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Death

The Martyrs and a Higher World

by Bishop Robert Barron . November 10, 2019 .

The story conveyed in our first reading from the second book of Maccabees is one that resonates up and down the ages, that still stirs our hearts today. It’s the story of a martyr’s death. We can talk about heaven, we can speculate about it, we can write learned treatises about it, and we can hope for it. But up and down the centuries, it is the martyrs—from the ancient Maccabees to the Christians slain by ISIS—that most vividly witness to the promise of heaven. They literally bet their lives on it.

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.

Spoiler Alert

Bishop Barron on “John Wick: Chapter 3”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 20, 2019 .

As I watched the third installment of the “John Wick” franchise, I thought of the nineteenth-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and his metaphor for life and death.

The New Jerusalem

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 19, 2019 .

The second reading for this Sunday, taken from the twenty-first chapter of the Book of Revelation, completes the Biblical story. The Bible tells us that the world will be transformed into a new heaven and a new earth through the One who "makes all things new."

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