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Three Questions from the Desert

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 10, 2019 .

Lent is a time of paring down—a time spent in the desert, if you will—as exemplified by Jesus’ forty days of fasting in these arid, barren lands. He was tempted three times by Satan, and rejected each attempt, giving glory to God at every turn. This is the lesson for us: that we make God the center of our lives and not test him. We are here to do his will, which is clarified through our own Lenten sacrifices.

The McCarrick Mess

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 9, 2018 .

When I was going through school, the devil was presented to us as a myth, a literary device, a symbolic manner of signaling the presence of evil in the world. I will admit to internalizing this view and largely losing my sense of the devil as a real spiritual person. What shook my agnosticism in regard to the evil one was the clerical sex abuse scandal of the nineties and the early aughts. I say this because that awful crisis just seemed too thought-through, too well-coordinated, to be simply the result of chance or wicked human choice. The devil is characterized as “the enemy of the human race” and particularly the enemy of the Church. I challenge anyone to come up with a more devastatingly effective strategy for attacking the mystical body of Christ than the abuse of children and young people by priests. This sin had countless direct victims of course, but it also crippled the Church financially, undercut vocations, caused people to lose confidence in Christianity, dramatically compromised attempts at evangelization, etc., etc. It was a diabolical masterpiece.

El Desastre McCarrick

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 8, 2018 .

Cuando estaba en la escuela, el diablo se nos presentaba como un mito, como un artificio literario, una manera simbólica para explicar la presencia del mal en el mundo. Admito haber asumido en gran medida esta visión y haber perdido de vista que el diablo es una persona espiritual real. Lo que sacudió mi escepticismo sobre el maligno fueron los escándalos sexuales del clero de los noventa y a principios del dos mil. Digo esto porque esta horrible crisis parecía demasiado bien pensada y coordinada como para ser el simple fruto del azar o de elecciones malvadas del hombre. El diablo ha sido caracterizado como “el enemigo de la raza humana” y particularmente como el enemigo de la Iglesia. Reto a cualquiera a idear una estrategia más devastadoramente efectiva para atacar al cuerpo místico de Cristo, que el abuso de niños y jóvenes por parte de sacerdotes. Esta claro que este pecado tiene incontables víctimas directas, pero también ha destruido las finanzas de la Iglesia, ha disminuido las vocaciones, conseguido que muchos pierdan su confianza en el cristianismo, comprometido dramáticamente los esfuerzos de evangelización, etc. Toda una obra maestra del diablo.

The Integrated and Variegated Body of Christ

by Bishop Robert Barron . October 16, 2016 .

Our first reading from the book of Exodus is illuminating at so many levels. On the surface, this is a report of an ancient war, more of a tribal dispute really, between two minor peoples. But read with a sensitivity to the multivalence of the Biblical text, this report clues us in to the spiritual warfare that always obtains in a fallen world. We should expect a battle when we walk the path of Christ.

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