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November 29, 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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  • - There is lightout of darkness.
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  • Darkness can be the incubator
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  • in the atmosphere of new life.
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  • (upbeat 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 am so glad that youtuned into the program
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  • because I'm gonna be talking
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  • about light out of darkness.
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  • Let me proclaim to youthe Gospel of John 12.
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  • And those who went to thefeast were some Greeks.
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  • They came to Philip andhe went to his brother,
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  • Andrew, and togetherthey told Jesus.
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  • Jesus answered them,"The hour has come
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  • "for the Son of Manto be glorified.
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  • "Truly, truly, I tell you,
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  • "unless a grain of wheat fallsinto the ground and dies,
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  • "it just remainsa grain of wheat;
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  • "but if it dies, itbears much fruit."
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  • The Gospel of the Lord.
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  • Praise to you,Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • So, Greeks came to the feast
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  • and they wanted to see Jesus.
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  • What is this talking about?
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  • What, who are the Greeks?
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  • Of course, Greekswere the philosophers.
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  • And we all know that.
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  • I studied philosophy in college
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  • as a preparation for priesthood.
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  • And I love thestudy of philosophy.
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  • I studied all kinds ofdifferent disciplines.
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  • For example, the Sophists,
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  • and the Cynics, theEpicureans, the Stoics.
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  • I studied Aristotle and Plato,
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  • and Socrates and Pythagoras.
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  • And what were the Greeks doing?
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  • They were coming to Jesuswanting a philosophy.
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  • And I rememberstudying philosophy.
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  • I learned all thesedifferent ideas,
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  • and all these different notions,
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  • and all thesedifferent opinions,
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  • all these differentphilosophies.
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  • And in my philosophyclass, this was
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  • at the Southern IllinoisUniversity of Carbondale,
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  • where I studiedphilosophy, again,
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  • as a preparation for priesthood.
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  • It really intrigued me.
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  • I loved all thesedifferent ideas,
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  • some better than others,
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  • and I remember wehad a class project.
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  • Everybody had tostudy the philosophers
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  • and come up with sometype of a project
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  • that they wanted to create.
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  • And my particularproject was I decided
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  • to create a sundial.
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  • As you may notknow, sundials came
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  • from the philosophers,the Greeks, the Egyptians,
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  • way back when.
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  • And so, I had todo it from scratch.
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  • I had to learn abouthow the latitude
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  • of where you are determineshow you make the gnomon
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  • so that the sun can shine on it.
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  • And so, I created this sundial
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  • and I put some things,sundials usually have a saying
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  • or a slogan, and I put:Let there be light.
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  • Believe in the light.
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  • And I think that's significantas you watch this program.
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  • No matter what timeit is in your life,
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  • and we all go throughdifferent seasons,
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  • let there be light,
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  • especially if you're goingthrough a time of darkness,
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  • because out of darknesscan come great light.
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  • That's what God did.
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  • Out of the darknessand the chaos
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  • he said, "Let there be light."
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  • And I want to speak thatinto your heart, right now.
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  • Let there be light.
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  • There's a saying that says,
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  • right before dawn, there canbe the greatest darkness.
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  • So, expect a dawn in your life
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  • because if you're goingthrough a darkness,
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  • a light is about to occur.
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  • So, the Greeks came toJesus and they said,
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  • Jesus give us a philosophy.
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  • We've studiedAristotle and Plato,
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  • and all these others.
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  • We're looking forsomething that works.
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  • You know what philosophers do.
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  • They ask questions.
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  • What is reality?
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  • What's the meaning of life?
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  • How can I be happy?
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  • This is what's happening now.
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  • These Greek peopleare coming to Jesus;
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  • We want to see Jesus.
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  • And so, Jesus did, hegave them a philosophy.
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  • It was a brand new philosophy,
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  • one I'm sure thatthey've never heard
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  • and one that you've heard thatmaybe you don't know about.
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  • And the philosophy wasmind-blowing and earth-shaking,
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  • and they probablythought, what is this?
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  • What is he saying?
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  • When they asked Jesusfor a philosophy,
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  • he said, get this now,
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  • I know you've heard it,
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  • unless a grain of wheat fallinto the ground and die,
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  • unless it dies, it justremains a grain of wheat.
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  • But if it dies, itbears much fruit.
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  • Wow.
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  • I have studiedphilosophy (laughs)
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  • and I've never heardanything like that before.
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  • I mean, I've heard abouthow you can be happy
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  • from Aristotle and Plato,and his transcendence,
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  • and all these differenttype of things,
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  • but I've never heardabout dying in darkness
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  • leading to new life.
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  • That's exactly,really, we call that
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  • the Pascal Mysteryin Catholicism,
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  • and that's exactly whatJesus was pronouncing.
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  • They came, they wanted to know,
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  • they wanted a new philosophy,
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  • and they got somethin' morethan they could handle.
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  • The light out of darkness.
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  • Life out of death.
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  • So, let me explain that to you
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  • because, especiallyif you're going
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  • through a season of darkness
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  • in your life, rightnow, I want you to know
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  • that light is on the way.
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  • A new season is coming.
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  • And even if you aren'tgoing through darkness,
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  • we all do it, differentseasons in our life
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  • and you need to believe.
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  • You see, this series is called:
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  • A Different Spirit.
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  • And what that means is,
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  • as Christians, we aren'tlike the rest of the world.
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  • When we encounterdarkness, we believe
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  • that there's something more.
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  • When we encounterdeath of a loved one,
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  • or even in our own life,the deaths that come,
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  • we believe that there'sgonna be resurrection
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  • and new life.
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  • Now, the world, they seedarkness and they say,
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  • that's it, I'm stuck in it.
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  • They see death,they say, that's it,
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  • there's nothing more.
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  • But we have a different spirit.
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  • That's what the Bible tells us
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  • about Caleb; he wasof a different spirit.
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  • He was entering the Promise Land
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  • because he had adifferent attitude
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  • than all the rest.
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  • All the rest saw giants,but he saw opportunity.
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  • He said, "We are well able."
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  • So, when I lived in California,at the retreat center
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  • in Sacramento, I used to godown to Sequoia National Park,
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  • down by Fresno area,south of Sacramento.
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  • And I saw the largestliving tree on earth,
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  • it's called TheGeneral Sherman Tree.
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  • Get this, 25 hundred years old,
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  • that's from before Christ,
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  • 275 feet high, and itweighs four million pounds.
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  • So, there's this huge,largest living tree on earth.
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  • It all started with a littleteeny, itsy bitsy seed
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  • that was planted in darkness.
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  • There was a death,
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  • the death of a seed,
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  • and its new life sprouted up,
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  • and then this explosive growth
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  • into this hugeGeneral Sherman Tree,
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  • which, now, people visit.
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  • And so, I believe thatit's in the pressure
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  • and in the darkness,this is a parable
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  • from creation itself.
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  • In the darkness and in thepressure where we're planted,
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  • we can explode into new growth
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  • and have fruit in our life.
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  • That's exactly whatJesus was talking about
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  • when he talked abouta death has to occur.
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  • Unless a grain of wheat falls
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  • in the ground and dies,it just remains alone,
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  • but if it dies, it bears fruit.
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  • And God wants fruit from us.
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  • You have to understand that.
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  • The first commandmentin the Bible is:
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  • Be fruitful and multiply.
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  • And the fruit that God wants is
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  • he wants a deeprelationship with us,
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  • he wants us to grow,and he wants us
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  • to realize our potential,to live with passion.
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  • So, if you are goingthrough an addiction,
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  • right now, if you havegone into some type
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  • of a grieving becauseyou've lost somebody
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  • that you love,
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  • if you are strugglingwith a relationship,
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  • if you're dealingwith physical pain
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  • and physical disease,
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  • all the deathsand the darknesses
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  • and the hardships of life,
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  • I want you to know thatthat can be the incubator
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  • of new life.
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  • See, we have a different spirit.
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  • We don't just lookat the exterior.
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  • Just like God, we don'tjust look at the outside,
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  • we look at the heart.
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  • And it's the sameway in our life.
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  • We have to look deeperthan just circumstances.
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  • Circumstances can lead to more.
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  • Darkness can lead to light.
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  • We have a differentspirit, as believers.
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  • So, I want you to know that
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  • whatever you're going through,
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  • it can be theincubator of new life.
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  • For example, your existencecame from darkness.
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  • What do I mean by that?
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  • Sperm in the egg,fertilized, growth.
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  • You developed inyour mother's womb,
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  • in the darkness,
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  • and then, you came to be.
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  • That's a parablefor life itself.
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  • In darkness, that's theincubator of new life.
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  • So, if there's a darkmoment in your life,
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  • right now, realizethat you're just doing
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  • what happened in thebeginning of your life anyway.
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  • You grew from darkness.
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  • You matured.
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  • And notice, sometimesit takes time.
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  • When we're in a dark time,
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  • like an addiction, orsomething else, grieving,
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  • we want it to be overwith now (laughs).
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  • It's like, get rid of this.
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  • I can't stand this.
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  • Don't you hear my prayer?
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  • Yes, God hears your prayer.
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  • But notice the gestation period
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  • in a mother's wombis nine months.
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  • It takes time todevelop and to grow.
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  • So, don't lose patience.
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  • Realize that sometimesit takes a little time.
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  • That's a song by Amy Grant.
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  • Sometimes things take time.
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  • But don't give up; be patient.
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  • So, let me talk abouta few other things.
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  • I think about thecomposer, Beethoven.
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  • I read about his life.
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  • Arguably the greatestcomposer that ever lived.
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  • But at 26 years old,just as a young man,
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  • here's this pianist,this great composer,
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  • composing symphonies, hebegan to lose his hearing.
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  • You know what a hearingis to a musician?
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  • It's like a voice to a preacher.
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  • It's devastating.
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  • He was devastated.
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  • Talk about a dark time,the darkness of deafness.
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  • He contemplated suicide,
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  • that's how devastatingthat was to Beethoven.
  • 00:11:20.786 --> 00:11:23.122
  • But then, he realized
  • 00:11:24.423 --> 00:11:26.926
  • that he had a different spirit.
  • 00:11:28.928 --> 00:11:30.262
  • God had put a gift in him.
  • 00:11:30.262 --> 00:11:32.865
  • And being negativewasn't gonna do anything.
  • 00:11:34.834 --> 00:11:38.404
  • So, he decided to be positive.
  • 00:11:38.404 --> 00:11:40.172
  • And he made adecision he was gonna
  • 00:11:41.240 --> 00:11:42.975
  • be determined to go forward.
  • 00:11:43.843 --> 00:11:46.112
  • And so, you know what he did?
  • 00:11:47.012 --> 00:11:48.380
  • He composed arguablythe greatest symphony,
  • 00:11:48.380 --> 00:11:52.284
  • it was his ninth symphonywith the Ode to Joy,
  • 00:11:53.652 --> 00:11:57.156
  • while he was deaf; wow!
  • 00:11:57.156 --> 00:11:59.725
  • That's called lightout of darkness.
  • 00:11:59.725 --> 00:12:02.161
  • Light out of deafness.
  • 00:12:03.229 --> 00:12:04.597
  • Maybe you're not deaf,
  • 00:12:06.165 --> 00:12:07.466
  • but you're facinganother adversity.
  • 00:12:07.466 --> 00:12:09.835
  • Well, don't contemplatesuicide, certainly,
  • 00:12:09.835 --> 00:12:12.671
  • and don't give up anddon't be negative.
  • 00:12:12.671 --> 00:12:15.474
  • God has put a gift in you.
  • 00:12:15.474 --> 00:12:16.675
  • You have a different spirit.
  • 00:12:16.675 --> 00:12:19.211
  • Allow this blessingto come forth,
  • 00:12:19.211 --> 00:12:22.148
  • like Beethoven.
  • 00:12:22.148 --> 00:12:23.682
  • The dark times, wecan see new things.
  • 00:12:23.682 --> 00:12:26.752
  • And I've studied change.
  • 00:12:26.752 --> 00:12:28.287
  • I wrote a book called,You Can Change.
  • 00:12:28.287 --> 00:12:30.389
  • And I know, as aCatholic priest,
  • 00:12:31.357 --> 00:12:33.125
  • I've seen conversions,and talk about change,
  • 00:12:33.125 --> 00:12:36.862
  • and trying to helppeople to go forward.
  • 00:12:36.862 --> 00:12:39.932
  • The catalyst forconversion usually
  • 00:12:39.932 --> 00:12:43.502
  • is a dark period of some sort.
  • 00:12:43.502 --> 00:12:46.305
  • For example, the prodigal son.
  • 00:12:46.305 --> 00:12:48.174
  • We all know the story,I won't tell it now,
  • 00:12:48.174 --> 00:12:50.409
  • but the bottom line is,just a little snippet,
  • 00:12:50.409 --> 00:12:53.946
  • here's this young manwho loses everything,
  • 00:12:53.946 --> 00:12:57.016
  • sloppin' with thepigs and the mud,
  • 00:12:57.016 --> 00:12:59.351
  • goin' through thehardest time of his life,
  • 00:12:59.351 --> 00:13:01.353
  • and he has an awakening,he comes to his senses.
  • 00:13:01.353 --> 00:13:05.324
  • In the twelve-step program,that's called an intervention,
  • 00:13:05.324 --> 00:13:09.328
  • where you quit denyingwhat's going on
  • 00:13:09.328 --> 00:13:12.298
  • and you accept the factthat you have an addiction.
  • 00:13:12.298 --> 00:13:16.502
  • So, because of thisbottoming-out experience
  • 00:13:16.502 --> 00:13:18.938
  • that this young man had,
  • 00:13:18.938 --> 00:13:20.105
  • he came to his fatherand was accepted
  • 00:13:20.105 --> 00:13:23.242
  • back into the family.
  • 00:13:23.242 --> 00:13:24.243
  • See, that's conversion.
  • 00:13:24.243 --> 00:13:25.711
  • Conversion doesn't usuallyhappen when things are goin',
  • 00:13:25.711 --> 00:13:28.080
  • everything's okay,it usually happens
  • 00:13:28.080 --> 00:13:30.115
  • when there's a discomfort,a bottoming-out,
  • 00:13:30.115 --> 00:13:33.752
  • a darkness of some sort.
  • 00:13:33.752 --> 00:13:35.888
  • I went through adark time in my life
  • 00:13:35.888 --> 00:13:37.823
  • when I was 18 years old,
  • 00:13:37.823 --> 00:13:40.459
  • and it was abreakup with a girl.
  • 00:13:40.459 --> 00:13:42.094
  • And after that breakup,never mind the pain,
  • 00:13:43.262 --> 00:13:45.631
  • and the grieving of the breakup,
  • 00:13:45.631 --> 00:13:47.399
  • I was so lonely.
  • 00:13:47.399 --> 00:13:48.667
  • I didn't have God inmy life at that time
  • 00:13:49.869 --> 00:13:51.604
  • and I experienced whatBilly Graham calls
  • 00:13:51.604 --> 00:13:54.673
  • a cosmic loneliness.
  • 00:13:54.673 --> 00:13:57.276
  • That's when you'relonely for God
  • 00:13:57.276 --> 00:13:58.644
  • but you don't even know it.
  • 00:13:58.644 --> 00:14:00.412
  • And you're lonely forothers, and it hurts.
  • 00:14:00.412 --> 00:14:04.250
  • But in that darkness,in that hard time
  • 00:14:05.417 --> 00:14:08.320
  • that I went through,God's light flooded me.
  • 00:14:08.320 --> 00:14:12.324
  • That's when I cameto a conversion.
  • 00:14:12.324 --> 00:14:13.726
  • It took time.
  • 00:14:13.726 --> 00:14:15.194
  • Remember what I said, itdoesn't happen all at once,
  • 00:14:15.194 --> 00:14:16.896
  • there's a gestation period.
  • 00:14:16.896 --> 00:14:19.098
  • So, if you're goin' througha dark time in your life,
  • 00:14:19.098 --> 00:14:21.767
  • whether it be anaddiction, a bottoming-out
  • 00:14:21.767 --> 00:14:23.669
  • of some sort, abreakup of some sort,
  • 00:14:23.669 --> 00:14:25.571
  • a divorce, ahardship, a grieving,
  • 00:14:25.571 --> 00:14:28.641
  • there's gonna be some time,
  • 00:14:28.641 --> 00:14:30.542
  • but in time, Godknows exactly when.
  • 00:14:30.542 --> 00:14:33.846
  • I don't know if you'veever heard that saying,
  • 00:14:33.846 --> 00:14:35.781
  • when the student is ready,the teacher will come.
  • 00:14:35.781 --> 00:14:38.317
  • At the correct time, lightwill come flooding in for you.
  • 00:14:39.718 --> 00:14:42.588
  • Don't give up.
  • 00:14:42.588 --> 00:14:43.522
  • You have a different spirit.
  • 00:14:43.522 --> 00:14:46.525
  • See, the worldencounters breakups,
  • 00:14:46.525 --> 00:14:48.994
  • and grieving, anddarkness, and hardships,
  • 00:14:48.994 --> 00:14:51.964
  • and they give up.
  • 00:14:51.964 --> 00:14:53.365
  • They say there'sno meaning to this.
  • 00:14:53.365 --> 00:14:55.301
  • But not us.
  • 00:14:55.301 --> 00:14:56.802
  • We have a different spirit.
  • 00:14:56.802 --> 00:14:58.003
  • There is purpose,and there is meaning.
  • 00:14:58.003 --> 00:15:01.707
  • And because of that,we can definitely grow.
  • 00:15:01.707 --> 00:15:04.376
  • A light out of darkness.
  • 00:15:04.376 --> 00:15:06.512
  • So, I believe that there'sprobably something very good
  • 00:15:06.512 --> 00:15:09.848
  • in your future.
  • 00:15:09.848 --> 00:15:11.250
  • Not probably, there issomething good in your future.
  • 00:15:11.250 --> 00:15:13.686
  • Light out of darkness.
  • 00:15:13.686 --> 00:15:14.954
  • And I've studied thetwelve-step program.
  • 00:15:14.954 --> 00:15:18.424
  • I did a four-partseries on addictions.
  • 00:15:18.424 --> 00:15:22.561
  • You can find it on my website.
  • 00:15:22.561 --> 00:15:24.196
  • And during that study,
  • 00:15:25.097 --> 00:15:27.499
  • I found that thereare thousands,
  • 00:15:27.499 --> 00:15:31.103
  • if not millions of people,
  • 00:15:31.103 --> 00:15:33.072
  • who had gone through dark,bottoming-out periods
  • 00:15:33.072 --> 00:15:36.742
  • in their life, who cameto a relationship with God
  • 00:15:36.742 --> 00:15:41.413
  • and recovery from addictions,
  • 00:15:41.413 --> 00:15:45.017
  • through the darkness.
  • 00:15:45.017 --> 00:15:46.585
  • And it could happenfor you, too.
  • 00:15:48.253 --> 00:15:49.521
  • Photographers, youknow what they do,
  • 00:15:49.521 --> 00:15:52.191
  • they take pictures andthey go to a darkroom.
  • 00:15:52.191 --> 00:15:55.260
  • And in the darkroom,what they do
  • 00:15:56.328 --> 00:15:57.730
  • is they have to haveall the light taken out
  • 00:15:57.730 --> 00:16:00.799
  • because the lightat the wrong time
  • 00:16:00.799 --> 00:16:03.769
  • will spoil the photo.
  • 00:16:03.769 --> 00:16:05.204
  • They have to gointo the darkroom,
  • 00:16:05.204 --> 00:16:07.639
  • and they wash the negativein a chemical solution,
  • 00:16:07.639 --> 00:16:11.643
  • and they let it sit for awhile,
  • 00:16:11.643 --> 00:16:13.746
  • again, there's that thing,that gestation period,
  • 00:16:13.746 --> 00:16:16.648
  • don't give up whennothing's happening,
  • 00:16:16.648 --> 00:16:19.084
  • you're being developedin the darkness.
  • 00:16:19.084 --> 00:16:21.854
  • That's exactly what happens.
  • 00:16:21.854 --> 00:16:23.122
  • So, the beautifulwedding pictures,
  • 00:16:23.122 --> 00:16:26.158
  • and the pictures of creation,
  • 00:16:26.158 --> 00:16:28.827
  • and mountains, and sunsets,
  • 00:16:28.827 --> 00:16:31.897
  • and all different things,
  • 00:16:31.897 --> 00:16:33.065
  • those beautifulpictures that you see
  • 00:16:33.065 --> 00:16:35.334
  • from professional photographers
  • 00:16:35.334 --> 00:16:37.636
  • are developed in darkness.
  • 00:16:37.636 --> 00:16:39.805
  • Think about SaintPaul of the Cross.
  • 00:16:41.006 --> 00:16:42.608
  • He was the founder ofour religious community.
  • 00:16:42.608 --> 00:16:45.010
  • I'm not only a Catholicpriest, I'm a religious priest.
  • 00:16:45.010 --> 00:16:48.847
  • Franciscans you've heard of,
  • 00:16:48.847 --> 00:16:50.549
  • and Jesuits,Dominicans, Redemptorus,
  • 00:16:50.549 --> 00:16:55.554
  • I'm a Passionist,we have a dedication
  • 00:16:56.722 --> 00:16:58.223
  • to the cross of Christ,to the Passion of Christ.
  • 00:16:58.223 --> 00:17:01.126
  • And Saint Paul of theCross lived in the 1700s,
  • 00:17:02.528 --> 00:17:04.897
  • wanted to found areligious community,
  • 00:17:04.897 --> 00:17:06.965
  • wanted to call itThe Poor of Jesus,
  • 00:17:06.965 --> 00:17:09.401
  • went to the PopeBenedict, the 14th,
  • 00:17:09.401 --> 00:17:12.538
  • he went to the Vatican,wanted an audience with him.
  • 00:17:12.538 --> 00:17:14.940
  • Here he is, 19years old, barefoot,
  • 00:17:14.940 --> 00:17:17.309
  • wearing this black robe,
  • 00:17:17.309 --> 00:17:19.311
  • shows up at the Vatican,wants an audience
  • 00:17:20.913 --> 00:17:22.915
  • with the pope, oh yeah.
  • 00:17:22.915 --> 00:17:24.616
  • They threw him out.
  • 00:17:24.616 --> 00:17:26.151
  • They thought he was a vagabond.
  • 00:17:26.151 --> 00:17:27.619
  • They thought he was a hobo.
  • 00:17:27.619 --> 00:17:29.021
  • They didn't know who he was.
  • 00:17:29.021 --> 00:17:30.255
  • You're not gonna get noaudience with no pope.
  • 00:17:30.255 --> 00:17:32.791
  • Boom, out he went.
  • 00:17:32.791 --> 00:17:34.860
  • So, instead ofgiving into despair,
  • 00:17:34.860 --> 00:17:37.763
  • there's nothing worse thanthe darkness of rejection.
  • 00:17:37.763 --> 00:17:41.066
  • Instead of giving in to despair,
  • 00:17:41.066 --> 00:17:43.001
  • he turned to prayer.
  • 00:17:43.001 --> 00:17:44.103
  • Went to Saint Mary Major, oneof the four major basilicas
  • 00:17:45.537 --> 00:17:48.107
  • in Rome and he prayed beforea crucifix in a side chapel.
  • 00:17:48.107 --> 00:17:52.611
  • And it was there thathe got the inkling,
  • 00:17:52.611 --> 00:17:54.880
  • the insight thatGod was calling him
  • 00:17:54.880 --> 00:17:57.483
  • to found a community, yes,
  • 00:17:57.483 --> 00:17:58.784
  • but not calledThe Poor of Jesus,
  • 00:17:58.784 --> 00:18:00.285
  • called The Passion of Jesus.
  • 00:18:00.285 --> 00:18:02.187
  • I'm wearing a sign on my heart
  • 00:18:02.187 --> 00:18:04.756
  • called The Passionof Jesus Christ.
  • 00:18:04.756 --> 00:18:07.960
  • That's what this means.
  • 00:18:07.960 --> 00:18:09.828
  • And so, he went back to the pope
  • 00:18:09.828 --> 00:18:11.330
  • about a month later,
  • 00:18:11.330 --> 00:18:13.165
  • miraculously got let in,
  • 00:18:13.165 --> 00:18:15.400
  • had an audience with the pope,
  • 00:18:15.400 --> 00:18:16.702
  • presented to him his idea
  • 00:18:16.702 --> 00:18:19.037
  • about finding a communityto the Passion of Jesus,
  • 00:18:19.037 --> 00:18:21.406
  • the pope loved it.
  • 00:18:21.406 --> 00:18:22.441
  • And so, out of darknesscame this explosive growth.
  • 00:18:24.009 --> 00:18:26.378
  • The Passionists arenow in 64 countries,
  • 00:18:26.378 --> 00:18:29.748
  • we preach, we minister,we proclaim the Gospel,
  • 00:18:29.748 --> 00:18:34.653
  • the Christ crucified,and salvation in him.
  • 00:18:34.653 --> 00:18:38.991
  • And I want to tell any of you
  • 00:18:38.991 --> 00:18:40.159
  • who have been rejectedby your parents,
  • 00:18:40.159 --> 00:18:41.527
  • or abused, orrejected by friends,
  • 00:18:41.527 --> 00:18:44.096
  • or betrayed, thatout of that darkness,
  • 00:18:44.096 --> 00:18:46.632
  • something new,something explosive,
  • 00:18:46.632 --> 00:18:49.201
  • light can come out of darkness.
  • 00:18:49.201 --> 00:18:51.570
  • If you don't give up, remember,
  • 00:18:51.570 --> 00:18:52.871
  • we're not like therest of the world,
  • 00:18:52.871 --> 00:18:55.474
  • we have a different spirit.
  • 00:18:55.474 --> 00:18:58.277
  • We're like Caleb,we are well able.
  • 00:18:58.277 --> 00:19:01.213
  • If God is for us, whocan be against us.
  • 00:19:01.213 --> 00:19:04.082
  • So, then, I think aboutairplanes, for example.
  • 00:19:05.517 --> 00:19:09.154
  • We're talking aboutlight out of darkness.
  • 00:19:09.154 --> 00:19:11.490
  • I noticed one time, Iwas on a long flight
  • 00:19:11.490 --> 00:19:13.892
  • to Italy, I believe it was.
  • 00:19:13.892 --> 00:19:17.496
  • And during a long flight,it's an overnight flight,
  • 00:19:17.496 --> 00:19:20.132
  • I looked at one of thepassengers next to me
  • 00:19:20.132 --> 00:19:22.734
  • and they put on these blinders
  • 00:19:22.734 --> 00:19:25.170
  • to cover their eyes tohelp them go to sleep,
  • 00:19:25.170 --> 00:19:27.673
  • and in that darkness, inthe darkness of sleep,
  • 00:19:27.673 --> 00:19:32.678
  • you may not know this,but it's important,
  • 00:19:33.845 --> 00:19:35.314
  • something calledmelatonin is developed.
  • 00:19:35.314 --> 00:19:39.418
  • Out of that darkness,melatonin helps us with memory.
  • 00:19:39.418 --> 00:19:43.055
  • We all need memory.
  • 00:19:43.055 --> 00:19:44.489
  • So, in other words, darknesscan bring us something
  • 00:19:44.489 --> 00:19:47.492
  • that we need.
  • 00:19:47.492 --> 00:19:48.427
  • For all us, thereare times in our life
  • 00:19:49.861 --> 00:19:51.897
  • when we actually need darkness.
  • 00:19:51.897 --> 00:19:55.033
  • You heard about theDark Ages years ago,
  • 00:19:55.033 --> 00:19:58.770
  • our culture.
  • 00:19:58.770 --> 00:20:00.505
  • Well, that was a timeof a lack of literature,
  • 00:20:00.505 --> 00:20:03.675
  • the culture wasn'tdeveloping very well,
  • 00:20:03.675 --> 00:20:05.944
  • there was religious struggles,
  • 00:20:05.944 --> 00:20:07.946
  • religious conflicts.
  • 00:20:07.946 --> 00:20:09.581
  • That was followedby the Renaissance,
  • 00:20:09.581 --> 00:20:12.084
  • and then, by the Enlightenment.
  • 00:20:12.084 --> 00:20:14.386
  • So, out of the darknesscame something new,
  • 00:20:14.386 --> 00:20:18.223
  • enlightenment, light.
  • 00:20:18.223 --> 00:20:20.792
  • And artists like daVinci, Michelangelo,
  • 00:20:20.792 --> 00:20:24.529
  • Saint Peter's Basilica, ifyou've ever seen it came to be.
  • 00:20:24.529 --> 00:20:27.633
  • Many of you like to drink wine,
  • 00:20:28.500 --> 00:20:30.736
  • well, you all know about wine.
  • 00:20:30.736 --> 00:20:32.604
  • Once it's formed andthey put it into vats,
  • 00:20:32.604 --> 00:20:36.141
  • they put it into a cellarfor a little while,
  • 00:20:36.141 --> 00:20:39.344
  • for a little while,for a gestation period
  • 00:20:39.344 --> 00:20:43.382
  • in order for it to mature.
  • 00:20:43.382 --> 00:20:46.184
  • And I remember that sayingfrom that commercial,
  • 00:20:47.586 --> 00:20:50.322
  • we'll sell no winebefore it's time.
  • 00:20:50.322 --> 00:20:52.658
  • The wine needs to begiven time in the darkness
  • 00:20:54.092 --> 00:20:56.361
  • of the cellar, in thecoolness of the cellar,
  • 00:20:56.361 --> 00:20:58.930
  • in order to develop andbecome mature and taste right.
  • 00:20:58.930 --> 00:21:03.035
  • And God's the same way.
  • 00:21:04.469 --> 00:21:05.837
  • He knows, he's a connoisseur,not only of wine,
  • 00:21:05.837 --> 00:21:08.874
  • but of hearts, andhe will not get you
  • 00:21:08.874 --> 00:21:13.078
  • out of the darknessbefore your time,
  • 00:21:13.078 --> 00:21:16.048
  • that gestation period.
  • 00:21:16.048 --> 00:21:18.250
  • But when it's time,at the right moment,
  • 00:21:18.250 --> 00:21:20.852
  • and by the way, if lightcomes into that cellar
  • 00:21:20.852 --> 00:21:23.322
  • at the wrong moment,the wine will spoil,
  • 00:21:23.322 --> 00:21:26.591
  • same as the photographer.
  • 00:21:26.591 --> 00:21:29.161
  • At the right moment, thelight will come for you.
  • 00:21:29.161 --> 00:21:32.531
  • You're in a gestationperiod, a season,
  • 00:21:32.531 --> 00:21:35.500
  • and you will change.
  • 00:21:35.500 --> 00:21:38.036
  • So, in my life,there's been breakups,
  • 00:21:38.036 --> 00:21:40.238
  • and bottoming-outs, and I'vebeen in the cellar at times,
  • 00:21:40.238 --> 00:21:43.475
  • feeling like I've beenjust put on a shelf.
  • 00:21:43.475 --> 00:21:46.678
  • But I haven't lost hope.
  • 00:21:46.678 --> 00:21:48.080
  • I've stayed in trust,believing that God is working
  • 00:21:48.080 --> 00:21:50.182
  • and he has been at work.
  • 00:21:50.182 --> 00:21:52.184
  • And the light does come.
  • 00:21:52.184 --> 00:21:53.585
  • I love that song, There'sGot To Be a Morning After.
  • 00:21:55.053 --> 00:21:57.255
  • It comes from thePoseidon Adventure.
  • 00:21:57.255 --> 00:21:59.391
  • That's one of my theme songs,
  • 00:21:59.391 --> 00:22:01.426
  • sung by MaureenMcGovern, There's GotTo Be a Morning After.
  • 00:22:01.426 --> 00:22:04.529
  • There's always hope no matterhow your ship is flipped.
  • 00:22:04.529 --> 00:22:07.833
  • Then, in the EarlyChurch, really quickly,
  • 00:22:08.967 --> 00:22:10.802
  • there was persecution.
  • 00:22:10.802 --> 00:22:12.904
  • And it almost died out.
  • 00:22:12.904 --> 00:22:15.073
  • They were being martyred.
  • 00:22:15.974 --> 00:22:17.209
  • They were being killed.
  • 00:22:17.209 --> 00:22:18.443
  • But if you read theActs of the Apostles,
  • 00:22:19.611 --> 00:22:21.313
  • even though people werebeing put to death,
  • 00:22:21.313 --> 00:22:23.081
  • and jailed, andbeaten, and suffering,
  • 00:22:23.081 --> 00:22:24.983
  • and this is what Ilearned in the seminary,
  • 00:22:24.983 --> 00:22:27.219
  • in the difficult darkdays of the Early Church,
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  • that's what led totheir explosive growth.
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  • I don't know if you've everseen a dandelion's seed,
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  • (blowing air) when they blowit and seeds go everywhere.
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  • That's kind of what it waslike in the Early Church.
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  • They tried to, they beingthe people, the unbelievers,
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  • the evil, at that time,tried to squash the Church,
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  • but actually, what happenedwas it led to its growth.
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  • That's why Tertulliansaid that the martyrs
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  • are the seed of the new church.
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  • And so, out of darkness,the Church spread and grew.
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  • So, I've given younumerous examples, here,
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  • trying to convinceyou, to persuade you,
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  • that darkness isn't necessarilya bad thing in life.
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  • And because we are ofa different spirit,
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  • because we're believers, justbecause we encounter darkness
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  • doesn't mean that it's all over.
  • 00:23:20.572 --> 00:23:22.941
  • And I've talked to youabout the Early Church
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  • and how it spread.
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  • Beethoven and his deafness.
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  • Saint Paul of the Crossand his rejection.
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  • Me in a breakup witha girl and loneliness.
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  • Babies and how wedevelop in darkness.
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  • Wine and how it'sput in a cellar.
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  • Photos and how they develop.
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  • The Dark Ages and how itturned into the Enlightenment.
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  • Seeds that die andbecome new life.
  • 00:23:44.896 --> 00:23:47.299
  • Greeks came toJesus and they said,
  • 00:23:47.299 --> 00:23:50.135
  • we've heard you'rea great teacher,
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  • give us a new philosophy.
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  • We've heard aboutPlato, and Socrates,
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  • and Aristotle, andPythagoras, and all the rest.
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  • We want something new.
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  • We want something that works.
  • 00:24:01.580 --> 00:24:02.848
  • What's the meaning of life?
  • 00:24:02.848 --> 00:24:04.015
  • And Jesus gave them something,
  • 00:24:04.015 --> 00:24:05.717
  • and I hope you get this,
  • 00:24:05.717 --> 00:24:07.219
  • something so mind-blowing,
  • 00:24:07.219 --> 00:24:08.553
  • something so earth-shattering:
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  • Unless a seed fall intothe ground and die,
  • 00:24:10.689 --> 00:24:13.391
  • it just remainsa grain of wheat.
  • 00:24:14.559 --> 00:24:16.061
  • But if it dies, it bears fruit.
  • 00:24:16.061 --> 00:24:19.464
  • And I want you to knowthat in your darkness,
  • 00:24:19.464 --> 00:24:22.100
  • and in your death, youcan grow and explode
  • 00:24:22.100 --> 00:24:27.105
  • like the mighty sequoia.
  • 00:24:27.839 --> 00:24:29.774
  • Don't just live;live with passion.
  • 00:24:29.774 --> 00:24:31.977
  • (gentle music)
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  • I want you to believethat light can come
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  • out of any darkness.
  • 00:24:38.717 --> 00:24:39.985
  • I got a letter from aman who is in prison,
  • 00:24:39.985 --> 00:24:43.388
  • and that can be a dark place,
  • 00:24:43.388 --> 00:24:44.990
  • but it can also bea positive place
  • 00:24:44.990 --> 00:24:46.791
  • where rehabilitation can occur
  • 00:24:46.791 --> 00:24:48.860
  • and great things can occur.
  • 00:24:48.860 --> 00:24:50.595
  • But basically, whathe said is this,
  • 00:24:50.595 --> 00:24:52.030
  • he said, "What startedas an attempt just
  • 00:24:52.030 --> 00:24:53.865
  • "to fill my time in prison
  • 00:24:53.865 --> 00:24:55.433
  • "has become an education for me.
  • 00:24:55.433 --> 00:24:58.169
  • "I'm now in a Bible college
  • 00:24:58.169 --> 00:25:00.572
  • "and I believe I've foundGod's calling for my life."
  • 00:25:00.572 --> 00:25:03.608
  • Wow.
  • 00:25:03.608 --> 00:25:05.076
  • It wasn't just Joseph in prisonthat God moved in his life.
  • 00:25:05.076 --> 00:25:08.747
  • God moved in thisman's life, also.
  • 00:25:08.747 --> 00:25:11.383
  • And I'm believing thatout of any darkness,
  • 00:25:11.383 --> 00:25:13.218
  • whether it be prison ora darkness of a breakup,
  • 00:25:13.218 --> 00:25:16.721
  • or a darkness of ahardship in your life,
  • 00:25:16.721 --> 00:25:19.090
  • you can find new life,and you can find light.
  • 00:25:19.090 --> 00:25:22.127
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  • 00:25:28.533 --> 00:25:33.171
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  • 00:25:33.171 --> 00:25:34.973
  • There is light out of darkness.
  • 00:25:34.973 --> 00:25:37.475
  • And I want toconvince you of that
  • 00:25:37.475 --> 00:25:38.977
  • because we have a differentspirit, we are believers.
  • 00:25:38.977 --> 00:25:42.581
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