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November 8, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • And the one who lives in you is greater
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  • than the one who lives in the world.
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  • (happy music)
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  • Welcome to "Live With Passion", I am Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • I am so glad that you tuned in to the program.
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  • I am proclaiming a series called "What Really Matters",
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  • and I've been talking about prayer,
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  • being baptized in the Holy Spirit, the judgment,
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  • the cross, things that really matter in our faith.
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  • And one of the things that I hear,
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  • one of the realities that I don't hear
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  • proclaimed very often has to do with evil,
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  • that evil is real, and it matters,
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  • because evil comes against us.
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  • The Bible calls the devil the evil one.
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  • Let me talk a little bit about this,
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  • I'll share with you from the letter of James,
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  • and this is James chapter 4
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  • Submit yourselves therefore to God,
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  • resist the devil and he will flee from you.
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  • Draw near to God, and God will draw near to you.
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  • All throughout the scriptures,
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  • the Bible gives reference to the devil,
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  • right from the beginning of the Bible,
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  • in the book of Genesis, all through the middle of the Bible,
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  • all the way to the end of the Bible, the book of Revelation,
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  • where the devil is thrown into the lake of fire.
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  • One of my favorite verses, verse 10 of chapter 20,
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  • Revelation 20:10, finally our adversary, the enemy,
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  • the evil one, you know,
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  • the one who has caused all the misery in the world,
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  • the one who is really the first cause of death,
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  • of murders, of human trafficking, of abortion,
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  • of wars, of the Holocaust.
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  • It's not God who caused these things.
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  • God didn't originally plan on any of this.
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  • God originally planned on us being in a garden,
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  • in Eden, in a place that was pleasurable, and comfortable,
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  • where we would enjoy life forever, and ever with God,
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  • but in order to give us free will,
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  • he allowed the devil to tempt us, and we fell.
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  • The devil, and I wanna make this clear,
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  • the devil, evil, our enemy, our adversary, is very real,
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  • and he comes against us in many different ways.
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  • His number one strategy is to steal our soul.
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  • He wants to bring us away from God,
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  • he's a fallen angel, he wants us to fall too.
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  • We're already a fallen race, that happened,
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  • but he wants us to fall even farther,
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  • and to be cut off from God.
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  • His number one strategy is to make us fall from God,
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  • and lose our soul, and if he can't get your soul,
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  • his number two strategy is he's gonna try
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  • to make your life miserable.
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  • He will try to torment you, oppress you,
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  • come against you, make life hard,
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  • and that's his big strategies.
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  • That's clear from the scriptures, we can see that.
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  • So I wanna begin by saying because this program
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  • is all about, and this series is all about
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  • what's really important, what really matters,
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  • and I have to include this part about evil
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  • because most times it's really not talked about.
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  • We hear scriptures about the devil, and about Satan,
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  • in various places, for example in Lent,
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  • Jesus goes into the desert to be tempted by the devil.
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  • And we think oh isn't that a great story and everything,
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  • but the bottom line is that is a symbol
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  • of what we go through in our life, we are all tempted too.
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  • We are all tested.
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  • Evil comes against us too.
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  • So the scriptures are trying to teach us
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  • that we are in the cataclysmic battle
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  • between good and evil.
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  • And the way we choose, our decisions in life,
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  • and that's one of the programs that I had,
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  • that your choices matter,
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  • that our choices determine
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  • who we are gonna align ourselves with, so be very careful,
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  • because God is trying to allure us and woo us,
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  • and call us to himself, but so is the evil one.
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  • The evil one is trying to tempt us away from God,
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  • he's trying to make our life miserable,
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  • he's trying to do anything and everything he can
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  • to draw us away from God, because he's a fallen angel.
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  • His destiny is eternal death in the lake of fire,
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  • and he's trying to take as many of us as he can with him.
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  • So please be careful, and that's why it says
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  • resist the devil, because he'll come against you everyday.
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  • But our culture kinda gives us a warped idea
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  • of what the devil is, you know.
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  • One of, I think one of the strategies of evil
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  • is to try to make you think that he doesn't exist.
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  • And maybe if you can do a tongue in cheek thing
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  • about the devil, maybe most people will think
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  • oh he's just a Halloween character, with a pitchfork
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  • and a red tail, that's the way cartoons are.
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  • Or maybe you've seen in a cartoon,
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  • there's an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other.
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  • The angel whispers good, the devil whispers bad things,
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  • so we all think oh that's just a fable,
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  • it's just a fairytale.
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  • Those are just cartoons.
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  • Then there's sitcoms, I remember growing up,
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  • there was a man named Flip Wilson,
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  • and he would always jokingly say, "The devil made me do it."
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  • And I remember that also there were movies growing up,
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  • one of the movies was called "The Exorcist".
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  • And I think this kinda shocked our culture,
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  • because this movie was pretty graphic,
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  • and pretty grotesque about what evil is,
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  • and what evil can do.
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  • It possessed this girl, Linda Blair,
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  • and did things that were very offensive and very strange.
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  • I think we were all kind of shocked
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  • by that movie, "The Exorcist".
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  • There's been many movies after that,
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  • but nothing as shocking as that one was.
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  • And I've had a number of people think am I possessed?
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  • (laughing) Because of what happened in that movie.
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  • Other people think that they're possessed
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  • because they have evil thoughts,
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  • or things that are hard in their life,
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  • and they think they're possessed by the devil.
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  • And I wanna assure you, most of you,
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  • probably all of you that are watching my program,
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  • that you're not possessed.
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  • You may be oppressed, like we all are,
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  • because evil comes against us.
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  • But again, you know, the devil is really real.
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  • We have exorcists in our church, Catholic priests
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  • who exorcize the devil from peoples,
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  • but you know those are rare and extreme cases,
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  • so don't be afraid.
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  • One of the tactics of the devil
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  • is to try to make you afraid.
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  • You're not possessed, but you are oppressed.
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  • I'm oppressed, you're oppressed, we are all are oppressed
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  • by the evil one, he comes against us.
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  • So it's been in the movies, been in cartoons,
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  • been in sitcoms, I just went to a play recently,
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  • it was by C. S. Lewis,
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  • it was called "The Screwtape Letters".
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  • It's based on a book, C. S. Lewis's book,
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  • and it has to do with a head demon,
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  • and he had an apprentice named Wormwood,
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  • and he was trying to train Wormwood
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  • about how to tempt people,
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  • and how to bring them away from God.
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  • One of his tactics was confusion and distraction,
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  • and materialism and lust, and arguments.
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  • And I wanted to share with you, growing up in the '70s,
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  • I remember there was a rock grouped named Van Halen
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  • that sang that song "Runnin' With The Devil".
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  • And they would sing over and over again.
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  • And then most of you know the song by The Rolling Stones,
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  • it was called "Sympathy For The Devil".
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  • And Mick Jagger would always sing, "What's puzzling you,
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  • "What's confusing you, it's just the nature of my game."
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  • And after the wars, and the Holocaust,
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  • and the abortions, and the human trafficking,
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  • and the murders, and the deaths that are occurring,
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  • the devil will get no sympathy from me.
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  • There is no sympathy for the devil.
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  • So, I've done a lot of exploring about this
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  • in my own life because I know that God is good all the time,
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  • and God loves me, and he wants me to come to eternal life,
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  • and he's been for me, and helping me.
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  • But I also know that,
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  • and I think you've probably experienced too,
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  • this also, that there is someone who hates me,
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  • why is there such evil in the world?
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  • Why doesn't God stop it?
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  • That's called the problem of evil, in theology.
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  • And a lotta people use the evil that's going on in the world
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  • as an excuse to turn away from God.
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  • For example, the sexual abuse crisis
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  • that's happening in the world today,
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  • with priesthood and bishops and the various things
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  • that are going on, and it very much is a scandal.
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  • It's a very evil thing, and so people have used that
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  • as an excuse to leave the church.
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  • I think what's happening is
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  • is evil is trying to infiltrate the church,
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  • and destroy it from within,
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  • and cause people to leave the church and to fall away.
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  • Remember what I said, his number one thing
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  • is he wants to steal your soul, and number two
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  • is that he wants to make your life miserable.
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  • And I call you, if you fall away from the church,
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  • you fall away from God, your life will be miserable.
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  • So I was watching this movie,
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  • and it showed a bunch of different people
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  • in a courtroom setting.
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  • One man had lost his wife to cancer,
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  • and he was blaming God.
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  • Another talked about starving children,
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  • they were blaming God.
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  • Another talked about his mentally ill wife,
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  • and a daughter who had become a prostitute,
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  • and they were questioning who was responsible for this.
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  • And then the program, as it continued,
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  • kind of let God off the hook and suggested
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  • that it's because of our free will
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  • that evil is occurring in the world.
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  • And I like that because I'm not letting
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  • the devil off the hook here, but I do wanna say that yes,
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  • because of free will,
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  • and God gave us that gift of free will,
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  • because he didn't wanna create puppets,
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  • he wanted us to make a choice toward God,
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  • and he uses the devil, he allows the devil to tempt us,
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  • so that that choice can be verified.
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  • So a lot of the evil that we have in the world
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  • is because of free will, because people choose it.
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  • I just listed one of the examples, the sexual abuse crisis
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  • going on in the church.
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  • You can blame that totally on evil.
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  • People with a free will have chosen to do that.
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  • People that commit abortions have chosen to do that.
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  • The Holocaust, the wars, the drug trafficking,
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  • the human trafficking, prostitution.
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  • Now, don't get me wrong, evil is involved.
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  • The evil one is tempting people, he's involved,
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  • he's suggesting things, he's trying to lure people
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  • into these different things, but the bottom line is
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  • is human beings have free will.
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  • So the result of the evil in the world,
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  • part of the result of the evil in the world
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  • is by our own free will.
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  • And take for example the hurricanes, and the tidal waves,
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  • and the tornadoes, and the hard weather
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  • that we've been having, now the global warming,
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  • and climate change and things like that.
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  • That is directly a result of the fall of humanity from God.
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  • Creation itself fell with humanity when we fell from God.
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  • And I hope you'll understand that.
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  • The cataclysmic problems that we're having
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  • in the world today cannot be directly attributable to God.
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  • It is because of our fall from God.
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  • God is our redeemer.
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  • God is the one who will one day redeem, not only us,
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  • but creation itself, this comes right from Romans 8,
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  • when creation itself will be freed
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  • from its bondage to decay, as Paul writes,
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  • to share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.
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  • My point in this is I was saying is that we have free will.
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  • And evil in the world is directly attributable
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  • to our sinfulness.
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  • And we have to understand that, even creation itself,
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  • earthquakes, hurricanes, ferocious fires,
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  • the stuff that's going on in the universe.
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  • We are a fallen universe, but one day, one day,
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  • God is gonna create it all new.
  • 00:13:47.240 --> 00:13:50.040
  • But I saw another movie on PBS,
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  • and God once again was on trial,
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  • and this one wasn't so much about free will.
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  • It was about the Jews who were being held
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  • in a Nazi concentration camp,
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  • and they were in for extermination.
  • 00:14:03.160 --> 00:14:06.250
  • And so they got together and they held God on trial,
  • 00:14:06.250 --> 00:14:11.050
  • and as they talked about the injustice
  • 00:14:11.050 --> 00:14:14.110
  • of being held in this Nazi concentration camp,
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:17.020
  • and being taken arbitrarily out for extermination,
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  • they found God guilty of breaking the covenant
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  • and abandoning his chosen people.
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  • And that was such a hard movie to watch,
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:31.200
  • because rationally we think
  • 00:14:31.200 --> 00:14:34.160
  • why didn't God stop that atrocity of the Holocaust?
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:39.160
  • And we don't know all the answers to this,
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:41.270
  • and one day we will, when finally God comes,
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  • and sets the world right, but I can tell you this,
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  • it wasn't God who did the Holocaust,
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  • we shouldn't be pointing the finger at God.
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  • We need to be pointing at where it belongs,
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  • that the evil one, the evil one is the direct cause
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  • of the fall of humanity,
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  • the direct cause of the evil in the world.
  • 00:15:03.160 --> 00:15:06.210
  • I think about the famines that are going on,
  • 00:15:06.210 --> 00:15:09.260
  • and the immigration problem, the earthquakes, as I said,
  • 00:15:09.260 --> 00:15:14.240
  • all the various problems with abortion and murder,
  • 00:15:16.070 --> 00:15:18.250
  • and stealing, and drugs, and think about the mess
  • 00:15:18.250 --> 00:15:23.010
  • that our world is in.
  • 00:15:23.010 --> 00:15:24.250
  • And we shouldn't just be angry at the politicians,
  • 00:15:24.250 --> 00:15:29.190
  • and certainly not be angry at God.
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  • We need to point the finger where it belongs.
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  • That's at the evil one.
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  • He's the enemy, we're in this cataclysmic battle
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  • between good and evil, and he's the direct cause
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  • of everything that is awful.
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  • So please try to understand that,
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  • I'm trying to unpack that for you in this program.
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  • One of the ways that, and this is right from the scriptures,
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  • that evil comes against us is by people.
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  • Remember, this is one of his tactics, remember what happened
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  • when Judas betrayed Jesus, right at that last supper,
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  • it's said that Satan entered into Judas.
  • 00:16:06.030 --> 00:16:09.160
  • And then he went and betrayed him.
  • 00:16:09.160 --> 00:16:11.290
  • And it was horrible betrayal of the Son of the Living God.
  • 00:16:11.290 --> 00:16:16.290
  • How did Satan enter into Judas, we don't know.
  • 00:16:18.040 --> 00:16:19.170
  • Maybe it was in his thoughts, his imagination,
  • 00:16:19.170 --> 00:16:21.200
  • disappointment, discouragement, whatever it was.
  • 00:16:21.200 --> 00:16:24.280
  • But then even one of the closest disciples to Jesus, Peter,
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  • when Jesus was talking about the fact
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  • that he had to go to the cross,
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  • Peter said, "God forbid
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:35.150
  • "that that should ever happen to you."
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  • And remember what Jesus said to him,
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:38.090
  • this is right after Peter had confessed him as the Messiah,
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  • the Son of God, right after that happened,
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  • Jesus said to him, "Get thee behind me Satan."
  • 00:16:44.150 --> 00:16:47.160
  • Because Satan was working through Peter
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  • to try to discourage Jesus from doing God's plan.
  • 00:16:49.280 --> 00:16:53.230
  • So my point is is that evil works through people.
  • 00:16:53.230 --> 00:16:58.230
  • And I think we all know that, we've all had neighbors
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:01.150
  • that have been evil toward us,
  • 00:17:01.150 --> 00:17:03.020
  • or people that have come against us,
  • 00:17:03.020 --> 00:17:05.140
  • or maybe spouses that you've had a divorce from.
  • 00:17:05.140 --> 00:17:09.010
  • Places where you've worked, bosses that have been harsh,
  • 00:17:09.010 --> 00:17:11.210
  • and hard and unjust toward you.
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  • Doesn't mean that they're possessed by Satan,
  • 00:17:14.050 --> 00:17:18.000
  • but Satan works through these people.
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  • I remember when I was in the seminary,
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  • I had a priest who was my formation director,
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  • crucial in my walk toward priesthood,
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  • who verbally abused me.
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  • And he did it a number of times.
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  • I finally confronted him about it,
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  • and he blew up and tried to get me to leave the seminary.
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:40.110
  • And as I think back at it, what it was
  • 00:17:41.160 --> 00:17:43.120
  • was it wasn't so much him, it was evil working through him
  • 00:17:43.120 --> 00:17:47.100
  • to try to stop me before this whole thing got started.
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  • I went on a retreat, and the retreat that I went to
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:54.070
  • was the University of Steubenville,
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:56.120
  • it's a Franciscan university.
  • 00:17:56.120 --> 00:17:58.110
  • And very charismatic, very in touch with the scriptures,
  • 00:17:59.230 --> 00:18:04.140
  • and what really matters.
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:07.030
  • And so I got some clarity on that retreat, deep clarity.
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:12.010
  • While on retreat, there was about 1.000 people on retreat,
  • 00:18:13.140 --> 00:18:16.030
  • seminarians, deacons, priests,
  • 00:18:16.030 --> 00:18:18.240
  • under the tent we would worship and praise God,
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:21.150
  • and pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:21.150 --> 00:18:24.070
  • Well during the retreat,
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  • there was a cardinal there from Belgium.
  • 00:18:25.150 --> 00:18:27.110
  • His name was Cardinal Daniels.
  • 00:18:27.110 --> 00:18:29.290
  • One of the top officials in the church, if you will.
  • 00:18:29.290 --> 00:18:33.290
  • And he gathered us seminarians,
  • 00:18:33.290 --> 00:18:35.190
  • it was only about 30 seminarians there,
  • 00:18:35.190 --> 00:18:38.020
  • going on that retreat at the time.
  • 00:18:38.020 --> 00:18:40.240
  • And he gathered us there,
  • 00:18:40.240 --> 00:18:42.020
  • and he gathered us around the table,
  • 00:18:42.020 --> 00:18:43.150
  • and this is what he said, he said, "Young man,
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:45.030
  • "I reverence your call to the priesthood."
  • 00:18:45.030 --> 00:18:47.150
  • But he says, "I have to let you know,
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:49.080
  • "Satan's gonna be out to get you."
  • 00:18:49.080 --> 00:18:50.280
  • And I thought to myself, well did he just say that?
  • 00:18:50.280 --> 00:18:54.220
  • Because at that time, you know, I was going to the seminary,
  • 00:18:54.220 --> 00:18:56.190
  • but they don't teach you about Satan in the seminary.
  • 00:18:56.190 --> 00:18:59.290
  • And he said, "That's right, young men,
  • 00:18:59.290 --> 00:19:01.080
  • "Satan's gonna be out to get you."
  • 00:19:01.080 --> 00:19:02.240
  • And he said, "The way that he's gonna try and get you
  • 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:05.190
  • "isn't so much by money, and it's not so much by women,
  • 00:19:05.190 --> 00:19:08.260
  • "the way he's gonna try and get you is by discouragement."
  • 00:19:08.260 --> 00:19:12.220
  • And it was just like boom, like a glove,
  • 00:19:13.290 --> 00:19:17.220
  • a boxing glove punched me right in the face,
  • 00:19:17.220 --> 00:19:19.190
  • because remember I had just been verbally abused
  • 00:19:19.190 --> 00:19:22.160
  • by that priest, and I was thinking of leaving.
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:24.140
  • I was so discouraged.
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:26.110
  • Because I thought God had called me to priesthood,
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:29.110
  • and here's my own formation director,
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:31.090
  • a Catholic priest coming against me,
  • 00:19:31.090 --> 00:19:33.260
  • and I thought maybe I wasn't called to priesthood.
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:37.210
  • And then I came to realize, on that retreat,
  • 00:19:39.010 --> 00:19:42.040
  • that discouragement was one of the tactics
  • 00:19:42.040 --> 00:19:44.080
  • and strategies of the devil,
  • 00:19:44.080 --> 00:19:45.290
  • fear, discouragement, depression.
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:50.080
  • He tries to pull you down.
  • 00:19:50.080 --> 00:19:52.120
  • And I realized that I was in a spiritual battle.
  • 00:19:53.250 --> 00:19:55.170
  • It wasn't just me and my thoughts and my imaginations.
  • 00:19:55.170 --> 00:19:59.060
  • I was in this cataclysmic battle between good and evil,
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:02.070
  • and I was stepping forward to serve God
  • 00:20:02.070 --> 00:20:04.090
  • as a Catholic priest, and reach out to people.
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:07.110
  • So, the devil wasn't rolling out a red carpet for me
  • 00:20:07.110 --> 00:20:10.120
  • to make that happen, he was doing everything
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:12.070
  • and anything he was, he could do to come against me.
  • 00:20:12.070 --> 00:20:14.250
  • He does the same thing in your life,
  • 00:20:14.250 --> 00:20:16.140
  • no matter what your vocation is.
  • 00:20:16.140 --> 00:20:18.160
  • Whether it's a parent, raising children,
  • 00:20:18.160 --> 00:20:21.050
  • that's a noble, beautiful vocation.
  • 00:20:21.050 --> 00:20:24.050
  • Well he's gonna make it hard for you.
  • 00:20:24.050 --> 00:20:25.200
  • Remember what I said, his number one thing
  • 00:20:25.200 --> 00:20:27.150
  • is he's gonna try to steal your soul.
  • 00:20:27.150 --> 00:20:28.260
  • Number two he will try to make you miserable.
  • 00:20:28.260 --> 00:20:32.010
  • He will try to disrupt the family, and that's one thing
  • 00:20:32.010 --> 00:20:34.080
  • I didn't state yet, our families are in shambles.
  • 00:20:34.080 --> 00:20:38.000
  • Our families are all being broken up, divorce is over 50%,
  • 00:20:38.000 --> 00:20:42.100
  • contention, strife, that all comes from evil.
  • 00:20:42.100 --> 00:20:46.280
  • Of course we have free will, I told you about that.
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:49.210
  • But remember God works, God works through people,
  • 00:20:49.210 --> 00:20:52.170
  • but evil works through people too, you must understand that.
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:55.270
  • So in all this mess, I love what it said in James,
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:21:01.260
  • it said here's your strategy, read Ephesians 6 by the way,
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:06.060
  • where it tells you to put on the armor of God,
  • 00:21:06.060 --> 00:21:08.120
  • salvation, use the word of God,
  • 00:21:08.120 --> 00:21:10.040
  • remember Jesus in the desert,
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:11.170
  • used the word of God to come against,
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:13.060
  • I go like that because it's a sword.
  • 00:21:13.060 --> 00:21:15.240
  • Speaking of swords, let's talk about James,
  • 00:21:15.240 --> 00:21:19.060
  • it said submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee.
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:24.060
  • That's the strategy that the scriptures give us.
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:28.030
  • Number one, submit to God, number two,
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:31.030
  • then resist the devil in God's strength.
  • 00:21:31.030 --> 00:21:34.150
  • I love the movies that have come out,
  • 00:21:34.150 --> 00:21:36.260
  • the "Star Wars" movies, there's been about 12 of them.
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:40.040
  • I think they're producing a 13th one now.
  • 00:21:40.040 --> 00:21:42.270
  • And one of the "Star Wars" movies that I saw
  • 00:21:42.270 --> 00:21:44.270
  • that I really enjoyed was called "The Force Awakens".
  • 00:21:44.270 --> 00:21:49.010
  • And in "The Force Awakens",
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:51.060
  • they changed the theme a little bit,
  • 00:21:51.060 --> 00:21:53.120
  • because it used to be Luke Skywalker,
  • 00:21:53.120 --> 00:21:55.150
  • the Jedi master doing battle with Darth Vader.
  • 00:21:55.150 --> 00:21:58.100
  • This time, they took and ordinary girl named Rey, R-E-Y,
  • 00:21:58.100 --> 00:22:03.070
  • a nobody, and ordinary person,
  • 00:22:03.070 --> 00:22:05.070
  • a person we can all identify with,
  • 00:22:05.070 --> 00:22:08.060
  • and she became the center of attention.
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:10.070
  • She gets into conflict,
  • 00:22:10.070 --> 00:22:12.110
  • into battle with Darth Vader's grandson (laughing).
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:16.120
  • So now here's this ordinary person, and we're all ordinary,
  • 00:22:16.120 --> 00:22:20.170
  • doing battle now with Darth Vader's grandson.
  • 00:22:20.170 --> 00:22:24.280
  • And she was just beginning to learn about the force.
  • 00:22:24.280 --> 00:22:29.100
  • And many of you are apprentices, and novices
  • 00:22:29.100 --> 00:22:31.230
  • when it comes to learning about
  • 00:22:31.230 --> 00:22:33.030
  • the spiritual battle that you're in.
  • 00:22:33.030 --> 00:22:35.020
  • That's why the scriptures are so important.
  • 00:22:35.020 --> 00:22:37.120
  • You gotta be going to Ephesians 6 and other places
  • 00:22:37.120 --> 00:22:40.100
  • where it teaches about our cataclysmic battle.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:43.260
  • So what she does, right in the middle of this battle,
  • 00:22:43.260 --> 00:22:45.180
  • you know, there are light sabers and everything,
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:47.020
  • and they're going on, right before she's about to do battle,
  • 00:22:47.020 --> 00:22:49.170
  • one-on-one with him, with this evil force,
  • 00:22:49.170 --> 00:22:52.070
  • she bows her head, and communes with the force,
  • 00:22:52.070 --> 00:22:57.070
  • and then does battle, and she's victorious.
  • 00:22:58.190 --> 00:23:02.060
  • Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee.
  • 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:09.000
  • He's a liar and a thief, but he's also a coward.
  • 00:23:11.030 --> 00:23:13.190
  • You stand strong, don't let him fluster you,
  • 00:23:14.290 --> 00:23:19.130
  • don't get all bent out of shape,
  • 00:23:19.130 --> 00:23:21.270
  • submit to God, God is your stronghold, God is your strength,
  • 00:23:21.270 --> 00:23:26.270
  • and he will protect you.
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.030
  • You aren't possessed, don't worry about that,
  • 00:23:30.030 --> 00:23:32.270
  • but we're all oppressed,
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:35.060
  • and we're all in a spiritual battle.
  • 00:23:35.060 --> 00:23:37.080
  • This really matters.
  • 00:23:37.080 --> 00:23:40.180
  • And I hope you're understanding the truth of the scriptures.
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:45.090
  • I want you to choose God,
  • 00:23:45.090 --> 00:23:48.040
  • cling to God, and don't be afraid.
  • 00:23:49.090 --> 00:23:53.040
  • Because the one who lives in you is greater
  • 00:23:53.040 --> 00:23:56.280
  • than the one who is in the world.
  • 00:23:56.280 --> 00:23:59.140
  • God bless you, as you do battle, and as you submit to God,
  • 00:23:59.140 --> 00:24:04.100
  • and don't just live, "Live With Passion".
  • 00:24:04.100 --> 00:24:06.250
  • (gentle music)
  • 00:24:07.240 --> 00:24:09.290
  • I hope you liked my series about "What Really Matters".
  • 00:24:09.290 --> 00:24:13.060
  • I got a letter from someone, and he said,
  • 00:24:13.060 --> 00:24:16.140
  • "My mother has 25% of her DVR recordings
  • 00:24:16.140 --> 00:24:19.280
  • "that are your program, Father Cedric."
  • 00:24:19.280 --> 00:24:22.130
  • "So we offered her a trip for her anniversary,
  • 00:24:22.130 --> 00:24:25.220
  • "and we were gonna take her to an exotic destination,
  • 00:24:25.220 --> 00:24:28.220
  • "Hawaii, Europe, somewhere, instead she said
  • 00:24:28.220 --> 00:24:31.240
  • "she wanted to go to one of your missions and meet you."
  • 00:24:31.240 --> 00:24:35.090
  • That so touched me, because she did come to my mission
  • 00:24:35.090 --> 00:24:38.000
  • in New Orleans, I did meet her, she was from San Antonio.
  • 00:24:38.000 --> 00:24:42.220
  • And I was very touched by her.
  • 00:24:42.220 --> 00:24:44.200
  • Somebody else wrote me, because my program
  • 00:24:44.200 --> 00:24:47.170
  • was taken off the air in one major city, in Los Angeles,
  • 00:24:47.170 --> 00:24:51.230
  • and she wrote me and said that she cried
  • 00:24:51.230 --> 00:24:54.090
  • because my program was taken off.
  • 00:24:54.090 --> 00:24:56.130
  • So this tells me that "Live With Passion" is touching lives,
  • 00:24:56.130 --> 00:25:01.150
  • and reaching out to many different people.
  • 00:25:02.200 --> 00:25:04.060
  • And I can do that, because I have partners that help me.
  • 00:25:04.060 --> 00:25:08.110
  • Some of you have been watching my program for years,
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:11.090
  • and you haven't responded to any of my offers for books,
  • 00:25:11.090 --> 00:25:14.150
  • or being a partner.
  • 00:25:14.150 --> 00:25:15.290
  • I'm gonna invite you to make a move.
  • 00:25:15.290 --> 00:25:18.010
  • You hear what I'm preaching, I'm trying to preach the truth.
  • 00:25:18.010 --> 00:25:21.010
  • Please help me to proclaim the gospel everywhere.
  • 00:25:21.010 --> 00:25:23.210
  • I have dreams about expanding and touching even more people,
  • 00:25:23.210 --> 00:25:28.210
  • and bringing people to eternal life.
  • 00:25:29.250 --> 00:25:31.060
  • I have no ulterior motives.
  • 00:25:31.060 --> 00:25:33.250
  • I am a priest with a vow of poverty.
  • 00:25:33.250 --> 00:25:36.250
  • My superiors watch over me, and where that money goes.
  • 00:25:36.250 --> 00:25:40.220
  • And I have to tell you, it goes towards the production,
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  • and the airing of "Live With Passion".
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  • Would you be so kind as to call that number,
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  • or write me at that address.
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  • Or go to my website, you can donate one time,
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  • or you can become a partner with my ministry.
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  • I see every donation that comes in,
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  • and I pray for you all, and I'm so appreciative.
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  • Don't just live, "Live With Passion".
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  • (serene music)
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  • - [Announcer] God is good all the time.
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  • All the time, God is good.
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  • For over 13 years, Father Cedric has broadcast
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  • "Live With Passion" on television and radio.
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  • Father is inspiring believers and reaching out to those
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  • who have not yet come to faith.
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  • Because of these programs, lives are being touched
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  • and souls are being saved.
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  • Please join those supporting Father Cedric
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  • in his God given mission to proclaim the gospel
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  • to every person.
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  • Father Cedric is a priest with a professed vow of poverty.
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  • That means that all of your money
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  • will be used to help him in his ministry.
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  • Many are hurting, broken and lost.
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  • But God is good all the time.
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  • Through grace, people can be saved.
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  • To partner with Father Cedric, simply call 844-FATHERC.
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  • 844-328-4372, write us at 430 Bunker Hill Road,
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  • Houston, Texas 77024, or log on to www.frcedric.org
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  • and donate online, simple, easy and confidential.
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  • Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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  • Together we are touching saves and saving souls.
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