The One Pope
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 2, 2020 .
The new and much-ballyhooed Netflix film The Two Popes should, by rights, be called The One Pope, for it presents a fairly nuanced, textured, and sympathetic portrait of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) and a complete caricature of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). This imbalance fatally undermines the movie, whose…
Here’s What’s Coming in 2020 in the Word on Fire Institute!
by Jared Zimmerer . January 13, 2020 .
Vitae Spiritualis Ianua
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 12, 2020 .
The first sacrament one can receive in the Church, Baptism, defines our relationship with Christ. In it, we are reborn as part of his Mystical Body and gifted with the grace of God’s love. Baptism lays the foundation for every other sacrament we are to receive and inextricably links us with the Trinity.
It Is Too Little for You to Be My Servant
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 19, 2020 .
I want to focus this week on the extraordinary passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah, for it reveals a central dynamic of all of biblical revelation, and indeed of the spirituality of every Christian: that the Lord’s election is not for the sake of the elect, but for…
“1917” and Remembering Who We Are
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 14, 2020 .
I saw the film 1917 on the vigil of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and I think there’s a connection between the movie and the liturgical celebration. Bear with me. First, as everyone who has seen it remarks, the editing and cinematography of 1917 are so astounding…
Herod and Joseph
by Bishop Robert Barron . December 29, 2019 .
The point of our Gospel for Holy Family Sunday is to make us see a contrast between Herod, the perfect type of the anti-family man, and Joseph, the selfless protector of Mary and Jesus. Herod’s whole existence was conditioned by and predicated upon what was good for Herod; Joseph’s whole…
The Light of the Nations
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 5, 2020 .
Today’s readings for Epiphany speak of a light that shines on Israel, the chosen people, but that is meant for the whole world, a light that is a beacon summoning all the nations. And that Light is Jesus Christ himself. As the prophets predicted, this Light is the illumination of…
“This Is the Way”: The Mandalorian’s Growth in Charity
by Andrew Petiprin . January 14, 2020 .