By the Waters of Meribah
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 15, 2020 .
Our first reading for today is the famous quarreling of Israel by the waters of Meribah in the book of Exodus. We find the chosen people in the midst of the desert—which is to say, in the process of conversion, on the way from the slavery of sin to the…
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…
Bishop Barron on “The Goldfinch”
by Bishop Robert Barron . September 24, 2019 .
The new film The Goldfinch is based on a novel by Donna Tartt, who is not only a great novelist but also a Catholic, and I think her Catholicism comes through especially clearly in the spiritual lesson of this story.