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Review of Fr. Corapi’s Buffalo Conference – Part 3

August 17, 2009

After lunch Raymond Arroyo of EWTN gave a great talk, complete with Mother Angelica impersonations. He also focused on engaging the media to influence the culture to help people find the Lord. We need to speak the language of the people. We will face hostility from the audience we’re facing because they don’t want to hear our message, but we must live the faith and be better than the competition. Politics won’t change the world, but films will. In the words of Pope Paul VI, we must reclaim all things for Christ.

Arroyo incorporated a number of celebrities into his talk,  either for quotes or examples. T.S. Eliot said that culture is the incarnation of religion of the people. We are currently in the culture of death. Follow Dean Martin’s example and don’t take yourself seriously. Pope John Paul II showed us how to suffer and die and God made sure the whole world watched as just about every TV station was tuned into his funeral. Arroyo was on the rooftop of the North American College in Rome during the funeral. There were millions of people in St. Peter’s Square and throughout Rome. They had hundreds of cops on hand, but there was no crime. It was beautiful.

One of the things we can do to keep ourselves alive with the Holy Spirit is to take pit stops of grace throughout the day. He used somebody as the example for this, but I can’t remember his name. Pit stops of grace can be pray the morning office and then go to work. And then go to mass at lunch. Finish out the work day and then say the evening office. If we open our lives to the Holy Spirit he will come. As Fr. Corapi ended his final sermon, “Come Holy Spirit, Come! Invite him in!”

I hope they make Raymond’s talk available on CD or DVD as well. It was awesome.

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