Bishop Barron on Prayer

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  1. Dmitri Shostakovich

    February 8, 2019 10:17 pm

    Problem for you Bobby. Well-designed studies sponsored by the very pro-religious Templeton Foundation indicate absolutely no efficacy of prayer to the 3-part god. [Perhaps prayer to other gods would work?} . These studies have been replicated, indicative of good science. They are well-designed. Double-blind. Very good studies.

    Can you imagine what would happen had they had shown efficacy of this magical thing that you call "prayer?" The medical journals would have published paper after paper after paper. My primary care doc would be prescribing prayer for all of his pts. My pharmacist would have been handing out "prayer literature." Did that happen? LOLOL

    Citations, Bobby:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studies_on_intercessory_prayer

    https://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html

    https://lunchboxsw.wordpress.com/2009/09/02/templeton-prayer-study-fail/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16569567

    Bobby: The VERIFIABLE EVIDENCE says that you can pray until your cows come home. No effect. Sorry bud.

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  2. james bleess

    April 6, 2019 7:15 pm

    Well (and wisely) spoken. I love all your presentations. I pray in my car as well. The monastic cell is a fine comparison. I enjoyed Merton….. "don't worry about technique, get started"!

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  3. John P Glackin

    April 7, 2019 8:54 pm

    God only answers our prayers when we are faithful and abide in Jesus. And we can only abide in Jesus through His Catholic Church. For those who are outside the Church God only answers their payers if they are finally reach Rock bottom and they ask for help, guide will direct them to the Catholic Church for the help they need.

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  4. Peach Knaut

    April 17, 2019 11:47 am

    Praise God for you Bishop! "Prayer is about God's quest for us…The Primacy of Grace :Prayer is God's addressing of us…the Holy Spirit already praying in us…the Holy Spirit prompting you to ask for what He wants to give…the Primacy of the Lord's involvement." For me, Prayer is an acknowledgment of the Lord's Presence..so "take every thought captive & submit it to the obedience (Grace, Agape Love, Mercy, Compassion) of Christ, (2Corinthians 10:5) and "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing! give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1Thessalonians 5:16-18) And don't forget, "And Jesus learned obedience through suffering." (Hebrews 5:8) "1. Time 2. Act of Finding the Center 3. Honest Communication 4. Listen Attentively 5. Role of Silence in Prayer. Mother Teresa: spiritual life, silence gives rise to prayer, prayer gives rise to faith, faith gives rise to love & love to service…" "And the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance everything that Jesus has taught you…"(John 14:26) For me, this brings understanding, hearing Papa God's voice bringing me joy & peace & the feeling of being loved for the 1st time this year, after 55 years of prayer due to the Theodicy question that caused cognitive pain!

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  5. Tom Saltsman

    May 12, 2019 7:27 pm

    Thanks for pointing out the importance of silence, Bishop. When I pray at the Baptist church on Wednesday nights, we all sit around circular tables, six or so, and follow a prayer prompt, voicing our individual requests. I am amazed how often the Holy Spirit in silent is us. It is sooooo peaceful. I think most of us would agree that that's the best part.

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  6. Morena Queen

    May 14, 2019 4:02 am

    I love listening about God while I'm working in the kitcen,I dont feel tiredness.Thank you Holy Spirit

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  7. Vince Zetti

    June 6, 2019 2:04 am

    mother theresa was not a defender of Catholicism. she did NoT try to convert people of other faiths and was heretical. sorry but its true.

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  8. Phillip Shiu

    June 22, 2019 5:28 am

    Jesus did not teach any particular method of prayer, but we can see by what He says of prayer in the sermon on the Mount that meditation is a way to find Him. Meditation

    THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

    1. Prayer, like good works, must not merely outward. It is not about looking holy or winning other people outward. Nor is it even about feeling we are holy. Jesus says your ‘left hand must not know what your right is doing’. Prayer is a humble and unselfconscious work which helps us discern reality (Matthew 8: 1-4);
    2. Prayer must be interior. People who like their prayer to be too public easily fall into hypocrisy, which is discord between our inner and outer identity. Jesus tells us to go to your ‘private room’ and pray in that ‘secret place’. The word ‘secret’ here also means ‘mysterious’. Mystery is not magic. It is the experience of reality which mental consciousness by itself cannot contain or understand. Prayer is by nature mysterious and the deepest place of mystery in human life is the heart. The ‘private room’ is a metaphor for the inner chamber of the heart (Matthew 6: 5-6);
    3. In prayer we must not ‘babble on’. More words do not make God hear us better. Prayer is not about quantity – ‘prayer’ – but about quality … ‘attention’. (Matthew 6: 7-8);
    4. Prayer is not primarily about asking God for things because ‘He knows what we need for we ask Him.’ (Matthew 6: 8);
    5. We must give priority to the spiritual treasures of the kingdom rather than material well-being. (Matthew 6: 19-21);
    6. We must learn to stop worrying about the future and to trust God. Anxiety is an enemy of prayer, it makes us too self-centered and prevents us from reality is an enemy of prayer. It makes us too self-centered and prevent us from realizing
    7. Finally, Jesus says prayer is about ‘setting your mind on God’s kingdom first’. In other words, be attentive to the ‘one thing necessary’ – be mindful. Then all the other things will come to you as well (Matthew 6: 33).

    These seven teachings of Jesus on prayer are what we put into practice in meditation: humility, interiority, silence, trust, spirituality, peace and attention.

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  9. Mark Egerton

    June 27, 2019 2:34 pm

    Thank you for your insights, clear ideas, and your passion to share your faith to elevate and strengthen ours. You have helped me more than I can express. You are a true example of “a man for others”, Thank you 🙏🏻

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  10. Barra Mundi

    July 16, 2019 1:59 am

    I'm a Pentecostal Christian. I love this man. I've watched a number of his videos. I find him very authentic and generous. I'd love to converse with him. He's very learned. Loved his thoughts on what it means to prosper. Full of wisdom. God bless this man.

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  11. Annem Burada

    August 7, 2019 11:48 am

    PRAYERS work as follows::Almighty God Jesus has heard your prayers and will protect you and your loved ones and your favourite country

    from fires,landslides, hurricanes,tsunamis, cancer,His beautifully designed Ebola-virus or

    He will neither protect you nor your loved ones nor your favourite country , because

    a) He has other plans with you and your loved ones and your favourite country and it is n o t your job to interfere with His plans, (how dare you!)

    and/or b) Almighty God acts in mysterious ways:Like killing your familiy in an earthquake or washing away your country with a freaking tsunami or destroying everything with a mighty fire.

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  12. kaistigerboy

    August 8, 2019 12:04 pm

    Teach the truth about Hell Father the bible contradicts your philosophical views you sound like a modernist
    God bless

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  13. Lisa Cunningham

    August 19, 2019 6:30 pm

    Great wisdom here, Bishop Barron. You are great at provoking me to think. Silence especially is so important. THANK YOU.

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  14. Timothy Abraham

    August 20, 2019 1:20 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipc__MkUbjs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdycMM7EMyw&t=700s

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  15. Phillip Brock

    August 30, 2019 5:45 am

    I like listening to him, he seems like a very good man. I am not a member of the romish church, and he betrays in his talks the flaw at its heart, to me — that is Rome's proprietary relationship to Christ. "Christ is OURS," they say. "You can only get to Christ through us, the one true church." When my son was six, he was traveling with his uncle, a good man, and an RC. They went to mass together (my son, like me, is a member of the Anglican communion). When the priest got to my son at the rail, he remarked in a friendly way that he had never seen him before, then he asked if he was a catholic.

    "No," my son said, "I'm an Episcopalian." The priest gave him a blessing but would not serve him the host. Six year old boy, denied a place at Christ's table. But there's the problem — to the catholic, the table doesn't belong to Christ, it belongs to THEM. I would say that this flaw at the core of their thinking has contributed to a great number of the scandals plaguing that church now.

    A catholic friend of mine told me that catholics call Episcopalians "Catholic like." I told him that we refer to ourselves as "Catholic sane." He wasn't thrilled with the distinction, but I stand by it.

    Nevertheless, I am glad that a man like Bishop Barron is around. He is clearly passionate and smart, and does genuinely seem to love Our Lord. His church doesn't deserve him, frankly.

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  16. Johnny Blue

    September 6, 2019 7:29 am

    We may get frustrated and angry with God when things don't go our way, or we experience sickness, or the passing of a loved one. But in these circumstances it helps to remember the story of Job, who lost everything and still gave glory to God. God knows best.

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