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“Tell John What You See and Hear”

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 7, 2016 .

Our Gospel for this weekend is taken from the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, where John the Baptist has been arrested and wonders from his jail cell whether Jesus “is the one or should we look for another?" When this inquiry is conveyed to Jesus, the Lord does not respond theoretically, but rather by pointing to things that are happening, namely, God's grace is making people whole again. “Go tell John what you see and hear".

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Bishop Barron on “Ben-Hur”

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 22, 2016 .

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have produced a new instantiation of the epic film, “Ben-Hur”. What principally differentiates it from the 1959 Charlton Heston version is its greater stress on the strange power of Christ to bring about forgiveness—an emphasis much needed today.

Misfits and Heathens

by Dr. Tom Neal . September 19, 2016 .

A Coin, A Sheep, A Son

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 11, 2016 .

Our Gospel for today gives us three classic parables, each one exploring the notion which 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. Moreover—as we see in the coin, the sheep, and the son—recovering a lost soul is what He rejoices in doing.

Humility, Queen of the Virtues

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 28, 2016 .

This week's readings focus on the importance of humility. Humility is the foundation for the whole of spirituality. In order to truly pursue truth and goodness, it is necessary to let go of the ego and realize that everything we have and are is a gift from God.

The Narrow Gate

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 17, 2016 .

To gain eternal life is to participate to the fullest degree possible in the very life of God. It is to walk the path of love, surrendering to grace and allowing this grace to flow through you to the wider world. Is this an easy task? No. The Gospel of Luke tells reminds us that the gate is narrow precisely because it is in the very shape of Jesus Himself, and entrance through the gate involves conformity to his state of being. The path of love is traveled by taking up one's cross every day.

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, a Tale of Grace

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 16, 2016 .

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have produced a new instantiation of the epic film, “Ben-Hur”. What principally differentiates it from the 1959 Charlton Heston version is its greater stress on the strange power of Christ to bring about forgiveness—an emphasis much needed today.

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