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Bishop Barron on Loving an Enemy This Lent

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 26, 2020 .

The Church recommends three great spiritual practices for Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. But the readings during Lent suggest a fourth great practice: the forgiveness of one’s enemy.

Let Him Go

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 29, 2020 .

The great Lenten readings for Cycle A move in a kind of crescendo from thirst, to blindness, to death—all metaphors for spiritual dysfunction. This Sunday’s Gospel deals with death through the story of Lazarus who, after four days in his tomb, represents someone who is totally sunk in sin,…

Love an Enemy This Lent

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 10, 2020 .

The three classical spiritual practices that the Church urges us to embrace during Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. I would strongly encourage every one of my readers to follow this recommendation, perhaps intensifying each one of the three during the holy season. But there is another Lenten discipline that…

Ama a un enemigo durante esta cuaresma

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 10, 2020 .

Las tres prácticas espirituales clásicas que la Iglesia nos insta a abrazar durante la Cuaresma son la oración, el ayuno y la limosna. Animo a todos mis lectores a seguir esta recomendación, quizás intensificando cada una de las tres durante este tiempo santo. Pero hay otra disciplina de Cuaresma que…

What You Hear and See

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 15, 2019 .

On this third Sunday of Advent, we hear for the first time this season of the great figure of John the Baptist. It’s not really possible to understand Jesus apart from his precursor. All four Gospels compel us to come to grips with John. His job is always the same:…

A Coin, A Sheep, A Son

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 15, 2019 .

Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion that is at the very heart of the spiritual life—namely, that God is the one who searches for us. Why would God fret over one little soul? Why would he bother? Well, it’s his nature. It’s what he does. More to it, as we see in the coin, the sheep, and the son, recovering a lost soul is what he rejoices in doing.

Misery and Mercy

by Bishop Robert Barron . April 7, 2019 .

In this week's Gospel, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery, a tale that has beguiled Christians and non-Christians for two millennia. The story displays our constant temptation to use knowledge of God’s law to hurt others, not to liberate them. We gossip, we scapegoat, we blame—and we convince ourselves that we’re just following the divine law in pointing out other people’s problems. But then enters Jesus, who affirms that the law's primary purpose is to make us humble, to draw us to higher attainment. Without denigrating the law in the least, Jesus reaches out in mercy in order to brings sinners back to life.

Absorption of Shame

by Rachel Bulman . October 29, 2018 .

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