by Bishop Robert Barron . April 8, 2018 .
On this Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, we remember the dedication of this day by Saint John Paul II in honor of St. Faustina’s vision of Christ, in which the Lord’s heart radiated forth with divine mercy for the world. But what does mercy mean? It designates the suffering of the heart, a type of compassion, a deep, loving identification with people in their suffering. It is the characteristic of God, for God is love. Nothing in the world would exist if it were not, at every moment, loved into being by God—a great act of tender mercy. How is this love made manifest in us? Precisely through following God’s commands and through forgiveness.
“Hesed” All the Way Through
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 11, 2018 .
The Divine Love is the great theme of the Bible, but one of the mistakes we can make is to project onto God our way of being. God’s love is unconditional, not fickle and vacillating. His love is “hesed,” which means “tender mercy.” This love is visible, par excellence, in the Incarnation.
All Things Work Together for Good
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 30, 2017 .
Our second reading for this weekend is taken from the end of the eighth chapter of Paul’s magnificent letter to the Romans. In this great book of the Bible, we learn that in Christ, God has disclosed his providential plan whereby he intends to reconcile all things to himself. I don’t know about you, but those words always give me comfort and peace.
No Fear of Death
by Bishop Robert Barron . July 2, 2017 .
In our second reading for this week, St. Paul reminds the Christian community in Rome that baptism means an immersion into the dying of the Lord. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he had similarly told his followers that every eucharist is a participation in the dying of Christ. Why this preoccupation with death? Because it is only through this journey into Christ's death and resurrection that we can effectively conquer the fear of death, which tends to cramp us spiritually. Once we have died witih Jesus, we can walk "in newness of life."
The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 23, 2017 .
Jesus has come to bring us the divine life. Under his influence we become peaceful, unafraid, evangelizing, and forgiving. Through the Church, saints are made. This is because Christ is at the very center of the Church.
Let Him Go
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 2, 2017 .
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, totally dead spiritually. The voice of Jesus calls Lazarus, and all of us, back to life no matter what we've done, no matter how dead we are.
Bishop Barron on The Charleston Tragedy and Forgiveness
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 9, 2017 .
On June 17, 2015 a man entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people, all African Americans, including their senior pastor and injured one other person. During his trial the murderer showed no remorse. In utter contrast to his wickedness, the victims' families demonstrated a love so radical in forgiveness that they became an icon of the living God.