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Be Passionate

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August 2, 2020
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Father Cedric Pisegna is a Catholic priest. His program will inspire and encourage you to Live with Passion.

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  • - You can be enthusiastic,energetic, passionate,
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  • and aglow with the spirit.
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  • (inspirational 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'm so glad that you'retuning in to the program.
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  • I want to talk toyou about passion.
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  • That's the name of this program.
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  • Energy, enthusiasm,
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  • being zealous, lettingGod flow through you.
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  • There's a scripture forthis, it's Romans 12.
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  • It's verse 11, and it says,
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  • "Never flagon zeal.
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  • Be aglow with the spirit.
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  • Serve the Lord."
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  • I love that.
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  • Never flagon zeal.
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  • Be aglow with the spirit.
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  • Serve the Lord.
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  • I love passionate people.
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  • People that are aliveand enthusiastic.
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  • People that are filledwith the spirit.
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  • I wanted to share with you
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  • about one of our priests.
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  • His name is Father Simon.
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  • And I say one of our priests,
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  • I mean that I am aPassionist Religious
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  • and a Catholic priest,
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  • and Father Simon is inour Passionist community.
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  • Well, Father Simon, interesting,
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  • he's 97 years old.
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  • He was diagnosed with cancer30 years ago, colon cancer.
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  • We thought we weregonna lose him,
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  • but we didn't lose him,he's outlived everybody.
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  • 97 years old,
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  • and at age 97, hestill has a ministry.
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  • He writes a newsletter,
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  • he counsels people,he talks to people
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  • that come to him, becausepeople are attracted to him.
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  • And his wonderfulministry is something that
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  • reaches out to people, butalso he has health problems.
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  • And one of the health problemsthat he has is his hand.
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  • He has trouble evenbuttoning his shirt,
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  • and one time I was helpinghim button his shirt,
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  • and I looked at his face, Iwas standing right near him.
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  • He had this bigsmile on his face.
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  • And I thought to myself,here he is, 97 years old.
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  • Having these health problems,
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  • going through all thesedifferent things with his body,
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  • and he has this glow.
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  • This smile, this happiness.
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  • And that is so catchy to me.
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  • Such a witness to me,
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  • because I meet a lot of people
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  • that have a lot ofthings going for them,
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  • and they're not happy at all.
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  • And part of being zealousand being passionate
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  • and having energyis being happy.
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  • I love passionate people,enthusiastic people.
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  • And I wanted to talk to youa little bit about enthusiasm
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  • and what that means,the word enthusiasm,
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  • (speaks in foreignlanguage) in God.
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  • Literally, it means tobe possessed by god.
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  • See, God is creativeand majestic
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  • and large, and whatI mean by large is
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  • we're made in his image,we can be large too.
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  • What I mean by large isthat God is enthusiastic
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  • and passionateabout his creation.
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  • For example, I remember Iwas writing a book recently
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  • and the church I waswriting the book at
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  • was very close tothe Atlantic ocean.
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  • And I loved to go forwalks by the beach.
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  • And I would go to the beach,
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  • and I would evenhave a little bike
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  • and I would ride on the beach.
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  • And I would see the ocean,
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  • some people are surfingout on the ocean,
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  • and others arefishing in the ocean.
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  • But when I see the ocean,
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  • I see creativity.
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  • I see intelligence.
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  • I see passion.
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  • God created thishuge Atlantic ocean,
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  • one of seven in the world,
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  • and it seemingly goes onforever, teeming with life.
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  • And this is who ourGod is, majestic,
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  • eternal, passionate,creative, intelligent.
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  • And we're made in his image.
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  • And so, that's whyit says be zealous.
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  • Serve the Lord.
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  • Give yourself with passion.
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  • Because God is passionate,we can be passionate too.
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  • And I love to see passionatepeople like Father Simon.
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  • And I remember one time therewas a policeman in New York.
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  • He was directing traffic.
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  • And I mean, he was out there,
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  • I saw this on TV, andhe's blowing his whistle
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  • and he's stopping them,and he's running around
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  • and he's doing moonwalking,
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  • and he's laughingand everything,
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  • and everybody wastaking pictures of him
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  • because he was so passionate.
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  • Other police, theyjust stand there
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  • and blow their whistle, theydon't have much enthusiasm.
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  • And you can do that nomatter what your job is.
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  • I love it when I see waitressesthat are smiling and happy.
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  • And they come overand they ask you,
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  • "How you doin' today?
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  • "How's your day going?"
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  • And I think to myself, theydon't have to say those things,
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  • but they're passionate andenthusiastic about their job.
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  • And I've heard it said
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  • they've taken surveys thatemployers will say this
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  • that people that arequalified for the job,
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  • they'll be interviewed.
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  • But sometimes, peoplethat are underqualified
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  • who have a lot of enthusiasm,
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  • who have a lot of passion,
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  • who have energy,they'll get the job,
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  • even over the people thatare qualified for the job.
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  • So, passion isextremely important.
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  • I remember years ago I wasordained to the priesthood,
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  • big ordination ceremony.
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  • My parents were there,my friends were there.
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  • Full church ofpeople, the bishop,
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  • a couple others werebeing ordained with me.
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  • This is back in 1991,
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  • I've been a priest now for27 years as I tape this.
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  • And during thepriesthood ordination,
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  • there was a point wherethe priest candidates
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  • would all likeprostrate on the ground.
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  • And everybody prays for them.
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  • The litany of thesaints is sung.
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  • And I was lying thereprostrate on the ground,
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  • I could see the floorright in front of me,
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  • because my face wasright on the floor.
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  • And I could almostbreathe in the dust.
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  • It was a position ofhumility and surrender.
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  • And as I was lying there,
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  • at the moment of my ordination,
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  • I was speaking to God.
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  • Everybody was praying for me,
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  • it was everything I'd beenworking for and studying for.
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  • And I rememberwhat I said to God.
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  • I said, Lord, you've called me.
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  • You've anointed mewith your Holy Spirit.
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  • I promise you this.
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  • I will live with passion.
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  • I will give myselfwhole-heartedly to you
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  • and together we aregonna change this world.
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  • Fast forward years later,
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  • God opened a door forme to get on television,
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  • Trinity Broadcasting, EWTN.
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  • Many Catholic affiliates,
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  • secular stationswhere I buy time.
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  • And the name of my programis called Live with Passion.
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  • I want people to come into apersonal relationship with God,
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  • want you to be filledwith the Holy Spirit,
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  • that's the numberone thing I want.
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  • But I also want you tolive lives with enthusiasm.
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  • Remember, (speaking inforeign language), in God.
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  • Possessed by God.
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  • I want people to see your smile.
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  • I want them to see your energy,
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  • your creativity,your determination.
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  • I want you to change theworld right where you live
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  • and have your being.
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  • Because you canmake a difference,
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  • remember, you were madein the image of God.
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  • And that's what Scripture said,
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  • serve the Lord.
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  • No matter what you're doing,
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  • whether you're apoliceman, a waitress,
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  • a mechanic, a doctor, a priest.
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  • Serve the Lord with enthusiasm.
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  • It was Vince Lombardi, remember,
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  • the coach of the GreenBay Packers years ago.
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  • Won all those championships.
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  • He would tell hisplayers, he would say,
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  • "Be fired with enthusiasm.
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  • "Or you will be firedwith enthusiasm."
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  • So, it's really importantto be enthusiastic.
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  • Now, I know that manyof you have jobs.
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  • Some of you are single.
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  • Others are divorced and widowed,
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  • who've been through a lot.
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  • And I know that lifecan come at you,
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  • circumstances can come at you
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  • to try to diminish theenthusiasm that you have.
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  • I think about peoplethat get married
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  • and once they get married,
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  • they're in the honeymoon stage
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  • and they're loving it.
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  • And then after a while,things kind of wane.
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  • You first get a job and you'rereal happy about the job
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  • and you're giving a lot to it,
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  • and then after a while,it's the same old, same old,
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  • and you don't really feelenthusiastic anymore.
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  • That's exactly what wasgoing on in Job's life.
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  • Job of course, in the Bible,
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  • one of the great books of theBible, in the Old Testament.
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  • Job was struggling.
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  • Job was struggling becauseof his physical afflictions.
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  • And he was having hardshipsbecause of his circumstances.
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  • And so, this is what he said.
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  • He said, "Life is drudgery."
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  • What a pessimistic book!
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  • It's so sad, he was goingthrough all those trials
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  • and circumstances and hardships,
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  • and he talked about life asbeing a drudgery, how sad.
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  • You know, it was HenryDavid Thoreau that said,
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  • "Most people live livesof quiet desperation."
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  • And so, you know, there'sanother side of life,
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  • a desperate side, a drudgery,
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  • the same old, same old.
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  • And I understandthat, I get that.
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  • Circumstances come at everybody.
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  • Physical pain.
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  • Sufferings, diseases,hardships, circumstances.
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  • I love what Chuck Swindoll,the minister, said,
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  • he said, "Life is 10%about what happens to you
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  • "and 90% about how you reactto what happens to you."
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  • So, it's not all about thecircumstances and the hardships
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  • and the sufferings andthe heart afflictions
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  • that come to you.
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  • It's about howyou react to them.
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  • You see, the name of theseries that I'm doing
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  • is called A Different Spirit.
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  • Caleb, in the Old Testament,
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  • spied out the Promised Land
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  • and came back witha good report.
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  • 10 others said there'sgiants in the land,
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  • we're like grasshoppersin their sight.
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  • We can't go in there.
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  • Caleb and Joshuasaid, "Yes we can."
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  • Because God is withus, we are well able
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  • to conquer the land.
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  • And God said Caleb hasa different spirit.
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  • He's not like everybody else.
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  • He's not the sameas everybody else.
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  • And as believers, you're notlike the rest of the world.
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  • I Peter says that we'vebeen called out of darkness
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  • into God's marvelous lightto proclaim his glory.
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  • You're not like therest of the world.
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  • You have a different spirit.
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  • A good attitude.
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  • An enthusiastic,passionate spirit.
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  • And so, all during this series
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  • I'm gonna talk abouthaving a different spirit,
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  • not being like therest of the world,
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  • not letting yourcircumstances overwhelm you.
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  • You can be different.
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  • You don't have to be thesame as everybody else.
  • 00:11:53.028 --> 00:11:55.931
  • So don't let anything stop you.
  • 00:11:55.931 --> 00:11:57.833
  • Don't let your circumstances,
  • 00:11:58.734 --> 00:12:00.136
  • don't let yourphysical problems,
  • 00:12:00.136 --> 00:12:02.037
  • don't let the hardship stop you.
  • 00:12:02.037 --> 00:12:04.507
  • You have a different spirit.
  • 00:12:04.507 --> 00:12:06.108
  • You are anointed with God.
  • 00:12:06.108 --> 00:12:08.344
  • God's Holy Spiritlives within you.
  • 00:12:09.578 --> 00:12:11.881
  • Remember what I said,there's a largeness in God.
  • 00:12:11.881 --> 00:12:14.750
  • God is creative, he's powerful,
  • 00:12:14.750 --> 00:12:17.586
  • and we are made in his image.
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  • And God is passionate.
  • 00:12:19.922 --> 00:12:21.557
  • So must we be.
  • 00:12:21.557 --> 00:12:24.126
  • So, live with passion,I say that all the time
  • 00:12:24.126 --> 00:12:25.861
  • at the end of my programs.
  • 00:12:25.861 --> 00:12:27.096
  • Don't just live likethe rest of the world.
  • 00:12:27.096 --> 00:12:29.398
  • Live with passion, dream dreams.
  • 00:12:29.398 --> 00:12:33.636
  • Be enthusiastic, accomplish.
  • 00:12:33.636 --> 00:12:37.807
  • Be determined.
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  • Don't let life stop you.
  • 00:12:39.074 --> 00:12:41.377
  • Keep pressing on.
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  • You've got power within you.
  • 00:12:43.979 --> 00:12:45.981
  • I was reading thismorning in my prayers
  • 00:12:45.981 --> 00:12:48.117
  • as I prepared forpreaching today.
  • 00:12:48.117 --> 00:12:52.555
  • I read that beautiful verse
  • 00:12:52.555 --> 00:12:54.223
  • from Romans 8, if God is for us,
  • 00:12:54.223 --> 00:12:57.893
  • who can be against?
  • 00:12:57.893 --> 00:13:00.029
  • And God is for us.
  • 00:13:00.029 --> 00:13:02.965
  • He's with us.
  • 00:13:02.965 --> 00:13:04.567
  • And we are well able to conquer.
  • 00:13:04.567 --> 00:13:06.569
  • So, Paul and Silas, we'veall heard that story,
  • 00:13:06.569 --> 00:13:10.239
  • they're in prison forpreaching the gospel,
  • 00:13:10.239 --> 00:13:12.074
  • talk about bad circumstances,
  • 00:13:12.074 --> 00:13:13.809
  • life being a drudgery.
  • 00:13:13.809 --> 00:13:15.678
  • They're in a Philippian jail.
  • 00:13:15.678 --> 00:13:16.779
  • I've been to Philippi.
  • 00:13:16.779 --> 00:13:18.981
  • That jail was not a good place.
  • 00:13:18.981 --> 00:13:20.649
  • It was dark, dingy, and stinky.
  • 00:13:20.649 --> 00:13:23.452
  • It was a terrible place to be.
  • 00:13:23.452 --> 00:13:24.887
  • So here they are injail, and they're singing
  • 00:13:24.887 --> 00:13:28.123
  • at the midnight hour.
  • 00:13:28.123 --> 00:13:29.725
  • You see, they hada different spirit.
  • 00:13:29.725 --> 00:13:32.127
  • Most people in prisonwould've been crying,
  • 00:13:32.127 --> 00:13:34.864
  • they'd be moaningand complaining
  • 00:13:34.864 --> 00:13:36.999
  • and wailing and negative.
  • 00:13:36.999 --> 00:13:39.501
  • Not Paul and Silas.
  • 00:13:39.501 --> 00:13:41.203
  • And it says that the jailer
  • 00:13:41.203 --> 00:13:43.405
  • and everybody else in prisonwas listening to them.
  • 00:13:43.405 --> 00:13:46.175
  • You see, when you'resinging, when you're smiling,
  • 00:13:46.175 --> 00:13:49.144
  • when you're passionate,people listen to you.
  • 00:13:49.144 --> 00:13:52.448
  • You don't have to beatpeople over the head
  • 00:13:53.616 --> 00:13:54.917
  • with a Bible.
  • 00:13:54.917 --> 00:13:56.452
  • You just simply haveto be passionate,
  • 00:13:56.452 --> 00:13:59.421
  • spirit-filled, anointed.
  • 00:13:59.421 --> 00:14:01.924
  • So, the jailer, everybody'slistening to them.
  • 00:14:01.924 --> 00:14:05.027
  • And God was listening to them.
  • 00:14:06.295 --> 00:14:08.731
  • Because the nextthing that happened
  • 00:14:08.731 --> 00:14:09.999
  • was there was an earthquake
  • 00:14:09.999 --> 00:14:11.500
  • and the doors burst open.
  • 00:14:11.500 --> 00:14:13.669
  • The jailer comes upto Paul and says,
  • 00:14:13.669 --> 00:14:15.905
  • "What do I gotta do to be saved?
  • 00:14:15.905 --> 00:14:17.306
  • "I want what you have.
  • 00:14:17.306 --> 00:14:18.741
  • "I want this passion, Iwant this enthusiasm."
  • 00:14:18.741 --> 00:14:22.044
  • So, enthusiasm iscatchy, of course.
  • 00:14:22.044 --> 00:14:24.546
  • Slaves in the United States,
  • 00:14:24.546 --> 00:14:26.682
  • when they were doingthat backbreaking work
  • 00:14:26.682 --> 00:14:28.517
  • that was so hard forthem, they would sing
  • 00:14:28.517 --> 00:14:31.520
  • songs like SwingLow, Sweet Chariot.
  • 00:14:31.520 --> 00:14:34.823
  • That was a song aboutthe Underground Railroad,
  • 00:14:34.823 --> 00:14:36.992
  • it was a song of hope.
  • 00:14:36.992 --> 00:14:39.128
  • They would sing Go Down Moses.
  • 00:14:39.128 --> 00:14:41.263
  • Of course, Moses, the greatdeliverer from slavery.
  • 00:14:41.263 --> 00:14:44.566
  • They would sing songs of hope.
  • 00:14:44.566 --> 00:14:47.102
  • So, at your worst moments,
  • 00:14:47.102 --> 00:14:48.437
  • when life's hard, noneof your are enslaved,
  • 00:14:48.437 --> 00:14:50.406
  • or even when life's tough
  • 00:14:50.406 --> 00:14:51.907
  • and you're dealing withphysical sufferings,
  • 00:14:51.907 --> 00:14:53.542
  • grieving, hardships,relationshipproblems, try singing.
  • 00:14:53.542 --> 00:14:58.547
  • Singing lifts our hearts.
  • 00:14:59.415 --> 00:15:01.984
  • Fills us with this,
  • 00:15:01.984 --> 00:15:03.752
  • God inhabits thepraises of his people.
  • 00:15:03.752 --> 00:15:07.523
  • And so, just to let you knowbesides television and radio,
  • 00:15:07.523 --> 00:15:11.727
  • one of the ministriesthat I have
  • 00:15:11.727 --> 00:15:14.363
  • is something calledParish Missions.
  • 00:15:14.363 --> 00:15:16.799
  • Parish Mission in theCatholic tradition,
  • 00:15:16.799 --> 00:15:18.968
  • it's like a revival forthe Catholic church.
  • 00:15:18.968 --> 00:15:22.338
  • So, I go to all thesedifferent churches
  • 00:15:22.338 --> 00:15:24.239
  • after I proclaimthese TV programs,
  • 00:15:24.239 --> 00:15:26.809
  • I'll be going to Baltimore,
  • 00:15:26.809 --> 00:15:28.944
  • probably going up to Chicago,
  • 00:15:28.944 --> 00:15:30.879
  • I'll be going toLouisville, Kentucky.
  • 00:15:30.879 --> 00:15:33.415
  • I'll be going toGalveston and Florida
  • 00:15:33.415 --> 00:15:37.419
  • and all these different places.
  • 00:15:37.419 --> 00:15:38.620
  • So, I go into aparish and I preach.
  • 00:15:38.620 --> 00:15:41.256
  • And I try to help believers
  • 00:15:41.256 --> 00:15:42.758
  • to have a deep, personalrelationship with Christ,
  • 00:15:42.758 --> 00:15:45.961
  • and I try to help themto live abundant lives,
  • 00:15:45.961 --> 00:15:49.398
  • to realize their potential,
  • 00:15:49.398 --> 00:15:50.666
  • to live lives of passion.
  • 00:15:50.666 --> 00:15:53.302
  • Well, I realize who's out there.
  • 00:15:53.302 --> 00:15:56.171
  • And I know who's in the pews.
  • 00:15:56.171 --> 00:15:58.474
  • People that havelost their spouse.
  • 00:15:58.474 --> 00:16:01.010
  • People that arestruggling in marriage.
  • 00:16:01.010 --> 00:16:04.246
  • People that are dealing withdepression, with addictions.
  • 00:16:04.246 --> 00:16:08.050
  • People going through life.
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:10.953
  • And so, one of thefirst things I do
  • 00:16:10.953 --> 00:16:12.521
  • when I get into the parish is
  • 00:16:12.521 --> 00:16:14.390
  • I talk to the musician.
  • 00:16:14.390 --> 00:16:16.825
  • And I say, hey, we gottaget some songs together
  • 00:16:16.825 --> 00:16:19.495
  • that are gonnalift their spirits,
  • 00:16:19.495 --> 00:16:21.363
  • that are gonna worship God,
  • 00:16:21.363 --> 00:16:23.165
  • that are gonna praise the Lord.
  • 00:16:23.165 --> 00:16:25.300
  • And so, we get together, wepick songs that are buoyant
  • 00:16:25.300 --> 00:16:29.738
  • and enthusiasticand worship God.
  • 00:16:29.738 --> 00:16:33.709
  • Because as it says in the Bible,
  • 00:16:33.709 --> 00:16:35.177
  • God inhabits thepraise of his people.
  • 00:16:35.177 --> 00:16:39.415
  • So, in other words,as you praise God,
  • 00:16:39.415 --> 00:16:42.518
  • as you worship God,
  • 00:16:42.518 --> 00:16:44.086
  • like Paul and Silas,things start to happen.
  • 00:16:44.086 --> 00:16:47.322
  • And so, that's exactly what Iwant to happen in my missions,
  • 00:16:47.322 --> 00:16:50.459
  • I want people to be touched.
  • 00:16:50.459 --> 00:16:52.161
  • I want God to inhabit them.
  • 00:16:52.161 --> 00:16:56.298
  • To change them and to helpthem right in their struggles.
  • 00:16:56.298 --> 00:17:00.369
  • I was watching the USOpen tennis, on TV,
  • 00:17:00.369 --> 00:17:03.072
  • and here's these twopeople do battling
  • 00:17:03.072 --> 00:17:05.707
  • in front of tens of thousandsof people in the arena,
  • 00:17:05.707 --> 00:17:08.944
  • millions of people on TV,
  • 00:17:08.944 --> 00:17:11.113
  • and it's a very difficultthing to do battle
  • 00:17:11.113 --> 00:17:13.482
  • in front of all thosepeople who are trying
  • 00:17:13.482 --> 00:17:15.150
  • as hard as they can.
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:16.819
  • I remember one man hit theball and he made the point,
  • 00:17:16.819 --> 00:17:19.421
  • then right after the point
  • 00:17:19.421 --> 00:17:20.756
  • everybody was clappingand everything,
  • 00:17:20.756 --> 00:17:22.057
  • and he was talking to himself.
  • 00:17:22.057 --> 00:17:23.492
  • And he was saying,"Come on, you can do it.
  • 00:17:23.492 --> 00:17:26.328
  • "Be strong, don't give up.
  • 00:17:26.328 --> 00:17:28.130
  • "You can win this thing."
  • 00:17:28.130 --> 00:17:29.531
  • He was encouraging himself.
  • 00:17:29.531 --> 00:17:31.233
  • Now, he would look to his box,
  • 00:17:31.233 --> 00:17:32.835
  • his box had hisgirlfriend and his coach
  • 00:17:32.835 --> 00:17:35.904
  • and other familymembers in there.
  • 00:17:35.904 --> 00:17:37.806
  • And they're all encouraging him.
  • 00:17:37.806 --> 00:17:39.341
  • And that helps and everything,
  • 00:17:39.341 --> 00:17:40.609
  • but the bottom lineis, this oftentimes,
  • 00:17:40.609 --> 00:17:42.211
  • people don't know exactlywhat you're going through
  • 00:17:42.211 --> 00:17:46.181
  • and you can't count onpeople to encourage you.
  • 00:17:46.181 --> 00:17:49.585
  • Now, I get a lot of, I getsome letters from partners
  • 00:17:49.585 --> 00:17:53.122
  • and partners supportingme financially
  • 00:17:53.122 --> 00:17:55.691
  • and I'm so thankfulfor my partners
  • 00:17:55.691 --> 00:17:57.893
  • and I pray for you every day.
  • 00:17:57.893 --> 00:17:59.695
  • People make donations to me,
  • 00:17:59.695 --> 00:18:01.230
  • people send me lettersof encouragement,
  • 00:18:01.230 --> 00:18:03.465
  • saying, "FatherCedric, we love hearing
  • 00:18:03.465 --> 00:18:05.234
  • "the spirit-filled priest,
  • 00:18:05.234 --> 00:18:06.502
  • "and thank you forpreaching on TV."
  • 00:18:06.502 --> 00:18:07.803
  • And I appreciate all that.
  • 00:18:07.803 --> 00:18:09.271
  • But the bottom line is, is thatI have to encourage myself.
  • 00:18:09.271 --> 00:18:13.942
  • And that makes me passionate.
  • 00:18:13.942 --> 00:18:15.644
  • Let me tell you a storyfrom the Old Testament,
  • 00:18:16.845 --> 00:18:18.680
  • it was David in atown called Ziklag.
  • 00:18:18.680 --> 00:18:22.851
  • And he was going through thehardest moment of his life,
  • 00:18:22.851 --> 00:18:25.320
  • the Malachites had burntthe town with fire,
  • 00:18:25.320 --> 00:18:27.756
  • had captured the women,took his two wives captive,
  • 00:18:27.756 --> 00:18:31.827
  • and the people weremutinying against David
  • 00:18:31.827 --> 00:18:34.396
  • because of all thathad just happened.
  • 00:18:34.396 --> 00:18:37.533
  • They wanted to stone him.
  • 00:18:37.533 --> 00:18:38.767
  • David was all alone,
  • 00:18:38.767 --> 00:18:39.968
  • it was the worstmoment of his life,
  • 00:18:39.968 --> 00:18:41.370
  • they had just burnt his city,
  • 00:18:41.370 --> 00:18:43.372
  • taken his wives, and thepeople wanted to stone him,
  • 00:18:43.372 --> 00:18:45.741
  • and at the worstmoment of his life,
  • 00:18:45.741 --> 00:18:47.809
  • David started to, asthe Scriptures said,
  • 00:18:47.809 --> 00:18:50.212
  • he encouraged himselfin the Lord his God.
  • 00:18:51.914 --> 00:18:55.083
  • What was he doing?
  • 00:18:55.083 --> 00:18:56.718
  • He was thinking aboutpast victories thatGod had given him.
  • 00:18:56.718 --> 00:18:59.221
  • For example, when hewas a shepherd boy,
  • 00:18:59.221 --> 00:19:01.757
  • when the lion and thebear would attack,
  • 00:19:01.757 --> 00:19:03.492
  • God would give himvictory over them.
  • 00:19:03.492 --> 00:19:05.527
  • And then, of course, we allknow about the story of Goliath,
  • 00:19:05.527 --> 00:19:08.263
  • this huge monstercoming after him.
  • 00:19:08.263 --> 00:19:12.201
  • And David defeated Goliathbecause of the Lord.
  • 00:19:12.201 --> 00:19:15.704
  • And then all the other victories
  • 00:19:15.704 --> 00:19:17.806
  • that he had had in his life.
  • 00:19:17.806 --> 00:19:19.074
  • So, what David didin his lowest moment,
  • 00:19:19.074 --> 00:19:21.743
  • when everything wascoming against him
  • 00:19:21.743 --> 00:19:23.378
  • is he thought aboutall the good things
  • 00:19:23.378 --> 00:19:25.080
  • that God had done in his life.
  • 00:19:25.080 --> 00:19:26.715
  • And he wrote the Psalms,beautiful Psalms,
  • 00:19:26.715 --> 00:19:29.818
  • with a harp, singing of course,
  • 00:19:29.818 --> 00:19:33.255
  • as I've told you to do.
  • 00:19:33.255 --> 00:19:34.923
  • Psalm 56, for example.
  • 00:19:34.923 --> 00:19:36.558
  • When I'm afraid, Iput my trust in you.
  • 00:19:36.558 --> 00:19:39.661
  • Other psalms, God is myrock and my deliverer.
  • 00:19:39.661 --> 00:19:43.565
  • My strength, my stronghold.
  • 00:19:43.565 --> 00:19:45.534
  • God is my fortress,my light, my shepherd.
  • 00:19:45.534 --> 00:19:50.038
  • So, when you're goingthrough a hard time,
  • 00:19:50.038 --> 00:19:53.308
  • when you're goingthrough your low moments
  • 00:19:53.308 --> 00:19:54.843
  • and nothing can be worsethan having your city burnt,
  • 00:19:54.843 --> 00:19:57.212
  • your wives taken to captivity
  • 00:19:57.212 --> 00:19:58.513
  • and the peoplewant to stone you.
  • 00:19:58.513 --> 00:20:00.482
  • Nothing could be that bad,
  • 00:20:00.482 --> 00:20:01.750
  • but when you're goingthrough hard times,
  • 00:20:01.750 --> 00:20:03.051
  • maybe it's grieving,financial problems,
  • 00:20:03.051 --> 00:20:05.320
  • relationship problems,physical problems.
  • 00:20:05.320 --> 00:20:07.756
  • Come to God.
  • 00:20:09.258 --> 00:20:10.125
  • Encourage yourself in God.
  • 00:20:10.993 --> 00:20:13.328
  • God will strengthen youto live with passion.
  • 00:20:13.328 --> 00:20:16.031
  • You can either benegative or positive,
  • 00:20:16.031 --> 00:20:18.734
  • but when you're positive,
  • 00:20:18.734 --> 00:20:21.236
  • when you're encouraging,
  • 00:20:21.236 --> 00:20:23.338
  • you will find Godat work in you.
  • 00:20:23.338 --> 00:20:26.074
  • That's exactly what I do
  • 00:20:26.074 --> 00:20:27.276
  • when I'm about topreach for television,
  • 00:20:27.276 --> 00:20:29.444
  • and I'm about to preacha Parish Mission,
  • 00:20:30.545 --> 00:20:32.981
  • and I'm about to write a book.
  • 00:20:32.981 --> 00:20:34.750
  • I think about the waysthat God has worked
  • 00:20:34.750 --> 00:20:37.286
  • in my life in the past.
  • 00:20:37.286 --> 00:20:39.254
  • It's been wonderful,
  • 00:20:39.254 --> 00:20:40.656
  • he's given me suchvictories with television.
  • 00:20:40.656 --> 00:20:42.824
  • He's opened somany doors for me.
  • 00:20:42.824 --> 00:20:44.893
  • But then with theParish Missions,
  • 00:20:44.893 --> 00:20:46.862
  • so many people have beentouched in the confessional
  • 00:20:46.862 --> 00:20:49.197
  • and through thepreaching and counseling.
  • 00:20:49.197 --> 00:20:52.401
  • And writing the books,I get these testimonies
  • 00:20:52.401 --> 00:20:54.870
  • of people that arereading my books
  • 00:20:54.870 --> 00:20:56.371
  • and saying, "Father,keep writing."
  • 00:20:56.371 --> 00:20:59.074
  • So, I encouragemyself when it's hard
  • 00:20:59.074 --> 00:21:01.109
  • and when difficultiescome against me,
  • 00:21:01.109 --> 00:21:03.712
  • I encourage myself in the Lord,
  • 00:21:03.712 --> 00:21:05.280
  • and I say, Lord, you've givenme such victories in the past,
  • 00:21:05.280 --> 00:21:07.783
  • I know that you're gonna giveme victories in the future.
  • 00:21:07.783 --> 00:21:10.185
  • And it's the same for you.
  • 00:21:10.185 --> 00:21:11.720
  • If you wanna livea passionate life,
  • 00:21:11.720 --> 00:21:13.355
  • encourage yourself in the Lord.
  • 00:21:13.355 --> 00:21:17.225
  • He's been there,he's created you,
  • 00:21:17.225 --> 00:21:19.094
  • he's protected you,he sustained you,
  • 00:21:19.094 --> 00:21:21.229
  • he's got a gloriousfuture for you.
  • 00:21:21.229 --> 00:21:23.565
  • He loves you.
  • 00:21:23.565 --> 00:21:25.334
  • Don't give up.
  • 00:21:25.334 --> 00:21:26.501
  • Don't be negative.
  • 00:21:26.501 --> 00:21:27.502
  • Don't put your nose down.
  • 00:21:27.502 --> 00:21:28.770
  • Don't complain.
  • 00:21:28.770 --> 00:21:29.938
  • Life isn't a drudgery,it's beautiful.
  • 00:21:29.938 --> 00:21:32.407
  • Live with passion.
  • 00:21:33.575 --> 00:21:35.143
  • Never flagon zeal.
  • 00:21:35.143 --> 00:21:37.212
  • Be zealous, be aglow with thespirit, Paul told the Romans.
  • 00:21:37.212 --> 00:21:42.050
  • Serve the Lord.
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:44.086
  • And so, encourageyourself in the Lord.
  • 00:21:44.086 --> 00:21:47.089
  • I heard about a man,
  • 00:21:47.089 --> 00:21:48.190
  • he had kind of lost his luster.
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:51.193
  • Felt depressed.
  • 00:21:51.193 --> 00:21:52.627
  • He was down, his nosewas down all the time,
  • 00:21:52.627 --> 00:21:55.063
  • he was ready to give up.
  • 00:21:55.063 --> 00:21:56.498
  • And he went to his pastorfor for counseling.
  • 00:21:56.498 --> 00:21:58.033
  • After talking a while, thepastor said this to him,
  • 00:21:58.033 --> 00:22:00.736
  • he said, "So, howlong has it been
  • 00:22:00.736 --> 00:22:02.003
  • "since you and yourwife split up?"
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  • And the man lookedat him, and said,
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  • "Split up? We havea good marriage.
  • 00:22:05.540 --> 00:22:07.309
  • "We're not split up."
  • 00:22:07.309 --> 00:22:09.478
  • And the pastor said, "Welltoo bad your children
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  • "flunked out of school."
  • 00:22:11.146 --> 00:22:12.814
  • And he said, "Flunkedout of school?
  • 00:22:12.814 --> 00:22:14.583
  • "What are you talking about?"
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  • He said, "They'regetting good grades."
  • 00:22:15.784 --> 00:22:17.119
  • And then the pastor says,
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  • "So, where are yougonna find a new job?"
  • 00:22:18.487 --> 00:22:20.522
  • And he says, "What doyou mean, find a new job?
  • 00:22:20.522 --> 00:22:22.357
  • "I have a great job."
  • 00:22:22.357 --> 00:22:24.092
  • And the pastor said, "Letme get this straight.
  • 00:22:24.092 --> 00:22:26.395
  • "You've got a good marriage,
  • 00:22:26.395 --> 00:22:28.163
  • "your children aredoing well at school,
  • 00:22:28.163 --> 00:22:31.400
  • "you love your job.
  • 00:22:31.400 --> 00:22:33.368
  • "Your problem is you needto count your blessings.
  • 00:22:33.368 --> 00:22:37.305
  • "You're spending yourwhole time complaining,
  • 00:22:38.473 --> 00:22:39.875
  • "you're looking at thenegative side of life,
  • 00:22:39.875 --> 00:22:42.144
  • "you're like Job sayinglife is a drudgery.
  • 00:22:42.144 --> 00:22:44.613
  • "But the bottom line is you'vegot a lot going for you.
  • 00:22:44.613 --> 00:22:48.250
  • "What you need to do isappreciate your life."
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  • And it's the same with you,
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  • if you want to livea passionate life.
  • 00:22:51.753 --> 00:22:52.988
  • Don't look at allthe negative things,
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  • and everybody's gotnegative things going on.
  • 00:22:54.823 --> 00:22:57.125
  • But rather, focuson the positive.
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  • Focus on the goodthings that you have.
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  • Count your blessings.
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  • Give thanks.
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  • Sing to the Lord.
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  • Encourage yourself in God.
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  • In Avila, that's in Spain,
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  • in the sacristy, that'swhere we vest as priests
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  • right before we go outand celebrate mass,
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  • there was a signin the sacristy,
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  • and it says this.
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  • Priest of Jesus Christ,
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  • celebrate this holy mass asif it were your first mass,
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  • your last mass, your only mass.
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  • And I love that,because it's saying,
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  • don't just do the ritual,
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  • just don't gothrough the motions.
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  • Do it as if it's the only time
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  • you're ever gonna have the mass.
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  • Do it as if it'syour first mass,
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  • with energy, with enthusiasm.
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  • Put everything thatyou have into it.
  • 00:23:55.016 --> 00:23:57.319
  • That would say the samething about confession,
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  • those of you who are prieststhat are watching this program,
  • 00:23:59.254 --> 00:24:02.090
  • confession is a place wherepeople really get touched
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  • in the deep way.
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  • To celebrate this confession
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  • as if it were yourfirst confession,
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  • your last confession,and your only confession.
  • 00:24:10.031 --> 00:24:14.970
  • That person in front of you,
  • 00:24:15.837 --> 00:24:17.339
  • pouring out theirsins, is precious.
  • 00:24:18.540 --> 00:24:21.576
  • So, never flagon zeal.
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  • Serve the Lord.
  • 00:24:24.446 --> 00:24:25.714
  • Be aglow with the spirit.
  • 00:24:25.714 --> 00:24:28.617
  • Live with passion, andhow do you do that?
  • 00:24:28.617 --> 00:24:30.552
  • Give thanks in allcircumstances, countyour blessings,
  • 00:24:30.552 --> 00:24:34.756
  • sing, encourageyourself in the Lord,
  • 00:24:34.756 --> 00:24:39.127
  • and appreciate thelife that you have.
  • 00:24:39.127 --> 00:24:43.098
  • I want you to befilled with the spirit
  • 00:24:43.098 --> 00:24:44.533
  • as you watch this program,
  • 00:24:44.533 --> 00:24:45.734
  • I pray that you are,but most of all,
  • 00:24:45.734 --> 00:24:47.102
  • and in addition to that,
  • 00:24:47.102 --> 00:24:48.637
  • I want you to live a lifethat will impact the world,
  • 00:24:48.637 --> 00:24:51.806
  • I want you to live with passion.
  • 00:24:51.806 --> 00:24:54.509
  • Count your blessings,be positive,
  • 00:24:54.509 --> 00:24:57.112
  • and know that God is with you.
  • 00:24:57.112 --> 00:24:58.513
  • Don't just live.
  • 00:24:58.513 --> 00:24:59.714
  • Live with passion.
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  • I talked about if youwanna be passionate,
  • 00:25:04.853 --> 00:25:06.288
  • you have to encourage yourself,
  • 00:25:06.288 --> 00:25:07.989
  • but also theencouragement of others
  • 00:25:07.989 --> 00:25:10.191
  • really helps me to bepassionate, that's for sure.
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  • Thank you to those of you
  • 00:25:11.927 --> 00:25:13.962
  • who are my benefactors,my partners.
  • 00:25:13.962 --> 00:25:17.265
  • Those of you who contact me
  • 00:25:17.265 --> 00:25:19.301
  • and send in donationsand letters.
  • 00:25:19.301 --> 00:25:21.336
  • Love hearing from you.
  • 00:25:21.336 --> 00:25:23.204
  • Heard from a woman, shesaid this about my program.
  • 00:25:23.204 --> 00:25:25.173
  • She said, "I love your programs,
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  • "those 30 minutes on TV feellike five minutes for me."
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  • Well, I appreciate that.
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  • I guess you'relistening very well,
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  • and I wanted to let youknow about this program.
  • 00:25:35.250 --> 00:25:38.553
  • I talked about being passionate.
  • 00:25:38.553 --> 00:25:40.055
  • First book I ever wrote wascalled Live Passionately!
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  • I realize that some ofyou are going through
  • 00:25:43.792 --> 00:25:45.894
  • some suffering, so Italk about in this book
  • 00:25:45.894 --> 00:25:47.395
  • the meaning of suffering.
  • 00:25:47.395 --> 00:25:49.297
  • And if you could havemeaning in your pain,
  • 00:25:49.297 --> 00:25:51.700
  • I believe that youcan have passion.
  • 00:25:51.700 --> 00:25:53.668
  • And I also talk about
  • 00:25:53.668 --> 00:25:55.503
  • the passion of Jesus,live passionately.
  • 00:25:55.503 --> 00:25:58.006
  • And I talk abouthow he died for us
  • 00:25:58.006 --> 00:26:00.342
  • to have salvation.
  • 00:26:00.342 --> 00:26:01.776
  • So, whenever you purchaseany of my resources,
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  • whenever you get myDVDs of this program,
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  • supports me forbeing on television,
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  • thank you also forthose of you who donate,
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  • I love hearing from you.
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  • Thank you, thank you,thank you in advance.
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  • Just call that number,write me at that address,
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  • go to my websiteand check that out.
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  • And don't just live,live with passion.
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  • - [Narrator] Don't justlive, live passionately.
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  • Jesus came to bringus abundant life,
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  • a life filled withjoy, hope, and purpose.
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  • For over a decade,Father Cedric Pisegna
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  • has been sharing thelife-changing message of hope
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  • with people around the world.
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  • As a priest witha vow of poverty,
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  • Father Cedric's programsand resources are created
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  • with one purpose inmind, to change lives.
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