:15.587
  • That's why the apostlesdropped everything.
  • 00:15:15.587 --> 00:15:17.756
  • They quickly followed Him
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  • because they wanted alife of significance.
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  • They wanted a life of meaning,
  • 00:15:21.727 --> 00:15:22.995
  • and I hope you do too,
  • 00:15:22.995 --> 00:15:24.330
  • that's what thisprogram's all about.
  • 00:15:25.464 --> 00:15:26.732
  • Live with passion,live with purpose.
  • 00:15:26.732 --> 00:15:28.834
  • That's exactly whatJesus calls us to,
  • 00:15:28.834 --> 00:15:30.836
  • not to be frustratedbut to be fruitful.
  • 00:15:30.836 --> 00:15:33.973
  • That was the firstcommand in the bible,
  • 00:15:33.973 --> 00:15:36.742
  • where God said, "Befruitful and multiply".
  • 00:15:36.742 --> 00:15:40.679
  • That's exactly whatJesus does for us.
  • 00:15:40.679 --> 00:15:43.015
  • "Launch out into the deepfor a catch", He said.
  • 00:15:43.015 --> 00:15:45.884
  • He's telling fishermenwhere to fish,
  • 00:15:45.884 --> 00:15:47.820
  • and wow! Did they catchup a load of fish,
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  • a haul of fish.
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  • So our first and primarycall is contemplation,
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  • want to share with you one time,
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  • I went on a retreat, Idon't know if you've ever
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  • heard about the Camaldolese,
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  • Camaldolese are an offshootof the Benedictines,
  • 00:16:02.568 --> 00:16:05.804
  • Saint Benedict, very monastic,very contemplative community,
  • 00:16:05.804 --> 00:16:10.509
  • we're talking about ourcall now to know Jesus.
  • 00:16:10.509 --> 00:16:13.779
  • And they were founded,
  • 00:16:13.779 --> 00:16:14.980
  • the Camaldolese werefounded by St. Romuald,
  • 00:16:14.980 --> 00:16:19.618
  • great Saint, verycontemplative Saint.
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  • And he composed a rulefor the Camaldolese,
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  • so every religiouscommunity has a rule,
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  • like the Benedictines,the Passionists,
  • 00:16:27.860 --> 00:16:29.628
  • Redemptorits, the Franciscans,
  • 00:16:29.628 --> 00:16:31.864
  • we all have a rule of lifethat stems from the Bible,
  • 00:16:31.864 --> 00:16:35.100
  • and St. Romuald said this,
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  • "Empty yourself completelyand sit waiting,
  • 00:16:38.437 --> 00:16:43.375
  • content with the grace of God,
  • 00:16:43.375 --> 00:16:45.944
  • like a chick whotastes and eats nothing
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  • but only what hismother gives him".
  • 00:16:52.151 --> 00:16:53.986
  • Wow! That's a beautifulway to think about prayer.
  • 00:16:53.986 --> 00:16:58.724
  • You wait on God, and youallow God to feed you.
  • 00:16:58.724 --> 00:17:03.729
  • And that's our call, firstof all, to contemplation,
  • 00:17:05.197 --> 00:17:08.634
  • and to waiting, andto being at peace.
  • 00:17:08.634 --> 00:17:11.904
  • So every Christian has a call,
  • 00:17:11.904 --> 00:17:16.575
  • remember what I said, it's toJesus, to becoming like Him,
  • 00:17:16.575 --> 00:17:21.046
  • that's our primary call.
  • 00:17:21.046 --> 00:17:23.148
  • And along with that, we allhave what's called a vocation.
  • 00:17:23.148 --> 00:17:27.920
  • Vocation comes from the Latinword vocare means to call.
  • 00:17:27.920 --> 00:17:31.457
  • So it's the form of your call.
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  • We're all familiar with that.
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  • Vocation to the priesthood,vocation to married life
  • 00:17:37.396 --> 00:17:41.300
  • and to raising children,vocation to the single life,
  • 00:17:41.300 --> 00:17:46.305
  • these are all calls withina call, our primary call,
  • 00:17:47.773 --> 00:17:50.342
  • and I wanna keepharping on this,
  • 00:17:50.342 --> 00:17:52.377
  • is to be with Jesus,and to learn from Jesus,
  • 00:17:52.377 --> 00:17:56.982
  • become like Jesus.
  • 00:17:56.982 --> 00:17:58.650
  • But along with that, it's theapostolic call to be sent out.
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  • I remember one time I'mdriving down the road,
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  • and I see a billboard
  • 00:18:05.157 --> 00:18:07.259
  • and it's a billboardof the crucifixion.
  • 00:18:07.259 --> 00:18:10.195
  • And it was very gory,
  • 00:18:10.195 --> 00:18:12.231
  • Jesus was verybloody on the cross,
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  • and underneath was the caption,"Become a priest like me".
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  • Wow!
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  • (gentle music)
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  • Vocation to the priesthoodis a call to sacrifice.
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  • It's being for otherpeople, hearing confessions,
  • 00:18:30.716 --> 00:18:34.686
  • and preaching, and counseling,
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  • and writing, and producing,
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  • all for the sake ofthe salvation of souls.
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  • So be a priest like me.
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  • I've been crucified with Christ.
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  • It's no longer I who live,but Christ who lives in me.
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  • Call to married life same thing.
  • 00:18:50.869 --> 00:18:52.738
  • Mostly you have beencalled to married life,
  • 00:18:53.872 --> 00:18:56.041
  • and the call to married life
  • 00:18:57.109 --> 00:18:58.210
  • is a call to joyand celebration,
  • 00:18:58.210 --> 00:19:00.979
  • just like priesthood,
  • 00:19:00.979 --> 00:19:02.614
  • but it's a call to sacrifice.
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  • You sacrifice for your spouse,
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  • you give yourselfto your children.
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  • One of the most poignant scenes
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  • I've ever seen in my lifeis a statute called Pieta,
  • 00:19:14.660 --> 00:19:17.696
  • it's in Rome,Michelangelo sculpted it,
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  • we also have it atour retreat center.
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  • And if you know anythingabout the Pieta,
  • 00:19:24.203 --> 00:19:25.871
  • it's Mary, the mother of Jesus,
  • 00:19:25.871 --> 00:19:28.941
  • holding the body of her son,
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  • as He came down from the cross.
  • 00:19:31.310 --> 00:19:33.545
  • The prophecy of Simeon thata sword would pierce her soul
  • 00:19:33.545 --> 00:19:37.716
  • was coming true atthat very moment,
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  • when she received thedead body of Jesus.
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  • Can you imagine theagony and the sorrow
  • 00:19:43.522 --> 00:19:47.159
  • and the pain of that mother?
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  • Now, I have talked to mothersall around this country,
  • 00:19:48.927 --> 00:19:52.364
  • who have lost children,who have had children
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  • fall away from the faith,
  • 00:19:55.434 --> 00:19:57.269
  • who have gone through adivorce from their husband,
  • 00:19:57.269 --> 00:20:00.439
  • who have had their spouse die,
  • 00:20:00.439 --> 00:20:03.108
  • who have gone throughthat sort of suffering.
  • 00:20:03.108 --> 00:20:06.211
  • And I want you to know thatthat's not just arbitrary
  • 00:20:06.211 --> 00:20:08.447
  • God's not giving it to you,but it's not arbitrary,
  • 00:20:08.447 --> 00:20:11.750
  • it comes because ofyour call from God,
  • 00:20:11.750 --> 00:20:15.587
  • and God honors your call.
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  • And even though you suffer,you will be fruitful.
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  • I remember mymother lost my dad,
  • 00:20:23.295 --> 00:20:26.131
  • she was probably 76 yearsold and my dad died.
  • 00:20:26.131 --> 00:20:31.136
  • Her vocation tomarriage was ruptured,
  • 00:20:32.237 --> 00:20:33.705
  • and at first shewas discombobulated,
  • 00:20:33.705 --> 00:20:36.742
  • then through the grace of God
  • 00:20:36.742 --> 00:20:38.410
  • she became a very strong woman.
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  • Her vocation changed frombeing married to being a widow,
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  • to the single life,
  • 00:20:44.916 --> 00:20:46.952
  • but it was stilla call from God,
  • 00:20:46.952 --> 00:20:48.820
  • a call to fruitfulness,
  • 00:20:49.788 --> 00:20:51.556
  • a call to be with Jesus,to learn from Jesus,
  • 00:20:51.556 --> 00:20:54.593
  • and as I said, there is acall to the single life.
  • 00:20:56.061 --> 00:20:57.596
  • I remember I was in Vancouver,British Columbia, preaching
  • 00:20:57.596 --> 00:21:00.966
  • and these youngwomen came up to me,
  • 00:21:00.966 --> 00:21:02.501
  • they're in their twenties,both very good looking.
  • 00:21:02.501 --> 00:21:05.937
  • They had a smile on their face
  • 00:21:05.937 --> 00:21:07.272
  • but you could tellthat they were upset,
  • 00:21:07.272 --> 00:21:08.807
  • and they said, Fr. Cedric,we've looked everywhere,
  • 00:21:08.807 --> 00:21:11.076
  • and we can't find the right guy.
  • 00:21:11.076 --> 00:21:12.744
  • We want a guy who issensible and who believes,
  • 00:21:14.112 --> 00:21:17.816
  • and it doesn't seemlike they're out there.
  • 00:21:17.816 --> 00:21:20.352
  • And I kind of smiled at them too
  • 00:21:20.352 --> 00:21:21.787
  • and I said, Iunderstand your pain,
  • 00:21:21.787 --> 00:21:23.689
  • but there's also a call tothe single life I told them.
  • 00:21:25.290 --> 00:21:28.727
  • Perhaps God is callingyou to be single
  • 00:21:28.727 --> 00:21:30.996
  • for the rest of your life,
  • 00:21:30.996 --> 00:21:32.497
  • and I told them, don't justgrab any guy that comes along,
  • 00:21:32.497 --> 00:21:35.434
  • make sure he's the rightone, that he is a believer,
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  • that he does love Jesus,that he is a sensible guy.
  • 00:21:39.104 --> 00:21:42.741
  • But in the meantime,
  • 00:21:42.741 --> 00:21:44.743
  • yeah you have a callto the single life,
  • 00:21:44.743 --> 00:21:46.445
  • and that's a valid call too.
  • 00:21:46.445 --> 00:21:48.146
  • So whatever form your calledtakes, whether it be married
  • 00:21:49.614 --> 00:21:52.050
  • or priesthood or religiousor single, it's a call,
  • 00:21:52.050 --> 00:21:56.088
  • it's a form of the firstcall to come to Christ,
  • 00:21:56.088 --> 00:22:00.759
  • to contemplate Him,
  • 00:22:00.759 --> 00:22:02.661
  • to develop your personalrelationship with Him,
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  • and to become like Him,
  • 00:22:05.364 --> 00:22:07.232
  • but it all takesdifferent forms.
  • 00:22:08.200 --> 00:22:10.469
  • But whatever form ittakes I can tell you this,
  • 00:22:10.469 --> 00:22:12.471
  • it's gonna be sacrifice,
  • 00:22:12.471 --> 00:22:15.173
  • there will be suffering,but you will be fruitful,
  • 00:22:15.173 --> 00:22:19.378
  • you will have meaning,you will have purpose,
  • 00:22:20.579 --> 00:22:23.181
  • and you will make adifference, that's the key.
  • 00:22:23.181 --> 00:22:27.185
  • I became a Catholic priest,
  • 00:22:27.185 --> 00:22:29.187
  • I believe because I was called
  • 00:22:29.187 --> 00:22:30.722
  • and because I wantedto be fruitful
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  • and have purpose and meaning,
  • 00:22:32.691 --> 00:22:34.159
  • and I dropped my other goalsand my plans in my life,
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  • and I gave myself to Christ.
  • 00:22:37.896 --> 00:22:39.498
  • I'm thinking abouta friend of mine,
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  • who is a religioussister, a sister of life,
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  • and they're a postulatetheir ministry is pro-life,
  • 00:22:45.404 --> 00:22:50.342
  • to have a place forwomen who are pregnant
  • 00:22:50.342 --> 00:22:53.278
  • and don't know what todo and to protect them,
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  • and shelter them and helpthem to have their babies,
  • 00:22:55.213 --> 00:22:58.683
  • and there's that beautifulsaying that was given to them
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  • by Cardinal O'Connor,
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  • the founder of thesisters of life,
  • 00:23:03.188 --> 00:23:05.524
  • the dazzling value of One Soul.
  • 00:23:05.524 --> 00:23:08.160
  • And that's what avocation is all about.
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:10.662
  • "I will make you fishers ofmen and women," Jesus said.
  • 00:23:10.662 --> 00:23:14.533
  • That's our callwhether you're married,
  • 00:23:14.533 --> 00:23:16.835
  • a priest, a religious,a single person,
  • 00:23:16.835 --> 00:23:20.472
  • your call, my call, isto make a difference.
  • 00:23:20.472 --> 00:23:24.509
  • The dazzling value of one soul.
  • 00:23:24.509 --> 00:23:27.312
  • The hand of Jesus, calling theapostles, "Come, follow me".
  • 00:23:27.312 --> 00:23:32.317
  • They dropped everything.
  • 00:23:34.786 --> 00:23:35.987
  • They sense the urgency,the tremendous moment.
  • 00:23:37.255 --> 00:23:41.793
  • They quickly lefteverything behind,
  • 00:23:41.793 --> 00:23:45.330
  • and now for all eternity,the meaning, the purpose,
  • 00:23:45.330 --> 00:23:50.335
  • the significance of theirlife will never be taken away.
  • 00:23:51.736 --> 00:23:54.940
  • They are the amazing apostles.
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  • Before the world began Hecalled you in me by name.
  • 00:23:58.510 --> 00:24:02.514
  • (chuckles)
  • 00:24:02.514 --> 00:24:04.716
  • To know Him, to become likeHim, and to make a difference.
  • 00:24:04.716 --> 00:24:09.721
  • And I am prayingthat this episode
  • 00:24:10.889 --> 00:24:14.059
  • is a renewed call for you,
  • 00:24:14.059 --> 00:24:16.428
  • that you'll sense Jesus'shand reaching out to you,
  • 00:24:16.428 --> 00:24:20.632
  • saying, "Come follow me.
  • 00:24:20.632 --> 00:24:22.734
  • Come to me all you who areburdened and heavy laden
  • 00:24:22.734 --> 00:24:27.739
  • and I'll give you a rest."
  • 00:24:28.607 --> 00:24:29.975
  • Be true to your call.
  • 00:24:29.975 --> 00:24:31.743
  • And don't just live,live with passion.
  • 00:24:31.743 --> 00:24:34.546
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  • I hope you realize you arecalled because you are.
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  • I received a letter froma woman and she said,
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  • "Thank you fatherfor your TV program,
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  • I've grown so much in myfaith, my love for God,
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  • I now have a personalrelationship with God
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  • that I never had before.
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  • Thank you for inspiringus and encouraging us
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  • to seek this relationship."
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  • Yes, that's ourprimary call as I said,
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  • to be with Jesus,to learn from Jesus,
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  • and then proclaim Jesus.
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  • So I do this as a Catholicpriest as you know,
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  • and my programs aregoing everywhere
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  • and I wrote a book called,"Come Encounter Jesus",
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  • I want you to get that book,
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  • because it will help youto develop your personal,
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  • that's your primary call,
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  • a personal relationshipwith Jesus,
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  • and I want you to developthat personal relationship,
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  • and also learn about who He is,
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  • so that you canknow what He's like,
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  • and then be ableto proclaim Him.
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  • So please get that book,it supports my ministry.
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  • Thank you in advance forpurchasing that book,
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  • also for your donations,
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  • just call that number,check out my website,
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  • frcedric.org, writeme at that address,
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  • thank you, thank you, thank you,
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  • don't just live,live with passion.
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  • - [Announcer]Billions of years ago,
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  • before the universe orearth came into existence,
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  • God had you in mind.
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  • When the time was finally right,
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  • God created you andcalled you by name.
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  • In this powerful series,Fr. Cedric proclaims,
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  • that God continues to call youto a personal relationship,
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  • and inner transformationright now,
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  • simply call or go online,
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  • and order Series 790 DVD or CD,
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  • as well as the bookfather talked about.
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  • Because of these programs,
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  • people everywhereare discovering
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  • God's call in a fresh new way.
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  • Every purchasesupports Fr. Cedric
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  • in his God-given mission, totouch lives and save souls.
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  • Fr. Cedric is a Catholic priest
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  • with a professed vow poverty.
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  • Be assured that the moneyfrom your purchases,
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  • will be used to produceand air, Live With Passion.
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  • To purchase thesepowerful resources,
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  • simply call 844-FatherC,that's 844-328-4372.
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  • Or write Fr. Cedric, at430 Bunker Hill road,
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  • Houston Texas 77024.
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  • Or log on frcedric.organd order online.
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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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