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Bishop Barron on St. John Henry Newman: Beyond the Left and the Right

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 10, 2019 .

As I read the myriad commentaries on St. John Henry Newman before his canonization, I’m particularly struck by how often he is co-opted by the various political parties active in the Church today—and how this co-opting both distorts Newman and actually makes him less interesting and relevant for our time.

St. John Henry Newman

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 8, 2019 .

As I compose these words, I am preparing to leave for Rome, where I will attend the canonization Mass for John Henry Newman, and then for Oxford, where I will give a paper on Newman’s thought in regard to evangelization. Needless to say, the great English convert is much on…

San Juan Enrique Newman

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 8, 2019 .

Mientras redacto estas palabras, me preparo para partir a Roma, donde asistiré a la Misa de canonización de Juan Enrique Newman, y luego a Oxford, donde daré una conferencia sobre el pensamiento de Newman con respecto a la evangelización. No hace falta decir que el gran converso inglés está muy…

Hearing the Voice of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 14, 2019 .

During the twentieth century, moral relativism was in vogue in elite cultural circles, but now it is the dominant moral outlook of the broader culture. Against this, C.S. Lewis argued for “the universality and inescapability of the moral law.” Although there are subtle moral differences between cultures, if we look close enough, we can discern fundamental moral agreements. The Catholic tradition says that this moral bedrock is a reflection of the Eternal Law in the mind of God. It is the voice of God within us. Listen to that voice.

Sin and Blaming

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 10, 2018 .

In all the literature of the world, I don’t know of a richer account of who we are, what we’re called to be, and what goes wrong with us than the first chapters of Genesis—especially the third chapter, from which our first reading comes. And we see in our Gospel for today that what happens to us in the immediate wake of original sin—alienation, shame, self-centeredness, scapegoating—helps us immensely to understand Jesus and his work.

The Silent Presence of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 13, 2017 .

Elijah is a contemplative who has the eyes to see and the ears to listen. God does not appear in the glory of the world. Rather, he appears in a silent way. Weed out of your heart all of those fears and desires that prevent you from discerning the silent presence of God.

Seek First the Kingdom of God

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 26, 2017 .

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and the rest will be given to you.” Make God the center of your life, and you will be spiritually ordered in Christ's image. But if you make wealth and security your center, you will be empty. You make the choice: will God be your center?

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