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Bishop Barron on Creation

-God does not create out of


need.

-Not just be nice to be nice. LIVE


in such a way that you are
CONGRUENT WITH THE
DEEPEST GRAIN OF THE
UNIVERSE

-Without creation, the world


would be perfect

-NON VIOLENCE IS
FUNDAMENTAL REAL THING

-Entire universe has been LOVED


into existence

We are connected with each


other

-Love is not primarily feeling,


though can be accompanied by
feeling, IS A GREAT ACT OF THE
WILL

-Whether we like it or not

Why does God create?

-Thomas Aquinas said, love is


willing the good of other
-Love is to break out of the
"ego"
Creation: Non-violence is the
fundamental reality.
-gods and goddesses myths:
they bring order through
violence, through conquering,
through wrestling for
submission.
-Myth: Violence leads to order
-God creates ex nihilo: God
creates from nothing. In a
generous, non-violent act, God
speaks the world into existence!
-Not by conquering, violence,
but through a sheer ACT OF
LOVE!
New eyes on Sermon on the
Mount

-THOMAS MURTON: "PRAYER:


FINDING THE PLACE IN YOU,
WHERE YOU ARE HERE, BEING
CREATED BY GOD, BEING LOVED
AND SPOKEN INTO EXISTENCE.
-Because of creation, we are all
linked into each other through
the center we share
-Ethics of the bible: Not just nice
to be nice. Acknowledge by the
way you live: what connects us
is always more basic and more
powerful than what divides us.
-We are anthological siblings: we
are brothers and sisters at the
most fundamental level of our
being.
Creation story in Genesis
-God gave Adam and Eve
practically full reign in Garden, a
place of life
-St Ireneus: "The glory of God is
man fully alive."- ) no interest in
being our rival, in putting us

down What GOD WANTS IS MAN


FULLY ALIVE!
-Church fathers: Liberty in the
Garden: God's permission for
Science, Arts, conversation,
politics, all that makes life rich
and wonderful- be fruitful,
multiply- THAT'S WHAT GOD
WANTS FOR US: LIFE, BE FULLY
ALIVE!
-ADAM: catalogues the animals:
first scientist, first philosopher
CONFLICT BETWEEN SCIENCE
AND RELIGION: TRAGIC:
SCIENCE RELIES ON
INTELLIGIBILITY OF THE WORLD!
-Natural Sciences: MUST
BELIEVE THAT REALITY IS
FUNDAMENTALLY INTELLIGIBLECAN BE KNOWN!
-THIS CONVICTION COMES FROM
THE DEEP, MYSTICAL INTUITION
THAT THE WORLD WAS SPOKEN
INTO BEGINNING.
-Adam: a priest: leads worship,
adoration: Pope Benedict: ad
oratio: "to the mouth of"- to be
mouth to mouth with God:
breathing in divine life and
breathing life back in rhythm of
grace: what we do every time
we worship, adore: WE
REDISCOVER EDEN,
REDISCOVER FRIENDSHIP WITH
GOD!

APPROPRIATE IT! Rather, you


must always have it on the fly!
-As you receive it, you give it, as
it comes in, it goes out
-PARADOX: Only then, do you
truly have it; only then, does it
truly grow.
-You want divine life in you: you
give it!
-SIN: APPROPRIATION of divine
life, taking it, having it on my
own
Bishop Barron on The Fall
-Sin has compromised us, not
destroyed, but COMPROMISED
what God has intended for us
-John Paul II: One thing we can't
do if we want to flourish to
God's will: WE CAN'T
APPROPRIATE TO OURSELVES
THE CRITERIA OF GOOD AND
EVIL; WE CAN APPROPRIATE TO
OURSELVES THE CHOICES OF
DETERMINING GOOD AND EVIL.
-We must always receive that
from God
-Sin: turning one's self to God:
appropriating the divine life
rather than receiving it.
Divine life: GIFT FORM, God is
the one who gives, gift giving.
-If you want the divine life, you
can't have/grab it. You CAN'T

-Prodigal Son: Give it to me; Let


me have it (He goes into
another "country">great
emptiness)- great symbol of sin
BIBLE ON SIN: I APPROPRIATE, I
make my own, I decide what life
means.
-But, you receive divine life as a
GIFT, then you give it away.
-Genesis: what happens when
we appropriate life: hatred,
violence, and division-all forms
of human dysfunction
-Blaise Pascal: "The one who had
make himself into an angel,
makes himself a beast": the
minute we think we're not
sinners, that's the time we turn
ourselves into beasts.

-Volunteerism: allows will to


trump intellect
-Potentia absoluta: heightening
of divine will over intellect
-2+2=5, adultery is a
actually a virtue
-If god wanted to, he could
have done this
-Thomas Aquinas insisted: God's
will and intellect always
COINCIDE due to divine
simplicity
-Can God do the "impossible" in
his
absolute freedom-of
course not, because impossible
is modality of non being!
-NOT LIMIT GOD IN ANY WAY
Bishop Barron on The
Doritos Commercial

-GOD'S TRUTH AND INTEGRITY


OF HIS BEING COINCIDE WITH
HIS WILL.

-"Humanizing a fetus"
-Well established through
scientific studies: newly
fertilized egg: distinct set of
DNA, responds to external
stimuli.

-When you say, Will trumps


truth: there's really no common
ground to discuss religion with
each other. >We just impose our
religion to someone else.
>Hyperfavoring of will leads to
violence.

-NAREL: has to make this claim


that baby in the womb is not
human: guarantee the absolute
and universal right to murder a
child at any stage of
development

-Volunteerism: "Something is
true because I want it to be
true." "My freedom is more
fundamental than the truth."

-Partial birth abortion: child


coming out of womb can be
murdered.

-Freedom and truth belong


together.

-Scattering power: dark powers


-Satanas: "accuser"-point the
finger, gossip, accusation
-Deceitfulness: sign of demonic:
untruthfulness
-"Murderer from the beginning"sign of dark power is an
increase in death
-Christ has conquered these
powers
-Stuff of church: "weapons"
against the devil
-Church provides "bandage" to
our sins through confession,
absolution
-We have to claim that victory

Bishop Barron on the Devil


-The devil is wicked, but very
talented, intelligent>dangerous!
-The dark realm intervenes in an
indirect way, through
suggestion, through temptation
Signs of demonic
-diabalain: to cast apart,
"scatter"
-God is a great gathering force

Additional Commentary from


Fr. Barron on the Devil

-Devil: high spiritual reality


chosen against God.
-God permits the devil to allow
for greater good of freedom

-Angel: separated intelligence,


pure spirit, unrestricted manner,
higher pitch of perfection
-Mortals: we have intelligence
but it's connected to the
body-"hybrid" of body and spirit,
restricted manner, can only be
at one place at once.
Devil-compromised, fallen
angel- dangerous
-"Corruption of the best is the
worst"
Why does God permit the
devil to have some measure
of power over creation?
(Why does God permit devil
to work)
-God permits freedom- you can
choose for or against God

What are the dangers of the


movies like "Exorcist"
-exxagerated sila.
-Devil can involve himself in
much more subtle ways, so we
can become complacent
-We have to be aware of the
devil and use the "weapons"
and "tools" against them
-Devil exploits the weak points
and take advantage of any
moral weakness we have.
-Devil is not God's rival, God
permits him.