Quotes From Bishop Barron

"Forgiveness is such an anchor of the New Testament, and so central to Jesus' ministry and preaching. This is such an anchor of the New Testament, and so central to Jesus' ministry and preaching. When it comes to the offenses that we have received from others, we are, all of us, great avatars of justice. We will remember every insult, every snub, and every shortcoming, when it comes to our being hurt by others. That's why forgiving even once or twice is so difficult.

Forgiving seven times, as Peter suggests, is beyond the pale. Yet Jesus says to him, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times." In other words, forgive constantly, relentlessly, without calculation. Your whole life must become an act of forgiveness.

Here is the spiritual heart of the matter: whatever anyone owes you (in strict justice) is infinitely less than what God has graciously given to you; the divine forgiveness of you is infinitely greater than any forgiveness you might be called upon to offer.

Becoming an instrument of God's life, grace, forgiveness, and peace is what it is all about. Allow to flow through you what has been poured into you—that is the whole story."

Music Monday🎶 Being On Fire For God


Darren Mulligan of "We are Messengers"

Discovering musicians who have honesty and passion laying the groundwork for their music challenges one to seek the truth within ourselves. Hearing the Message from songs inspired by God moves one to open the heart to those "messengers set on fire" by the Holy Spirit and if the person's spirit is touched, it can not stay still; it moves to spread God's love everywhere, touching souls and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are Messengers:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=onXiEyaNkBQ

One young Irishman struck by God's love could not turn back to his darkness once the light of the Holy Spirit captured his soul.

Darren and Heidi Mulligan and their children

His story inspires us to look deeper, to let go of selfishness and to respond to the Truth of our lives- that we are God's Beloved children. Mercy from God poured into Darren Mulligan and his song became the voice of Jesus.

Darren Mulligan:

" I am a Christian daddy, a Christian husband, a Christian racquetball player. I'm a Christian voter, I am a Christian gardener. Whatever I do, I do it in His name. I have no issue with bands that say, 'You know what, I'm an artist who believes in Christ but we're not Christian artists.' I get why you say that [but] I'm not ashamed of Him, what He has done for me, I will never…in my life ever turn around say, 'I'm not a Christian anything.'"

He concluded, "Everything I do is imbued with His goodness. The fact that I can breathe today — I'm a Christian breather. I don't deserve to have breath in my bones but He said you can breathe today Darren. And He said, you can go and hold your wife's hand today. And so I'm a Christian hand-holder and that's a stupid thing to say, but it's the truth."

God is…

We read and discern how we can love others as God wills in 1Corinthians 13, and perhaps we at times feel overwhelmed by it; maybe admitting to ourselves that this verse can be challenging.

Maybe if we remember who love is, and that God is Love, we can replace the word love with God, and it takes on a whole new meaning.

“I Will Sing, Sing A New Song”

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kvrz5i96pxg

One of the most iconic rock bands of our time has undoubtedly made a profound impact on our world. What drives them to move, work, and make changes toward justice is passion that comes from The Source who is All in All, The Giver of Life, The One Who is Peace, and Justice Himself.

Not that U2 goes undercover as a Christ-centered band, or shies away from speaking Christ's words in their music, but truth in action speak louder to them than any label.

No, we most likely will not find "Joshua Tree" in our local Christian store, but Paul Hewson's lyrics cover multitudes of Psalms, raising a soulful majestic voice pleading in earnest for justice from God. And not just a generic worldly god that has been watered down by popular culture but a real God- the God of Abraham and Our Father; the Holiest of Holies, the name of Jesus- the Holy Spirit.

Yes, U2 passionate as they are -unashamedly bold in word and behavior, unapologetically announce raw emotion; pleading mercy and justice for ALL God's people.

Bono recently was interviewed by David Taylor of Fuller Studios* concerning the beautiful themes of the Psalms.

Here is a link to the interview:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WXjEiy_5qQQ

*FULLER studio provides free resources for churches, communities, and individuals committed to a deeply formed spiritual life. Guided by an editorial team and advisory board, FULLER studio produces and curates content drawn from our outstanding faculty as well as from the worldwide Fuller community, translating this wealth of scholarship into high-quality videos, podcasts, articles, and the award-winning FULLER magazine.

WATCH: Are you getting as much out of the Psalms as Bono? — Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Using God’s own inspired Word to pray.Do we really stop to think about what we’re doing when we hear and sing the Responsorial Psalm at Mass? Or are we too distracted by how the cantor is sounding, or whether the words are intelligible, or if they correspond to what’s in the missalette? The Psalms, in…

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