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Holy Spirit

The Word on Fire Retreat and God’s Wonderful Providence

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 10, 2019 .

Something on clear display in the Bible and in the history of the Church is that a mission that is authentically from God tends to draw people to itself. When Peter and his companions were overwhelmed by the miraculous draught of fishes, other fishermen rushed to the scene to help…

El retiro de Word on Fire y la Maravillosa Providencia Divina

by Bishop Robert Barron . September 10, 2019 .

Algo que se ve claramente en la Biblia y a lo largo de la historia de la Iglesia es que una misión que viene auténticamente de Dios tiende a arrastrar a la gente hacia ella. Cuando Pedro y sus compañeros se vieron superados por la pesca milagrosa, otros pescadores se…

The Holy Spirit and Mission

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 9, 2019 .

Today we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost, one of the truly great moments in the life of the Church. The Holy Spirit comes to give many spiritual gifts, which prepare us to enter into relationship with Christ and embark on mission.

The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come”

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 2, 2019 .

On this seventh and final Sunday of the Easter season, I want to bring to a close my meditation on the extraordinary book of Revelation. With the disclosure of the heavenly Jerusalem, the Biblical narrative effectively comes to a close—and that’s true. But what we find today, in the very…

The Ascension of Jesus

by Bishop Robert Barron . June 2, 2019 .

Too often we read the Ascension as the moment when Jesus “went away,” when he left us on our own and went off to heaven, where we hope some day to join him. But the Ascension is not Jesus going away; it is Jesus assuming his position as leader of the Church’s life.

Bishop Barron on Confirmation Names

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 31, 2018 .

One of the marks of the sacrament of Confirmation is that someone takes a new name. It’s true—and weird—that while an individual chooses the name of a saint, in a much more significant way the saint chooses that individual, drawing them into the power of his or her life and witness. But two of the most popular names for young men and women in my three years of presiding at Confirmation—Sebastian and Teresa—reflect in a more universal way what it means to take this sacramentum, or sacred oath, and become a confirmed member of Christ's mystical body.

The Trinity as Call to Action

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 27, 2018 .

It’s often joked that Trinity Sunday is “the preacher's nightmare.” But while the Trinity can be viewed as the most arcane and inaccessible Christian doctrine, it’s also the most ordinary and obvious. Every Catholic invokes the Trinity whenever he crosses himself in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Moreover, every single baptized person has been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Through baptism we’ve been sealed by the Trinity, brought within its dynamic, and sent out on mission.

Walking According to the Spirit

by Bishop Robert Barron . May 20, 2018 .

I’m delighted that on this Pentecost Sunday, I can reflect on one of my favorite passages in the New Testament. It is taken from the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this passage, Paul gives those who belong to Christ their marching orders by laying out the works of the flesh—those attitudes and actions that stand against the way of love—and the works of the Spirit.

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