Bishop Barron on Catholicism and the Reformation
by Bishop Robert Barron . May 4, 2017 .
This year marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, which is decidedly the greatest split in Christian Church history. Here, Bishop Barron explains how Catholics gesture to the Reformers by celebrating the primacy of grace but always while maintaining the Biblical logic of God's non-competitive transcendence.
A Master Class in Evangelization
by Bishop Robert Barron . March 19, 2017 .
This Sunday we have the great privilege of hearing the story of the woman at the well. Take the time this week for a prayerful reading of this story and notice that as this woman seeks, she's already been found! If only we would surrender to our God who is already always pursuing us! Then, we might realize how the Everlasting Lord is the only one who can quench the otherwise unquenchable thirst of our hearts. Make the effort this Lent to clear a path and set down your old buckets so that the water of Christ's divine life can flow through you.
Be Holy, Be Perfect, Be a Temple
by Bishop Robert Barron . February 19, 2017 .
Our readings for this weekend are, each one of them, magnificent. And each one speaks of holiness, letting the Divine Life enter into you so that you become set apart. To be holy is to love with a divine indifference, shining on the good and the bad alike. What a revolution this is! Think how different your life would be were you to love this way all the time, rather than measuring out your love based on merit. Dedicate your whole life to love and you will be truly holy, set apart, a sanctuary.
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.
A Great Light in the Darkness
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 22, 2017 .
This week's reading from the prophet Isaiah emphasizes God's tendency to bring the best from the worst situations, light from the darkness. Throughout the Bible we see wonderful things come from the most unexpected places, and this is reflected in our own lives as well. Very often our greatest goodness can come from the darkest places of our beings.
Knowing Who We Are
by Bishop Robert Barron . January 15, 2017 .
The entirety of this Sunday's second reading might be seen as so much boilerplate, throwaway lines that a writer used at the commencement of his letter, something like a formal salutation. But in point of fact, almost the whole of Christianity is contained in these lines, if we have but the eyes to see. So take out your Bibles today and revisit the beginning of 1 Corinthians. It will tell you pretty much everything essential that you need to know about yourself and your mission.