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“Unorthodox” and the Modern Myth of Origins

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 26, 2020 .

Unorthodox, a mini-series that debuted on Netflix a few weeks ago, is the story of a young woman who escapes from her oppressive Hasidic community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and finds freedom with a group of welcoming friends in Berlin. I offer this description with tongue pretty firmly in cheek, because,…

“Laudato Si” Athwart Modernity

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2020 .

In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, I reread the famous and controversial document with some care. Many of the themes that struck me five years ago stood out again, but on this reading I was…

Why We Can’t Do Evil Even If Good May Come

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 5, 2020 .

There is a curious and intriguing passage in the third chapter of St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, which in the context of the missive seems almost tossed-off, but which has proven to be a cornerstone of Catholic moral theology for the past two thousand years. Responding to some of…

The Quarantine’s Three Lessons About the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 28, 2020 .

One silver lining for me during this weird coronavirus shutdown has been the opportunity to return to some writing projects that I had left on the back-burner. One of these is a book on the Nicene Creed, which I had commenced many months ago and on which I was making…

Governor Cuomo and God’s Noncompetitive Transcendence

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 21, 2020 .

Last week, Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, made a rather interesting theological observation. Commenting on the progress that his state has made in fighting the coronavirus, and praising the concrete efforts of medical personnel and ordinary citizens, he said, “The number is down because we brought the number…

Tragedy, Contingency, and a Deeper Sense of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 31, 2020 .

I have lived in Santa Barbara, California for the past four years. In that brief time, my neighbors and I have experienced a number of real tragedies. Just over two years ago, the terrible Thomas Fire broke out in my pastoral region, in the vicinity of Thomas Aquinas College (hence…

La tragedia, la contingencia y un sentido más profundo de Dios

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 31, 2020 .

He vivido en Santa Bárbara, California, durante los últimos cuatro años. En ese breve tiempo, mis vecinos y yo hemos experimentado una serie de tragedias reales. Hace poco más de dos años, el terrible incendio Thomas estalló en mi región pastoral, en las cercanías del Colegio Santo Tomás de Aquino…

The Coronavirus and Sitting Quietly in a Room Alone

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 17, 2020 .

Blaise Pascal said, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” The great seventeenth-century philosopher thought that most of us, most of the time, distract ourselves from what truly matters through a series of divertissements (diversions). He was speaking from experience. Though one…

El coronavirus y estar sentado tranquilamente en una habitación a solas

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 17, 2020 .

Blaise Pascal dijo: “Todos los problemas de la humanidad provienen de la incapacidad del hombre para sentarse solo y en silencio en una habitación”. El gran filósofo del siglo XVII pensaba que la mayoría de nosotros, la mayor parte del tiempo, nos distraemos de lo que realmente importa a través…

Love an Enemy This Lent

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 10, 2020 .

The three classical spiritual practices that the Church urges us to embrace during Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I would strongly encourage every one of my readers to follow this recommendation, perhaps intensifying each one of the three during the holy season. But there is another Lenten discipline that…

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