Vitae Spiritualis Ianua
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 10, 2016 .
The first Sacrament one can receive in the Church, Baptism, defines our relationship with Christ. In it, we are reborn as part of his mystical body, and are gifted the grace of God's love. Baptism lays the foundation for every other Sacrament we are to receive, and inextricably links us with the Trinity.
Kenneth Branagh’s Very Christian Cinderella
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 17, 2015 .
Kenneth Branagh’s “Cinderella” is the most surprising Hollywood movie of the year, not because it subverts the traditional fairy story, but because it presents it as a deeply Christian tale.
"Calvary" and the Underrated Virtue of Forgiveness
by Bishop Robert Barron . October 9, 2014 .
In the recently released film “Calvary," we witness the transformative power of the virtue of forgiveness, especially the Christ-like forgiveness that calls for self-sacrifice in love.
Extreme Demand, Extreme Mercy
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 16, 2014 .
In this week's Gospel, Jesus intensifies the moral law and raises the bar higher than it ever had been. Christ's goal, and the Church's goal, is to make saints. His moral demands are great, but so is his mercy. He always offers grace and forgiveness when we falter so that we can always have hope in our stuggles for sanctity.
The Presentation of the Lord
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 2, 2014 .
This week we celebrate the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. In ancient Israel the Temple was the most important place in the world. It was the dwelling place of the Lord; it was where divinity and humanity embraced. But the nation of Israel had gone away from right worship of God. The Christ child is the divine and human in one and thus brings humanity back on line with God.