Yes and No to Power
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2019 .
Our first and second readings for this weekend beautifully sum up the Church’s classical attitude toward those in power. I’ve long argued that the most influential philosopher of the nineteenth century was Friedrich Nietzsche. For this very influential and quirky German thinker, power is the fundamental reality—a perspective that has…
Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 6, 2019 .
Last week, I plunged for the second time into the world of the Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). I can’t tell you how many participants in the AMA posed some version of this question: How could an all-loving God possibly countenance so much violence, suffering, and pain? Most questioners turned…
Don’t Forget the Poor
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 29, 2019 .
When the conclave of 2013 was finishing up, and Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope, Cardinal Hummes of Brazil came up to him and whispered into his ear: “Don’t forget the poor.” In emphasizing “a poor Church for the poor,” Pope Francis is continuing an ancient and powerful tradition that…
The Path to Healing Is a Humble Path
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 13, 2019 .
I have always loved the story of Naaman the Syrian, which is found in the second book of Kings, as part of the Elisha cycle of readings. It is, on the surface at least, a very simple narrative, but it packs a punch spiritually speaking. Mass Readings Reading 1 –…
What I Learned Talking with Thousands of Skeptics on Reddit
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 1, 2019 .
I just finished my second dive into the Reddit AMA world. One of the most popular websites in the world, Reddit is a forum for all sorts of online conversations and presentations. The AMA (for Ask Me Anything) is a twenty-first century version of the medieval quodlibetal questions, during…
Amazon’s “Ave Maria” Ad Brings Us to a Martha and Mary Moment
by Elizabeth Scalia . September 12, 2019 .
Cardinal Etchegaray, Henri de Lubac, and Vatican II
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 17, 2019 .
Last week, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray passed away. Perhaps his was not a household name, but this very decent man made a substantive contribution to the life of the Church, serving in a number of different capacities over the years and collaborating closely with St. Pope John Paul II. I had…
A Coin, A Sheep, A Son
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 15, 2019 .
Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion that is at the very heart of the spiritual life—namely, that God is the one who searches for us. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother? Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he does. More to it, as we see in the coin, the sheep, and the son, recovering a lost soul is what he rejoices in doing.