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Boasting in the Cross

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 7, 2019 .

St. Paul tells us in our second reading that he boasts in the cross of Jesus. To any of his hearers in the first century this would have sounded like madness. Paul can boast in this shameful thing precisely because God has raised Jesus from death and thereby placed the world—the realm of hatred, violence, and division—under judgment. Now we must have the courage to leave the world and enter into the new creation, which is the Body of Christ.

Walking Truly and Completely with Him

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 30, 2019 .

In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus clarifies that all worldly goods find their value in relation to Him. If we believe Jesus is the only Son of God, we must place our grudges, personal desires, and even our most sacred worldly obligations aside in order to walk truly and completely with Him.

The USCCB Meeting, Jordan Peterson, and the “Nones”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 18, 2019 .

Last week, I gave a presentation at the USCCB Spring Meeting in Baltimore. My topic was what I identified as the second greatest crisis facing the Church today—namely, the massive attrition of our own people, especially the young. I trust that the first—around which most of our discussions that week revolved—is obvious to everyone. Judging from the extremely positive reaction of my brother bishops and the lively conversation that followed my presentation, the talk was well received. I was also delighted it apparently prompted a spirited conversation on social media.

La reunión de la Conferencia de los Obispos Católicos de los EE. UU., Jordan Peterson y los “no afiliados”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 18, 2019 .

La semana pasada, di una presentación en la Reunión de Primavera de la Conferencia de los Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos en Baltimore. Mi tema fue lo que identifiqué como la segunda crisis más grande que enfrenta la Iglesia hoy, es decir, la deserción masiva de nuestra propia gente, especialmente de los jóvenes. Confío en que la primera crisis —en torno a la cual giraron la mayoría de nuestros debates de esa semana— es obvia para todos. A juzgar por la reacción extremadamente positiva de mis hermanos obispos y la animada conversación que siguió a mi presentación, la charla fue bien recibida. También me alegró mucho que, al parecer, ésta provocara una animada conversación en los medios de comunicación social.

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