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."
The Master Has Need of You
by Bishop Robert Barron . April 14, 2019 .
In our Gospel reading for the Palm Sunday procession, Jesus sends his disciples into Jerusalem to prepare for his triumphal entry. They are told to untether a donkey, and if there is any protest from the owner, they are to say simply, “The Master has need of it.” Strictly speaking, God has need of nothing, since he is the unconditioned act of existence. God doesn’t need our praise or our good works or anything. But this phrase signals the wonderful truth that God allows us to cooperate with his grace so that we can participate in the work that he wants to do. He gives us what Aquinas called “the dignity of causality.” We are privileged to be instruments in his hands.
The First Commandment: Orienting Us Away from Our Idols
by Elizabeth Scalia . April 4, 2019 .
Why the Burning Bush is Such Good News
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 24, 2019 .
Our first reading for this Sunday presents us with one of the most famous and commented upon texts in the entire Bible, in which God appears in a burning bush, a bush on fire but not consumed. God is present to it in the most powerful way, but nothing of the bush has to give in order for God to work with it and through it. When the true God comes close, things are not destroyed; in fact, they become radiant and beautiful.
The One Who Is; The One Who Gives: Aquinas, Derrida and the Dilemma of the Divine Generosity
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 7, 2019 .
Bishop Robert Barron’s lecture at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (The Angelicum) in Rome, given on March 7, 2019 after he received an honorary doctorate from the university.
Frank Gehry and the Quest for Transcendence
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 5, 2019 .
I recently read an interview with Frank Gehry, probably the best-known architect in the world, conducted in advance of his ninetieth birthday. After ruminating on his long and productive career, the architect said that he still harbored a great desire: “I would like to design a church or a synagogue. A place that has transcendence.” But as he elaborated on the meaning of “transcendence,” Gehry revealed the limits of his quest.