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Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron

Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.
Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.
Bishop Barron’s website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times.
Bishop Barron’s pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.” He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.
Bishop Barron’s latest film series and study program, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, debuted in September 2016 and has been syndicated for national television. 


Bishop Robert Barron Latest Blog Posts

No God but the Lord Alone

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 31, 2021 .

Friends, God is not satisfied to be in the background of your life. The Lord your God is the Lord alone, so love him with everything you’ve got—your whole heart, your whole soul, and all your strength. Mass Readings Reading 1 –…

Are You Blinded by Cities of Sin?

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 24, 2021 .

Friends, in today’s Gospel, we hear the marvelous story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus—an icon of tremendous power and a sacred picture of the spiritual life and the process of salvation. We all find ourselves, in our need of Christ, in this image, as our own blindness distorts our…

Do You Really Want What God Wants?

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 17, 2021 .

Friends, power and honor, in and of themselves, are not a bad thing, but we wreak havoc when we ask for them in the wrong spirit. When we beseech the Lord with our desires, let us ask for what God wants for us rather than what our egos have determined…

The Moral and Spiritual Purpose of the Law

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 12, 2021 .

The text below is the homily Bishop Barron offered regarding Church and state and the true purpose of the law for the Red Mass at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on Monday, October 4, 2021. The Red Mass is a special liturgy offered for judges, lawyers, and others in…

It’s Time for a Radical Choice

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 10, 2021 .

Friends, in our first reading today, Solomon finds that all the power and wealth of the world are nothing compared to the gift of wisdom—seeing life from the perspective of God. Although this gift seems to help one further amass wealth, in today’s Gospel, Christ teaches us that to use…

How to Live a Meaningful Life

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 30, 2021 .

Friends, I had the great good fortune of sitting down for a conversation with Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau, and John Vervaeke about the crisis of meaning, especially among young people. As a society, we’re losing a sense of and orientation toward objective value. We need great Catholic scholars who reverence…

How to Fall in Love

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 3, 2021 .

Friends, our readings this weekend have to do with biblical anthropology—or who we are in the presence of God—and the Christian understanding of marriage. A basic intuition of the Bible is that we begin, not with the individual, but with community. And marriage is the most beautiful and intense form…

We Just Don’t Get It

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 26, 2021 .

Friends, let us rejoice whenever the grace of God is on display. The point of the sacraments is so that God’s grace may flood the world, but the Lord can operate outside of our formal structures. He desires these gifts for us, but as the creator of them, he is…

Envy Will Destroy Us

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 19, 2021 .

Friends, when envy takes over our spiritual lives, we sow disorder and disintegration. The life of Jesus is about self-emptying love; it is in this gift of self that we are called to live. Mass Readings Reading 1 – Wisdom 2:12-20…

How to Live a Meaningful Life

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 14, 2021 .

Last week, I had the great good fortune to sit down for a Zoom interview with Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau, and John Vervaeke. As I’m sure you know, Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, is one of the most influential figures in…