Bishop Barron was recently invited to speak at the Google headquarters (aka the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA. He addressed a room full of Google and YouTube employees on how religion doesn’t shut down the questing intellect, but in fact opens up our minds, causing us to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings.

We shared the first half of his talk in last week’s episode. Today we listen to the second half along with the post-talk Q&A with Google/YouTube employees.

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3 comments on “WOF 130: Bishop Barron Speaks at Google (Part 2 of 2)

  1. Amen.
    Who are some more of the examples of happy people?
    I can understand giving Mother Teresa may not intrigue a scientific person enough. But what about Fr. Richard Ho Lung? He is very intelligent, and could have been a professor of theology. He is a Jesuit but lived a joyful living as a type of Franciscan his entire life. While the majority of his life has been devoted to Missionaries of The Poor, he is a very accomplished speaker with practical theology. John Paul ii. unknown to most, lived a servant life of much suffering; but one can see the joy in him. He certainly was aided by living through the dangers and life in jeopardy fascist socialist then Soviet Union occupation of Europe.
    Personally, I like your recommendation of finding someone in which someone can relate. Finding that the fulfillment of all desire is approachable; the Beatitudo as your phrased in from St. Thomas is counter intuitive if we strive to avoid suffering. This has analogies with earning a college degree, and finding fulfillment in practicing a discipline. But that ultimately is finite if it is only for personal gain. Seeking a relationship with the revealed God with all one’s being leads to sacrificially giving love away, as you pointed out. I would add, that true lack of knowledge, not deliberate lack of knowledge of what The Bible teaches is recognized by the Church. But it is highly recommended as you do to truly search those who lived heroic lives of virtue who wrote of these things. And I truly like that you conveyed the difference in Eastern thought. Biblical thought seeks fulfillment of desire from God with a disciplined aligning with natural desires taught by the revealed God of The Bible, not extinguishing them. There is a vast difference. And only conveyed Divinely inspired knowledge of Jesus Christ can realize this, in one way or another. So this conveys non judge-mentality, certainly not ambivalence toward other religions which convey aspects of truth.
    Peace and warm regards.

  2. Everyone wants the fulfillment of all desire — to always be happy or blessed.
    It is quite natural, n’est pas?
    [Fire] or desire for God, with His objective revealed moral truth, laws, and ways;
    is [Fragrant] in showing honest non enabling (say opiate addiction) charity for neighbor.
    and we are taught that this makes us; by cooperating with God’s Grace through Christ;
    [Living Stones] with living water filled with charity, joy, exuberant hope & all virtue flowing to Eternal Life.
    __________[as oppose to using ego to focus on personal comfort]______
    which isn’t healing and leads to being focused on prestige, or pleasure, being addicted to those things. And sometimes inner unhappiness is fogged over with a feeling of importance of not realizing that even a focus on helping others is overly due to feeling self important. Make sense? In other words, not focused enough on compassionately willing the good of the other as other; and sometimes either enabling that person or turning that person off by the person sensing one’s own demeanor of self importance. Sometimes the ‘other’ isn’t cognizant of the false humility — but unconsciously senses it. This can only be objectively seen by God;
    but Jesus Christ certainly focused on teaching this at times.
    Where is this going? Brokenness is many times not clear to one’s self or one’s public witness and demeanor. And there probably are some people; who with Providence reaching them with someone or a group that each of them could relate
    with; living homeless let’s say; who in that environment have a focus on being in solidarity with neighbor — live the beatitudes to one degree or another. I remember John Cardinal O’Conner who often with much sacrifice in his busy schedule visited aids patients; and touching on that to make a point; in a speech related how some people automatically look down on the homeless with varying degrees of harshness, that they could lift themselves up by their bootstraps and get a job if they wanted. He said, we should more focus that they each, like us are created in the image and likeness of God; and have a God given dignity, value, and sacredness of life. We judge too much by outward appearances. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating wallowing. N’es pas?
    [therefore – outward appearances, discerning a book by it’s cover can fool us]
    Recently in the media are reports of rich successful people committing suicide.
    We as Catholic and Orthodox & other Christians truly taking to heart God’s Mercy;
    and call not to judge or condemn; truly pray that these type of acts were done without full knowledge of rejecting God’s Gift of Life. We take that very solemnly;
    with reverence of the other; hoping for everyone to attain eternal happiness.
    But why would someone get that deep in despair to ether end their life; or live in a stoically enabled state of depression & hopelessness *OR* cover these things; with the euphoria touched on above? Isn’t it just the opposite of desire or [Fire] for God’s Grace filled living; and [Fragrance] of true non enabling or condoning altruism in loving one’s neighbor as neighbor [Living Stones] but like Aristotle (not his rigid caste class ideas; which the Judaeo Christian ethic actually strongly opposes and is the source of the dignity & value & sacredness of inalienable human person rights. I do realize some of the hypocrisies in history – but an objective historical study bears this out.)
    But Aristotle conveyed that the only enduring friendships; look beyond merely – give & take until this usefulness ends; [or] I will not stoically suffer with my friend so long but exhibit lack of courage unwilling to suffer altruistically too long simply because my personal comfort is at stake; [but instead] strive for virtue in myself assert mutual understanding for virtue in my friend though thick and thin for the rest of my natural life. Of course, there may be periods of separation for the purpose of asserting mutual objective virtue — but not to forsake the relationship.
    Who in history best personified that?
    With all of that; and things not related here; please consider the converse.
    [Fire] or desire to serve only one’s ego and comfort to one degree or another.
    [Smoke] of selfishness or self-disguised helping others too much to feel important.
    [Brim]ing with — earthly things & desires creating a sometimes degrees of euphoria that sometimes disguises discontentment, a sense of a loss of hope, with becoming even in a crowded room,
    a lonely [Stone.]
    Don’t we all want to be joined with The Inexhaustible Living Water;
    to be Radiant Living Stones in God’s Temple?

  3. Ricardo M Letelier May 22, 2021

    One of my favorite authors is Albert Camus. In his writings I observe an honest search for beatitude while acknowledging his agnosticism (his character Dr. Rieux in “The Plague” is a great example of selfless service in response to a moral call). Hence, can we seek and worship greater goodness in an orderly manner even in the absence of God in our lives?