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Apostles

Pentecost and the Fires in Our Cities

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2020 .

It is in a way providential that the Feast of Pentecost arrives this year just as our country is going through a convulsive social crisis. For the Holy Spirit, whose coming we celebrate on Pentecost, is a power meant to transform the world, or in the language of Psalm 104,…

The Birthday of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2020 .

On this great feast of Pentecost, I would like to say “happy birthday” to every Catholic listening to me, for we hold, in our traditional theology, that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. It would behoove us on this our birthday to reflect on the nature of the Church.

Three Tasks of the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 19, 2020 .

All throughout the Easter season, we will read at Mass from the wonderful Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke’s description of the adventures, challenges, and achievements of the early Christian community. His purpose is to show what “Apostles,” people sent by the risen Jesus, were doing. This is why it…

Bishop Barron on Spending Time with His Spiritual Father

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 13, 2020 .

In this new video commentary, I reflect on my “ad limina” visit with Pope Francis on January 27. It would be impossible to summarize what turned out to be a three-hour conversation with the Holy Father, but there were three dominant themes that emerged.

Spending Time with My Spiritual Father

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 28, 2020 .

I write these words from the Eternal City of Rome, whither I’ve come with my brother bishops from Region 11 (California, Nevada, and Hawaii) for our ad limina visit. This is a regular and canonically required trip to pray at the limina apostolorum (the threshold of the Apostles), the tombs…

Pasando tiempo con mi padre espiritual

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 28, 2020 .

Escribo estas palabras desde la Ciudad Eterna, Roma, a la que he venido con mis hermanos obispos de la Región 11 (California, Nevada y Hawai) para nuestra visita ad limina. Se trata de un viaje regular y obligatorio canónicamente, para rezar en el limina apostolorum (el umbral de los Apóstoles),…

Tintoretto and the Reform of the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 13, 2018 .

At the close of a long session of walking and musing through the National Gallery of Art, I was drawn by an empty and comfortable-looking couch situated at the end of one of the galleries. Plopping down to rest, I looked up at the picture right in front of me, which was Tintoretto’s depiction of Christ at the Sea of Galilee. The drama at the center of the composition is the Apostles’ boat, buffeted by choppy waves, and St. Peter taking a gingerly, tentative step onto the bounding main at the invitation of the Lord who beckons to him. My seated posture conduced toward contemplation, and I spent a good deal of time with this painting, first admiring the obvious technical skill of the painter, especially in the rendering of the water, but eventually moving to a deeper perception of its spiritual theme, of particular resonance today.

Tintoretto y la Reforma de la Iglesia

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 12, 2018 .

Cuando concluía una larga sesión de paseo y cavilaciones en el National Gallery of Art, fui arrastrado por un diván que se veía cómodo y vacío, situado al fondo de una de las galerías. Al sentarme para descansar, mire a la pintura que tenía justo en frente mío: una representación de Cristo en el mar de Galilea por Tintoretto. El drama al centro de la composición del cuadro es la barca de los apóstoles, zarandeada por las olas; y San Pedro, dando un pasito cauteloso, tímido hacia la invitación que el Señor le dirige. Mi postura me condujo a la contemplación, y me quedé un buen rato con la pintura, primero admirando la maestría del pintor, especialmente su reproducción del agua, pero finalmente me fui moviendo a una percepción más profunda del tema espiritual, de tanta importancia hoy en día.